Not Feeling Well But Don't Know Why? Yeast Overgrowth in the Gut Affects Men and Women

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Yeast overgrowth
is a health concern that is thought to be a woman’s problem.
This is simply not true. Both men and women can have an intestinal
flora imbalance that results in yeast overgrowth. Another popular
misconception is that yeast overgrowth is a local problem confined
to a woman’s body. This is also not true. Yeast overgrowth
is a systemic problem that can affect any human regardless of gender.
Also, women can have yeast overgrowth and never manifest a localized
symptom.

Candida albicans
is the yeast that commonly lives in the mouth, throat, intestines,
and genitourinary tract of most humans. It is a normal part of our
intestinal flora that is kept in balance by a healthy immune system.
When the natural balance of flora is altered, colonies of yeast
will flourish throughout the body producing many adverse physical
and mental symptoms.

Common symptoms
of yeast overgrowth include gas and bloating, indigestion or heartburn,
chronic fatigue, sugar/carbohydrate cravings, blood sugar swings,
food sensitivities, insomnia, prostatitis, PMS, endometriosis, urinary
tract infections, headaches, allergies, memory loss, arthritis,
eye problems, sinusitis, and fungal infections such as athletes
foot and fingernail/toenail infections.

The cause of
yeast overgrowth is usually related to a combination of one or more
of the following: use of antibiotics, use of steroid hormones and
immunosuppressant drugs, use of birth control pills, improper diet,
and exposure to environmental chemicals.

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July
10, 2009

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