Candida Yeast Infection Leaky Gut, Irritable Bowel and Food Allergies
Over a lifetime, the average person ingests more than 25 tons of food that provide the nutrients each of us needs to survive. Unfortunately, this food may also contain harmful bacteria, viruses, and toxins that can be damaging to the system.
Candida overgrowth (candida albicans) can lead to candida yeast infection and Leaky gut syndrome which is medically referred to as intestinal permeability. Leaky gut is a major gastrointestinal disorder that occurs when openings develop in the gut wall. These tiny holes can be created when candida overgrowth moves to a more serious stage of candida yeast infection and the candida yeast grows roots or hypha (plural hyphae) which is a long, branching filamentous cell of a fungus. This fungal growth is a more advanced stage of development in the candida albicans yeast infection. The hyphae spreads the bowel wall cells apart so that acidic, harmful microorganisms and macromolecules are then able to pass through (leak) these openings and enter the circulatory system. Thus the name Leaky Gut. The body is alerted to the invader and creates antibodies for protection, activates the immune system, and thus is born a food allergy. Food allergies are directly linked to leaky gut and candida yeast infection overgrowth.
As a result, leaky gut syndrome and candida yeast infection can directly lead to many other systemic inflammatory and immune-related symptoms beyond food allergies, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, eczema, fibromyalgia, Crohn's disease, Raynaud's phenomenon, chronic urticaria (hives), and inflammatory bowel disease. These are all generally referred to as conditions of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Thus candida yeast infection and candida overgrowth is related to IBS in all its forms. Major signs and symptoms of leaky gut syndrome include:
- Facial swelling upon exposure to strong smells
- Bloating, gas, and cramps immediately after eating
- Alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
- Headaches, poor concentration, and irritability
- Food Allergies
- Lack of concentration
Inflammation of the gut lining, often involving candida yeast overgrowth, is the primary symptom of leaky gut syndrome and IBS. The originating cause may be Rx drug use and antibiotics which kill off healthy probiotic flora. Gut inflammation, from candida yeast infection, is usually instigated by one or several of the following factors:
- Prescription hormones (e.g., birth control pills and/or hormone replacement therapy) and prescription corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone).
- Excessive use of antibiotics which kills off health bacteria, causing dysbiosis, candida overgrowth and candida yeast infection.
- Processed foods, as well as foods and beverages contaminated by parasites, fungus, and/or mold which promote the growth of candida yeast infection.
- Increased amounts of refined carbohydrates (e.g., candy bars, cookies, cake, soft drinks, and white bread) which also promote the growth of candida yeast overgrowth and dysbiosis.
- Increased alcohol and caffeine consumption. Remember that alcohol is a natural result of yeast overgrowth and sugar.
While a majority of patients diagnosed with candida yeast overgrowth, leaky gut syndrome, IBS and food allergies take a combination of antacids, NSAIDs, and other over-the-counter and Rx medications in hopes of relieving symptoms, these conventional treatments often prove to be ineffective and toxic and causing more leaky gut and candida yeast overgrowth.
Fortunately, several natural functional medicine approaches have been shown to support the relief of leaky gut syndrome and candida albicans yeast infection and candida overgrowth.
The most successful way of treating candida albicans, candida yeast infection, dysbiosis, IBS, leaky gut and food allergies is through a long term, phased approach involving lifestyle changes, diet changes and supplementation based on testing and supervision. For more information on this program visit our Candida Program