The most common fungal infection in the bowel is caused by Candida. Candida fungus is naturally present in mouth, genitals and intestine, which directly affect the genitals causing various symptoms. An overgrowth of Candida is aggrandized mainly by the use of antibiotics. Candida overgrowth may lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms. A person with weakened immunity, or someone who is diabetic, or has a lot of sugar in their diet, may lead to the growth of fungus in their body. Yeast infection in stomach is caused by the growth of Candida in the intestine, which slowly spreads to the stomach. It is recognized by the name: ‘leaky gut syndrome’, where this fungus starts forming pores or holes all along the gut wall. It can also lead to a more serious stage when the Candida yeast grows its roots along the bowel wall. This infection can become fore toxic and harmful when microorganisms and macromolecules enter into the blood stream through the pores causing serious ailments. Food allergy is directly related to leaky gut syndrome or Candida overgrowth.
Yeast Infection in stomach can lead to symptoms such as chapped skin, dryness and flakiness even headache and joint pain. Other symptoms can be constipation, bad breath, loss of appetite and indigestion. When yeast infection affects the bowel, it causes diarrhea, cramping, mucus in stool, and frequent urge for stool. All this as a whole is also referred to as IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Not only that, but yeast infection in stomach also affects the mental and emotional state of mind. It may also affect a person’s concentration, cause irritability, depression, autistic tendencies, fatigue and mood swing.
Causes of Yeast Infection:
Inflammation of the gut lining is most often caused by Candida overgrowth, and is the primary symptom of Leaky Gut or yeast infection in stomach. Use of Rx drugs can also kill the healthy probiotic flora which are the main cause of Candida overgrowth.
Other factors causing Candida overgrowth are as follows:
1. Prescription hormones such as birth control pills
3. Overuse of antibiotics
4. Processed food as well as beverages
5. Consumption of alcoholic beverages such as beer
6. Caffeine consumption as well as consumption of sweet foods and drinks.
Bloating, heartburn and indigestion may not only be the end results of a Candida yeast infection, but poor digestion may also be the cause of yeast infection. Heartburn and low stomach acid are the major symptoms of Candida. Heartburn may not mean that stomach acid level is high. It is yet to be confirmed why heartburn is actually caused, but heartburn may also be the result of low acid level which is very surely the symptom of Candida yeast infection. Stomach acid not only helps in digestion, but also sterilize the undigested food so that bacteria and yeast cannot grow. Bacteria and yeast cannot grow in high acid level, so low acid level gives birth to yeast in intestine where they multiply. Having medicines for heartburn without testing the stomach acid level is a bad idea as these drugs stop the production of acid in stomach for as long as three days and can directly be linked to Candida growth.
When very little was known about treating Candida back in 1992, the ‘Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases’ examined the medicinal importance of yeast colonization in the gut as well as the presence of Candida antigen in premature neonates, samples of faecal and serum were collected twice a week from 27 newborn lives. Almost 17 out of them were regularly scrutinized for a month. All of them were regularly given a dose of antibiotics. Result was that 5 newborns actually died, Candida albicans was discovered in 3, with faecal colonization of Candida detected in 2 of the children, while Pityrosporum was found in 8 of the other children.
This treatment shows that although antibiotics were originally given to treat the Candida antigen in the newborns, 5 newborns actually died treatments, 3 of the 27 newborns had higher numbers of Candida albicans in their faecal and serum, which means that the use of antibiotics had increased the colonization of Candida instead of lowering it, and just goes to show that antibiotics can trigger a yeast infection, especially when used for longer periods of time, and in no way should antibiotics be used to treat a yeast infection.
A different study was conducted in order to quantify the influence of antibiotics on the gastrointestinal yeasts which develop in human bodies. Besides, this result was further integrated with those produced after making a mouse model of the Gastrointestinal accumulation by the Candida yeast. 46 cancer patients were indulged with antibiotics- ceftriaxone, ticarcillin-clavulanic acid, imipenem-cilastatin, ceftazidime and aztreonam. After this their stool was examined and the medication was terminated. The ones with high G.I constituency caused greater colonization of the Candida fungus. Similar results were seen when observed with the mouse model. So this study again goes to show that the use of antibiotics caused higher colonization of the Candida fungus in patients. Again proving the drawbacks of using antibiotics, however antibiotic medication are effective in treating various infections in the body, so please consult your doctor immediately when showing any signs of a yeast infection whilst taking antibiotics.
Although many patients treat yeast infection in stomach using medicines and drugs from over the counter, they remain unsuccessful. As it only provides relief for a certain period of time, and is often proved to be ineffective and leads to more growth of fungus.
The best way to eradicate a yeast infection is to changes one’s daily lifestyle, by including anti-Candida foods into one’s diet, have regular exercise and avoid surgery foods. There are several natural herbal remedies which have also recently been put forward to fight yeast infection in stomach, and are proven to be more effective than antifungal medication, and include the use of apple cider vinegar, probiotics and natural bio yogurt.
Cutting the food for yeast in the gut is highly recommended. This can be achieved by having a healthy diet. Candida yeast loves sugar and refined carbohydrates, as well as all kinds of food that are unhealthy. Cutting of sugar, refined carbohydrates and unhealthy food from daily diet will not only prevent the yeast in the intestine, but also the whole system. It is not only the yeast in stomach that we are dealing with; it is also the yeast in the whole digestive tract. If Candida yeast is not killed in time, it may perforate into the walls of the intestine. Cutting the foods that feed the yeast is very important to completely kill the yeast infection. So it is advised to starve the yeast first. If you continue to feed the yeast and try to kill them at the same time, it won’t be wise. Yeast grows rapidly while you are feeding it, hence yeast infection treatment will not work while you are feeding the yeast. Getting expert help could speed up the healing time. But it is wise to avoid antacids and other antibiotics that inhibit the growth of yeast.
Bloating is a clear sign of poor digestion. This may happen even without the cause of Candida, but if there is no Candida present, it could also be a sign of the start of a yeast infection in stomach. Once Candida develops it is tough to treat. It is therefore better to get rid of Candida at an early stage than to go through a whole change of lifestyle. So don’t let it get out of control.
Fungal gut colonization with Candida – Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases – 1992 – By Ormälä T, Korppi M and Katila ML
Prospective evaluation of antibiotics on yeast colonization – Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Journal – 1993 – By G Samonis, A Gikas and E J Anaissie
Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Infections – Book by Christina Surawicz and Robert L. Owen – 1995
Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract – Book by Martin J. Blaser – 2002
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