Healthy Guts With Probiotics
The health of our bodies is, directely linked to the health of our gut. And the health of our gut is determined by how well balanced our good and bad bacteria is. There’s a complex ecosystem of bacteria living in your gut, involving hundreds of species
The good bacteria in our gut is there to stimulate the immune system, inhibit pathogens, help us break down foods, and even effect our mental capability.
This precious ecosystem becomes threatened when we treat our bodies like a dumping ground. When we eat processed food, abuse ourselves with alcohol and drugs, become ill, contract a parasite and take antibiotics.
When your inner ecosystem is out of balance, Candida has an opportunity to rapidly grow and take over its environment. Like an aggressive weed, Candida can shoot “runners” or threads of Candida through tissue, making it especially invasive. Worse, Candida overgrowth can make the gut leaky.
A leaky gut is a problem. This is because a sealed gut lining is meant to protect the body from outside chemicals, bacteria, parasites, and food irritants. When the gut lining is leaky, it no longer protects the body. This creates extra work for the liver and for your immune system.
Once the gut is leaky, Candida also has the opportunity to spread beyond the gut.
Signs of systemic Candida overgrowth range from digestive troubles to migraines, skin disorders like acne and eczema, stiff joints, and brain fog, UTI’s, food allergies and intolerance’s, and many, many more.
Candida overgrowth produces two toxins—acetaldehyde and gliotoxin— that can wreak havoc on your body. Interestingly acetaldehyde is the reason you get a hangover, as it also a metabolic by product of drinking alcohol. Candida feeds on sugar. So, if you find yourself craving sugar it could be you have a candida/ yeast overgrowth.
When your inner ecosystem is in balance, a large number of good bacteria and yeast are thriving. They compete with Candida and other opportunistic microbes for food and space to grow. When your inner ecosystem is in balance, the mucosa of the gut wall is sealed and healthy. And Candida overgrowth is kept in check.
Making simple changes by adding cultured veggies and probiotic liquids like kefir to your diet can strengthen the gut with beneficial bacteria to prevent the spread of Candida. Also, cutting out sugar for 2 weeks can starve the unfriendly bacteria. This would include all types of sugar including fruit. Stevia is okay to use, as it is natural and does not feed the candida.
Despite the fact that milk kefir is, itself, a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts (or SCOBY), milk kefir also acts as a powerful antimicrobial food – helping to limit the growth of pathogens while encouraging the beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract.
How to make milk kefir is coming soon as is how to culture veggies!