Acid/Alkaline balance: The real cause of candida
So a lot of importance is given to balancing acidity and alkalinity on the candida diet and I really think this is the key to the whole thing. And this message is for the true life-long candida sufferers, not those of you who have an occasional flare up or contracted candida after taking antibiotics or other medications, as these types of candida can easily be cured quite quickly. In my case, my body is generally very acidic. I believe that the majority people who suffer from long-term candida are also acidic, but it could also be possible that some people are too alkaline, I don't know because I only know about my own body.
Then let us think, what is acidity? Acid is used in the body for digestion and energy (think battery acid, it produces power). So when the correct amount of acidity is in the body and it is in balance, it is very beneficial and necessary. The problem is when the body becomes overly acidic. We know that our blood has to remain at a very specific Ph level, I believe it's like 7.4 or something, so it's on the alkaline side. It cannot vary at all or you will die, so your body goes through great lengths to make sure your blood stays at the correct Ph level. Therefore, if you are overly acidic, your body has to store this excess acidity in various parts of your body that should not be acidic. Your body may also rob other parts of alkalinity and may even remove calcium and other alkalizing minerals from bones and other places to compensate for the unbalance.
Since candida mainly starts in the intestines, I will discuss how and why this occurs. Of course we know our stomach should be acidic to help break down foods, but then as the food passes to the small intestine, the environment should be alkaline and this is an area where big problems will occur if it is less alkaline than it should be. 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. Please respond if you also feel your main problem is in the lower intestine.
We know that candida is contained in all human bodies along with thousands of other types of bacteria. So the problem is not candida itself, the problem is that our body is out of balance. When the large and small intestine are not in the correct Ph level (too acidic), then the proper balance of bacteria does not grow correctly, especially the beneficial bacteria that keeps the candida in balance. So of course the candida starts growing like crazy, causing further digestion problems (I've heard something like 80% or more of digestion takes place in the intestines) and all sorts of other diseases and symptoms.
There is much speculation about the causes of candida, is it because of parasites, Amalgam
fillings, immunizations, poor diet, etc. Well, I don't think candida is caused by parasites. I think that parasites in the body are just another type of disease that is able to thrive in an overly acidic body. If the body is the correct Ph balance, all parasites will naturally be destroyed. I know some people firmly believe that Amalgam
fillings are the cause of their candida, and I can't argue this point because I have never had any cavities and I don't have any experience in this topic. Immunizations and poor diet definitely could be causes of long-term candida but I think it's because they acidify the body. We know that immunizations and all types of pharmaceuticals are acidifying and poisonous to the body.
I can't prove any of this and I don't have any research to back it up. But I have studied a lot about diet, nutrition, and natural therapies according to western and eastern traditions. And most importantly, I have learned by listening to my own body and noticing what works and what doesn't work.
So the next question is, how do we solve this problem and bring the body back into balance? The answer is by diet and lifestyle. And the diet recommendations that I will give may surprise you. It is very different from the classic anti-candida diet that most of us are following.