Most people think of a yeast infection only affecting one area of the body. But yeast can overwhelm the gut and in turn affect metabolism and energy production, says Sciencedirect.com. This may lead to increased body fat and the distribution of fat in the body. Simple changes of diet and probiotics can help decrease yeast and regulate the gut.
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Yeast infections overwhelm the digestive system by unbalancing the natural gut flora, or bacteria, that's established to help with proper digestion. This allows food particulates to pass through the gut lining that usually would not be allowed and may stop nutrients needed for normal body function from entering the body. When yeast overwhelms the normal flora, it's in control of metabolism.
A systemic yeast infection causes many different effects on the abdomen and the body as a whole. Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, obesity and difficulty losing weight are a few ways it can affect the abdomen, says Sciencedirect.com. Other symptoms of a systemic yeast infection are recurrent infections, decreased cognitive function, fatigue, depression, joint pain, and muscle aches.
To decrease yeast in the body, it's good to decrease the amount of yeast consumed and the amount of yeast proliferating foods consumed. Common foods that contain yeast are cereals, breads, bagels, pastries, pretzels, crackers, doughs, cake and beer. Foods that help yeast grow are raisins, juices, corn syrups, sour cream, olives, mushrooms and pickles.
Probiotics are a nutraceutical that is a scientifically tested group of bacteria normally found in the gut. These are consumed to restore proper function of the digestive system and the whole body. Probiotics may help regulate the metabolism, control weight gain and increase weight loss.
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- Sciencedirect.com: Interplay between obesity and associated metabolic disorders:new insights into the gut microbiota