Candida overgrowth and fermented foods

Treating Candida with Fermented Vegetables – From Dr Josh Axe  –  –

Is it possible to treat Candida with fermented vegetables? Dr Axe believes so.

Fermented vegetables contain a host of benefits! The possible control of candida is one of them.

Candidiasis is the name given to an overgrowth of candida fungus in the human body, usually in the digestive system and intestines. It’s a type of yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, and co-exists with the microflora of our intestines.  It usually serves as a food for the good bugs in a healthy gut, and as long as we have lots of good bugs, they are in balance and it isn’t a problem.

An overgrowth of candida can start when the good bugs leave home. This is why you may get thrush after a course of antibiotics that will kill most of the good bugs.

Why does an overgrowth of Candida occur?

Other things that can cause this imbalance include some types of birth control pills and corticosteroids. The fact that we’re pasteurizing our foods and so often use chemicals helps to destroy most of the enzymes that could keep Candida growth under control.

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth:

  • digestive issues
  • dizziness
  • grumpiness
  • hyperactivity
  • irrational behaviour
  • chronic fatigue

It’s important to note that Candida can be even more dangerous for people with autism and Attention Deficit Disorder.

Treating Candida with Fermented Vegetables

There is a natural fix for candida with the GAPS program. It includes using lacto-fermented vegetables like sauerkraut.

The lactobacilli in the fermented food are partly digesting your vegetables for you, because feed on the sugar and starches.  As Candida thrives on sugars, the lacto-fermented vegetables are not very appetizing for them.

You are also adding billions of new micro-organisms to help you regain the balance.  You’re re-establishing the balance of beneficial bacilli with Candida. 

Other benefits of Fermented Vegetables

The microflora that lives in cultured (fermented) food creates a lining in the intestines and protects the gut against pathogenic organisms like salmonella and E.coli.

The microflora also produce their own antibodies and strengthen the immune system. It’s also a good choice for pregnant and nursing women, as it is a great way to transfer enough beneficial bacteria to the baby.

Fermented vegetables can help with weight loss. They regulate the appetite and they reduce the cravings for sugars and refined carbs, such as bread and pasta. This is an extremely beneficial feature for people with type 2 diabetes, as it helps with food cravings and encourage a proper fresh diet.

The fermentation of vegetables is also a great way to preserve them for a longer period of time. It’s easy to understand that, if you look at how much longer yogurt and cheese last, in comparison to milk. And yes, they are fermented versions of milk!  Sauerkraut, the fermented version of cabbage, for example, can last for months in the fridge. This gives you the option to make a large batch of it and have a ready-to-eat dose of microflora at your disposal for a very long time.

If you’re new to the consumption of fermented vegetables, there is the danger of being overenthusiastic about it and this can lead to another type of imbalance. If you experience gas and bloating, diarrhoea or constipation and you have in general an upset digestive system, you might be going too fast. You can start with spoonful of fermented vegetables per day, and built up from there.

Foods to Avoid

As a general rule, to keep Candida population in check, you have to make sure that you stay hydrated, consume plenty vegetables, nuts, healthy fats such as coconut oil, foods with probiotic cultures and gluten free grains, such as quinoa. Stay away from soft drinks (!), foods with yeast and glutinous grains. Don’t forget that Candida loves sugars and starches and avoid sugar in all its processed forms, syrups, sweets, baking and foods with additives.

The GAPS protocol will heal the gut flora and therefore also a candida overgrowth. GAPS uses the  power of fermented foods as part of its healing regime.

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