Should You Take Probiotics & Antifungals Together?

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There is a common belief that you shouldn’t take probiotics and antifungals at the same time, for 2 reasons.

Firstly, doubters claim that many antifungals have antibiotic properties, so they will just kill the good bacteria in the probiotics. And secondly, they claim that taking one supplement that cancels out the other is a waste of money.

Thankfully this is wrong on both counts. Both probiotics and antifungals are essential parts of your Candida treatment, and taking them together is exactly what you should be doing. The truth is that people are thinking about this the wrong way.

Antifungals primarily attack yeast and fungal overgrowth, not bacteria. Some of them do have antibiotic properties (i.e. they can can kill some of the good bacteria in your stomach), but that is not their primary role. Even if some of the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut are actually being killed by antifungals, that’s a great reason why you need probiotics to replenish them!

Studies have actually shown that probiotics are very beneficial for patients on medical-strength antibiotics. They restore balance to your gut and prevent some of the nasty side-effects of antibiotics like diarrhea (according to a 2008 study published in the “Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology”). So you shouldn’t worry about taking probiotics at the same time as antifungals that have antibiotic properties.

One important thing to note: you can get the most benefit from your antifungals and probiotics by taking them as far apart during the day as possible. For example, try to leave at least an hour or two between your probiotic dose and your antifungal dose.

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