The reality of Candida yeast in the body and what effects it might have on a person are highly debated. It would seem that there are many who believe it causes a host of problems in some people, and there are others who say it is harmless, and it is not to blame for many of the medical conditions that seem to be fairly new to our world. Some find that they have to turn to Chinese medicine if they want to be taken seriously when they have problems with the yeast. Some wonder if there is a Candida yeast Chronic Fatigue Syndrome connection.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is something that is very much a mystery. This is usually a diagnosis of elimination. The symptoms are often very hard on a person’s life. They might feel tired all of the time, weakness is common, and many may have Fibromyalgia at the same time. That leads to poor sleep and poor immune system function. CFS is usually diagnosed after every other medical possibility has been ruled out. The reason is often unclear, and there seems to be no medical answer as far as a cure. Because an overabundance of Candida yeast weakens the immune system, there may be a link between CFS and this yeast, but the answers are not clear cut in each case.
Those with CFS often have not only Fibromyalgia, but they often have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) as well. Candida yeast can be linked to IBS, so it makes sense that it might have also be a root cause of CFS for some people. Probably the most pronounce symptom of CFS is the fatigue, and it is believed that the overgrowth of Candida yeast can sap anyone’s energy, and if it is spread though the body, it might be a chronic problem. Some with CFS try to eat more carbs (or sugars) for the instant energy that it provides, but it is actually making things worse. Candida loves sugars, and these sugars help it to grow and spread.
Some who have CFS have good luck with taking a vitamin B12 supplement. When B12 is low, it can lead to anemia, which can then lead to an overgrowth of the Candida yeast. Some report that B12 has made them feel better, and has helped with a variety of problems. Though this link in tenuous at best, it has many believing that Candida is causing more problems with the general health of many and most people do not know it, and their doctors are not saying that it might be a possibility.
If a patient with CFS has any of the symptoms of Candida (yeast infections, thrush, skin rashes, bloating, or frequent problems with sinus and respiratory infections) they should consider treatment for the yeast. Though the Candida yeast Chronic Fatigue connection is not there for all who suffer, it might help some. Vitamin B12 supplements might help, along with seeking other treatments to lower the amounts of the yeast in the system. If this helps, it should be something that is carefully monitored, as the yeast can come back if the system is not cared for properly.
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