How to Control Yeast in the Body

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The most common symptoms of too much yeast in the body are a rash on the tongue, recurring yeast infections, athletes foot or similar rashes, poor sleep and moodiness. Drunken-like behavior after eating is also a common sign, as the body reacts differently to food intake when too much yeast is present. Follow these steps to help get yeast under control.

Things You'll Need

  • Enzymes
  • Probiotics
  • Detoxing herbs

Eat Healthy

  • Eat a diet full of fresh foods to help minimize yeast in the body. Processed and prepared foods can kill off beneficial bacteria within the body that fights bacterial yeast cells. Sugars and carbohydrates break down into sugars in the body and are a source of fuel for harmful bacteria. By eating foods that are fresh and full of nutrients, the body is able to create a balanced environment and boost the immune system. A deficiency in nutrients and lack of a strong immune system can create a breeding ground for the harmful bacteria we commonly call yeast.

  • Take a probiotic supplement, which can be found at health food stores. Probiotics are the name for the "good" bacteria in our bodies that help fight off harmful bacteria that causes imbalances such as yeast overgrowth, colds and infections. This good bacteria can be found in our digestive systems where it helps us to absorb our nutrients, as well as in the rest of our body, as it travels around protecting our cells from invaders. By taking probitoics, you are giving your immune system an extra boost of strength to fight off harmful bacteria.

  • Take an enzyme, which can also be found in most health food stores. Enzymes, when taken between meals, can break down the cell walls of yeast so that they may be destroyed. Once those hard exteriors are broken down, anti-yeast products, such as probiotics, have an easier time destroying yeast cells. The single enzymes that are the most effective in breaking down yeast cells are protease, cellulase, hemicellulase and xylanase. Blends of enzymes created specifically for destroying yeast cells are available, such as Candidase by Enzymedica, Candex by Pure Essence and CandiZYME by ReNew Life.

  • Cleanse your system in order to rid it of bacterial cells more quickly. You can do this by taking a prepackaged cleanse or single herbal supplements. By cleansing your system, you are getting rid of toxins in the body, which includes dead yeast cells. These dead bacterial cells can create flu-like symptoms such as stomach ache, headache or chills. It is important to remember that these symptoms are not caused by the supplements that kill the yeast cells, but the dying cells themselves. A few of the herbs known to help detox the body are grapefruit seed extract, oil of oregano, olive leaf extract, capryllic acid and garlic.

Tips & Warnings

  • Taking antibiotic medications while using probiotics can destroy beneficial probiotic bacteria. If you must continue to take the antibiotic, take it separately from the probiotics by several hours so the antibiotic doesn't destroy the good bacteria that helps destroy yeast cells.
  • Always check with your doctor before taking herbal supplements if you are taking any medications or have any exisitng health conditions.

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