Oh, and I was suggesting these steps as an alternative to oral antifungal medications, not an addition. I don't personally like the side effects and risks with antifungal medications except in extreme circumstances. And the yeast withdrawal with those can be drastic.
All in all, the toxicity of Candida is higher for anyone with Celiac than the toxicity of. Candida has been scientifically proven to have a surface protein identical the gliadin and invokes the same immune response. As long as you have Candida overgrowth, you have a constant Celiac reaction occurring.
Oh....this statement is so wrong. Candida overgrowth and Celiac Disease are 2 very separate things. I would love to see what you can belly up as proof that candida has a surface protein identical to gliadin and invokes the same immune response. I am well versed in Celiac and candida issues because I did actually have a systemic candida problem, from the fact I went many, many years without knowing I had celiac and it totally messed up my whole GI tract. I successfully treated it by going to a real doctor using the candida diet and those anti-fungals you don't recommend.
You have to eliminate refined sugars from your diet for a period of time because anyone who bakes knows what happens when you proof yeast with sugar. It multiplies like rabbits. You can successfully eat a small amount of fruit and use brown rice in the diet but no white foods because they are refined. No fruit juices, just whole fruit and it can't be overripe because the sugar content is higher. On top of this, an anti-fungal needs to be taken. I used powdered Nystatin but that was a long time ago and they may have different ones today. Diflucan is not recommended because it has serious side effects that can involve the liver so it is more of a short term anti-fungal treatment for severe cases. People with severe illness like Aids, when there is little immune system left, often have candida problems that can become life threatening. Their immune system can no longer keep things in check. This is when they use DiFlucan.
You may or may not experience candida die off and that resembles the flu. Yes, you will feel like dog pooh for a week or 2 but as an adult, suck it up and deal with it for the long term benefit you will receive. I have to say once you get past this stage of the game, it's amazing how good you will feel when you eliminate sugar and start to cleanse your GI tract of that nasty candida. I had thrush that never went away and it finally did for good once I did this regimen.
There are a few things to know....the symptoms of candida and celiac overlap and can mimic each other so make sure the underlying cause is not celiac that is being ignored.
I knew I had candida also because of the thrush. It just never went away until I followed the candida regimen. The Nystatin did not have any side effects for me....I tolerated it very well. Sometimes those old school meds work better with less side effects than the new wave of pharmaceuticals. I did really well after that for awhile until celiac reared it's ugly head even worse and because I had gotten rid of the candida problem, I started noticing those symptoms even more. Kind of like those who don't realize they have a problem with dairy until they go on the gluten-free diet and start to heal....symptoms return and it isn't gluten.
If you eradicate candida from your system, then over time, you can resume a more normal diet, including sugar, and it should not bother you. It is not a lifetime diet like going gluten-free is. For health's sake, I would not eat a diet high in sugar but a little sugar everyday never hurt anyone...except maybe a diabetic but even they can have a little sugar in their life. Candida is usually the sign of an underlying problem. If your GI tract is not healthy, things that are normally present can get out of control and wreak havoc. Another good thing to take, and highly touted by Irishheart for good reasons, are probiotics. They help to counter candida's affects and re-populate your GI tract with good bacteria.
It's all about balance.
Make sure you see a real doctor for guidance with anything which needs a specialty diet and meds on a daily basis. I know some docs are as stupid about candida as they are about celiac but there are those who recognize this as a real problem. The trick, I know, is finding them.
The last thing....eradicating sugar from your diet is hard......much, much harder than avoiding gluten. It tampers with your blood sugar levels at first and you feel like depression city. The first 2 weeks were horrible with severe mood swings. I thought that part much harder than the die off stage. Make sure you have a problem with it before taking this on because it just isn't easy to do. You can derive sugar from more natural sources like non-refined carbs. They still break down but your body has to work to do so and you won't have peaks and valleys like you do with refined sugar. And then there is fruit.......full of fiber too and not the same as downing a glass of juice.