I used to get candida all the time! Recurrent bouts of it! I hated it!
It used to really upset me and stress me out and I would go off to the pharmacy and get doses of anti fungal creams, to pessaries to douches you name it I have tried it.
They were inconvenient, messy and just down right frustrating!
I had no idea what was going on! I had no idea what was causing this to keep occurring.
I even felt as if I was unhygienic at one stage!! Until I learned about probiotics.
The first time I heard about it, I thought ok I will take them for the 'good bacteria' that I need to have in me.
I didnt really understand the importance of having it and what it actually did for the helath of our gut and essentially to our overall wellness.
Luckily for me, I learned more about this, about the Microbiome and how to keep our gut "flora" healthy through eating foods rich in Probiotics.
Like I said earlier, Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that help keep our digestive system healthy by controlling the growth of harmful bacteria.
Scientific research links the live-active cultures contained in probiotics to both the prevention and treatment of various health issues.
Probiotics are especially effective for helping the body to absorb nutrients like calcium iron, magnesium and Vitamin B12 and helps to produce B vitamins and Vitamin K2.
They are known to help the body detoxify naturally and have been linked to helping to protect the body against infections like yeast infections (candida/ thrush), acne and Urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Another important role that probiotics have is to help replenish healthy bacteria in the digestive tract especially after a course of anti-biotic use.
Often prescribed to fight against viral infections, anti biotics often end up killing off all bacteria within your digestive tract including the good ones needed for keeping your gut flora healthy.
Probiotics benefits have been proven effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin.
If you don’t have enough probiotics, the side effects can include digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune diseases and frequent colds and flus.
Ensuring that you eat a diet that is rich in probiotic foods will increase and maintain healthy gut flora in your digestive tract and boost your immune system.
So which foods contain probiotics?
- Goats milk yogurt
- apple cider vinegar
- sourdough bread.
The common feature of all these foods is fermentation, a process that produces probiotics.
The secret to restoring your digestive health is all about balancing out the good and bad bacteria in your gut.
If you’re going to be healthy, you MUST consider consuming probiotic-rich foods and or good quality supplements daily.
In addition to including more probiotic rich foods into your diet, you may want to also consider what factors contribute to the depletion or lack of probiotics within your body.
- Sugar rich foods except fruit (bad bacteria feed off of these foods)
- Prescription medications (especially anti biotics)
- Chemicals found in household products, beauty products, make up, perfumes and deoderants
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
- Water from the tap that has chlorine and fluoride
- Non organic meat and dairy (as these may contain antibiotics that have been given to the animals)
- High carbohydrate diets (some types of grains especially corn and wheat)
We are consistently exposed to some if not all of the above factors so being aware of this and avoiding it is vital to improving the overall health of your gut.
For more info on gut health and bacteria, check out my blog articles on the Microbiome and Gut flora