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 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.
- Soil Based Organisms
Soil-based probiotics are a promising alternative to the more traditional lactic acid-based formulations.
- 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.
- 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 & even prevent depression.
- Why Are There Bacteria In Your Gut?
- Probiotics May Help To Lower Your Stress Levels
- Your Immune System And Probiotics
- How Probiotics Can Help You Avoid The Flu
- Should You Take Probiotics And Antifungals At The Same Time?
- Did You Know That Probiotics Can Help With Oral Thrush?
- Can Probiotics Make It Safely To Your Intestines?
- Can Probiotics Affect Your Mood?
- Fermented Foods: A Shortcut To A Healthy Gut
- How Probiotics Can Help With The Side Effects Of Antibiotics
- Prescript-Assist Probiotics
This is a wonderful 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.