I always thought the same as you but the fact is I have recently discovered that candida loves alkaline and if the stomach and the digestive track are acid candida hates it. The stomach should secret the proper acids and the colon should be only slightly acid to be healthy. Alkalinity in the stomach and colon cause candida to thrive. If this surprises you, welcome to the club I too was surprised by this and since learning about it have taken positive steps toward curing myself. acid stomach = alkaline blood, alkaline stomach equals acid blood because undigested food feeds the pathogens that are causing leaky gut.