raster wrote: For instance, I ate nothing but spaghetti, grains, fast food, and coffee for 2 years! Thats nothing but acidic food…many people eat like this and its not healthy.
The reason you contracted Candida was because of all the sugar that was being produced by constantly eating nothing but starches, grains, fast foods and pasta which was feeding the Candida while the coffee was messing with your immune system making it easier and easier for the Candida to become an infestation, the overgrowth of Candida had nothing to do with your pH balance.
Quote: “Third, many candida sufferers have a very acidic ph and with an acidic ph candida can really thrive easily.”
Perhaps their ‘body’ was more acidic, but their intestines weren’t or the Candida wouldn’t have been able to grow into an infestation.
The following is the reason most people believe that creating an “entire” alkaline body pH is beneficial to the treatment of Candida:
First and most importantly, 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 the test is done is by testing one or all of these; blood, urine, or saliva, and all three of these are naturally more alkalized. So 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 “natural” picture of the alkaline/acidic amounts in the human body is to look at one section of the body at a time, because some parts of the body are naturally more acidic, and others are more alkaline. If you did a pH check on the individual parts of the body this is a sample what you’d find:
The skin is naturally more acidic, so is the vagina, and in a healthy human, the lower intestines especially are highly acidic.
However, as I stated, the blood, urine, saliva and other sections of the body are naturally more alkaline. This is why it’s so misleading to make a claim that the human body itself should have a specific 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 because, for one, the skin needs to be more acidic because it has to protect itself from environmental factors such toxins. According to science, a “healthy” vagina maintains an acidic environment, so why is it that all women with a normal pH (acidic) in the vagina don’t constantly have yeast infections? When the pH balance rises too high (too alkalized), yeast infections can be the result, which sometimes leads to a Candida infestation.
Normally, in a healthy human being, the lower you go into the digestive system the more acidic it becomes 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/sugar foods such as fruit, or too many sugar producing foods which feed the normal Candida in our system in turn causing the pH in the intestines to become too alkaline, then the growing population of the yeast becomes a full-blown Candida infestation. In case some people didn’t catch that, the Candida put off gases which create an alkaline environment in order to thieve and multiply.
Below are some facts to think about as far as the human body and the acidic/alkaline balance that prove with common sense that fungi like Candida cannot survive an acidic environment but will thrive in an alkaline environment.
Research has shown us that pathogens are destroyed in an acidic environment and thrive in an alkaline environment (I’m referring to the intestines which are normally more acidic). On a normal basis Candida may not be considered a pathogen, but Candida albicans certainly is.
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. In other words, the beneficial bacteria produce an acidic environment in our system. If producing acid is not a beneficial function for our system, why are the bacteria called ‘beneficial’ and why do we take them? It seems to me that if your theory is correct, taking a probiotic should create a Candida infestation if one is not already present. According to your theory, if you’re taking a probiotic, you should stop taking it immediately. After all, it’s gradually building an acidic environment in your intestines, right in the middle of the Candida’s home base.
Why does the human body naturally produce HCl (Hydrochloric acid) in the stomach? It’s because the hydrochloric acid kills most of the contaminating microorganisms in the stomach which in turn allows for easier digestion.
If what we’re told (and see for ourselves) about the traditional American diet being exactly like you described, why is it that only 60,000 people a year out of a population of 307,006,550 people contract Candida infestations if acidic is more common? Considering the theory of an alkaline environment being the way to stop the infestation, it seems that the opposite would be the case. That’s simple logic.
Even though most people believe that Candida cannot be contracted through sexual intercourse, medical research and science says it can. I’ve also seen blogs and forums where one woman after another has sworn that that’s how they contracted either a yeast infection or Candida, in fact, there was a woman on this forum just a few days ago who claimed that’s the way she contracted the infestation, and when you know the facts, it’s not that difficult to understand. The vagina normally has a more acid pH making the normal environment for the vagina acidic, but semen has an alkaline pH, so having unprotected sexual intercourse three or more times within a 24 hour period can 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, according to science, the vagina is predominately acidic in a healthy, normal female, and Candida thrives in an acidic environment, why do all women not have yeast infections — all the time?
If you still believe that alkalizing the entire body is going to cure Candida, read the proof for yourself:
The following research was published by the American Society for Microbiology.
The giveaway statement in that information is, Candida were “able to efficiently bind to the Rim101 binding (test) site when isolated from cells grown at alkaline pH but not when isolated from cells grown at acidic pH.” What else can anyone possibly need to prove that Candida grows and thrives in an alkaline environment?
As stated earlier, the answer to successfully treating a Candida infestation is very high counts of probiotics with as many strains as possible, eating kefir and yogurt for more acid producing strains and abstaining from the foods that will continue to feed the Candida.
You posted, “it just really adds up (like $200-300 a month). Huge difference and this can cause people to go broke. Add in the supplements, its like $300-400 a month.”
And yet one of the first things you’re telling them is to go borrow money so that they can pay an over-expensive doctor to ‘try’ and fix them when 9 times out of 10 naturopaths are unable do it? And it’s not necessary to spend that much money on the treatment, I know I certainly didn’t, and I cured my infestation in less than two months once I convinced myself that the answer was acidic and not alkalizing. Plus only a minimal amount of antibiotics are needed, and you can make your own yogurt and kefir at an extremely inexpensive cost. Also it’s much cheaper to eat organic eggs compared to the pounds and pounds of red meat and pork that the normal American eats.
They could save their money by not paying that very expensive naturopath and instead spend it on green vegetables and beneficial bacteria sources.
By the way, you didn’t ‘upset’ me, I’ve just become very passinate about people not getting rid of this beast when I know it’s so possible.
So, no hard feelings here, Raster, I enjoyed the debate.