How does an Imbalance Effect Candida Overgrowth?
If the balance of microbiotic life inside our GI tracts gets out of whack, digestive symptoms like bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea may result. These symptoms typically arise in part because of the harmful effects of the wrong type of bacteria and yeast species overpopulating the GI tract. The naturally beneficial bacteria are supposed to keep things in check but if they are out-competed by Candida or other less desirable species further imbalances are likely.
What is a Good Probiotic?
A good probiotic supplement should have a number of attributes. It should contain billions, not millions of bacteria per serving. In fact, it takes at least 30 billion to make a therapeutic impact. A good probiotic should be resistant to acid and bile so that it can pass through the stomach and make it to the intestines. A good probiotic should contain multiple strains of bacteria, including the most dominant species like acidophilus and bifidus. Using only one or two strains is not as effective as using 5–10 strains in a product. Finally, a good probiotic should be tested to ensure the claims on the bottle are true.
What Probiotic Do I Prescribe?
I prescribe a few different types of probiotics depending on the patient and the condition. When it comes to treating Candida, I use a probiotic that contains certain bacterial strains that have research showing their effect against Candida. These strains include Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus casei.
In next month’s column we will investigate the importance of detoxifying the body during Candida treatment.