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lbrenner800;54029 wrote: I stumbled upon this in my reading, it definitely runs contrary to most Candida protocols, I was wondering if there’s any truth to it:

“Eliminating natural sugars (like fruit and honey) from the diet when one has candida overgrowth can actually exacerbate the candida issue and cause systemic candida overgrowth:

Starved candida needs sugar and so will travel upwards through the intestines in search of it. If no sugar is found, candida will project invasive filaments into the intestinal wall, pass into the bloodstream, and – if not quickly destroyed by white blood cells – become systemic. “

“A sugar free diet will elevate stress hormones, which exhausts the adrenals and taxes the body. The first few months of a sugar free or intensely low carb diet will bring weight loss and a burst of energy due to the surging stress hormones. After the “honeymoon period” however, the toll of the stress hormones will impair the thyroid. The suppressed thyroid function will, in turn, slow the metabolism and cause the weight gain and fatigue.

I believe the GAPS diet is an extraordinary healing tool, but I have found that I reap even greater healing benefits by utilizing metabolic principles with the GAPS diet. This means favoring “warming” foods: foods that boost metabolism and support healthy hormones. These include saturated fats, healthy sugars, and generous amounts of sea salt. Yes, I know the idea that fat, sugar and salt speeds the metabolism is unorthodox and strange.”

Regarding the claim that it goes systemic — there is a lot of misinformation on the internet. While Candida Albicans does grow hyphae and burrow into your tissues if it’s not getting enough nutrients, it is easily killed in the bloodstream unless your immune system is severely compromised. By severely compromised I mean you’d have to be a chemo patient or suffering from something like AIDS. C. Albicans can also eat more than simple sugars.