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(Almost) Everything We Needed To Know We Learned From Women’s Magazines

The Body-Wide Impact of Yeast

Yes yes — we are devotees of women’s magazines.  Rain or shine, happy or sad — we always thought we’d find the truth hidden within their pages.  We don’t buy them anymore — blame that on the economy, and also as we got (much) older we got tired of the unfulfilled promises that the pages held (the covers promised so much!!)

We still like Martha Beck in Oprah’s magazine, and a select few others.  As we’re always working on decluttering our respective abodes, we still scanned some articles out of the recycling bin-bound stacks of mags.  This is one.

Reading the list of symptoms, one of us is reminded of an aunt who, indeed, suffers from many of these symptoms.  But has any doctor ever said, let’s look at your yeast levels?  Nope.  Instead it was more meds and antibiotics and inhalers and snifflers and whatever else was in vogue.

Maybe, just maybe, it’s easier to clean out the system.  The women who were interviewed for this article which ran in First for women on 9/6/2012 (that’s be almost exactly two years ago!  Pretty neat) certainly seem to think so.  This is of course a much simplified version — we’ve yet to review Donna Gates Body Ecology in depth (we’re considering doing that before turning to Mimi Kirk’s book) — it was only four pages with about half of the real estate dedicated to photographs.

Hang on for a minute, though — we’re going to publish this page to make the midnight deadline, and come back with some details.

OK – so — Candidiasis is a yeast overgrowth in the gut that triggers fatigue and weight gain.  However, UCLA researchers say it takes only 10 days to remedy the condition.

Yeast is a type of fungus that is always present in small amounts in the gut.  Normally, it is kept in check by probiotics, the good bacteria that counteracts and prevents yeast production and spread.  Still, many different factors can negatively influence the probiotics in our system: exposure to toxins, sugar, chronic stress or overuse of antibiotics.  In fact, a simple flu, food poisoning or another illness can disrupt the microbial balance for years to come.

An overgrowth of yeast leads to significant weight gain by triggering intense cravings (once yeast has spread throughout the digestive tract, they demand carbs which lead to carb cravings which are nearly impossible to resist; those carbs, in turn, fuel the further multiplying of yeast).

Yeast can have a negative impact on the thyroid (the immune system attempts to destroy yeast, the result being the production of inflammatory compounds that suppress thyroid functions, all of which reduces the body’s ability to convert food and fat into energy.

Yeast causes belly bloat — when yeast ferments carbs, it produces toxic waste for which the body tries to make up by retaining water, to dilute the toxins.  Hence the bloat, which can add significant inches to the waistline.

Besides making us fat and tired, yeast overgrowth can present itself as:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability and/or mood swings
  • Troubled digestion (heartburn, bloat, diarrhea, constipation)
  • Frequent yeast infections
  • Acne and/or dry, itchy skin
  • Intense carb cravings
  • A white coating on the tongue
  • Chronic congestion or sinusitis
  • Athlete’s foot or yellowing nails
  • Regular headaches or migraines

How many of these did you check off?  Three or more, and you might be in the throes of yeast overgrowth.

So what’s the 10-day detox?  We have to break off here and continue this tomorrow — it’s just getting too long.

Lots of love,

Admin 🙂






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