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.
Choosing a good probiotic is not always easy. In the Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program, which I wrote with Dr Eric Wood, we have written a detailed guide to finding a probiotic that will work with your Candida treatment.
- 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 gut, and they crowd out the Candida yeast.
- When Should I Take Probiotics?
You should start taking probiotics soon after you start your anti-Candida diet, but not at the same time as you start your antifungals. Using a multi-phase approach to your treatment will lessen the chance of Candida Die-Off.
- Choosing A Probiotic
Learn how to choose a probiotic, by looking at factors like the number of strains, the total CFUs of good bacteria, and the extra ingredients that we sometimes forget.
- Soil Based Organisms
Soil-based probiotics are a promising alternative to the more traditional lactic acid-based formulations. They are hardier than regular, lactic acid-based bacteria, and so colonize your gut more easily.
- 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? Learn why you should introduce them at different times, and take them at least an hour apart.
- Should I Take Probiotics While I’m On Antibiotics?
Studies have shown probiotics to be helpful to patients on antibiotics. They have been shown to reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and they will help your microbiome bounce back more quickly.
- Probiotic Foods
These natural foods have been used for centuries to keep gut flora in balance and maintain a healthy immune system. Good examples are yogurt, kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut.
- 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 it’s a highly nutritious, traditional food too. You can make it cheaply and easily right in your own home, once you find some good kefir grains.
- Make Your Own Yogurt
Making your own yogurt is easier than you think, and it’s much cheaper than buying it in the shops. You can ferment it a little longer to reduce the sugar content and increase the amount of probiotic bacteria.
- 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.
- Probiotics: A Review Of Their Possible Uses
Probiotics are not just for digestive problems. They can also help with obesity, reduce the risk of cancer, improve IBS symptoms, prevent depression, and much more.
- Why Are There Bacteria In Your Gut?
If something goes wrong with your gut, it’s not as obvious as a broken arm or a twisted ankle. However, what’s inside your gut is actually one of the most important factors in your long-term health.
- Probiotics May Help To Lower Your Stress Levels
Probiotic bacteria live in your gut and play an important role in digestion, disease prevention, and much more. But did you know that they also have the power to alter your brain activity?
- Your Immune System And Probiotics
Not only do probiotic bacteria crowd out the Candida yeast and regulate the acidity in your gut, they also support your immune system.
- How Probiotics Can Help You Avoid The Flu
Why are Candida sufferers particularly likely to have a weakened immune system? It’s all to do with those beneficial bacteria in your gut. Besides completing their other tasks like digesting your food, they are also a very important part of your immune system.
- Should You Take Probiotics And Antifungals At The Same Time?
There are three main elements in any good Candida treatment plan – a low-sugar diet, probiotics, and antifungals. But how can we be sure that these elements aren’t working against each other?
- Did You Know That Probiotics Can Help With Oral Thrush?
Although most probiotic research focuses on gut complaints and the immune system, researchers are continually discovering new and surprising applications for probiotic supplements.
- Can Probiotics Make It Safely To Your Intestines?
Can you be sure that those little pills you take, each containing billions of good bacteria, actually make it through to your intestines? After all, they have to get through the acidic environment in your stomach first, right?
- Can Probiotics Affect Your Mood?
Probiotics are particularly useful for maintaining a healthy composition of gut flora. But new research is showing that they can also affect the way that we react to stressful situations too.
- Fermented Foods: A Shortcut To A Healthy Gut
Fermented foods can play a really important role in rebalancing the gut flora and recovering from gut imbalances like Candida. However, every fermented food is different.
- How Probiotics Can Help With The Side Effects Of Antibiotics
By taking some good probiotics during your course of antibiotics, you can reduce or eliminate many of the side effects that come with antibiotic use.
- Prescript-Assist Probiotics
This is a soil-based probiotic. Soil-based probiotics are extremely resilient, shelf-stable, and replicate the mix of probiotic bacteria that our ancestors enjoyed.
- Healthy Origins Probiotics
This is the brand of lactic acid 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.