Yeast: The Hidden Cause of Your Exhaustion

Are you suffering from yeast overgrowth? Yeast are not bacteria. It’s a more highly evolved life form that can also make you sick and cause an array of diverse and nonspecific symptoms.

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Normally, the lining of your intestines is covered with thousands of species of bacteria, some fungi, and even some viruses and parasites. The good bugs, or probiotics, normally work with your body to maintain good digestion. However, the balance of good bugs and bad bugs can get thrown off. When this happens, yeast can take over.

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This may happen if one frequently uses antibiotics or overeats sugar or other simple carbs. Good bugs are killed by the antibiotics; bad bugs are fueled by extra sugar. The gut’s delicate ecosystem is thrown off and the bad bugs take over, which can result in many chronic illnesses and symptoms including allergies, chronic inflammation, joint problems, mood and brain disorders, digestive symptoms, and more.

Full-blown yeast infections are most commonly seen in those who have compromised immune systems: those with HIV/AIDS, many cancer patients, and those who have gotten an organ transplant. However, non-immunocompromised people can still experience problems from yeast overgrowth.

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Yeast Overgrowth Symptoms

You may have a yeast problem if you have one or more of these symptoms:

General Symptoms

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of energy
  • General malaise
  • Decreased libido
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

  • Bloating and gas
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Itching in anal region
  • Diarrhea or constipation

Urinary Symptoms

  • Yeast infections
  • Frequent bladder infections
  • Irritable bladder (also known as interstitial cystitis)