Which probiotic should I take?
This not an easy question to answer because everyone is different. Their bacterial profile is exclusive to them, no two people will be exactly the same, like fingerprints. For this reason there is not any single probiotic that will work for everyone, you have to find the one that works best for you.
However, because most people infected with yeast have low bacterial levels and good bacteria crowd out yeast, the doses should be high. It is not uncommon to have to take doses in the 300 billion or more range. The probiotic should also be heat stable and not have to be refrigerated to keep it from spoiling. Refrigeration to maintain potency is one thing but spoilage is a whole other issue.
CP-1 and the 11-Strain powder meet these criteria. CP-1 comes as a capsule with a guaranteed dose of 60 billion per capsule after one year. New batches typically test around 98 billion bacteria per capsule. It contains 5 species of bacteria.
The 11-Strain powder is 200 billion bacteria per adult scoop and it contains 11 strains of bacteria verses CP-1's five. If you find that CP-1 does not work for you, the 11-Strain almost always will. If you have skin problems, the 11-Strain works extremely well.
However, CP-1 and the 11-Strain are designed for overall digestive health and not as yeast killers. If you want a true yeast killing probiotic then I would take Profase.
I get asked quite often if I ship the Custom Probiotics formulas packed in ice?
No I don't and here's why. When the manufacturer runs a new batch of bacteria, it is bottled in each respective formula. Then they ship a bottle of each to an independent lab in Michigan just like I ship it to you, no ice packs. There the bottles are opened and analyzed for potency and strains. If a bottle is found to not have the advertised bacterial amount, adjustments are made to the formula at the factory so it does. However, Custom Probiotics always analyze over the claimed amount. It's not unusual for a capsule of cp-1 to have 98 billion bacteria.
The manufacturer also says that these probiotics can be used while traveling with very little if any loss in potency for up to three weeks.
I order directly from the manufacturer and get the shipment over night. It is then placed into a refrigerator where it stays until it is shipped to you just like the manufacturer ships it to Michigan. Because of this, there is no reason to believe you are not getting what is advertised on the label. More than likely, you are getting more.
Quite frankly, I would not sell a probiotic that had to be shipped on ice. Having that requirement suggests that they will spoil if you don't, and when things spoil, they grow molds. I don't think it's right to feed people mold!
It also suggests that companies that require an ice pack to ship their probiotic, do not over formulate their probiotics. So in order for you to get what the label claims, they have to ship on ice.
Just so you know, Profase is over formulated as well, and Biofase can withstand temperatures over 100 for a week before losing potency.
What's the best probiotic to kill yeast?
Profase, because it is designed to kill yeast first, and build bacterial levels second. If you compare the bacterial strains in CP-1 to Profase, CP-1 has two medically proven yeast killing bacterial strains verses Profase's four, which results in a more effective product.
The best way to take Profase is with Biofase. Biofase eats its way through the biofilm yeast builds around itself as a means of protection, then Profase and Biofase kill the yeast. However, if you have low good bacterial levels use CP-1 or the 11-Strain 15 minutes after you take Biofase. Biofase does the killing and either probiotic attaches to the intestinal wall crowding it out.
How long should I keep taking the probiotics?
There is no easy answer here either. Everyone is different and will have this to different degrees. Some people have it worse than others so the process takes longer. I typically suggest 90 days after all symptoms are gone to prevent a relapse.
If your infection was caused by taking antibiotics? Studies show it can take 60 to 90 days for your good bacteria to recover from targeted antibiotics. Broad spectrum antibiotics can take up to a year.
I personally continued taking them for a few years after I was well.
How long do I have to stay on the diet?
I can't answer this question either because we are all different. However, if you subscribe to my Newsletter you will learn what are the best foods to eat and why. Most people then adopt those principles into their diets for the rest of their lives. You will be able to have the goodies again, but eating healthy just makes sense long term.
What's the best sugar substitute to use?
Stevia or xylitol. Stevia is actually an herb that has finally been given food status by the FDA so you can find it just about anywhere. The best Xylitol is extracted from birch trees although some manufacturers will extract it from corn. Both work ok but many times they cut xylitol with additives and fillers that can give you diarrhea if you use to much. Xylitol does inhibit the growth of candida yeast, which is helpful.
What is the best protein source to eat if I am a vegetarian?
If you will eat eggs and fish, then cage free eggs and wild salmon are best. Quinoa is a complete protein but it is a grain so it can boost blood sugar levels. However, you should be able to eat it in moderation with a fresh vegetable and a cooked vegetable at the same time. Hemp protein powder is also an excellent source of plant protein.
More yeast questions will be added as we receive them.
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