Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Finding the right combination

Almost a couple weeks into my anti-Candida treatment, I've been learning a lot and settling into some behavioral and dietary patterns. Here are the main components that have been helping me fight Candida overgrowth so far, along with my primitive explanations for why these methods have helped me:

  • Garlic
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Diet (starving the Candida)
  • Exercise
  • Water
As an integral part of the anti-Candida diet, raw garlic is more a supplement than a cure; it's just part of the fight. Garlic has anti-fungal properties, and Candida, as you should know, is a fungus.

Raw, Organic, Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Same as garlic in ways. It's not the cure; just an important part of the fight. From what I've read, ACV is very acidic, but in the stomach it ends up making your body less acidic and more alkaline, which is one of your major objectives when fighting Candida.

In addition to drinking a shot of ACV every morning and evening, I've also been soaking my feet in ACV for at least half an hour a couple times a day, to fight athlete's foot and toenail fungus. It almost immediately fixed the athlete's foot (a few days), and it seems very clearly to be helping the toenail fungus. However, it's going to be at least a few months before I'll know for sure how effectively it works on the nails. (The anti-Candida diet will probably do more than the external application of ACV to help my toenail fungus in the long term.)

Diet (starving the Candida)
NO sugar (not even from sweet fruits). NO carbohydrates. NO dairy products. NO alcohol. This stuff feeds Candida, which makes you miserable. (Read more below in "NOT CHEATING ON THE DIET!")

Exercise combats Candida overgrowth in at least two ways. First, it causes you to inhale a lot more oxygen than normal. (Candida doesn't like oxygen.) Second, it makes you sweat out toxins that can't leave your body in any other way (for example, through urination).

Drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated and helps you flush toxins (or bad shit) out of your body. You probably do not hydrate yourself enough. Consequently, your body is unable to expel all the toxic crap you've put into yourself. If you just start drinking lots of water, you will probably begin feeling better just because your body will finally be able to evict the bad shit that's clogging up your whole freaking system.

Do you know why you have to pee so much when you drink beer or coffee? It's not the result of some magical property in these drinks; it's because you're basically poisoning yourself when you drink these beverages, which is why you feel buzzed or energetic afterward. When your body detects the poison, the body's job is to get rid of the poison, which it does by making you urinate. To make sure you expel the poisons ASAP, your body also borrows fluid from elsewhere in the body, which dehydrates you and leaves you with a hangover the next morning.

Although it is very important to put the right things into your body in your fight against Candida, it is more important to keep from putting the wrong things into your body. Every time you put sugar or carbohydrates into your body, you feed the Candida. Until you stop feeding the Candida, the Candida will continue using your body as a hospitable host. Unless you starve Candida, it will continue to thrive and reproduce, and it will take over your whole body once again as soon as you revert to your old dietary and behavioral patterns.

You have to kill all the excess Candida by starving it before you can expect to start living how you used to live. Even if you maintain a disciplined routine of consuming plenty of raw garlic and ACV, in addition to exercising and drinking lots of water, Candida will remain a nuisance in your body for as long as you keep feeding it the sugar it needs.

Not cheating on your diet is probably the most important part of the fight against Candida.

Some other things that will help you beat Candida
  • Acidophilus
  • 35 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • An alkaline pH
Acidophilus is a probiotic supplement that helps you return beneficial bacteria to your body, which you probably killed by taking antibiotics. However, until you kill the Candida fungus that moved into the bacteria's homes, these bacteria will have nowhere to live and probably will not help you much.

I don't know much about 35% hydrogen peroxide or pH yet. When I learn more about these things, I'll write about them.

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  1. I've tried the Bragg ACV as a digestive enzyme, but the pain was too great. I have only tried it once, and not again. I became extremely bloated and nauseous. I was doubled over in pain. My doctor thought I could handle it. Apparently not. I have a social network at CandidaConnect.com where I write about this stuff to stay sane. You should check it out. You inspired me to write about my Apple Cider Vinegar experience. Thanks!

  2. Did you take acidophilus when you first started the diet? I'm only about to start the diet today, but I've taken the pearls from Enzymatic Theraly (one each day) for just two days now, but it gives me some stomach upset. My case of candida is mild-moderate and I don't want to give myself unnecessary stomach upset (unless from die off) while I'm healing. It seems better that I should try taking acidophilus again once my system has stabilized. I'm not sure if it's essential to be taking them during the diet. What would you recommend?

  3. I took acidophilus the first time I tried this diet (a couple years ago). I have no idea if it helped. I've read that a lot of brands of acidophilus are worthless, and I've read some other stuff that makes me wonder if acidophilus does anything at all. All I can really say is that it probably doesn't hurt to take the stuff.

    I wish I knew everything I need to know about Candida, but I don't. So I try to share my experiences and what works for me (as well as what doesn't work for me) without falsely portraying myself as an expert. There's so much BS information out there already; I don't want to create more of it.

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