“My Candida issues became MUCH worse after drinking alkaline water from the health food. They have a machine that you can fill your gallon jugs up with it. I did that for a few months and I believe it’s a definite cause of my downhill spiral. “
For the most part, you cannot blame “alkaline water” that you got from the health food store as the reason why your symptoms became worse. In addition one cannot say all alkaline water is bad since they purchased alkaline water at the food store.
There are many forms of alkaline water, you do not know what they put in the water to make it alkaline, if it was even clean water they used in the first place, i.e. did they filter the water, how did they filter it? Was it tap water or well water? There are many variables. For 1 there is research which shows alkaline ionized drinking is beneficial for the bacteria in the gut, see here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15617863
Other research shows that ph 8.8 alkaline water could even be good for people with acid reflux
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22844861 I would go back to the health food store, ask them what they put in the water to make it alkaline, did the use baking soda? Which is really bad, did they even filter the water? Most people do not understand what alkaline water and alkaline ionized water is, or the many 100 different ways they can be made, most of which are very harmful and even dangerous. There is a big difference between them, this page does a good job explaining. If I were you I would find out what exactly you purchased from the health food store that you THINK made you sicker.