Dr. Oz: Is Yeast the Reason You’re Exhausted?
It is normal for you to have active parasites, viruses, fungi and bacteria that cover the lining of your intestines. But your system also has probiotics, or good bugs that balance your body’s digestion. When they get off balance, the yeast in your body can take over and grow out of control. One of the reasons this can happen is the use of antibiotics and another one is the over indulgence of sugar or carbs.
If this happens then the good bugs are destroyed by the antibiotics, bad bugs are fueled by extra sugar and the more you eat the more you crave them. If your system gets thrown off you can develop digestive symptoms, brain and mood disorders, joint problems, chronic inflammation, allergies plus many more.
The Yeast Overgrowth Simple Test (Saliva Test)
Dr. Oz welcomed Dr. Dr. Elizabeth Boham to his show to show us how to test for the overgrowth of yeast and how to get rid of it and get our bodies back to being healthy and fully energized. All you have to do is first thing in the morning within 30 minutes of getting up (before you brush your teeth or eat anything) you spit into a glass of 8 oz. of water and let that glass set there for 15 minutes.
If your spit continues to float on top then there are no signs of yeast overgrowth and you are good to go, But if it sinks or had protruding parts or you start to see any sediments at the bottom of the glass or if you see spider legs going down into the water, then this is a sign of yeast overgrowth and it means that you have bad yeast in your body that needs to be gotten rid of.
The Connection Between Yeast and Exhaustion in Our Bodies
It is normal for us to have some yeast in our body, the concern is when we have too much yeast or yeast overgrowth in our bodies.
That yeast overgrowth can cause alot of fatigue because it’s like your body is always trying to fight off this infection. It can cause alot of inflammation in the body, and some people are allergic to that yeast. It’s all about balance, our bodies supposed to have bacteria and yeast, when one side gets dominated then our body is having a war inside.
What Makes Yeast Overgrow In Your Body?
1. Overuse of Antibiotics
Getting too much antibiotics can kill good bacteria in your body, thus cause yeast overgrowth
2. Diet high in Carbs, Sugar, Soda and Alcohol
If you are getting too much sugar (candies, soda..etc), these will also kill good bacteria in your body, allowing yeast to grow with no control.
Yeast Overgrowth Signs And Symptoms
Dr. Boham shares several general symptoms to see if we had yeast overgrowth and they are:
- Recurrent Vaginal Infections
- Athlete’s Foot
- Irritable Bowel
- Itchy Ears, Skin, anus
- Inability to concentrate
- Decreased libido
- General Malaise
- Loss of energy
- Chronic fatigue
- Bloating and gas
- Urinary Symptoms
- Itching in anal region
- Intestinal cramps
- constipation or Diarrhea
- Frequent bladder infections
- Irritable bladder (also known as interstitial cystitis)
If after taking the test you find you do have a yeast overgrowth, Dr. Boham has a suggestion that has three steps to rid your body of the yeast growth.
3 Steps To Treat Yeast Overgrowth
1. Cut out and cut back approach
This is where you cut out the fuel that you are providing for the yeast. This will tell your immune system to kick back in gear and fight the yeast in your body. By skipping the surgery snacks like ice cream and candy and cutting back on starches like potatoes and pasta and cereal you can ride your body of unhealthy yeast and bacteria. This is a process that takes about two weeks to complete. Instead of eating the sugar foods concentrate on eating good food such as vegetables that have good bacteria in them. Foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are things that have fiber in them and you need lots of fiber. High fiber grains like oatmeal and nuts will also be good for you. The fiber will feed and care for your good bacteria you are feeding it.
This step simply means that to build up the good bacteria in your gut and counter act the yeast that are causing the bad bacteria, inflammation and irritation. Usually yogurt is all you need for your probiotic but if you need something more powerful, you may want to buy an over the counter supplement in the pill form that has at least 25 billion active live organism. (Look for a Probiotic supplement with Total Bifido/Lacto Cultures of at least 50 Billion)
3. Combating the yeast with anti-fungal herbs
Sometimes herbs have natural healing in them and two that would be helpful to combat the yeast would be thyme and garlic. The doctor says that we should eat 1 to 2 cloves of raw garlic per day. Just chop it up and add it to a salad or put it in an olive oil . Thyme oil tincture can be used on your skins for patches of itchy places. Do not ingest but just rub it on the spots when you have athlete’s foot or other itchy patchy places.
Dr. Boham said that her patients start to see improvement in their energies after a couple of weeks of treating their yeast overgrowth, however if you have too much yeast in your body it may take a couple of month before you notice a difference.
All of the above suggestions were recommended by Dr. Oz and Dr. Boham to be a two week regimen to better health by doing away with bad yeast in your body.