Candida can make life miserable! However, don’t despair you can get control over it. Probiotics for candida has proven an effective part of a good strategy. However, to regain control more than probiotics might be needed for Candida.
Keep in mind:
- In most cases, it’s not enough to grab any probiotic supplement thinking this will eliminate the candida infection. 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 for candida.
What is candida?
There are several candida yeast species in the body and most are harmless. In fact, a healthy human will have a small amount in the gut, on the skin, in the respiratory system, and other places.
Candida albicans can turn from a normal inhabitant of the body into a band of thugs creating havoc
The intestines normally keep yeast and bacteria under control. But it’s a delicate balance. The gut hosts a complex community of 500-1000 different bacteria and yeast, both good and bad. When this delicate balance is disturbed, there can be an uncontrolled growth of bacteria or yeast.
Causes of candida overgrowth
When candida starts to overpower beneficial gut bacteria, it can take control of the gut (or mouth). The reasons are complex. Here are a few:
- Chronic stress.
- Inflammatory conditions.
- Antibiotics can ruin the gut balance.
- Consuming to much sugar and carbs.
Symptoms of candida overgrowth
Both men and women experience candida overgrowth. A lab culture and stool test help determine this.
A major symptom is cravings for sugar and carbs
A fast growing colony of candida feeds on sugar. They LOVE sugar and need it to exist and increase. This creates a vicious circle—candida creates sugar cravings, and when more sugar is consumed, the yeast increases.
Candida is able to release a number of toxins (50-80 different types) causing a wide array of symptoms. Here are a few:
- Tiredness, low energy, sluggish, chronic fatigue
- Difficult to lose weight (might 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…
Probiotics for Candida
Probiotics for candida is one way to promote gut balance. This is because probiotic bacteria produce lactic acid which lowers the pH (more acidic) in the gut and mouth, yeast don’t like this. People with candida overgrowth has a higher pH (less acidic) which promotes growth of yeast. Probiotics and candida are antagonists, on opposite sides.
Recommended probiotic supplements:
- Ultimate Flora Extra Care a powerful probiotic
- Hyperbiotics: some report good success
- Bio-Kult: designed for candida
Lactobacilli bacteria seems effective against candida. Several studies in 2010 and 2012 focused on Lactobacilli plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri which proved effective against candida. (References end of post.)
Fermented foods contain many bacteria species as the lactobacilli used in the studies above. Fermented vegetables, yogurt or kefir are all good choices. Fermented food helps regain control in the gut and makes it harder for yeast to survive.
Besides probiotics there are also other good strategies.
Controlling candida requires resolute action and compliance. One needs to control the reasons behind the yeast infection to prevent it from growing out of control again. Many report success when depriving candida of nourishment and promoting a healthy gut acidity level.
Specialists recommend the following. They sound strict and they must be for some weeks or until symptoms subside.
What to avoid
- Candida needs sugar and carbs to thrive. Avoid alcohol, bread, aged cheese, mushrooms, dried fruit, nuts, ketchup, soy sauce, BBQ sauce, dressings, fruit juices, soda, pasta etc.
- Avoid harmful chemicals in skin care products, food, and the environment (as passive smoking). Toxins weaken the body’s defense mechanisms.
- Stress can trigger reactions that undermine efforts to reduce candida.
What to try first
- A good, multi-strain probiotic supplement
- Oregano oil. Studies (and users) say that 2-6 drops per day for 10 days is effective.
- Cystus incanus tea (Rockrose). Contains high levels of 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 most known toxins and metals that is often an underlying cause of infections.
- Extra virgin coconut oil contains capric acid (try ozonated oil)
- Consume fresh vegetables, sprouts, meat, eggs, seeds
- Try juicing low-carb (lemon, ginger, cilantro, celery)
- Krill oil seems better than standard fish oil
- Physical exercise stimulates the immune system
- For some Pau D’Arco tincture works well
- Raw apple cider vinegar, 1 -2 tablespoons per day
- Add 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. In some cases several months may be needed. When feeling better, many reintroduce one food at the time. If there’s no reaction, they continue with the next until things are back to normal.
NOTE: There are different approaches among health practitioners about candida. It’s a complex problem and it might be wise to consult a practitioner specialized in a holistic approach. In any case, probiotics for candida is for most beneficial and safe.