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The Vicious Cycle of Sugar Addiction and Yeast Overgrowth

Reviewed by Kimberly Glow, MD, MPH of Forum Health Knoxville

The fall season conjures up images of pumpkin pies, hot biscuits, and steaming lattes. Sweet aromas tempt even the staunchest convert from sugar! For those who struggle with a sugar addiction, this can be the start of another vicious cycle of weight gain, depression, muscle aches, indigestion, and fatigue.

One of the underlying complications that usually go undetected is the invasive spread of yeast in the body. Yeast is one of the billions of microorganisms normally found in the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, digestive tract, and genitals. Its growth is controlled by healthy bacteria, but an imbalance can wreak havoc on all the body’s systems.

One of the many culprits is an excessive sugar intake. Yeast feeds on sugar which sets off an intense craving for sugar. As a result, yeast can multiply and take over the body. A vicious cycle develops as yeast causes one to eat more carbs, the carbs fuel the growth and multiplication of yeast, and the growing colonies of yeast demand more sugar leading to increased stores of fat.

Many symptoms from sinusitis to psoriasis can be attributed to yeast overgrowth. In Dr. Pam Smith’s book, “Why You Can’t Lose Weight,” she lists over 90 problems associated with yeast overgrowth. Some of the more common symptoms we have seen at Forum Health include nasal congestion, inability to concentrate, anxiety, joint pain, adrenal dysfunction, bladder infections, PMS, and weight gain.

The good news is that when your Forum Health provider addresses this issue, many of the chronic health problems finally resolve. Depending on the severity of symptoms and the extent of yeast overgrowth, your Forum Health provider will custom design a plan just for you. Healthy eating choices, specific probiotics and herbs as well as other supplements will help restore your body. Many times your Forum Health provider may also prescribe a round of medications to help eradicate stubborn yeast.

Sugar addiction is real, but your Forum Health provider can help you overcome it. Set up an appointment to assess yeast overgrowth before the consequences overwhelm you. The fall season is the beginning of wonderful holidays and memories, but it doesn’t have to be a cycle of despair. Everyone who struggles from this can be restored to vibrant health!

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