Intestinal Health – the Four “R” Program: Part III – Fungi

3.1.4_fungi_2In Part I of our four-part series, we looked at the gut and how bacteria plays a part in a good way and a bad one as well as the treatment for it – the Four R Program - four steps to creating a healthy gut:  Remove, Replace, Reinoculate, Repair. In Part II, we looked at bacteria specifically in relation to our gut health and what it does to create havoc in our system, not just our gut. In Part III, we’ll look at yeast and fungi in relation to the gut and the treatment options that are available to deal with these two gut busters.

What is it?

Fungus is an onomatopoeia word – it sounds like what it is: not very desirable. Fungi commonly identified species are: Candida, Rhodotorula, Geotrichum, Sacchoromyces, and Trichosporon. Some types of fungus you might be familiar with are mushrooms and yeast.

Although yeast is a normal inhabitant of the gastrointestinal flora and is present in 40-65% of the human population with no harmful effects, if overgrown it is the most common causal agent of opportunistic fungal infections. Contrary to what you might think, the esophagus is the most commonly infected site followed by the stomach then the small and large bowel.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of a fungal infection include: gastric pain, nausea, vomiting, gas, and bloating.

What are the treatment options?GP2103

  • Reduce any intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars
  • Use herbal agents in combination oregano oil, berberine, goldenseal, grapefruit seed extract, and garlic
  • Consult a physician for medication
  • Use S. boulardii which aids in the growth of beneficial bacteria; crowds out the yeast and supports the immune system
  • Avoid fructooligosaccharide (FOS) which may feed yeast

At The Baucom Institute, we do a full testing workup to determine the type of infection and then would treat accordingly.

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? If you are in the medical field, how do you handle these infections?