Good day, Eric Bakker, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher.
A patient asked me a couple of weeks ago “Eric, why are you recommending I take digestive enzymes with my yeast infection? What’s the benefit of taking a digestive enzyme? What am I going to get out of it? I’m already taking a magnesium supplement, fish oil, vitamin C, what benefit am I going to get from an enzyme really? I chew my food properly. I don’t think I need this product.”
Now this lady’s had a yeast infection for about 15 years, and my reply to that was you do need a digestive enzyme. And these are some of the reasons why you will really benefit from this digestive enzyme.
When Candida really gets a foothold in the body like it has in this patient, we did a stool test and we found she had a major yeast infection. She also had poor levels of beneficial bacteria. She also had poor levels of amylase, which is a pancreatic enzyme. She had pancreatic elastase 1, which is a particular marker I found to be very affected. And I told her I said, “Allison, you need this digestive enzyme. It’s going to help you big time. It’s going to allow you to break food down better.”
So I put her on a product with protein, fat and carbohydrate enzymatic activity to really improve her digestive system functionality. Digestive enzymes in probiotics, in my opinion, will one day be more important than multivitamins, much more important because we don’t really live in a natural world anymore. We eat the wrong foods. We eat too much food. We eat food under stress. It’s now found that 1 in 5 people in America have one meal of the day in front of Facebook. We tend to use our mobile phones all the time. There are too many reasons why we’re distracted from eating properly. But when we’ve got a yeast infection, we tend to also have an altered digestive system in general with a reduced functional capacity to digest these foods, so we really need these enzymes. They make a big difference.
Digestive enzymes to me are a bit like when your battery of your car is flat and you get three big guys at the back at the car to give it a good push and then drop the clutch and then all of a sudden the engine starts. You’re giving it a boost. And that’s what enzymes do to your gut. They give it a boost. They kick-start it. They allow you to break foods down, healthy foods down to better substrate, which in turn will allow better absorption and digestion and utilization of these nutrients into the cells. But, furthermore, they also allow these foods to move down to the lower regions of the gut where the beneficial bacteria can thrive on their residues. Also if you break foods down properly, it’s going to stop some of these partially digested foods going through the leaky gut and setting up a food allergy response.
So those are just three reasons out of many I could tell you why enzymes are required. Some people say that enzymes help to break up Candida cells and eradicate them and wipe them out. They may do all that, but I don’t really care about that much. I care more about improving the gut function of the patient. And I’ll do that by lifestyle, education, and enzymes.
Now my book, Candida Crusher, is full of these recommendations. So if you’re watching this video, I highly recommend that you have a look at a copy of my book and incorporate the methods I’ve outlined particularly in Chapter 7. You’re going to find a lot of good information on eating properly, what foods to eat, how to eat them, how to incorporate special foods into the diet, the right way to take dietary supplements; all these tips and tricks you won’t find in these phony and fake books that are currently on line which don’t explain these at all. Because these people never saw patients. It’s just a book full of information basically. If you want the real deal, have a look at Candida Crusher.
So digestive enzymes are important for Candida eradication, and it’s something I’m working on right now. So watch this space.
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