Some of my clients at Oasis Wellness speak about the numerous tests their medical doctors recommend in an attempt to find out what’s wrong with them. Oftentimes, these tests reveal no pathogens indicating disease. My clients want to know why they have excess gas, bloating, loose bowel movements, chronic constipation, skin rashes, bad breath, headaches…and the list of symptoms goes on. Well, we now that diet plays an important role in digestion and health, but what about those vigilantes whose dietary regimens are impeccable?

I often hear about lab tests that reveal no friendly bacteria in the large intestine. Many doctors don’t seem concerned by this. Some of my clients feel extremely uncomfortable, and even walk around in pain everyday, yet their doctors tell them that no “bad guys” can be found, and therefore there’s nothing “medically” that can be done. I ask, “WHY, if you have no beneficial bacteria left in your intestine, isn’t that is an obvious problem?”

It is obvious to me that there is a real problem when NO GOOD GUYS are present in the intestines.

The average healthy adult human body, should have about 70 to 100 trillion good bacteria, that is, 3 to 5 pounds, always present in the digestive tract. These friendly bacteria are a colony. They live together much like people live together in a city or a town, each performing a separate task or job so that the entire community can survive and flourish. These bacteria help one another to survive. They do various jobs in the intestines. Some clean up protein waste, others carbohydrate waste, others dairy, others raise or lower pH levels, some eat yeast, and others help us digest our food so we can get the nutrition from it.

Fungal infections and candida yeast overgrowth commonly induce bloating and gas discomfort. These conditions can easily occur when necessary and good bacteria are depleted. Bacteria die-off from unhealthy diets, toxins, medications and stress. We can feel  confident that those who follow the Standard American Diet, and/or have ever taken an antibiotic, have an intestinal immune system which has been weakened and compromised.

This lack of good bacteria is an obvious problem, and needs to be addressed for effective treatment of yeast overgrowth, which is a common cause of annoying gas and bloating. But how do you do that? Many people will tell you to eat some yogurt, or take a few capsules of “acidophilus,” and that should solve the problem.  These recommendations are really ludicrous because taking small amounts, when you need to replace trillions, is like going to a fire with a squirt gun. The fire quickly bounces back after you spray it with water. Yeasts react in much the same way when you ingest weak or low dose probiotic products.

In addition, these bacteria that you are introducing are not part of a colony, and were not grown together in a colony that supports itself. The result of this unsupported introduction is that they often do not survive more than 2 or 3 weeks, and they do not become part of your colony. Thus, they are not able to get your yeast infection and candida overgrowth under control.

The most prevalent bacterial species’ in the human body are the bifidobacteria, which inhabit the large and small intestine, as well as acidophilus, that mostly inhabits the small intestine. Bifidobacteria far outnumber acidophilus, but many probiotic supplements load up on acidophilus, rather than bifidobacteria. I recommend soil-based organisms which are naturally designed to live in the human gut. My favorite product is available at the Oasis Colonics studio, and can be found on the products page of this website.

In order to storm the barracks, the intestines need BILLIONS of bifidobacteria everyday to get the colony repopulated, so that they can eat the “bad guys.” I recommend to my clients that they bring BILLIONS of troops to the front lineseveryday for a shorter period in the attempt to properly wage war. Going through a bottle per week for awhile will ensure that adequate bacteria have a good chance to settle in to their new digs.

Certain strains of bacteria show more prowess for eating yeast. There are also enzymes whose only job is to eat cellulose, hemicellulose, and lipoprotein, which is the composition of the cell wall of candida. If you combine the two, digestive enzymes and probiotics, the enzymes eat thru the cell wall, and the bacteria crowd out the yeasts, and die.

For a bit more information about intestinal yeasts check out a couple brief articles here and here.

Avoiding foods that start out as sugar or turn into sugar, will help starve a yeast overgrowth. Fortifying your ammunition with high doses of probiotics goes a long way to ensure that your gas-producing hitchhikers will hit the road…providing, of course, that you clean up the waste in the colon, so it no longer has a food supply. A series of colonics can offer a thorough and indispensable rinse to wash the dead enemies away.