Yeast Intolerance

Yeast intolerance is a particularly difficult and inconvenient food intolerance to have. In modern food manufacture the use of yeast is common place can be seen in plenty of our most consumed and essential foods.

What is yeast?

Yeast is a type of fungus and can be found naturally in our bodies, can is required in small amounts by the body. The problem lies when the amount of yeast in your body increases beyond the normal. Such excessive amounts of yeast can give rise to a number of different problems, which can include; flatulence, stomach cramps and bad skin.

What causes yeast intolerance?

Yeast intolerance is caused by an adverse reaction to excess yeast in your body. Your body controls the amount of yeast it has by the ‘friendly’ bacteria found in your gut. The greater the numbers of ‘friendly’ bacteria the smaller the amount of yeast produced by your body. This delicate balance in your gut is sometimes upset by outside intervention.

The use of antibiotics reduces the number of gut bacteria, including the number of ‘friendly’ gut bacteria. This can lead to an increase in yeast in the body, as yeast production is no longer controlled effectively by the ‘friendly’ bacteria.

Who is likely to have yeast intolerance?

Yeast is naturally present in the body in small un-harmful amounts. When yeast levels start to increase too much unpleasant symptoms may present. Excessive yeast in the body causes an adverse reaction and it is attacked by antibodies. This causes the symptoms seen because of yeast intolerance.  Excessive yeast levels usually occur if too many yeast containing foods are eaten, increasing the yeast levels in the body to harmful levels.

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