Having excess yeast in the body can wreak havoc on your immune system, and subjugate you to various immune responses and inflammation. These reactions to Candida, along with the toxins Candida will produce, can leave you feeling terrible. The late Dr. William Crook, in many of his books on yeast connected health issues, states a wide array of symptoms can occur due to yeast in the body. Some of these symptoms include: constantly getting sick, generally feeling lousy, constant bouts of lethargy, and recurrent vaginal or penile yeast infections.
The general method Dr. Crook uses, to determine if you indeed have too much yeast in your body causing your maladies, is to see how you respond to antifungal therapy. Typically, this includes a low carbohydrate, vegetable rich diet along with some form of oral antifungal therapy. The key is to eliminate the primary source of yeast in the body: a yeast infection in the gut. Once Candida overgrowth in the gut has been halted, and the good probiotic bacteria re-established therein, Candida disseminating to other parts of the body should not be a concern.
If you have had repeat episodes of vaginal yeast infections, you may very well have Candida overgrowth in the gut. The yeast in the intestines and colon will migrate from the anus to the vagina and recolonize the vagina. If you clear up your vaginal yeast infection, and you do not add probiotics to the vagina, you are prone to again be reinfected by yeast that are thriving in your digestive system.
Research on Yeast in the Body
One very interesting study, was published in Annals of Surgery [179.5 (1974): 697]. The research discussed Candida sepsis (the presence of Candida in tissues of the body). The study stated, that open wounds, typically do not account for the dissemination of Candida throughout the body. The primary route, through which Candida was seen to find its way into the body, was by absorption through the intestinal wall (particularly the jejunum—which is a part of the small intestine). Dogs used in the study, were given doses of Candida, in either the stomach, intestines, or colon. When high enough levels of Candida were administered at these sites, nearly all the dogs would develop Candida in other tissues of their body or blood.
The researchers then decided to try this test on primates; as their digestive systems are accustomed to mostly plants—dogs mostly eat low carbohydrate diets. Primates given Candida in their intestines—even at the lowest levels—nearly always developed Candida infections in other areas of the body. The colon of primates, when inoculated with Candida, did not frequently result in Candida dissemination. The researchers speculated, that this was due, to the vibrant colonies of bacteria present in the colon of the primates.
The study relates, that eliminating Candida in the gut, is a critical step in curing yeast infections of the body. Trying to use therapies that do not go through the digestive system alone, could prove useless, according to the researchers. Also, the researchers state that the elimination of antibiotic drug therapy, is also essential in halting yeast overgrowth in the gut. Without terminating the antibiotic drug’s killing of probiotic microorganisms, the gut can never be reverted back to a state where bacteria—not yeast—dominate the digestive system.
Another study, published in Infection and Immunity [64.12 (1996): 5085-5091], sought to understand if Candida could penetrate an endothelial layer (layer of cells that are on the inside of blood vessels which serve as a physical barrier preventing the escape of the encased substances). The study used a bovine aortic endothelial layer, and placed Candida inside a lumen (a hollow, tubular structure) encased with this endothelial layer. The researchers found, that Candida albicans would migrate through this endothelial layer, to the outside of the lumen. The rate of sugars permeating the endothelial layer would increase before Candida would migrate through the layer; possibly due to the holes being drilled in it by Candida albicans hyphae (germ tube growths). Higher concentrations of sugar, Candida colonies, and increased time all caused more migration of the yeast across the endothelial barrier. A species of Candida that could not grow hyphae, also was able to migrate through the endothelial barrier, but at a much slower rate.
The intestinal vascular walls also have an endothelial barrier, and as discussed in the leaky gut and Candida article. Candida can also effectively destroy the mucous that is on the surface of the intestinal walls. Given the aforementioned Annals of Surgery study, and this research, it is clear that Candida cells can make their way from the gut to other parts of the body. If you have yeast infecting various parts of the body, you should consequently focus on eliminating it from your digestive system. It is likely that the source of all the yeast in your body is an overgrowth of the fungus in the gut.
This process whereby which Candida can first adhere to tissue in the body, and then break it down, was examined by a study published in Infection and Immunity [42.1 (1983): 374-384]. The study used vascular endothelial tissue (the layer of tissue that lines the inside of the blood vessels) that was removed quickly after a porcupine was sacrificed. The tissue was chilled and used quickly to ensure it would be similar in viability as actual tissue in a living organism. The study found that Candida albicans and Candida parapsilosis were able to adhere to the best to this tissue. The research found that even Candida cells that were killed could adhere to the endothelial tissue. After the yeast was allowed to incubate with the endothelium, it could burrow deep into the tissue within 60 minutes. The authors speculated, that the action of burrowing by the yeast, was due to one or more enzymes that are secreted by the yeast. Although the yeast adhered to the tissue while dead, they did not burrow into the endothelium; which shows the endothelium is not responsible by itself for this penetration.
Research supporting the fact that yeast in the gut can migrate across the intestinal tissue barrier into the bloodstream, was conducted and published in the journal Infection and Immunity [31.2 (1981): 783-791]. The study used mice who were given inoculations of Candida albicans in their gastric system. The study found, a strain of Candida albicans was able to spread systemically from the gastrointestinal tract to the spleen, kidneys, and liver after 3 hours passed from inoculation. The study also looked at the fecal droppings of the mice to determine how well the yeast would persist in the digestive system after inoculation. The study found that a significant number of mice remained colonized up to 10 weeks.
One method Candida uses to adhere to, and break down, host tissue is via the secretion of proteinase (an enzyme that works to break down proteins). A study that discussed Candida proteinase, was published in Infection and Immunity [56.3 (1988): 626-631]. The authors speculated that Candida proteinase may play a key role in fungal invasion, and the destruction of the host’s tissues. The study focused on the beginning stages of Candida colonizing the mucous membranes. The study used samples of the outer layer of oral skin from healthy human volunteers. The researchers found that the yeast blastospores (single celled yeast that are not transitioning to their hyphal form) quickly attached to the skin surface. After the yeast grew for four hours, germ tubes could occasionally be seen penetrating through the skin’s surface. The study concluded, that Candida proteinase may play a key role in the early stages of infection, when it attaches itself to the host’s tissue.
Another study discussed the fungal microbiota in the digestive system and how it relates to gastrointestinal diseases. The research was published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics [39.8 (2014): 751-766]. The study states that Candida species are the most common commensal fungi in the intestines. Now, commensal means that Candida lives with other life and receives a benefit from the other form of life without causing damage to it. Typically, Candida do not cause any problem in a human’s body. The research also discusses mycotoxins; which are toxic chemicals produced by fungi. Candida albicans produces the mycotoxin gliotoxin; and, gliotoxin may play a significant role in Candida’s ability to overgrow and induce infection (Shah, Glover, Larsen; 1995). The study states that mycotoxins’ effects on the digestive system, primarily entail disruption of gastrointestinal operations and carcinogenicity. The study states that Candida species are the most common cause of gastric, invasive fungal infection.
Since Candida can produce the mycotoxin gliotoxin and ferment sugars into alcohol, these substances can rapidly start impacting the body negatively. It is possible for Candida to bore into the tissues it has colonized; and, possibly reach the bloodstream, in severe cases. The things like alcohol, produced by Candida’s metabolisms, can readily enter the blood even without the damage to the epithelial layers of the colonized tissue. Thus, Candida can cause a host of problems, that can ruin a person’s general health. Candida in the body is often overlooked by physicians; and, instead of treating the yeast, they merely prescribe antibiotics and allergy medications, to address the symptoms of this underlying problem.
By getting rid of yeast in your digestive system, you can ameliorate your health and start feeling like yourself again. And, the intestines can become an important reservoir for yeast; the yeast eliminated via defecation can quickly make its way to the genital area. The result of yeast in the gut, can be recurrent genital fungal infections.
How to Get Rid of Too Much Yeast in the Body
To get rid of excess yeast in the body, you—as you may have guessed—need to eliminate it first from the digestive system. The article on gut yeast infections will discuss this issue; and, present a cleanse program you can employ to start fighting Candida overgrowth in the gut. Once you have started to address the digestive system, you can use various herbs and essential oils, to naturally eliminate yeast in other areas of the body.
Essential oils are great to use in a diffuser and steam inhalation; as they will enter the lungs and be absorbed into the bloodstream. This will allow the blood to contain various antifungal compounds that can start fighting yeast that has made its way into your blood. These chemicals will also then find their way to the various organs of the body. You can also ingest various herbs to help increase the antifungal chemicals in the blood. Herbal remedies are sometimes safe to take orally, and can start changing the chemistry of the body.
If you do have some form of debilitating immune disorder (like HIV), or have some major health situation (like cancer), you should consult a doctor about your yeast problem. Candidemia, a yeast infection in the blood, can occur; this can prove fatal for individuals with an impaired immune system. And, if enough yeast disseminates to the body, you can also develop a life threatening infection. Yet, even if you do get prescribed prescription antifungals, many herbs have been shown in research, to greatly increase the efficacy of antifungal drugs. So make sure you incorporate natural remedies into your yeast killing plan to see the best results possible from your therapy.
Sarah Summer’s Natural Cure for Yeast Infection PDF
Sarah Summer is one woman who had to take her health situation into her own hands to finally get free from Candida’s grasp. Like many women, she suffered from recurrent vaginal Candidiasis. Her use of various treatments that dealt with symptoms only went on for some time. Until, she developed a particularly severe yeast infection.
Sarah, after seeing the severity of her vaginal infection, went quickly to her doctor. Sarah’s doctor told her that her yeast infection had actually become a mold inside her body. The doctor told her that not only was this problem difficult to treat, it was impossible to cure. Faced with having to live a long time with this aggravated yeast infection, she decided to look for any answers she could find.
Together with her husband Robert, Sarah Summer began researching medical journals and materials to discover how to address the root causes of her Candida problem. She eventually learned how to address these underlying physiological issues and developed a natural treatment to wipe out yeast infections. Quickly after she applied her knowledge, her new therapy delivered great results—she was totally yeast free! Others who she shared her therapy with also reported that they were totally healed in 12 hours time.
Sarah decided to publish her findings in a book to help others. She also offers an 8 week 100% money back guarantee on her publication. If, for any reason at all, you find the book was not up to your expectations, you can get a prompt refund of your investment. Sarah’s book is available in a downloadable PDF file and can be accessed immediately. Her book is published by a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. You can learn more about Sarah Summer and her book at her website.
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