Most people are already aware of lactose intolerance. But, did you know that there is an intolerance that may not be that popular, yet very common amongst individuals? This condition is called as yeast intolerance. Every individual has natural yeast inside his or her body that helps in the digestion process. This yeast is known as candida. Yeast intolerance happens when the body produces more than the usual amount of candida. Candida is known to be a group of fungi that thrives in the moist parts or areas of an individual’s body. Often, it is present in the mouth, intestines and vagina.
At normal amount, candida is harmless. The beneficial bacteria inside a person’s body are responsible in keeping candida under control. But, when it starts to grow beyond normal amount, it also starts to cause a person to feel some unwanted conditions. When there is an overgrowth of candida, it is already known as candidiasis. According to research, individuals who suffer from candidiasis in the stomach will feel symptoms such as abdominal pains, irregular bowel movement, and itching. There is also soreness in the affected area of the body.
One possible cause of yeast intolerance and candidiasis is too much eating of foods that are rich in yeast and sugar. It is known that yeast is a form of fungus, and fungi feeds on sugar in order to live. This is one ground that people who usually suffer from candidiasis are those who eat bread, sweet foods, and biscuits more than the usual. Aside from those types of foods, fungi also thrive on fermented foods such as alcoholic beverages, cheese, and yogurts. Basically, people who have stronger immune system can keep this fungus under control. But, when the immune system is weakened by certain illnesses and diseases, this fungus also tends to grow.
Commonly, when people get sick or ill, they have the tendencies to take antibiotics. This act helps the fungus to grow at a quicker pace. As you know, helpful bacteria inside the body of a person are being killed by antibiotics. That is why they are called antibiotics because they are anti-life. Aside from lowered immune system, other possible causes of yeast intolerance and candidiasis are poor nutrition, hormonal imbalance, and stress. The possible signs of having yeast intolerance or candidiasis are cravings for foods and beverages containing yeast or sugar. Other symptoms may also include bloating, headaches, diarrhea, dizziness, mouth ulcers, and many more.
One solution to this problem is to observe eating foods and drinking beverages without having yeast contents. These days, there are already lots of foods and drinks that are suitable for those who are onto candidiasis diet. Commonly, this diet is known as yeast free diet. As the name suggests, they are foods and drinks that has no yeast or sugar contents. Anything that can help yeast to grow is being eliminated in this kind of diet. There are also anti-candida drugs being sold at pharmacies and drug stores. An example of this is nystatin.