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Chronic Yeast Infections

If you have a difficult time staying away from sugar you may have chronic yeast infections. This applies to both men and women. Candida Albicans is a yeast organism that occurs in the body. If it over flourishes and dominates the intestinal flora, it can become pathologic. Yeast overgrowth results in leaky gut syndrome, where larger molecules ordinarily contained by the gut leak into the blood vessels and cause inflammation, oxidation and disease.

Treating a chronic yeast infection makes it easier for a patient to be metabolically fit and lose weight. You should be attuned to the varied symptoms of yeast overgrowth and infection. There are allergic and upper respiratory symptoms such as asthma, body aches, headaches, nasal congestion, sinusitis and even gives. Cognitive symptoms include confusion, disorientation, fatigue and poor memory. Emotionally, you may exhibit anxiety, irritability and depression. Of course there are a myriad of gastrointestinal symptoms including gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, heartburn, lactose intolerance and rectal itching. Skin symptoms include acne, dandruff exam a, facial rash and inflammation of the hair follicles.

The many causes of yeast overgrowth and infections include overuse of antibiotics, diabetes, birth control pill use, steroid use, alcohol, antacids, diets high in sugar, intestinal parasites and excessive stress. Avoiding foods that contain fungi or molds is helpful: breads, cheeses, condiments, malt products, dried fruits and processed and smoked meats.

Treatment usually includes a prescription for an anti-fungal agent for two months. Recommended supplements include vitamin A, the B vitamins, copper, manganese and zinc among others.

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~Dr. Giannotto

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