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How To Choose An Effective Probiotic For Your Candida Treatment
Probiotics, along with antifungals and diet, are one of the three most important parts of any treatment plan for Candida overgrowth. A course of good probiotics will restore balance to your gut and build up your immune system. Even after you’ve finished your treatment plan, continuing to take probiotics will help to keep the Candida away for good.
The effectiveness of probiotics has been proven in many scientific studies - in fact you can see a list of quotations from prominent doctors at the end of this article.
Finding a good probiotic
The keys to finding a good probiotic are as follows.
1. Choose a probiotic with a high count of bacteria.
2. Choose a probiotic with a large number of individual strains.
3. Choose a probiotic that is shelf-stable, so that it doesn't deteriorate during shipping.
After lots of research, we have found a brand of probiotics that meets all these criteria. Healthy Origins probiotics have a 30 billion count of bacteria, contain 8 individual strains of probiotic, and are shelf-stable. Check out the Healthy Origins 30 billion (60 capsules) and Healthy Origins 30 billion (150 capsules).
Why is it important to buy 'shelf-stable' probiotics?
You may notice that some probiotics require refrigeration. This is because they are not ‘shelf-stable’ and large numbers of their bacteria will die if left at room temperature. Unfortunately many probiotics with high bacteria content are not handled properly and so will contain far fewer of these beneficial organisms by the time they actually reach you. Even if they advertise ‘refrigerated shipping’, you still have no control over how they are stored at the warehouse.
Shelf-stable probiotics are easier to handle and more likely to contain a full dosage of ‘good’ bacteria when you consume them. You can take them to work, travel with them, and generally not have to worry so much about where you store them. At the Candida Store we only sell probiotics that we know will be in good shape when they reach your doorstep.
When should you take probiotics?
You can take probiotics at any stage during your Candida treatment. Taking them at the same time as some good quality, natural antifungals will give you the best chance to beat your overgrowth. If you are currently taking a course of antibiotics, research has shown that probiotics will reduce the side effects and enable your digestive system to recover more quickly.
To avoid a Candida Die-Off reaction, it is normally best to leave a few days between starting your course of probiotics and beginning your antifungals. Starting both at the same time may cause large numbers of the Candida yeast to die, releasing byproducts into your system that result in the usual Die-Off symptoms like headaches and fever. It is also best to take your antifungals and probiotics as far apart during the day as possible, for example one in the morning and one in the evening.
What do the experts say about probiotics?
"Taking probiotics is a habit that can really benefit the digestive system, which is intricately connected to our overall health."
— Dr. Michael F. Roizen, New York Times best-selling author, Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic
"With the level of evidence that probiotics work and the large safety margins for them, we see no good reason not to prescribe probiotics when prescribing antibiotics."
— Dr. Benjamin Kliger, Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
"Evidence from clinical research demonstrates that adding 'good' bacteria to the diet promotes a healthy digestive and immune system."
— Dr. Allan Walker, Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
"Compelling new studies are showing how probiotics can help keep healthy people healthy. One study showed a decreased incidence of common infectious diseases among kids in day care."
— Dr. Mary Ellen Sanders, Probiotics Specialist
"Friendly bacteria are vital to proper development of the immune system, to protection against microorganisms that could cause disease, and to the digestion and absorption of food and nutrients."
— National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine