I've been on the candida diet since May. A few times I was naughty and ate some Sugar containing stuff. I still do it sometimes. It is terrible but sometimes I just can't handle my cravings.
I started the Bowel Cleanse with IF#1&2 but I stopped because I messed up with icecream and cakes.
I'm sure it is the candida talking (and maybe other parasites).
My problem is: to kill candida, you have to first clean out the bowel and do parasites cleanse. But to do a bowel cleanse, you have to eat lots of vegetables and only good food. But because I was naughty I stopped after 1 week.
How long does it take anyway to get rid of candida? I'm just so fed up with it and with all these cravings!
Many people reported that their cravings reduced with the bowel and parasites cleanse but I haven't managed to do that.
How can I do a succesful parasites cleanse and Bowel Cleanse and handle all these cravings at the same time?
Anybody who got rid of candida already?
It just seems so stubborn and is getting on my nerves.
I really want to get over all this problem and just follow my healthy diet. Also, I really have to contentrate on my studies and I can't if I still have this candida problem, it's just ruling my life!
Your Sugar cravings are because of the Candida/parasites which THRIVE on sugar. The more Sugar you feed it the more these fungi will proliferate.
You must have missed a lot of great information on the "Natural Healing Solutions" topic on this forum.
You said: "Your Sugar cravings are because of the Candida/parasites which THRIVE on sugar. The more Sugar you feed it the more these fungi will proliferate."
Thank you, I already knew this...
But that was not the question I asked.
It takes as long as it takes! Every case is different and what works for one person will not necessarily work for another. I was able to overcome problems with candida, but it took several years and approaching it from many angles. Candida thrives as a result of a compromised immune system, dysfunctions in the digestive system, hormonal imbalances in the endocrine system and an overload of toxins. All the anti-fungals in the world will not take care of the problem if you do not address it on all levels. It requires modifications in diet, lifestyle, stress management, eliminating toxins and rebuilding your immune system. Diet is a vital part of the program and there is no magic formula for dealing with the cravings. Just like breaking any addiction or bad habit you have to just do it! I KNOW it is not easy...I was on a strict protein and low-carb diet for three years and I had a vicious sweet tooth! I did occasionally cheat...and I also paid for it! I had minimal success with Nystatin, Nizoral and Diflucan...but had a major improvement with an herbal colon cleansing program (Holistic Horizons). I also had good results with an herbal combination called Biocidin. But it also required drastic changes in my diet, exercise, stress reduction, supplements, enzymes, probiotics, avoiding toxic exposures, changing personal care and cleaning products, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and a lot of introspection and addressing unresolved emotional issues. I felt worse before I felt better...but I DID get better...and you can, too!
Getting rid of Candida does NOT have to take long with the proper protocol. Nystatin, Nizoral and Diflucan, do absoultely nothing to go after and destroy the CAUSE. These products are useless, as they put a temporary band-aid on a progressive disease. Again colon cleansing is only temporary and does NOTHING for a systemic Candida infection.
If you will read my post again you will see that I stated that a holistic, multiphase approach is necessary for addressing systemic candidiasis. You are correct that anti-fungals do not address the cause of this condition, but they are beneficial when implemented as part of the program. I also disagree with your statement that colon cleansing does nothing for Candida. Eliminating toxins is a necessary component of restoring health so that the body can heal and rebuild itself. Colon cleansing is the first line of defense with any detoxification program, and additional cleansing of the liver, kidneys, skin, lungs, lymph and blood are also indicated. Any condition can benefit from detoxification...including Candida.
'Long' is a relative term. As I stated...it takes as long as it takes, and the length of time necessary to address this condition differs for everyone.
*I am very curious regarding why you are disputing my posts...this is the second one today.
I am in total agreement with what you said above. In order to be rid of systemic Candida, you do need diet changes to a more sensible diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegtables. This has to be followed with lots of water, exercise and probiotics and anything else that will enable a speedier recovery I doubt very much if there can be any faster or shorter way that is fully effective long term.
Of equal importance too is that the condition may get worse before it gets better. The endocrine system, the immune system will be affected together with hormonal imbalance. The severe condition is known as the APICH syndrome. You can read more about his at this link: http://www.cmtomlinson.freeuk.com/digestv1i3.htm
Thanks for the link...looks very interesting. Without a doubt, there are no quick or miracle cures for this condition. As with most chronic conditions, it is a dis-ease of lifestyle and requires time, patience and numerous lifestyle changes to address it. A holistic approach is always the best for restoring health and vitality.
I also wanted to ask this for a long time. Pam, or anybody with candida: what kinds of fruits did you eat?
I heard many times that the fruits should be avoided, but my own experience shows that I could eat peaches, apples, lot of fruits with no problem. The carbohydrates caused a lot more problem.
In an earlier post Agnes also said: "fresh fruit only" which tells me that fruits are okay.
I believe with candida the main problems are the "man made junks"...
I also believe that what one can eat can not be generalized. For example for some people tofu wouldn't be good but I think for others it is okay to eat.
I think different treatment and protocol works for everyone.
And also: what can eat someone who is a vegetarian?
For me lots of veggies and fruits are okay but with a hectic lifestyle I need more calories especially when I work out. So the only options are tofu, soya, nuts and seed and since I try to avoid carbos, maybe millet only.
I just still can't imagine people living just on vegetables. Okay, I know gorillas can do that, but all they do all day is eating!
First of all...LISTEN TO YOUR OWN BODY! You are absolutely right that people differ in how they react to foods, what their body needs, and how they respond to any sort of treatment or therapy.
With regard to candida, this yeast/fungi uses sugars as its food source. Ingestion of carbohydrates (sugars, starches, cellulose and gums) promotes an over-growth of candida when the digestive, immune and endocrine systems have been compromised. Carbohydrates occur in both fruits and vegetables, as well as any starches, to different degrees. Some people find that they can tolerate fruit, or some fruits, while others need to avoid it entirely...as well as vegetables that contain higher concentrations of sugars such as beets and carrots.
At my worst I was unable to tolerate any fruits (except lemon)without having a reaction. As my health improved I was able to gradually reintroduce them, beginning with some berries, citrus, Watermelon and apples. Now I can eat any fruit and indulge in a pastry now and then with no problem...although some reactions occur if I overdo it. (This is not necessarily a sign of Candida...anyone can react to eating too much junk!) I avoided all fruit juices and dried fruits, too, because they have a higher concentration of sugars.
Fresh and organic is always best for anyone if you can get/afford it.
There are many schools of thought about diet, including what is appropriate for addressing Candida. I am not a vegetarian and do not adhere to any particular dietary philosophy. I have found that my body functions better when I include meat in my diet...and particularly beef. I use meat more as a condiment, however, and eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Again...I think it is most important that you pay attention to your own body and do what works for you.
I have to disagree with the statement that "candidiasis is a disease of lifestyle". In the majority of cases, if not all, yeast overgrowth (which is the precursor to candidiasis) is brought on by doctors who prescribe antibiotics, steroid medications, and some birth control pills. All these products destroy our intestinal flora and allow yeast cells to take over the vacant space in the gut. This is how it gets started. Then, perhaps lifestyle comes into play when you "feed" the problem by a diet high in sugars, carbs, and yeast containing products. The yeast cells mutate and somehow make us crave sweets, carbs, breads, etc., which they need to survive and multiply. With these cravings come weight gain, lethargy, brain fog, and a long list of other symptoms which doctors prefer to treat individually. And, as everyone knows, it perhaps adds billions of dollars per year to the health care industry in doctor fees, hospital stays, and drug sales. It is very unfortunate that this condition is kept such a secret by health care professionals. This is obviously a case of profits taking priority over individual suffering.
I understand the points you are raising about the causes of candidiasis...and, in fact, overuse of antibiotics and birth control pills largely contributed to my systemic candidiasis as well. However, this begs the question 'why are antibiotics, steroids and artificial hormones being consumed in the first place?'. This is a clear indication that a healthy immune system was not present to begin with, and that lifestyle choices were made that contributed to ill health. While candida is a condition in and of itself, it is also a reflection of a life/body out of balance. Candida will not overgrow in a person who maintains a healthy, balanced lifestyle...where antibiotics, steroids and artificial hormones are not needed. Successful programs to treat candidiasis address these lifestyle choices by improving diet, rebuilding the digestive and immune systems and replacing unhealthy behaviors with those that promote healing and wellness. If the candida were the only problem then antifungals would completely address it...and they don't.
There is a tremendous amount of anger towards the medical community expressed throughout the forums on this website... UNDERSTANDABLY. I, too, felt betrayed by doctors that I had turned to for help to improve my health, only to later discover that the treatments were exacerbating the problems. However, I was also fortunate to find a few medical doctors who finally identified the problems I was having and introduced the principals and practice of natural healing to me. I also had to take a long, hard look at my own role in my poor health and the lifestyle choices I had made that brought it on...and they were many! Taking responsibility for ones health includes the painful acknowledgement that one is also responsible for its absence... only then are we empowered to change it.
While a body 'out-of-balance' can certainly allow opportunistic invaders to gain a foothold and begin causing adverse health problems, one has to question what could possibly be causing this imbalance in the first place? One fact that is hardly touched on regarding candidiasis is the fact that it is a multi-generational problem. It is passed down from your parents. A candida infected pregnant mother infects the unborn fetus. Thus, a baby can be born with birth defects, or be seemingly healthy and have chronic health problems occur later. And since doctors are not trained to recognize candida related conditions, it will undoubtedly go unnoticed. With candida already present in the body, it can begin to cause infections, or mucous buildup, leading to antibiotic use when a baby is but days or weeks old which begins to destroy what little bit of friendly bacteria they may have to fight off illnesses. This, as you know, can be the beginning of a cycle of infection/antibiotic use that will continue to cause health problems for the rest of one's life. Of course the presence of candida causes Sugar cravings, and we all know that kids without their Sugar can be pretty irritable. This is perhaps the best clue to the presence of candida in kids. So, perhaps this is the answer to "the beginning", or why antibiotics, steroids, or hormones are used in the first place.
There are tests out there for candida but finding a doctor that believes in this condition is the problem. I think the common tests are stool and saliva tests. But most of doctors are in denial that it is a real problem. The most effective way to diagnose candida is by health history and symptoms. If you have a history of antibiotic use, birth control pill use, or steroid use, you likely have it. Also, if your diet consists of a lot of sweets, breads, pasta, or carbohydrates in general, you are a good candidate. Candida makes you crave these. The symptoms list is a mile long and can mask a lot of problems which 'conventional medicine' has labeled with their own names. Things like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, or most GI problems are probably candida related. Also, skin problems like psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, acne, skin tags, and warts are candida related. If you feel lethargic, "fogged in", have trouble concentrating (ADD), lack of energy, have experienced weight gain, have chronic sinus or ear infections, chronic colds and flu, headaches, arthritis, nail fungus, chronic jock itch or athlete's feet, and allergies are all due to candida. Add to this a long list of diseases such as Diabetes, M.S. , Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, just to name a few, and you have a multi-billion dollar parasite. So, as you can see, doctors don't want to admit candida is the cause to all of these problems because it would severely cut into their profits.
In addition to the candida/yeast questionnaires, there are stool analysis and blood anti-body tests for candida. Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratories is one of the best sources for functional medical tests, including these. They also do numerous tests for parasites and detoxification ability. When performing the candida tests, they culture the particular strain and provide a list of anti-fungals (herbal and pharmaceutical) for which your particular strain will respond. Strains may be resistant to some anti-fungals so this information can be very valuable for treating candida and sparing you a lot of time and money trying ineffective treatments. These tests are only available to healthcare professionals, though. You MAY be able to contact the lab and ask for a physician's referral in your area that will provide the testing for you. (I'm not certain that they offer this service, but it's worth a shot.) Here's there website:
Have you seen that test that is out? candia5. It tests blood for anti bodies? do you know if it works? a friend of mine is a microbiologist, and she says the problem with that is, most everyone has antibodies to it? do you know? thanks in advance. I wanted to try that test. Its not here, it comes out of australia i think.I'm in the states. cindy
I am very interested in the info on ARICH syndrome as it is suspected that I have it>
Unfortunatly I was unable to access the link you posted and information (esspecially symptoms) is hard to come by. Do you know where I can get info about this?
I am still getting rid of candida however the only way i was able to get rid of the cravings while still getting rid of it is I found a very powerful, high grade probiotic that i take every single day. I dont have those cravings anymore which makes it soo much easier to eat right while getting rid of my candida. I tried other probiotics but this is the only one that i have seen the cravings vanish and seen the candida leave through my bowels so i know it is working!