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I think that I might have candida and I am about willing to try the elimination diet. I know that it will be hard, harder then going wheat free, which was not that big of a deal since I had done Atkins for 2 years. I have a couple of questions for those who have done the diet and here it goes.

1. How long did you stay on it?

2. How restrictive where you in the beginning and for how long?

3. What did you eat?

4. When did you know it was working?

5. Did you take any supplements or probiotics and if so which ones?

I read up on it and see that there are different opinions about what one can eat and what one can't. Would mozzerella cheese be ok? I am willing to take the plung and try this. I usually do not eat sugar but after trying almost everything to lose weight and not feel bloated and tired I thought I would try this. I do like my fruit though and I just got done eating melon all summer (once a day) since it was is season and oh so good. My doctor and I have been trying to get this figured out but she is leaving my clinic and moving out of state and I just do not want to see another doctor and have to start all over (at least that is what I think).

Any other suggestions and information will be greatly appreciated.

Nicole

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if you go through a few pages in this section, you'll find some candida threads... might find some useful information in them.. might help until you get some replies to this thread

as for your questions:

I've been on a low sugar diet for a few months due to candida... I took an antifungal (SF722) for about 1 and a half months and seemed to have an adverse reaction, which I was hoping was just die-off but it got worse as I increased my dosage and I stopped it entirely a little over a month ago... I'm letting my body recover and relax right now and will probably try a different antifungal in a month or 2 (maybe threelac as I've read good things about that)..

each person's body is different but many people respond with positive results fairly quickly (w/in a month) to candida antifungals... if you've been on a modified diet and/or have taken supplements or probiotics to restore intestinal health, then you might recover more quickly...

if you have a nutritionist or doctor w/ awareness of homeopathy, then you may find it beneficial to discuss some things with them about how to treat the candida.. my nutritionist did stool testing to confirm the candida and outlined a diet and regiment for me to follow... there are also books you can check out.. the only one I know of offhand is "The Yeast Connection" though it was written years ago..


- Charlie

- gluten free since January, 2006

- multiple food intolerances temporarily from leaky gut and candida

- positive test for lyme disease - April, 2007

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I think that I might have candida and I am about willing to try the elimination diet. I know that it will be hard, harder then going wheat free, which was not that big of a deal since I had done Atkins for 2 years. I have a couple of questions for those who have done the diet and here it goes.

1. How long did you stay on it?

2. How restrictive where you in the beginning and for how long?

3. What did you eat?

4. When did you know it was working?

5. Did you take any supplements or probiotics and if so which ones?

I read up on it and see that there are different opinions about what one can eat and what one can't. Would mozzerella cheese be ok? I am willing to take the plung and try this. I usually do not eat sugar but after trying almost everything to lose weight and not feel bloated and tired I thought I would try this. I do like my fruit though and I just got done eating melon all summer (once a day) since it was is season and oh so good. My doctor and I have been trying to get this figured out but she is leaving my clinic and moving out of state and I just do not want to see another doctor and have to start all over (at least that is what I think).

Any other suggestions and information will be greatly appreciated.

Nicole

have sufferd with thrush nearly all my adult life but mostly been a huge problem for me in the last 10 years. have just bought a book about candida and its really interesting. its called " how to cope succesfully with candida " by JO Dunbar. its published by wellhouse publishing ltd. i bought it from the health food shop. i take asidofolus every day ans stay away from yeast products, all my supplements are yeast free also. i would get thrush weekly but since ive been gluten, wheat and dairy free i have had it twice and that was due to me trying the gluten challenge ( stupid doctor ) and a high dose course of anti-biotics. the prob with thrush is nany people dont understand, its not just a bit of loss ( down below) it affects your whole body and mind. my thrush treatments are now on repeat prescription as my doctor doesnt even think it warrants him seeing me. thats how small minded some doctors are about it. sorry ranting here but this is something i really feel strongly about as this infection has caused me a lot of other problems. :angry: you can peronal message me if you want.


married with 3 boys, maclain, dylan and finlay. symptoms for more than 10 years but only diagnosed may 06. lactose and casien intolerant may 06.

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Anti-candida is similar to Atkins in many ways. It's good you don't eat sugar, but you want to stay away from fruit and fruit juice as well, especially juice. If you must eat fruit, make it an ocassional treat.

Be sure to take probiotics, I like one that's a mixture of different strains of bacteria rather than just one.

If you can tolerate dairy, plain yogurt and plain kifir is very good. It's better to add in your own fruit than to get pre-sweetened if you can't tolerate it plain.

Coconut oil -- use it instead of butter and on everything! Candida don't like it at all!

I supplement garlic.

Basically, if you live on meat, eggs, and veggies, the candida won't have anything to live on. Have your carbs with your meal, not on their own.

There are some good threads on this if you poke around here some. I remember one post getting rather detailed. I stayed on it strictly for six months, but if you're prone to getting it, you want to make some of the lifestyle adjustments more permanent.


gluten-free 12/05

diagnosed with Lyme Disease 12/06

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Here's more info for you:

Candida diet and elimination:

http://www.wholeapproach.com/diet/

"Successful control and elminiation of a Candida Albicans overgrowth requires a multifaceted program as described below. Failure to follow ALL the steps simultaneously will result in slow progress and will lengthen healing time significantly. The program should be tailored to the individual and must balance the need to eliminate the Candida and deprive it of its food source while insuring proper nutrition for the individual."

Five Steps to Candida Elimination:

1. You must starve it into submission by eliminating its food source.

2. You must kill it with anti-fungal herbs and supplements. [e.g....garlic, onion, caprylic acid, Pau D'Arco capsules or tea, clove, grapefruit seed extract, olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, tea tree oil, Echinacea, Goldenseal, black walnut, MSM, barberry root, uva ursi, neem leaf, biotin]

3. You must reestablish the proper balance and quantity of probiotic bacteria in the digestive tract. [...multi-strain lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus capsules with FOS should be taken between meals to maximize repopulation of the digestive tract by beneficial bacteria.]

4. You must reestablish proper levels of all B vitamins (yeast free) and utilize other immune enhancing supplements to boost immune system function. [e.g ... B complex vitamins (yeast free), biotin, beta 1-3 glucan, colostrum, maitake mushroom, vitamins A, C, E, zinc and selenium]

5. You must cleanse and heal the digestive tract to promote proper elimination of toxins and Candida and assimilation of nutrients. [e.g...chlorophyll, MSM, omega 3 fatty acids found in flax seed and salmon oils, GLA found in borage, evening primrose and black currant oils. Pantothenic acid, digestive enzymes between meals]

I have diet info that I can send to your email if you'd like.


Negative biopsy for celiac 1980

Fibromyalgia 1980

IBS 1980

Interstitial Cystitis 1992

Systemic yeast

Diagnosed w/ Chronic Lyme Disease 2000

Diagnosed w/ Chronic babesia 2000

Tachycardia 2001

Asthma 2005

Have had Lyme and babesia for

about 48 yrs.

Began gluten-free July 19 '06

Native TEXAN living in Missouri

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Before I was diagnosed Gluten Intolerant I tried the Candida Diet from wholeapproach. I never felt better in my life. It was very hard and I only made it about 4 months but it was worth it. I made the assumption that was the whole of my problems and went back to eating gluten around the time of my wedding. Big PAINFUL mistake. Another upside is that after the Candida diet, gluten free doesn't seem so hard. Stick with it 100 percent and the cravings won't be so bad. Good luck!

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I took caprylic acid, and avoided all yeast and sugar. It made a noticeable difference in about two weeks. I think I kept up the caprylic acid for maybe two bottles, but that was it. I haven't touched any yeast or refined sugars since. Fruit is ok now, but for awhile I had to limit that as well. The improvements continued for some time, and every so often I'd suddenly realize I no longer had this or that odd symptom, so I knew things were still going in a positive direction.

Oh yeah, those cravings...the first few weeks were fairly tough, but I just reminded myself of the suffering to help carry me through. Once your head clears you'll never look back.

As has already been mentioned, garlic is also a good way to help the gut control yeast.

I guess everyone will be different with this just like with going gluten-free, so you just have to go with what works for you.

Hope you get the relief you need.


A spherical meteorite 10 km in diameter traveling at 20 km/s has the kinetic energy equal to the calories in 550,000,000,000,000,000 Twinkies.

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I had problems with candida years ago, and I can tell you that the restricted diet really worked. It has been SEVERAL years since I had any flareups. However, you have to be incredibly strict for a long time. The hardest thing was 100% elimination of ALL sugar and ALL sweeteners of ANY description whatsoever. (Yes, this includes Nutrasweet and sucralose!) After six years of being totally off all sugars, I have been able to add stevia, but that is IT. I really should have gotten off wheat at that time, but I didn't know enough about gluten-free diets then, so... I only figured that part out very recently. I can have fruit now, but that was not true for several years.

About the lactose issue... well, eating yogurt all the time really helps, but if you really are lactose sensitive, that can cause a problem of its own. I've read that gluten-sensitive people can have a lactose sensitivity that is not a true allergy, but is from the small intestine being damaged by the gluten. After enough time on a gluten-free diet, people might have whatever level of sensitivity to lactose they actually had to begin with. Personally, I've never had a problem with casein or fairly low levels of lactose, although I do a lot better avoiding milk, ricotta, and cream cheese (butter, cream, yogurt, and cheese are okay.) But that's not true of a lot of people.

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