Hello, Maggie. Welcome to the Candida Diet forum.
A few pointers to follow in order to be rid of the overgrowth of Candida as well as preventing a recurrence in the future:
NUMBER ONE: Get rid of the rice and pasta… NOW. It’s very simple really… ALL FORMS OF SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES FEED YEAST AND WILL PROLONG THE LIFE OF THE CANDIDA AND THEREFORE EXTEND YOUR TREATMENT PEROID.
*Rid your shelves of all sugar products, they’ll do the same thing that simple carbs do, and that includes hidden sugars such as Dextrose which is in regular table salts like Mortons. You can purchase Celtic or Himalayan sea salts and in most cases save money because you won’t need to use as much of this salt for the same result.
*This also includes being careful with the toothpaste you use. Most of the brands, if not all, contain sugar alcohols which will feed the Candida. You can use a bit of baking soda for brushing your teeth.
*You can experiment with different sugar alcohols if you want to, but you may save money and time by trying something called Truvia first. For many Candida sufferers, it’s the only sugar substitute that will not cause Candida reactions.
**Cut out the caffeine. Drink chicory coffee, water, and lemon or lime juice only. Goes without saying, no sodas, even the diet ones.
*** It’s best to leave beef and pork out of your diet for several months at least … UNLESS you purchase all organic beef, which can be very expensive. Speaking of organic, your best bet is of course to always purchase organic meat, chicken, and fish. On the diet, eat mostly eggs, chicken and once or twice a week include fish.
*Don’t waste your money on loading up on antifungal meds or herbs. You will absolutely spend a fortune on these if you don’t listen to this advice now. One or two truly good ones are all you need. Two good ones are garlic bulbs eaten as they are, and another perfect one is Oil of Oregano.
*Purchase the pure liquid Oil of Oregano and start really slowing at first (with either product), perhaps only two drops for about two or three days, then three drops and so on up to maybe 8 drops a day, spread out into 2 or 3 smaller doses … very slow increases because you need to allow you system to adapt to this strong antifungal. If you can’t tolerate the taste like most people, then purchase empty vegetable capsules and put the drops in the capsules to take.
*You can receive die-off symptoms from both the garlic and oregano – as well as the diet; in fact, some of your symptoms already sound like die-off to me. So before you go any further, invest a bit of money in a product by the name of Candidase from Native Remedies. Over a period of just a few days you can work up to three doses a day. Trust me when I say that this will be nothing less than a life saver where the die-off is concerned. Another good product for this is something called Molybdenum, an excellent product. Taking both of these won’t hurt a thing.
***Another product which is essential to your recovery is a good probiotic. One good one is Ultimate Flora Critical Colon BifidoMax by Renew Life, but there are plenty of other good ones out there. Always purchase the probiotics that are refrigerated in the store, this is the really good ones, and yes, they are expensive, but since you’re not going to be spending a fortune on antifungals like other people are doing, you will still be saving money in the long run. Again, whatever probiotic you choose, as with everything, start SLOWLY and work your way up to larger doses.
*** Eat Organic Greek Plain Yogurt only and get some kefir if you don’t already have it. These will feed the good flora in your system.
*No matter what you hear or read in your research or on a forum, don’t waste your money on digestive enzymes unless you know exactly what you are doing. You can and will cause a lot more harm than good as far as the Candida is concerned by consuming the wrong enzymes.
***A better choice than purchasing enzymes is something called “Grape Bitters.” These bitters stimulate the body to release its own digestive enzymes, which is always a better and healthier way for your body to obtain exactly what it needs instead of making a guess as to what you think it needs. In addition, eat plenty of the flora-feeding foods such as fiber-rich vegetables. Raw vegetables will not only feed the good flora, but also contain enzymes and aid your digestion.
**If your digestive system is on the blink, invest in something called Betaine HCI Caps (hydrochloric acid with Pepsin).
*You can do a detox if you want to, that’s up to you. But if you stick strictly to the diet and drink lemon and lime juice and water ONLY, you will be constantly detoxing your body with this ‘clean’ diet. If your case is severe enough, detoxing certainly shouldn’t hurt.
This regimen will allow your body to take care of itself. Concentrating only on numerous antifungals is why so many people end up spending years fighting Candida. They’re trying to kill it instead of addressing the cause of the overgrowth in the first place, which is what this regimen does.
Throughout your diet and treatment – and really for the remainder of your life never forget this:
ALL FORMS OF SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES AND SUGAR FEED YEAST AND CANDIDA.