4 Culprits of Leaky Gut and Yeast Belly & How to Fix it


Leaky gut and yeast belly go hand in hand when it comes to poor gut health.  We have good bacteria in our gut, but sometimes that good bacteria is replaced by bad ones.  In fact, if we don’t have more than 80% good, we will start to experience some of these symptoms listed below.

  • fatigue
  • chemical sensitivity
  • lack of energy
  • upset bowels
  • bladder issues
  • feeling lousy
  • bloating
  • digestive issues
  • low immune system
  • rectal itching
  • thyroid issues
  • constipation

The above are several symptoms of up and coming terms that will be more commonly talked about in the near future: leaky gut and yeast belly.

Heard of Gut Yeast?

Gut yeast loves to eat, in fact, it will actually make you crave foods that you know are bad for you, but you end up eating them anyway.  It’s like a child screaming in your stomach asking for it to be fed. You eventually give in.

The best thing about all this, it’s not your fault-well, technically.

If you are like most Americans exercising hard day after day, eating fairly healthy and honestly doing everything in their power to be fit – but to no avail, then this article may lighten your exercise load.  The main reason you aren’t seeing progress is, you are fighting the symptoms and not the source.

Gut yeast lives in your gut and feeds on the friendly bacteria that gets in its way.  One of it’s most favorite foods – ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS!  I am going to suggest to give up diet soda if you are drinking it daily.

There is so much to share about all this, but I’ll cut to the chase. There are 4 Digestive Track Destroyers out there that will ambush you all the way to obesity and bodily failure.  This is because we are uneducated, and honestly FLEECED by our big manufacturers that pretend things are healthy – when they aren’t.

CONGRATS to Subway for getting this one right!


Ever heard of this?  You will be appalled after you figure out what this is. In fact, in Singapore, it’s banned in their foods and they get caught, they go to prison or pay a $400K fine!  It is also banned in Europe and Australia…But as all of you may realize, it’s not illegal in the US, yet.

Companies continue to use it in American foods. Want to know how? It’s the bleaching agent they use to make flour white, which in return makes the flower a little stronger.  Here is a great little article on its LINK (that will explain what it is – not what it does to you.)

This is such an important topic because it’s in our DAILY food source. We consume it almost every day as a nation. McDees’s uses it in their bread (ever wonder why they stay looking fantastic after days?) See some youtube videos if you want proof.


Diet soda is high on the list to cause digestive issues. diet There is so much proof that artificial sweeteners make us fat, I can’t even begin to write it all in, but you can research away at the link below.  Put it this way, the average person who consumes diet drinks statistically weigh more than those who don’t.  Diet drinkers report being more bloated and puffy.

This is where the gut yeast enters the front stage. It begins to take over because it has a full snack bar. It hangs out and consumes the artificial sugars and grows more addicted, just like the taste buds, which is why we can’t seem to have 1 glass of it while we are out to dinner.

Next time you are eating out, look at other tables (if you don’t drink the stuff) and see how many times they get refill after refill. Just hook us up to the dispenser.

Once the gut yeast begins to get greedy, all of a sudden the gut yeast starts stealing your food.  You begin to eat more and your slimmer party dress begins to not fit so well.

Diet soda is the most consumed product in the US, but let’s not forget the artificial sweeteners in yogurt, cookies, cakes, reduced fat, and sugar products.  The Aspartame.com website shows many products with artificial sweeteners: listed here.

  • Breath Mints
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Cereals
  • Chewing Gum
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Flavored Syrups for Coffee
  • Flavored Water Products
  • Frozen Ice
  • Frozen Ice Cream Novelties
  • Fruit Spreads
  • Gelatin, Sugar-Free
  • Hard Candies
  • Ice cream Toppings
  • Ice Creams, No Sugar or Sugar-Free
  • Iced Tea, Powder
  • Iced Tea, Ready to Drink
  • Instant Cocoa Mix
  • Jams & Jellies
  • Juice Blends
  • Juice Drinks
  • Maple Syrups
  • Meal Replacements
  • Mousse
  • No Sugar Added Pies
  • Non-Carbonated Diet Soft drinks
  • Nutritional Bars
  • Powdered Soft Drinks
  • Protein Nutritional Drinks
  • Pudding
  • Soft Candy Chews
  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup
  • Sugar-Free Cookies
  • Sugar-Free Ketchup
  • Table Top Sweeteners
  • Vegetable Drinks
  • Yogurt, Drinkable
  • Yogurt, Fat-Free
  • Yogurt, Sugar-Free


Larger quantities of sugar is obviously a huge culprit of belly bloating and yeast growth. The American Heart Assc. recommends that we consume 5-8g of sugar per day. Sugar is a carb. (Carbs are 4 calories per gram. 5 grams x 4 calories = 20 grams per person per day is the suggestion).

If we hop in line at Starbucks and get a small Frappuccino with non-fat milk we are talking 29 sugars for that one drink.  This little cup is equivalent to 4 donuts!

If our gut is responsible for 60% of cells in our body, gut health really should be the focus of our healthy nutritional lifestyle.

So if we are feeding our gut yeast with a sugary drink here and there will it hurt us.  It all depends on if you gut yeast is out of control. Does sit control more than 20% of your gut? If so, you’ll have symptoms from above. If it doesn’t, you may be out of the woods, but not for long.

Sometimes it can take months to see symptoms and months to see them disappear.


Alcohol is the last major disruptor in the belly department.  It twineurns off friendly bacteria and helps the gut yeast grow.  We all know everything in moderation, but alcohol is a hard switch to flip off once it’s on.  It contains 7 calories per gram – which can add up quickly.  Alcohol also has yeast – which doesn’t help to reduce any of it in your belly.

A word on antibiotics. Yes, take them when you need them.  However, they do kill bacteria in your gut, which means you need to replace it with good bacteria.


There are 3 ways to actually kill gut yeast issues.

  1. Eat foods that have acidophilus (grow your own kefir or make homemade pickles)
  2. Take a probiotic – but not just any probiotic – purchase one with at least 7 strains of bacteria…
  3. Of course, praying is essential in anything and everything we do.


  • Yogurt has TONS of false claims about them being packed with good bacteria. This is what makes it so frustrating when trying to purchase the correct ones.  Our average yogurt isn’t the best source – but we think it is. If it’s pasteurized it already lost some of the important components in it that we think we are getting.
  • Kefir (what’s this is all about): it’s liquid yogurt – the naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in kefir combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed regularly. It is loaded with valuable vitamins and minerals and contains easily digestible complete proteins. Just don’t get the kind loaded with sugar.
  • Acidophilus milk. This is simply milk that has been fermented with bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. Sometimes it’s labeled sweet acidophilus milk.
  • Or fermented foods (good article here): unpasteurized sauerkraut, miso (fermented soybean) and tempeh made from a base of fermented soybeans, soft cheese like gouda, sourdough bread, and sour pickles.


  • You may have taken a probiotic supplement before, but there are a few problems with some on the market, which makes them not work as well as we hope and then we write them off as not a possible solution.
  • Some come in plastic bottles (remember that bleaching agent in #1 above, it’s also used in plastics).  Scientists are still learning a lot from the way things are packaged.  Until they bottlehave the full skinny, glass is best.
  • Different grades of probiotics matter.  Just because you spend big bucks on them doesn’t mean they are awesome.  Here is the consumer advisory guide to choosing a good probiotic. But of course, I’ll give the cliff notes here. PLEASE don’t waste money on the cheaper ones that are not laboratory grade, look for:
    • made in America
    • tested by an independent 3rd party lab
    • tens of billions of Colony Forming Units (CFUs) per serving
    • a variety of different strains (at least 7)


Still, one of the best practices we can do for health.  Even if the good Lord chooses a different way to heal you, rather than a fast miracle, or right away, meditation gets our heart, mind, soul, and spirit in a better state.  It connects us with our Creator and brings physical healing in one way or another.  If you don’t know how to pray, use Jesus as a model in the Lord’s prayer. 


While probiotic-foods have live bacteria, prebiotic foods feed the good bacteria already living in your gut. Try prebiotic foods on their own or with probiotic foods to perhaps give the probiotics a boost.  You can find prebiotics in items such as:

  • asparagus
  • bananas
  • red wine
  • maple syrup
  • Jerusalem artichokes
  • oatmeal
  • honey
  • legumes

Please let me know if you find this article helps you – I would LOVE to know how well these worked for you.

I’m not affiliated with any of these products or websites. I’m a personal trainer and wellness coach sharing the love of a healthy gut so you can be happy and healthy!


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*None of this advice is meant to give a diagnosis disease or condition. THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.