all research that I have read says that candida thrives in an overly acidic environment
All the "research" you have read is wrong.
Candida is a yeast that has the ability to turn into a fungus. It's DIMORPHIC. In a petri dish, in the absence of any competition (or the body's immune system) all that is required is a pH above 4. That's the cut-off point. Below 4 it remains a yeast.
What you probably read, and the only roundabout connection to be made re: acidity, is that an overly acidic body does not operate at peak efficiency or performance. And this would impact the immune system. So an acidic body might struggle more to combat fungal candida due to a sub-par immune system. Other than that, the people you were reading have got it backwards.
Women frequently get "yeast" infections (i.e. fungus infections) after a round of antibiotics, b/c the antiBx kill off too many good bacteria in the vagina. Without the competition, and the acidic output of those bacteria, candida blooms.
The small intestines are slightly acidic. The friendly bacteria produce beneficial acids that keep the small intestines in that type of environment. Candida can adjust to extreme ph conditions..whether alkaline or acidic...However- Fungal candida best thrives in a alkaline environment. To my experience most meat is not that acidic..With protein bacteria/candida can produce ammonia which is a base that can nuetralize some of the acidity. It seems if meat was that acid forming then it would cause loose or runny stools. Some civilizations that ate a lot of meat would have had more health problems.
The real cause of candida has been the overuse of antibiotics, toxins/chemicals/heavy metals in our environment, poor imbalanced diets, stress, poor immune function. Eating an overalkaline diet actually contributed partially to my candida condition because it was constipating me. Too much greens seemed to be nuetralizing too much of the beneficial digestive acids/acids produced from the friendly bacteria that keep candida in check. Extreme diet changes can throw our body out of balance for a while because the our gut ecology has to adapt to the change. If people do change their diet it needs to be gradual so the body can adjust better.
I wish getting strong candida under control was as simple as having the right ph. I would have been cured a long time ago. The problem with candida is that it is highly adaptive to a wide range of ph conditions.
The best way to put it is that the ph can vary depending on where in the intestinal tract youre at. It makes sense why the large intestine is acidic. It is the higher acids that help to push fecal matter out of the body. There is alot of flora in our large intestines producing a lot of acidic byproducts creating more of an acidic environment. Higher acids push the bowels out. The same concept of when someone gets food poisining the body produces high amounts of HCL (acid) which casues diarreah. The more acid produced the more it flushes the bowels out.
The ph of the intestinal tract:
There has been much debate on candida and ph conditions. Candida can be in a yeast form or a fungal form. This is how it adapts to the extreme ph condidtions. A lot of people think candida is just a yeast condition which can do better in a acidic environment. But when it turns fungal it thrives more in alkaline environment. Everywhere in nature mold/fungus always grows better in a alkaline environment. A lot of wthat inhibits mold has a acidic content: sorbic acid, caprylic acid, undecenoic acid, absorbic acid, sulfuric acid(from garlic) etc.... Do an experiment and put mold in water that has a little ascorbic acid in it and then put mold in pure mineral water and see which condition it grows faster in.
It is no theory that antibiotics/antibacterial substances can cause candida to go out of control. Just ask the majority of people on this forum. My candida was never out of control until i did antibacterial substances.
I dont follow any specific diets that are recommended by practitioners. Candida diets can vary so much depending on what each individual is going through, what kind of intestinal dysbiosis they are going through, and what kind of digestive issues are happening. Ive had to constantly change my diet due to candidas ability to adapt to our diets. I wish it was as simple as following some diet plan that is outlined by a health practioner. My goal in dieting is to avoid extreme bloating(fermentation), indigestion, and inflammation, and trying to get a good amount of nutrients. Ill eat whatever is accomplishing those qualities. All I know is that I cannot do fruit, anything high in fructose, cannot do high fatty foods for long period of times, no spicy foods. Most grains I cannot do. Most Grains seem to be mineral depleting(especially if not prepared properly), and cause a decent amount of bloating. Some nut butters I can get away with for a few days but not much longer because they can be hard to digest. Some things i know right away that i have to avoid. Other food i can do for a little while and then have to rotate it. Its a constant balancing act due to candidas ability to produce a wide variety of enzymes/and my lack of proper digestion.
The large intestine is either slightly acidic or neutral in it's balanced state, but of course in the overly acidic body, it is much to acidic, and at least for me, this is where I feel the majority of my candida problem.
If your large intestine was too acidic, this would be LESS hospitable to fungal candida, not conducive too it. The acid-loving bacteria in the colon keep the pH down. When they are killed off the pH starts to rise and more and more candida yeast start to turn fungal.
What governs the pH at various places in your GI tract is different from what governs the pH of your flesh and various bodily fluids.
Technically, scientists consider the gut lumen to be outside the body.
The friendly bacteria produces many byproduct acids by fermenting fiber/carbs. The release of these acids helps to push the bowels out/ give you the sudden urge to poop. The same effect when someone gets food poisining the body produces excess HCL to try to kill the bad bacteria. The excess Hydrocholric "acid" causes diarreah/fushes the bowels out. All the acids that the flora produces creates an acidic environment in the colon. Feces contain 30-60% friendly bacteria.
When i lost my friendly bacteria due to anti-bacteria substances i became completely constipated.