Hi everyone. With all the conflicting info on good and bad foods on the candida diet, I still haven't been able to get a clear answer on a couple of items. 1.) Apple cider vinegar. I've used a little of the organic raw, unfiltered kind in a salad dressing I make (consisting only of that, olive oil and Bragg's unfermented liquid amino acids) but I'm not sure if ALL vinegar is off-limits or not. And, 2.) Organic unsweetened cocoa powder that I sweeten only with pure liquid stevia. Given that I am trying to have a real life here while still adhereing to the non-yeast producing foods, I'd like to think I could still have the occasional pleasures of chocolate. Does anyone know what affect the pure cocoa bean has on candida? Thanks for any input!
well I'm not going to be any help on the cocoa question, but with the vinegar I think I can. Vinegar, all types to my knowledge, are fermented by fungus and are acid forming and create sticky mucus in the body. They are the product of the very things you are tying to suppress. There is a really good book called "sick and tired? reclaim your inner terrain" by Dr. Robert O. Young that lays all this information out really well. I think you would find that it would help you in regaining control with your candida overgrowth. I've been with his program for two months and feeling great. I hope this helps. If you want any more info about he book or Dr. Young's program, feel free to email me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Take care, Mike
I am doing the Body Ecology Diet, and that author states that only Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is healthy and recommended on the diet. I guess it contains healthy flora. I've also heard that swigging a tablespoon or so in warm water first thing in the morning will actually alkalize your system. It's got something to do with a chemical reaction in the stomach. I'm using it and I haven't noticed it exacerbating my symptoms. It feels pretty good to me, actually.
Good to know, The book I was reading from only addressed vinegar in general. If the apple cider vinager is actually alkalizing then that is exactly what you want. It wouldn't be the first item that is acidic out of the body, yet has an alkalizing effect. Thanx for the info. Later, Mike
Just to add to the good news on apple cider vinegar, here is what I have learned about it from a guy I consider a fungal expert. Doug Kauffman has a show that can be seen on Family Net called Your Health with Doug Kauffman, there is also a live feed of his show on his website, (http://www.iknowthecause.com) he has written several books on fungus and it's link to many diseases. The Fungus Link, The Germ that Causes Cancer and Infectious Diabetes (you can find his books at Amazon). What he says about apple cider vinegar is that it creates malic acid in our bodies as it digests and that this malic acid kills yeast or does not allow it to reproduce (can't remember which). I have heard many people say that they feel die off pretty quickly upon taking 1 tsp. of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. I know when I take it I get a lot of sinus drainage.
Hey...thanks for all the feedback. Fortunately, the one vinegar of choice I have been using is organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, so it's good to know that it's not only ok to use, but actually good for me, as well! Fancy that!
So now...what about unsweetened cocoa? Anyone hear anything about that?