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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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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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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.

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What not to do…

…if you want to get rid of Candida overgrowth. First and foremost, two things that bring about the opposite of the desired result: feeding Candida and attacking it. Both use up magnesium and other substances necessary for self-healing and make the body helpless.

Feeding Candida means delivering a large amount of acidogenic and quickly released carbohydrates, so mainly white sugar and wheat flour. Combining these two products (cake, cookies, white bread, pancakes, dumplings etc.) is always a feast for Candida, which your body will have to pay for and can’t be balanced with any supplementation. If you want to get rid of Candida, you have to start with putting away everything that contains white flour and sugar, otherwise you can forget about it. This isn’t as scary as it sounds, but makes eating more difficult outside of the house, because you can make a ton of your favorite stuff on your own using substitutes for white flour and sugar. I will post suggestions on how to do it on the blog. Treating an overgrowth of Candida doesn’t have to mean giving up all culinary pleasures 🙂

Attacking Candida means changing the pH of its environment – that is sudden and strong alkalization. This happens when you eat vegetables, fruits, sprouts, millet and buckwheat groats alone or drink cleansing herbal teas (rockrose, nettle, green tea) or combine these products – this is when the body engages the immune system to fight Candida and uses up all the resources from the meal for doing so. To illustrate it, it’s like attacking a tank with a pen – there is no chance of winning. The fungus has its defense mechanisms (producing a large amount of toxins) and the body doesn’t have any resources to continue the fight, so it launches an attack and then collapses. This is why preparations for stimulating the immune system won’t help here (herbal oils, vitamin C, Pau d’Arco etc.), because the error here isn’t that the immune system isn’t working, but that it has no resources or tools for doing so – it doesn’t have the necessary vitamins and elements or the substances created from them. This is key in treating Candida overgrowth, and the mistake theorists advertising cleansing and fasting make. It undoubtedly weakens Candida, it’s true, but only for a little bit – meanwhile the body is deprived of more and more substances and made to function with more and more deficiencies and fight Candida on top of that, which in the meantime grows back. It can’t be done this way and most people infected have a history of such attempts, which bring about a temporary relief and a long-term worsening.

Aside from feeding and attacking Candida there are a few more things you should watch out for, because they weaken the body, using up precious magnesium. Those are: coffee, black tea, alcohol, nicotine, drugs and medicine, sauna, excessive tanning, excessive magnesium consumption (in supplement form, from bathing and even from food), supplementing other vitamins and elements (in tablet form or from bathing). This can’t be evened out with B vitamin supplementation. There is no other way than give up everything from that list for the time you heal or accept the fact that each one will individually slow down and minimize the effects of the process, and accumulated – nullify it.

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The Plan

– for those, whose experience matches up with the theory I lay out here and who would like to apply it in practice, but don’t know where to start.

1. Step one is buying digestive enzymes, which will make it possible for the body to create any resources – without proper digestion it’s impossible to nourish a body ruined by Candida. And restoring proper digestion without the aid of enzymes will take much longer and – first and foremost – it’s harder to get started and make progress, which would motivate you to keep going. (See the post Enzymes)

2. Step two is properly composing your meals. If they don’t contain what the body needs, the improvement in digestion won’t do any good. If the meals are too heavy, the body won’t be able to process them; if they are too light, the body will imediately use up all the delivered nutrients for fighting Candida, a fight it has no chance of winning under these conditions and its state will never improve and could even worsen. (More info in the post Composing meals, FAQ – what should you drink?; specific examples of meals in the category Recipes).

3. Step three is cutting out everything that supports the growth of Candida (all products containing white sugar, processed wheat flour, food additives, as well as coffee, black tea, alcohol, optionally medication) and everything that attacks it (fresh garlic, antifungal preparations and ones meant to stimulate the immune system, vitamin C, strongly alkalizing products). See the post What not to do…

4. Step four is supplementing B vitamins and nothing else, because B vitamins are a kind of gateway through which the rest is absorbed, so supplementing other substances in the presence of a deep B vitamin deficiency, which occurs in the case of a Candida overgrowth only burdens the body. (See the post Supplementation formula and the specific examples of supplementation with meals in the category Recipes).

5. Step five is making sure that the toxins released by vitamins and elements are removed. It’s necessary to get moderate physical activity and drink good water; I recommend baking soda baths (more about it in the post Baking soda) and supporting the body with herbs, which should however be gradual and slow, otherwise it can cause strong cleansing and acidifcation of the body (see the post Toxins).
More detailed information in the post Tips for people with Candida and B vitamin deficiency, or how to finally get moving in the right direction.

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Composing meals

An overgrowth of Candida changes the needs and digestive abilities of the body. This is why when composing meals, you should keep four things in mind:
– the meal’s pH, which is the sum of the ingredients’ pH
– B vitamin content
– nutritious content
– difficulty of digestion.

A meal with a strongly alkaline pH – for example a fruit/vegetable smoothie – will strongly provoke Candida to produce toxins and because of that, any of the meal’s positive properties – the nutrients, B vitamins and lightness – will be lost, because they will be used for the partial neutralization of the toxins, the rest of which will poison the body. 1-0 for Candida…

With a meal with a strongly acidic pH – like a steak with bread, the digestion will necessitate B vitamins, which aren’t contained in the meal or stored, so the meal will become heavy – other processes in the body will be hindered, because the necessary substances will be borrowed from them; undigested remains can cause allergies and intolerance from the acidification or can intensify inflammation. 1-0 for Candida once more.

But if you compose a meal with a pH close to neutral, that is combine vegetables with meat, you won’t set off Candida’s defense mechanisms and simultaneously deliver the vitamins necessary for its digestion. If you also make sure the meat is light (minced, turkey) and the dish contains a bit of carbohydrates (oats, groats) then the resulting meal will be perfectly nutritious without provoking Candida (see the recipe for turkey meatballs with beets). That’s 1-0 for you 🙂

2. B vitamins are key in recovering, so it’s worth it to focus on the products that contain the most of them. This is why you should use whole grain black or red rice instead of white and why you shouldn’t base your diet on bread and avoid everything that uses these vitamins up in excess: refined flour and highly processed foods, sugar, alcohol and coffee. Long story short, you should use natural products whenever possible. Whenever it’s not, or there are more acidogenic products, you should use supplementation (like in the recipe for almost-pizza).

3. Supplementation alone can’t substitute a varied diet, because B vitamins are only the gateway for other vitamins and elements necessary for the body to function. If you don’t deliver them with food, the body won’t function properly. This is why variety is important, using as many different products as you can, not just eating a few things you know and are easy to cook.

4. For the meal to be nutritious, the body has to digest it properly. This is why you should avoid raw vegetables or a piece of fried meat, and choose warm and mechanically processed meals. This is why you should take digestive enzymes to aid the body’s nutrition and give it the weapons to defeat Candida.

Remember that it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Scrambled eggs can simultaneously be a heavy meal for a body with Candida overgrowth and a nutritious one. The first occurs when it’s heavily congealed, fried on a large amount of fat, served with bread (then it’s acidogenic, heavy, lacking in B vitamins and other nutrients). The latter – when it’s only slightly congealed on a small amount of cleared butter, with stewed onions and tomatoes, with a bit of chives on top, served with some rice waffles (then it is a light neutral meal, nutritious).

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Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

The same you use in the kitchen instead of baking powder. But here I will focus on its external use – for bathing. Thanks to its slightly alkaline pH, it cleanses the skin and helps the body get rid of toxins; it also reduces muscle fever after physical exercise. It removes the unpleasant odor of sweat accompanying widespread fungal infections. It doesn’t cause any side effects and doesn’t provoke Candida. I read somewhere that baking soda makes the water’s pH similar to that of the amniotic fluid – I don’t know if this is true, but it certainly has relaxing properties.
The recipe for this half-hour bath is simple: you’ll need a glass of baking soda for a bath full of warm water. After you’re done, you should drain most of the water, add in a glass of apple cider vinegar and carefully rinse the entire body to return the skin’s pH to acidic, which is important for keeping it safe from infections.
Instead of a full body bath, you could use baking soda for soaking your feet – the effect is lesser, but noticeable. A heaped tablespoon is enough for a bowl of warm water. Don’t forget the vinegar in the end for changing the pH back.

Baking soda (under the name of sodium bicarbonate) can be purchased in large packages (1kg, 5kg) for a low price. You should make sure it doesn’t contain any additives such as anticaking agents, which is guaranteed by the label “pure for analysis”.