"If you experience pain, discomfort, fatigue, or other symptoms that won't go away no matter what you do or how many doctors you see, chances are you are unknowingly suffering from candidiasis, the hidden invader.
The result of an imbalance in the growth of a yeast naturally present in the body, candidiasis can be a key factor in:
Food allergies |
Sensitivity to tobacco and odors |
Digestive problems |
Other immune-related disorders |
Skin rashes |
Low sex drive |
Joint and muscle pain |
Menstrual irregularities "
Candida or Candidiasis is the name used to describe yeast overgrowth in the body. Candida Albicans lives in all our mucus membranes, i.e. intestines, eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina, etc. It serves a useful purpose in our bodies and as one of the billions of other friendly organisms. Candida's main functions is to recognize and destroy harmful bacteria.
When the body dies, Candida is supposed to break down the body by releasing toxins. Sometimes Candida can overgrow and get out of control while the body is still living.
We all have candida in our bodies and we experience no problems when Candida Albicans are under control. It only couses a problem when it gets out of control. As it overgrows in the body it causes many health problems from minor symptoms to serious illness.
To stop candida from overgrowing in the body, you need a healthy immune system. What causes the candida to get out of control is an inbalance of micro-organisms. Antibiotics are the greatest offenders because they kill off friendly micro-organisms, especially in the digestive system. The Candida being resistant to antibiotics causes the imbalance of micro-organisms allowing Candida to take over and grow into colonies and whos root-like structures penetrate the intestinal walls allowing toxins, bacteria and yeast into the bloodstream.
Candida is called a yeast infection, however, Kombucha is a different kind of Yeast-Fungi. There are pathogen (harmful) and apathogen (harmless) yeasts. Kombucha is of the harmless kind.
kombucha is a yeast as well as a bacterial ferment. The Schizosacharomycodes, that is in the Kombucha culture, is a yeast that is not in the family of candida so it is likely to be very beneficial. Candida albicans is a yeast which competes with your bowel microflora. Kombucha is a community of microorganisms that do have a beneficial effect on the host, namely by producing glucuronic acid. The yeasts in Kombucha compete with the candida yeasts and gradually replace them. It also provides some of the organisms which will colonize your gut and continue their good work. Provided that your batch is not contaminated with mold, there is nothing in Kombucha that can harm you. Mold and sugar are the worst thing for Candida, so if your brew aquires mold, throw it out and start again.
Candida's main food supply is sugar and all forms of it such as lactose contained in dairy products (except butter), honey, glucose, fructose, as well as sugar substitutes, i.e. nutrasweet, aspartame, saccharin, etc. Eliminating sugar is the most important part of any Candida Program.
When Kombucha tea is made correctly, all the sugars are fully converted into organic acids during fermentation, enabling Kombucha tea to be is safely drunk by diabetics and candida sufferers. Some candida sufferers including myself have found considerable relief in taking Kombucha. If you are on a Candida control program, you may need to ferment your KT as long as possible so that there is relatively little sugar remaining, this will result in a more sour brew.
The tea's yeast will over-run other yeasts but need time to do so. Do not drink too much too soon, or too much thereafter. Don't overstrain yeast sediments out while bottling tea.
You can dilute strong Kombucha in water to lessen the acid taste. The body's Ph has a lot to answer for in eliminating the overgrowth of Candida and the lowering of the immune system.
Butyric acid (produced by the yeast) protects human cellular membranes, and combined with Gluconic acid which is produced by the bacteria, strengthens the walls of the gut in order to combat yeast infections such as Candida.