AUTO BREWERY SYNDROME
Gut fermentation syndrome,also known as intestinal candida infection or auto-brewery syndrome is an odd digestive disorder which results in a feeling of being intoxicated all the time,or being in a fog,where it becomes extremely difficult to concentrate on even the simplest of tasks.It effects are so severe,you can actually get pulled over for drink and driving if you suffer from the syndrome and drive.
CAUSES OF GUT FERMENTATION
Gut fermentation syndrome is typically associated with an accumulation of yeast inside the intestines.Yeast can build up to the point to where just having a soda,or introducing sugar into the body in some other manner,can trigger a reaction that can resemble being under alcohol influence.
Most of the time, having a certain amount of yeast in our bodies is actually a good thing.It can help boost the immune system and reduce the chances of developing diarrhea.One type of yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae,is not only found in the body,it’s also commonly used as an ingredient in alcoholic products,as well as bread.
But if you take antibiotics,they kill not only bad bacteria,but also beneficial microbes.This can allow yeast to grow out of control and cause major problems,with gut fermentation syndrome possibly being one of them.If a person with this condition takes in any sugar whatsoever,the body converts it into ethanol.This results in a sudden spike in the body’s blood alcohol content.The Candida yeast,in particular,has been identified as one of the main culprits in causing gut fermentation syndrome.
The liver could be partially at fault as well.Japanese researchers found that people suffering from gut fermentation syndrome had an abnormal amount of enzymes in their livers,which could help explain why they had the condition.
So when these people eat or drink a bunch of starch a bagel,pasta or even a soda,the yeast fermented the sugars into ethanol and they get drunk.Essentially,they are brewing beer in their own gut.Brewer’s yeast is in a whole host of foods,including breads,wine and of course,beer.The critters usually don’t do any harm.They just flow right through us.Some people even take Saccharomyces as a probiotic supplement.
But it turns out that in rare cases,the yeasty beasts can indeed take up long-term residency in the gut and possibly cause problems
A diet high in carbohydrates can have a profound effect on triggering a bout of drunkenness due to gut fermentation syndrome.In a study performed in 2010, patients suffering from the condition were given a high-carb meal.Their blood was drawn before the meal to establish a baseline blood alcohol content level,and was then checked every two hours.They were also given a Breathalyzer test every four hours.At one point during the study, their blood alcohol level shot up to .12 – .16 percent.If they had been behind the wheel,they could have easily been pulled over for drinking and driving.
Researchers believed that over-usage of antibiotics for a past illness destroyed so many bacteria in their lower intestine that it allowed the Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast in their body to explode in numbers,contributing to this condition.They gave the patients an anti-fungal medication to lower the amount of yeast in their system.They were then given probiotics to help replenish their supply of intestinal bacteria.According to the study,the treatment lasted for two and a half months and most of them were symptom-free afterward.
Anything that causes an imbalance between the beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut can help increase the chance that fermentation in the gut will develop.This can include not only antibiotics,but also overindulgence in sugars and carbohydrates. Watching what you eat could lower the risk of gut fermentation syndrome,and taking probiotics could further protect you by increasing the number of good bacteria in your system.
If you do take antibiotics as well as probiotics,you should take them at different times in order for the probiotic to be able to work.Taking the probiotic at least two hours later will help ensure it will be able to do its job.A good thumb rule is to take the antibiotic after you eat dinner,and then take the probiotic before you go to bed.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
In severe cases,the body of someone with gut fermentation syndrome produces so much alcohol that he or she can quickly become legally drunk without having a sip of beer or liquor.
Gut fermentation syndrome sufferers will typically complain that they are tired all the time.
It can get so bad that people might dread even having breakfast, for fear it could make them drunk.
Thankfully,gut fermentation syndrome is extremely rare.One of the only ways to get an accurate diagnosis involves a lengthy hospital stay.The patient will typically be isolated from others to ensure he or she is not consuming alcohol;tests will be performed on gut microbes and enzymes.Blood alcohol content levels will be checked on a regular basis as well.
If you are feeling tired,depressed, lack of men libido or impotency and inebriated,even though you’re not drinking any alcohol,it is advised to immediately check with your doctor to see if there is a chance you may have gut fermentation syndrome.