Can probiotics kill yeast infections such as Candida and if so, how do I go about doing it?
If your the sort of person who either stashes away chocolate at their desk or is constantly obsessed about the next sugar fix – then, your gut could be full of sugar chomping yeast.
Yeast infections are becoming increasingly common and it is estimated that up to 85% of the population have it. The most worryingly thing is - they’re not aware of it.
Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common conditions however, men and children are not immune to yeast infections as – everyone – can be affected by it.
Candida – The Most Common Yeast Infection
The most common form of yeast infection is candida which is named after the yeast like fungus candida albicans. Ironically, this is a Latin that translates into ‘sweet and white’, but this could not be further from the truth. The reality, is a nasty little microbe with the potential to cause a lot of mayhem and sickness, if allowed to overgrow.
Candida can be directly and indirectly linked to huge array of symptoms including;
- food allergies
- joint pain
- white tongue
- bad breathe
- loss of memory
- low energy levels
- loss of concentration
- itchy skin
- emotional disorders
There is a little bit of yeast in us all, but at such low levels they don’t do us any real harm. When yeast is allowed to spread digestive problems will result and they require very little encouragement.
The unfortunate thing is -we give them every opportunity to do so.
We encourage their growth by feeding yeast with the food it loves and thrives on – these are the refined sugars and flour found in cakes, cookies, candy bars, chocolate, sodas and white bread.
It is not only food as over the counter drugs and antibiotics can wipe out our own beneficial bacteria leaving the path clear for candida to run rampant.
Anti-biotic’s are effective at wiping out bacteria, but they also wipe out the bacteria that benefits us. These beneficial bacteria control the growth of yeast infections as long as there is enough of them. However, a course of antibiotics can erode many of these good bacteria leaving a clear path for yeast infections to spread.
How You Can End The War On Yeast Infections
Your good bacteria are key to success in this war. All digestive disorders, allergies and diseases can be linked back to an imbalance of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Once the balance is tipped in favor of the bad guys, your health becomes is at risk.
Probiotics kill yeast more effectively if there are large numbers of them. So, winning this war is essentially a numbers game – the more probiotic bacteria you have – the better chance you have of defeating the yeast invasion.
The first step is to cleanse your gut and the most natural way of doing this is to eat foods that are high in insoluble fiber. These are your raw veggies,fruit and whole grains. Insoluble fiber cannot be digested by the body it only passes through it, however it is essential for a healthy gut.
Insoluble fiber absorbs water while passing through the intestinal tract and as a result doubles or even triples in size. Like a brush it cleans the lining of the colon dragging with it dead cells, harmful bacteria and undigested matter.
This cleansing process creates the fertile environment for your probiotic bacteria to grow and thrive. Certain probiotic foods that kill yeast infections is the cabbage, as it contains natural probiotics and is also highly nutritious in vitamins and minerals.
However, probiotic foods are often fermented to create the probiotic bacteria. Fermentation encourages the growth of mould and fungi and for this reason these foods such as miso, tempeh and sauerkraut should be avoided if you have a fungal yeast infection.
There is the option of taking probiotic yogurts or supplements that contain the strains bifidobacteria and acidophilus. However, many of their health claims into aiding digestion and boosting the immune system remain unsubstantiated.
There is also the added problem that probiotics are basically useless when unsupported. On their own they have a very small chance of surviving the highly acidic environments of the stomach and yeast infected gut.
Prebiotics – Your Probiotics Greatest Protector
A better strategy is to replenish the probiotic bacteria you already have and the best way to do that is to eat foods rich in prebiotics.
Prebiotics are carbohydrate fibers found naturally in raw fruits and vegetables and they play a vital role in your digestive health. They provide the fuel needed for your friendly bacteria to grow back and destroy the yeast infections, parasites and toxic pathogens that have run rampant along your intestinal wall.
Prebiotics do this by fermenting in your small and large intestine.This fermentation process produces highly nutritious macro-nutrients for your probiotics to feed on.
The best source of prebiotics is raw fruit and vegetables including;
- raw garlic
- raw onions
- raw celery
- raw whole grains
- raw greens
As you can see the best prebiotics are obtained from raw natural foods. Cooking will actually destroy these important fibers as well as the vital enzymes and vitamins.
In certain cases yeast infections can be triggered by the natural sugars in fruit so these should be avoided until the yeast infection is cleared. This really leaves you with having to eat raw vegetables, apart from salads this can be quite a tough diet to follow.
For this reason a quality natural prebiotic supplement can make a real difference. We personally use and recommend MX Kiwi Biotic by Maxalife.
It is made entirely from the nutrient dense and prebiotic rich kiwifruit. The fruit is also low in carbohydrates (sugars) and fat, which makes it the perfect superfood to rebalance and strengthen your probiotic bacteria. Just one or two capsules of MX Kiwi Biotic can help you win the war against yeast infections.
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