I had put up this theory that bad digestion (starting with low HCl in stomach)could be a predisposing factor in Candida related problems some time ago on this thread. You can imagine food not completely digested in the gut and rotting in there and change in the flora of the gut over a period of time. Once established, it is difficult to replace Candida like stubbern organisms. I feel that antifungals may have very limited role in controlling the Candida in the gut because of resistance like mechanisms. But many felt that there are other reasons for Candida related symptoms. After that I did try few things...let me share that with you and all others.
I have been taking betaine hydrochloride tablets (containing pepsin) just before eating for last 20 days or so. I have read that you can actually calculate the dose by trying out 1 or more tablets until you feel burning sensation in the stomach. I did not do this, but have been taking 1 tablet before lunch and dinner. The immediate benefits have have noticed are: better digestion and evacuation, loss of weight (2-3 pounds), slightly flater stomach, growth of nail fungus under control, reduced secretions from sinuses and more energy.
I also think that brand of betaine HCl tablet is also important........I had earlier tried one from GNC long time ago......it did not work as good as this one which I bought from a health store. I have heard that this does stimulate the HCl production, but time will only tell that. I recently bought "trikatu" powder from one of the stores in NJ and have been experimenting with that. It is too early to say anything on its effcetivness yet, but this ayurvedic medicine contains long and short pepper and ginger, which is known to stimulate HCl production and digestive juices.
I do have 4 mercury amalgams.......so I may not completely control the Candida, but this could a good start to get more energy and just feel better.
Although I am not an expert, I personally think that Candida can be controlled by following methods:
1. Remove mercury Amalgam
fillings (this kills the good bacteria and Candida overgrows in the gut.
2. Good diet and sufficient exercise (avoid sugars, follow a daily routine, eat just enough food, chew food properly and slowly, etc.)
3. Improve your digestion (Here HCl plays very important role in sterilizing the food and making it more digestible for subsequent enzymatic breakdown....this can actually reduce the food allergies
as it can alter the allergens in the food....here you can try betaine HCl tablet or something like trikatu and also use digestive enzymes). One of the post on this thread says that he did see lot of improvement just with using digestive enzymes.
4. Adding prebiotics and yogurt to your diet (the goal would be to replace the Candida in your gut with good flora.
5. Use probiotics....some have successfully used commercial products like Threelac. I have not used threelac due to cost, but believe that because this product is encapsulated, it may work. I also feel that other probiotics taken orally will not survive the stomach pH of 1-2 for 2-3 h, followed by alkaline pH of 9 for another 1-2 h. These bacteria will not remain viable until they reach gut area. Another way to introduce the "good bacteria" into your gut is to take retention enemas. I have seen people talking about this but have not seen any results as such.
6. Do liver cleaning.....this is very important that you have clean liver and have enough bile to support complete digestion.
I am sorry it turned to be a long post, but I would like people to think about this aspect. Hey our our is to feel better and have a good life without pinching ourselves.