Raw sauerkraut - I'm talking raw, not the pasteurized kind you buy on hot dogs and at supermarkets. Start with a tiny drop of it - like 1/2 teaspoon, even that small and build your way up. A small bit of it cleared up my sinuses that were congested for years. My guess is it has something to do with eliminating yeast. But if I take too much raw sauerkraut, I'll get stuffy (my guess is this is a detox/healing crisis type reaction). So you have to go slow if you find yourself having these types of reactions. Raw Sauerkraut works wonders for sinusitis and thrush because it gets rid of candida.
Hi all. Really interesting and helpful comments from everyone, thanks.
I have been struggling with a candida problem for about 6 years now. Sometimes I think I have it cured, but then get a relapse every now and then even though I maintain a fairly strict diet. I have had some successful with quite a few of the things evry mentions, caprylic acid, oregano, GSE, probiotics etc.
I am just undergoing a bad relapse but dont know why. However there are two things that I am still confused about even after masses of research and reading over the last 6 years, and I would love to know what others think.
1. Most antifungals are also antibacterial. People with Candida are trying to kill off fungus and encourage good bacteria, and are usually taking antifungals and probiotics at the same time. But I am wondering how this can work? Surely by taking antifungals which are also antibacterial the good bacteria are going to be killed off as well? And we are therefore wasting our money buying expensive probiotics that are just not going to survive? The anti bacterial antifungals cannot discriminate between pathogenic bacteria that need to be killed off and the good friendly bacteria that we desperately need to be healthy.
2. Am I right in saying that candida needs an acidic encironment in which to flourish (ie less than pH7)? So we are all trying to alkalise our bodies. However, I have an outbreak of vaginal thrush currently and most people seem to reccomend curing it by applying an acid of one sort or another ie apple cider vinegar or similar. But how can applying an acid kill off the candida if it prefers acidity? I am confused! I was also told by several 'experts' when I first became ill to avoid all vinegars because these feed yeast / candida, but perhaps this is incorrect?
If anyone can clarify / answer these points I would be most grateful!
(San Francisco, CA)
I completely agree with the Mike from Los Angeles' comment about candida and mercury. I had a myriad of health problems since the first time my mom sent me to the dentist in 4th grade. The candida issue was particularly pesky. My mercury research finally told me why- our bodies farm candida to absorb the mercury. That's why die-off symptoms are sometimes so debilitating- the candida is outgasing the mercury as well as other toxins.
I am suprised that people on this forum talk about the symptoms of candida and what to take - vinegar, supplements, etc but for those that have had persistent problems with this year no one has mentioned why some people get it and others don't. The one often overlooked fact is that these people have heavy metals and chemical toxicity. Although Uranium and then Lead are the most toxic metals, Mercury is the one metal that will do more damage to the bodies cell walls that all the other metals and chemicals. It is a metal detox people need to do to get rid of persistent candida and fatigue.
I would like to say that there are a lot of myths about candida. For one, they say vinegar is bad. I did a lot of research and found out that VINEGAR KILLS YEAST/MOLD, as per a scientific study. I wrote to the doctor who did the study. He used red wine vinegar and it killed over 90 percent of mold and mildew. Second, I now found that there is a candida antibody titer test that will medically determine via blood tests whether or not you have candida. I will post again after I go through the regimen my new doctor, who did the antibody test, recommends. I'll let you know how it goes.
(Anderson, CA, USA)
I am taking Spectro 3 vitamin/mineral supplement, magnesium taurate for the depression, extra calcium, B-50 complex for all the vitamins the candida depletes your body of, digestive enzymes to eat up all the waste material you are killing - with each meal and in between, a good probiotic to replenish the good bacteria an hour after each meal and at bedtime (read "You're Nuts Because of Your Guts" at Cure Zone.com, 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract, 90% of Serotonin is made in your gastro-intestinal tract), coconut oil (Spectrum organic unrefined - has yeast defeating properties and is a medium chain fatty acid which is very good for you and is supposed to help you lose weight, read The Coconut Diet by Cherie Calbom), MSM (500 mg per 30 lbs. of body weight),I take 1000 mg(pure, no fillers) twice a day to help strip the mucous membranes where yeast live in and restore PH in your GI tract, liquid molybdenum (a mineral) to help break down the acetaldehyde toxin the yeast produces and Oxymune oxygen drops to help build the immune system even stronger, and gently bounce (do not take feet off) on a mini-trampoline to help clear toxins from my lymphatic system.
So far, my CFS and Fibromyalgia are much improved, the thrush in my mouth is losing its hold. Pink skin is starting to appear at bottom of a totally white coated tongue. Totally yeast infected ears are almost totally cleared up (intense itching and yucky yeast residue are gone) I am making slow but progressive progress.
My understanding is that this overgrowth of systemic candida is due to a suppressed immune system, however you got it; overuse of antibiotics, birth control pills, use of steroids (prednisone),etc., all the bad things doctors give us to help us get well have made millions of us terribly ill. I am doing everything I can to build up my immune system. Read Ed McCabe's book, "Flood Your Body with Oxygen", in which he explains over and over again how YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM RUNS ON OXYGEN. This disease is a parasite and you are the host, it thrives in an anerobic environment (no oxygen), and the more oxygen you force into your body, the weaker this parasite becomes, but you must keep at it every day and never give up. I once recovered from this terrible disease doing yoga morning and night for a half an hour at a time. I felt great for about 3 months -- I looked wonderful, I felt wonderful, I couldnt get sick no matter how many sick people I was exposed to, my immune system was that strong and then I quit the yoga thinking it was the MSM that had done the healing, so it's back to gentle exercising to build up the immune system. Excessive exercise will just depress your immune system even more. Read up on how yoga builds up the immune sytem and detoxifies the body through urination, elimination and sweating. I believe due to the constant deep intake of oxygen with the deep breathing involved in the yoga poses and the constant twisting and bending involved that detoxified my liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc. my immune system became so strong nothing could exist in my body but great health. I hope this helps someone.
Hi, I am a reflexologist in the UK. My client had candida for 2 years. the symptoms were terrible. In the UK, this pathogen is not acknowledged by most doctors as even 'existing' in the intestines. They just look in the mouth or down below and if its all clear you are told you can't possibly have candidiasis. For anyone who has this: a remedy. Do not think you can never eat sweet things again. But you must give up all forms of sugar including fruits until the infection is dead. Xylitol is sweet, you can make biscuits, cakes and all puddings with it but the yeast can't attach to its molecules and feed off of it. Look it up on the web to find suppliers. In addition, it KILLS candida. The diet is: no sugar, lay off wine and beer and caffeine. You can eat meat, vegetables, milk produts unless you are lactose intolerant, and wheat BUT it has to be BROWN WHEAT, WHOLEMEAL FLOUR, BROWN RICE etc. Don't eat processed food for a while, it mostly has sugar or refined flour. After a couple of months, the pathogen should be dead. Good Luck. This one can be cured for sure, I've seen it done and you don't have to starve yourself to death while starving the candida. Good luck,
God, how many more hours will I have to spend reading contradictory opinions on the internet before I feel like I am on the right path! All there is left is quinoa, millet, spelt, green veggies and flax seed oil! I am HUNGRY, and french!(no red wine)...Wheat greass is good, no wheat is allowed, is wheat grass equivalent to wheat? No vinegar, especially apple cider, yes apple cider is the cure, no potatoes and tomatoes, yes potatoes and tomatoes are allowed, no dairy, yogurt is the cure, have some everyday. Make up your minds!?! All I am eating now is steamed green soybeans with seaweed and flax oil, I am 95 pounds!!! HELP ? Is there a CURE OR WHAT? Then you have the cures that "they"want to sell you on the internet (treelac) is it a scam? If 80% of the population suffors from candida, it would be good business, wouldn't it? So I am repeating IS THERE A CURE? I feel like I will have to have crandberry juice and grapeseed oil for breakfast, flax oil and oregano oil on greens with almonds and millet, for the rest of my life? That is depressing as much as having CANDIDA!
(Anderson, CA, USA)
Hi, great website of candida information. I too have had great challenges with this candida syndrome. However, my major changes happened when I incorporated really two things in my life. I use live sauerkraut and a fabulous probiotic drink which are so very high in lactibacilus bacteria, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids!! Greatest thing that I ever did do for it. Also to detox mercury from the body, I used a brown algae originally from Russia. This product is so beneficial for nutrients and also for removing the heavy metals that you will be totally amazed, no kidding.
When I say live sauerkraut I mean that it must be raw to be effective. All of the old countries did use fermented LIVE, not cooked fermented foods for health. Believe me when I say I knew of everything that you listed on your website because I too have been there. These two items do tremendous jobs at eliminating the problem and making your life much more enjoyable. I have one more thing that I am experiencing with to help the body with the breakdown of this infestation. Remember, candida is really not the true enemy, our immune system in our body is very weak. What creates disease is a LACK of nutrients and this in turn creates a situation of the body not being able to detoxify. There are many nutrients involved but one of the key ones associated with fungus is Silica!! Believe me I have talked with people all over the world, and have researched this immensely. This is what I do for a living. Thank You.
(New York, New York)
Hi bill, I have been reading about serrapeptase being good to dissolve ear-system and urinary tract biofilm as seen on this site: http://www.ra-infection-connection.com/biofilmstutorial.htm
I was wondering if/how you would recommend taking it? Thanks for now.
(San Fernando, Philippines)
I had four years of constant vaginal infections. I was then put on repeat presciption of diflucan and constant pessaries. Allergy testing for food indicated things like yeast and tomatoe but giving these up made no difference.I gave up the pill at the suggestion of a herbalist and the infections stopped. However, five years later i got a prolapse and I think this was caused by all the infections plus drug filled pessaries I was constantly using that then caused tissue weakness.
I've had thrush candida now twice since (in about a decade) and it's very easy to get rid of with a few drops of Red turkey st john's worth applied internally (i.e topically internally). A canadian herbalist told me about this rememdy and it's an unusual one. She just had nothing else in the house and it made logical sense to her 'cos of it's constituents. it worked for her and it worked for me.
Hi, I'm a 54 years old male whom was diagnosed with candida over growth, I was given some drops to help with stabilising the over growth it work for a mouth or so now its back. Symptom Heart palpitation, gas, belching, passing gas but have good bowel movements as in no diarrhoea. The solution I was given has no name but I was given it at a Holistic Health Expo when I was diagnosed. At the moment I'm using ACV 1 tablespoon in a cup of water 3x a day stop sugar, white bread, still taking milk, natural yogurt, brown bread sometimes, eggs, olive oil, to cook with.
Can you please help ...
(Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm)
I had a case of full blown systemic candida albicans, as I found out through confirming my symptoms with those posted on the Internet. The doctor wanted to hospitalize me but we had no insurance and I had little trust of giving myself to a medical system that did not even officially recognize my affliction.
Daily - I drank sodium borate water [1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon to a quart of water p/day].
Also, I followed a strict diet of no bread, no sugar and no vitamins, for a period of about 4-1/2 months during which time I starved the Candida to death.
During this time I did enjoy Xylitol in place of sugar [ a healthy natural sugar that kills fungus, molds and bacteria]. You can buy it at the health food store as well as Xylitol gums and mints. Beware of the cheaper gums at the discount stores as they generally contain aspartame, while advertising minimal amounts of Xylitol. I also enjoyed lemonade and cocoa drinks that I made with Xylitol. I also enjoyed my pero with no Xylitol or sugar.
I had read about Zell Oxygen as an ultimate cure for candida. I was finally able to get some from www.regenerativenutrition.com where they have the best pricing and availability of anywhere i could find.
When it arrived I had finally starved off the candida. So it was a bit of a stretch - but the Zell Oxygen instructions say to take this product with fruit juice [sugar]. To support the new beneficial yeast that feeds the body and nourishes the cells.
Well I did take the fruit juice and Zell Oxygen as instructed. What happened first was I noticed the candida spores germinated in a short burst - so the newly coming beneficial Zell Oxygen Yeast could move in and take over as it is an air loving beneficial yeast.
I followed the standard daily minimum dose and at the end of one bottle and one month I was free of candida and shortly after I was able to start incorporating sugar into my diet with no adverse effects.
P.S.: The people at regenerative nutrition have an excellent resource to help you find whatever you may need to get better - whatever your affliction may be.
selenium deficency and anemia appear to be the biggest factor in promoting candida growth. years ago when i had hypot i also had a severe candida infection. i found a book titled candida silver (mercury) fillings and the immune system" which eventually led me to getting my mercury fillings removed. following this and supplementation with zinc and selenium, my candida and hypot both ended. Experiments with animals show that candida growth can be increased by selenium deprivation and reduced by selenium supplementation. Since mercury depletes selenium,it makes sense that candida is higher when there are mercury fillings in the teeth. Other studies show that anemia and iron deficiency increased candida growth. there are some studies suggesting that b12 and folic acid deficiencies may be involved in candida, since deficiencies of these lead to anemia. In anemia and iron deficiency friendly bacteria cannot grow well in the body. A lack of these bacteria probably is a key factor which promotes candida growth, since candida is a fungal growth rather than a bacteria growth. Another study showed that women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis correlate very with the deficiencies associated with hypothyroidism. the key nutrient deficiencies are probably selenium, zinc, iron and folic acid. Taking multi vitimins just doesnt seem to work. You need to buy the vitimins minerals indivudally its worth it to rid your self of candida. I found this cure after months of research. If you sweat under your arms, taking magnesium will help this a lot. Took 3pills 3 times a day execpt for the iron, zinc 2 times a day. This really does work it doesnt take very long for this to work less than 5 days. There will sill be some itching from the fungus is still in your skin.
EC: hypot = hypothyroid
I have been struggling with Candida for over 12 years, and in the past five have found some items that help me considerably. (Yes, they will be described as products, although the breakdown of ingredience could be researched more) I found a Naturopath and he had been working with Candida patience for 25 years. I had large cystic acne on my face and chin line only, and had been struggling with the cysts once I started a yeast free diet in my late twenties. I also was having lower back pain that would wake me up from 4-5 a.m. (I found out it was also related to the Candida die-off or growth. This back pain went away once I got on a diet that worked for me.) I also, found I had developed allergies to food once I started to kill off the yeast, and probably had/have leaky gut. I did muscle testing on some food products, which the doctor told me was only 85 percent accurate, and at that point I didn't care. I was at the end of my rope fighting yeast and living with large boils of puss exploding from my face.
I began to avoid the food that was suggested, but I also began to take supplements, we increased some and decreased others. I will tell you I was tired and defeated and just wanted a normal life back, so this is my story of what worked for me.
I have a lot of metal fillings in my teeth, so there was a thought of possible mercury sensitivity, and yes they wanted me to get the filling replaced, but I couldn't afford it. There was also the mention that the yeast encircles heavy metals safely eliminating them from your body. I started my morning with a glass of water and a drop (starting at one and increasing to five) of liquid Selenium. I found this made a large difference in either the "fog" from the dye-off or the general Candida feeling. I was more alert and awake, my energy level increased from taking this.
I was tested with a lower thyroid by taking my temperature every morning. My doctor suggested taking edible Iodine. I also took this in water after my Selenium, 2 drops twice a day, or I just did four in the morning.
I was to avoid the food I was tested to not respond well too, and that included for me, wheat, gluten, dairy, chocolate, coffee, beef and pork. I didn't even look at sugar items at this point, and had been doing low-carb diets for sometime now. So I was allowed to included red potatoes and brown rice, lots of leafy greens(twice a day if possible), non-starchy veggies, and the rest I filled in with protein, nuts, and on special occasions berries (raspberries or blueberries)
If I was to advise someone on a product it would be the Tanalbit I took. I took it twice a day before lunch and dinner, two tablets each time. There is another version of it I took that had no dairy, starts with a C. It's a type of Zinc. I also tried taking Zinc supplements but everything I took made me nauseous. The only one I found that could stay down was Optizinc, probably the type or compound. I took pro-biotics an hour after each meal.
Those items helped me most of all. Also taking a very good food based vitamin to make sure I was covered. I was successful for a few years and then decided I wanted to taste some of the sweet life again. I still keep up with the Zinc and Pro-biotics, but I'm now back on the diet working to get rid of some nail fungus. I'm taking Oregano oil for 6 weeks to see how it goes, on top of using the topical remedies I've read from your site here.
Just wanted to share what has helped and worked for me. Thank you, and just to let you know, there is life after Candida... just keep at it, the fog will lift and your head will seem clearer again!