Are supplements really needed?
Targeted Candida supplements are a key component to get rid of your yeast infection, however what needs to be remembered is Candida doesn’t need to be completely wiped out. As mentioned, it’s naturally in our digestive tract, and it needs be brought back into balance. Diet is the most important factor in any Candida protocol, but you won’t get rid of Candida alone just by diet. It needs to have a targeted protocol to go alongside the diet which will complement your programme.
Natural antifungals are the most effective way of getting rid of the infection along with a clean candida diet, and a combination of specific nutrients as well as systemic & digestive enzymes with “Candida Targeted” probiotics for at least 8-12 weeks. You may see one-month protocols on the internet and on various blog sites. Pretty impossible, really, especially if you have had an infection for quite some time. They way to look at your recovery from Candida is that you certainly didn’t develop Candida in a month, and you shouldn’t expect to get rid of it in a month. It could be something that has been gathering for years and years and it would be foolish to think it can be wiped out in a month. If you think it will take one month, you could be forever be on and off Candida diets and different protocols, which as we know is very limited and not a good way to live. The best advice here is go with the required time and be done with it and then move on with your new healthy life and then you can enjoy foods that are restrictive on the diet.
In extreme cases it can take 6 -9 months, but this is the exception. My own personal experience is that it took me 3 months (after many failed one month protocols) and that was with no alcohol (painful of course), a very restricted diet, targeted supplements and good quality probiotics. The silver lining here is that you should be more knowledgeable about diet, healthy wholefoods, which will give you a great basis on how to go forward with a healthy diet, lifestyle and enviroment.
What Are the Best Candida Supplements?
Supplements will start making a huge difference when used correctly and when it comes to the best supplements for candida, there are essentially a few types that are going to help. Some of the ones that can be used and that have research behind them, and tend to work well would be a combination of botanicals (olive leaf extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Pau D’arco), one or more of the fatty acids (undecylenic acid, monolaurin (lauricidin), high-dose biotin, a beneficial yeast that kill other yeast in the form of Saccharomyces boulardii, and also reduce inflammatory cytokine production that is associated with cells that are infected with Candida, soil-based probiotics which compete for space on the gut wall and crowd out the yeast. Also, some biofilm disruptors which are essential and sometimes not listed in other protocols. I have listed some of the ones that could be helpful below.
Oxygen colon cleanse
This is optional but it can be used 5-7 days before the supplements start.
Its hugely beneficial for your digestive tract to get a kickstart in detoxifying and it will optimize the body’s natural waste/toxins elimination function and minimize die off . As Fungus thrives in a sluggish, de-oxygenated environment especially in the intestinal tract, and in the body generally. Think of stagnant water. Stagnant water is de-oxygenated, and it is full of bacteria, fungus and other pathogens. Flooding the body with oxygen will help kill candida by getting the system flowing again, which it needs to if want to get rid of the infection.
Oxygen colon cleanse has been something I have used, and I strongly believe it is one of the key factors to a protocol’s high effectiveness and success, and especially to the low occurrences of die off symptoms during the cleanse. You can make great progress in the first week with this product and its essentially like have a mini colonic, without the intrusiveness.
You may get diet off symptoms initially which is a Herx reaction such as brain fog, gas, depression, anxiety, and skin outbreaks. Essentially, it’s your body way of saying, there is too much of a toxic overload going through your liver, which is the main organ for detoxifying and to that you should cut back on the supplements you are taking for a couple of days and then re introduce slowly.
Systemic & digestive enzymes
There are essentially 2 classes of enzymes.
Digestive enzymes, which aid the digestive process directly and
Systemic enzymes, which provide support throughout the body and look to kill Candida’s biolfilms
These two groups of enzymes are distinct from one another and have their own specific jobs.
Digestive Enzymes should be taken with each meal to supplement your body’s ability to digest food, which is most likely being compromised with candida infection. Enzymes should include at least amylases and lipases for protein and carb digestion. In optimal health we should have adequate enzymes, however due to numerous factors, including stress, poor diet and allergies, our body loses its ability to produce them. As we get older, we will rely heavily on enzymes to unlock nutrients from the food we eat which is paramount to maintaining good health.
Systematic enzymes are designed to support a number of functions where needed including include the breakdown of excess mucus, fibrin, many toxins, allergens, and clotting factors. Also, they can be helpful with
Maintain healthy immune functions
Maintain healthy blood flow & circulation
Maintain healthy joints
Support normal, healthy temperature balance
Assist with muscle soreness after exercise
and a few other things that only your doctor / practitioner can talk about! )
There are many types of Systematic Enzymes used such as:
Serrapeptase – derived from the silk worm
Nattokinase – derived from the Japanese fermented soybean dish “Natto”
Lumbrokinase – a group of six enzymes derived from the earth worm
Bromelain – from pineapple
Papain – from papaya
Whether enzymes work locally to assist digestion or systemically to work throughout the body is determined by how the enzymes are taken (i.e. with food or without food). Digestive enzymes can assist systemically if taken away from food, while systemic enzymes can assist digestion if taken with food. For best results, enzymes should be used as they have been designed.
Biofilms and Systemic Enzymes
Systematic enzymes are a great way to help crack open Candida’s biofilm. Think of a biofilm as a protective bubble candida, parasites and bacteria are able to live in and are able to withstand antifungal/antimicrobials from delivering their full force, making it sometimes difficult to get rid of the infection. That’s why it’s advised to use a number of agents to help get rid of candida, as you’re effectively using a number of different weapons to help penetrate this bubble that they live in. It also means that Candida will find it harder to develop resistance to a number of different agents making the protocol more effective than mono therapy. Candida and other types of yeasts have no resistance to enzymes and are not able to build a resistance to them like they may be able to do with both the herbs and drugs. I know from my own experience that once I added this supplement into to my own regimen that I really saw the difference.