Yeast overgrowth is a huge immune suppressant because yeast produces 178 different yeast toxins that have to be eliminated from the body. That work uses up nutrients and takes energy away from other body functions – mostly the immune system. That’s why it’s important to focus on yeast overgrowth in today’s show because it does open the door to viral and bacterial infections.
Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) is nothing new; it’s been around for decades, ever since we began to use antibiotics in our society. Yeast itself, a cousin to molds, has grown in human bodies since Adam and Eve. Candida albicans is the main yeast in the human body. It lives there happily enough, kept in check by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. These bacteria make vitamins and help digest excess sugar that gets past the small intestine. A very special group of bacteria make lactic acid, which protects the gut and vagina against yeast.
When you begin taking antibiotics, this happy bacterial environment can become unbalanced. Antibiotics wipe out most of the good and the bad bacteria leaving yeast unharmed. In the absence of any competition, yeast colonies grow into all the empty nooks and crannies of the large intestine and even the small intestine. Sugar from our diet feeds yeast and with the special lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria wiped out, there is no more production of lactic acid to protect the delicate intestinal and vaginal tissues from marauding yeast.
It is a scientific fact that when yeast cells reach a certain critical mass they change from a round budding stage to a thread-like tissue invasive stage. They are simply running out of food and looking for more. They pack their bags and migrate from their main home in the large intestine into the small intestine. In the small intestine, the yeast threads poke holes in the intestinal lining. With this superhighway to the blood stream, there is nothing to stop yeast chemical by-products (all 180 of them), undigested food molecules, bacterial toxins, and other chemicals from taking a one-way ride. The holes are not necessarily big enough to allow yeast to get into the blood stream, so there is no blood infection of yeast, just hundreds of waste products that should be flushed down the toilet that ends up causing head-to-toe symptoms leak into the blood. Yes, leaky gut happens when toxins leak into the blood stream and tissues of the body.
When these toxins hit the blood stream they trigger widespread inflammatory and allergy reactions. Many of the toxins like aldehyde, alcohol, zymosan, arabinitol, and gliotoxin have been named. They impair the immune system and the central nervous system. Others block thyroid function, impair female hormones and cause symptoms of PMS and aggravate menopause but haven’t yet been properly studied. Inflammation is being investigated as the underlying cause of heart disease, bowel disease, arthritic conditions, and autoimmune disease. It is also intimately involved with weight gain, fatigue, allergies, asthma, headaches, irritability, and dozens of other health complaints.
The bottom line: yeast overgrowth will cause the immune system to overwork trying to deal with the toxic overload. This places chronic stress on the adrenal glands, which raises cortisol levels. One thing we know about cortisol is that you can’t lose weight when your levels are elevated due to chronic stress. That’s because the body perceives stress as an emergency and the worst emergency for the body is starvation-therefore it’s never going to give up an ounce of stored fat that it might need!
Dr. Carolyn Dean has been educating people about yeast overgrowth since the early 1980s and has been recommending a dual approach to kill-off excessive yeast colonies in the body and restore the body’s natural balance and well-being. Step One – eliminate the foods that feed yeast and they begin to starve! Step Two involves restoring the body’s structure and function so your body can thrive again.
Tonight on our internet-based radio show we will talk about Yeast Overgrowth – Boosting Immune System Performance. If you yourself are unable to make the show, you have the option to email me [Ginney] and have your question or comment included in our MailBag Segment that is featured in Hour Two. Remember, the valuable information, suggestions, and insights about your health choices can always be discussed with your doctor, should you choose to do so.