What Causes Yeast Overgrowth?
Prolonged antibiotic use is believed to be the most important factor in the development of chronic Candidiasis. Antibiotics suppress the immune system and the normal intestinal bacteria that prevent yeast overgrowth.
There is little argument that when used appropriately antibiotics save lives. However, there is also little argument that antibiotics are seriously overused. Long term use of cortisone also contributes to yeast overgrowth. As the good bacteria population shrinks, the yeast, left unchecked begins to grow. A minor increase in intestinal yeast is usually not a problem. The body’s immune defenses are strong enough to keep the yeast from over growing the intestinal tract. Mild proliferation of yeast may result in this sugar-fermenting organism infecting the mouth (thrush) or vaginal lining (vaginitis). However, if left unchallenged and yeast over growth occurs, other more sinister symptoms may appear. You see these yeast can change into an invasive mycellial fungus with rhizoids (tentacle- like projections) that penetrate the lining of the intestinal tract. These projections can cause intestinal permeability and leak toxins across the cellular membranes. Penetration by these rhizoids and the resultant intestinal permeability, cause the disruption in the absorption of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. This in turn causes further nutritional deficiencies. A vicious cycle has now begun. Deficient nutrients leads to reduced immunity and further weakening of the body’s defense system. Fatigue, allergies, decreased immunity, chemical sensitivities, depression, poor memory, digestive complaints are some of the symptoms associated with this illness.
Birth control pills, food allergies, antibiotics, and corticosteroid therapy are all initiators of yeast overgrowth leading possibly to infection of the mouth (thrush) or vaginal lining (vaginitis or “a yeast infection”).
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