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Alkaline water

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.

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Stages of self-healing

 

Through my personal experience and the observations I’ve made in my support group, I’ve noticed 4 states of the body in the healing process, each with its own needs and thereby, the 4 stages of self-healing.

THE BEGINNING – Stage 1

The body is exhibiting various symptoms, which make day-to-day functioning harder. The body’s resources are by this point gone and therefore it reacts strongly to any change, especially to threats like a dietary mistake, tanning, intense physical exercise or insect bite. Steps taken at this stage are aimed at stabilizing the body and doing away with the most pressing deficiencies and therefore have to be systematic and consistent, because what the body needs at this point is first and foremost stability and foreseeable patterns, which allow it to establish protocols and priorities.
This means:
– composing meals with pH close to neutral, preferably warm and slightly mechanically processed, in small portions, as often as the body demands;
– basing on a limited number of products and combinations, first and foremost full grain rice and products derived from it (rice cakes, rice noodles), oats, millet groats and other grains, stewed vegetables, meat, fish, shrimp and eggs;
– avoiding raw fruit and vegetables or dry legumes;
– avoiding farinaceous (flour-based), including bread;
– limiting the amount of fats;
– introducing B complex and vitamin B6 supplements accordingly to the meal;
– helping the body cleanse itself through the skin (sodium bicarbonate baths);
– gentle stimulation of the lymphatic system through moderate physical activity (walks);
– ensuring optimal conditions for the body and avoiding any kind of infection at all costs.

Stage 2

The body is regaining balance – thanks to the initial nourishment the symptoms subside, there is an increase in energy and the reactions to negative stimuli is weaker. Consistency and systematic action remain the deciding factors.
This is a time for further nourishment of the body, which means:
– varying the diet and widening the spectrum of products by adding a small amount of raw fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, sporadically farinaceous products (bread, full grain pasta, pancakes, etc.), natural yoghurt;
– introducing enzyme supplements to aid the processing and absorption of nutrients;
– introducing herbal teas after meals to aid the process of digestion;
– increasing the supplementation of B vitamins by adding an extra dose of vitamin B12, biotin, optionally other B vitamins depending on the demand (symptoms);
– further stimulation of the lymphatic system through activity and moderate exertion.

Stage 3

The nourished body begins to function better with improved stamina, there is a noticeable improvement in appearance and general sensation – but support is still necessary for fixing the deeper deficiencies (e.g. hormonal). It’s only at this stage that the body regains the ability to deal with hard or new situations through using its own resources, so the reaction to threatening factors isn’t noticeable. (This could undermine your motivation to adhere to the rules, but an unsupported body at this point will show a tendency to gradually return to bad health.)
This is the time for the body to face small challenges and learn elasticity, to react to changing variables and use its resources optimally. At this stage, the actions that need to be taken are:
– maintaining the B vitamin supplementation with sporadic application of large doses of these vitamins and completing it with the vitamins A, D, E and K, optionally elements;
– increasing the amount of fats in meals, lowering the amount of carbohydrates;
– a slow introduction of non-neutral meals – which means both alkaline and acidic meals, with more of the former;
– activating the cleansing process – increasing the amount of raw vegetables and fruit in the meals, introducing cleansing herbs and alkaline water, products containing vitamin C, periodic physical exertion, saunas and sunbathing.

Stage 4 – HEALTH

When the body is finished replenishing all its deficiencies, it will regain hormonal balance, stop producing symptoms and begin to function fully. This means it has reached stage 4. A healthy body, which is properly nourished and treated is able to regulate its processes by itself, is not afraid of changes and can manage short term deficiencies. It should be periodically cleansed and supported with supplementation in order to refill the resources used up by cleansing. The rule the dominance of alkaline meals, drinking alkaline water and systematic physical activity.

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Teas for digestion

As Candida grows, it gradually uses up the body’s resources, causing their deficiencies, which hinder the functioning of various organs and systems. The first target is the digestive system, which also receives the most damage. Its functioning directly affects the process of nourishing the body and thus dictates the speed of recovery.
Using B vitamin supplementation and digestive enzymes is aimed towards supporting the digestive system. Herbal teas geared towards digestion play the same role. You should drink them about half an hour to an hour after a meal. Especially in regards to meals containing fat, because herbs cause an increased production of bile, which is necessary for breaking them down. Drinking these teas systematically prevents the formation of gall stones, since they stimulate the circulation of bile, and often even dissolve existing gallstones.
WARNING: Introducing herbal teas to your diet should be slow and gradual, because bile frees the toxins bound by fats, and the substances contained in it are often fungicidal. Accumulated effects of the herbs can lead to acidification and poisoning of the body by the released substances, which the body lacks the resources to neutralize. This will cause a decline in general sensation, intensification of existing symptoms or new inflammations. This is why you should start with a weak brew once a day, very slowly increasing its strength and the amount of cups per day.
You can use singular herbs, which aid digestion and stimulate the production of bile, create your own blends or use existing ones. Most often used herbs include: peppermint, cumin, anise, chamomile, lemon verbena, linen, elderberry, fennel and St John’s wort.
It’s best to use different mixes interchangeably. On one hand, herbs contain many active substances, which can accumulate in the body, disrupting the natural balance, on the other – you shouldn’t let your body become dependent on one type of aid.
WARNING: St John’s wort is fantastic for stimulating the gallbladder, but it increases your vulnerability to the sun and can cause strong allergies or burns, which is why when using it, you should not tan or sunbathe.

 

 

 

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Cosmetic vitamins

B vitamins are what a body with Candida overgrowth needs the most, first and foremost. Supplementing them with varied meals with a pH close to neutral allows the body to gradually restore the various organs and systems to normal functioning, according to its individual priorities. Skin is not a priority and it can often offer a look into what’s going inside the body. Toxins are removed through it, and the body saves vitamins on it when it lacks resources, so in the case of a Candida overgrowth, it’s often dry, reddened and prone to abnormalities of all kinds. You can aid it from the outside as well, by bathing with baking soda or applying a vitamin solution.
I have managed to found the vitamins B3, B5 and C available online. I dissolve them in water – 5 mg vitamin B3, 5 mg of vitamin C and 10 drops of vitamin B5 in 100 ml of water. This solution has to be used within a week, so you shouldn’t make too much of it. You can wash your face with it before using a cream or independently, or add to your hair conditioner. It works better than most creams for hydrating and soothing the skin and also delivers the necessary vitamins to the skin from the outside, which aids the process of self healing.

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Grains

Many people suffering from Candida ovegrowth avoid eating grains because of their high carbohydrate content. This isn’t necessary, because Candida doesn’t feed off of alkaline carbohydrates, or those which are absorbed slowly, without causing a sudden increase in blood sugar. Meanwhile, carbohydrates are much needed in a fungus infected body for energy, since it doesn’t have the ability to fully break down fats. (You can aid this process by takin enzymes with meals, which prevents the accumulation of undigested food and helps with digesting the combination of carbohydrates and proteins.)
Grains can be a great way to regulate a meal’s pH. A meal consisting of a bigger portion of vegetables and a smaller portion of meat is close to neutral, which means the easiest for the body to digest and absorb. It contains vitamins, elements and protein, but not carbohydrates, which is why a meal like this can weaken people with Candida overgrowth and cause sugar cravings.
Adding one of the alkaline types of grains – millet, buckwheat, quinoa – to vegetables with meat makes the meal complete – that is, not requiring supplementation. Adding one of the acidogenic grains – barley, groats, rice – makes the meal acidogenic, harder to digest and needing supplementation of B vitamins, B6 especially.
You need to remember that buckwheat contains a large amount of magnesium, which is why you should limit its content in meals and always supplement vitamin B6 with it (to avoid making the meal too alkaline, you need to change the proportions – less vegetables, more meat).

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Saving

Some tips on increasing the nutritional value of your food, because that’s what the pace of healing depends on. The less vitamins and other nutrients in your food, the more it burdens and ruins the body, using up its resources. The more natural and the richer in vitamins and minerals your good is, the faster your body regenerates.

1. Cooking groats. First off, I strongly discourage cooking groats in plastic bags. The harmful bisphenol A (BPA) is released during cooking and is easily absorbed by the body; as an artificial estrogen it can lead to serious hormonal disruptions in the body. Secondly, I recommend cooking groats in measured amounts of water – enough for the groats to absorb it, but not so much that it needs to be strained, which means precious nutrients going down the drain. This may increase the cooking time somewhat, but health wise it’s definitely worth it.

2. Using the leftovers. Often when preparing meals, there are leftovers – the ends of vegetables after grating, thick stalks of kale, the ends of asparagus. It’s worth keeping them and using them later for a broth or add them to a cream soup.

3. Using broths. Whatever is cooked in water, the nutrients from it dissolve. This is why it’s best to steam cook vegetables or put them in the oven. But if you do it in water, keep the broth – you can use it for enriching a soup, sauce or cooking groats or rice in it. You can always freeze it and use it later.

4. Choosing unprocessed products. Refining grains causes them to lose their most valuable nutrients. This is why it’s always best to choose full grain products – flour, rice or pasta. If you have a choice between processed and raw products, always choose the latter – for example, not roasted cocoa beans have more nutritional value and a richer flavor, and unsalted pistachios can be flavored at home with a healthier option, himalayan salt.

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FAQ – what should you drink?

What you drink is just as important as what you eat – it can make you stronger or weaker, deliver the necessary substances or use them up. The rules are the same – you should avoid drinks that intensify alkalization and those that deprive the body of resources necessary for fighting Candida.
Which drinks intensify alkalization, are “too healthy” to drink for people with Candida overgrowth? Fruit and vegetable juices, green tea, pu-erh, sage, rockrose, nettle, cranberry.
Which drinks are harmful because they deprive the body of more substances? Alcohol, coffee, black tea, sugary drinks of any kind, milk.
What’s left for people with Candida overgrowth to drink? Water 🙂 It’s primarily responsible for the effectiveness of metabolism (it should contain as little minerals as possible). But also roiboos, camomile, fennel, peppermint, raspberry (with linden and ginger for warming up).
People who react strongly to changes in the diet should introduce herbal teas carefully – gradually, one at a time, starting with one cup of a weak brew once a day, slowly increasing the amount and strength.