Constipation and yeast infections are two conditions that have been around for a long time. And, they both may be related. The bacteria in the gut are important for maintaining regular bowel movements and keeping Candida in check. A study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology [13.1 (1980): 45-56] shows that about half of the dry weight of human feces is bacteria. This significant amount of bacteria will certainly play a major role in the health of the digestive system. If you have undergone antibiotic therapy, you may have more yeast and less bacteria in your intestines. Yeast are not harmed by antibiotics and so overgrow rapidly when these natural competitors are wiped out. Yeast can quickly transform from a harmless commensal to a virulent pathogen given such opportunities. High levels of yeast in the bowels keeps probiotics from gaining too much of a foothold; and, thus may be responsible for constipation. Yeast also reduces the amount of magnesium in the gut--another reason you may have slower motility of digesting food.
Research on Candida’s Relationship with Constipation
One study, published in Digestive and Liver Disease [37.11 (2005): 838-849], indicates that intestinal microbiota plays a role in constipation. Helpful probiotics like species in the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus genuses were totally absent in many of the constipated individuals. And, even if present, were in reduced numbers than those found in the control group (which were not suffering from constipation). Also, about one third of constipated individuals had Staphylococcus aureus in their fecal matter; whereas individuals in the control group had none of this pathogenic bacteria in their stools. Lack of good probiotic colonies in the gut also likely contributed to the shockingly higher rates of Candida prevalence--more than half of the constipated subjects had 10 to 100 times as much Candida yeast in their stools. The study reiterates many of these facts in describing the results of the research, stating:
In this study, the microbiological studies revealed significant changes in the composition of the faecal microflora among constipated patients. A suppression of major species of the obligate microflora was paralleled by an increased pool of potentially pathogenic microorganisms: common E. coli in 40.3% of the cases, atypical E. coli in 19.3%, S. aureus in 33.3% and enterobacteria in 21%. These changes were most pronounced among those who were most severely constipated and demonstrated the slowest transit through the large bowel; concentrations of E. coli and Candida were increased by 10- to 100-fold in more than half of the patients in this subgroup.
The researchers in this study also ran analyses of fecal matter on the constipated individuals after they took the laxative Bisacodyl. The researchers found that the microbiota of the fecal matter seemed to be more normalized after the subjects took the laxative. Yet, the levels of Candida and other pathogenic bacteria in the fecal matter of the constipated subjects did not stay normal. At 3 months after the termination of the laxative treatment, abnormal fecal microbiota was seen--including the presence of Candida and mould. The study states the following regarding its findings:
Furthermore, normalisation of evacuatory function by Bisacodyl treatment was accompanied by a relative normalisation of the microflora; the number of patients with normal concentrations of bifidobacteria, E. coli and other commensal microorganisms increased 1.5- to 2-fold. Following the discontinuation of therapy, prior abnormalities returned.
Another study, published in the journal Infection and Immunity [42.1 (1983): 285-292], shows how the pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus bacteria can create a hazardous synergy with Candida albicans. The researchers took various strains of Staphylococcus aureus and determined the dose needed to kill mice. They then combined Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans and determined the lethal dose for an inoculation of both pathogens. The dose at which one strain of Staphylococcus aureus with Candida albicans killed mice was 70,000 times smaller than that strain of Staphylococcus aureus alone. Likewise, all the other strains of Staphylococcus aureus used with Candida albicans were much more lethal than the strain of Staphylococcus aureus alone (useful charts from the study showing this data can be found here). This could indicate how the hazardous bacteria, that constipation victims seem to prone to, can work with Candida in the gut to cause greater damage to their host. This could possibly be a reason why the large intestine isn’t performing well and not mobilizing waste quick enough.
Magnesium, Constipation, and Candida
Magnesium in the bowels is osmotic; i.e. it absorbs water and therefore pulls water into the bowels. Magnesium can also help relax the bowels and allow digesting food to move through more easily. Osmotic laxatives, such as magnesium citrate, are often used to relax the bowels and add water to the digesting food. As you may know, many laxatives contain magnesium. So, having this mineral in your digestive system may play a key part in keeping you regular.
A study, published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences [28.9 (1983): 812-819], found that magnesium would expedite bowel movements and also cause the body to absorb less nutrients from the food. A lack of magnesium in your diet could therefore cause you to intake more calories and have slower bowel movements.
Candida also loves magnesium and can absorb it right out of your intestines and into itself. A study published in FEMS Microbiology Letters [77.2-3 (1991): 187-193] reported that magnesium was required for exponential growth of Candida albicans yeast cells. Another study, published in the Journal of General Microbiology [130.8 (1984): 1941-1945], showed a strong relationship between Candida and magnesium. Candida albicans used in the study required magnesium to form germ tube hyphal growths. When Candida albicans was grown in a magnesium deficient environment, germ tube growth did not occur. The germ tube growth phase of the yeast also caused a sharp increase in the amount of magnesium the yeast cells took in. A non-hyphal forming strain of Candida did not take in much magnesium; consequently, only hyphal forming Candida species may dramatically drain gut magnesium. The researchers stated the following about their findings:
Cell Mg content during exponential yeast-phase growth remained constant but increased throughout germ-tube formation. The onset of germ-tube formation coincided with a sharp peak in Mg concentration within the cells. Yeast-phase cells of strain CA2, which did not form germ-tubes, had a lower Mg content and failed to accumulate Mg when incubated under conditions for germ-tube formation.
Consequently, if you have a significant amount of hyphal forming yeast in your gut, you could very well be lacking magnesium. But, be cautious if you are thinking about using a magnesium laxative. The increase in magnesium in the gut will also spur the development of hyphal forming Candida. So, you may want to eliminate the yeast in your gut first and use a magnesium free laxative while you go through your yeast cleansing process.
Natural Solutions for Constipation
The late Dr. William Crook, in his book Tired--So Tired and the Yeast Connection, recommends using probiotics to ameliorate your digestive health. Infact, Dr. Crook has an entire chapter in the aforementioned book dedicated to probiotics. Dr. Crook recommends the use of two popular probiotics: Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Crook cites an expert in the book and said the three main criteria for choosing a probiotic are:
- Ability of the bacteria to survive bile and gastric acid.
- Ability of the bacteria to adhere to the epithelium of the alimentary canal (this is the tube going from mouth to anus).
- A supplement should have an adequate number of live organisms.
Having enough good bacteria in your digestive system may be a key to stopping constipation. Probiotics also take up space on epithelium adhesion sites, eat up sugars, and some secrete lactic acid. These three things can all help reduce the ability of Candida to overgrow in the digestive system. So, getting your intestinal microbiota balanced could help with both Candida and constipation!
To get rid of constipation without using magnesium rich laxatives, you can try taking flax seeds. Flaxseed has been utilized for centuries to get rid of constipation. The seeds themselves contain somewhere between 6 to 12% mucilage. Mucilage is a gummy substance that will give the stool softness. Mucilage can also coat the digestive tract and give it more natural protection.
In addition to flaxseed, if you are not getting enough fiber and water in your diet, this may be a key reason why you are constipated. So, make sure to eat plenty of fiber rich foods or supplement with fiber. And, keep drinking enough water. What if protein tended to harden the stool? Perhaps you should try and avoid eating a lot of meats.
Colon Hydrotherapy for Constipation
I have heard a story about a man who ate 3 meals a day and only took a bowel movement perhaps one time a week. His problem with constipation was solved after undergoing colon irrigation. There was also another story I heard about a man getting a barbie doll shoe removed from his colon using this therapy; apparently something he ate when he was perhaps a child. There is a lot of discussion about how valuable such a therapy may be; and, a lot of opinions on both sides. Candida Hub has an article on this subject you may want to check out: Colon Hydrotherapy Candida Cleanse.
Get Rid of Gut Yeast!
Candida Hub’s Gut Yeast article contains a natural digestive system cleanse to kill Candida. You may find reading up on the subject of gut yeast helpful and you may benefit from doing the natural cleanse! With the possible connection between Candida and constipation, this therapy could give you the edge in your battle with constipation.
12 Hour Natural Cure for Candida Infections
One woman, Sarah Summer, fought an arduous battle with Candida. Like a few unfortunate women, she suffered from recurrent vaginal yeast infections. Like many women, each time she used a treatment for curing her yeast infection, it would work initially; however, in time, the infection would come back yet again. Sarah’s personally story about her battle with Candida is not as rare as you would imagine; many women find themselves struggling with vaginitis that just won’t stop!
This cycle of product use and Candida recurrence went on for some time. Until, one day, Sarah found herself suffering from a particularly severe vaginal yeast infection. Sarah quickly went to her doctor to get herself checked out and hopefully get this unusual infection cured. Her doctor, after examining her, told her that her yeast infection was indeed severe. Sarah’s doctor told her that the yeast had developed into a mould in her vagina and had sent out tendrils into her body and was intrenched therein. The doctor said that not only was this infection difficult to treat, it was “impossible” to cure. Faced with having to struggle with a yeast infection like this, Sarah decided to investigate solutions to her problem personally.
Together with her husband Robert, Sarah began to practically live in a medical library. The two tried many remedies and explored many aspects of Candidiasis. Sarah decided to turn her attention to the root causes of her infection, and not just try to eliminate surface level symptoms alone. In time, Sarah developed a treatment and found that she was totally cured of her yeast infection. And, her yeast infections stayed gone--no more recurrent vaginitis!
Sarah shared her findings with others and they reported that their yeast infections were gone in 12 hours using her methods. Sarah decided to publish a book detailing her treatment and help others who suffered with the same problem she did. Her remedy is all natural, safe, and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Sarah also offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee on her book for anyone skeptical of her treatment’s efficacy. If your not satisfied with the book, you can get a prompt refund.
Sarah has published her book via a large online publisher; a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. If you’d like to read more about Sarah story, see other people’s personal testimonies of using her treatment, or get in touch with her, you can do all these things at Sarah Summer’s website.
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