Candida – biological warfare (Saccharomyces Boulardii, SCOBY, and Kombucha)

So there are bad fungus and bacteria while there are also good bacteria and fungus. Many of us would never consider the phrase good bacteria – at the first sign of filth, out comes the disinfecting hand gel. So, I’ve known about S. Boulardii for years and I’ve been taking it, but not properly. With the candida infection I have, I was practically peeing on a wildfire. I started taking 3 pills, 3 times a day of S. Boulardii and drinking 3-5 Yakult like (whatever they have at Costco in bulk) probiotic drinks a day.

The results have been very interesting to say the least. I am pain free and can skip a day or two of Valtrex without issue. I had some terrible (like clear a room) gas as the S. Boulardii attacked and displaced the candida. So now I am all about fermented foods and saw a video on coconut water kefir so I took a spin on it. 2 liters of coconut water and 2 opened capsules of S. Boulardii mixed in a jar with a cloth lid and rubber band and let it sit in my garage (90-100 degrees in Texas). 2-3 times a day I mix up the drink and take a turkey baster or two in a glass of San Pellegrino soda with ice. I like the grapefruit and blood orange soda personally. After a week I found a large slimy mass at the bottom, that is a SCOBY – Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast, but this is just the native form of Boulardii. It is not a big deal, I just keep mixing and drinking. Eventually you get a clear gelatin SCOBY FLOATING ON TOP. It is very similar to Nata De Coco

I thought I would add a bacteria like acidophilus or bifidus. Don’t do this, my SCOBY went from a clear jellyfish white to a brown mass that produced a stinky, nutty flavored kefir drink. And the gas was even more terrible. I threw that SCOBY down the drain and started again.

I will write more about Kombucha later, but begin to read about and how to make it, but do not drink it yet. Kombucha yeast is somehow similar to candida (they speak the same language with herpes) and herpes will flare up when it is consumed. Until the entire colon is coated with an S. Boulardii SCOBY (3-5 months), the Kombucha may be too much. However, I believe it is beneficial, but does not attract herpes, it just tells herpes to release and attack. See the TED talk on Quorum Sensing for more info.

Even a small sip of Kombucha caused issues initially, but I am now adding it to my soda with S. Boulardii.

(Update 7/19/14) The kombucha caused pretty serious issues. This is because it is not known what is in your Kombucha SCOBY, it probably contained candida. I plan to stick to S. boulardii and Kefir.

FYI, I added the S. Boulardii SCOBY to a Kombucha SCOBY and they were fully meshed within 48 hours, so the colonies are compatible. In fact kombucha is typically S. Boulardii, but can contain candida.

I find it best just to make S. Boulardii in coconut water.

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