Applying the same dietary rules to a healthy person and a person with Candida overgrowth is like feeding an infant regular food. It’s true that this body needs the same nutrients as the healthy one, but the problem is that because of the deep, chronic B vitamin deficit it’s unable to absorb these substances. This body’s self-regulation abilities have been damaged so much that they need to be rebuilt manually, by providing the body one by one with what it is able to process – just like applying intravenous therapy and a light diet to a digestive tract surgery patient. Similarly, where attempts to harden a healthy body bring the expected results, doing the same to someone who has just recovered from an illness could cause an infection. Such is the case here – eating habits perfectly fit for a healthy person could cause harm to people with Candida overgrowth. Bread is a good example – it’s obvious that whole grain is healthier and contains more nutrients than the regular wheat flour ones. But many people still can’t give up on white bread and switch to brown bread, because their stomachs can’t handle digesting it, resulting in heartburn (an effect of insufficient production of gastric juice, hypoacidity of the stomach), which causes further dietary problems in general, so it’s hard to say that this change is healthy for them: theoretically it should be, but it doesn’t work in practice, it makes the situation worse. It’s the same case with raw vegetables – to healthy people, it’s a source of precious nutrients, but those infected with the fungus can’t digest it. Here are more examples.
It’s true that an alkaline diet is beneficent to a healthy body. But if your diet is very strongly alkaline and you also happen to have an overgrowth of Candida, it means you are suddenly and drastically changing its environment. Candida reacts by increasing the production of toxins to retain the acidity. And it usually succeeds, because sooner or later the body will have used up all its resources (B vitamins and the substances that depend on them) to neutralize the acidity. And because the B vitamins from food are systematically used up for keeping Candida in check, there isn’t enough of them for replenishing these reserves and winning the fight against the fungus. This is why an alkaline diet can paradoxically wear out a Candida infested body instead of healing it.
It’s true that ideally, you should eat three meals, which is how much a healthy body generally needs. If those meals contain everything you need, you won’t feel hunger. But if your body is weak or ill, has a B vitamin deficiency and your digestive system is over encumbered by even a normal-sized portion, then it is better to eat five smaller meals, which would provide B vitamins systematically. And that’s what your instinct, and not necessarily gluttony, tends to tell you.
It’s true that you shouldn’t eat after 7pm because of your organs’ natural functioning cycle and the absorption of magnesium. But Candida doesn’t take a break at night and while you can counter its acidification during the day, at night it has a big advantage. This is why the moment when acidification is most intense is the morning, and also why in the case of a large B vitamin deficit eating dinner late shortens the time during which Candida can act, thus shortening the period of acidification and delivering the necessary nutrients for longer. Drinking alkaline water is not the solution either, it causes intense alkalization without refilling the vitamin supply, which provokes the fungus to produce more toxin – the more I drank with my B vitamin deficit, the stronger were the symptoms of acidification that came in the morning.
Another example – a healthy person undeniably needs protein and fats. But someone with a very big B vitamin deficiency will have problems with digesting any of either of these, despite needing it just as much. In the case of Candida the problem lies in the lack of B vitamins necessary for digesting and absorbing nutrients, so meals should have a lower fat and protein content than what healthy people would eat, so that they can be digested easily instead of weighing the body down. The rule here is, eat more often and in smaller portions. If B vitamins are supplemented every day, even in small amounts and the diet is varied and balanced, the body’s ability to digest and absorb systematically improves and so the amount of protein and fats in meals should increase to avoid causing the body to cleanse too fast.
It’s true, that a meal is easier to digest if it doesn’t combine proteins with carbohydrates – but when the amount of protein your body is able to process is small, and you begin to lose weight on vegetables and groats (because the body intensifies the fight with Candida and by doing that deepens the deficiency of substances necessary for it), practically the only way out is designing meals to contain everything. The important thing is that they should contain it in the right proportions: a small amount of protein and fat (they require a large amount of B vitamins for their digestion), a bit more of carbohydrates (for example, goats use up B vitamins for digestion, but also deliver a portion of them) and the largest amount should be vegetables (they contain the most vitamins necessary for the digestion of the meal and use up the least of them for their digestion). If the body is healthy, it’s what you eat during the day that matters, because it has the resources necessary to deal with temporary acidification, but a body with a large B vitamin deficiency must get everything it needs in each meal, because it lacks those resources and isn’t able to regulate itself.
It’s true that vitamin C intensifies allows for the body to alkalize, which is to maintain an appropriate environment for its functioning and strengthens the immune system. A healthy person needs it in large amounts and should deliver a lot of it, preferably from natural sources. In the case of a Candida overgrowth an excessive amount of vitamin C (in relation to B vitamins and magnesium) causes the fungus to be attacked, which then produces toxins that the body lacks the resources to neutralize, which causes reacidification and inflammation which are signs of the body’s helplessness. This is why people with Candida who eat heavy, acidogenic meals will tolerate vitamin C for quite a while, because the acidification is stronger and the neutralization will be smoother in the beginning and people with Candida on an alkaline diet will immediately feel worse and suffer from returning symptoms, because the vitamin C additionally intensifies the already strong counterattack from the fungus.
In people with Candida and a strong B vitamin deficit, taking vitamin C can be dangerous, especially in large amounts – because of the sudden decline in magnesium (an electrolyte, which is already lacking) after it is used up for the process of detoxication started by vitamin C. It’s much better to add a drop of lemon juice to a glass of water, supporting the body in the process of neutralization safely and regularly than taking 1000mg of vitamin C once a day. In my case, at the time of my noticeably deepest B vitamin deficiency, even a slowly releasing 250 mg dose of vitamin C I tried taking before bed to counter Candida’s nocturnal acidification proved too strong.
Products rich in magnesium and baths in magnesium salts should be treated with caution. They’re great for healthy people, but treacherous for people with Candida overgrowth and B vitamin deficiency. B6, which is necessary for absorbing magnesium also takes part in digestion and is used for that immediately, while the magnesium accumulated throughout the day is absorbed in the evening and the body lacks the B6 necessary, which causes the magnesium to be removed. When a large magnesium deficit arises, you might feel weak or tired in the evening or experience muscle pains, cramps or even stiffness. In the case of an excess of magnesium from food, baths or supplements, which can’t be absorbed because of the B vitamin deficit, meaning it is being removed from the body at the time you could feel irritation, anxiety, stress, pounding of the heart, numbness or tingling in the limbs. In such situations it’s recommended to take an additional dose of vitamin B6 in the evening.
There is one more thing which separates a healthy body from a body with Candida overgrowth – its reaction to detoxication, that is the cleansing of he body. Specifically what I mean here are the most popular forms of detox, which is millet groats or vegetable based detox. They work wonders for regenerating, cleansing and energizing a healthy body, because they deliver mostly B vitamins, which evens out the current deficiency: the body comes back to life. Unfortunately for people with a Candida overgrowth a diet like this usually only deepens the B vitamin deficiency and all the problems related to it, despite the possible temporary improvement in some areas. This is because both diets are strongly alkaline, which means they provoke Candida to produce a larger amount of toxins, which must then be neutralized by the body with the help of B vitamins. If the diet ends earlier than the body’s resources are used up, you may notice improvements in your day to day functioning or the condition of your skin, though it is usually accompanied by weight loss and an unhealthy, fatigued appearance, which are symptoms of an increased deficiency of B vitamins and the substances dependent on them. After that, Candida comes back to life within a few weeks, before the body is able to make up for the resulting deficiencies, especially if you’re not actively trying to do that or are doing the opposite, encumbering the body with an unhealthy diet or supplements. A millet groat based fast is safer than a vegetable based one, because it contains a much larger amount of B vitamins and other nutrients. A vegetable fast may cause many unpleasant and potentially dangerous (because of the decline in magnesium) symptoms in people with Candida overgrowth and could lead to a serious damage to the body. Such strong symptoms could appear during the fast in people without Candida overgrowth as well, but this is a temporary crisis – as soon as the accumulated toxins are removed, the person’s condition will only improve and the body regenerates. In people with Candida overgrowth it’s the opposite – the production and removal of toxins continues on non-stop, and the deepened deficiency of B vitamins doesn’t allow for regeneration; moreover, the B vitamins are still used up for keeping the remaining Candida in check. All of this means that after the detox, the body doesn’t bounce back, but often gradually sinks further, resulting from the ever growing B vitamin deficiency – especially if you are unconsciously encumbering it with an inappropriate diet, supplementation or other factors increasing the consumption of B vitamins.