Common Cause of IBS Revealed: Candida/Yeast

April 14, 2022

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IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the United States.

About 2 in 3 IBS sufferers are female.

About 1 in 3 IBS sufferers are male.

IBS affects people of all ages, even children.

Worldwide it’s estimated that 10-15% of the population has IBS. (1)

We all love going out to eat and indulging in our favorite treats of tasty dishes and desserts.  However, rich food can take a toll on our digestive tract and cause some really uncomfortable, even painful, symptoms.

Have you been told that you have IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome? Some gastrointestinal experts still seem to be baffled by this disorder. Not only do conventional doctors state that it is it difficult to diagnose, they often say there is no cure. We beg to differ.

What is IBS?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder characterized by abdominal pain or discomfort, and altered bowel habit, including chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both. (1) Symptoms can also include indigestion, gas, bloating, abdominal cramps, burping, nausea, heartburn, and  acid reflux.

A very common cause of gastrointestinal symptoms such as those with IBS is actually not a mystery at all.  IBS is commonly caused by imbalances in the bacteria of the gut caused by Candida (2), or yeast overgrowth.  Food intolerances and allergies can also cause irritating gastrointestinal symptoms. (3)

Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth/Candida

Take a look at some of the most common symptoms of yeast overgrowth, many of which are  also symptoms of IBS:

  • bloating
  • belching
  • gas
  • abdominal cramps
  • indigestion
  • abdominal pain
  • heartburn
  • diarrhea
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • skin rashes
  • joint pain
  • yeast infections
  • depression
  • hives
  • Athlete’s foot
  • fungal nail infections
  • muscle aches
  • brain fog
Causes of Yeast Overgrowth/Candida

We all have good, beneficial bacteria in our gut, but when it becomes out of balance, yeast can overgrow and cause problems in our digestive tract. Here are some of the top reasons that can lead to this imbalance and cause yeast to overgrow in the colon:

  • antibiotics
  • birth control pills
  • steroids
  • eating a diet filled with sugar and simple carbohydrates
Natural Solution for IBS: Treat the Yeast Overgrowth/Candida

So how do you obtain a healthy digestive tract? First, you need to cut out sugars and simple carbohydrates, and we recommend doing this with a yeast-free eating program. Next, you need to kill the yeast, then restore the good bacteria that your body needs with probiotics. Research shows that there is an overall beneficial effect of probiotics and prebiotics in treating and relieving IBS. (4) By cleansing your body of this excess yeast, you can resolve your gastrointestinal symptoms and feel much better, while also improving your overall health.

Sample Recipes from Our Yeast-Free Eating Program

Eliminating sugar and simple carbs from what you eat can sound challenging, however don’t get discouraged. You’d be surprised at how much tasty food you DO get to eat! You can find delicious recipes such as these in Dr. Hotze’s Optimal Eating Program Cookbook:

Berry Nutty Smoothie Recipe
Yeast-Free Almond Pancakes Recipe
Yeast-Free Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Yeast-Free Pepper Steak Recipe
Yeast-Free Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies

We Can Help

Could yeast overgrowth be causing your IBS symptoms? Take our Symptom Checker to find out. Contact our Wellness Consultants for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698. It will be our privilege to serve you.

Related Content
Benefits of the Candida Diet
Dr. Hotze and Dr. Sheridan on Candida


1. Definition and Facts about IBS

2. Yeast Metabolic Products, Yeast Antigens and Yeasts as Possible Triggers for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hypersensitivity to Food

4 The Potential Role of Gut Mycobiome in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Written By: Steven F. Hotze, M.D.

Steven F. Hotze, M.D., is the founder and CEO of the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, Hotze Vitamins and Physicians Preference Pharmacy International, LLC.


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