Antibiotics can disrupt our healthy bacterial balance by killing off our beneficial bacteria together with the bad, infection-causing bacteria, leaving the perfect environment for yeast and other harmful bacteria to grow and flourish. Harmful bacterial or yeast can also grow with use of the birth control pill, immune compromise, steroid medications, diabetes and excessive consumption of sugar, carbohydrates or alcohol.
Symptoms of yeast or bacterial imbalance include:
Depression and irritability
Brain fog and poor concentration
Bloating and gas
Cravings for sugar and sweets
Less obvious symptoms also include the following:
Constipation or diarrhea
Recurrent sinus infections
Recurrent urinary tract infections
Recurrent vaginal infections
There are different strains of harmful yeast and bacteria, which means that not all cases will respond to the same treatment. Using a combination of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agents for at least four to six weeks is the best approach and be sure to remove sugar, vinegar, fermented foods, mushrooms and any product containing yeast from your diet.
You may benefit from completing a candida or parasite cleanse if you find sugar, vinegars, wine, beer, certain fruits, or carbohydrates trigger your abdominal bloating.
Start taking 3 capsules of Vitamin Candida or Ultra MFP at breakfast but you must also make a plan to change your diet. The Supercharged Hormone Diet detox is a great start for those with problems with yeast and bad bacteria. Bloating can be water retention – usually caused by lack of enough water taken in and lack of electrolytes especially magnesium and potassium.
If you have a yeast overgrowth, parasites, or are in need of a digestive detox – I formulated Clear Detox – Digestive Health specifically to support gentle cleansing of the digestive tract. The recommended dosage is five capsules at bedtime and it should be taken with a probiotic supplement for optimal results.
For more information on yeast and what to do to get rid of an overgrowth read here.