Antibiotics can disrupt our healthy bacterial balance by killing off our beneficial bacteria together with the bad, infection-causing bacteria, leaving the perfect environment for yeast and other harmful bacteria to grow and flourish. Harmful bacterial or yeast can also grow with use of the birth control pill, immune compromise, steroid medications, diabetes and excessive consumption of sugar, carbohydrates or alcohol.
Symptoms of yeast or bacterial imbalance include:
• Depression and irritability
• Brain fog and poor concentration
• Bloating and gas
• Cravings for sugar and sweets
Less obvious symptoms of also include the following:
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Nasal congestion
• Rectal itching
• Recurrent sinus infections
• Recurrent urinary tract infections
• Recurrent vaginal infections
There are different strains of harmful yeast and bacteria, which means that not all cases will respond to the same treatment. Using a combination of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agents for at least four to six weeks is the best approach and be sure to remove sugar, vinegar, fermented foods, mushrooms and any product containing yeast from your diet.