Candida makes life miserable for many people! However, if you are a sufferer, don’t despair; you can get control over it. Probiotics for candida yeast infections has proven one effective part of the strategy. But to regain control over the digestive tract, you need more than probiotics for Candida.
Please keep in mind:
- In most cases, it’s not enough to just grab any probiotic supplement thinking this will eliminate the candida infection. Please read the entire post first!
- This post is not a treatment plan. It’s just a collection of studies and recommendations on the role of probiotics and other strategies for candida.
What is candida?
There are several different candida yeast species in our bodies, most are harmless. In fact, a healthy human will have a small amount of candida in the gut, on the skin, in the respiratory system and female genital tract.
- Candida albicans is a normal inhabitant of our body, but if uncontrolled, turns into a band of thugs creating havoc
The intestines are responsible for keeping yeast and bacteria under control in the gut. But it is a delicate balance. The intestines host a complex community of thousands of different bacteria and yeast, both good and bad. But if this delicate balance is ruined, there can be an uncontrolled growth of the bad bacteria or candida.
What causes candida overgrowth?
When candida overpowers the beneficial gut bacteria, the yeast takes control of the gut (or mouth). The reasons can be complex. Here are a few of common ones.
- Antibiotics can wreak havoc in the gut and ruin the delicate balance between good and bad microorganisms.
- Chronic stress can cause gut inflammations, imbalances.
- Consuming to much sugar.
- Connected to inflammatory conditions (Crohn’s, IBS).
Symptoms of candida overgrowth
Both men and women can experience candida overgrowth. A lab culture and stool test can show if this is the case.
- A major symptom is cravings for sugar and carbs
A fast growing colony of candida yeast in the gut feeds on sugar; they LOVE sugar and must have it to stay alive and grow! This creates a vicious circle—the more sugar you eat, the more you feed the yeast until candida is completely out of control.
Candida is able to release a large number of toxins (50-80 different types), and this causes a wide array of symptoms throughout the body.
- Tiredness, low energy, sluggish, chronic fatigue
- Difficult to lose weight (might even gain weight)
- Feeling depressed, irritable, or anxious
- White-yellow patches in the mouth
- Burning pain in mouth, throat
- Annoying skin problems
- Stomach problems
- Food allergies
- Much more…
NOTE: Women experiencing yellow mouth patches, vaginal itching, burning with urination, thick, white discharge, should check for yeast infections.
Probiotics for Candida
Probiotics for candida is one way to promote gut balance. One reason is that probiotic bacteria produce lactic acid that lowers the pH (more acidic) in the gut and mouth, which improves the environment. People with candida overgrowth has a higher pH (less acidic) which promotes yeast growth. Therefore, probiotics and candida are antagonists, on opposite sides.
Good probiotic supplements:
- Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics: trusted brand
- Hyperbiotics: many reports of good success with candida
- Bio-Kult: designed for candida sufferers
Probiotics for candida works well, studies confirm
The lactobacilli probiotic bacteria strains have proven effective for candida. In several studies done in 2010 and 2012, Lactobacilli plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri proved very effective to prevent candida. Probiotic bacteria effectively killed off the yeast. (References end of post.)
Fermented foods contain different probiotic bacteria species. Most often they include the lactobacilli used in the studies above. Therefore, fermented vegetables, yogurt or kefir are all good choices. Probiotic foods help rebalance the gut, lower the pH, and add good bacteria and enzymes.
Additional strategies for candida
To control candida requires resolute action and compliance. Sufferers need to control the reasons behind the yeast infection to prevent it from growing out of control again. Many report success by depriving candida of nourishment and promoting a healthy (lower) pH in the gut.
The following recommendations are what some specialists have found work well. They might sound rather strict, and they must be for a few weeks, or until symptoms subside.
What to avoid
- Candida loves sugars and carbs and need it to thrive. Specialists recommend avoiding foods like alcohol, bread, aged cheese, mushrooms, dried fruit, nuts, ketchup, soy sauce, BBQ sauce, dressings, fruit juices, soda, pasta etc.
- Avoid harmful chemicals found in skin care products, food and in the environment (as passive smoking). Such toxins can weaken the body’s defence mechanisms.
- Electric fields, EMF like WiFi can in some promote candida.
- Avoid stress! It triggers reactions in the body that undermine efforts to reduce candida.
What to try first
- A high quality, multi strain probiotic supplement
- Oregano oil. Studies (and many users) confirm that 2-6 dropp per day for 10 days is extremely effective.
- Cystus incanus tea (Rockrose). Contains high levels of powerful antifungal substances. Start off slow; drink for a few months.
- Check for mercury in the body; especially in difficult cases and relapses. A metal detox might be needed.
- Chlorella binds many toxins and metals that can be an underlying cause of many infections
- Extra virgin coconut oil contains capric acid (ozonated oil is even more powerful)
- Consume fresh vegetables, sprouts, meats, eggs, seeds
- Krill oil
- Physical exercise stimulates the immune system
- Some report that Pau D’Arco tincture works well
- Raw apple cider vinegar, 1 -2 tablespoons per day
- Try also dill seeds, cinnamon, curcumin, lemongrass, lemon, basil, cloves, thyme, raw organic honey.
How long until results?
Many report that the first 2-4 weeks are critical, but in some cases several months may be needed. When feeling better, many try to reintroduce one food at the time. If there’s no reaction, then they continue with the next, until things are back to normal.
NOTE: There are different approaches among health practitioners on how to treat candida. Candida yeast overgrowth is a complex problem and it is wise to consult a health care practitioner specialized in the holistic treatment of candida. In any case, probiotics for candida has proven beneficial and safe.