Excerpt from Healthy Diet and Nutrition for Women
These bacteria split estrogen from the binding substances that cause estrogen to be inactivated in your liver, which actually helps regulate your estrogen levels by binding to and detoxifying estrogen as it passes through the liver into your blood circulation. From the liver, estrogen is then secreted into your intestinal tract, where it is normally eliminated from the body. However, when these unhealthy, anaerobic bacteria predominate in the intestinal tract, the splitting process that they initiate on the bound estrogen then causes free estrogen to be reformed within your intestinal tract. Because this free estrogen can then be reabsorbed back into the circulation, it increases free estrogen levels within the blood.
To suppress the growth of these unhealthy bacteria, you should not only reduce your intake of saturated fat (which can lead to the problem in the first place), you also need to increase your intake of probiotic-rich, fermented foods, which recolonize your intestinal tract with healthy bacteria. These include yogurt (preferably soy or goat), kim chee, pickles, and sauerkraut, as well as taking probiotic supplements like lactobacillus and acidophilus.
I have worked with numerous patients who have been given antibiotics to treat such common health conditions as bronchitis and the flu and have consequently developed candida. The vaginal itching, burning, and discharge due to overgrowth of candida in the vagina and intestines then has to be treated as a separate infection.
For more information about the benefits of cultured foods for women’s health see Dr. Susan’s Healthy Diet and Nutrition for Women book found on Amazon, Amazon-Kindle, and Womens Wellness Publishing websites.