Starting the body’s healing process depends on achieving a balance between cleansing and nourishing. By controlling the pH of your meals, you have to remember that what you drink also has a pH and so it influences the acidification or alkalization of the body.
It turns out that not all water is the same and one kind of it can hydrate and alkalize, while another – the opposite. Bottled water, which you’d buy at the store or the water from the pipes usually has a pH of 7 and a positive reduction potential (a measure of water quality). It’s agreed that a reduction potential above +200 mV isn’t good for your health, as this means the water is an oxidant.
Alkaline water, close in parameters to our bodily fluids, which means the easies water to absorb and which optimally hydrates your body has a pH of at least 7,5 and a strongly negative reduction potential. This water supports any other efforts and makes all the bodily processes easier. It is found in several natural sources or can be produced by specialized devices.
There is one BUT. Alkaline water, as you may guess based on the name, alkalizes. Sometimes very strongly, which means it intensifies the process of cleansing, which a body with Candida overgrowth can’t afford. This is why I do not recommend introducing it in the first stage of treating Candida overgrowth, but only when the body has gathered some resources. But even then you should do it slowly, mixing half bottled and half alkaline water at first for a period of time.
– chicken fillet
– a small onion
– olive oil or ghee (clarified butter)
– 2 tablespoons of flour (spelt, oat)
– 2 tomatoes
– red bell pepper
– canned corn
– spices: turmeric, chili, salt, cilantro, fenugreek, dried garlic
– 1/4 cup of coconut milk
– dried kale to sprinkle on top
– (optionally) cooked adzuki beans
- Chop the chicken into small pieces, season with salt, turmeric, chili. Coat with flour and fry with chopped onion.
- Boil water spiced with salt, cilantro, fenugreek and dried garlic, add in the chopped carrot, leek, celery, pepper and peeled tomatoes, cook for about 15 minutes, blend into a creamy consistency with coconut milk.
- Add the corn, beans, chicken and onion, sprinkle parsley or kale on top.
This soup without adzuki beans requires the supplementation of 10 mg of vitamin B6, with adzuki beans – 25 mg of vitamin B6.
Candida overgrowth causes all existing sources of B vitamins and substances that depend on them in the body to be exhausted in attempts of stopping the fungus. This hinders all systems and even causes inflammation, which is a sign of helplessness and lack of resources of the body. It would seem that in this situation the cure is obviously the biggest possible doses of B vitamins and many people, encouraged by advertisements reach for them. Paradoxically, this only brings on the opposite effect – why?
B vitamins are not stored, but used in current time, according to priorities, established by the body itself. The prime and logical priority in the presence of a Candida overgrowth is getting rid of the fungus. That’s what the body directs all of its resources (the surplus of B vitamins at that moment) and not for getting rid of the deficiencies, which cause symptoms and worsen the state the body is in. Those vitamins, even in gigantic doses, are not capable of defeating Candida, because they provoke its defense mechanisms, which means an increased production of toxins. Neutralizing these toxins consumes an even larger amount of vitamins and substances dependent on them. This is why the bigger the large doses of vitamins you use, the more you ruin your body, deepening the pre-existing deficiencies and intensifying the symptoms.
The only way for delivering B vitamins to the body is smuggling them in with food in a way that does not disturb Candida’s environment and cause it to defend itself. This means controlling the pH of your meals, completed with supplementing B vitamins in small doses. In this case, the body uses the supplemented vitamins for the ongoing processes of digestion and absorption, systematically doing away with the pre-existing deficiencies. The rebuilt resources allow it for slowly keeping the intestinal pH more and more basic (alkaline), which naturally eliminates Candida. This is a long, but effective process.
B vitamins in large doses should not be supplemented in the first two stages of treating Candida except for emergency situations, like using them to complete a strongly acidogenic meal (like meat alone). They should be gradually introduced in the third stage, with the increased supplementation of other vitamins and elements, the absorption of which depends on the presence of B vitamins. In people without Candida overgrowth, B vitamins in large doses are a great way of getting rid of deficiencies caused by temporary increased cleansing, after an intense physical exertion, illnesses, surgical procedures, chronic stress etc.
Caution – the alkaline pH of the B vitamins themselves can be significantly increased by the content of vitamin C and other alkaline substances or plant essences (algae, acerola, rose hip, parsley etc.) in the preparation. You should definitely avoid those preparations until your body has regained control over Candida.
– chicken gizzards (around 0,5kg)
– 1 cup frozen green peas
– canned corn
– 2-3 pickles
– salt and pepper
– optional: rice (full grain, red, black)
1. Cook the chicken gizzards until soft in salted water. You can spice it with cilantro, dried pepper and fenugreek and keep the broth as a base for a soup.
2. Cool the gizzards and dice them.
3. Steam the peas and let cool. You can also cook it – the broth can be kept for a soup base as well.
4. Chop the leek and pickles into very small pieces. You can pour boiling water onto the leek before slicing. It will make it easier to digest.
5. Put the corn, gizzards, peas, leek and pickles together, spice with salt and pepper and add a tablespoon of mayonnaise.
6. Leave for a few hours in the fridge.
7. Serve with a toasted slice of rye bread or with rice.
This salad requires a supplementation of 25 mg of vitamin B6.
The intake of carbohydrates is one of the key questions in treating Candida overgrowth, which are difficult for many people to deal with because of two assumptions – that fat is a better enrgy source for the body and that carbohydrates feed Candida.
1. It’s true that the body can gain energy from both carbohydrates and fats and that processing fats is a more effective process. The problem is, for the breakdown of fats to take place, for the body to be able to process fats into energy, it needs to have the necessary substances, which means it has to be a HEALTHY body with resources. Candida deprives the body of those resources and doesn’t allow for this process to take place, which acidifies the body and burdens it with undigested leftovers. A healthy body can function well on a low-carb high-fat diet under the condition that a sufficient amount of vitamins and elements is delivered (which means a big contribution of vegetables in the diet). But if you have vitamin and element deficiencies, your metabolic processes are ineffective and thus going on a diet like this would only further those deficiencies instead of nourishing the body. This either means that the breakdown of fats doesn’t take place, which means the hindered processes of digestion and absorption won’t allow for nourishing the body, or that the breakdown will take place at the expense of other processes, causing an issue in another area. This is why in the first stages of treating a Candida overgrowth I suggest a diet based on complex carbohydrates with a minimal amount of fat – not because carbs are better fuel for the body, but because their digestion and use is more affordable for sick and weakened bodies. As the healing process goes on, the amount of carbohydrates in the diet should decrease simultaneously with the increase in fat intake.
2. It’s true that Candida feeds on carbohydrates – but only those which acidify the body, which means first and foremost sugar. For Candida to grow, only a change of pH in the bowels is necessary, which is easy enough to accomplish with a systematically acidogenic diet, consistently using up vitamins and elements necessary for neutralizing its pH. The addition of sugar on the other hand allows for Candida to rapidly develop. But ALKALINE foods with a large amount of carbohydrates like millet groats or fruit DON’T feed Candida – rather the opposite, they attack it by changing the pH. The negative effects felt after eating such foods are a result of Candida’s toxins, which are released in a large dose in this situation to combat the changing pH. It’s enough to go on a millet groats of fruit detox to find out – if it lasts long enough, with an overgrowth of Candida it will end in herx – a reaction of the body to an overflow of toxins. Thus it’s untrue that all carbohydrates feed Candida – you should absolutely avoid sugar and refined products (rice, flour), but use groats as a source of energy with the addition of vitamins and elements to support nourishing and healing the body of Candida overgrowth.
Salmon is a very nutritious fish, a source of protein and exogenous aminoacids, omega-3 acids, vitamins and elements. Unfortunately it can also contain a large amount of additives – coloring agents, antibiotics, substances that are toxic to out bodies. This is why it’s much better to choose wild salmon – it’s less fatty, has a more delicate flavor and is much healthier. Its color is closer to grey than orange.
Popular sides to have with salmon are black rice and broccoli.
– a wild salmon fillet
– black rice
– olive oil
– salt and lemon pepper
For the sauce:
– a handful of almond flakes
– a couple grains of marinated green pepper
– a teaspoon of lemon juice
– a teaspoon of flour or yeast flakes to thicken
– optionally: a tablespoon of ground parmesan
1. Pour boiling water onto the almond flakes and put them aside.
2. Cook the rice first (a portion of rice in two portions of salted water), because it takes the most time – the rice needs to cook for around 40 minutes, but you can’t do it earlier or else it will clump together and become unappetizing and hard to warm up.
3. Spray the salmon with olive oil, add salt and lemon pepper, bake in an ovenproof dish for about 15 minutes (180C [350F]), more or less depending on the size of the fillet.
4. Steam the broccoli briefly – they should be slightly hard.
5. Prepare the sauce: mix the almond flakes well with the pepper, salt and lemon juice. Thicken with the flour or yeast flakes, cook until boiling and optionally add the parmesan (in which case you should add less salt).
This dish is very nutritious, but acidogenic, which is why it requires B vitamin supplementation. In case of the proportions in the picture: 25mg of vitamin B6.
– 1 cup oat flakes
– 1 cup ground almonds
– 3/4 cup chopped nuts
– around 1/2 date syrup
– 50g soft clarified butter (ghee)
– optionally, 70g chopped dark chocolate
1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix into a thick, tacky consistency.
2. Form and place cookies on a baking tray lined with a baking sheet.
3. Bake for 10 minutes in 180C [350F].
Thanks to the date syrup the cookies are hard and crunchy. If you prefer them softer, use xylitol instead.
Because of the high nut and optional chocolate content, supplementing vitamin B6 (25mg with a few cookies) is advised.