If you didn’t read my previous posts please do that before reading this blog post.
Candida Blog Part 5: Symptom-free for Six months
Candida Treatment: Blog Part 6 Updated 1 year
Some of you may know by now that I’ve been Candida symptom-free for over two years. When I started the first Candida diet, which I found online, I began to keep a blog of my experience. I’m sharing part of the blog in my story which includes my experiences and experiments during a Candida infestation and the research I conducted during that period.
Candida Infestation Treatment Blog – 2010
I’ve been going through a lot more research in the past week and discovered that one of the toxins that the living Candida albicans excrete is ammonia. I already knew about red meat and pork releasing ammonia when it breaks down in the intestines; the protein-breakdown is what causes the ammonia to be released. I figure that, if Candida albicans can release ammonia, then it has to be for a beneficial reason, otherwise why would they be able to do this? So if eating meat does the same thing, possibly creating a more beneficial environment for them, then that can’t be a good thing. I’m now wondering if chicken or fish does the same thing so I’m going to check that out by eating nothing but chicken and vegetables one day and nothing but fish and vegetables on another day.
So now, outside of eggs, the only animal protein I’ve been eating is chicken and fish, and I’ve been rotating the two everyday just as I explained in my last post. I’ve noticed less Candida symptoms after I eat then I was experiencing with beef and especially with pork. Common sense tells me that chicken and fish both must release smaller amounts of ammonia than beef or pork when their proteins break down in the intestines. But still, I don’t like this idea, especially while I’m fighting a Candida infestation, so I’m going to change my diet again to more or less, a vegetarian diet, but I will continue to eat between 3 and 6 eggs every day. The number will depend on my level of activity during any given day.
I’m feeling a lot hungrier without having either chicken or fish every day. So during the past week I’ve spent a lot of time researching various foods, mainly their composition, trying to find some other acceptable protein sources and some food source that will help me to fill full and satisfied. I’ve come up with two products that I’ve located and purchased from a health food store a few miles away. I began eating one of these yesterday, namely, Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour. I found some bread recipes on the Internet made with coconut flour instead of wheat, so I’ve developed my own “Candida treatment” version of the bread. The other product is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oat Bran Hot Cereal. The good thing about this particular bran is that it’s a natural prebiotic that’s going to feed the beneficial bacteria so at the same time I’ve added a very useful supplement to my regimen. The next time I bake a loaf of the coconut bread, I’ve decided to use half coconut flour and half oat bran.
I also noticed that, after I removed the chicken and fish from my diet, the die-off symptoms returned stronger than they’ve been for a while, so I have increased the amount of Molybdenum Amino Acid Chelate I’ve been taking back to three 250 mcg pills a day, but I’ll probably need to do this for only a few days. I attribute the increase in die-off to the fact that I’ve removed all animal protein other than eggs from my diet. Conclusion: Removing meat, chicken, and fish from your diet can destroy a number of Candida cells, therefore creating dying Candida toxins and die-off symptoms.
So now, after about three months on several different versions of a Candida diet, I’m continuing to eat a load of green vegetables, eggs, gluten-free oat bran, coconut oil, olive oil, coconut flour, and of course various herbs and salt and pepper. By the way, sea salt is an absolute must if you’re treating a Candida infestation; don’t eat regular table salt that contains iodine, otherwise it will also contain Dextrose, which is a type of sugar. When you change to sea salt, you’ll need to find a supplement of iodine and take it every day.
Note: I’ve lost 12 pounds so far, which I suppose isn’t as bad as it could be.
I’d like to mention something that I’ve realized about a Candida diet and natural anti-fungal products used to kill the Candida. Either changing your diet by removing sugars and carbohydrates or using one of the anti-fungal products, or starting a new natural food source antifungal can start or restart the release of die-off toxins and causing your die-off symptoms to increase. So, in my experience, the following is extremely important to remember while on a Candida diet.
You should never use an anti-fungal product to kill Candida until you’ve spent at least one or two weeks on a Candida diet.
There are two excellent reasons for this, both of which make perfect sense to me. One reason is; the diet alone is going to cause you to experience die-off symptoms which will at times be quite debilitating. Adding an antifungal to your treatment too early is only going to increase the amount of toxins already being released in your body and make you even sicker than with the diet alone. I’ve recently read some research studies about how the aldehyde toxins released by the dying Candida can actually damage the liver of human beings, so you want to keep these toxins at a bare minimum by going very slowly with your Candida treatment.
The other reason is, if you’re not on a Candida diet and you start taking an antifungal, then you’re still eating in a way that will ‘feed’ the Candida allowing the infestation to grow in numbers, and if you’re taking an antifungal at the same time, then you’re just fighting a losing battle, and it makes no difference what else you do. Can you see how this would be nothing more than creating a cycle of breeding the Candida and then killing them off only to breed more? So be sure that you stay solidly on a good Candida diet for a week or two before using an anti-fungal product.
Please read part 5 here.
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