Thanks Steve for a very informative link. And thanks sans sucre for sharing what works for you.
What's special and real helpful on this forum is that there are intelligent, observant people who notice their every reaction, try to understand how their body work and design custom made therapies based on careful observation and deduction of these reactions.
According to these data
- probiotics have to be replenished constantly if you have not been breastfed or took lots of antibiotics. If one round of antibiotics is enough to cause the problem, then just about everybody is in this case. However, not everybody develops candida; so there might be another, genetic factor at work here.
I have been breastfed, did not take antibiotics often, and still it's my 2d relapse with this stupid illness. The 1st time it came out as Chronic Fatigue, the 2d time the allergies started but they remained manageable, 3d time I became allergic to everything, lost a tremendous amount of weight, was bedriddeen for a long time, had several anaphylatic shocks, and nearly died.
By the way, even if you are bedridden, sick as a dog and near death door, do not despair, do not give up. I am living proof that you can recover, even if the recovery is painfully slow.
I am living proof also that you should never think you are definitely healed, as I did naively. Relapses are frequent with the candida curse, and like sans sucre, you should always be on the alert, and constatly feed you body with what keeps the candida at bay.
- For some reason, probiotics per se do not seem to have staying power. You have to feed them with prebiotics--inulin-- for them to properly colonize the intestine and dislodge bad bacteria. Personnally, I would prefer inulin in natural plant form. I found out that quite a few veggies or roots have significant inulin content; here are a few besides Jerusalem artichokes, which might be a bit hard to find in some areas--echinacea root, chicory, dandelion root, regular artichokes,asparagus, garlic, onion, barley, wheat, bananas.
By the way, if it's so difficult to find Jerusalem artichokes in some continental European countries, it's because during WWII, food was very scarce, and these particular veggies were one of the few items that people could find plenty of. They ere associated with food shortages and lots of bad memories, so they practically disapeared from food stores here for a while.
Probably, what was the kiss of death for me was when I had to give up Yakult and Bio yogurt because I developped an allergy to dairy.
- also, Bifidus seem to be more important than Lactobacillus in fighting bad bacteria. This statememt seem to be confirmed by the fact that I had NO Bifido-bacteria growth whatsoever in my stools.
So based on this data, the best natural anticandida combo is to ingest probiotics everyday, in particular stock up on Bifidus. I suppose you find those in sauerkraut but I'm not sure.
Plus eat lots of the inulin veggies listed above. I personnally love asparagus and artichokes, so they are going to be on my menu everyday.