Probiotics for Candida
Whatever the reason for getting Candida and yeast issues, it will usually result in gut flora imbalances between the good guys and the bad guys, in this case Candida. This then results in dybosis, which essentially means you have an imbalance of the good guys against the bad guys. Supplementing with probiotics work by repopulating the good guys and crowding out the bad guys and restoring balance of the eco-system, known as the microbiome. This is one of the key fundamentals to your future health. The latest reseach is fascinating and it’s clearly showing that this eco-system plays a key role in many of today’s chronic illness from diabetes to chronic fatigue.
Using probiotics supplements for yeast infections and Candida overgrowth is very popular, but you need to be aware of the right probiotics to take as there are a number of pitfalls that are commonly done.
Even after eliminating Candida, probiotics are a great supplement to take, and you should consider making probiotics a part of your daily routine. They can help in a number of different and diverse ways including digestion, healing your gut, strengthening your immune system, help with gut acidity and and maintaining a healthy balance of flora in your digestive tract.
So with this in mind, how can reap the full beneifts of a probiotic? When a probiotic capsule makes it to the stomach, most probiotics are killed. By the time the probiotics make it to the intestines, it is mostly DEAD organisms being delivered and this is the biggest problem with probiotic market today.
So, how come you read so many good things about probiotics if they are all just dead on arrival?
These dead organisms can still stimulate and modulate the immune system, but the benefit is transient and incomplete. This is great for short-term issues, but long-term benefits really have not been the focus of research – and they haven’t needed to be until now.
What are the Must-Haves of a True Probiotic?
When we take a probiotic, we want to think that the supplement is actually replenishing growth and re-population of the microbes in the gut (in addition to conferring a health benefit).
True Probiotics MUST:
- Contain strains that are expected to be found in the gut
- High CFU Count:Choose a probiotic brand that has a higher number of probiotics, from 25 billion to 50 billion.
- Strain Diversity:Select a probiotic supplement that has five or more probiotic strains at least which can inlcue Bacillus coagulans, Saccharomyces boulardii, Bacillus subtilis, Bifidobacteria.
- Be able to survive the acidic gut – This is a huge FAIL for probably 95% of probiotics. You are literally throwing money down the tube (excuse the pun). They simply do not survive past gastric juices. They were never intended to by nature’s design. The stomach acidifies after we’re done being babies. Numerous published studies have shown that no matter how many billions of cells you have of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium species, they simply do not survive the stomach, they don’t get to the intestines alive and so the count is irrelevant.
- Prebiotics – Prebiotics are the food for probiotics to grow, however as they aren’t targeted to the good guys, it could mean that very well upset your gut as they are feeding Candida. I would stay away for any formulas that contain prebiotics until your Candida is firmly under control.
Soil-based bacteria, also known as spore-forming bacteria, have the ability to “seed” the digestive tract with bacteria which will flourish and support a balanced microbiome. They also have “shells’ that protect certain gut microbes (from the Bacillus family) from heat, drying, acidity, antibiotics, radiation, enzymes and more.
They are considered a normal part of our microflora and actually live and colonize in the intestines. They start to germinate in the small intestine, and then they have to establish themselves amongst the other healthy bacteria.The other species basically have to in a sense let them into the community and have to agree to a certain number of them so they can establish themselves there.
With spore probiotics the spores will actually compete with Candida for the gut wall and push them out of place thereby reducing the Candida load, just as nature intended.
The expression of Candida albicans acetaldehyde producing enzymes in C. albicans infected mucosal lesions: a potential role in some oral cancers – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16790752?