Why Can’t I lose Weight?
Part 2 – Yeast Overgrowth
Written by Patty Baiano
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Yeast infections (Candida Albicans) are probably tied with low thyroid as the number one hidden culprit in the inability to lose weight. Why? Because most people carry yeast infections and are not even aware of it.
Unless you have the most common sign of yeast overgrowth (vaginal discharge), a yeast infection can go completely undetected and untreated for years! …yes, years!
And men, don’t think that you’re exempt just because you don’t have the female ‘equipment.’ The fact is that candida infections can occur throughout the entire body regardless of gender…i.e. jock itch?…athlete’s foot?…you get the picture.
Rather than just thrush, the oral yeast infection that may be typical of males that are immune compromised. Guys can get penile candida albicans, and even though I have no way of knowing personally, any guy who’s had one will tell you they’re not fun.
Heterosexual couples who have unprotected sex can pass yeast infections back and forth endlessly, so it seems like it might be a good idea to learn more about male yeast infections and get your man cleaned up if there’s reason to suspect he has a yeast infection of his own.
Health care professionals, holistic practitioners, & dietitians alike all agree that if you don’t succeed in reducing the infection of the candida albicans yeast in your body, you will never lose weight effectively.
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- inability to lose weight, weight changes without changes in diet
- sugar cravings, cravings for foods such as wine, bread, cheese
- painful joints, muscle aches, extreme tightness in the neck and shoulders
- migraines or headaches, visual blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain
- canker sores, chronic thrush (white coated tongue or infection of tissues of the oral cavity)
- chronic toenail and fingernail fungus, chronic athlete’s foot, jock and rectal itching
- recurrent yeast infections, recurrent ear infections, skin rashes
- tired all the time, incapacitating fatigue, depression, irritability
- often feel spaced out, short term memory, concentration/focus problems
- sensitivity to alcohol, foods, chemicals, odors, noise/sounds
- chronic constipation, feel bloated, and have flatulence, irritable bowel
If these symptoms seem familiar, then you may have a yeast overgrowth such as candida albicans.
A yeast infection results from an overgrowth of yeast (a type of fungus) anywhere in the body. Candidiasis is by far the most common type of yeast infection. Yeast infections commonly occur in warm moist body areas, such as underarms or the vaginal area. Usually your skin effectively blocks yeast, but any breakdown or cuts in the skin may allow this organism to penetrate.
The majority of people who have a yeast overgrowth do not even realize they have it until they become seriously ill. All humans have the yeast ‘candida’ in our gut, but it’s usually controlled by other bacteria. When the immune system is compromised because of illness or a poor diet, for example, the ratio of ‘healthy’ bacteria to undesirable bacteria can be altered, causing candida to grow out of control.
It is estimated that over half of the world’s population has a moderate to serious Candida condition. That’s half the world’s population, or 50 percent, or one out of two people…think about it.
Antibiotic and steroid use is the most common reason for yeast overgrowth. But pregnancy, menstruation, sperm, diabetes, birth control pills, HRT, steroids and stress also can contribute to getting a yeast infection. Also, yeast infections are more common during and after peri-menopause.
If you are experiencing a difficulty losing weight, don’t just rely on vaginal discharge to determine if you have a yeast infection and don’t just treat it topically. The external condition is merely a symptom of the internal infection. In systemic candida disease the fungus enters the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body and could go completely undetected for decades…yes decades!
A yeast overgrowth will not go away on its own in fact this stealthy fungus grows stronger and stronger with each passing year. Some people could unsuspectingly have an overgrowth for at least 20 years and suffer miserably with the inability to lose weight, allergies, food sensitivities and the like.
You can take a battery of tests to determine if you have systemic yeast, but the medical community in general does not seem to want to acknowledge how wide spread this condition is. They would much rather treat the symptom then spend the time with you to get at the root cause. If you want a quick and surprisingly reliable test – try this surprisingly accurate saliva test.
Put a clear glass of water next to your bed. When you get up in the morning, and before you brush your teeth, eat or drink anything;
- Spit some saliva gently into the glass.Come back every 20 minutes for the next hour and check for some of these tell-tale signs of Candida:
- ‘Strings’ coming down through the water from the saliva at the top
- Cloudy saliva sitting at the bottom of the glass
- Opaque specks of saliva suspended in the water
While the above is not a scientific test it could be the first step in seeking medical attention. If you have allergies or have recently eaten some dairy products, you may test a ‘false positive’ on the spittle test. Dehydration can also lead to a positive reading, which means that you are far more likely to test ‘positive’ after you wake in the morning.
Candidiasis diagnosis is no easy task, but your best bet is to go with how your feel, and ask your doctor for some blood tests, stool analysis, or a “Urine Tartaric Acid Test” (This test detects tartaric acid – a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth. An elevated test means an overgrowth of Candida.)
Yeast infections are extremely resilient. The best way to treat a yeast infection is to allow your body to do the work with the assistance of probiotic supplements and other natural therapies. Taking a good probiotic on a daily basis is a good start, but expect the process to take about three months. The dosage for yeast infection or antibiotic restoration should be 20-25 billion organisms per day and 3-5 billion per day for maintenance.
If you don’t have three months (who does?) we recommend using the highly successful Yeast Infection No More program. YINM is an original high quality product and one of the most comprehensive holistic yeast infection solutions on the internet. The product also stands on its own because of the exclusive bonus that comes with it: They offer 24 hour personal counseling and support to guide clients through the program until they reach their goals (candida infection freedom). In this way they practically guarantee their success and satisfaction.
Note: Some people think that eating yogurt is a good way to get probiotics but this is a misconception. When yogurt is manufactured, all contains bacteria (also known as Active Cultures), but many brands undergo a heating process to extend shelf-life which then kills the bacteria. Yes, even brands like “Activa” and “Yo-Plus” do this.
The only yogurt I know of that does not use a heat process is “Erivan.” Erivan’s special culturing method keeps the live culture and enzyme count high, assuring easier digestibility for even those with lactose intolerance and “better than milk” calcium absorption. If you do not live near a “Whole Foods Store” or your Health Food store doesn’t carry it, most can order it for you.
From my own experience with this common weight loss saboteur my best advice is to consider using the Yeast Infection No More program. I can happily say that after kicking yeast from my body and with the help of the HCG Diet Plan I have shed sixty pounds and kept it off for over seven years!
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or to share your own story about Candidiasis.
Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!
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