What Could Yeast Possibly Have To Do With Your Inflamed Sinuses?

The Surprising Answer….

Discovering the connection between your inflamed sinuses and yeast infestation in the body begins, ironically, by examining the function of our digestive system. Our digestive system is the key to good health throughout our entire body, and when it is not functioning properly it affects the central nervous system, which sends out alarms everywhere. One of the ways in which this sometimes-delicate system becomes compromised is when the fragile balance of our “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria is upset. Thus, as our good bacterial population declines through frequent or high dose antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals and other factors, a friendly breeding environment for candida yeast can arise, inviting the bad bacteria, normally present in controllable amounts, to “explode” in number. Under these conditions, the yeast can grow out of control – clinging to intestinal walls as well as the genitals (predominantly in females), produce toxins in the bloodstream and even lodge in the mucous membranes within the body such as the sinus and bronchial passages.

The further spreading of the yeast fungus prevents proper digestion of all nutrients in the food we eat, and in the vitamins and minerals we take. With these factors in place our body is steadily becoming deprived of what it needs to remain healthy. This can trigger an over-reaction of white blood cells, which normally gather to heal infection, making our immune system either over-active or under-active, inviting multiple health problems to take place. Proper bowel function may go downhill. As this happens, more and more waste toxins remain inside us and can get in the bloodstream. The yeast loves this and will be given “free transportation” to the mucous membranes; namely your sinuses. Once the yeast has gotten into the sinuses and nasal passages, it will either bring bacteria with it or attach itself to existing bacteria from outside elements – free radicals, airborne mold, etc.

Once embedded in the sinuses, the yeast’s presence stimulates the immune system to begin attacking it with T-Lymphocytes, a type of cell used to eliminate foreign invaders in your body. This attack causes a set of autoimmune responses in those membranes leading to inflammation; as a result you’re going to have swelling of those membranes and overproduction of mucus. The consequences, of course, are the symptoms associated with a sinus infection: congestion, pressure, and pain.

Oral, nasal or vaginal yeast may be a sign that the candida fungus has become overgrown in the gastrointestinal tract, and treatment for the surface infections alone will not get to the root problem. Ingesting even more ore antibiotics to combat the problem will only add to the yeast build-up and to further sinus involvement.

Treatment for chronic sinusitis, which is so often caused by yeast infections, is multi-factorial. It must address dietary habits through an anti yeast diet as well as holistic therapy and digestive enzymes to help decrease the inflammatory response in the digestive tract, which will decrease the amount of yeast chronically leaked into the body.

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