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    Hi there, I wondered if someone could offer any advice.

    I’ve been struggling for years with a variety of symptoms – skin rashes, dandruff, bloating, mental fog, fatigue. I’ve done all the detoxes and healthy diets for long periods of time with no improvements at all.

    For the last year or so I’ve assumed I have candida, based on my symptoms. A strict candida diet for many months hasn’t shown any improvement, however I have experienced “die off” (or feel terrible at least) when I consume lots of coconut oil and don’t eat other foods (or small amounts of greek yogurt – like a CO fast). However I can happily eat 12+ spoonfuls of CO a day if I’m eating other foods with it. I’m not sure if this is really die off or just my body telling me not to eat the CO on an empty stomach! Raw garlic also creates immediate nausea when I take it, but I’ve never subsequently “passed” any candida or anything like that. I’m not sure if I’m killing something in my gut or just eating stuff that doesn’t agree with me. Other anti-fungals have never caused any sort of die off.

    I figured if I had candida, I would at least feel a bit better after a no sugar diet for many months, but this hasn’t been the case.

    My diet for the last month has been green vegetables, sauerkraut, coconut oil, eggs, fage greek yogurt (mixed with the coconut oil), rice bran and oat bran. For the last few days I cut out the eggs, brans and yogurt as I thought these might be slowing my recovery, so I’ve only been eating greens – I thought this would at least stop the bloating. However since then I haven’t felt any different – my bloating and other symptoms are just as bad as before.

    I’m really confused as to whether I have candida at all and whether I’m putting myself under unnecessary stress doing this diet. I read about candida sufferers having reactions to many foods until they’ve been on the diet for a few months, but I’ve never had any of that – I could eat whatever I want and feel exactly the same as I do on the candida diet. I’d be more motivated if I felt foods were hurting me but I don’t, it feels like I’m depriving myself for no reason other than to hope my symptoms will magically disappear one day if I carry on eating like this.

    If I don’t feel any reactions to foods, and even extended water fasting doesn’t improve my symptoms (apart from the bloating, which goes away when I fast) can I assume I don’t have candida?


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    Why don’t you test for candida?!


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    What probiotics are you taking?

    How is your digestion?



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    Thanks for your responses.

    I’ve been taking sauerkraut, kim chi and raw goat milk kefir as probiotics for a month or so. Hasn’t seemed to have made any impact. I’ve been focusing more on prebiotics in recent weeks – lots of greens, onions, yucca root, rice bran, oat bran. Maybe I’m being impatient and need to keep it up for a few months before expecting results.

    My digestion isn’t terrible but not as good as it should be. I have constant bloating and struggle to put on weight. Bowel movements are usually regular and reasonably formed on a “normal” diet, although on this diet I’m going once every two days which isn’t great. Fruits and raw honey seem to work best for my digestion but I’m assuming I can’t have those. Also I never experience any die off when I eat fruits so I’m assuming the sugar is keeping the candida alive, although I do seem to digest my foods better with fruits and honey.

    Earlier today I took some crushed raw garlic in some green soup and felt extremely weak afterwards, and my bloating was worse than normal. I have no idea if this is die off or the garlic disagrees with me. Raw garlic seems to produce immediate nausea and weakness, although it’s not as bad now as it used to be, which suggests it might be killing something in my body that shouldn’t be there. Coconut oil in large quantities does the same (but only when I eat nothing else, or mixed in with greek yogurt). Fasting on coconut oil and small amounts of fage yogurt seems to cause massive die off (and a yeasty looking stool, but not sure if this is actually candida), but I can never do it longer than 1 day as I feel so awful. If I didn’t have candida I assume the coconut oil/garlic wouldn’t have this effect?

    I think I’m going to stick to Able’s protocol for 3 months and see what happens. Maybe the bloating is just die off and will eventually clear up? Should I be concerned that I never pass candida unless I’m fasting on coconut oil?

    Also, can anyone advise whether I can have rice bran and oat bran in the first 14 days of the protocol? I don’t feel like it causes a reaction in me (then again, nothing does) and I’m getting bored of eggs and green vegetables. Also I need more calories as I’m losing weight I can’t afford to lose!

    Thanks again.

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