Find out if activia is good for candida or not. Can you have activia if you are on candida diet or not?
Greetings. It's naturopath, Eric Bakker from New Zealand, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of the Canxida range of dietary supplements. I've got a question here from a lady called Jill in Minnesota. Jill is asking me if a yogurt called Activia is good for Candida. Jill is saying here, "Eric, I've read about the Danone yogurt called Activia."
Jill, I've had a bit of a read up of Activia on the internet, and I like yogurt in general, especially good quality yogurt. And this appears to be quite a good one. It has got, however, a predominant amount of bifida bacteria in it. So they're using bifida bacteria lacto strain DN173010, so a very specific patented strain of bifida bacteria in their yogurt, which they actually call bifidus regularis. They claim that a 3-1/2 ounce serving contains around a billion active bacteria.
A good quality probiotic in a yogurt is always a very good choice to have on a regular basis whether you've got a vaginal yeast infection, which you mentioned in your email, of even for anyone with any kind of a yeast infection. It's good to have yogurt on a regular basis. A good quality yogurt is one of my favorite foods to have, in fact, as a small snack. There are different kinds of organic yogurts that I eat and, in fact, I make up my own yogurt cultures and I've done so for a long, long time now.
It's not hard to make yogurt, but this is not a bad tasting yogurt. I've tried the Danone yogurt a while ago, the Activity one, and it's actually quite okay. I'm happy for you to have this on a regular basis. I think it's a good product. However, doing a big of research on it, if you're going to use it as a very predominant source of a food containing probiotics, some research is saying you need 20, even 30 ounces of this per day, which could be like up to 850 grams or even a liter of it per day to have a seriously good effect on the gut. Make sure, if you're going to eat this yogurt on a regular basis that you also eat a sufficient amount of prebiotic foods in your diet that will help to encourage the implantation and the growing of these bacteria in your gut.
Other research has made me believe that you need a lot more than just bifida bacteria. Bifida bacteria are quite good in the colon, the large intestine. Lactobacillus is especially good in the small intestine, and there are many different kinds of lactobacillus and bifida species. When you're taking your probiotic supplement, it's good to take one with multiple strains of lactobacillus, particularly the ones that are very powerful for the immune function.
If you look at my Canxida Restore product, I've put in it lactobacillus acidophilus DDS1. We've got the lactobacillus plantarum and lactobacillus rhamnosus, lactobacillus casei, and we've got two strains of bifida longum and the bifida bifidus itself. So having these four strains of lacto and two strains of bifido in an 18 billion CFU capsule is a very powerful probiotic indeed for a yeast infection. And it's a lovely product, the Canxida Restore, to use alongside a daily serve of the Activia yogurt from Danone. I think you're going to be on a win, if you look at that jewel combination.
And also, don't forget to check out my video on the prebiotic foods. I hope that answers your question, Jill. I like this product. I think it's quite a good functional food to eat on a regular basis, and I think it should serve you quite well. Especially, if you take a good probiotic capsule like the Canxida Restore alongside it on a regular basis and include the prebiotic foods. Thanks for the question and thanks for tuning in.
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