Posted by Administrator on 7/5/2014
Did you know that difficulty with absorption and an imbalance in healthy flora in the gut can cause food sensitivities, fatigue, skin rashes, and migraine headaches among other symptoms?
Published research has listed dysbiosis, a microbial imbalance, as the cause of arthritis, autoimmune illness, b12 deficiency, chronic fatigue, cystic acne, the early stages of colon and breast cancer, eczema, food allergy/sensitivity, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and psoriasis.
Constant high levels of stress, exposure to manufactured chemicals, poor food choices, oral contraceptives, surgery, pain killers and, most commonly, the over use of antibiotics all change the healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract.
Antibiotics simultaneously kill both harmful and helpful bacteria throughout our digestive system, leaving the territory to bacteria, parasites, viruses, and yeasts that are resistant to the antibiotic that was used. These microbes produce toxins that cause negative symptoms such as pain and inflammation.
The most prevalent and obvious form of dysbiosis is a fungal
infection known as candida. Found in small amount in healthy bodies,
candida is usually kept in check by friendly flora, by our immune system and by proper
intestinal pH levels.
Symptoms candida overgrowth include abdominal bloating, anxiety,
constipation, diarrhea, depression, environmental sensitivities,
fatigue, feeling worse on damp or muggy days or in moldy places, food
sensitivities, fuzzy thinking, insomnia, low blood sugar, mood swings,
premenstrual syndrome, recurring vaginal or bladder infections, ringing
in the ears, and sensitivities to perfume, cigarettes, or fabric odors.
infections are usually triggered by use of antibiotics, birth control
pills, steroid medications and consumption of sugar. These drugs change
the balance of the intestinal tract, kill the bacteria that keep
candida in check and the fungus quickly takes hold.
Candida product toxins that can also cause negative symptoms leading to leaky gut and food allergies.
number of candida also produce greater amounts of toxins, which further
irritate and break down the intestinal lining. This damage allows
macromolecules of partially digested food to pass through (i.e. leaky gut syndrome). Your immune
system then goes on alert for these specific foods so the next time you
eat them, your antibodies will be waiting! The net result is increased
sensitivity to foods and other food substances and the environment.
What to do
from consuming alcoholic beverages, dried fruits, flours, grains,
mushrooms, sugar, vinegar and yeasted breads for at least 3 weeks. Then
reintroduce foods one at a time to test for reactions. Adding fiber
supplements and probiotics is also important to normalize and restore the gut. (*Note: take probiotics well after fiber supplement to avoid
the "good" bacteria from being swept away.)
Herxheimer reaction - feeling worse before feeling better.
When the candida are
killed, the protein fragments and endotoxins released trigger an
antibody response. This can initially produce a worsening of the
person's symptoms and is commonly known as a die-off reaction, or a
Herxheimer reaction. Therefore, begin any home remedies gently with small
doses and gradually increase. Most people feel dramatically better
within two weeks.
Additional Ways to Restore Your Gut Integrity
your "good" bacterial flora with probiotics and by adding fermented
foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchee and kefir to your diet.
- Support your digestive tract with digestive enzymes and chew your food well and slowly.
more fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables and eliminate processed foods.
Poor food choices contribute to an imbalance of gut pH and an imbalance
of good-bad bacteria in the gut.
- Reduce daily exposure to household and environmental chemicals.
- Reduce stress with daily meditation, relaxation and exercise.
- Use home remedies to heal the gut and rid your body of candida.
Natural Home Remedies for Candida/YeastProbiotic Remedies