Katy Gillett wrote: Able did you read the article I posted? I realise that site is disdainful of candida and other things they deem as ‘pseduoscience’ but does that mean all its articles are not worth discussing as some things really are pseudoscience? It seems to support your theory anyway. This might sound silly… but does it not perhaps matter what type of acid you’re consuming on a regular basis for it to be a problem? Maybe that’s where the theory stemmed from… Just a thought!
I did read the article again, even though I had read it before. I would like to address some of his comments later when I have more time. Right now, I’ll answer your question, “does it not perhaps matter what type of acid you’re consuming on a regular basis for it to be a problem?”
Outside of certain fruits, beans, animal proteins, and nuts, most acidic foods are the types of foods we do not need to be eating at all. So yes it matters and makes a lot difference, but it’s not because of the acid. The normal American diet (and possibly many other countries) contains high amounts of acidic foods, but the problem is that the most popular acidic foods seem to be the sugar-ridden and/or high carbohydrate foods such as candy, cookies, cake, ice cream, soft drinks, potatoes, bread, and so on. However, on an average basis these, eaten with control, do not lead to a Candida infestation. Furthermore, the acid is not the problem with Candida, the real problem lies in large amounts of sugar consumed in fairly short periods of time and on a continuous basis which increases the possibility for the Candida to change into a pathogen, meaning its fungal form, Candida albicans.
I’ll explain how sugar plus simple carbohydrates can cause a Candida infestation – even though the sugar is acidic:
We naturally need our immune system to be in top form in order to fight off any illness, whether it’s a disease, fungi, or viral infection, so of course in most cases it’s needed to prevent a Candida infestation. However, when we have an excess of sugar in our blood, the available insulin is tied up with the job of preventing the vitamin C in our system from moving into the white blood cells, which would lead to lower white blood cell activity. This is literally the action of rapidly shifting blood sugar levels which puts a stress on the adrenal glands. Simply stated, the result is eventually immune suppression, so this, combined with other factors such as the sugar presenting a literal feast to the already-present Candida in the system, eventually leads to a Candida albicans infestation.
Also, it doesn’t matter whether the sugar is refined or not, because it’s the serum glucose levels that make the difference.
Of course, high doses of antibiotics will also cause an infestation by destroying the beneficial bacteria in our system which, along with the immune system, prevents the Candida from overgrowth.