The difference between alkaline and acidic, as well as the debates concerning these, is indeed very confusing to a lot of us. The debates are usually centered on whether the human body should be mostly alkaline or acidic. The truth is that the human body rarely becomes ‘too’ acidic or too alkaline, but it does happen. The reason for that is, each of us has a built in regulator, which in a healthy body works like this: our pH is regulated by the proteins we feed the body which can release hydrogen ions. This is a response which corrects a pH imbalance. Another automatic response is, our respiration increases to blow off CO2 when we start to become too acidic, on the other hand, if we start to become too alkaline our respiration slows down to retain the CO2. All of this of course is understand normal circumstance and in a healthy body.
If it’s a question as to whether or not parts of the body should be more acidic than alkaline and that an acidic environment is actually beneficial in fighting a Candida infestation, all we have to do is look at the list of beneficial acids that are necessary for the human body to remain healthy. For example; lactic acid, hydrochloric acid (HCL), acetic acid, citric acid, uric acid, fatty acids, amino acids, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), folic acid (another B vitamin) are just a few of the beneficial acids we must have in order to survive. Pure coconut oil is always recommended for a Candida diet, and the active ingredients in the oil are Caprylic Acid, Cupric Acid and Lauric Acid. This tells us volumes about the need for an acidic environment in order to destroy the Candida infestation.
Most adults have at the very least one health problem, and illnesses are normally due to an alkalized environment. The reason for this is because pathogens will be destroyed in an acidic environment and thrive in an alkaline environment. That’s why certain parts of the body are normally acidic, in order to protect us from pathogens (skin, sinuses, stomach, and intestines).
Candida albicans is a pathogen, so the above is true for Candida, as it will thrive in an alkaline environment. The result of that fact is that, with a Candida infestation, you want to maintain an acidic environment in those areas where Candida normally exists, or where it has become an infestation (a balance of the pH comes into play when other areas of the body which are more alkalized are added to the equation).
All of the areas in the body where Candida normally exists are acidic. This is so that Candida can be kept under control and prevent it from changing into a fungal form.
Alkalizing foods are basically all fruits (other than the ones named below) and vegetables. And I realize that fruits are considered to be acid forming, 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 stomach and 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 – that is providing you are taking high doses of probiotics which create an acidic, unfriendly environment for the Candida. The big plus with green vegetables is that they’re rich in fiber which will feed the beneficial bacteria in the body and therefore help to maintain a plentiful flora.
Acidic foods are meats, oils, and beans. The fruits that are acidic are blueberries, cranberries, plums and prunes. Grains and corn are also acidic forming, but other factors keep these from benefiting a Candida treatment.
By the way, you mentioned lemons; lemons are an alkalizing fruit. They work well in the beginning as a cleanse, but when the diet is started I would leave them alone or have them sparingly. After taking fairly large dosages of probiotics for a week or two and the antifungals have been started, I see no problem with introducing lemon water.
The fact that you’re having stomach pains, which is probably indigestion, following eating raw vegetables, sounds like you’re not digesting the fiber that these are full of. Are you taking any type of digestive enzymes or have you taken them at any time since you contracted Candida?
You said you’ve been fighting this for six years without any real relief or help from doctors, in my opinion that’s just too long to be fighting Candida if that is indeed what you are suffering from. I’m interested in what ingredients you’re using for the bread you make. You also made the statement, “I also eat raw carrots and the occasional sweet potato which I also get no reaction from… are these things are holding up my progress?” I think you would agree that obviously something is blocking your progress. In every case I’ve heard or read about where someone with Candida has been unable to cure their infestation, I’ve been able to pinpoint the reason for the hold up providing it’s a food source that is Candida friendly, and it almost always is. The sweet potatoes and carrots could easily be two of your culprits along with possibly some ‘hidden’ sugars in your diet. By the way, you may not always receive a reaction from a Candida food source, however, this does not mean that it isn’t feeding and sustaining the Candida infestation. Also, after a period of time, when the Candida has become fungal and more adaptable to changing food sources, it really takes a minimal amount of food for a Candida infestation to survive. I’ve actually heard long-time Candida sufferers say that they believe that Candida can survive on “any” type of food. It’s true that when Candida is at its worse, almost every food item seems to produce some sort of reaction. This is why trying to kill off the infestation with the diet is impossible. The environment must be changed in order to destroy it. In addition to shortening the treatment period, the diet is meant to lower the count of the Candida if for no other reason than allowing a person to be more comfortable while changing their internal environment.
Katy, have you ever experienced die-off symptoms?