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Fermented and cultured foods are exceptional foods that are well worth incorporating into your diet. My top 5 fermented foods that are good for your gut are:
1. Whey-based drinks: About 400 B.C., a guy called Hippocrates, created a whey-based drink by boiling cow’s milk and adding fig juice and vinegar. He gave this tangy drink to his students and to the people that he was treating. Hippocrates discovered that his drink helped people with their gut and digestive problems.
Molkosan is a product designed in 1952 by famous naturopath Dr. Alfred Vogel. Dr. Vogel brought whey drinks to the attention of the Western world, which is why I see him as a modern-day Hippocrates. Dr. Vogel wrote about this drink in his fantastic book, Nature Doctor.
Whey is a brilliant food that’s very high in lactic acid. Drinks made with whey are a little bit sour.
Molkosan’s can also be used topically to treat psoriasis or eczema. You can use it as a vagina douche and to treat balanitis. Molkosan is one of my favorite foods but whey on its own is also very healthy.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar: One of my favorite types of apple cider vinegar is Bragg’s. Bragg was a remarkable man. I recommend you go to YouTube and watch a video about Bragg. Today, unfortunately, a lot of people get confused and think that industrial, commercial white vinegar has something to offer, but it’s junk. Stick with Braggs.
Apple cider vinegar alkalinizes and cleanses the system. It has a tremendous effect on building good bacteria, and it reduces the incidence of parasites in the body. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best foods you can use to optimize the health of your gut. It’s especially useful during a Candida cleanse program.
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3. Fermented Soy Foods: I wrote a lot about these foods in my book, Candida Crusher. You can read more about fermented soy foods on the website, yeastinfection.org. Don’t believe the nonsense about soy being toxic. Soy is an excellent product if it is non-GMO.
I recommend tempeh in particular. Tempeh has been inoculated with a beneficial bacterium, Bacillus, so it benefits the large and small bowels.
4. Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is an exceptionally good food to eat if it’s made properly. It also needs to be incorporated into your diet slowly. People with strong histamine responses may have side effects from eating sauerkraut, but otherwise, you should be fine.
5. Yogurt: Yogurt can be a difficult food for people with dairy allergies. However, other people find this food beneficial for building gut health.
I have purposely left kefir off my “top five fermented foods” list because it causes side effects for too many people starting their Candida healing journey. It’s also possible to develop Candida from kefir if the kefir hasn’t been made correctly.
Some people do experience significant improvements in their health from kefir. However, I recommend only adding it to your diet after eating other fermented foods with some success.