Do you have a yeast intolerance?

Published: 12th February 2009
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Yeast is beneficial to us and yet it could make us unwell. We need certain amount yeast in our body to maintain a normal and healthy digestive tract. However, too much yeast in our body will give rise to many health problems.

Yeast is a fungus organism that feed on sugar and produces gas. Yeast produces toxins like acetaldehyde, zymosan, arabinitol, gliotoxin, alcohol and overgrowth of yeast can harm our body. The most common type of yeast is Candida which is found naturally in our body's digestive tract. Yeast intolerance is a condition of overproduction of candida.

Some of the causes of yeast intolerance are

• Taking multiple courses of antibiotic drugs which in turn kill the bio friendly bacteria in our intestine that control yeast.

• Oral contraceptives with synthetic progesterone.

• Poor digestion due to other form of food intolerance encourages yeast growth through fermentation of undigested food in the intestine.

The symptoms of yeast intolerance are:

• Tiredness especially after eating

• Flatulence or intestinal gas after eating sugary food

• Stomach bloating

• Bad breath

• Mouth ulcer

• Nasal congestion

• Skin disorder like eczema and psoriasis

• Coated tongue

• Sugar and sweet cravings

• Mood swings

• Hypoglycaemia, feeling light-headed or irritable when hungry

• Acid reflux, heartburn

Yeast intolerance can be control and eliminated by following a yeast free diet. A yeast free diet would mean taking out sugary food, sugary drinks, milk products such as yoghurt, cheese, caffeine, processed food, alcohol, food that contain yeast such as bread, some confectionary products and reduced intake on fruits on in fructose.

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