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drinking kombucha on a candida/yeast-free diet? related: types of bacteria/yeast in SCOBY?

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Created August 05, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I've heard mixed things about this, but is (homemade) kombucha good to drink on such a diet? Or is this one of those things where it depends on the person?

To help me decide if I should give it a try I tried looking up what kinds of species are in the SCOBY/kombucha, but couldn't find any info. Anyone know?

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:15 PM

The probiotics and the yeast (saccharmoyces bouldardii) in kombucha are healthy bacteria and yeast which compete with the unhealthy bacteria and yeast in the intestine. Alcohol occurs in trace amounts unless the brew time is extended. The sugar in the kombucha tea is metabolized almost completely after about a month, at which point it is ready to drink. I brew the stuff and have a pretty good grasp on how it works. Kombucha isn't like drinking an yeast infection. Some people do react negatively to kombucha, but that's a different issue.

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on May 14, 2012
at 12:23 AM

the excess bacteria and yeast compete with the good guys in your stomach and gang up with the candida, at least form my experience, especially since a by product of this fermented sugar is alcohol

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:09 PM

I am craving kombucha so much, but I believe I have candida, and I also don't know if it would be good to drink. Will be staying tuned.

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on May 05, 2012
at 06:30 PM

You downvoted me for disagreeing with the fact that kombucha still contains sugar? Wow. Thanks dude for your helpful input.

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:50 PM

The last time I had a yeast infection, I started drinking kombucha. I don't know if it helped, but it certainly didn't hurt.

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:12 PM

You do realize that bacteria and fungi COMPETE to occupy your intestinal tract? Eating mushrooms doesn't help candida out. Eating non-candia fungi doesn't help candida out, in fact, it may even kill it off because of ecological competition.

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at 03:11 PM

Fermentation reduces sugar. If your kombucha has significant quantities of sugar in it, you suck at fermenting.

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at 04:20 AM

I've read that the yeast is completely different from candida that causes yeast infections and is actually beneficial for countering it... in any case I don't drink it anymore (although I do drink some coconut water kefir from time to time)

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at 12:01 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. But I ferment it quite long almost to the point of being vengar. Mostly I am worried about whether the yeast aggravates candida, and what kinds of yeast/bacteria are in there. But I haven't been able to find this info anywhere, which I think is pretty weird.

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on August 05, 2011
at 10:18 AM

I personally would not think that drinking kombucha while trying to eliminate candida makes sense as there is definitely left over sugar that is not consumed by the yeast which could effectively feed the candida in your body.

This is completely speculation on my part though from my limited experience with kombucha, fwiw.

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on August 08, 2011
at 12:01 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. But I ferment it quite long almost to the point of being vengar. Mostly I am worried about whether the yeast aggravates candida, and what kinds of yeast/bacteria are in there. But I haven't been able to find this info anywhere, which I think is pretty weird.

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on May 05, 2012
at 03:11 PM

Fermentation reduces sugar. If your kombucha has significant quantities of sugar in it, you suck at fermenting.

16e617676c5ac710e5235e0b773edc0b

(2640)

on May 05, 2012
at 06:30 PM

You downvoted me for disagreeing with the fact that kombucha still contains sugar? Wow. Thanks dude for your helpful input.

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Candida and the yeasts in kombucha are two completely different things and until someone provides a study showing that fermented foods containing beneficial yeasts increase risk of yeast infection, I won't believe it.

Since you're trying to avoid feeding candida, I assume you must also be needlessly cutting out mushrooms as well?

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on May 05, 2012
at 03:50 PM

The last time I had a yeast infection, I started drinking kombucha. I don't know if it helped, but it certainly didn't hurt.

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on May 05, 2012
at 02:52 PM

This is second hand information.... but my friend who is doing a candida elimination diet says that drinking a little kombucha while you are going through the initial cleanse helps lessen the intense candida-die off symptoms. She is a really smart person and very dedicated researcher with a background in health sciences, so I trust this coming from her. Are you trying to kill off all the yeast as part of a cleanse or maintain a constant candida-free diet?

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35c8f0c35da258ac54165ef14195e0b8

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:17 PM

The only reason you would want to avoid kombucha on a anti-yeast regime is if you are taking antifungals. The antifungals do not differentiate between healthy yeast and bad yeast and the yeast in the kombucha will contribute to an already unpleasant die off reaction.

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on December 29, 2011
at 12:30 AM

kombucha is basically like drinking down a yeast infection...the only way that a mother can form is if there is alcohol present in the medium in which it is growing, so basically its a little colony of yeast that will inhabit your body if you have an inbalance in proper microorganisms or an excess of sugars or yeasts already floating around....

5d6a58590ba76136e8dc50c561c8ada2

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on December 29, 2011
at 04:20 AM

I've read that the yeast is completely different from candida that causes yeast infections and is actually beneficial for countering it... in any case I don't drink it anymore (although I do drink some coconut water kefir from time to time)

3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on May 05, 2012
at 03:12 PM

You do realize that bacteria and fungi COMPETE to occupy your intestinal tract? Eating mushrooms doesn't help candida out. Eating non-candia fungi doesn't help candida out, in fact, it may even kill it off because of ecological competition.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on May 14, 2012
at 12:23 AM

the excess bacteria and yeast compete with the good guys in your stomach and gang up with the candida, at least form my experience, especially since a by product of this fermented sugar is alcohol

35c8f0c35da258ac54165ef14195e0b8

(167)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:15 PM

The probiotics and the yeast (saccharmoyces bouldardii) in kombucha are healthy bacteria and yeast which compete with the unhealthy bacteria and yeast in the intestine. Alcohol occurs in trace amounts unless the brew time is extended. The sugar in the kombucha tea is metabolized almost completely after about a month, at which point it is ready to drink. I brew the stuff and have a pretty good grasp on how it works. Kombucha isn't like drinking an yeast infection. Some people do react negatively to kombucha, but that's a different issue.

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