So you've probably heard of this probiotic made to fight yeast called Probacto. And if you're anything like I was, you're probably looking at the word Candida while wondering exactly what it means. The short version of the story is that it is a type of yeast organism that lives in the body – in everyone's body. It doesn't matter if you're a man, woman, or child. An overgrowth could cause health complications for any one of us.
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No Way. I don't have a yeast infection.
That's exactly what I thought as I started to research my original symptoms. As a man, I thought I just had some sort of bowel disorder, or IBS. It’s really not that uncommon to have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, at least according to the mayoclinic, it’s not nearly as serious as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. I'd had a pretty bad bout with strep throat, and then a couple of months later I had a urinary tract infection. Then my wife and kids got sick and I ended up with bronchitis after catching their flu. I was on constant rounds of antibiotics with what seemed like very little break between each.
At first I thought I was having digestive problems because of the antibiotics. That's normal, right? So I took some OTC probiotics for a week or so and ate the extra cups of yogurt my wife kept slipping into my lunch box. I felt a little bit better, for a while, but I never really felt like I was back to “normal.”
The Day Everything Changed
One of the things people don't understand about Candida is that while it starts out as a yeast organism, it can turn into a fungus. When that happens, it starts to attack the body and the results are less than pleasant. A lot of the symptoms that occur mimic the symptoms you'd have if you had any of a dozen other disorders – like my aforementioned urinary tract infection, skin irritations, and even depression. As the length of time I wasn't feeling well got longer, I found myself suffering from gastrointestinal issues – painful gas, loose bowel movements, outright diarrhea, nausea, and even severe headaches. I didn't feel well, which led me to not feel like eating, and what I was eating wasn't so healthy – simply because I was reaching for any comfort food I could find when I did want to eat. Things like pasta (carbs), soda (Coke to calm my stomach), and sweets became more the norm than an occasional treat. Little did I know, I was actually fueling the Candida and causing the fungus to grow and thrive.
One day the pain was so bad I had to ask my wife to take me to the emergency room. They diagnosed me with a condition called leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is as icky as it sounds. According to webmd, leaky gut allows toxic fluids to leak out of my intestines and into my bloodstream. I was, in short, literally poisoning myself.
The good news is that the doctor I was working with in the hospital was familiar not only with leaky gut and gastrointestinal disorders, but with Candida as well. He put me on a strict diet and a regime of probiotics, but he told me that unless I really cleared the yeast out of my system, I'd likely be sick again.
Searching for the Right Cure
I definitely searched high and low for the right cure for my condition. I visited a ton of websites and read a lot of information about the Candida diet, herbal supplements, detoxification of the major organs, and even parasites. Everything seemed so confusing and, to be honest, difficult to cope with.
One day I happened to stumble on probacto and I started to read their blog. Of all the sites I visited, it was the first one that I felt really cared about you and – to my surprise – they had countless experts writing for them, helping people to cure Candida infections. They even had a question and answer board where you can ask any question and an expert would answer almost immediately. To this day, I am not sure why more doctors don't recognize the impact Candida can have on the human body – even in men. I'm lucky to have stumbled upon the doctor I had in the hospital, and I'm even more grateful to have been able to find probacto probiotics and read their free information.
Their blog helped me to totally understand how and why the yeast organism was destroying my gut. I learned why the antibiotics I had been on had led me down a slippery slope, and I realized that my poor eating habits had done nothing but fuel the condition.
Life After Candida
Following the free diet Probacto provided was tough at first, but it was well worth the effort. Several months after my trip to the emergency room, I'm now stronger and healthier than I've been in over a year – maybe even in my entire adult life. Not only did I cure my infection and get rid of my leaky gut, but I made a clear transition to a clean eating lifestyle that will last me for years into the future – hopefully promoting greater health and a long life. I have to thank everybody who helped me get through it, my wife who was very accommodating with my meals, and helped take care of my health, the doctor in the hospital who was actually able to diagnose me properly, and probacto for providing the best probiotic in the world as well as not charging me a penny to learn everything I had to about yeast infections.