At least one in four healthy people have got microscopic amounts of yeast in their gut. For many people, yeast is a normally occurring microorganism in their intestines. People have got hundreds of types of bacteria and yeast colonizing their digestive tract.
Doctor’s Data Labs, one of the best laboratories for stool testing, checks for over 600 types of yeast. One possible finding is an abnormally large amount of dead yeast in the stool. A comprehensive stool analysis (CSA) should include three samples. If one sample has a high level of dead yeast, look to see if the same is true for the other two samples. If there are a high number of dead yeasts in all three stool samples as well as live yeast that was cultured from the stool, then you may have a problem.
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Excessive yeast in your digestive tract is worse if accompanied by a lack of beneficial bacteria or an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Conversely, if you have abnormally high numbers of yeast, but also high levels of beneficial bacteria, your digestive problem isn’t quite as bad. In fact, I’ve had some very healthy clients with large amounts of dead yeast in their stool, but they were completely symptom-free. They continued to be healthy because of the high levels of good bacteria in their intestines. It’s essential to look at all the findings on the stool test to truly understand what you need to address in your gut. My recommendation is not to get carried away with one marker but to look at the totality of the findings in the stool test report. Also, don’t just pay attention to the stool test, take into consideration your symptoms. There is a saying in medicine, “Treat the patient, not the lab results.” Keep that in mind when trying to decide your next steps after having a stool test.