All Posts tagged Probiotics

Candida Die-Off Symptoms

What are Candida die-off symptoms and how can I minimize the discomfort? Candida die-off is also known as the Herxheimer reaction. As large amounts of yeast die, the organism dumps it’s toxic contents into your system, thereby overloading your detoxification pathways. This causes some pretty challenging symptoms including brain fog, intense sugar cravings, fatigue, headache, joint and muscle soreness, gas/diarrhea, blurry vision, irrational anger or flu-like symptoms. Itchy, irritated, inflamed skin is quite common, and maddening. Here’s where prebiotics, probiotics, vitamin E and astaxanthin are helpful. The combination can be soothing for anyone with irritated skin.
Enzymes that help break down the yeast and rid the body of toxic by-products can be enormously helpful for individuals experiencing Candida infection and/or die-off reactions. The formula that I recommend for this is Enzymedica’s Candidase which is sold at health food stores nationwide. It contains cellulase which is an enzyme the body needs (and does not make) which kills yeast by destroying the cell wall, composed of cellulose. Candidase also contains protease, known worldwide to support the body’s healing process by getting rid of yeast and immune complexes which cause illness and inflammation.
What foods should I avoid and how should I eat?
-Anything with sugar, because sugar is food to fungus.
-Anything made with yeast such as bread, muffins, pastries, etc.
-All grains and starches (at least at the outset of your diet) such as pasta, rice, corn, wheat, quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, oats and barley.
I recommend the diet plan outlined by one of the world’s leading authorities on fungus, Doug A. Kaufmann, who wrote eight books on it! He’s also the host of one of the most popular holistic health shows in America, “Know the Cause.” Doug has researched the subject of fungus-induced disease and mycotoxins for decades and helped millions of people get back to health so I always tell people to follow his Phase One diet plan explained in The Fungus Link and eat recipes in the book, Eating Your Way to Good Health which he authored with Jami Clark, RN. There are free recipes and television programs about Candida archived at his website, Check out and for more healthy recipes try Candida Albican Yeast-Free Cookbook by Pat Connolly.

C. diff discussion

C. diff is now believed to be the most common hospital-acquired infection. It causes diarrhea, colitis, and other intestinal problems that are sometimes severe enough to require surgery. And because C. diff infections are most common in older patients, many of whom are already sick, C. diff can be deadly. There are three important steps to C. diff infection prevention.

Step One: Wash your hands. C. diff spores can live for days on all types of surfaces. So after a visit to a hospital or nursing home, wash your hands thoroughly.

Step Two: Avoid regular use of these three types of drugs have been shown to increase C. diff infection risk:

* Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
* H2 receptor antagonists (such as Zantac and Pepcid) to treat heartburn
* Proton pump inhibitor drugs (such as Prevacid and Prilosec) to treat heartburn

Step Three: Use a probiotic supplement whenever you’re prescribed an antibiotic.

Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. And low levels of good bacteria provide a perfect environment for C. diff to thrive. This is where a good probiotic supplement can help enormously. 

I recommend Metagenics probiotics at the beginning of every antibiotic treatment and continue probiotic use for a full week after the antibiotic is finished. 

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I love BBQ’ing but…

Grilling is a fun thing to do. But cooking animal flesh over a hot open flame has risks. Scientists have been warning us about the cancer-causing compounds known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that form when cooking animal flesh over high heat, which is common when barbequing. These chemicals – the same chemicals that are found in cigarette smoke – have been shown to cause cancer.

If you are going grill, is there a solution; a way to avoid filling your body with HCAs?  There are a number of “tricks” that may reduce the risks posed while barbequing, either by interfering with the creation of HCAs or inactivating them once they’re formed. For example, precooking a hamburger patty for two minutes in a microwave before barbequing reduces heterocyclic amines by a whopping 90 percent, according to research. Adding vitamin antioxidants to the meat or marinating it in antioxidant-rich spices before cooking appears to work almost as well.

Marinades – old-style tomato-based barbecue sauces actually increase heterocyclic amine production, while marinades like teriyaki sauce reduce heterocyclic amines produced during cooking by half. Those packets of store-bought powder marinades that you add oil and vinegar to also seem to be surprisingly effective.

Several studies suggest that the Lactobacilli strains in yogurt do this, so serving yogurt on or with meat meals provides additional protection because it actually reduces the harmful effects of these chemicals.

The bottom line for anyone who wants to cook meat, whether chicken, beef, pork or anything else on the grill is simple – make sure to marinate all meats before cooking. When cooking ground beef, knead in herbs and/or vitamin E. Stick with skinless chicken if cooking poultry. Always accompany barbecued meat with a yogurt dish and a little alcohol, preferably stout ale; and use a yogurt salad dressing or even something as simple as frozen yogurt for dessert. And, remember that you can cook vegetables on the grill without the danger of heterocyclic amine formation – and increase the nutritional content of your meal at the same time. 


Probiotics help the common cold

The common cold is a viral infection primarily caused by rhinoviruses.  Previous studies have shown that probiotics, alone or in combination with prebiotics, have reduced the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections. Swedish researchers enrolled 272 men and women in a 12-week long study, during which subjects were supplemented daily with either with 109 cfu (colony forming units) of probiotics or placebo.  The team found that the probiotics reduced the incidence of one or more episodes of the common cold. Among those who received the probiotics, both the total symptom score and number of symptom days among were markedly reduced. The researchers conclude that:  “Intake of the probiotic strains Lactobacillus plantarum and Lactobacillus paracasei reduces the risk of acquiring common cold infections.”

I recommend Ultra Flora Plus DF capsules by Metagenics. This is an advanced probiotic nutrition blend that is dairy free.



Top 7 Supplements for Men

Tribulus Fruit – a key herb used traditionally to support male libido and healthy sexual function.
Dr. Tucker’s pick: Tribulus Synergy by Metagenics. This provides Tribulus Fruit, Ashwagandha Root & Cowage Seed. This all-in-one herbal formula is used for vigor, vitality & positive mood.
CoQ-10  – can lower your blood pressure while boosting your levels of ecSOD, an enzyme thought to protect blood vessels from damage. CoQ-10 may also improve sperm quality. Japanese researchers found it can increase fat burning during exercise. This is an absolute must supplement if you are taking a statin drug (cholesterol lowering drug).

Dr. Tucker’s pick:  NanoCell-Q by Metagenics. This is a highly absorbable form of CoQ10. I also like the orange flavor. Natural sources include meat, fish, eggs, and broccoli.


Vitamin D – is a hormone that helps your bones absorb calcium. Vitamin D has been linked to reduced levels of depression, reduced risk of colorectal cancer, less chance of a heart attack, and supports the immune functions.


Dr. Tucker’s pick: Iso D3 by Metagenics. This delivers 2,000 IU of the active form of vitamin D in the body. Natural sources include sunshine and fortified milk.

EPA-DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids – these are essential! Fish oil can reduce triglycerides, boost HDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, supports healthy brain & nervous system function. Omega 3’s also support optimal joint function. Omega 3’s may lower your risk of colon and prostate cancers as well. I want everyone of my patients, male & female on this supplement! 
Dr. Tucker’s pick: OmegaPure 780 by XYMOGEN (call 1-800-647-6100 to order. Use PIN TUC 500) or EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics. Natural sources include salmon, tuna, or other fatty fish.
Resveratrol this is a powerful antioxidant.You can’t stop the clock, but you can slow it down. This chemical, found in the skin of grapes, seems to interact directly with genes that regulate aging. Resveratrol has been shown to promote DNA repair in animals, enhance bloodflow to people’s brains, and halt the growth of prostate-cancer and colon-cancer cells.
Dr. Tucker’s pick: Resveratin by XYMOGEN. (call 1-800-647-6100 to order. Use PIN TUC 500). Natural sources include red wine and red grape juice.
EGCG – this is an anti-oxidant in green tea. Men who took green-tea extract burned 17 percent more fat after moderate exercise than those taking placebos, according to one study. It has also been shown to help prevent cancer and can improve heart health.
Dr. Tucker’s pick:  Celepro by Metagenics. I love Celepro because it supports healthy cellular aging. It contains green tea leaf extract, D-Limonene, Lycopene & Turmeric. This combination offers protection against free radicals.
Multivitamin/mineral – every guy should be on a comprehensive, high qualty multivitamin/mineral. My recommendation for idiot proofing what you should take is the Wellness Essentials for Men packets by Metagenics. These packets contain the Tribulus, EPA-DHA, zinc, quercetin, E, B’s, etc that all of us guys need. Don’t mess around, start taking a good quality supplement like this one offered by Metagenics.
BonusProbiotics are healthy bacteria that crowd out the disease-causing bad bacteria in your gut. These address problems caused by antibiotics use, chemotherapy, irritable bowel syndrome, and support healthy immune function.






Probiotic Reduces Crying Time in Infants With Colic

One week of supplementation with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis reduced crying time in colicky babies by 74%, compared with 38% with placebo, according to a double-blind study presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in Istanbul, Turkey.

Probiotics are a safe treatment of infants with colic. 

In this particular study the primary outcome was a  reduction (by day 21) in average crying time to less than 3 hours per day, which is the limit of colic. In the beginning the crying time per day was 370 minutes in the probiotic
group and 300 minutes in the placebo group. On day 7, crying time had
been reduced to 95 minutes in the probiotic group and to 185 minutes in
the placebo group.

Some parents may see  improvement after 1 week of therapy.  

43rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Presented June  2010.

I recommend UltraFlora Plus DF (dairy free) by Metagenics as as advanced probiotic supplement. You can open the capsule and mix it with baby formula. Order from


Probiotics – I think they are a must!

We have experienced an abundance of antibiotic abuse, antibiotic soaps, wipes, and even anti-microbial fabrics. We all agree that certain bacteria can harm us. But we also need friendly bacteria called probiotics. Some of the health benefits of probiotics  include enhanced recovery from fatigue, improved immune function and the maintenance of a healthy gut. All of this can improve our general well being, which could in theory improve your performance at work and exercise routines.

There is a difference in the quality of probiotics you take, what you take it with and how much actual activity it contains is critically important. In addition, the health effects are very strain-specific, so while your breakfast yogurt might contain friendly bacteria, whether it gives you any actual benefits is another question. 

I personally take the UltraFlora DF (dairy free) probiotic from Metagenics. I do feel that it helps protect my immune system from all of the people I come in contact with. Order at



What can friendly probiotics bacteria do for athletes? Probiotics may not improve sport performance directly, but the secondary health benefits of probiotics, which include enhanced recovery from fatigue, improved immune function and the maintenance of a healthy gut, can improve general well being, which could in theory improve performance on the field of play.

The kind of probiotic you take, what you take it with and how much actual activity it contains is critically important. In addition, the health effects are very strain-specific, so while your breakfast yogurt might contain friendly bacteria, whether it gives you any actual benefits is another question. The good news is that new research suggests that the right amount of the right probiotic taken with the right food really can help athletes, especially when it comes to protecting immunity and also in the prevention of overtraining. I recommend Metagenics UltraFlora DF. DF stands for dairy free. Order UltraFlora DF @


Probiotics in Pregnancy Could Have Diabetes Benefits

British Journal of Nutrition 103(12):1792-1799, 2010

In a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that probiotic-supplemented dietary counseling could help reduce the risk of diabetes during pregnancy, improve blood glucose control and improve child health.

Initiated in 2002, the study included 256 women, who were randomized during their first trimester of pregnancy into a control and dietary intervention group. The women, none of whom had any chronic diseases, all received dietary counseling provided by welfare clinics according to a national program.

The intervention group received additional intensive dietary counseling provided by a nutritionist at every study visit, the aim being a dietary intake complying with current recommendations, combined with conventional food products with favorable fat and fiber contents for use at home, the researchers said.

The intervention group was further randomized at baseline in a double-blind manner to receive either placebo capsules or probiotics (Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacterium) at a dose of 1,010 colony-forming units per day each. The capsules were taken once per day and the intervention period extended from the first trimester of pregnancy to the end of exclusive breast-feeding.

The researchers evaluated pregnancy outcome and fetal and infant growth during 24 months of follow-up. All pregnancies were of normal duration and there were no adverse events noted in mothers or in children, which confirms the safety of this approach, the researchers said.

They noted that those women who had taken probiotics had a reduced frequency of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM): 13% for the diet/probiotics group, compared to 36% for the diet/placebo group and 34% for the control group. In addition, the dietary counseling during pregnancy reduced the risk of fetal overgrowth, which is thought to predispose to later obesity.

“Probiotic intervention reduced the risk of GDM and dietary intervention diminished the risk of larger birth size in affected cases,” wrote the researchers. “The results of the present study show that probiotic-supplemented perinatal dietary counseling could be a safe and cost-effective tool in addressing the metabolic epidemic. In view of the fact that birth size is a risk marker for later obesity, the present results are of significance for public health in demonstrating that this risk is modifiable.”

I recommend UltraFlora Plus DF from Metagenics for probiotics. Order @


Probiotics Help Eczema

Most of my patients know the positive effects on digestion from using probiotic supplements. Most people need to take probiotic supplements after using antibiotics. This will ensure that the good intestinal flora bacteria killed by the antibiotic use gets replenished. 

Even many MD’s are recommending probiotics during and after antibiotic therapy. I use probiotics to  help build the immune system, and induce an “immunosurveillance” if you will.  Probiotics are also helpful to address abdominal discomfort, bloating and cramping. Allergies that affect the skin such as eczema, are helped by strains of  probiotics. All probiotics are not created equal. I can only recommend UltraFlora Plus DF (dairy free) by Metagenics or Probio Defense by Xymogen as two of the best and most reliable.