Excess yeast growing in the gut can cause gas (flatulence) and abdominal bloating. The yeast that overgrows and becomes pathogenic in the digestive system are all in the genus Candida. When the yeast multiply and overgrow, they produce ever increasing amounts of carbon dioxide as they digest sugars. Research indicates that single yeast cells produce the most carbon dioxide. Some species of Candida also can change form and become long germ tubes (known as hyphae). The germ tube form of Candida produces far less carbon dioxide and more ethanol. Germ tube developing Candida species, such as Candida albicans, may not be what is in your digestive system if yeast is causing the bloating. The yeast cell variety of Candida, such as Candida glabrata, may in fact be overgrowing in your gut.
Whatever type of yeast is in your digestive system, you can kill them naturally with herbs and essential oils. You can also help your bowels out by adding probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. Getting your digestive system microbiota in line is one way you can alleviate your gas and bloating; all the while these helpful bacteria will fight off yeast. If you’ve got some time, Candida Hub has information on herbs, essential oils, and probiotics. It should prove useful!
Candida Dieting and Excess Gas
If you are on an anti-Candida diet, you may be eating increased amounts of fiber rich vegetables. The soluble fiber in vegetables is not fully broken down in the stomach and therefore makes its way into the small and large intestines. When there, it is food for bacteria; which produce gas as a by product of their metabolism. Your bloating and gas could be a direct result of eating high amounts of soluble fiber. There are various products that can help reduce the amount of gas created by the bacteria in your intestines; it may help to try one. However, if you suspect that your bloating is caused by Candida, and you do not eat a lot of soluble fiber, Candida may very well be the cause.
A popular voice in yeast related health issues is Dr. C. Orian Truss. Dr. Truss is often quoted by Dr. William Crook in his Yeast Connection series of books. Dr. Truss was a forerunner advancing the awareness of Candida induced illness. In one of his papers, published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry [10.4 (1981): 228-238], he talks about multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who dramatically improved by undergoing anti-Candida therapy. One of these women found that after she went on a “carbohydrate binge,” she would develop severe bloating and other digestive problems. Dr. Truss relates her story briefly in his paper stating:
A 31 year-old woman developed MS three years before nystatin was started one year ago. She started improving immediately and was asymptomatic by eight months unless, as she says, she would go "on a carbohydrate binge." This would induce abdominal bloating, diarrhea, and faint suggestions of tingling in her extremities.
Many types of Candida, such as Candida albicans, are dimorphic; i.e., they can exist in two different forms. One form is that of a single celled yeast; also known as a blastoconidia. The other, more virulent form, is a hyphal germ tube. One study, published in Infection and Immunity [12.1 (1975): 119-127], found that single yeast cells produce significantly more carbon dioxide than hyphal cells. When the two different forms of Candida albicans were observed, the yeast produced about ten times more carbon dioxide after 120 minutes of growth. The upward trend of carbon dioxide production by yeast cells would have perhaps continued to grow steadily as the yeast cells multiplied. This could mean that Candida species that do not grow hyphae, such as Candida glabrata, would produce more gas than Candida albicans would. Candida albicans would certainly begin to change into a hyphal form of growth and generally produce far less gas.
So, if you do suffer from intense bloating and gas, you may have Candida glabrata in your digestive system. Yet, it would be impossible to tell what species of Candida are in your gut without getting a doctor to culture a sample of your stool. Although Candida albicans, in its hyphal form, produces less carbon dioxide, it does still produce some. And, if you have enough yeast overgrowth in your intestines, any type of Candida will cause a fair amount of gas as it metabolizes sugars.
The two charts below, both taken from the study, illustrate the difference in carbon dioxide and ethanol production of yeast cells and hyphal cells. Filamentous cells are the hyphal growth type of Candida; the ordinary yeast cells are not hyphal germ tubes. The chart on the left shows the ethanol production rates for these two cell types; the x axis covers a 6 hour time frame. The chart on the right indicates carbon dioxide gas production by the two cell types; the x axis covers a 120 minute time frame.
Another study, published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine [5.155 (1990): 8], focused on the oral intake of the grapefruit seed extract product ParaMicrocidin. The subjects of the study all had some form of dysbiosis (abnormal gut microbiota). 25 patients, aged 16 to 41 years, were examined in the study. Of these 25 patients, 14 reported intermittent constipation, diarrhea, and flatulence. Bloating and abdominal discomfort were also reported by these 14 that seemed to flare up after eating a carbohydrate rich meal. The duodenum fluid (the upper area of the small intestine) and fecal matter of the patients all revealed an increased amount of hemolytic coliforms and staphylococci, Candida spp., Geotrichum spp., and pathogenic Clostridia. These types of microscopic life in the digestive system are often associated with a reduction in probiotic bacteria that produce lactic acid in the digestive system.
The researchers found that the digestive symptoms, including excess gas, were ameliorated by taking ParaMicrocidin grapefruit seed extract. The quotation below is taken from the study and contains the response of the researchers; their comments are on how effective ParaMicrocidin was at dealing with the patient’s digestive problems. Below the quotation is a chart showing how well grapefruit seed extract inhibited the growth of various bacteria and fungi in vitro (in a test tube).
No side-effects were registered during the whole study. Clinically, a definite improvement of constipation, flatulence, abdominal discomfort and night rest was noticed after 4 weeks of ParaMicrocidin intake (capsules) in all 15 patients.
Therefore, taking a natural product like grapefruit seed extract may help reduce your bloating and gas. If you are suffering from other digestive maladies, using the natural antimicrobial, grapefruit seed extract, may also help improve those symptoms as well. According to the study, ParaMicrocidin was most effective against Candida, Geotrichum sp. and hemolytic E. Coli. If your bloating is related to one of these microbes, grapefruit seed extract should help you!
Fennel for Gas and Bloating
According to a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Laboratory Animal Sciences [31.1 (2004): 9-17]: “fennel and its herbal drug preparations are used for dyspeptic complaints such as mild, spasmodic gastro-intestinal complaints, bloating, and flatulence.” According to a study published in the Arabian Journal of Chemistry : “Foeniculum vulgare (Apiaceae) commonly known as fennel is a well known and important medicinal and aromatic plant widely used as carminative, digestive, lactogogue and diuretic and in treating respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders.” The study also cited research proving that fennel essential oil and its seed extracts have anti-Candida activity (research cited was published in the Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences [v. 14(1)], and found fennel seed extract inhibited C. albicans, C. tropicalis and C.glabrata). Consequently, fennel seed could reduce the amount of gas building up in your system and also work to fight off Candida.
12 Hour Cure for Yeast Infection
One woman, Sarah Summer, had a particular difficult battle with Candida. Summer, like many women, suffered from repeated episodes of vaginal yeast infections. No matter what remedy she tried to eliminate her vaginal infection, she found it would only work for a short period of time. Before long, she would develop yet another yeast infection.
Sarah, after getting some horrible news from her doctor that she had developed an untreatable yeast infection, decided to investigate her health situation personally. Together with her husband Robert, the two began to focus on the root causes of Candidiasis; not merely trying to treat surface level symptoms.
After a lot of research, and trying various remedies, the two figured out how to address the underlying physiological issues that give Candida the open door it needs to invade the body. After they effectively remedied these predispositions to Candidiasis, Sarah found she was finally yeast infection free. Candida was totally under control and her body was no longer being destroyed by it.
After sharing her findings with other people, they all reported back that their yeast infections were totally gone within 12 hours of trying Sarah’s treatment. Many have their personal testimonies on Sarah’s website. Sarah decided to publish a book detailing how to eliminate yeast from the body and cure an infection in 12 hours. Her book is backed by her 8 week, 100% money back guarantee. The publisher of her book, a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated, allows you to download her book instantly if you decide to get it.
If you’d like more information on Sarah’s book, see opinions of others who have tried it, or learn more about her personal struggle with Candida, you may want to peruse Sarah Summer’s website.
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