Yeast is an organism part of an even larger family called Fungi. Fungi have been around for thousands of years and are probably some of the most, if not the most, resilient organisms to exist on this planet. They have adapted to many types of harsh and barren landscapes. They have even developed the ability to live without oxygen or very little oxygen for a time. All of this means they are hard to destroy or eradicate.
The fungus form known as yeast resides in many places, but it enjoys dark, moist, and carbohydrate rich environments, which also includes the gastrointestinal(GI) tract. The question is how does yeast affect the GI tract? Candida is a form of yeast that appears to be the predominant form with activity arising in the GI tract. Although it is not completely clear, it seems these issues with yeast arose with the advent and excessive use of antibiotics. Antibiotics can be miraculous due to their ability to destroy disease causing bacteria in the body, but when taken orally, they disrupt the flora balance of the entire GI tract.
Flora is the combination of many types of friendly and even unfriendly bacteria that produce enzymes that digest food, that act as a protective barrier to the intestinal walls, and they enliven or strengthen the immune system. Antibiotics change this fragile balance and create a situation where normal yeast forms, perhaps residing in low dose within the GI tract, begin to flourish and grow or replicate in abundance without any friendly bacteria to control yeast growth. In essence, antibiotic use changes the microflora environment from a protective role, to a war zone taken over by another host in the form of candida or yeast.
These yeast are toxic and begin to cause significant inflammation in the GI tract with a subsequent increase in histamine, eosinophils, mucous, and result in a significant distraction or irritant to the immune system. In addition these yeast can begin to break down the gut barrier leading to and causing “leaky gut syndrome.”
Imagine your immune system to be an army of 1 million white blood cells. They have the job to protect the borders and restore every cell back to normal functioning from the days normal “wear and tear.” Consider now that up to 80% of the bodies immune defense surrounds or resides surrounding the GI tract. The presence of yeast in the GI tract in essence, distracts up to 80% of your normal immune defense from its normal task.
It does not take long before the immune system becomes completely distracted and even exhausted, while it wages a war against yeast which have an endless potential to replicate. Why do I say this? Well, all yeast needs to survive and thrive is sugar. This is of course supplied in abundance in the average diet.
The first and most important step in recovering from Yeast and Candida is to reduce yeast expression in the GI tract. we do this by first altering the diet to reduce yeast exposure, eliminating sugar to reduce its food supply, and take natural yeast killers and possibly medications to reduce the presence and symptoms associated with yeast. We have created protocols for achieving this goal in the most effective and safest possible way, with improvement in symptoms in just a few weeks.
Exposing yeast is not simple. We utilize 5 different tests to determine the presence and degree of yeast expression. Some of the assessments for yeast are part of specialized tests we do for IgG food intolerances, Organic Acid Tests, Vitamin D ratios, Candida Antibody testing, and Saccharomyces Panels. If you are curious about yeasts presence, we can test and validate this theory very quickly through our mesa/gilbert office with labs often covered by insurance.