“Can I eat fermented foods if I have candida?” asks Wendy D. on today's #AskWardee. I'm sharing my thoughts below!
The Question: “Can I eat fermented foods if I have candida?”
Wendy D. asks:
Hello! All the Candida Cure books/articles I've read about healing probiotic imbalances are strictly against any kind of vinegar/fermentation. I realize you are a busy woman and am wondering if you could point me in the right direction to read anything you may have already written about this? I know when I tried to be completely macrobiotic in my 20s I never felt more unwell which included a lot of fermentation and I'm wondering what this means for people with an overgrowth of yeast/candida. ANY advice or resources you could suggest for me to read would be SO appreciated! I wanted to be sure before I got any further into the idea of fermentation. Love your site regardless! Thank you!
Everyone has candida (yeast) in the mouth, on the skin, in the birth canal (women), and in the digestive tract. The problem is when someone experiences a pathogenic yeast overgrowth — when candida travels to other areas of the body.
To keep it in check, people with candida are recommended to avoid foods with sugar, starches, and yeast. Often, fermented foods such as alcohol, sauerkraut, and pickles are lumped in with this — as foods to avoid as well. Because they contain yeast, right?
Well, Kombucha and alcohol do contain yeast (as well as sugar) and it's good to avoid those.
Sauerkraut and pickles, though?
When made correctly, they don't contain yeast — but rather, beneficial bacteria called lactobacilli. These lactic acid-producing organisms actually help control candida and other bacterial overgrowth.
So… enjoy sauerkraut, pickles, and other fermented veggies. Skip the Kombucha, though.
Make sure to take it slowly when eating fermented foods.
If you have a reaction, such as itching or other symptoms you normally associate with a candida resurgence, it *might* be a detox reaction or a histamine reaction.
I'm not a doctor so I can't tell you for sure either way; it's up to you to do more research and/or work with a qualified practitioner to sort through your particular issues. However, in general most should be able to enjoy fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut and pickles. If tolerated, they can be a powerful aid in overcoming candida!
Your vegetable ferments should be made optimally — that is, using a starter such as these or this one — and in air-tight fermenting containers because yeasts grows in the presence of oxygen. This way, you can ensure they are yeast-free and won't interfere with your healing process.
- Taking It Slowly With Probiotics
- FREE Fermenting Formulas Cheat Sheet
- How To Make Kombucha
- Simple, No-Pound Sauerkraut
- Starter Cultures at Cultures For Health
- Veggie Starter Culture from Homesteader's Supply
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What do you think? Is it ok to eat fermented foods when dealing with candida?
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