raster wrote: Also on a side note about coffee: It makes your body more acidic (over the long term) which isn’t good for fighting candida. Acidic bodies/organs is one of the major reasons candida can flourish in the first place and it takes a long long time to get your body alkaline again.
There’s a huge misconception about the acidic and alkaline balance in the body, and it all stems from the way our pH is normally tested. The way that’s done is to test the blood, urine, or saliva, and all three of these are from more alkalized parts of the human body. So many people assume that the entire body is and should be more alkalized than acidic. But this is not true.
The only way to get a true picture of the alkaline/acidic amounts in the human body is to look at one section at a time, because some parts of the body are naturally and for a definite purpose more acidic than others, and some more alkaline than others. So if you did a pH check on the individual parts of the body this is what you’d find:
The skin is naturally more acidic, and as well as the vagina and the intestines. In a healthy human, both the stomach and the digestive system have an acidic environment. However, the blood is naturally more alkaline as are some other parts of the body. So this is why it’s so misleading to make a claim that the human body itself should have a certain pH balance, or that it should be more of one than the other because it really all depends on which part of the body you’re talking about.
The reasons that a more acidic environment is natural and needed in certain areas of the body are for reasons such as;
Tthe skin needs to be more acidic because it has to protect itself from environmental factors such bacteria and toxins. The vagina also maintains an acidic environment for protection, and when the pH balance goes too high (too alkalized), yeast and bacterial infections can be the result.
The lower digestive system is normally highly acidic because the digestive acids are part of the process of digesting and utilizing the foods we eat as fuel, plus the acidic environment protects us from such things as fungal infections in the digestive system. When the digestive system becomes too alkaline because of eating too many alkalizing foods such as fruit, then yeast is sometimes allowed to grow and Candida is often the result. Of course, too many of the foods that the yeast live on such as sugar and simple carbohydrates in addition to antiobiotics can also cause a yeast overgrowth.
Below are some facts to think about as far as the human body and the acidic/alkaline balance which proves that fungi cannot survive an acidic environment and will thrive in an alkaline environment.
Research has shown that pathogens are destroyed in an acidic environment and thrive in an alkaline environment (I’m referring intestines which are normally more acidic). On a normal basis Candida may not be considered a pathogen, but Candida albicans certainly is.
“Candida: Any of the parasitic imperfect fungi that make up the genus Candida, which resemble yeasts and occur especially in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract. Though usually benign, Candida can become pathogenic, causing diseases including Candidiasis and thrush.” Source, Online Encyclopedia
In addition, the reason that sweat and oils on the skin create an acidic environment is so that harmful pathogens on the skin are destroyed.
It’s recommended that anyone with a Candida infestation should take high doses of probiotics, and this usually turns out to be the main reason the infestation is cured. It’s a well documented scientific fact that beneficial flora in the intestines create lactic acid which balances intestinal pH, they also produce short chain fatty acids as a by-product of fermentation in the intestinal tract which serve as food for the mucosal lining of the intestines and are indispensable to musocal health and its functioning. In other words, the beneficial bacteria produce an acidic environment in the intestines. If producing acid isn’t a beneficial function for our system, why are the bacteria called ‘beneficial’?
Why does the human body naturally produce HCl (Hydrochloric acid) in the stomach?
Here’s why: The hydrochloric acid kills most of the contaminating microorganisms in the stomach which in turn allows for easier digestion.
A statement made by another forum member, “A high alkaline diet will help to keep our bodies in the healthy, slightly alkaline state, rather than slightly acidic which is more common.” If that’s true, why does only a very small percentage of the population have Candida infestations if ‘slightly acidic’ is more common? Considering the theory of an alkaline environment being needed, it seems that the opposite would be the case.
Even though most people believe that Candida cannot be contracted through sexual intercourse, I’ve read actual cases where woman have sworn that this is how they contracted either a yeast infection or Candida, and when you know the facts, it’s not that difficult to believe. The vagina normally has an acid pH making the normal environment for the vagina acidic, but semen has an alkaline pH, so having unprotected sexual intercourse several times within a 24 hour period will produce an alkaline environment in the vagina, and providing other aspects are suitable, such as the normal American diet consisting of high carbohydrate foods and sugar, this makes an ideal environment for a Candida overgrowth or yeast infection.
So if the vagina is predominately acidic in a healthy female, and Candida thrives in an acidic environment, why don’t all women have yeast infections — all the time?
But even if I were not aware of all the above information, I would still have no doubt that an acidic environment is the best way to treat a Candida infestation as I am my own proof. When I contracted Candida last year I had not had an antibiotic in over 15 years, and I have never wanted or eaten sugary foods or other carbohydrates such as bread or white potatoes, but my weakness was fruit which I’ve always enjoyed and once had with nearly every meal and snack. After years of that diet I contracted Candida. The reason I know the cause was the large amount of fruit is because fruit has an alkalizing effect which causes the environment to become alkaline instead of acidic. If an alkalized environment prevents or destroys a Candida overgrowth, and fruit is alkalizing, what do you suppose caused the Candida?
And before anyone corrects me, I realize that fruits are considered to be acidic, but the citric acid has an alkalizing effect in the body. This is the reason that fruit is not eaten on the Candida diet, it not only contains sugar, but it also alkalizes the intestines when eaten. It’s true that alkalizing green vegetables are eaten on the Candida diet, but the benefits outweigh the negative effect in this case. The big plus with green vegetables is that they’re rich in a fiber which feed the beneficial bacteria in the body and therefore help to maintain a plentiful flora.