The second element in a good Candida treatment plan is probiotics. Every person has approximately one pound (0.4kg) of bacteria in their system. At any one time there are billions of bacteria living inside your intestine, most of which are beneficial. Keeping this system in a healthy balance supports both your digestion and your immune system. An overgrowth of Candida knocks this system out of balance.
Because Candida is such a fast growing yeast, it can rapidly reproduce after any negative shock to the intestine (for example antibiotics). A course of full spectrum antibiotics will kill most of your beneficial bacteria, giving the Candida yeast an opportunity to rapidly grow and dominate your gut.
Probiotics are an effective part of Candida treatment because they reintroduce helpful bacteria to your gut. These bacteria create large, healthy colonies that crowd out the Candida yeast, regulate your stomach acidity and boost your immune system. This page contains everything you need to know about why and how to use probiotics to beat your Candida.
- Why use probiotics for Candida?
Probiotics will act to beat your Candida overgrowth in three ways. They boost your immune system, they help create the right acidity for your stomach, and they crowd out the Candida yeast.
- When should I take probiotics?
You should start taking probiotics soon after you start your strict anti-Candida diet, but not at the same time as you start your antifungals.
- Choosing a probiotic
Learn how to choose a probiotic, by looking at factors like the number of strains, and the extra ingredients we sometimes forget.
- Is it OK to take probiotics and antifungals at the same time?
Are there any negative effects from taking probiotics and antifungals at the same time? Find out here.
- Should I take probiotics while I’m on antibiotics?
Studies have shown probiotics to be helpful to patients on antibiotics. Find out why here.
- Probiotic Foods
These natural foods have been used for centuries to keep gut flora in balance and maintain a healthy immune system.
- A list of the best commercial probiotics
This is a comprehensive list of the most popular probiotic supplements, along with detailed information on their CFU count, which strains they contain and whether they are shelf-stable.
- Make your own Kefir
Kefir is one of nature’s finest probiotics, and you can make it cheaply and easily right in your own home.
- Make your own Yogurt
Making your own yogurt is easier than you think, and it’s much cheaper than buying it in the shops.
- The History of Probiotics
A review of how probiotics developed, from early times right up until today. This article also includes a summary of the many possible uses for probiotic supplements.
- Healthy Origins Probiotics
This is the brand of probiotics that I recommend. Healthy Origins probiotics contain 30 billion CFUs of bacteria, 8 individual strains, and they are also shelf-stable.
- Renew Life
A popular brand of probiotics, Renew Life offers supplements for Candida sufferers of all types and ages.
Choosing a good probiotic is not always easy. In my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program I have written a detailed guide to finding a probiotic that will work with your Candida treatment.