Everyone has a small amount of yeast living in their mouth and intestines.It serves an important role when it comes to digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it overpopulates, it actuallIy breaks down the walls of the intestines and seeps into the bloodstream, where it releases toxins. This leakage can cause a number of health conditions ranging from digestive disturbances to depression.
In countries where coconuts are a dietary staple, the occurrences of Candida are quite low despite the fact that their residents live in regions that typically promote Candida overgrowth. It is believed that the unique combination of healthy fatty acids, which contain antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties, help to balance intestinal flora and protect the body from yeast overgrowth.
Healthy Bacteria Is Good
We all have a certain amount of healthy gut bacteria which works to keep yeast levels healthy. However, many things can lead to Candida getting out of control and overpowering the healthy bacteria. The good news is, we have control over most, if not all, of the factors contributing to it.
Eating a diet loaded with refined sugar and carbohydrates, a diet rich in sugar or a diet laden with foods that convert to sugar, like processed foods made with refined grains and alcohol, all encourage yeast growth. The sugar creates a perfect environment for the yeast to thrive and quickly multiply.
How Candida Gets Out of Control
Taking oral contraceptives—Taking a birth control pill causes an pset in hormones, which disrupts the good bacteria in the gut.
Living a very high-stress life—When you are stressed, the body releases cortisol, a hormone that depresses your immune system and increases blood sugar. The yeast feeds on the increased sugar and the immune system is too weak to stop it, and growth gets out of hand. In addition, if you remain stressed for a long period of time, your adrenal glands become ineffective and your immune system can be further compromised.
Antibiotics—While antibiotics effectively kill the harmful bacteria that make you sick, they also kill the friendly bacteria in your digestive system. This leaves you defenseless to fungus and yeast, which can quickly take over your gut.
How Do I Know if I Have a Yeast Problem?