Is Brewer’s yeast bad for Candida?

Thanks for tuning into my video today. The question today is, is Brewer’s yeast bad for Candida? Is it something that’s going to create Candida? Is it going to aggravate Candida? Can I have Brewer’s yeast?

Some people have this belief that all yeasts are bad. It’s not really a good assumption to make. Similarly, a long time ago, people used to think that all bacteria were bad. There was no such thing as good bacteria. All bacteria are pathogenic and cause disease. And some people have this belief, unfortunately, with yeast as well.

If we look at bacteria, for example, we’ve got beneficial strains of bacteria and we’ve got pathogenic strains. We’ve got bad and we’ve got good, and it’s the same with yeast. We’ve got Lactobacillus acidophilus. We’ve got bifida bacteria. We’ve got many different species of these bacteria that are beneficial.
However, you’ve also got Campylobacter and Salmonella and Shigella and many other different types of bacteria that are pathogenic that are bad that we shouldn’t really have in our bodies.

With yeast, if we look at Candida. Candida Albicans is not good or bad, but it lives in our body. And in most people, it’s going to live in a balance, in harmony with other beneficial bacteria and some not so beneficial, but everything in the body is in balance. Good health is all about balance. It’s all about having our immune system powered up and being able to keep a lot of these bad guys at bay.

Let’s look at yeast. Brewer’s yeast is actually also called Saccharomyces cerevisae. The Saccharomyces has been used a long, long time for thousands of years. People have known about yeast. They’ve known about Brewer’s yeast. Brewing is something that people have done for a long, long time. The Brewer’s yeast is also called top fermenting yeast or budding yeast. There are different names for it. It’s very confusing, in fact, because Brewer’s yeast also forms a substrate from where other yeasts are made from themselves. It actually has some immune enhancing properties. It’s not a bad yeast to have.

Don’t think that you can’t have Brewer’s yeast when you’ve got Candida. You can. However, if you’ve got a severe Candida infection and you’re plagued very much by very strong Candida symptoms, I’d probably caution you to have any kind of yeast in your diet just because it could aggravate to some degree. In many cases, it won’t, but you just need to be careful. This is if you’ve got a major yeast infection. For most patients I’ve seen with mild to moderate, the Brewer’s yeast is not a real consequence to the body at all. You should be fine to have Brewer’s yeast in your diet.

There’s different kinds of yeast, also wild yeast or airborne yeast that you’re going to find that get into things like Kombucha that allow Kombucha to happen on sourdough bread. Many people think that these are really bad, too, and they can really cause a lot of problems. They can if you’re very, very sick with bacterial or fungal overgrowth. You can feel quite sick if you have these kinds of products in your diet. I’m not a huge fan of Kombucha for that reason. I find a Kefir culture more satisfactory than Kombucha. Sourdough bread in most cases is fine if you’ve got Candida. I’ve never found it to be a real problem.

Many people would argue this point with me and say you’re wrong. I can tell you from experience of having dealt with Candida for over 20 years with thousands of patients, most patients with mild to moderate Candida can tolerate sourdough bread. It’s what you put on the bread and it’s the quantity that you have that can make the difference. Putting honey or jam on sourdough bread is not a good idea if you’ve got Candida. Eating any more than two or three slices a day is not a good idea, but I’m not a big believer in taking all carbohydrates out of the diet entirely with Candida. I think it’s too prohibitive and it causes a lot of weight loss and dissatisfaction with clients, so I don’t tend to do that. But Kombucha, however, I’m not a big fan of Kombucha for Candida. I find it aggravates people too much.

Brewer’s yeast, you’re fine to have some Brewer’s yeast. Saccharomyces boulardii is a supplement we use too sometimes for Candida, particularly if you’ve got diarrhea or loose bowel motions. You’ll find the SB or the Saccharomyces boulardii quite a good immune enhancer for Candida. It’s a bit different from the cerevisae. So try those two out.

Thanks for your time.

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