Katy Gillett wrote: Thanks for that – I was hoping you would reply! That’s a lot of information to take in and also very confusing as I’ve read so many articles on why an alkaline body is much more beneficial for us.. but this is in the context of someone without Candida… Is it different?
I’m sorry, but I’m not sure what you’re asking about being different. And yes, I’m sure you’ve seen articles about an alkaline environment being important for treating Candida. But the proof is in the research and experiments. Here’s the most important fact available. “In experiments pathogens are destroyed in an acidic environment and thrive in an alkaline environment.”
In my original post I wrote, “Candida albicans is a pathogen, so the above is true for Candida, as it will thrive in an alkaline environment.” That means that Candida is destroyed in an acidic environment.
You asked, “I’ve read so many articles on why an alkaline body is much more beneficial for us. but this is in the context of someone without Candida… Is it different?”
Katy, I think the first thing I would work on would be the probiotics. First you want a product that actually says “probiotics” instead of “acidophilus” because acidophilus is just one type of probiotic. A much better choice and what I used is called “Renew Life, Ultimate Flora, Critical Colon, Bifido Max, 80 Billion, 30 Veggie Caps.” In addition to the 80 billion count, it also contains 14 strains of beneficial flora. I don’t know where you are right now, but iherb.com carries these for $42.49 a bottle, and they ship to various countries. http://www.iherb.com/Renew-Life-Ultimate-Flora-Critical-Colon-Bifido-Max-80-Billion-30-Veggie-Caps/27551?at=0
Your quote, “Turned out it was my multivitamin irritating my stomach.” This is just one of the many reasons why I never recommend a multiple vitamin to anyone, healthy or otherwise.
You asked if citric acid was allowed on the Candida diet. What I said in the post was that citric acid is one of the beneficial acids necessary for the human body to remain healthy, and not that it’s a supplement that’s used for Candida treatment. But actually citric fruits aren’t the only foods that citric acid is found it. It’s also in tomatoes, cayenne peppers, and lettuce. It’s also used in certain types of cheese to help clot the milk quicker.
You said that you didn’t take digestive enzymes and you’re having digestive problems. This part of a Candida treatment can be tricky, and most sufferers end up using the wrong kind which can cause more harm than good. Certain enzymes available are not naturally made by the human body, but yet they are put in many enzyme supplements unnecessarily. In addition, some of them can actually end up feeding the Candida and thus prolonging the treatment period and cure. The most useful digestive bitters I’ve found is something called “Digestive Grape Bitters” and this is the exact name you want to look for if you get it.
The dosage suggested on the bottle is not necessary because the bitters work simply by nerve stimulation. When the bitter tasting herbs come into contact with the bitter receptors on the back of the tongue the bitter receptors are stimulated. This in turn stimulates the vagus nerve, which increases levels of stomach acid, bile and pancreatic enzymes. The bitters also have a cleansing effect on the liver so it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day when using them to prevent a strong detox reaction. Since the whole principle is to stimulate the bitter receptors you only need to be able to taste the bitterness of the herbs. 1/2 of a dropper on the tongue before meals or after meals is enough to do the job.
iherb.com also carries this product. http://www.iherb.com/Planetary-Herbals-Digestive-Grape-Bitters-8-fl-oz-236-56-ml/19147?at=0
Since your CA capsules are 350 mg each, I think building up over a week or so to three a day and then adding another one several days later until you reach six a day would suffice, some people take as much as three capsules per mill. It’s best to spread them out and take two with each meal by the time you’re taking six. I didn’t take the CA capsules myself; most of the time I used organic coconut oil instead. The next time you purchase these I would look for the time-released type.
As far as die-off is concerned, there are two products that will greatly reduce the symptoms of die-off as well as protect your body from the toxins that are released during die-off. They’re Molybdenum and Candidate by Native Remedies. IHerb carries Molybdenum, but not the Candidate, if you want it you can go to http://www.nativeremedies.com.
It’s too bad you can’t tolerate eggs, they were my main protein source during the diet. Do you eat fish?
Hope your evening is going well.