you might have a weight problem because of too much yeast in your gut

YES, your weight problem could be a sign of yeast overgrowth.  You are wondering, “What are you talking about, Skinny-Rules?” Well, when your intestinal flora is out of whack, due to any of the following:

antibiotic use

eating too much sugar

taking steroids

use of birth control pills and/or pregnancy (too much estrogen)

then you are more likely to have yeast (candida) overgrowth in your intestinal tract.  Sometimes you see you are sick with it by looking at your tongue or your poop.  White stuff on either is a sign!


I had unexplained canker sores as a baby and all throughout my life, gooey itchy skin eruptions, deep pits in my nails, psoriasis, irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating, stomach pain, and the white tongue. I took many over the counter medications for the issues, but never was given anything to stop it or address the problem.  No doctor understood yeast as an issue for the body and never helped me.  Even today, most M.D.s do not seem to understand anything not related to pharmaceuticals.  It was non-traditional medicine and doctors who helped me.

I have a friend who has been having problems.  I have been telling her for ages that her weight loss problem and health have been compromised by yeast overgrowth and I could see some on her tongue.  I think she didn’t really believe it until she had a colonic the other day and the person administering it (a colonosist?) told her that a clump of yeast passed out of her!  Yuck.  Could this be you?


Candida overgrowth can be a significant barrier to weight loss. Candida is a naturally occurring yeast in the intestinal tract, and is necessary for healthy digestion. However, when Candida overgrowth occurs, it can create problems, intestinally (bloat, gas, pain) and fatigue, headaches, brain fog and so on.

Yeast feeds or grows off sugar – it actually LOVES sugar. Therefore, a person who has yeast overgrowth is going to crave sugars and carbs, therefore YOU will be craving sugar and carbs.

Part of the dilemma is that the sugar/ carb phenomenon is a catch-22. Yeast feeds off sugar, so a diet high in sugars and carbs will perpetuate Candida overgrowth; and yet Candida overgrowth will set of cravings for more sugars and carbs. This leads to a vicious circle or cycle.

Yeast will crave not only sugar, and alcohol (breaks down to sugar). I know many individuals who crave wine or beer – not because they have a drinking problem – but because they have a yeast overgrowth and they’re predisposed to that because of it. High yeast foods like bread, vinegar and mushrooms can trigger it too. (You have to give these things and sugar up during a cleaning of Candida in the body).

Candida detox treatment (such as Candigone, available at vitamin stores) can often help curb cravings for sugars, carbs and alcohol, and these are three things that will be very helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. Also, treating yeast overgrowth can help reduce intestinal bloating which makes one more feel bigger, even if it’s not true body fat. Addressing yeast overgrowth will also boost energy levels making exercise something more appealing to do.

Candida overgrowth also compromises proper absorption of nutrients. It is associated with “leaky gut”, which means the gap between the intestinal cells widens. (I discovered I had leaky gut through a stool test, done by a homeopathic nurse.)  I found out that I had this many years ago and I treated it and stopped eating sugar and many processed carbs. Leaky gut leads to nutrients not being well absorbed, as well as larger-than-normal food molecules escaping into the blood stream triggering immune reactions and inflammation.  Hence:  Illnesses like hypothyroidism and other autoimmune disorders.  Then, weight problems become even more of a problem.

Addressing Candida overgrowth can be done through diet, although even the most rigid anti-Candida diets are rarely enough to eradicate the problem. The more balanced option is moderate dietary modifications, coupled with anti-fungal remedies, which can range from herbal medicines all the way through to prescription medicines, such as Diflucon. Many people find that once yeast overgrowth is addressed, cravings for sugars and carbs are reduced and weight loss is much easier.

What Is Causing Your Cravings?

Today, I was in my Pilates class and I was listening to a woman explain that she follows Weight Watchers, but there are sweets in her house (two teenage boys) and she winds up following her plan for a few days and then succumbs to the sweets because of the cravings.

One issue that is a whole other Oprah, I will discuss in another blog soon — that I think it is a mistake to have sweets around for teens with the excuse that they are teens.  There are so many delicious HEALTHY options for teens and kids that it is just a poor excuse because they are growing fast and need calories to burn, that you can give them EMPTY calories in the shape of cookies and cake.  But, that will be for another day.

Today’s issue is what is causing MOMMY (or Daddy’s) cravings? Two things!

1.  You are addicted to sugar and you have to get off and allow yourself to get through withdrawal (like crack addiction).

2.  You might have Leaky Gut Syndrome.  You might ask, “What the heck is that?”  It is a real medical condition that not all doctors know about or talk about, but good ones do.  Your doctor might scoff, but then you will need another doctor.  Dr. Andrew Weil knows about it and writes about it.

I had this condition and it caused me to be very ill and gain a lot of weight.  It also caused my sugar cravings.  In a nutshell…

Leaky Gut Low

” leaky gut syndrome (also called increased intestinal permeability), is the result of damage to the intestinal lining, making it less able to protect the internal environment as well as to filter needed nutrients and other biological substances. As a consequence, some bacteria and their toxins, incompletely digested proteins and fats, and waste not normally absorbed may “leak” out of the intestines into the blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal bloating, excessive gas and cramps, fatigue, food sensitivities, joint pain, skin rashes, and autoimmunity. The cause of this syndrome may be chronic inflammation, food sensitivity, damage from taking large amounts of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), cytotoxic drugs and radiation or certain antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, or compromised immunity.”

(If you have migraines, gut issues, yeast infections, nail issues, bowel issues, skin issues–it could be caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome!)


How do you heal this condition?

1.  avoid alcoholm NSAIDS, any foods that you’re allergic to.

2.  Make sure you’re eating plenty of fiber.

3.  Take Culturelle or another probiotic supplement containing Lactobacillus GG.

4.   Eat an anti-inflammatory diet, including essential fatty acids like fish oil and GLA. In addition, you might try supplementing with glutamine, an amino acid that helps maintain intestinal metabolism and function and seems to benefit patients who have had intestinal injury from chemotherapy and radiation.

5.  Cut sugar out of your diet as much as possible and follow a MEVY diet (Meat, eggs, vegetables and yogurt) if you can’t follow the anti-inflammatory diet.  If you eat fruit, stick with fruit that has low sugar like berries or citrus.  A side benefit is that you will lose weight.  You will have sugar cravings for about a week, find something to keep your mouth happy like gum, lots of flavored water or coffee.  Try to avoid milk for awhile–lots of sugar.  Use non dairy creamer if you need light coffee.  Sweeteners can be an issue, and if you like the taste of Stevia at all, use that.  I couldn’t give up my Splenda–so getting the Leaky Gut Syndrome cleared up for me took many months.