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How does sugar consumption relate to yeast overgrowth?

Elizabeth Boham, MD, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics

Sugary foods that are high in refined and simple carbohydrates can feed the yeast in the body and cause it to overgrow. Watch as functional medicine expert Elizabeth Boham, MD, shares some high-sugar foods that could contribute to yeast overgrowth. 

Jacob Teitelbaum
Integrative Medicine
When you eat too much sugar, yeast get the upper hand, suppressing your immune system and increasing the chances of “leaky gut.” When your gut walls are not intact, undigested protein gets into the bloodstream. Your immune system goes into high alert, fighting incompletely digested food, which it mistakes as “invaders.” Once yeast overgrows in your gut, it can produce a chain reaction of problems, including intense sugar cravings, fatigue and moodiness, chronic sinusitis, spastic colon, allergies, and even chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It’s a high price to pay for satisfying that sweet tooth. The good news is, you can feel good, heal your body, and still enjoy foods you love.
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