This article describes the importance of our gut bacteria (and eating to feed our beneficial bacteria), for the health of our immune system, our mood, energy and ability to lose weight. It is equally important in relation to our whole body mind health and is relevant to those recuperating from candida overgrowth. I hope you find it inspiring.
The low carb candida diet can easily emphasize some of the wonderful foods and spices that are mentioned below as super foods for the gut bacteria.
Check it out the excerpts I've included below and make sure to also supplement your beneficial bacteria.
How The Microbiome Diet Can Help Type 2 Diabetes
A study published in Nature, from researchers at the University of Copenhagen, suggests that a gut bacteria imbalance may raise the risk of developing insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the metabolic process involved in the development of pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Raphael Kellman, MD, author of The Microbiome Diet and Founder of The Kellman Center for Integrative and Functional Medicine is a microbiome expert. He describes benefits which include better blood sugar levels, more energy, weight loss, and a better mood.
DD: What is the microbiome and why is having a balanced one important for preventing diseases?
The microbiome is made up of trillions of microscopic organisms, the majority of which flourish in the gastrointestinal track playing a huge role in the health and function of the entire body.
Similar to an Intel processor in a computer, the microbiome is our internal software that unifies all the systems of our bodies to make us the super-organisms that we are. These ideas about tapping into healing the microbiome are only now beginning to permeate the conventional medical world.
The microbiome is the key to healing diseases and an essential part to healthy weight loss. The microbiome affects everything from our metabolism to our immune system and has been revolutionary in helping to manage developmental illness, mood disorders, chronic illness, endocrinology conditions and the list goes on and on.
The microbiome is also the key to preventing and even reversing such major illnesses as diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and autism and other developmental disorders.
DD: What is the “microbiome diet,” and how does it work?
The microbiome diet described in his book outlines a four step plan with many similarities to a candida recovery diet.
- Remove the unhealthy bacteria and the foods that unbalance the microbiome.
i.e. processed/packaged foods, trans/hydrogenated fats, dried/canned fruits, juices, gluten, soy, eggs, processed meats or deli meats, etc.
2. Replace the digestive enzymes you need for optimal digestion.
Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 tsp with 5-6 tsp of water at each meal or
Enzymes–Combination product that includes Protease, Lipase, Amylase, and DPP 41V (helps to digest gluten and casein traces); take one-two pills per meal.
3. Reinoculate with probiotics (intestinal bacteria) and prebiotics (substances that nourish this bacteria and keep it healthy).
Probiotics–Natural ones found in Fermented foods, i.e. sauerkraut, kimchee, kefir, and yogurt (from sheep’s or goat’s milk); as well as in pill/packet form–take one per day.
Prebiotics–Natural ones include asparagus, carrots, garlic, jicama, leeks, onions, radishes, tomatoes, artichokes, cinnamon, turmeric (“Superspices”); Take 4-6 g; Inulin powder per day, and 500-1000 mg. arabinogalactans twice daily.
4. Repair the lining of the intestinal walls, which have likely become permeable and are releasing partially digested food into the bloodstream.
Can be in pill or powder form, but some of the individual ingredients to look for include: Glutamine, Aloe, Zinc carnosine, Quercitin, N-acetyl glucosamine, DGL, Slippery Elm, Marshmallow, Gamma Oryzanol.