Acidosis and Candida

Posted by A on 07/27/2007

Hi Ted, I will try to make this short, Ok I'm a twenty five year old male and have had increasing health problems over the last three years. The first year they started as intense heart burn and indigestion constantly day and night for a week then I would have none for months, then it would happen again. I used digestive enzymes and fiber supplements for about a year, and during that year my stools were always loose and were never what I considered to be regular. Then I stared getting heartburn again and started having digestive problems,mucus in stool and a constant gas flatulence, more than I new possible, I would pass gas every couple of minutes all day long. I start having problems with decreasing weight and begin to have abdominal pains, mucus in stool and this is when I start experimenting with different homeopathic remedies I discover garlic get rid of pain and helps with heartburn but the gas still remains chronic. now about two years in this, Still have constant flatulence and loose stools but I notice I have a white coating on my tongue and now start thinking that I have candida overgrowth, I don't know if this is what started all of this or if another condition caused this. I take antibiotic as a child for strep throat probably twenty times, and also had asthma from age seven to sixteen which stopped after a year of oral steroids with i haven't had a problem with since. coconut oil has given me a few bowel movements that looked normal to my amazement but they keep slipping back to odd loose clay looking bowel movements with undigested food matter and seem to give me a perpetual die off effect I think from candida. The products that give me relief that don't last always seems to be products meant to soothe, but this never seems to fix the underlying problem. I just now been seeing a naturopath for the past three weeks and she has me on an anti inflammatory diet no dairy/peanuts/wheat/corn/tomatoes/sugar except two pieces fruit a day, also castor oil packs, unda biotherapedic drainage system and probiotics with b-complex. I felt die off effects or detox symptoms for about three days and then I started feeling better than I have in years my foggy mind gone and I had bowel movement going in between normal and irregular, I felt great like this for a week and a half and then started getting abdominal pains again and horrible gas and I am still doing the same routine I have been doing. My foggy mind still remains to be better but have pains and bloating again. and this is where I stand now kind of constantly trying to put clues together and figure out what is cause this mess in the first place. How start fixing the underlying problem. The digestive system is much more complicated than I ever new. If you have any suggestions/advice anything would be appreciated Thanks.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Without going through all the symptoms mentioned and the whys, the symptoms you are describing are a very nearly complete description of a classic acidosis, which can trigger a chain reaction of various problems which all the symptoms mentioned are due to that as being a major one. Digestive enzymes are acid forming, so that may make it worse generally. Coconut oil merely rids of microbes, but they come back because the body's pH and nutrients imbalance makes it an ideal environment for "bad bacteria" to grow back again, ad infinitum.

Therefore, a simple 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 8 teaspoon of lime juice freshly squeezed (which is about one whole lime) mixed in 1/2 glass of water or just 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid, which is taken about 2 times a day for about 2-3 weeks should resolve the underlying cause.

Deep breathing exercises should help with foggy brain and magnesium citrate supplements and some vitamin C sodium ascorbate 500- 1000 mg taken for only 4 or 5 days out of a week, for a brief period of a month should correct some other biochemical parameters to normal, mostly anyway. When things get better may be once or twice a week 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter of water or more should help flush out or correct the electrolytic imbalance and some micromineral imbalances also. Obviously I am assuming you are already eating a healthy diet, so not much mention is needed here except that ice cream, potatoes, cheese and white bread should be avoided. Rice and whole wheat flour can be suitable replacements.

Replied by Melanie
San Diego, California

dear ted, I believe I have been suffering with acidosis for the past three years. No doctor, nor western medicine has found anything. 5 days ago I found your site and have been taking the juice of 1 lime, 1/2 tsp, baking soda, 1/2 glass of water. I am astounded. 4 days solid I have increased energy, mental and physical and my bms have been close to normal. I have not experienced any of these things in well over two years. My question to you is how can I help my 14 yr old son who suffers from allergies/ asthma so severely that he wishes he would die. I tried to have him take the same antidote but with grey sea salt added. He did for two days and now refuses as he says it makes him fall asleep after taking. Please help. Thank you, melanie

Replied by Bob
Attica, Ny

On the mucous, gas, bloating problem... This problem is caused and worsened by lectins. Most people have never heard of lectins before besides maybe hearing or seeing the occasional mention of gluten. Lectins are contained in grains, legumes, seeds and some vegetables, particularly members of the nightshade family (tomato, potato, peppers). Soy contains some the highest concentrations of lectins. Lectins can cause a host of problems, or even death (racin in castor beans) especially if you have intolerances to them, which does not show up in blood or allergy tests. You should google lectins and do some research on them. Wikipedia had some pretty good info on them. One of the things lectins does is cause the body to create a thicker mucous lining in the intestines. That's why fiber keeps things moving. However the only individual research on fiber determined that peoples that ate high fiber diets also had highest mortality rates. So chronically destroying your intestine has dire results. Anyway that thick mucous lining greatly lowers absorption causing vitamin/mineral deficiencies, beneficial flora die off because they cannot adhere which allows fungus and pathogenic bacteria to flourish. The list goes on and on with other problems the lectins cause, like leaky gut, so definitely read research them.

As for the probiotics... Make sure you are taking a high quality supplement with acidophilis(sp?) DDS. The DDS is important as is the best strain and shown in research survive stomach acids and bile salts and actually colonize in the small intestine. Also very important, the probiotic supplement should be stable at room temperature and contain the amount of live cultures listed on the label until the date of expiration (usually 1 to 2 years)... Not just at the time of manufacture. You should aim for a product that has live cultures in the 60 billion or more per dose range. I recently saw one on that met all the requirements. I think it was in the $30 range for a months supply.

Something else you might want to try with the gas/bloating/indigestion is apple cider vinegar. 2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water. You can also add a teaspoon or 2 of honey to help make it more palatable. Heard very good results from friends/relatives with acid reflux and heartburn, especially if taken about half hour before each meal. Worth a try.

Replied by Kattis
Auckland, New Zealand

This is brilliant, I also have become aware of this. I love to get to the root of the issue.. Which comes right back to this. I just did a post touching on yeast... And I think it is something everyone should know about. yeast is leading to many many problems.