Taking Charge of Your Health

Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric
Bakker, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.
Today, we’re going to talk about prebiotic foods. What are the best prebiotic foods?
What are the best foods to feed the beneficial bacteria? The prebiotic feeds the probiotic.
There are a lot of misconceptions about fermented and cultured foods. I’ve got some notes. I’m
just going to read off some of my notes. Do these feed the microbiota? No. They don’t.
Do they repopulate the gut? They don’t populate the gut. They can help to create an environment
more conducive to allow beneficial bacteria to flourish, but they don’t actually supply
the gut with lots and lots of lactobacillus. And if they do put any bacteria down there,
these are basically a very temporary colonization of the gut. They don’t really work the way
a lot of people think they do. And the colonization is only temporary, as well. Many people will
eat the wrong kind of foods. They’ll drink alcohol. And then they’ll eat a bit of sauerkraut
or yogurt and think that’s how they can repair their gut, but it doesn’t really work that
way. Let’s look at foods that nourish and restore
the gut microbiota. What are some of the best foods? These are whole plant foods. These
are polyphenol rich foods. These are prebiotic rich foods. These are resistant starch foods.
These are foods that contain certain starches that allow the beneficial bacteria to feed
on. Let’s just jump right into that category now. Whole foods, minimally processed, predominantly
plant based diet. We know that plants really help to feed up the gut. Meat doesn’t do that
at all. Let’s jump into it. What we’re looking at are foods rich in oligosaccharides
or a particular kind of sugar that feeds the beneficial bacteria. Note I said the word
“sugar,” so not all sugars are going to feed Candida. Oligosaccharides feed the beneficial
bacteria and not the Candida. And when the beneficial bacteria gain the upper hand, the
Candida basically get suppressed, they’re numbers get suppressed. I want you to consume
foods rich in fructooligosaccharides, inulin. We call them the FOS foods. And foods rich
in galactooligosaccharides or the GOS foods. So the FOS and the GOS.
FOS foods, Jerusalem artichokes, yacon tubers, burdock roots, dandelion roots, chicory roots,
garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, and globe artichokes. Jerusalem artichokes can cause
gas and they call them farty chokes for that reason. When you incorporate the FOS foods,
you need to go very slowly into it to start with. Don’t jump right into eating a kilo
per day because you’ll produce massive amounts of gas. Particularly with the FOS foods, you
need to have a very slow inclusion into the diet if you’re not used to these kind of sugars
in your diet. GOS foods are similar, but I don’t find they
create quite as much gas as the FOS foods. They will still create gas, but not as much
as the FOS. Legumes, brassica family vegetables, fresh beans, green beans are very good, beet
root, rye sourdough, if you tolerate gluten, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds
are also good, and linseed sunflower almond mix, which is what I like people to make up.
These are the sort of foods to consume to really help to build up or fertilize, for
want of a better word, the beneficial bacteria. These are the FOS and GOS foods that I talk
about a lot in my other videos. Don’t forget also that when you include these kinds of
foods into your diet, it pays to chew food properly and to make sure you don’t consume
alcohol, preferably not for several months if you’ve got Candida. That you understand
the connection between stress and digestion. Also taking a probiotic enzyme formula is
going to really help these FOS and GOS foods as well. It’s going to encourage them. Because
you’re going to put lots of beneficial bacteria in there and enzymes, as well as these prebiotic
foods. So it’s a very good combination. Check out my Canxida Restore. It’s a product
that I think you’ll like, and it works very well with the Candida diet and particularly
well when you incorporate these kinds of foods into your diet. Don’t forget to subscribe
to my channel. Thanks for checking out my video today.

20 thoughts on “What Are The Best Prebiotic Foods?

  1. I'm currently taking around 20 probiotic pills per day (VSL#3). If I don't take them, I get extremely weak. Will prebiotics help me to whean off of the probiotics?

  2. Im guessing supplemental inulin powder is not as effective? Ive read different articles stating that inulin feeds candida as well… here in the US its become relatively popular to fortify processed foods with this fiber, im sort of skeptic that such practices could use something that is actually healthy? Especially considering how common Candida issues seem to be.

  3. Doc, hello
    Can fermented and cultured foods help with low stomach acid? Do they regulate the Ph in the stomach? Thank you

  4. Eric, should I cook the dandelion greens and the other vegetables you mentioned? I couldn't find rye sourdough bread today but I was able to find sourdough bread. Can I eat the sourdough bread or must it be rye sourdough bread?
    Thank you for spending so much time making valuable videos for people like me.

  5. I'm pretty sure that the overall science supports probiotic foods colonise the gut…. go check all of the scientific evidence.

  6. Hi Eric, so should we not be worried when we bloat while eating these foods? Because I always thought that bloating meant that the bad bacteria was feeding on these foods making sibo worse

  7. But if my stomach gets bloated with jerusalem artichoke, is that because of the candida or bad bacteria feeding off it?

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