Our next Ask the Doctor question comes from one of our viewers. They say, “Hello, Dr. Melissa. I have a burning question. Doing extensive research, I heard one integrative doctor, Amy Myers, strongly suggest to stay away from fermented food/supplements if you have a fungal infection. Is that right? I’m subscribed to a whole bunch of Organixx fermented supplements, and I love them. Should I continue using them while fighting with the ringworm I got from a feral kitten we adopted recently? Thanks.”
So, this is a fantastic question, and I’m excited to clear up the inconsistencies of information, as well as clear up what we know clinically through scientific research and studies on mushrooms.
So, the first thing I want to clarify is we have two topics. We have fermented supplements, fermented food – the fermentation process is separate from mushrooms specifically. And so, one of the things I want to kind of clear up is a common question that I hear from patients, who are adamant, like, “I can’t take X, Y, and Z functional mushroom,” or, “I can’t take this fermented food, because so-and-so said,” or, “I read that fermented foods and/or mushrooms can cause candida overgrowth.”
So, to clear that up, that is absolutely false information. We do know there are some cross-reactions between mushrooms and fungal infections in the body. But overall, there’s no sort of clinical research that shows that a fermented food and/or a mushroom that is either in raw form that you grab at your grocery store and put on your salads or eating in assorted foods or consuming in a supplement form, liquid or powdered form, will contribute to a candida overgrowth.
Fermented Foods Support Immunity & Provide Greater Bioavailability
So, what I want to clarify is that fermented foods are going to help support your immune process. And one of the things that I really love about Organixx and our supplementation fermentation process is that we will ferment a lot of our supplementation in a very powerful adaptogenic dense liquid that is part of that fermentation process. So, it actually gives greater strength and potency to the bioavailability of the supplement form, but also enhances the stress balancing. It enhances immune response and actually helps your body beyond just that key target area that we’re focusing on.
Address Gut Health & Its Impact on Immunity
So, when it comes to fermented foods, I have to say one of the things that we’re looking at with any type of fungal infection or immune disabling, either we are seeing a weakness in the immune system, maybe a dysregulation of the immune system, or a heightened immune response, (i.e. autoimmunity), we need to zero in on the gut. And so when we talk about the gut, the gut is all about your microbiome – the degree of healthy bacteria in your gut that can help calibrate your immune response, your mental health, can help balance out your hormones. There’s an assortment of things that our microbes, the little bacteria, will do in our body. And they will signal to make certain hormones, to have certain chemical reactions occur. And they support a healthy immune state.
So, when we’re talking about adding in a fermented supplement, like many of the Organixx supplements you’re taking, what I want to recommend is to continue to take them, because that fermentation process, especially in the adaptogenic-rich liquid, you are going to get a huge immune boost. And so the immune factor with the fermentation process and the bioavailability actually is going to really support your immune system, so that you can eradicate the ringworm, or you can eradicate and recalibrate the body’s candida reaction.
Internally & Topically Treating a Fungal Infection
Now, when it comes to a fungal infection, I always recommend internally supporting your system, bolstering and supporting a very dense, rich microbiota, as well as topically supporting your skin microbiome. So one of the things that we’re dealing with, when we have an infection, let’s say ringworm or even candida that might be presenting on the skin, is we want to look at addressing both the internal microbiome in your gut and also your skin microbiome.
So, your skin microbiome can be supported by topical probiotics. I mean, honestly, it’s not anything crazy to apply just clean, plain, probiotic-dense yogurt. You can also apply things like aloe vera. Apple cider vinegar is really good. That’s a fermented process that will recalibrate your skin microbiome, as well as also adding immune-boosting colloidal silver. There are gels of colloidal silver that you can apply on the skin.
And so, there are multiple ways to use both internal resources and topical resources to combat yeast infections of the scalp or the skin or folds of the body. I also recommend using the Magi-Complexx oil that has three really powerful antioxidants. There’s a lot of good skin healing nutrition and antiviral, antimicrobial properties, as well as antifungal properties, in those three oils that could be really helpful.
So definitely, act accordingly, in terms of taking the right actions with ringworm. You don’t want it to get out of hand. And just know that there are a lot of different ways that we can combat it internally and externally, so we bolster up your immune system so that it can expel the ringworm infection.
Keep Taking Your Fermented Supplements & Mushrooms
So, I hope that’s helpful. And just know that fermented foods and supplements with fermentation are very powerful, as are mushrooms. So, mushrooms are definitely not something that we want to shy away from. The mushroom kingdom is so vast that there are so many wonderful benefits from consuming the fruiting bodies of mushrooms that also help to support the recalibration and the balancing of our immune system, so that we’re more apt to fight the unhealthy fungal infections or unhealthy bacterial imbalances that can arise in our body for an assortment of reasons.
So, I hope that’s helpful. And I want to continue to encourage you to keep taking the fermented supplements here at Organixx. There are so many wonderful benefits. And I’m excited to answer any other questions you might have. So, thanks for asking the doctor today.
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Today, I want to talk to you about choosing the right multivitamin for your daily nutritional supplementation. I get asked by a lot of patients whether they should take a daily vitamin, a multivitamin. My answer is nuanced because it really depends on the type of vitamin, the form of nutrition or nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, and coenzymes and co-factors that are going to be in the supplement, and it also depends on whether it’s food-based or if we’re dealing with synthetic nutrients.
Always Choose Whole-Food-Based
I want to share with you why I like the Multi-Vita-Maxx. This is a whole-based, a plant-based multivitamin that is going to deliver powerful nutrition via fermented ingredients. Let’s talk a little bit about this. You’re going to get 21 unique fermented nutrients, and they are whole plant-based food items that we can open up via the fermentation process. The nutrients, we can get access to vitamin A, and vitamin E, and vitamin D, and then a whole assortment of critical nutrients.
That, in a synthetic version, what I find is a lot of patients actually are dealing with malabsorption or just completely missing the boat on the methylation process within their body and not able to consume those nutritional aspects in the multivitamin. When you are looking for a multivitamin, it’s very important that you look for a whole-food-based multi. What I want to share with you is often you’ll have on the back, so kind of label reading, if you will, is what you want zero in on.
Getting the Facts Straight
You’ll usually have a supplement fact, the element here on the back part of the label. The front is going to be the label, and then the back is going to be supplement facts. If there is not a supplement facts on the back, you do not want to consume that product. That’s number one. There are a lot of multi-level marketing brands that won’t even be transparent about what’s inside the product. That’s step one.
Step two, then you want to assess what nutritional aspects. You want to look for a vitamin A that is a beta carotene source, meaning it’s coming from foods that are going to contain beta carotene – those are yellowy, orangey foods like carrots. And then you’re going to look for a certain type of vitamin A or vitamin E, certain B1 or B2 types. And then you’re also going to be looking at having some magnesium and some other minerals in your mix.
But there will usually be in a whole-food supplement multivitamin, you’re also going to have a whole list of what we call botanical or food-based blends, where we’re deriving all those nutritional aspects from. For instance, in the Multi-Vita-Maxx, there’s a whole segment, it’s organic fermented botanical blend, and that’s 1,080 milligrams of things like organic alfalfa juice powder, organic spinach powder, organic sprouted purple maze, and organic broccoli powder.
That will also deviate or indicate to you that you’re dealing with a whole-plant-based nutritional multivitamin. A synthetic, which is usually what you’re going to find at your drug store, your big box stores like Costco, Walmart, even Target, they’re going to be carrying brands like Centrum, which is a very common consumed multivitamin that literally is not even able to be broken down by your stomach acid and ends up kind of taking root sometimes in the intestinal folds. I’ve seen a ton of folks that when we’re doing scans of their abdomen actually have little particles of these undigested multivitamins.
Filling Nutritional Gaps
When you’re choosing a multivitamin, search for a multivitamin that is going to be whole-food-based, that is going to be plant-based, and that will actually deliver the right nutrition to help fill in what I call nutritional gaps. I love to recommend the Multi-Vita-Maxx. I like to recommend Multi-Vita-Maxx because there are eight organic superfoods and botanicals along with whole-based nutrition.
This is great for supporting your immunity. It’s great for your brain health. It’s really great for your digestion. Overall, this is a good adjunct to eating a healthy diet. No amount of whole-based organic fermented multivitamins are going to replace the need for a good, healthy, organic diet rich in nutrients, rich in colorful foods, mostly vegetables, some fruits, and then seeds, and good healthy fats.
Use a multivitamin like Multi-Vita-Maxx as a nutritional gap resource and choose a more fermented version, which helps open up the bioavailability. For a lot of patients that have sensitive stomachs or find that they burp when they consume a multi or find that digestively they’re not assimilating well, choosing a plant-based fermented multivitamin is the way to max out the absorption. I’m excited to share this tip with you. I hope you find it helpful, and I hope you reach for a multivitamin like Multi-Vita-Maxx.
If you’re not getting all the nutrients and antioxidants you need from food, your best source is whole food vitamins. Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx contains 21 uniquely fermented vitamins and enzyme-activated minerals that are more “bioavailable” and easily absorbed by your body than the synthetic compounds found in most supplements.
Today, I want to share with you why I love Turmeric 3D so much for not just inflammation reduction and balancing our stress hormone, but also just overall supporting our brain function, our digestive function, and our cardiovascular function.
Maximizes Benefit & Bioavailability with Fermented Botanicals
One of the awesome things that we have harnessed here at Organixx is we have a unique fermentation process of the ingredients in a multitude of our supplements. And Turmeric 3D is a part of that fermentation process, which allows you as a consumer to get the max benefits of the turmeric and the ashwagandha, and the other botanical powerhouses in Turmeric 3D that will help lower inflammation, reduce excess fluid weight and retention, and can also help restore and rejuvenate your immune state, balance your stress levels, calm hormonal imbalances.
And it even helps with your brain-based inflammation, which we’re seeing now with a lot of post-COVID infections. You don’t even have to qualify as a long COVID or a long hauler, but there are a lot of individuals that are still having residual inflammation and even patients that have auto-immunity or folks that have lymphedema or lipedema, or just overall notice they’re carrying more cellulite or excess weight. Those are all signs of an inflammatory state.
So, using Turmeric 3D allows you to harness the potency of turmeric, which has been heavily researched in its amazing power to lower inflammation markers in your body. It also has ashwagandha, which is a wonderful stress-balancing herbal, and in a fermented form, it actually is going to be more bioavailable. So, you need less and you get more power and more potency.
Addresses Vitamin D3 Deficiency
So, I’m excited to share that with you because one of the things that we love, not only are you getting the turmeric and the botanicals, but we also add D3 in a form, it’s a 5,000 IU form, which vitamin D3, I find almost all of my patients when I do a blood spot test, we do blood spot testing in my clinic, they are all in low or suboptimal levels or ranges of vitamin D3. And vitamin D3 has a lot to do with your mental outlook. It is a hormone precursor. It’s a building block. It’s an ingredient for your body, balancing your stress levels, your reproductive hormone levels, and overall, every cell has receptivity to vitamin D.
Optimizes Overall Wellness
So, I’m very, very excited to recommend the Turmeric 3D. This is a powerful supplement here that has anti-inflammatory effects. It has stress-lowering, hormone-balancing, and overall will help support your body and optimize your wellness.
So I hope you check this out and it’s such a great resource for anybody who might be looking for a way to support their overall wellness and just know inflammation is the root of every illness and disease. Taming and calming inflammation levels in your body will increase and optimize your overall wellness.