Candida Connection: Stressors that Contribute to Candida
Anytime you change the diet, you change the bacteria.
In addition to the unnoticed stressors of daily living, many of us spend a great deal of time feeling stress. Whether this stress involves global catastrophes, family drama, or personal struggles, the body releases the same stress hormones.
These stress hormones can ultimately contribute to a long list of health disorders, including infection from opportunistic bacteria.
As it turns out, the health of the digestive system is central to how good we feel on a daily basis. And our mental wellbeing influences whether or not the bacteria normally present in the digestive tract are able to cause disease.
This is why we have found that one of the best ways to consistently generate health is to eat fermented foods on a daily basis and, if possible, at every meal!
Diet can help to modulate the effects of stress in the body. Especially when the diet:
1. Contains plenty of fermented foods. Truly fermented foods have several beneficial strains of bacteria that keep overgrowth and infection in check when the body’s defenses are down.
Beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods and probiotic beverages do things like soothe intestinal cells that have become inflamed and gently stimulate the movement of food through the intestinal tract. The multiple functions of beneficial gut bacteria are so important that some scientists refer to our inner ecology as a “virtual organ.”7
2. Contains foods that support the growth of beneficial bacteria. This means choosing foods that keep the body in a slightly alkaline state.
Foods that create an acidic environment are foods that contribute to inflammation and that trigger an immune response in the body. When the body is already in a state of high alert from outsides stressors, the last thing that you want to do is eat something that creates more work – or more physiological stress.
While everyone is different in their response to food, there are some foods that are notoriously pro-inflammatory and best avoided. These are:
- Foods with added sugar or refined sugar.
- Processed foods.
- Foods containing industry byproduct oils, such as canola, safflower, vegetable, soy, and corn oil.
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