Acid Reflux and Candida
Dear Ted, Thank you for taking the time to read this note. I appreciate the free advice. Two week ago I discovered by research that the chest pain and tight throat I have is acid reflux. By reading the earth clinic site I'm finding out that my candida is the problem. I treated the candida for a while and then fell back to my bad ways of eating. I started last week Wednesday taking the applecider vinegar with 1/2 tsp. baking soda before meals one hour. Yesterday and today are my off days, no vinegar or soda. As I looked on the sight I see I'm eating the wrong foods for getting better. I'm also bloated and constipated. I'm not worried about a slow recovery, just want to recover and at a low cost because of a limited income. While taking the cider and soda my ph was 6.5 and 7.0. I checked this morning and it was 5.0. I've been eating oatmeal and cream of wheat with milk, 1 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 a banana and 2-3 ounces of fruit juice mixed, small portion of meat chicken stemmed with thyme, beets, toast with peanut butter, hard boiled eggs. What can I eat? I realize that I have to rid myself of the whites and table salt (switch to sea salt) and quit sugar and fats. I guess I'm looking for a coarse of action. I like the apple cider vinegar and soda and I like the plain yogurt but I like to flavor it. Thanks again for your time. Juli from Minnesota USA
Dear Juli: Fruit juices should be avoided. Whole fruits are o.k. the fiber buffers the sugar spikes, where the candida need. By reducing the sugar spikes candida will reduce. In some cases 1/8 teaspoon of borax diluted in one liter of water and the dose is evenly divided throughout the day may kill it. However this is taken perhaps for a woman, I think just once a week should be sufficient. Cilantro (chinese parsley) should remove the free heavy metals that the candida relies on growth, along with the usual sugar. The problem of candida is that the toasts and the peanut butter makes the condition to worsen. Peanut butter has hydrogenated fats, and fungus. White flour and acid forming foods should be avoided. Whole wheat, whole rye, gluten free foods are usually helpful. Ted.