Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yeast A Problem?

Yeast is a problem.  While it is immensely helpful if you're trying to bake bread, having it alive and expanding in your body creates a host of problems.  Some of these health problems include:
  • Unexplained tiredness
  • Digestive troubles
  • Foggy thinking
  • Skin disorders
  • Mood swings
  • Sugar cravings
  • Vaginal itching and discharge
  • Anxiety, irritability and/or angry outbursts

You might strongly suspect yeast is the cause of these symptoms if you answer "yes" to the following questions:
  1. Have you taken one or more courses of antibiotics in the past year?
  2. Do you suffer from a high level of stress?
  3. Do you eat a lot of simple carbohydrate foods (cakes, donuts, candy, cookies, snack crackers & chips, etc.)
  4. Do you avoid or eat few fermented foods (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, cheeses)
  5. Do you frequently use antacids or acid inhibitors?
  6. Is your immunity suppressed?  (Take corticosteroid medications, have frequent colds/flu, have HIV/AIDS, etc.)
  7. Experience problems sleeping?
 Concerning both lists, the more affirmative answers you give to each item the more strongly the likelihood that yeast is contributing strongly to your body's inability to heal itself.  If you suspect yeast is a problem for you, you should make an appointment to pursue treatment.