Is Yeast Causing Your Sweet Tooth?

Is Yeast Causing Your Sweet Tooth?

Is Yeast Causing Your Sweet Tooth?

Could yeast be controlling your life? Like what you eat? How you feel? Even your motivation? Millions of people, around 80 million it’s estimated, have a battle with this single-cell fungus that they cannot even see. Normally, this yeast is harmless. But Candida cells can develop rapidly with the right conditions. Eating too many sweets and refined carbs, alcohol, and junk food, taking certain prescription drugs, or fighting an illness can upset the status quo in your gut. Then Candida can grow out of control. The result is a long list of health problems that many doctors never are able to diagnose let alone know how to treat. This fungus can rob you of energy and steal your quality and enjoyment of life.

If you suspect that you may have candidiasis, take the quiz. Get your score. If it’s high, get help. My program 10 Step Sugar Detox and The Yeast Control Products are designed to help you get this condition under control so you can take your life back.

CANDIDA QUIZ

If you suspect you might suffer from candidiasis, W. G. Crook, M.D. has developed a questionnaire that you can fill out to determine the likelihood. There are different point scores at the end of each question. Note the points and add them up. The score evaluation is at the end of the quiz.

Your History

  1. Have you ever taken tetracycline or other antibiotics for acne for one month or longer? 25
  2. Have you at any time in your life taken other “broad-spectrum” antibiotics for respiratory, urinary, or other infections for two months or longer, or in short courses four or more times in a one-year period? 20
  3. Have you ever taken a broad-spectrum antibiotic (even a single course)? 6
  4. Have you at anytime in your life been bothered by persistent prostatitis, vaginitis, or other problems affecting your reproductive organs? 25
  5. Have you been pregnant one time? 3
  6. Two or more times? 5
  7. Have you taken birth control pills for six months to two years? 8
  8. For more than two years? 15
  9. Have you taken prednisone or other cortisone type drugs for two weeks or less? 6
  10. For more than two weeks?  15
  11. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors, and other chemicals provoke mild symptoms? 5  Moderate to severe symptoms? 20
  12. Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or moldy places? 20
  13. Have you had athlete’s foot, ringworm, “jock itch,” or other chronic infections of the skin or nails?   Mild to moderate?  10   Severe or persistent? 20
  14. Do you crave sugar? 10
  15. Do you crave breads? 10
  16. Do you crave alcoholic beverages? 10
  17. Does tobacco smoke really bother you? 10

ADD UP YOUR TOTAL SCORE FOR THIS SECTION ____

Major Symptoms

For each of your symptoms below, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score Column.

If symptom is occasional or mild                                                      score 3 points

If symptom is frequent and/or moderately severe                           score 6 points

If a symptom is severe and/or disabling                                         score 9 points

  1. Fatigue or lethargy (0-9)
  2. Feeling of being drained (0-9)
  3. Poor Memory (0-9)
  4. Feeling “spacey” or “unreal” (0-9)
  5. Depression (0-9)
  6. Numbness, burning, or tingling (0-9)
  7. Muscle aches (0-9)
  8. Muscle weakness or paralysis (0-9)
  9. Pain and/or swelling in joints (0-9)
  10. Abdominal pain (0-9)
  11. Constipation (0-9)
  12. Diarrhea (0-9)
  13. Bloating (0-9)
  14. Persistent vaginal itch (0-9)
  15. Persistent vaginal burning (0-9)
  16. Prostatitis (0-9)
  17. Impotence (0-9)
  18. Loss of sexual desire (0-9)
  19. Endometriosis (0-9)
  20. Cramping and other menstrual irregularities (0-9)
  21. Premenstrual tension (0-9)
  22. Spots in front of eyes (0-9)
  23. Erratic vision (0-9)

TOTAL SCORE FOR THIS SECTION ____

Other Symptoms

For each of the symptoms below, enter the appropriate figure in the point Score Column.

If symptom is occasional or mild                                                      score 1 points

If symptom is frequent and/or moderately severe                           score 2 points

If a symptom is severe and/or disabling                                         score 3 points

  1. Drowsiness (0-3)
  2. Irritability (0-3)
  3. Lack of coordination (0-3)
  4. Inability to concentrate (0-3)
  5. Frequent mood swings (0-3)
  6. Headache (0-3)
  7. Dizziness/loss of balance (0-3)
  8. Pressure above ears, feeling of head swelling and tingling (0-3)
  9. Itching (0-3)
  10. Other rashes (0-3)
  11. Heartburn (0-3)
  12. Indigestion (0-3)
  13. Belching and intestinal gas (0-3)
  14. Mucus in stools (0-3)
  15. Hemorrhoids (0-3)
  16. Dry mouth (0-3)
  17. Rash or blisters in mouth (0-3)
  18. Bad breath (0-3)
  19. Joint swelling or arthritis (0-3)
  20. Nasal congestion or discharge (0-3)
  21. Postnasal drip (0-3)
  22. Nasal itching (0-3)
  23. Sore or dry throat (0-3)
  24. Cough (0-3)
  25. Pain or tightness in chest (0-3)
  26. Wheezing or shortness of breath (0-3)
  27. Urinary urgency or frequency (0-3)
  28. Burning on urination (0-3)
  29. Failing vision (0-3)
  30. Burning or tearing of eyes (0-3)
  31. Recurrent infections or fluid in ears (0-3)
  32. Ear pain or deafness (0-3)

TOTAL SCORE FOR THIS SECTION  ___

NOW ADD UP YOUR SCORES FOR THE 3 SECTIONS

Total Score from History  ___

Total score from Major Symptoms  ___

Total score for Other Symptoms  ___

TOTAL ALL SECTIONS  ___

 

What Your Score Means

Women         Men

>180                                   >140                   Yeast- connected health problems are almost certainly present

120-180                             90-140               Yeast-connected health problems are probably present

60-119                                40-89                 Yeast-connected health problems are possibly present

<60                                    <40                      Yeast-connected health problems are less likely to be present

 

This questionnaire is adapted from W. G. Crook The Yeast Connection.

 

Although the Candida Questionnaire can help determine your condition, ultimately the best method for diagnosing candidiasis is clinical evaluation by a physician knowledgeable about yeast-related illness.

If your score indicates you have a yeast overgrowth, I highly recommend the yeast control products: Yeast Max, YeastZyme Max, and Ultimate FloraMax Advanced Care 100 Billion    (30 caps)

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Do You Have Candida?

Do You Have Candida?

Do You Have Candida?

Thought to affect more than 40 million Americans, Candida albicans is recognized as a complex syndrome known as chronic candidiasis or yeast syndrome. These tiny organisms attach themselves to the intestinal wall where they compete with cells and ultimately the entire body for nutrients, thus creating nutrient deficiencies.  This overgrowth of yeast is believed to cause widespread symptoms in virtually every system of the body, with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous, and immune systems being the most susceptible.

If your immune system stays strong, the yeasts will not cause problems. However, when you take antibiotics for infections, the drugs will kill off the friendly gut bacteria and then the opportunistic yeast can take over. Other contributing factors include:  oral corticosteroids, cancer treatments chemotherapy and radiation, diabetes, and a weakened immune system.

A diet rich in sugar and other simple carbohydrates promotes yeast overgrowth.  And sugar and foods that turn to sugar quickly such as white flour, white rice, and processed foods are the yeasts foods of choice.  As the yeast population increases, they can cause overwhelming urges to eat sweets, starchy foods, or simple carbs such as white flour products.  That is why it is imperative that you get sugar and foods that turn to sugar easily out of your diet. You want to starve these little critters. Sweets can actually cause candidiasis, even if you haven’t taken antibiotics.  I’m convinced that happened to me.  In my twenties I had a very bad case of yeast overgrowth, but I had not taken antibiotics in childhood or as a young adult.  Candidiasis may have developed because sugar is very acidic.  When your body’s pH is out of balance, candida can take over creating a systemic problem.

Also, take note if you have IBS, Crohn’s, or Gastroenteritis. When people who are diagnosed with IBS, Crohn’s Disease, or Gastroenteritis, are prescribed Cortisone for inflammation, the steroids in the gut can increase the growth of Candida albicans.

Some of the symptoms of yeast overgrowth include:

  • Depression
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor memory
  • Foggy brain
  • Irritable
  • Angry outbursts
  • Dizziness
  • Crying spells
  • Low libido
  • Recurring yeast infections
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Cravings for alcohol (beer, wine, or hard liquor)
  • Insomnia,
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating/faltulence
  • Burping after a meal
  • Mucous in the stools
  • Itchy anus
  • White coat on the tone
  • Bleeding gums
  • Itchy eyes
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Persistent cough
  • Sinus infections
  • Difficult to lose weight
  • Water retention
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Autism
  • ADD/ADHD

What  can you do if you suspect you may have candidiasis?  You could get a stool test.  But if you just want to jump right in to conquer this problem and deal with symptoms, the program to get rid of yeast can only help improve your health. First you’ve got to knockout sugar and simple carbs – Get The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout.  I also recommend that you join my 10 Step Sugar Detox group.  And get the products to help get yeast under control.  See my recommendations for Yeast Control Products.

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Addicted to Sugar? Take the Quiz

Addicted to Sugar? Take the Quiz

Addicted to Sugar? Take the Quiz

We can hardly pick up a magazine without seeing a headline about sugar and its connection to disease. Over the last several years, I have been writing about the perils of sugar and it’s connection to brain fog, aging, adrenal fatigue, diabetes and heart disease. But the call of sugar is strong to many, and we can put our heads in the sand (or the sugar!) and keep going.

bunnyDo you have a sugar addiction? Take the quiz and find out!

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