Candida is a fungal parasite that excretes toxic waste that can get into the bloodstream and cause symptoms of bloating, clouded thinking, depression, diarrhea, exhaustion, halitosis (bad breath), menstrual pains, thrush, unclear memory recall, yeast vaginitis, etc.
Diets high in cooked-starches (bread, baked potato, cakes, cookies, pasta) and diets loaded with refined or hybridized (seedless) fruit sugars both feed candida. When all this sugar is added into a body whose levels of good intestinal bacteria (probiotics) are low and whose tissues have become acidic due to a prolonged lack of alkaline mineral salts (which come from vegetables) in the diet, then candida proliferates.
Those suffering from candida typically have had a long history of antibiotic use. This eliminates much of the good intestinal bacteria and also allows candida to spread. High doses of healthy intestinal probiotics that will implant and colonize the intestines are required to overcome candida.
Systemic yeast infection (candidiasis) find growth potential in a damp, musty condition in the body. The very first recommendation I give to those with candida is to get more direct Sunlight on the skin. Candida is a yeast and then a fungus when its rhizoids (long roots) penetrate the tissue mucosa and bridge the boundary between the internal body and digestive tract. Yeasts and fungi are destroyed by direct Sunlight. Those with candida must get their naked body into the Sun as much as they can. Candida can thrive only in a dark moldy environment.
When cooked starch and refined or hybridized fruit sugars are removed from the diet, when the body tissues become more alkaline, when good flora begins to proliferate, and when the dark, moldy environment is eliminated, candida automatically comes under control.
For all my clients with candida, I recommend a specific diet of raw vegetables (mostly greens or non-sweet vegetables such as nopales or jicama.no potatoes, beets, or carrots), green juices, occasional soaked nuts and seeds, young coconut, raw coconut butter (oil), a wide-variety of low sugar fruits, and one to two sweet fruits a day (if they need it or feel comfortable with it).
Excellent low-sugar fruits include: Avocado (fatty fruit, excellent)
Bell Pepper (not green; green peppers are harsh and unripe) Bitter Melon Breadfruit (raw) Cranberry
Cucumber (very healing) Grapefruit
Lemon (may irritate the candida sufferer)
Lime (may irritate the candida sufferer) Noni
Okra (very healing)
Olives (not from a can - Call Nature's First Law for the best)
A food that provides particularly excellent benefits is raw coconut butter (oil). Coconut oil is easily digested and is excellent for people who have trouble digesting fats. Coconut oil consists of 48% lauric acid, a substance that exhibits anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. All of these characteristics help to combat a candida overgrowth. (Cold-pressed Fijian coconut oil is now available from Nature's First Law, call 888-RAW-FOOD.)
One can find great benefit eating no sweet fruit for several weeks or months and simultaneously dosing up on probiotics (good intestinal flora) and soil-based organisms (the intestinal microbes should always reflect the soil microbes). The best combination of probiotics and soil organisms in a matrix of raw-alkaline nutritionally-packed superfoods can be found in a product designed to my specifications by HealthForce founder, Jameth Dina, N.D., called Nature's First Food (please see Resources section at the end of this book or call 888-RAW-FOOD for more information about this product).
Sprouted grain can yield a slight quantity of usable sugar. When fasting from sugar for longer periods, the little bit of sugar from sprouted grains can be beneficial and will not foster candida growth. Sprouted grains must be of a high-quality or heirloom seed stock. A good daily salad while on a sugar fast is below:
Sprouted barley, sprouted rye
However, in the long term, when the desire for real sugar appears it must be addressed with high-quality, seeded sweet fruit and not cooked starch. Some sweet food must be eaten or the body will go off balance eventually. One to two pieces of non-hybridized fruit (0.4 pound or 0.2 kg) each day should be fine. Fermentation of the fruit from too many combinations must be avoided. If cooked foods are eaten, they should be non-starchy vegetables (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, etc.).
One may cautiously return to eating more sugar fruits in the diet once the body is cleansed and the candida symptoms have disappeared.
I recommend following a cleansing and intestinal rebuilding program either before or after a sugar fast such as the EJUVA program offered by Nature's First Law. Important guidelines for herbal cleansing while overcoming candida:
There is a psychology necessary to heal chronic candida. Candida is associated with subconscious self-destructive feelings of rejection and a lack of self-worth. Negative, self destructive thoughts destroy good bacteria in the intestinal tract allowing candida to proliferate. Positive, self-confident thoughts help good bacteria proliferate in the intestines.
An emotional cleansing is required to overcome chronic candida. Be aware that unresolved issues usually involve parents or past lovers. While healing candida (and while moving into raw foods in general) one should seek out counselors, friends, books, and/or audiotapes which can assist with emotional releases.
In review, a candida condition can be remedied by the elimination of cooked starch and antibiotics, lots of Sunshine on the skin, a sugar fast, adequate dosages of Nature's First Food, a rebuilding program with colon cleansing, emotional cleansing, and the important dietary changes mentioned above.
Some additional recommendations: Those with candida should keep a clean house; musty homes are bad for the candida sufferer. Panty hose should not be worn; they trap moisture and lead to yeast vaginitis. All body orifices should be allowed to breath.
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