Himawari wrote: Should we be taking the pro-biotic and anti-candida supplements simultaneously? My mother back in the States sent me a package of vitamins and such (I have not started taking any of them), two of which were Candidase (by Enzymedica) and Primal Defense Ultra Ultimate Probiotic Formula (by Garden of Life).
The instructions she passed on to me were:
– Candidase (anti candida enzyme): 1 before bed at least 1 hour after food, 6 days a week (take til bottle is empty)
– Probiotic with lactobaccillus acidophilus: begin taking after Candidase is gone; 1 before bed
Does this make sense? I haven’t been eating anything with probiotics since starting the diet (haven’t reintroduced dairy yet so no yogurt, yet to find kim chi that doesn’t have a ton of crap added, etc. etc.). I’ve been on the diet for almost five weeks (strictly for 4 weeks, very strictly for 2 weeks)… I have to imagine my tummy could use some probiotics by now, so I feel like I should be taking these now…
(Additional information: as I’m still suffering from my old eczema symptoms–although they seem to slowly be getting better–as well as my newly acquired die-off(?) symptoms–headaches, dizziness, low energy/strength/endurance, I feel like I’m a ways away from hitting stage two).
The Candidase contains the enzyme cellulase, this is not a natural enzyme which the human body makes on its own, plus it’s dangerous when one has a Candida albicans infestation.
What cellulase does in the human body is break down vegetable fibers, once it is combined with the enzymes in the fibers, it turns into simple sugars. The resulting sugars will simply feed any surviving Candida.
The other big problem is that Candida is kept in control by the acids formed as the beneficial intestinal flora ferment fibers. These include the insoluble fibers that contain enzymes. However, cellulase and hemicellulase enzymes digest these fibers, again creating simple sugars that can be absorbed unlike the longer chain sugar molecules of the fibers. And as mentioned before these sugars can feed the surviving Candida as not all the sugars are absorbed in the small intestine. By the way, the sugar absorbed in the small intestines is detrimental to the health of beneficial bacteria already there since they cannot feed on sugar. As I stated in the beginning, cellulase (and hemicellulase) enzymes are not even produced naturally by human body, so how necessary can these really be?
What you need in the way of enzymes is something that allows the body to make its own enzymes in the amounts and types needed for the particular foods eaten. For this purpose you can use a product called Swedish Bitters, this is a mixture of liquid herbs which when placed on the tongue stimulates the system to make the enzymes needed at the time.
Keep in mind that you don’t need the full dose recommended on the label. All you need is about ½ of a teaspoonful or half a dropper-full on the tongue so that the bitter taste can stimulated the nerves on the tongue; this stimulation is what activates the digestive enzymes in your body and also flush (detox) the liver. Be sure to look for the “alcohol-free” type of bitters.
You can take the probiotic with lactobacillus acidophilus beginning at any time since you’ve been on the diet for about four weeks.
When you replace this probiotic, look for one that contains Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 instead of the type you have. Research on probiotics show that Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 is one of the most highly effective strains of beneficial bacteria for a Candida albicans infestation.
The symptoms you described, headaches, dizziness, low energy/strength/endurance are from die-off. This means the Candida are releasing toxins in your body and specifically the liver. A natural essential mineral called Molybdenum will lessen the symptoms as well as protect your organs from the toxins.
If you’ve not already read the “protocol” that most of the members are using, you may benefit from the information.
Let us know if you have other questions.