Probiotic Therapy: A Delicate Balancing Act

When you’re suffering from fungal yeast infections like candida, it’s tempting to just start taking antibiotics and hope they work. The problem is, antibiotics kill both beneficial and harmful bacteria, and the beneficial bacteria in your gut help keep the nasty ones from taking over. This is part of the reason why candida is now resistant to some antibiotics; if you take too many antibiotics, it might allow even worse strains of candida to take hold.

Probiotics are an important part of your diet, as they help you prevent and treat these infections without killing all the bacteria in your gut. There is a delicate balance in the body between bacteria and yeast and it is important to correct an overbalance without swinging too drastically in either direction.

Here is what you need to know about safely using probiotics to correct yeast infections like candida.

Probiotics Are Beneficial in Many Ways

The role of probiotics in overall immune system and digestive health is hard to dispute. They have been shown to help produce antibiotic compounds that kill harmful bacteria while not affecting the “good bacteria” that you want in your body. Probiotics help prevent postoperative infections and even colds and flus!

Supplementing with probiotics can be just what you need to overcome an imbalance in your gut that is causing yeast infections and other related conditions.


Probiotics Are Trickier than They Seem

The problem with probiotics is that they affect the gut so drastically that you will need to be careful when and how you take them. If you take probiotics between meals, they will be sitting in your stomach and exposed to gastric acids that could kill them before your next meal. Instead, try taking them before a meal.

You will also need fiber and prebiotics, which are both often found in garlic, onion, and a variety of fruits and vegetables. If you aren’t getting enough soluble fiber, increase that so that your probiotics can work. They need to be taken daily for a year, and you will need 5 billion for general health or up to 50 billion if you’re replacing bacteria after antibiotics.

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Probiotics Suffer when Sugar Is Involved

One reason many people can’t take probiotics without stomach upset is because they have too many sugars in the stomach. Lactose, fructose, and sucrose are a few types of sugar compounds that can interfere with recolonizing the gut with positive bacteria and yeast strains. Sugar favors yeast and fungi, some of which are normal, but if you have too much yeast, it will make it harder to keep other microbes balanced with the bacteria that should be there. If you’re trying to take probiotics, it makes sense to cut back on sugar or even eliminate it for a few months.

Probiotics are a great way of preventing yourself from suffering from constant fungal yeast infections, but they aren’t as simple as popping a pill. You need to figure out how many you require (enough to recolonize your gut or just for health maintenance?), what time of day to take them, and how to change your diet to support them.

Leonardo Dawson

Leonardo Dawson is an avid blogger who likes to write about health issues. His articles appear on various medical websites.

One thought on “Probiotic Therapy: A Delicate Balancing Act

  • April 30, 2013 at 7:24 am

    “One reason many people can’t take probiotics without stomach upset is because they have too many sugars in the stomach.” The main reason why many people suffer stomach upset with probiotics is because they are in a situation in which they should not be taking them in the first place because their body is in such a deficit. They should be taking prebiotics beforehand and then move on to probiotics. That and adding as much in the way of fermented foods to their diet as possible.


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