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Yogurt and Candida

Yogurt, Candida, and Natural Yeast Infection Cures

 
A picture of of a lactobacillus acidophilus culture from a microscope.
A picture of of a lactobacillus acidophilus culture from a microscope.

If you find yourself suffering from an infestation of Candida, you may know that one thing you can do to help allay the Candida infection is to introduce probiotic bacteria to the site of the Candida infection. One bacteria that has been shown to help stop a yeast infection is L. acidophilus, a lactic acid producing bacteria. To get L. acidophilus introduced to the area where the Candida has invaded you can use a L. acidophilus pill or you can make your own Yogurt that contains live cultures of L. acidophilus.

Yogurt is typically produced from two types of bacteria Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. The United States Food and Drug Administration requires that Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus are used to produce yogurt from milk. These bacteria may not be able to survive in the intestines of humans and therefore may not be able to help mitigate a Candida infestation in the gastrointestinal tract.

Natural Candida Remedies

If you have been researching natural remedies for Candida online, you may have discovered the expert Sarah Summer. Summer suffered from recurrent Candida infections for long arduous years. Summer’s interest in natural remedies started after the physicians could not permanently rid her of her Candida problem. As Sarah will relate, she was able to stop the recurrence of her Candida infections.

One important suggestion Summer gives her readers is the use of items like L. acidophilus to treat Candida infections. L. acidophilus plays an important role in helping the body keep itself free from thrush.

Summer’s treatments are all natural quite comprehensive; her cures work on diaper rash, oral thrush, vaginal Candida, and penile Candida. In addition to being comprehensive, Summer’s remedies will cure your Candida infection in a time of 12 hours. If your infection is not severe, you could be rid of Candida in a very short time. For those who wish to get more information, you can write Summer via the email address provided at the very bottom of her website.

Yogurt and Candida

Homemade yogurt is a great, easy to use natural remedy for yeast infections.
Homemade yogurt is a great, easy to use natural remedy for yeast infections.

Yogurt that is rich in live L. acidophilus bacteria can help both the vagina and gastrointestinal tract fight of Candida. If you are prone to suffering from recurrent Candida infections than acidophilus yogurt can help to reduce the frequency of Candida infection recurrence. This is due to the fact that yogurt containing L. acidophilus, when ingested, will introduce the bacteria that can survive the gastric acid into the intestines and begin to fight off Candida in the intestines.

Once the L. acidophilus present in the yogurt have colonized the gastrointestinal tract, they will make their way to the rectum. Once the L. acidophilus have colonized the rectum, they will migrate into the vagina. Once in the vagina L. acidophilus can start to consume excess sugars and produce lactic acid.

A study done in the 1970’s at Michigan State University was done on 98 women who were plagued by repeat bouts of vaginitis. Of the 98 women who suffered from repeated attacks of vaginitis, all of them had yeast in their stools. If Candida was Candida was cultured from the vagina it was always found in the stools. And, if Candida was not found in the stools it was never found in the vagina. The study suggested that Candida in the gastrointestinal tract was the causal factor in recurrent episodes of vaginal Candidiasis. The study stated that a definite cure for vaginitis would be impossible unless Candida was eliminated from the gut first.

How Yogurt Helps Heal Candida Infections

A picture of Candida albicans that was grown on a petri dish.
A picture of Candida albicans that was grown on a petri dish.

Yogurt that contains live cultures L. acidophilus can help to stop Candida by doing two different things. L. acidophilus is a lactic acid producing bacteria and ferments sugars into lactic acid. Candida fungus does not tolerate highly acidic environments and therefore Candida’s growth is inhibited by the lactic acid produced by L. acidophilus. As mentioned earlier, L. acidophilus ferments sugars and therefore reduces the total amount of sugar present in its environment. Without a high amount of sugar available to feed on, there is less of a chance that Candida will overgrow to the point where it will cause an irritating infection.

There are many different commercial brands of yogurt available today. The yogurt you buy at the store has likely been pasteurized and has therefore had the bacteria living in it killed. There are many commercial brands of yogurt that do not contain L. acidophilus. In addition to pasteurization, many types of yogurt contain fruit or added sugar. The sugar in the fruit as well as any added sugar are all able to be consumed by Candida and therefore could aggravate a Candida infection. An efficacious yogurt candida remedy will employ yogurt with no added sugar or fruit and have live cultures of L. acidophilus, a bacteria that can survive the acid produced by the stomach.

A Study on Yogurt and Candida

Eileen Hilton and her helpers at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y, performed a study that demonstrated the efficacy yogurt containing L. acidophilus as a candida treatment. Women who ate yogurt with live L. acidophilus cultures proved less likely to become infected with Candida.

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SOURCES:

  • Prevention; May90, Vol. 42 Issue 5, p20-23, 1p L. acidophilus is not killed by stomach acid
  • William G. Crook, The Yeast Connection and the Woman — p.100 1970’s study on Candida in the stool.