07-27-20 Avoiding the Summertime Blues– Carolyn Dean MD ND
Summer may bring increased exposure to more than just the sun. Summer gives us longer days, BBQs, pool parties, campfires, more alcohol and sweet beverages, road trips with the car windows and top down, and home improvements. Harmless as they seem, these factors and more increase our exposure to multiple environmental toxins. One particular toxin that affects millions in the population is acetaldehyde.
Acetaldehyde belongs to the larger chemical family of aldehydes, which are pervasive environmental toxins. The human body possesses enzymes that convert it to a less-harmful substance and therefore is protected from small exposures. However, acetaldehyde at toxic levels can make its way into the brain from sources such as alcohol consumption, breathing air contaminated with acetaldehyde from cigarette and other smoke, smog, vehicle and factory exhaust, synthetic fragrances and perhaps the most common of all, Candida sp. (yeast) overgrowth.
Yes, for many women and their families, the exposure route to toxic acetaldehyde levels is through its production by the opportunistic yeast, Candida albicans. In small numbers, this yeast may be kept in check in the gut by the immune system and friendly bacteria. But in many adults and children, increasing carbohydrates, especially sweets, will cause chronic Candidiasis. Candida produces acetaldehyde in the GI tract by sugar fermentation. The typical American diet along with drug and antibiotic therapies, hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid), chronic stress, environmental toxins, etc. have altered gut integrity and immunity and predisposed millions of people to yeast overgrowth or “Yeast Overgrowth Syndrome.” A person with this condition who also drinks beer, wine or liqueurs not only produces acetaldehyde from the alcohol but also delivers more sugar for yeast production of acetaldehyde, creating a double-barreled dose. Many people with yeast say that they can’t tolerate alcohol. Acetaldehyde produced in the gut can eventually reach more parts of the body, flooding the system and increasing the risk for damage.
Acetaldehyde is created in measurable amounts when yeast overgrows in the intestines. I’ve talked about the damage caused by acetaldehyde for decades and listed yeast overgrowth and mineral deficiency as the main factors in chronic disease. Even though more people are catching on and acknowledging the effects of yeast overgrowth, they don’t understand how deep the problem goes.
To recap, acetaldehyde is a toxic byproduct of not just yeast but also of alcohol, car exhaust, and cigarette smoke. I’ve written about it extensively in my eBook, ReSet The Yeast Connection. Following this program will reduce yeast overgrowth and the damage caused by its 178 toxins, one of which is acetaldehyde. Part of that program includes taking ReMag because magnesium empowers aldehyde dehydrogenase to help breakdown and eliminate acetaldehyde. Molybdenum, found in our ReMyte, is also an acetaldehyde buster. Most important is ReAline with its sulfur amino acids that mobilize the sulfur detoxification pathways and methylated B vitamins that drive the methyl detoxification pathways. I don’t wish to encourage you to drink alcohol, especially if you suffer from yeast overgrowth but we have many reports from our customers that ReAline metabolizes alcohol to the point of not triggering blood alcohol levels on a breathalyzer. Supplementation with our Completement Formulas offers an important level of prevention and protection from toxicity.
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