Greetings. It’s Eric Bakker, naturopath from
New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary
supplements. Thanks for checking out this video today. Today, we’re going to talk about
acidophilus, lactobacillus acidophilus, in particular, a very beneficial strain of bacteria.
I’ve got an email here from a guy called Mark in Ontario, Canada, asking me if lactobacillus
is good for Candida in general. It’s very, very good using lactobacillus, Mark.
It’s a very good idea to use a probiotic when you have got a yeast infection. Beneficial
bacteria are one of our most powerful defense mechanisms in terms of keeping our gut in
balance, in really good shape. And there are different strains of beneficial bacteria that
we’re not really going to go into on this video, but I think that including a fermented
and cultured food is a very clever idea to incorporate into your diet on a regular basis.
But even more important is to take good probiotics at least once, if not twice, per day on an
extended basis to help to repopulate your gut with very beneficial bacteria.
Candida are normally occurring organisms in the digestive system of many people and also
in the vaginal area of women. Some estimates are 20 to 30 percent of women have this normally
occurring and a lot of men have got Candida growing in different parts of their body as
well, which is a normal organism. But however, it’s when the balance becomes tipped. When
the Candida gain the upper hand and they really take off. That’s when we start to get problems.
You could liken the lactobacillus species to being like the police of the digestive
system. They will keep the bad guys in check. They secrete various kinds of chemicals to
do that. They produce something called hydrogen peroxide and they secrete acidophilin and
different chemicals with funny names that help to keep these bad guys around them in
a correct kind of balance. When the numbers of lactobacillus drop off, we start to get
problems because we’re going to get bacteria and potentially yeasts like Candida albicans
and various other Candida species that can start getting the upper hand and that’s not
what we want. Because this can create a huge shift in our gut and create a lot of problems
with many other parts of the body. By consuming a good yogurt, for example. I
did a video recently on a yogurt called Activia by a company called Danone. That’s not a bad
yogurt; however, it’s got predominantly bifida bacteria in it. So taking a good probiotic,
Mark, I think is worth mentioning. Something that contains multiple strains of lactobacillus
is a very good idea. Lactobacillus plantarum or lactobacillus rhamnosus are two of the
better lactobacillus strains to have in your digestive system on a daily basis for several
months to help to counter Candida. These in particular are very good strains
because they boost lots of different aspects of your immune function. It’s also important
to make sure that your probiotic contains the bifida bacteria as well, preferably one
or two strains. Having a lacto and bifida high quality capsule with a dosage of at least
10 billion per cap, if not more, is a clever idea long term to seed the gut, to put the
bacteria in there and then, again, to eat the right kind of foods to make sure that
we’re going to feed these guys up. Mark, just check out my Canxida Restore. It’s
a product I think you’ll like. I’ve designed this product and put it in a very special
capsule that will only open up inside the small intestine, so it’s going to make sure
that implantation takes place in the right area. A very easy to take capsule and highly
effective. To answer your question is lactobacillus acidophilus
good for Candida. It’s very, very good to have. Most people I do stool testing on, in
fact, have got low levels of these bacteria. So by taking a probiotic and eating yogurt
on a regular basis, you’re going to ensure that you’re going to get sufficient amounts
over a period of time. Thank you for your question, Mark.