Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Gut - The Root of All Health (Part 2) : The Fungi-ed Gut

Did you know that we humans have a small amount of candida in our mouth and intestines?

And it has a function and a job!

It actually aids in the area of digestion and nutrient absorption.

The four known fungi in the gut flora are candid, saccharomyces, aspergillus and penicillium.


Though an overgrowth of candida will cause digestive problems, healthy levels of it are needed to maintain a proper nutrient absorption. It also protects the intestinal tract from infections.

Saccharomyces Boulardii (S. Boulardii)

This fungi functions like a probiotic in the body. It isn't a bacteria. This fungi is prescribed by doctors to patients to help their gut recover after a bout of diarrhoea. It actually helps regulate the intestines. It also protects the intestines from pathogens that can harm the lining of the intestines. Not only does it protect the intestines, it also regulate various functions of the immune system. It also keeps the intestinal barrier function in tip-top condition.

To find out more about this fungi, click on LINK.

An Overgrowth

Even though these fungi help with the digestion and the gut, an overgrowth of them will cause problems.

There are several reasons to how fungi can overgrow in the gut. They are:

1. A diet which is high in refined carbohydrates and sugar.

2. A high consumption of alcohol.

3. A very high-stressed lifestyle.

4. An intake(s) of antibiotics which killed too many of the good guys (good bacteria).

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