It’s been almost a year since I wrote the last article on persistent candida and treatments. I meant to write this following article two months ago but sometimes you just never seem to find enough time so it never got done. So here goes, I am not sure that my candida is totally cured but it’s certainly not the bane of my existence as it was before. If a doctor examined me he would not find any sign of it, but there is an awareness I guess that its only just gone, not that it is so normal you take it for granted.
I outlined many things I tried and why, but didn’t cover many others. Overall I had vaginal thrush for a year and half and although many remedies gave some relief from the itch they could not be called a cure.
Contributing or concurrent symptoms are also important to note as candida appears to need a specific environment to morph into the unpleasant thrush from its more normal state in our body.
It’s impossible to definitively state my cause. I have had herpes (HSV 2) for over 20 years. I have been under debt stress for 10 years. 2 years prior to this I had an ablation at around the same time I’d be entering menopause. I had not had any antibiotics for maybe 15 years previously. I developed persistent candida. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos hypo thyroidism. My temperature was consistently between 35 and 36 degrees.
And I had thrush I couldn’t cure.
What did help to remove the itch and to reduce the severity?
1. The Candida Diet
The candida diet is not something to take lightly, it is a very restrictive diet and for most cases of candida it is unnecessary to start something that makes your life so hard. That said, many many people will feel so much better if they adopt some or all aspects of the candida diet. I ‘ll be honest and say i thought I’d try it for 3-6 months and see, but now I cannot see me going back to a normal diet.
I have days when I’ll grieve for a jam donut like a lost love, when a sandwich sounds like something on a five star restaurant’s menu and biscuits and milk are a happy childhood memory. We adapt. There is no question but that the restrictions change your life and people don’t understand. Only you can decide if it’s worth it. For me it’s worth it. I have fallen off the wagon sometimes, and the result is pain.
The Primal or Paleo diets are close to the Candida diet. It is simpler to say you can eat most protein and vegetables, than to list all the restrictions. However, the full diet will have you go grain free, low carb, no sugar, no dairy, no yeast, very small amounts of fruit with initial restrictions on high sugar ones, no peanuts, no mushrooms and there are probably other restrictions I don’t recall.
I am gluten free, semi dairy free (I eat a small amount of cheese as a treat perhaps once a fortnight, use ghee to cook with and have milk in my tea – but keep away from a big glass of milk or a punnet of yoghurt or a meal with a cheese sauce) totally sugar free, I drink only tea and soda water, I eat vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, and now use some gluten free flours to bake muffins or make pancakes.
Coconuts are the major part of my new substitutions, I use the milk for cereal and drinks and milk substitutions, and the flour for baking, and the oil for cooking with and added to my breakfast quinoa porridge. Buckwheat, besan, rice and coconut flours substitute for wheat. Stevia substitutes for sugar.
When I first started on the diet I would have an an increase in candida white pricklys and itch after eating a banana because of the sugar in it. After about 6 months on the diet I could finally tolerate a banana again. Now they have no effect at all on me.
Reducing the Candida Itch
Apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide 3%, witch hazel – these were the best for swabbing with to reduce the itch. I really didn’t like creams at all and gave up using them because they gave me no relief.
Finally I discovered zinc creams and powders. These helped. Applying the zinc powder to the external skin after a shower and sometimes in the night as a quick fix to keep the skin area fully dry. The thick zinc oxide cream as a barrier cream for when the internal skin area is feeling sore or tender.
There is a product called Aci Jel which Dr M suggested. It may be hard to get, but it is a gel and has glacial acetic acid as its main ingredient. Yep, Vinegar is dilute acetic acid. By restoring vaginal acidity this gel discourages candida growth there. This is as messy as borax btw, so a small towel is advised. I found that 3 days treatment offered about a weeks relief and this was a turning point for me. After using it and resting it about 4 or 5 times, the severity decreased for longer periods of time.
Another article I read advised using Vitamin C. Take orally in high dose and also use as a pessary. Ditto to the towel. I still take 1,000 vtC a day.
What Cures Candida?
I cured my candida by taking this product. I have written the other things I tried because they came before and by the time I took this, I had very little thrush irritation left to get rid of, as the diet and ph change had done some work towards curing it, so i don’t know if you need to do this too. Maybe you do. Maybe you need to do the diet as well. I don’t know for sure…
You may have to ask for this product by name in your local health food store or from a naturopath.
Metagenics Femme Essentials
Multivitamin and Mineral
Women’s Multi with Detoxification and Antioxident Support – Practitioner Only Range
My actual final candida cure came after I read an article about molybdenum taking out the candida trash. I went into the health food store asking the assistant if she had any or knew about it. At first she didn’t seem to know a product which contained it, but after we talked a while about systemic candida she ran out the back and reappeared with this multivitamin and mineral supplement from Metagenics.
It cost me around $45 for 60 tablets, and is marked practitioner only range, meaning you won’t just find it on the shelf, and you probably won’t be able to buy it online. There is a similar Metagenics product you can get online, but it probably won’t help for candida. The key ingredients to cure candida I believe are in the borax and molybdenum which are not in the generally available Metagenics product.
I always felt that borax was the answer to cure candida but I couldn’t find a way to take it correctly. I tried the way the earth clinic suggests but got such severe pain in my stomach I couldn’t take it constantly. The trick I guess is in the dose and this is the only product I’ve found that has it right.
I tolerated it very well with no ill effect. I took one a day, all the 60 tablets, until the bottle was finished and then I had to stop myself rushing to the store to get another bottle.
I was well, the candida was gone, I was cured – but it was hard to believe it was permanent after a year and a half. What if it comes back I thought? But you can’t take supplements forever and shouldn’t if you don’t need to. I still take Vitamin C. If I forget I feel a phantom itch! But I finished the metagenics tablets a month ago and I’m still totally candida free.
My temperature is stable around 36.5 and I’m on permanent thyroid replacement medication and daily zovirex. I am and think I will probably remain gluten free but am gradually relaxing other restrictions. Not sugar just yet though, maybe I’ll have a little honey next year.
A Favour Please?
I hope this will help other people suffering from persistent candida. If it does help to cure your candida please find a way to link to the article in some way. Linking to it in a forum or on a blog helps to bring the article to appear on Google search pages when people search for cures for candida. You can also comment below if it helped you so people can see it helped more people than just me.