Imagine an unwanted houseguest in your living room, demanding a steady stream of sugary carbohydrates—anything from high fructose corn syrup all the way to alcohol. That is candida and a more unpleasant houseguest one cannot imagine. This article is a collection of concepts I’ve learned about candida. It gives a nice overview of the subject and hopefully will be added to your thoughts and health strategies.
What is Candida?
Candida is a type of fungal yeast that excretes toxic waste into the bloodstream and lymphatic system. An excess of candida can cause or contribute to candida symptoms. This includes bloating after eating (especially after eating sweet or starchy food), clouded thinking, depression, poor digestion, diarrhea, exhaustion, halitosis (bad breath), menstrual pains, thrush (pasty saliva), unclear memory recall, yeast vaginitis, and fungal nail conditions. If you have these symptoms regularly, you may have candida.
Conventional diets high in cooked starches (bread, baked/fried potatoes, cakes, cookies, pasta), diets loaded with refined carbohydrates (high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, alcohol) and/or diets rich in fruit sugars (bananas, oranges, melons) all feed candida. When all this sugar and starch are added to a body whose levels of good intestinal bacteria (probiotics) are low (due to diet, lifestyle and pharmaceuticals). Also, whose immune system lacks development/nourishment and whose tissues have become acidic due to a prolonged dietary lack of alkaline mineral salts (which come through our food from a healthy soil or ocean), then candida proliferates.
Those suffering from candida typically have had a history of antibiotic and birth control pill use. Antibiotics eliminate much of the good intestinal bacteria and allow candida to spread. Birth control pills disturb hormone levels and can disable the immune system.
Candida is usually also present when there has been mercury poisoning. Therefore, candida symptoms may decrease with heavy metal cleansing.
First Courses of Actions
Candida can thrive only in dark, moldy, oxygen-deprived environments. The very first recommendations for those with candida overgrowth often include: getting more direct sunlight on the skin (or increasing vitamin D3 intake), experimenting with colloidal silver, and studying up on oxygen therapies. Direct sunlight destroys most yeasts and fungi. Those with Candida overgrowth must get their naked bodies into the sun whenever possible. High-quality, high parts per million (ppm) colloidal silver is also recommended as silver ions kill Candida and related infectious organisms. Government regulations in pharmaceutical controlled countries typically keep commercially available colloidal silver products below 20 or even 10 ppm to make sure it is less effective. Colloidal silver should be at least 90 part per million or more (I have seen one type of experimental colloidal silver that was effective at 10-20 ppm, but it was not commercially available). To get good-quality, consistent colloidal silver, purchase a simple home colloidal silver maker. Oxygen and ozone are other key factors as they oxidize candida causing die off. Increasing oxygenation through deep breathing yoga, as well as oxygen and ozone therapies are valuable aids. I recommend studying up on yoga pranayama and reading Flood Your Body With Oxygen by Ed McCabe for more information on oxygen therapies.
Anti-Candida Diet and Protocols
An anti-candida diet is a more original diet such as a modified raw food, Mediterranean, or paleo diet. This diet should contain no dairy products except ghee. This candida diet should, without exception, be organic.
Anti-candida plant foods include: vegetables (mostly greens such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, or artichoke or non-sweet vegetables such as nopales or jicama — not potatoes or beet/carrot juices), fresh-pressed green juices, occasional soaked nuts and seeds (chia seeds, hemp, sunflower), seaweeds, superherbs (including medicinal mushrooms such as reishi and chaga). As well as the great Chinese herbs: gynostemma, astragalus, ho shou wu, Rehmannia, pearl, etc. and Ayurvedic herbs: tulsi, ashwagandha, shilajit, etc.). Superfoods (especially green powdered grasses, marine phytoplankton, chlorella), young wild coconuts (not sugary Thai coconuts), raw coconut oil, olive oil, a wide variety of low-sugar fruits (see the list provided below). And if you find it absolutely necessary, one medium-sized, mildly sweet fruit or small fruit serving per day – berries are best. Sweet fruits of any type are not recommended while trying to knock out candida, but one has to remain in balance. Anti-candida animal foods include organic bone broths, ghee, and eggs.
A superherb that provides excellent benefits against candida is reishi mushroom. Reishi mushroom extracts (powder and liquid) are widely available. Wild Reishi mushroom tea is highly sought after and recommended. If you find that the reishi extract is working for you, feel free to try other extraordinary medicinal mushrooms such as chaga, trametes, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, Agaricus blazei, etc. Contrary to theories about avoiding mushrooms when dealing with a fungus-yeast-mold condition such as the theories of Dr. Robert Young, reishi, and the other noble medicinal mushrooms contain terpenes and polysaccharides that kill candida. Experience will prove this to you.
High doses of healthy probiotics (acidophilus, Bifidus infantis, L. salivarius, L. plantarum, L. bulgaricus, etc.) that will colonize and assist the digestive tract are required to overcome candida and reverse dysbiosis (i.e., too much bad bacteria and yeast in the system and not enough good bacteria)
Prebiotics are also valuable. These are foods that nourish probiotics (healthy bacterial flora). Prebiotics include foods such a chicory root, dandelion root, Jerusalem artichoke, and other healthy, low-sugar roots.
One can find great benefit from sugar fasting, that is, eating no sweet food of any kind for several weeks or months and simultaneously dosing up on probiotics.
Sprouted grain (such as sprouted black rice, millet, teff, or kamut) can yield a slight quantity of usable sugar. When fasting from sugar for long periods, the little bit of sugar from sprouted grain can be beneficial and will not foster candida growth. Sprouted heirloom grains must be washed and soaked with the soak water changed at least once every 24 hours over a period of 1-3 days depending on the grain. Quinoa is recommended for those not sensitive to oxalic acid, but it is not a true grass seed (grain) but a seed from the Chenopodium family of plants.
In the long term, when the desire for real sugar appears, it must be addressed with natural paleolithic fruits such as wild berries (not hybridized seedless fruit) and with high-quality, cooked organic squash or sweet potato or yam. Fermentation of fruit or starchy foods in the gut leading to gas and indigestion (due to overeating these foods or by too many combinations of food) must be avoided. In the long term, some carbohydrates must be eaten, or the body will eventually go off balance. One may cautiously return to eating some carbohydrates once the body is cleansed and the candida symptoms have disappeared.
Supplements that can be helpful in the fight against candida include olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract, supplemental enzymes, MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) powder (as it detoxifies mercury), small amounts of fully mineralized sea salt or rock salt, activated charcoal, and powdered or lypospheric vitamin C.
Herbs that are great allies against candida include oregano, garlic, pau d’arco tea, and cat’s claw tea.
I recommend following a Candida cleanse and intestinal rebuilding program either before or after a sugar fast, such as the Arise & Shine Cleanse Program. The following are important guidelines for herbal cleansing while overcoming candida:
- Do not have fruit juice if you have candida, especially while on an herbal cleanse. Use only green vegetable juice with lemon or simply water as the liquid base for the herbal shakes that the herbal cleanse prescribes.
- Take a high-quality probiotic formula containing, at least, acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. bulgaricus, at least, 1 hour before bedtime throughout all the cleansing steps, 1/2 hour after each set of herbs, and 1/2 hour after each meal.
- Take ample amounts of the probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis. Bifidobacterium infantis is found in breastfed infants, and is probably the most basic of all intestinal bacteria in the human species. This probiotic may be added to enemas. Be sure to have your colon hydrotherapist provide you with an implant of Bifidus bacteria following each session.
- Continue to take 2500-5000mg a day of activated charcoal.
The Psychology and Emotional Components of Healing
There is a psychology necessary to heal chronic candida. Candida is associated with subconscious, self-destructive feelings of rejection and lack of self-worth. Negative, self-destructive thoughts destroy good bacteria in the intestinal tract and allow candida to proliferate. Positive, self-confident thoughts help good bacteria proliferate in the intestines.
An emotional cleansing is required to overcome chronic candida. Be aware that unresolved issues usually involve parents or past lovers. While healing candida (and while moving into healthy lifestyles in general), one should seek out health professionals, counselors, friends, books, DVDs, online videos, online audios, as well as online support groups that can assist with emotional release work.
Keep a Clean Home
Those with Candida should also keep a clean house. Moldy homes are bad for the candida sufferer. Seek out home air purifier technology such as a HEPA filter. Look for black mold in the home.
Excellent Low-Sugar Fruits
Avocado (fatty fruit, excellent)
Bell pepper (not green peppers, which are unripe and may be harsh even when cooked)
Cucumber (very healing)
Grapefruit (only those types low in sugar)
Lemon (may irritate the Candida sufferer)
Lime (may irritate the Candida sufferer)
Okra (very healing)
Olives (not from a can)