Certain stubborn problems come into my office over and over. “I can’t seem to lose any weight, Doc. No matter what I do.” Often, this same patient will continue, “And I feel tired all the time. Something just isn’t right.”
Often, after a simple test, I find the person is suffering from a case of candida, or an overgrowth of yeast in the body. Yeast can manifest itself not only in vaginal yeast infections, but in the mouth in a condition called “thrush”, or in the person’s intestinal tract where it likely creates the most problems..
Yeast overgrowth can be caused an allergy, heightened sensitivity, stress, antibiotic usage, but most often by a diet with too much sugar which can feed yeasts in the body and cause them to give off harmful toxins that can cause fatigue, joint pain, and general malaise.
The first thing I do is recommend a change in the diet that not only starts with the full fat fast for the Silver Cloud Diet, but a cessation of yeast-containing foods, including wine, breads, vinegar, mushrooms, and cheeses except Gouda or fresh Mozzarella. Best to eliminate foods which contain these elements too. Vinegar is found in many mustards, mayos, and ketchup products as well as commercial salad dressings, so these products should be eliminated too. Yet again, you need to become an ardent label reader. Then I recommend a good probiotic, and sometimes certain enzymes.
Usually, within two weeks, the patient has lost weight, but more importantly will begin to feel like her old self, full of energy and the symptoms of the candida inflammation will have subsided.
There can be a possible temporary worsening of symptoms when treating yeast, known as the die-off reaction. This is caused by a release of protein and toxins when the yeast is killed. But I tell my patient not to worry. This will pass.
For those who are prone to Candida, it’s a good idea to stay away from breads, cheeses, mushrooms, vinegar, and any other fermented foods, including wines for a good period of time. Don’t take antibiotics unless your doctor says you absolutely must, and always take a good probiotic alongside the antibiotic to prevent the possibility of yeast overgrowth in the gut.
If you have questions about yeast, write to me here at the blog and I will answer.
Yours in Good Health,