Probiotics are the good and useful bacteria that reside in the intestine, facilitate the digestion and elimination processes, kill any harmful pathogens, and neutralize the toxins. They secrete beneficial chemicals such as B vitamins, vitamin K, lactic acid, butyric acid and anti-microbial compounds called bacteriocins. Around the genitals they help to maintain pH balance. A thriving population of probiotics would imply that the Candida encounters a stiff competition for food and space. Also, the environment is more hostile to Candida overgrowth and thus, yeast infection is naturally defended by the body. With probiotics in your body, you are strong, protected, and vibrant.
In fact, the Candida albicans, when present within certain limits, is one of the many useful fungi that reside in your gut and genito-urinal tract. It’s when your imbalanced physical environment allows uncontrolled growth of the Candida, that the fungus turns invasive, develops leg-like structures called rhizoids, overpopulates the gut and penetrates its walls. It spreads in the genitals causing infection that leads to itching, swelling, and burning sensations.
Depletion of probiotics
400 different types of helpful bacteria are estimated to be present in your gut – amounting to almost 100 trillion probiotics! Depletion of probiotics makes you internally weak, and leaves more space for the Candida to take over. In other words, if the probiotics are absent, the Candida fungi then rule!
Toxins in food, effects of drug, pH imbalance, antibiotics, steroids and other external and internal factors can deplete the reservoir of probiotics in your body.
Replenishment of probiotics
The natural flora of the gut can be restored by replenishing probiotics in your system. The best probiotics that kill Candida are the ones that make the internal environment least favourable to any anaerobic growth (Candida is anaerobic). The following bacteria are known to fight Candida infection, and have been arranged in decreasing order of their importance.
- Lactobacillus Sporogenes
- Lactobacillus Acidophilus
- Bifidobacterium Bifidum
- Lactobacillus Bulgaricus
- Lactobacillus Reuteri
- Lactobacillus Fermentum
- Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
- Lactobacillus Casei
- Bifidobacterium Brevum
- Bifidobacterium Infantis
- Lactobacillus Plantarum
- Bifidobacterium Longum
- Bacillus Subtilis
- Bacillus Lichenformis
- Lactobacillus Johnsonii
Instructions for taking Probiotics
- Choose a high-potency, high quality bacteria.
- Your supplement should incorporate between 1 to 20 billion live bacteria in one day. You can segment them into 3 to 4 doses a day.
- Probiotics should be taken on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes prior to eating.
- Take an ideal mixture of ‘live’ organisms from the given list.
- Check for expiry date on the label of the supplement.
- Avoid extremely high or extremely low temperatures for storage, unless specified otherwise.
- Consume prebiotics – the food for the probiotics, in order to make them stay alive and multiply faster.
Sources of probiotics
Probiotics may be taken as supplements. In the natural form they are available in rich quantities in plain yoghurt – unprocessed, unheated, unpasteurised, and with no added sugar, additives, preservatives, or flavours. Kefir, when labelled as having ‘live’ bacteria is also a rich source of probiotics. Fermented cabbage and soy sauce containing the label ‘active’ or ‘cultures’ may be good sources of probiotics.
Be persistent. If you decide to take probiotics for your Candida infection, you should stick to your course and complete the dosage of probiotics – or else the Candida will not be killed. Probiotics work slowly and steadily. The more disciplined you are, the more benefits you can obtain!
While instilling probiotics is a good way to deal with Candida infection, it must be coupled with other measures that address all the factors responsible for yeast infection. Yeast infection is a function of multiple parameters such as your diet, lifestyle, stress management, your inherent toxin-expelling capability and your hygiene practices. The holistic treatment for yeast infection tackles all these issues and restores your natural body balance. Note that, treating a single factor will cause the infection to make a stronger come-back, and thus holistic treatment is the best way to eliminate Candida completely and naturally.