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Hi, Neeky.

Don’t worry about disagreeing with me, all of us certainly have a right to our opinion, and you’re not alone with that particular opinion. But I often wonder how people who believe as you do explain the research done which proved that pathogens are destroyed in an acidic environment and thrive in an alkaline environment (I’m referring to the stomach and intestines which are known to be normally slightly 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

Also the reason that sweat and oils on the skin create an acidic environment is so that harmful pathogens are destroyed.

In addition to the reasons above, it’s always recommended that people with a Candida infestation should take high doses of probiotics. It’s a scientific fact that beneficial flora in the intestines create lactic acid which balances intestinal pH. Also (quote): “Micro-flora produce short chain fatty acids as a by-product of fermentation in the intestinal tract. The fatty acids are food for the mucosal lining of the intestines and are indispensable to musocal health and its optimal functioning.”

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.

You made the statement, “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 your theory 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 blogs and forums 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 three times or more 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, this makes it ideal for a Candida overgrowth or yeast infection.

If the vagina is predominately acidic in a healthy female, and as you say, Candida thrives in an acidic environment, why don’t all women have yeast infections — all the time?

The last reason for my belief in an acidic environment being the only real way of treating Candida is my own case. I haven’t had an antibiotic in over 15 years, and I have never eaten sugary foods or other carbohydrates such as bread or white potatoes, but my weakness was fruit which I’ve always enjoyed and 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 is alkalizing which caused the environment (stomach and intestines) to become alkaline instead of acidic. If an alkalized environment prevents or destroys a Candida overgrowth, what do you suppose happened to me?

How long have you had Candida, Neeky?