Fermented foods are good sources of natural, healthy bacteria. They can give your body the same benefits of consuming massive quantities of probiotics at a fraction of the cost.
Throughout history, people have fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt as a way to preserve them. It also supports their intestinal health leading to overall health. It is especially helpful in crowding out Candida!
Fruits ferment naturally so fermentation has been around longer than humans have. Humans first learned how to ferment food several thousand years ago. The oldest evidence of winemaking is from over eight thousand years ago.
You should take a cue from these cultures around the world and add some fermented foods to your diet. The good bacteria will crowd out the Candida in your intestines leading to a quicker recovery.
The six benefits of food fermentation are:
There are hundreds of fermented foods from around the world. Many are safe to consume while on the Candida Diet. They are listed in the table below.
However, many fermented foods are unsafe to eat while on the Candida Diet. They either produce alcohol or have too high of a glycemic load. The high glycemic load will lead to a large amount of sugar in the bloodstream which feeds the Candida.
When you buy any of these foods, make sure they do not have any added sugar. These foods are very sour by nature. In today's society, people are used to very sweet foods so many brands add sugar to cover up the sour taste.
You want the foods for their anti-Candida properties created by the sourness. You do not want a sugar-laden food that will feed the Candida.
|East and Southeast Asia:|
|Bagoong||Fish||Fermented Shrimp Paste|
|Belacan||Fish||Fermented Shrimp Paste|
|Burong Mangga||Fruit||Fermented Mango|
|Fish Sauce||Fish||Fish Sauce|
|Nata De Coco||Fruit||Coconut Jelly|
|Prahok||Fish||Fermented Fish Paste|
|Shrimp Paste||Fish||Fermented Shrimp Paste|
|Soy Sauce*||Bean||Soybean Sauce|
|Stinky Tofu||Bean||Fermented Tofu|
|Zha Cai||Vegetable||Fermented Mustard Stem|
|Mixed Pickle||Vegetable||Fermented Vegetables|
|Gundruk||Vegetable||Fermented Leafy Vegetables|
|Ogiri||Seed||Fermented Sesame Seeds|
|Apple Cider Vinegar||Fruit||Apple Cider Vinegar|
|Crème Fraîche||Dairy||Sour Cream|
|Fermented Poi||Vegetable||Fermented Taro|
|Cocobiotic||Vegetable||Fermented Coconut Water|
|Dong Quai||Vegetable||Fermented Coconut Water|
|Passion Fruit Biotic||Grains||Fermented Grains|
Kombucha is naturally effervescent and delicious. This effervescence makes it a great replacement for someone who is addicted to drinking sodas.
There are hundreds of things in modern society that kill off the good bacteria in our intestines. By constantly adding new bacteria with these quality fermented foods, you can prevent a future overgrowth of Candida!
Note about Soy Sauce: Most Commercial Soy Sauces (such as Kikkoman) add wheat after the fermentation process. Therefore they are not safe to consume while on the Candida Diet. Make sure you get tamari which is a type of soy sauce that is wheat free.