Staying Healthy

How Do I Know I Have Yeast Overgrowth?

In my book, ReSet The Yeast Connection, I define Yeast Overgrowth Syndrome (YOS) by saying:

Candidiasis, Candida Related Complex, Candida Hypersensitivity, and Yeast Allergies are all names for what I call, Yeast Overgrowth Syndrome…It‘s a condition where yeast has overgrown and outgrown its natural environment in the large intestine and has invaded the small intestine. It is a health threat that remains untreated, mistreated, and if it‘s ever recognized, it is under-treated.

Now, that you have a working definition for YOS, let’s discuss how you would know if you have yeast overgrowth.

Do I Have Yeast Overgrowth?

The succinct answer is, “Yes.” As I’ve stated previously:

Every patient, client and customer I‘ve had over the past few years has had some level of YOS and most didn‘t know it despite thoroughly researching their condition. It seems that even alternative practitioners are ignoring YOS in favor of genetic testing, hormone evaluation, and microbiome investigation. I say that the environment created by yeast growing out of bounds and producing 178 different toxins is the reason our genes are being triggered to misbehave and our hormones are out of whack and our bacterial microbiome is out of balance.

Causes of Candida

Here are ten of the causes of candida, at least some of which you’ll recognize:

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Alcohol
  3. Steroid hormones and stress
  4. Mercury in dental fillings or vaccines containing mercury (thimerisol)
  5. Birth control pills
  6. Immunosuppressant drugs
  7. Pregnancy
  8. Diets high in sugar, carbs, yeast and yeast products, moldy foods and fermented foods
  9. Exposure to molds at home or work from untreated water damage
  10. Chlorine in drinking water, shower and bath water, and swimming pools

If you have experienced any of these causes, then read on to find out whether you might have YOS.

Can You Test for YOS?

As I shared in ReSet the Yeast Connection:

YOS is not easy to identify because yeast grows in and on everyone, so it‘s not a matter of whether you have it or not, but it‘s the quantity of yeast in the individual that‘s important. The only way you could tell if you have YOS is to miraculously have been tested for yeast antibodies when you were free of yeast and compare them to your current YOS condition.

What Are the Signs I Have YOS?

What is definite about yeast is its ability to make you crave carbs, invade every skin surface and orifice, make you itch, scratch, develop rashes, and actually make you smell yeasty or moldy! These are sure signs and symptoms of YOS that help you know what‘s going on in your body.

If you have identified any of these signs, then go on to take the Yeast Questionnaires that begin on page 71 of ReSet the Yeast Connection.

I Have YOS. Now What Do I Do?

The good news is that I have written detailed information about resetting your yeast level in my book. In Chapters 5 and 6, I discuss changing your nutritional plan and the yeast protocol along with detoxification support. Stay tuned, and in the future, we’ll have more articles on how to work with the nutritional plan and yeast protocol.


Dr. Carolyn Dean