Did you know that 3.1 million Americans suffer from constipation? Are you one of the 20% of the U.S. population who have been diagnosed with acid reflux or one of the 2.1 million people diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Have you ever taken an antibiotic? Do you tend to have cravings for carbohydrates, sugars, or anything starchy? Do you feel fatigued or sluggish?
These are some common problems caused by candidiasis, also known as yeast or candida overgrowth, and until you solve the underlying cause of your symptoms by eliminating the yeast, the symptoms won’t go away. Also keep in mind that candida symptoms are not limited to the gastrointestinal tract.
Candida overgrowth, or yeast overgrowth, can also cause:
Even worse, yeast produces toxins that depress your immune system, making you more reactive to allergies and more susceptible to infections. Wouldn’t you like to know what is causing your symptoms so that you can get rid of them permanently?
What Causes Candida Overgrowth
If this sounds familiar, you may have candidiasis, better known as yeast or candida overgrowth. If you have ever taken an antibiotic, eaten antibiotic-injected meat or dairy products, taken birth control pills, or steroids then you are susceptible to candida overgrowth and its varied symptoms.
Antibiotics destroy good bacteria along with the bad, leaving us defenseless and open to more infection in the future. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not kill yeast, so the playing field is never leveled, but rather the yeast is allowed to proliferate in the digestive tract and vagina. Toxins released by yeast enter the bloodstream and impair immunity, making you more reactive to allergies and more susceptible to infections. Weakened immunity contributes to recurrent infections, leading to frequent antibiotic use, thus perpetuating the cycle. This vicious cycle is hard to break. So what can you do to put an end to this process?
Stressed out? Always tired? You Might Have Adrenal Fatigue.
Are you exhausted? Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and down a cup of coffee just to get up and going? Do you fight fatigue throughout the day? Does the slightest bit of stress send you over the edge? Do you suffer from muscle and/or joint pain, recurrent infections, allergies, anxiety or panic attacks, depression, or low blood sugar or blood pressure? Have you been told that you have chronic fatigue syndrome?
Adrenal fatigue is a common health problem that Americans face today. Unfortunately, most are unaware that this could be the cause of their symptoms because their doctor never brought it up as a possibility. Like hypothyroidism, it is a common condition that is overlooked by traditional medicine, and many doctors deny that adrenal fatigue is even a real condition, however we know better.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce enough cortisol to meet the demands of your body. In short, you are wearing your adrenal glands out, so you feel increasingly fatigued, stressed, anxious, and many other health conditions may occur as a result.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
With adrenal fatigue, you are likely to be more vulnerable to infections and to heal more slowly than those with healthy adrenal glands.
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
Chronic, unrelenting stress, whether physical or psychological or both, eventually leads to adrenal fatigue. It can also occur after acute or chronic infections such as the flu, bronchitis or pneumonia. In today’s fast-paced world, the stress that many people experience on a daily, ongoing basis is a contributing factor. Stressors may include noise, pollution, traffic, inclement weather, injuries, illnesses, emotional conflicts, deadlines and inadequate sleep.
Over 60 million Americans suffer from allergies and the number is growing. Asthma accounts for approximately 10.1 million missed work days for adults annually.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, costing the health care system $18 billion annually.
Are allergies and asthma making you feel miserable?
Allergies and asthma can cause so many annoying symptoms, but are they also making you sick? Are you unable to go outside without an inhaler? Do you get sinus infections several times a year? Do you spend a good portion of your time not feeling well and miss a lot of work? If you can track your symptoms on the seasonal calendar you may be one of the many suffering from allergies.
Common Allergy Symptoms
Consider the following questions to find out if you would benefit from allergy treatment:
Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn't cause a reaction in most people.
Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn't. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system's reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system.
The severity of allergies varies from person to person and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis — a potentially life-threatening emergency. While most allergies can't be cured, treatments can help relieve your allergy symptoms.
Allergy symptoms, which depend on the substance involved, can affect your airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin, and digestive system. Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. In some severe cases, allergies can trigger a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, can cause:
A food allergy can cause:
An insect sting allergy can cause:
A drug allergy can cause:
Atopic dermatitis, an allergic skin condition also called eczema, can cause skin to:
Some types of allergies, including allergies to foods and insect stings, can trigger a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. A life-threatening medical emergency, anaphylaxis can cause you to go into shock. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
You might see a doctor if you have symptoms you think are caused by an allergy, and over-the-counter allergy medications don't provide enough relief. If you have symptoms after starting a new medication, call the doctor who prescribed it right away.
For a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), call 911 or your local emergency number or seek emergency medical help. If you carry an epinephrine auto-injector (Auvi-Q, EpiPen, others), give yourself a shot right away.
Even if your symptoms improve after an epinephrine injection, you should go to the emergency department to make sure symptoms don't return when the effects of the injection wear off.
If you've had a severe allergy attack or any signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis in the past, make an appointment to see your doctor. Evaluation, diagnosis and long-term management of anaphylaxis are complicated, so you'll probably need to see a doctor who specializes in allergies and immunology.
An allergy starts when your immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance for a dangerous invader. The immune system then produces antibodies that remain on the alert for that particular allergen. When you're exposed to the allergen again, these antibodies can release a number of immune system chemicals, such as histamine, that cause allergy symptoms.
Common allergy triggers include:
You might be more likely to develop an allergy if you:
Having an allergy increases your risk of certain other medical problems, including:
Preventing allergic reactions depends on the type of allergy you have. General measures include the following:
To evaluate whether you have an allergy, your doctor will likely:
If you have a food allergy, your doctor will likely:
Your doctor might also recommend one or both of the following tests. However, be aware that these allergy tests can be falsely positive or falsely negative.
If your doctor suspects your problems are caused by something other than an allergy, other tests might help identify — or rule out — other medical problems.
Allergy treatments include:
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