Is Your Gut Bacteria to Blame for Your Health Problems?

Do you know what the inside of your intestines looks like? Normally, it is covered with thousands of species of bacteria. Usually the good bacteria or probiotics in your body help keep digestion regulated, but when the balance between good bugs and bad bugs becomes out of whack, yeast can overgrow in your intestines.

If yeast overgrowth happens to you, you will experience many annoying symptoms, such as chronic illnesses and symptoms of allergies, inflammation, joint pain and issues, digestion problems, and even mood disorders. The good bacteria in your gut are that important!

Everyone reacts to yeast overgrowth differently. Some see minor symptoms, such as irritability and exhaustion, while others see life-changing symptoms, such as depression.

How to Know If You Have Yeast Overgrowth

There are many tests doctors can use to check for yeast overgrowth, and it usually includes taking a simple swab or blood test. You can also check for yourself to see if you have yeast overgrowth when you first wake up in the morning.

Simply take a clear glass of water and spit into it within 30 minutes of waking up. You want to have built up a good amount of saliva, but you don’t want to cough up anything, such as mucus. If you see cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass, you might actually be looking at colonies of yeast. Saliva might also sit on top of the water with tiny strings that hang down.

Changing Your Diet to Fight Yeast

The easiest way to start fighting excess yeast in your body, and finally get rid of your exhaustion, is to cut out all starchy and sugary foods, such as bread, pasta, and potatoes. Instead, eat foods that promote healthy bacteria, such as fermented foods. Adding a probiotic supplement can help build up the healthy bacteria in your gut too.

Anti-Fungal Herbs

Two very potent herbs that can combat the yeast are garlic and thyme. It is recommended to eat 1 to 2 raw gloves of garlic per day. The easiest way to do that is by chopping it up, mixing it with oil, and tossing it with a salad. Thyme oil tincture can also help if you apply it on areas that have been affected by yeast, such as your case of athlete’s foot. Whatever you do, don’t ingest thyme oil as it can be dangerous.

If you suspect yeast is behind a lot of your annoying symptoms, then take the simple water test to find out. Start fighting the yeast overgrowth through natural remedies, cutting out sugar and carbohydrates, and upping your intake of probiotics.

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