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Carbohydrates vs fats



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.

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Sugar

Why is sugar so unhealthy? Because it’s synthetic, created by humans.

First off, sweet natural products like dates contain lots of vitamins, elements, antioxidants, fiber and other substances which nourish us. When the body needs nourishment, it craves something sweet; this is how we are programmed. And if we eat natural products, then everything’s alright. But if we reach for sugar, we won’t be getting any of those precious substances that our bodies need. Even worse – we deprive our bodies of those substances, because digesting that sugar takes a lot of vitamins and elements, which the body borrows from various tissues.

Secondly, naturally sweet products are usually alkaline, which prevents the carbohydrates being used by Candida or rot bacteria, because they create an environment in which they can’t grow. Sugar does the opposite – since it’s strongly acidogenic, the body has to use up resources for neutralizing it and when there isn’t enough of them, this creates a perfect environment for the parasites to multiply and deprive the body of nutrients even further.

Thirdly, sugar is physically and psychologically addictive, like a drug. The more you eat, the more you weaken the body, which sends the signal for needing more nourishment; this makes you feel the sugar craving again, so you reach for more sugar and damage the body more. The worse you feel physically and mentally, the more you crave sugar – this is a vicious cycle of self-destruction.
This is worth remembering the next time you want to treat someone, especially children, to something sweet.

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Toxins

The more Candida develops, the more toxins it produces. These toxins poison the body and make it impossible for you to function normally. Of course, the body has ways to remove toxins: through the skin, kidneys, intestines and lungs, which move it to the outside; they are neutralized or passed on by blood and lymph, with help from the liver, gallbladder and pancreas.
Overwhelming a part of the system makes it ineffective, meanwhile Candida, with its incessant production of toxins maximally overwhelmes all of it. This is why it’s recommended to support and stimulate the immune system and cleanse the body when treating Candida – it’s logical. It’s also why detox brings a temporary relief. Unfortunately, it’s like pouring water out of a bucket while more is constantly being poured in. Sooner or later, the body will collapse from exertion while trying to perform this never-ending uphill job. With an overgrowth of Candida, the lack of a reaction from the immune system is not the problem, quite the opposite – that reaction is too strong in relation to the body’s resources necessary for neutralizing the toxins, primarily magnesium. This is why stimulating the immune system sooner or later results in the opposite of the desired effect, which is intensified symptoms and a decrease in overall wellbeing, both a sign of the body dealing with posion. The first symptoms of Candida overgrowth mean that the body is lacking resources for defeating the parasite, so you can’t treat it with depriving it of those resources more, but by delivering them, to make the system functional.
This isn’t easy, because Candida reacts defensively to every such attempt by producing more toxins, and the immune system – by attacking Candida even more and this is where the vicious cycle begins, ruining the body. But there is a solution – you need to choose your diet and B vitamin supplementation so that you don’t provoke Candida and adjust the pace of cleansing to your body’s abilities. Vitamins and minerals, which are co-enzymes, will subsequently replace the toxins, releasing them gradually and proportionally. This will cause the internal organs and systems to function better. People who have gotten to the point of a total exhaustion of resources and react negatively with specific symptoms to food, drink, physical exertion and all changes must avoid any way of provoking the immune system and put all their focus towards nourishing the body. Only after reaching a certain level of resources – which will manifest itself in a lack of an immediate reaction to negative factors – can you slowly and carefully stimulate the system in removing toxins. This means increasing activity, using the sauna, using herbs for cleansing the liver and the kidneys or that stimulate the production of bile, and increasing the alkalinity of the meals.
Otherwise, any way of stimulating the body to cleanse will cause the toxins from one place to be moved to another place (for example, from the liver to the kidneys) and their accumulation in the weaker place, where there will appear an inflammation (for example bladder inflammation) – or their neutralization at the cost of some organ’s functioning (heart, liver).

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Tips for people with Candida and B vitamin deficiency, or how to finally get moving in the right direction.

Here I will relay the general rules for treating a Candida overgrowth, which I managed to come up with based on the available knowledge, my experiences and observations of other people. Generally the gist of the matter is to provide the body with B vitamins (which it needs for fighting Candida and functioning normally) without provoking the fungus with alkalization to increase the production of toxins. It is theoretically possible with natural products, but difficult and time-consuming, because the products that contain the most B vitamins are the most alkaline at the same time – meanwhile the right supplementation will have measurable effects quite quickly. I will consequently post specific examples of meals and supplements on my blog.
From the start I have to warn you, that in many areas my advice will differ from the standard theories about treating Candida.
Some of them focus on singular products and its properties, eliminating items with a high glycemic index, but forgetting about the pH, which is key. Carbohydrates from alkaline foods don’t benefit Candida, the proof of which is the millet groat fast (millet groats have a high glycemic index), which, because it’s alkaline, causes a noticeable limiting of the overgrowth (to the degree the body can afford, depending on its resources for neutralizing toxins produced by the fungus). If Candida could feed on the carbohydrates from millet groats, the result would be opposite, it would grow even larger, permanently intensifying the symptoms caused by its toxins. Another reservation I have relies on the fact, that we usually eat meals comprised of several products, and while the blood sugar level may rise significantly after a serving of sweet fruit, this will not happen if these fruits are eaten in small amounts with something that slows digestion down (such as nuts or oats) and precious nutrients will be delivered to the body, which are scarce in a restrictive diet and without which the body will not overcome Candida.
Other theories focus solely on the pH, advising alkalization, which means switching to a healthy natural diet, because this is what healthy people eat and it benefits them. These theories in turn don’t account for the fact that Candida overgrowth reprograms the body to a degree where it is not capable of dealing with this kind of diet and what is worse, alkalizing provokes Candida to fight, which results solely in a larger B vitamin deficiency and the consequent worsening of the state of the body. In any case, all theories about curing Candida that I’m aware of rely on fighting the fungus, attacking and killing it, but not supported by what the body needs to clean up after that battle and remain victorious. Meanwhile, delivering precisely the thing the lack of which caused Candida overgrowth causes the body to heal itself – it eliminates Candida progressively, without setting off its defense mechanisms and restores itself to normal functioning.

So what should and shouldn’t you do then to optimize this process?

1. Compose all of your meals to have a pH close to neutral, which means avoid eating meals that are entirely acidogenic (coffee, a sandwich with cheese or ham, pizza etc.) in rotation with ones that are entirely alkaline (just fruits or vegetables with alkaline goats). This way of eating is good for healthy people, but a body with Candida overgrowth only grows more acidic and thus runs out of resources twice as fast; sandwiches and pizza aren’t excluded completely, but I recommend having a large side of vegetables or supplementing B vitamins with them. Similarly, never eat fruits by themselves, but with oats or nuts and vegetables should be accompanied for example by meat.

2. Definitely avoid eating meals that intensify alkalization by themselves (such as fruits, sprouts, cranberry and citrus juice, fruit and vegetable smoothies, large doses of vitamin C).

3. Avoid meals with a high glycemic index (like millet groats with beets or banana or mango, potatoes on their own or with other products with a high glycemic index). You can eat products with a high glycemic index, but you should eat them together with products with a low glycemic index, to avoid the sugar levels in your blood rising – for example beets with meat, millet groats with meat.

4. Use as little highly processed products as possible and as many natural products as possible to keep the balance between nutrients. Pick first and foremost green vegetables, otherwise you could end up with a surplus of beta-caroten in relation to B vitamins which take part in processing it, which causes the insides of your palms and feet to turn yellow – this is a sign that the proportions of vitamins in your diet aren’t appropriate.

5. Don’t eat too much protein or fats (rather eat flaxseed itself than flaxseed oil, sunflower seeds rather than sunflower oil etc.). Their amount should be regulated according to the body’s ability to digest them and the need for them – if there isn’t enough, the body will cleanse itself too rapidly, attacking Candida; if there is too much, they will be stored in the form of stomach fat and cellulite – this is when you should increase B6 supplementation.

6. Dose products rich in magnesium carefully, such as nuts, cocoa, buckwheat. If you feel tension in the evening, you should eat less of them or increase B6 supplementation.

7. Introduce as many sources of B vitamins as possible – acidogenic ones like chickpeas, meat, rice or seafood with alkaline ones like millet groats or fresh vegetables. In the case of a B vitamin deficiency that produces severe symptoms, fruits and vegetables should be processed (boiled, stewed, steamed) to make them easier to digest and the amount of vitamin C should be reduced, as it is a strong alkalizer.

8. Be careful with eating bread on its own. I can’t explain why, but through trial and error I found out that bread and products made from flour (any flour) seem hard to digest and rather weigh the body down instead of nourishing it. At least that’s how my body reacted to it. I also stumbled upon other people’s observations that they can’t eat bread before bed, otherwise they can’t sleep and are tired and look awful in the morning. So it could be that bread consumes more B vitamin to be digested than it contains and that would mean a diet in the case of a B vitamin deficiency shouldn’t be based on it or every meal containing flour-based product should be accompanied by supplementing B vitamins.

9. Don’t do harsh detox. Any alkalizing products kill Candida, even if you don’t feel it. It often accumulates and the crisis comes later, even as late as a month or a month and a half later. So if you maintain a lighter diet, drink alkaline water, take probiotics, vitamin C, garlic or a different supplement after a period of time you can aspect a very strong cumulative acidification in your body coming from the dead Candida. Your body will try to deal with it, using up all available resources and leading to a deep deficiency of B vitamins and the substances dependent on them, which can result in strong reactions to almost any food or inflammation.

10. Don’t introduce new, strongly alkalizing products in large doses from the start, but rather build up the amount systematically; this is especially important when it comes to herbs and alkaline water (for example from an ionizer) – they have a tendency to cause cumulative effects (a gradually increasing acidification, which causes severe symptoms to appear only after a period of time).

11. Be cautious of any change, even small – if it used to be good and is suddenly worse, it means that you have either overencumbered the digestive system with fat and protein or increased alkalization and it often turns out to be both in rotation. In the case of the former, you need to eat more lightly (less fat and protein), when it comes to the latter – decrease the amount of whatever you’re using for alkalization (supplements) and if you don’t use anything but food, you should increase the amount of fat and protein in your meals. You should also take into consideration that a decrease in your overall health could be caused by other B vitamin consuming factors, such as an infection, physical exertion, stress, sleep deprivation etc.

12. Supplement B vitamins, but remember that the body uses them up immediately, which means that by eating a light meal with B vitamins and then a heavier one without them could worsen your condition, because every surplus portion of B vitamins from the first meal that was not used for its digestion will intensify alkalization and Candida – being under attack – responds with the production of toxins, acidifying the body again and increasing the deficiencies of vitamins and elements. Another heavy meal requires a lot of B vitamins to be digested and in addition, magnesium needs vitamin B6 in the evening, so as you see, despite supplementation, the B vitamin deficiency will continue to increase; this is why it’s best to provide B vitamins in small portions with each meal, proportionally to the “heaviness” (amount of protein and fat) of the meal.

13. To make the absorption of magnesium easier, which happens in the evening, don’t eat dairy at that time (calcium is antagonistic to magnesium) or heavy meals, which would increase the need for vitamin B6 for their digestion – at that moment it’s necessary for magnesium to be absorbed.

14. Pay attention to the degree of fragmentation and temperature of the meal – in the case of a large B vitamin deficiency and the inefficiency of the digestive system, it helps a lot for the meal to be processed beforehand (ground, like meat or blended, like soup) and warm. It’s always worth to take the effort to chew thoroughly, because the first enzymes involved in digesting the food are found in saliva.

15. You could additionally help increase the amount of B vitamins available for current needs by aiding digestion, thermoregulation and activity by taking enzymes with meals, drinking herbal teas after heavy meals, keeping your body temperature stable (don’t overheat or get cold), sleeping enough and avoiding excessive physical exertion and stress – taking care of yourself as if you were ill. Because in reality, the overgrowth of Candida is like multiple diseases in different stages…

16. Remember to help your body get rid of the toxins – bathing in water with baking soda, moderate physical activity and fresh air are all good. With a large B vitamin deficiency you should be careful with sauna and hot baths since they can cause you to feel worse, because precious elements – magnesium included – are removed with sweat.

17. Remember to stay hydrated – good water is necessary for transporting nutrients and getting rid of toxins, but it shouldn’t be drunk with meals, right before or after them, because it diffuses the gastric juices, making digestion slower and harder.

18. You need to listen to your body and observe. We all work according to the same mechanisms, but different bodies react differently. Symptoms will vary between athletes, people who sleep a lot, people who eat two meals, people who eat five meals, people who work physically and people who work mentally, different for those who take medicine. The body modifies priorities, and consequently symptoms, depending on our habits, activities, meals, lifestyle and needs.

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Self-diagnosis

Every person suffering from Candida overgrowth is also suffering from a B vitamin deficiency. But not everyone suffering from a B vitamin deficiency suffers from Candida overgrowth. The symptoms of the two may be similar, because they share a single source, but there is one characteristic trait distinguishing people from the two groups – the reaction to alkalization, which means alkaline diet, supplementation, alkaline water.
People without a Candida overgrowth feel good after eating raw vegetables, alkaline and light meals containing a small amount of animal protein (and I mean a diet based on these foods rather than a single meal), they don’t react negatively (with a decrease in overall wellbeing, worsening of appearance, intensification of digestive or dermatological symptoms) to large doses of B vitamins. After fasting, their bodies regenerate and flourish, function better, meaning the symptoms begin to disappear, they have more energy, internal organs and systems function more effectively, their appearance improves. These people can trust their body’s cravings, because its self-regulatory abilities are preserved, it aims towards health. The tongues of people without Candida overgrowth doesn’t have the characteristic white layer on top of it and the saliva test for the presence of Candida (which involves spitting into a glass of clear water after waking up) is negative in this group – the saliva entirely dissolves in water.
However, people in this group could still have some health problem indirectly rooted in a B vitamin deficiency, despite applying an appropriate diet and not being infected with Candida, because it could be that their food doesn’t provide the necessary nutrients or they have bad dietary habits, which make it hard for the nutrients to be absorbed, which means there will be enough of them for the body’s current needs, but not for straightening out the already existing deficit, a consequence of a past B vitamin deficiency. Cleansing the body with a millet groat or vegetable based fast and consequent supplementation of B vitamins in an increased dosage should help in resolving such issues. If this is not happening, the cause would probably be a specific deficiency of another vitamin or element. If this vitamin or element is not included in the diet in a sufficient amount, the deficiency cannot be refilled despite the appropriate amount of B vitamins necessary for the absorption of said vitamin or element and so the problem won’t be solved this way. The more varied your diet is, the smaller the likelihood of such issues occurring.
People with a Candida overgrowth are usually characterized by a white layer appearing on top of their tongues (a sign of an ongoing removal of toxins) and positive saliva test for the presence of Candida (strings of saliva left on the bottom of the glass and on the surface of the water mean an earlier stage of Candida overgrowth; the presence of vortexes, “tornadoes” and suspension – an advanced stage of infection with the fungus). Another characteristic trait is the paradoxical reaction to healthy, alkaline meals or supplementation – generally any kind of it, but mostly to B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium, especially in large doses. It’s caused by the fact that alkalization doesn’t improve functioning and wellbeing, but the opposite – by provoking the fungus to produce more toxins, it causes the body’s state to worsen and the present symptoms to intensify (digestive, dermatological, inflammatory, immunological or hormonal). This group of people can’t indulge in their bodies’ cravings, because Candida produces a substance similar to insulin, which causes a strong craving for sugar, because a raise blood sugar level feeds the fungus and allows it to multiply. It’s characteristic for Candida overgrowth to have varied symptom – not everyone, however, displays all of them, depending on their lifestyle and diet, the body will exploit some systems more than others, which it prioritizes. The symptoms could include being “semi-functional”, fatigue, lack of energy, low mood or irritation, trouble focusing, anxiety, recurring headaches, vague stomachaches, constipation or diarrhea, gas, heartburn, food allergies, allergic reactions, PMS, cold hands and feet, difficulty in dealing with hunger (irritation, shaking), a strong feeling of drowsiness after a full meal, sleep irregularities, burning and tearing in the eyes, skin changes (eczema, psoriasis, hives, acne), itch, strong odor accompanying sweat, dryness and a sour taste in the mouth, a hoarse throat, dry cough, coughing up yellow-green phlegm, stiffness of the muscles, tightness in the chest, angular cheilitis, herpes, chronic infections. The symptoms of a deficiency of B vitamins and the substances dependent on them cause inflammation, which are then diagnosed as separate conditions – a Candida overgrowth may be accompanied by: myocarditis and other heart diseases, gall stones, bladder inflammation, kidney stones, diseases of the thyroid (Hashimoto included), allergy, asthma, infections of the sinuses, skin conditions. This is because a Candida overgrowth causes a B vitamin deficiency, and the B vitamin deficiency causes a deficit of other vitamins and elements and substances co-produced by them (enzymes, hormones) necessary for the body to function properly – every organ and system.
WARNING. Self-observation and self-diagnosis can be interrupted by a cumulative effect. In strongly acidified people or in people with a small B vitamin deficiency, alkalization can bring positive results for a while before a sudden decline in health after a few days or doses or two weeks, for examples (or even two months if the dose is small) – this should be taken into consideration. Alkalization is generally good for the body, so as long as you have enough B vitamins, you will feel more energetic and will function better. This means that people without a Candida overgrowth can optimize their body’s functioning in this way, but people infected by the fungus will sooner or later experience a decline in their wellbeing due to Candida’s response. This will happen sooner in people, who have already maximally used up their B vitamins and the substances dependent on them (elements, other vitamins, enzymes, hormones) – for example they eat light meals (containing a small amount of animal protein), and they additionally cleanse their bodies by going through fasting or alkalizing supplements. I know people who react negatively to any and all attempts of intensifying the alkalization with symptoms similar to an allergy or the flu, for example. In people infected with the fungus and eating heavy meals this will happen later. Their bodies are strongly acidified, but because of the B vitamin consumption for the digestion of heavy meals the cleansing processes will not be started. In this case the decline may happen after a while and you may not link it to the changes in your diet. We often believe the body’s reactions to be immediate and if we feel well after starting vitamin C supplementation or alkaline water or cranberry juice for example, we decide that they aren’t harmful to us and then look for the cause of the symptoms in other substances or food products (this is when you’d say you have an allergy to something). Meanwhile the body will react not to a specific product, but rather when it runs out of resources with which to neutralize Candida’s toxins, which is being provoked by the alkalization to increase the production – this is why the same thing may harm us at one point and not at another. Excessive sensibility of the body is directly linked to magnesium – factors that harm us (cause a reaction) are the ones that increase its usage or deliver it in a form that our bodies are not able to absorb because of the lack of vitamin B6.
As you can see, everyone may have a different level of Candida overgrowth and a different level of deficiency of B vitamin and the substances dependent on them. General sensation and appearance are the measurements of the current state of the body, determined by the amount of B vitamins. You could then look good and function despite the presence of a Candida overgrowth, if your diet and supplementation nourish the body; and you could also look and function poorly, despite limiting Candida or curing the condition, if the B vitamin deficiency is increasing due to an inappropriate diet or supplementation.

We all lead different lifestyles and have different eating habits, the symptoms of Candida overgrowth also differ. This is why it’s difficult to create clear rules for diagnosis or a procedure of treatment – a simple recipe. You have to listen to yourself, try to understand what your body is trying to tell you and respond to its needs in the given moment, because those needs will change with every delivered portion of B vitamins. Every time you manage to deliver (in food or supplement form) enough of them to ensure the digestion is effective and at the same time little enough not to intensify the process of cleansing the body (not provoke Candida to attack more violently), you take a step forward and slowly but surely you are returning to health, the symptoms will diminish and the body heals itself. If you can’t match your diet and supplementation to nourish your body and accommodate the pace of cleansing to its ability to neutralize Candida’s toxins, you could function in a state of crisis for years, only making things progressively worse.

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Why do bodies with Candida overgrowth need to be treated differently?

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.

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Why does supplementing other substances usually do harm in the case of a large B vitamin deficiency?

Going by my experiences and observations, I came to the conclusion that supplementing substances other than B vitamin not only doesn’t aid the healing process, but also makes that process more difficult and slows it down. This is because despite the many deficiencies occurring in the body, the only way of evening them out is through B vitamins. In other words, to visualize – if you own a shoe factory and for years you’ve been receiving only soles and laces, you can either balance them out with the same amount of legs and legs only, or there will be no shoes.
The absorption of many substances is directly or indirectly linked to the presence of B vitamins, which makes supplementing them redundant, because they will not be absorbed, but rather removed with excess from the body. An example of this is magnesium – without the presence of the appropriate amount of vitamin B6 it won’t be absorbed, but excreted from the body with urine. In the case of a large B vitamin deficiency and a big dose of supplemented magnesium, this may be felt in the evening in the form of tension, faster heart rate, stiffness in the muscles, ringing in the ears and anxiety. Some interpret this as a symptom of magnesium allergy. If the dose of magnesium is small and the B vitamin deficiency latent, the process of magnesium removal may not be noticeable, but it doesn’t mean it’s not happening – after some time has passed, as a result of constant magnesium loss and additional demand for B vitamins symptoms of their deficiency will appear or intensify if already present – to which people usually respond with increasing the supplementation.
In my experience, supplementing magnesium in the presence of a B vitamin deficiency – even with an additional dose of vitamin B6 – has failed the test, bringing about the opposite of the desired effects multiple times. Similar to attempting vitamin D and K supplementation, which cemented my belief that other vitamins and elements are absorbed proportionally to the amount of B vitamins – all attempts of going around this rule ended in increasing the deficiency and intensifying the symptoms (decrease in energy, worsened overall wellbeing, issues relating to the skin and digestion).
Another link in the aforementioned chain is calcium – it can’t be absorbed without magnesium and additionally requires vitamins D and K, the metabolism of which depends on B vitamins as well. It’s clear then that supplementing calcium in the presence of a B vitamin deficiency cannot succeed. What’s worse, calcium is not excreted by the body – the excess is stored in veins and arteries, leading to arteriosclerosis.
The body functions optimally when it has the appropriate amount of all necessary substances in the right proportions. I estimate the proportion of the demand for vitamins B and C to the demand for vitamins A, D, E and K to be around 80:20. This fits into the model of an alkaline diet, because vitamins B and C are contained mostly in alkaline products while vitamins A, D, E and K are liposoluble (they require fat to be absorbed). If there is a deficit of B vitamins, at first there is an imbalance of A, D, E and K vitamins and consequently their deficit proportional to the B vitamin deficit (A, D, E and K are liposoluble, and fats need to be first digested by B vitamins). If those liposoluble vitamins are supplemented in this situation, the imbalance grows larger (B vitamins are used up more and more vitamins A, D, E and K are stored). What is more, beta carotene from food can be stored by the body without it being turned into vitamin A (which can be seen on the inside of a person’s feet and hands), while vitamin A in the form of a supplement directly encumbers the liver and is toxic in excessive amounts – and the body must neutralize this toxin with the help of additional B vitamins.
Multivitamin preparations also fail the test. B vitamins are found in them in trace amounts in proportion to the demand for them, while there is an excess of vitamins A, D, E and K, which are stored by the body.
Substances such as vitamin C, probiotics and products meant to stimulate the immune system are a different story. I compare supplementing them to cleaning an engine in a car which is out of gas. They intensify the fight with Candida, when there is a deficiency of B vitamins and substances dependent on them, which are necessary for neutralizing the toxins produced by Candida defending itself – so they don’t help in this situation either in the long term. There are ways to force the body to extreme exertion and defeating the disease, to make it function in a state of emergency, when it replaces some substances with others – but this leads to using up of all of the body’s resources and you can’t expect it to return to normal functioning afterwards without appropriate support directed at replenishing those resources. Isn’t this why people can be cured of cancer by natural methods, but after the usual relapse, the chances decrease by half and by the third time they are equal to zero?

Those are only a few examples, but it’s enough to read about the details about the absorption of vitamins and elements – about the complicated relationships between them, synergistic and antagonistic – to understand, that any kind of supplementation in the presence of a B vitamin deficiency carries more risk than potential benefit. Especially in the context of the most recent report by the Supreme Audit Office, which warns that the lack of control over supplements introduced to the Polish market results in negligence of basic standards of safety.
However, there is something you can do to support your body in getting rid of Candida. You could bolster up the functioning of your digestive tract by:
– taking enzymes with meals (but not containing vitamins A or D or strongly alkaline chlorella);
– drinking herbal teas meant for aiding digestion;
– drinking herbal teas meant to stimulate the kidneys.
They have to be introduced carefully and gradually, systematically increasing the frequency, amount and strength of the brew, because herbs stimulate the release of toxins accumulated in the liver and kidneys, which may cause a stronger acidification of the body. It’s a good idea to ensure even stimulation of the organs (cleansing the liver could weigh down the kidneys, cleansing the kidneys could cause inflammation of the bladder) and moderate physical activity, which activates the lymphatic system, which in turn works as the body’s last resort in the fight against toxins. A body stimulated this way will begin to work more efficiently.