Yeast Can Worsen Inflammatory Bowel Disease

MonSept17CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE:you’ll discover the role yeast may play in your symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. Your gut is actually the center of your health, and this is one way to improve symptoms and your overall health.

MAKING CHANGES:  With just a bit of effort you can change the microbiome of your gut and actually change your health.

FACT OR FICTION: Where can you still become a pirate?


In The News

Most of past studies have looked at the bacteria growing in your gut, how to feed the right ones and what a balanced microbiome (bacterial community) might look like. In this study, researchers looked at the impact yeast has on the health of your gut, and the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.

In the past decades, doctors have used the presence of antibodies from the cell wall of yeast to differentiate between Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis - two forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). However, it has been unclear the role that yeast plays in relation to the development and symptoms of IBD.

What they found was a specific strain of yeast increases inflammation in the bowel, and therefore the symptoms of the disease. The inflammation appears to be triggered by the release of uric acid, the substance that also triggers gout. The theory is that by using medications currently available to reduce uric acid levels, doctors may be able to reduce your symptoms of IBD.

However, like all medications, these come with side effects. The better option, in the long-run, is to reduce your yeast community in your gut, and improve your overall gut microbiome in order to enjoy better health and little to no symptoms of IBD. While eradicating yeast is a long term process, you can accomplish it while still balancing your bacterial community.

You may start by using the suggestions in the section below. However, don’t expect results overnight. There are other natural methods of reducing your yeast population that a naturopathic physician may be able to help you with.


Daily Health Tip

Your gut health affects your emotions, immune system, and even your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Building a strong microbiome now will pay dividends in the future.

Making Changes

What you eat affects the growth of bacteria in your gut that outnumbers the number of cells in your body. This bacteria is responsible for the strength of your immune system and impacts the inflammatory response in your body - which in turn affects your heart health, risk of stroke and potential for suffering immune mediated diseases, such as lupus.

You may make significant impact on your gut microbiome by making just a couple of changes to your diet. Researchers have discovered people eating a variety of vegetables have a more diverse microbiome (important to health). Sugar feeds the bad bacterial growth in your intestines.  Here are several strategies that may help you:

  1. Consider using a quality probiotic and prebiotic supplement - the first to add a diverse microbiome to your gut and the second to feed them.
  2. Reduce or eliminate your sugar intake, smoking and alcohol consumption as each negatively affects your gut bacteria, your immune system and your heart health.
  3. Increase the amount of non-carbohydrate fiber you eat daily as it feeds your good bacteria and found in vegetables.
  4. Reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat each day as these foods metabolize into sugar in your body.


Daily Affirmation

Fear is an illusion.
Fear is an illusion in the mind, and I know I can overcome it. I refuse to listen to the inner voice that tells me to be afraid.

Fact or Fiction?

Where can you still become a pirate?

At MIT! Massachusetts Institute of Technology has had a 20 year underground tradition of awarding a student with the certificate of “Pirate” if they successfully complete courses in archery, pistol shooting, sailing and fencing. But in 2012 that practice became officially part of the MIT program with students receiving a parchment diploma conferring upon them the status of Pirate if they could successfully complete all four

Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team


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