Using the proper combination of nutritional supplements is an essential part of the 6-point Yeast-Fighting Program. To work most effectively, they should be used in combination with a healthy diet.

The right combination of supplements can support and maintains a healthy balance of naturally occurring microorganisms throughout your system. It can also help strengthen your immune system and maintain general good health. To address yeast-related health conditions, make sure your supplements are yeast-free, sugar-free, and color-free.

•  Probiotics contain friendly bacteria that help you keep a natural, healthy balance of microorganisms in your digestive tract. There are many different forms and brands of probiotics -- available in foods, pills and capsules. But to be effective, they must be able to bypass the harsh stomach acid and deliver at least 1 billion live organisms to the intestines.

•  Digestive enzymes help maintain a natural, healthy digestion. Among their many benefits, these supplements helps you comfortably digest problem foods like broccoli, cauliflower, beans, fruit, and milk.

•  Herbs and nutrients inhibit the growth of Candida albicans. In addition to prescription antifungal medications, these can help support a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria, reigning in yeast growth. Some ingredients to look for: caprylic acid, pau D'Arco, oregano, oil, black walnut, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, beta carotene, biotin.

•  Vitamins and minerals. Taking a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement helps supply your body with the nutrients it needs to help you regain optimum health.

Important : Do not try to self-treat a chronic health condition! Find a caring, knowledgeable physician to work with you to tailor a care plan for you and your situation. If you and your health care professional decide that supplements would be helpful for you, remember that herbs and supplements work very gradually in the body. Try them for at least three months before you decide whether or not they are effective.

Meanwhile, pay close attention to signals your body sends you. They may be very subtle, but very important to notice. Any changes in energy, appetite, sleep, taste, smell, hearing, eyesight? Keep detailed notes so you will notice how your body responds. Discuss any supplements you plan to take with your physician before you start them. Some medications interact with certain herbs and supplements and alter their effectiveness.


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