What's with the white coating on the tongue? Is that always a sign of Candida or is it sometimes something else? I've been on a strict candida diet and have been rotating in some antifungals and using probiotics, and while some other candida symptoms like my eczema and itching elsewhere on my body have mostly cleared-up, my tongue is as white as ever.
Is there anything in particular that I can do about this or is it just a matter of fighting the candida for a really really long time before I lose the coating? Also, has anyone around here ever actually gotten rid of the tongue coating?
I have the same and have been "curing for 2 months now. The "whit" is going to be the last to go. You diet, antifungal, herbs. Then start clensing the system when you know you can stand the diet. Firstthe bowels. You can swish some olive oil, baking soda or apple cider vinegar (dilute with H2O). But it will come back.
I don't think the white tongue is necessarily a symptom of candida, but it is a symptom of your body cleaning out. Usually on a stict fast, the tongue will clear up in 10-14 days. Obviously, on the candida diet it will take much longer. In fact, if you eat lots of dairy on the diet (yogurt, butter) you may never clear up completly.
When the yeast is dormant, or gone all together--so will the white coating. It is a good indicator. But you can confuse it with a lot of other things too. As a general rule, when your gut & liver are healthy, your tongue should look normal.
My follow-up question is this, if the coating on the tongue is actual candida yeast, then shouldn't applying an anti-fungal (like Grapefruit-Seed-Extract or oil of oregano) directly to it clear it up, at least temporarily?
I've had good success with hydogen peroxide. My tongue is pink for the first time ever. Google 'food grade hydrogen peroxide' and find out about it so you can do it right. The candida is an anaerobe and oxygen kills it.
Hi. Yep, white tongue can be candida, but it can also be a sign that your body is too toxic or is actively detoxing. This points to a liver issue. When you fight candida with diet and antifungals, your body can be detoxing faster than your liver can handle, which means that you have toxins re-circulating in your system instead of being expelled. Try doing the cleansing salad (a cup of grated or shredded carrot, a tblsp each of olive oil and lemon) as one meal replacement 7 days in a row). Also, eating lemon periodically throughout the day seems to really help my liver function. I personally LOVE Chlorella - it has helped me de-tox from overtoxicity due to having taken too many antifungals for 2 years. I take about 10 grams/day. Make sure your bowels are functioning properly (going every day). A couple of colonics can really help too. When your body detoxes it does so in stages. First stage mobilizes trapped toxins. 2nd stage binds the mobilized toxins to get them ready to be swept from system (this is what Chlorella does), and third step is making sure the bound toxins get OUT of the body (this is where the colonic comes in). My golden rule is I try never to detox beyond my liver's ability to handle the load, so need to do it very systematically and carefully. Also, any supplements you take also have to be processed through the liver, so choose wisely and don't do what I did, which was pile on everything and anything you hear is helpful in hopes of getting better faster. It can backfire big time and keep you going round in circles. Also, keep liver clear as possible by avoiding caffeine and chocolate.
Just lemons and a TON of water... like constantly drinking all day... has helped me.
I agree with the anit-fungals. They have their place, but time away from them has really helped my body get back on track.
I just started the colonics series and have done two so far. I'll update after I've done five or six and let you know if I feel any difference. I've been told it takes at least four and possibly as many as eight (done weekly) before you'll really notice a difference.
Cool!! Yes, it takes a bit. I have had 3 now (although a few weeks apart due to $ issues), and it was after the 3rd one that I noticed that I was able to "go" on my own again. A sluggy liver can cause constipation, and as I was detoxing at a fast clip over the last 2 months, faster than liver could handle, I began to need enemas every couple days in order to be sure I got the toxins out of the body. Also noticed that stool was very black, hard and rubbery, and burned when coming out. After last colonic, I am going each morning, plus color is lighter (back to normal dark brown) and no burn. I really think the lemon, Chlorella and colonics are invaluable to this process.
That's great news. I've always had (generally) good bm's. They were always on the loose side, up to three times daily for the past couple of years, and I was prone to diarrhea and never have really had issues with constipation. Now I have 2, (occasionally 3 or 1) a day and they are solid, but not too solid.
You would think going at least twice a day and drinking a bunch of water would keep the toxins flowing out... but I still have occasions where I can feel some discomfort in my liver/pancreas/kidney areas. Those tend to be the days I've taken a lot of anti-candida food - onions, garlic, broccoli and taken more probiotics than usual, so it would make sense that it's the candida dying off.