A Candida Infestation: In The Beginning Part 1


infestationAs far as my own Candida albicans overgrowth which ended over two years ago is concerned, I don’t even know how many months I suffered before I finally figured out exactly had me so stumped and so miserable all the time. And once I decided that Candida was my problem, I started reading everything I could find including blogs, articles, forums, and most of all, research studies conducted by universities and labs all over the world. I had read dozens of messages and articles online which claimed that it takes literally years to overcome a severe Candida overgrowth, and once I started my research into the life and times of Candida albicans, I decided that I would prove, even if to no one other than myself, that taking two years or longer on a treatment to bring a Candida infestation under control was not necessary. And that’s what I did.

This story will be written in installments, and this first chapter concerns how I contracted a Candida infestation and the beginning of my research. In time, I’ll share with you the research I found, the self-experiments which I indulged in as far as discovering and designing the most beneficial diet for a Candida overgrowth, plus uncountable supplements and antifungals; all of which I tested on myself before making them a part of my Candida treatment which ultimately brought my infestation under complete control. I can’t imagine the sum total of dollars I spent on the ‘experimental’ supplements, including homeopathic meds which came with the promise of curing a Candida albicans overgrowth.

Candida Albicans

Candida is a form of yeast which inhabits the body of human beings. The yeast is harmless under normal circumstances, but in specific situations, this yeast can change into a fungal form of yeast which is called Candida albicans. This happens when the ratio between the Candida yeast and our beneficial bacteria reaches a state of imbalance. The normal ratio of beneficial bacteria to any type of pathogen including Candida is normally 90 – 30. Ideally our bodies would retain this delicate ratio of the flora and pathogens throughout our lifetime, but unfortunately, living on earth doesn’t always mean that this is possible.

It was estimated by a study conducted by Rice University that approximately 70% of all humans have at least a degree of the Candida albicans fungus in their body.

My personal story of how I contracted a Candida overgrowth is really quite simple, and after the fact, as they say, I felt ridiculous for causing such an atrocity to take control of my body. After I reached a full Candida albicans infection, I came to realize that I had been on the verge of this dreadful disease for many years due to the less severe symptoms I had experienced over the past several years.

As mentioned above, the initial cause of a Candida overgrowth is normally an imbalance of the flora which lives in the intestines and colon. A typical adult has between 50 and 70 trillion cells which make up his body mass. As far as the number of beneficial bacterial an average healthy human has within his intestines and colon, it’s estimated that there are at least ten times more bacteria than cells. So this imbalance of flora can take many years to take effect, or it may never materialize. The cause of the imbalance is usually a misuse of antibiotics given to us by our physicians over a number of years. Overuse of antibiotics is quickly becoming the number one reason for the failure of an antibiotic to cure a disease or illness.

The initiation of my particular outbreak of Candida albicans was caused by a silly diet which I attempted at the time to lose a mere 12-15 pounds of weight I had recently put on. I had known of someone who had lost 20 pounds on a simple fruit diet. She ate of lots of fruit along with small amounts of protein. Well like most people I suppose, I loved fruit, so it occurred to me that it should be fairly easy to lose the fifteen pounds that I’d been thinking about losing. So off I went to experiment with this supposedly wonderful fruit diet.

My problem with the diet seems now to have been the particular types of fruit that I was eating. You see my favorite fruits were grapes and bananas, in that order. I also like berries, but they’re not nearly as tasty as the other two, for a good reason. Both bananas and grapes are among the highest sugar content fruits available. And to make matters worse, I much preferred the very dark colored grapes, purple as well as black. This means that the grapes I was eating throughout the day were much higher in sugar than the green grapes would have been. The reason for this is that the dark ones have more antioxidants which unfortunately mean more sugar. So without realizing it, during the entire two weeks that I was gorging myself with yummy fruits, I was also building the perfect environment for a Candida albicans infestation, which was of course a yummy sugar-filled environment.

Even though fruit may contain citrus which is an acidic compound, during the process of digesting fruits they will normally create an alkaline environment in the intestines. Pathogens such as yeast, especially Candida albicans thieve in an alkaline environment as explained in my previous article.

You might say that this is the recipe I used to create a Candida albicans infestation.

1) Common over-prescribed rounds of antibiotics at a young age = low beneficial bacteria in the intestines
2) Fruit = alkaline environment
3) Alkaline environment = the perfect environment for Candida albicans to thrive.
4) Fructose in fruit = food for Candida yeast

To be continued in next part …. which you can find here
You can also find Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

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