Monday, October 4, 2010

Could Yeast be Disturbing Your Digestion?

I thought that this article is so relevant to most women, that I reprint it here.  Most medical physicians are not aware of issues with yeast.  I learned about this first many years ago by reading a book called "The Yeast Connection" by Dr. William Cook.  Yeast overgrowth or candida has become more prevailant, since the general public started taking antibiotics and steroids for infections.  It has such a devestating effect on the body.  As Dr. Cook describes, it can affect our thinking, make you feel sick all over, and disturb your digestion as Marcelle Pick reports in this article. 

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by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

The symptoms of digestive disturbances often don't seem related at first, but they can be like puzzle pieces that must be put together in order to find a solution. Gas, bloating, diarrhea, cravings, and constipation may be caused by the same issue that fuels acne, insomnia, muscle pain, and confusion. Though it seems odd, all of these symptoms -- and a long list of others -- can be traced to digestive yeast. Many women suffer for years because they don't know that their systems are struggling to handle yeast. Find out if this is the culprit causing your symptoms, and get the inside story on finding relief.

Pam first came to see me after experiencing eight long years of miserable digestive symptoms. From diarrhea, bloating, and gas to fatigue and insomnia, she was more than eager to find some answers. She’d seen a succession of doctors, including a gastroenterologist who had diagnosed her with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), given her medication, and recommended Metamucil. Like so many women with similar digestive complaints, Pam had tried this regimen, to little effect.

As Pam told me her story, tears sprung to her eyes. She felt that no one had taken her seriously before. The unfortunate truth is that many well-intentioned conventional practitioners have not been taught how to get to the root of digestive imbalances, particularly when it comes to yeast overgrowth in the gut. After my comprehensive work-up, Pam’s stool analysis confirmed the presence of parasites, systemic yeast infection, and imbalanced bacterial flora — so I reassured her that her symptoms all made perfect sense.

The best news is that Pam was able to clear her systemic yeast in a matter of months, and is now enjoying a wide variety of foods with no symptoms at all. Let’s take a closer look at how yeast overgrowth can disrupt your digestion, and how to rebalance your gut terrain to keep yeast in check — and associated symptoms to a minimum.

Marcelle is an OB/GYN NP and writes specifically on women's issues.  Make sure you visit her website and subscribe to her FREE newsletter.  The website has more detailed advice on how to deal with Candida.

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