Greetings. Eric Bakker, naturopath from New
Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements.
I’ve got a question today from a patient over in Japan. I get a few questions from Japanese
people about buttermilk. This person wants to know if buttermilk is any good for someone
with a Candida yeast infection. Buttermilk is a very good product. Traditionally,
it used to be milk that was left over after cheese making. But today, it’s actually not.
It’s actually almost like a milk produced a bit like yogurt is. They’ll add bacteria
or maybe lactic acid to it to give it like a sour kind of flavor. Buttermilk is actually
very good to have. Just bear in mind if you’ve got a milk allergy, it may be a problem because
it will still contain the beta casein protein in it, and that can affect your immune system.
If you have a milk allergy like me, then it’s probably not really a good idea to have buttermilk
in your diet. If you don’t have a milk allergy, however,
there’s nothing wrong with having some buttermilk in your diet from time to time, because it’s
quite a healthy food to have. It’s got a nice tangy flavor about it. And again, common sense.
If you’ve got a bad yeast infection, you need to avoid dairy products for quite a while
because they can really challenge your immune system. Just take these foods out initially
for the first month or so. The low allergy diet or phase two of my Candida
diet includes the removal of cow’s milk from the diet and usually yogurt as well. If you’ve
got a major allergy for dairy products, then you want to take out cow’s milk, yogurt, cream,
and these sorts of things from your diet. Butter is generally always fine. I’ve never
seen butter allergies. You need to be cautious with cheese, too, if you’ve got a strong cow’s
milk allergy. If you know you’ve got an allergy toward cow’s milk or dairy, avoid buttermilk.
If you don’t have it, you can incorporate small amounts into your diet.
However, to be safe as you’re going through the stages of the Candida Crusher diet, the
first stage is the MEVY diet, the meat, eggs, vegetables, and yogurt. The second stage is
the low allergy diet and I usually take out things like buttermilk, cream, a lot of cheeses
from the diet for a month or so, four to six weeks to allow the immune system a bit of
breathing space. Because many people with Candida, in fact, have got leaky gut syndrome
and buttermilk will not be good for people trying to recover from leaky gut.
Yes, it is a good food. But you need to be cautious with it. If you know you’ve got an
allergy, avoid it. Otherwise, incorporate small amounts into your diet and see how you
go. I hope that answers your question. Last thing I’ll leave you with is buttermilk
does have almost as good as yogurt a beneficial effect on the intestinal tract for encouraging
the proliferation of good bacteria, especially if it’s an organic buttermilk or one that’s
certified organic or biodynamic and made using the correct organic methods, it’s beneficial.
Thanks for your attention.