antibiotics and probiotics

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   Posted 9/6/2010 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing with Candida and have been put on a antibiotic for six months to get it under control. I know this is ironic, as antibiotics cause candida, but I have been also taking a strong probiotic to stop the growth of Candida as well....

In the past, every so often, I have tested my urine ph, and this was before going on the anti and probiotics, and it would be slightly acidic, 6.5, but nothing too bad. Well, just tonight I tested it and it read 4.5. After researching this, it said that Cancer patients whom are terminally ill will have urine that tests this low.

Upon even more further investigation, I read that probiotics are acidifying to the body and that antibiotics are alkalinizing to the body.... This seems contradictory to me as a body that is acidic means that there is too much bad bacteria in the body and so you are supposed to take a probiotic, which is the good bacteria, but now I am reading that this in fact makes your body even more acidic?

Should I be really concerned that my urine is 4.5 and how can I change this?

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   Posted 9/6/2010 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hilary,

Sorry I can't help with the urine questions but do sympathsie as I get cronic recurrent candida as well :(

I have just started taking apple cider vinegar in water each morning - figure it can't do any harm and some people reckon it really helps. Too soon to tell but fingers crossed :)

Also been making yoghurt smoothies for breakfast to get some good bacteria in as well.

Next step will be a good all round probiotic from the health shop.

hope you have some relief soon :)

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   Posted 9/6/2010 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
The problem is that Candida is an opportunistic fungus, meaning it will take over into an infection if it has the opportunity. One thing that keeps Candida in check is the natural good bacteria that live in and on your body. When taking antibiotics to kill 'bad' bacteria, the good ones die too, allowing Candida to run a muck. Probiotics are a way of replenishing the good bacteria to help kick Candida out of the neighborhood.

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   Posted 9/6/2010 9:00 PM (GMT -6)

This is a site that explains that a diet high in citrus fruits, vegetables, or dairy products can increase your urine pH, and a diet high in meat products or cranberries can decrease your urine pH.

You should talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your body's pH. You could be diabetic or have other serious conditions.
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