Dr. John Dempster, a leader in Functional Medicine, says that when he meets a new patient for the first time he always asks himself what is the root cause of its health condition. He adds that he treats different kinds of patients and each of them has a unique medical history and different symptoms.
He wonders is it possible the hidden yeast in food that makes people sick.
Why Treating Symptoms Isn’t Enough
Dr. Dampter says that he is often amazed at how many symptoms, and eventually chronic health conditions, are associated with an imbalance and/or disorder in the gastrointestinal system. Demonstratively known as the Gut, the gastrointestinal system is essential to our health. Many famous professors claim that life and death begin in the colon.
Many of Dr. Dampster patients show improvements when the root causes of their symptoms are addressed, and many of these problems usually begin in their gastrointestinal system. Symptoms such as headaches, reduced mental clarity, chronic joint pain, persistent infections, skin problems, chronic fatigue often begin in the intestine.
What is the common matter plaguing gut health? It’s the hidden yeast in a food you normally consume.
But, have you ever heard that certain yeast strains are actually part of a healthy gut?
Our lifestyle and diet are posing huge stress on our intestinal microflora. Imagine this as a melting pot of bad and good bugs mixed together – all in the same place. The result is chaos. What we breathe, drink, eat and think all have the power to harm or to heal our body. An unhealthy gut can cause chronic illnesses.
There are many factors at hand that is supporting and aiding yeast growth in people. Yeast overgrowth is quite common, but people are not aware that they have it and conventional doctors usually ignore it. But, be careful and don’t ignore your symptoms any longer!
Dr. Dambster shares his Top 5 Ways to Reduce Yeast Overgrowth in Your Body.
How To Reduce Yeast Overgrowth
1. Reduce Yeasty foods
Unfortunately, many people are not aware of how the foods they consume affect them. However, it is not so important what we eat, but what we absorb. Some foods can actually worsen an already existing yeast condition.
Foods that contain yeast are bread, antibiotic treated animal products, muffins, bananas, wine and beer, citrus fruits, vinegar, pastries, and most cheeses. Now, you can easily identify hidden yeast in the food you consume. Avoiding unwanted yeast in the body is half the battle!
2. Stop the Sugar
Sugar is like an accelerator for yeast overgrowth because yeast loves sugar. As a result, we love sugar. This is one of the many reasons why people are often recommended to quit sugar. So, what are you waiting for, eliminate it? Well, if you truly want the yeast to stay around, you know what you should do.
3. Bring in the Cavalry
Fortunately, there are many natural ways that can help you eliminate existing yeast overgrowth. Some of the most effective are Citrus Seed extract, Oregano oil, Garlic, Undecylenic acid, and Caprylic acid.
While many of these are useful, certain strains of yeast are resistant to the most powerful yeast killers – even pharmaceutical drugs. Fortunately, the state of the art functional medicine analysis is available that can help categorize which agent (pharmaceutical or natural) is most effective to the specific strain of yeast occupying your GI real estate.
4. Probiotics to the Rescue
Probiotics are helpful for a plethora of chronic health conditions because they can improve elimination of waste and absorption of nutrients. But, you should be very careful with probiotics, because they are not the same! Probiotics are living organisms and you should use a professional grade nutraceutical company to certify the highest quality of the probiotics. That’s the only way for you to get the best results.
It is very important to ensure you are getting a therapeutic dose of a broad spectrum probiotic. Dr. Dampster suggests doses of no less than 60-100 billion per day. The price is usually a good indicator of what you are taking.
5. Friendly Fiber
Fiber is important for keeping a healthy intestine. Aside from the fact that it promotes regular bowel movements, it is very important to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the small intestine. Fiber contains prebiotics which acts as fuel for healthy bacteria to grow. It eliminates the hidden yeast in food. As yeast die off, fiber is also important to eliminate noxious toxins that are released by these toxic microbes.
If a huge amount of yeast die-off at once and your body can’t keep up with the elimination, you may feel symptoms similar to the flu. This condition is known as a Herxheimer reaction. If any of you have done a yeast cleanse too aggressively in the past, you will know this unpleasant reaction! Too many of these toxins can be devastating, however increasing your fiber intake will help to reduce and prevent and these symptoms and keep your microflora balanced.