Written By Eric Ogero / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Candida is a form of yeast that naturally occurs in the human gut. Found in small amounts in the stomach and intestines, they are generally harmless. However, a medical condition that leads to the use of antibiotics or a suppressed immune system can cause Candida, particularly the Candida albicans variety, to grow and multiply rapidly.
When their population gets out of control they puncture the walls of the gut, penetrate into the bloodstream and start releasing toxins into the body. These toxins cause headaches, poor memory, anxiety attacks, sleep problems, attention deficit, acne and irritability among many other symptoms.
The right treatment for Candida is to reduce sugar intake - sugar feeds yeast and accelerates their growth - consume gut healing foods, take antifungals and probiotics. Probiotics replace beneficial bacteria lost in the gut due to antibiotic use, strengthen the immune system and restore the gut flora and fauna balance keeping the Candida in check.
Many factory produced probiotics are expensive and some have spurred a lot of controversy about their effectiveness e.g. Threelac. For this reason its always best to stick with mother nature.
Here are 5 natural probiotic drinks that have been proven to curb Candida overgrowth.
Kefirs are white grains that contain beneficial yeast and good bacteria. The drink is prepared by using either water or milk. Water can be used by people who are lactose intolerant.
Obtain kefir grains, place them in a jar in a relatively warm place, and add water or milk depending on the amount you need and cover with a porous material to allow breathing. In 12 to 24 hours there should be a thick liquid that separates into whey and curds. Stir up the liquid and filter to obtain your kefir probiotic.
Pure natural yogurt, particularly yogurt made from goats milk is very rich in beneficial gut flora. Goats milk contains bifudus, thermophillus, bulgaricus and acidophilus bacteria that replenish the gut and contain Candida overgrowth.
It is important to remember that only natural yogurt is beneficial. Yogurt that contains additives, preservatives and artificial sweeteners is greatly deprived and of little help. Its advisable to make your own yogurt to benefit maximumly from the mentioned bacteria.
Also known as sour cabbage, sauerkraut, the most famous German food, is made by fermenting cabbage using lactic acid bacteria, e.g. lactobacillus. The bacteria give the cabbage a sour taste hence the name sauerkraut. Once fermented, filtration can be done to obtain the liquid version. Apart from containing lactic acid bacteria, the drink is also low in fat and high in vitamin C.
Miso is a traditional Japanese food made primarily by fermenting soybeans using red yeast rice. It can also be made mainly from barley, rye or rice. Fermentation can take anywhere from a couple of days to years with the addition of fresh soybeans or other foods.
Adding warm water to this fermented food makes a probiotic rich soup. Miso is also attributed to possess an antioxidant genisten - that inhibits the growth and spread of cancerous cells. Breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and Candida overgrowth can all be prevented by taking one bowl of miso soup per day.
The Korean version of Sauerkraut with green onions, cucumbers, radishes and chili, kimchi is extremely spicy. It is rich in vitamins A, B and C. Its also rich in calcium and iron. By far its greatest benefit though is its live bacteria - lactobacilli. These bacteria make the fermented spicy cabbage very healthy in regulating infection causing yeast such as Candida. You can buy kimchi at your local grocery store or visit your nearest Asian market to obtain this wholesome probiotic.
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Eric Ogero is a health and wellness writer obsessed with healthy living. Eric is constantly sharing advice and tips on health and wellness on his website HealthMagnate and other health and wellness blogs to help people live their best life.
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