Today I have a great guest post from my friend Carla Hernandez over at Wise Roots Nutrition! BUT, before you read I want to talk a bit about something…..You may or may not have noticed that I don’t have very many posts up on my blog about weight loss and there is a specific reason that I don’t post about it. For one, I believe there is far too much focus on WEIGHT LOSS and not enough focus on HEALTH in our culture. People want to be thin for the sake of being thin and not because it is necessarily healthy. People assume that heavier equals unhealthy and thin equals healthy…this is not true either. There are many people that do very unhealthy things to get thin and live an unhealthy lifestyle…while there are many heavier people that are very healthy. There is a lot of unwarranted discrimination, judgement and shame put onto heavier people and the weight loss industry is one of the biggest proponents of this.
However, I chose to put up this guest post by Carla because I know that she helps people with weight in a way that favors health first, weight second (as opposed to weight first, health second like so many other weight loss ploys). And she doesn’t push people into an unattainable standard body shape. I also believe that the information out there about yeast infections and weight loss is so distorted, so I’m happy that Carla is setting the record straight here. So, I hope you all enjoy her post…..
Guest post by Carla Hernandez of Wise Roots Nutrition:
If you’ve ever had a yeast infection you know the treatment drill. Go to your doctor, get antibiotics and make it go away, immediately!
Usually a topical cream or an antibiotic is given for cases of yeast infections, which never really gets rid of the real issue, in fact this kind of approach only makes matters worse in the long run.
Ever notice that after a month or two after having a yeast infection you experience another one?! Not exactly fun times. Unfortunately in our society today yeast and fungus issues are all too common, with women predominately being affected. Our modern way of life is unsupportive to health, contributing to yeast overgrowth, weak immune systems and indirectly weight gain. It’s an underlying cause for many common illnesses, and without being properly addressed they will keep coming back, the next more aggressive than the last.
The Underlying Cause
In most stubborn cases of weight loss where the simple equation of eating less is not working, there is typically cause to suspect a greater issue happening elsewhere in the body. In these cases, weight loss is a symptom of a greater imbalance. Most clients I see with yeast infections did not seek me out for this reason. Most of them are seeking help with either skin conditions or weight loss. However, yeast infections are a red flag that can be very telling to someone’s state of health and how to begin to address the root problem.
Yeast most definitely is one of the possibilities that could be contributing to weight gain in some, in addition to preventing one from losing weight, no matter how little they eat or how much exercise is done.
Other common symptoms that may be present when attempting to lose weight with yeast overgrowth, include:
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Brain fog/ lack of concentration
- Cravings for sugar and carbs
- Immunity crash (colds, sickness…)
- Digestive distress: Intestinal gas, bloating or cramping (IBS)
- Allergy type symptoms in cold damp weather or moldy places
- Loss of libido
- Bad Breath/ Body odor
- Nail fungus
- “Liver spots” on the skin
These are just a few symptoms that some may present with when yeast overgrowth is present. There are many others, so keep in mind that any symptom could possibly tie back to a yeast problem being at the root of it. Note that antibiotics are not the answer here, as they will only perpetuate this vicious cycle and will forever be an obstacle in reaching your greater health goals, especially getting to your desired weight.
What Is A Yeast Infection?
You may hear people define yeast overgrowth as Candida, a yeast that lives mostly in our intestines and vagina for women. When the body is healthy, normal levels of yeast do not cause problems, but when our immune system is weakened, antibiotics are routinely taken, and a unhealthy high sugar diet is in place, yeast begin to multiply and take over leading to yeast infections. Your intestines should contain a ratio of approximately 80% beneficial bacteria to 20% neutral and pathogenic, however this can be depleted fairly easily with our modern lifestyles.
As a natural lifecycle of a yeast cell, they are constantly reproducing and dying, which could explain why sometimes you feel great during the month and other times you don’t. These dying cells produce toxins that are being released into your bloodstream to get rid of, but if the liver isn’t functioning optimally or other detoxification systems are impaired, such as the colon to excrete these toxins, you feel weak, sick and develop other symptoms known as die off. Common examples are fatigue, nausea, headaches, bloating, gas, constipation, chills, fever, breakouts and even intensity of yeast infection symptoms.
Ways In Which Yeast Infections Can Develop:
Opportunistic bacteria and yeast don’t just take over. There’s a reason why this happens. I label these in three main categories. Everything from our stressful lifestyle, to our diets and drugs have an impact on our gut flora.
- Diet– A diet high in sugar, starch and processed foods is fuel for yeast to thrive and multiply. This study found that biofilms of Candida are made of 32% glucose. It was found that Candida yeast needs sugar not just to reproduce, but also to create the protection in the form of a biofilm that keeps the immune system from attacking it.
- Lifestyle– A stressful lifestyle can lower immunity and therefore lead to a decrease in beneficial gut flora. 70-80% of immunity is located in the gut. Keeping bacteria in check is crucial to keeping symptoms and sickness at bay. Other factors that can lead to yeast overgrowth is exposure to chlorinated water, alcohol abuse, and long term birth control use, digestive distress coming from a lack of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) contributing to undigested food and leading to symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea.
- Drugs– Specifically antibiotics are a huge factor in candida and yeast overgrowth. They kill off any type of bacteria including the good kind which then allows for the harmful bacteria to populate. Alcohol abuse can also alter gut flora and lead to yeast overgrowth.
Yeast and Weight Gain
If you’ve been struggling with yeast issues for a while (whether you were aware of it or just becoming aware), it’s more than likely you experience some bloating and digestive distress as well. Yeast can cause abdominal bloating which can feel like extra inches and pounds immediately after eating or even overnight due to water retention. This is obviously not fat gain, but for anyone attempting to lose weight this can be devastating, especially if you’re doing “everything right”. Although, if the diet consists of starchy carbohydrates and sugars, then it’s easier to assume that there may be a yeast imbalance present and the sugar from the diet is encouraging the growth of harmful yeast contributing to actual fat and weight gain.
This is why cravings for carbs and sugar is a difficult thing to stop. It’s more than just will power, it’s a physiological effect that many times goes beyond our thoughts and ability to say no. Yeast survive off glucose, so those cravings may actually be an influx of yeast calling out for fuel. The more cravings we have, the more we give in, the easier it is to gain weight and the more difficult it is to lose it.
Yeast overgrowth can also alert the immune system to work harder to protect it from the toxins that yeast gives off. Over time, this ongoing and chronic stress can raise cortisol levels as it begins to impact adrenal health. Chronic ongoing stress does not allow weight loss to happen as the body prioritizes stress over anything else in the body. This is survival mode. Therefore, as long as there is yeast present producing more toxins in the body, stress is heightened, making weight loss extremely difficult if not impossible for some.
What you need to know:
Much of the information regarding yeast and candida include diet and supplements, although leaves out a very crucial step. There is another side of the story that rarely gets talked about that can make the difference in an effective treatment plan. It may even be the reason for the high number of relapses and unsuccessful attempts many experience, contributing to the frustration in getting rid of yeast infections for good.
Yeast have security around them called biofilms. These act as protective shields around yeast and other microorganisms. This makes it even more challenging to attack the yeast as the anti-fungals that are taken by most cannot get through this matrix of a biofilm, whether it be drugs or herbal medicine. This is how yeast hides and protects itself from being destroyed.
How To Start Addressing Yeast and Weight Concerns For Good!
Bottom line, addressing yeast overgrowth requires a comprehensive approach. I suggest making adjustments to the following areas:
Diet: Eliminate all natural, added sugars, and food high in starch and carbohydrates. This includes fruit, starchy vegetables, all grains and dairy (with the exception of butter), and all yeast containing foods.
Supplements: It’s imperative to address biofilms as well as the yeast itself. A full spectrum antimicrobial that may include herbs such as oregano, black walnut, uva ursi and berberine can be very effective, as well as a biofilm disrupter. This is either enzyme based or a specific amino acid and strong antioxidant know as N- Acetyl cysteine. Studies have shown that N- Acetyl cysteine has antibacterial properties that work as a biofilm disrupter as well.
De- stress: A crucial part in any healing journey, and typically overlooked. When the body is being bombarded with yeast overgrowth, inflammation is present causing constant internal stress. Focusing on getting enough sleep/rest, mentally stimulating exercise such as meditation, and detoxification support via a good sweat session, epsom salt bath, or even a lymphatic massage can all help rid toxins and yeast out of the body.
Much like the conventional approach to address yeast issues, addressing weight loss is also seen with a very limited view. Working with an integrative practitioner is best to ensure you’re being monitored and addressing all your concerns in a holistic manner. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, but need the right tools and support to know exactly what to do, step by step, the Get At The Roots Weight Loss program is a wonderful option for those looking for a better and more comprehensive way to lose weight and address yeast concerns. The Get At The Roots Weight Loss program will provide you with an exact plan to finally free yourself from reoccurring yeast infections and address many other symptoms that are common with one experiencing weight loss plateaus.The Get At The Roots Weight Loss program can help you:
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One of my clients named Felicia had been struggling for a while and got so much from the get at the roots program:
Before starting this program I was at my heaviest, had crazy cravings for sugar and felt tired all the time. I couldn’t believe the changes that took place within the first few weeks of implementing the information I learned. I went into the program thinking I just wanted to lose weight (which I certainly did), but came out of it with a new body, inside and out. My PMS symptoms disappeared, sleep improved, headaches stopped, my skin was glowing, my digestion improved tremendously, and of course I lost more than 20 pounds! The information in the Get At The Roots program is invaluable and truly was a life saver for myself.”
– Felicia, CA
Sticking with an anti yeast/ candida type diet can be difficult and usually not enough. You have to get the support to address all the causes effectively; otherwise you may never see the results you’re after.
About the Author:
Carla Hernandez is a Certified Nutritionist with a degree in Foods and Nutrition.
She uses diet and lifestyle interventions to support physiological mechanisms within the body. Her practice and blog, Wise Roots Nutrition, is an integrative approach that focuses on promoting clear healthy skin by focusing on the root cause of skin challenges, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Sign up to The Wise Roots Newsletter for more tips, recipes and the best in all natural beauty everything!
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