This evening I have made it my mission to investigate a bit more about how you know whether or not you actually have candida as opposed to the million other illnesses I have read about which have the same symptoms. I’ve also been looking to understand what really is out there to treat it.
My first discovery has been that candida is thought to lead to Chron’s disease, fibromyalgia, alcoholism and a whole host of other serious illnesses which have similar symptoms so it seems logical to try following an anti-candida diet if you think you have any of these or even if you have been diagnosed. I did come across a widely used questionnaire to determine whether or not you may have candida; click here . I still wouldn’t take it as gospel but it might give you a good idea. Equally, you could try the spit test. If you haven’t tried it, it’s very simple: Take a clean glass of water, spit into it. It must be first thing before you clean your teeth, eat or drink. Leave the glass for 30 mins – if your spit is floating on top then that’s good, if it is stringy, that’s a sign of a yeast overgrowth. I have no idea how actually accurate this is but I have tried it before, mine went stringy, the person who I used as my “test” had normal results so it might actually work.
If you have decided that you have candida or something along those lines, you will be thinking about your plan of attack on the beast. Apparently some doctors do diagnose yeast overgrowth, though I have mainly heard this from the US, nobody from the UK. If they do, they are likely to prescribe drugs such as Nystatin but I am unsure how helpful this will be in terms of helping you fight the long term battle.
So I went back to looking at more natural methods of fighting candida and have found that in countries where a lot of coconut is consumed cases of yeast overgrowth are rare. Whilst coconuts are good, coconut oil is meant to be the real diamond as it contains both lauric acid and caprylic acid which are known to be effective in the battle against yeast. You will still experience die off as there is no way around that but hopefully you will be covering as many bases as possible. A recommended brand seems to be Tropical Traditions th0ugh I have no link with them so please do let me know your thoughts on this.
Another common aide that you will see banded around all over the internet is Threelac and it’s newer and supposedly better brother Fivelac . These products are really expensive in comparison to the simpler products you can find and I would suspect that part of the reason you find their names all over the internet is that they have the funding for good marketing. Reviews seem to be mixed and the bad reviews are harder to find than the well marketed good reviews. My view is that there are a lot of unknown ingredients in these products and when we are on a diet all about going back to basics, it seems an unusual route to take. Anyone tried these?
Something which comes up much less is Aloe Vera Juice. I saw some in Boots today and it got me to wondering how useful it could be so I did a quick Google and actually found this really useful plan from Gillian McKeith on ridding yourself of candida and she recommends aloe vera juice as part of this. I haven’t haven’t tried and yet and will do more research before I do but thought it would be useful to share with you guys regardless.
The final thing I am going to mention is the Paleolithic diet. Yes it sounds like something Ross from Friends would be doing but actually it does make a fair bit of sense. It basically states that we should eat what our cavemen ancestors ate in order to maintain good health as that is what we are bred to eat. A list of good and bad can be found here . I’m not sure about it myself given that we have evolved since then but at the same time it does fit the ACD rules so if anyone has tried it, I’d love to hear from you, drop a comment on this page.
I feel like that has been a massive ramble but information on what to do seems to be so widely spread over the net that I figure it’s always useful to have some of it stocked up in one place! Please do comment if you disagree with anything here or if you have more information about any of the above.