What do Probiotics Do? …

I am sure you are asking the question ‘what do probiotics do’ and wondering – ‘How can I ensure my probiotic health?’

For the most part that’s easy…nature takes care of it! -but you can be proactive in support when you know what probiotics do and how they work…

All the different types of bacteria compete with one another, trying to be top dog. The population of probiotics, the good bacteria, determine whether you are healthy or ailing, so ensuring a good balance is the way to go. Healthy people have high levels of the desirable microbes in their system, and these probiotics work tirelessly to keep the not-so-good bacteria in check.

…So what do probiotics do to achieve this?…

– Firstly, bacteria compete for nutrients – your good bacteria flourish if your diet is rich in fibre – wholegrains, vegetables and fruit provide this – so this is where you can help!

‘Bad’ bacteria will thrive if you eat mostly white bread, cakes and candies – (the probiotics will be struggling to exist!) – and so the balance is tilted and this will lead to health challenges like yeast infection and digestive problems. Not what you want – and again you make the choices!

As the numbers of probiotic bacteria increase they will compete successfully with the less desirable bacteria for access to the intestinal walls, securing a comfy home for themselves and displacing the bad bacteria, many of which will likely be swept away and excreted. A viable population of probiotic microbes ensures that your internal environment is acidic, and this also controls the undesirables.

All in all, a lusty population of probiotics, the good bacteria, results in a healthier, happier YOU, – so that little bit of extra effort will achieve what you are aiming for – good health!

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What are Probiotics – Supplements or Food?

If you’re asking “What are probiotics?”, you’ve come to the right place. The short answer is that probiotic is the name given to beneficial bacteria which populate the human digestive system.

There are some bacteria that can be harmful and still others can be both helpful and harmful depending on the circumstances. It can get rather complicated figuring it all out.

Let’s focus on health-promoting bacteria for now.

So bacteria are really good for our health?

Yes – certain bacteria definitely are important for your health.

Probiotics are the ‘Good Guys’. They are the beneficial bacteria in your digestive system which work in myriads of ways to keep you healthy, comfortable, clear-headed and rearing to get on with your life!

You have around 100 trillion microbes in your system and they weigh more than a kilogram. They are a force to be reckoned with and are known as microflora. About 80% of them can be found in the intestines where they play an important role for your digestion and immune system.

That’s all very well but…

… where do the probiotic supplements come in?

Probiotic supplements are capsules, tablets or powder containing a selection of pro-biotic microbes which have been specially bred in a laboratory and ‘freeze-dried’ to ensure that they are alive and well when you need them!

If you have an acute health problem such as a yeast infection (thrush) or have had treatment with antibiotics, taking a good quality probiotic supplement will correct the balance of microflora more speedily than relying only on diet.

Does that answer the question ‘what are probiotics?’

If so, here are some other things you may find helpful to know.

    • types of probiotics

Exciting research is providing more and more facts about probiotics and the positive effect they can have on your health – follow the text links above for more information.

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Yeast Infection Diet

Healthy Diet Can Control Recurrent Thrush…

This doesn’t have to be rocket science – a yeast infection diet can be mostly plain common-sense, if you understand how yeast feeds and grows.

You are fighting a war against bacteria overgrowth. Your diet is the first option you have to boosting your ‘good guy’ troops. But if you don’t take care it can also be the enemy’s supply-chain.

5 tips to starve the enemy out

Here’s a simple outline to start you off –

  • avoid refined carbs (white flour) and sugar
  • opt to eat whole-grains, pulses (peas and lentils) and beans
  • avoid foods that contain yeast
  • beef up your vegetable and fruit intake
  • drink plenty of water

Avoid refined carbs (white flour) and sugar

Those ‘bad’ bacteria flourish on every type of sugar (which also means refined carbs) so trim your diet to eliminate sugar/carbs.

You need the lowest carb diet you can manage. The concept is very simple – the yeast infection microbes eat sugar – to stop them multiplying you must NOT eat sugar.

Opt to eat whole-grains, pulses (peas and lentils) and beans

Good bacteria need plenty of fiber – especially soluble fiber – and so do you. To supply this you need to step up raw vegetables in your diet and make sure that there are plenty of of beans and pulses – haricot beans, borlotti beans, chickpeas and lentils. Restrict fruit for the first month because of the sugar content – then add sparingly.

Avoid foods that contain yeast

Yeast itself needs to be avoided in a yeast infection diet. You will be surprised by the things that contain yeast – bread, of course, gravy mixes, pickles and anything containing vinegar – also alcohol – wines and beers. Firm and ripe cheeses carry fungus – mushrooms are fungus! Stimulants such as coffee and tea also need to be left alone.

Beef up your vegetable and fruit intake

Remember Grandma urging you to eat up your vegetables? Well, she may not have known you were going to suffer from thrush – but hey, she was right! Sadly when we grow up we forget Granny’s wisdom! Add a wide variety of vegetables to your diet, especially the brightly coloured ones – red and yellow bell peppers, butternut, etc. and also dark green, leafy veg – these are all packed full of phyto nutients which boost your immune system!

Its best to go slowly with fruit for the first week or two because of the high sugar content in these items – build-up as the infection begins to come under control – again berries and brightly coloured fruit are very healthy – and delicious.

Drink plenty of water

Drink at least six to eight glasses of pure water every day. An overgrowth of candida releases vast amounts of toxins into your system – these need to be flushed out as quickly as possible to prevent you feeling really under the weather.

Fighting microbes takes planning and willpower

These microscopic critters are pretty wily. Their desire for their favourite food will produce some serious cravings in you – so be prepared to call on steely willpower to overcome these!

Your ‘sweet-tooth’ will fade in a while and you will feel better than you have in ages.

Specialist Cookbooks provide ideal recipes designed to make eating a pleasure – even on a yeast infection diet.

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Treating Yeast Infections

Asking Questions about Getting Rid of Thrush?

When treating yeast infections it is absolutely vital to get to the root cause. This is true whether you have only recently suffered from thrush or if you have frequently recurring infections.

Getting rid of thrush requires a strategy, or a solid plan of action.

The Action Plan…

to regain your best possible health and learn how to get rid of thrush.

  • consult your healthcare professional and get a prescription to tackle the present discomfort;
  • make a commitment to undertake a long-term plan to bring the problem under control permanently;

Major Steps in the Action Plan –

  • Check your diet very carefully – you’ll find guidance and suggestions on this page: Yeast Infection Diet
  • Adopt a good nutritional supplement programme – covered in How to Boost Immune System
  • Use Natural Yeast Infection Remedies to tackle candida and bring it under control;
  • Add Probiotics and Prebiotic Foods to your diet to support the balance we have talked about;
  • Be prepared to deal with the Symptoms of Die-Off

Follow the links to learn the details of each part of this plan.

You will be a different person when you have restored your body’s balance – you won’t be able to resist sharing your excitement with anyone struggling with yeast infection!

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Reoccurring Yeast Infections – and Medication…

How to combat reoccurring yeast infections?

the first step in controlling reoccurring yeast infections is to seek medical help to bring the discomfort to a bearable level. This will give relief – but only for a limited period.

The medications likely to be recommended will be anti-fungal drugs such as miconazole cream or suppositories, nystatin vaginal tablets or one of many other preparations.

Why aren’t the medications a permanent cure?…..

The meds zap the fungus ‘baddies’ that they come in contact with but soon the population of ‘bad’ bacteria (which includes candida) recovers and then the ‘itch’ will be back.

Repeated use of medication just makes the ‘bad’ microbes stronger and stronger and they become resistant to the drug ingredients. Eventually they don’t work at all – and you are back to Square One with no solution.

So what is the long-term solution?…..

The ultimate goal of any treatment plan to overcome recurrent thrush is to restore the healthy balance of good bacteria and then maintain it at optimal levels.

To do this you need to follow a systematic plan.

Firstly – eat a really healthy diet – healthy for you and for the good bacteria that is- (more details in Yeast Infection Diet ) – but briefly, cut out sugar completely and avoid ‘yeast friendly’ food items. Get this right and you will be on your way to having your yeast infection a thing of the past!

Then – use natural anti-yeast infection remedies and probiotics to make doubly sure that the balance stays right, and you won’t need to worry anymore.

You will feel – and be – amazingly well! The ‘good guys’ will do the policing of the other members of your internal population – and you can get on with your life without a care in the world.

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How to Boost Immune System

Do You Know How to Boost Immune System?….

To be healthy you need to know how to boost immune system. It’s the front-line defence and needs to be fighting fit to win against all challengers, including treating yeast infections.

There is plenty of information around if you want to study the subject, but as a candida sufferer it’s only necessary to know the basics of how to boost immune system.

The human body immune system needs to be able to play its role in keeping candida in its place. It needs the right ammunition to operate really efficiently – healthy immune system cells!

The diet guidelines in Yeast Infection Diet give a blueprint for good eating. The secret is to add the extra ingredients to ensure that your immune system is getting everything it needs – this means supplementing good quality, whole-food nutritional supplements.

Why is it necessary to supplement when you are working hard to eat right?

That’s the big question – the problem stems from many factors in modern life. Not least the worlds’ marketing of our food. If you don’t grow your own vegetables and fruit organically, harvest them and eat them immediately (and few of us can today), you will not get what you need.

We have no control over the time lag for commercially grown fresh produce to reach the market, nor the fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides used on them. But we can take responsibility for our health by adding good supplements to fill dietary gaps and boost immune system.

What should you supplement?

A really high-potency multi-vitamin and mineral supplement taken from wholefood extracts is the base. We can’t hope to get enough from our diet, and nutrients are team players – the right balance is key.

The best support for the human body immune system is a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially the brightly coloured ones – carrots, red and yellow peppers, green leafy vegetables, melons, all the red and purple berries, plums, nectarines, etc. These contain carotonoids – at least 600 of them, and you need them all! – they are powerful immune system boosters. There are also supplements of these in concentrated form.

How to Boost Immune System is such an important ‘health tool’……

….we will follow-up with more info later. But for now –

Do your ‘due diligence’ – research the manufacturer of the supplements you choose – this is vital. It’s a major dollar-spinning industry and not all products are made equal!!

With fifteen years exposure I can give you pointers to look for – and some guidance of the products I have researched and use myself.

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An Antibiotic Yeast Infection

 – How Can That Be?

Antibiotics have been hailed as wonder drugs – and so they are. But – like so many good things, they need to be treated right!

It’s a well known fact that antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. It’s not so well known that all types of yeasts are immune to antibiotics too. Antibiotic yeast infection can occur because some bacteria (mostly the ‘bad’ bacteria) are left unharmed by antibiotics.

Where does this leave you if you’ve been treated with an antibiotic?

Your antibiotic treatment will have decimated your ‘good’ bacteria population. With the competition out of the way, ‘bad’ bacteria and yeasts will thrive.

Here are the possible results of this:

  • Diarrhoea from an overgrowth of Clostridia difficile – a microbe which is resistant to most antibiotics
  • Vaginal thrush in women caused by Candida overgrowth – usually controlled by Lactobacillus, but these ‘goodies’ will have been slaughtered
  • Mouth yeast infection or oral thrush – also caused by thriving Candida

What’s the answer?

Here are some pointers –

  • Be cautious when offered antibiotic treatment on a repeat basis – rather take steps to build-up your immune system with a good diet and high quality nutritional supplements
  • Always complete a course of antibiotics or you will create resistant bugs!
  • Use a really good probiotic supplement containing at least 5 billion live probiotic bacteria after you have completed an antibiotic course. This will support the ‘good’ bacteria population and help to get the balance back into sync.

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