The Candida Plan will take you through how to test properly, treat effectively and gives you the detailed diet, hygiene and product-specific staged supplement protocol I have used in-clinic very successfully with patients for over a decade.
Just think: in 3 months, you could be clear!
"Very well written and extremely easy to read, take in and understand, brilliant, much better than the other resources I have accumulated here over the years!"
Please note: there is a special protocol for those of you who are grain free and/or following the Truly Gluten Free and Barrier Plan protocols. That's because the supplements need to be completely clear of any grain-derived ingredients so I have written a protocol especially for you too. The info below is applicable to you, and you can get your special TGF Candida Plan here.
Here's part of the intro for you to get started... good luck!
Candida has become quite a well-known word. It is a form of yeast that lives in everyone's gut and normally does no harm at all. However, given certain conditions, it can over-grow or change into a different form and cause real problems, either simple (although horrid) thrush to a full-blown systemic mould problem in the bloodstream that affects the whole body.
Sounds nasty! What conditions would create this?
Basically, if you eat a diet high in sugar or refined (white) carbohydrates, have a lot of antibiotics at any time (either repeated dosage over a number of years or a month of a high dose antibiotic, say, for acne in your teens), have a poor immune system and you combine this with a stressful fast-paced lifestyle, you have the makings of a candida problem in susceptible people.
What symptoms might I get?
Most often, you can get an overgrowth of yeasts, including candida, and this causes recurrent thrush or digestive problems. However, systemic candida patients often describe themselves as ‘feeling sick all over' or as if they've been poisoned as the body fights to control yeast that has got through into the bloodstream.
A candida person might suffer from fatigue, recurrent headaches, skin problems, allergies, digestive problems like IBS, recurrent kidney infection or cystitis, chemical sensitivity, recurrent back or neck pain with no physical cause.
Often candida sufferers will hold water and look puffy, they may feel woolly-headed, have chronic aches and pains, dark rings under the eyes and crave sugar or carbohydrates terribly.
How do I know if I've got it?
Many people think they have candida, but don't. I have lost count of the number of people who think they have it but don't. Sometimes, it may be a different parasite that may be causing a problem, or it may be a food intolerance.
The best way to see if you have candida is to look for it. Properly. Have a read here of the Gut Tests Overview and the testing Candida section specifically.
We use a lab which specialises in candida diagnosis to confirm whether your problem is candida or something else. Beware: not all candida tests are the same. This one looks to see if it is releasing a specific enzyme - so-called SAPS positive candida - which shows it has mutated into its mycelial form and is pathogenic (causing disease). I only know of one lab which does this and that's why I use them.
Antibody tests are not reliable in my view or clinical experience since it shows that you have had a problem with it in the past but that may not be present now. You could spend loads of time, money and effort doing a candida programme when it wasn't necessary!
It's also prudent to check your SIgA level and the presence of a ‘leaky gut', for example so you have full information (see more on this below).
As I said, over the years I have found gut/stool tests to be much more effective than blood tests. The simple SAPs candida stool test looks for all candidas, yeasts and moulds plus pH of the gut and a mouth swab.
You might also want to look at leaky gut and gut SIgA levels. These are important. A leaky gut shows if the candida has damaged the gut lining and is therefore allowing spores or food proteins through causing you to feel poorly and set up allergies/intolerances. A low SIgA level shows that your immune system is probably unable to fight any baddies off and you would do well to get that level up first.
See an article I wrote about SIgA testing and treatment here.
You can have the leaky gut and SIgA levels tested separately or add stool SIgA onto the Candida SAPs test. For leaky gut and SIgA, follow the advice given on the Gut Tests Overview above.
How do you treat it?
This depends on whether it is a full blown candidasis problem or localised as in vaginal thrush or jock itch, for example.
For the latter, the best approach I have found over the years is to use bicarb baths to change the pH of the area, use something like OralPlex as a douche/topically, a course of good probiotics like this one and apply the probiotic powder mixed in a bit of cream or oil direct to the area affected. In vaginal conditions, this might be easier with Intrafresh.
Candidiasis itself is merely a symptom of an upset digestive and immune system, so this is what needs to be treated.
Eradicating a yeast overgrowth is relatively simple using probiotics and antifungals, but it can take a while and you must be consistent with it as candida is always waiting in the wings to rise up and bite you again when you're not looking! Below, you will find the 8-12 week anti-candida supplement protocol I have used for my patients in-clinic for the last decade. It has rarely ever let me down.
Diet is crucial to stop feeding the yeast, although an anti-candida diet is never going to lower glucose enough in the body to starve it - despite what many books might tell you. The diet plan is included below for you.
Probiotics are an absolute must to repopulate the gut and you must make sure you're producing enough stomach acid - candidiasis only happens if the digestive system balance is upset. Work also needs to be done on the liver, immune system, stress levels and anything found in tests such as a leaky gut.
Re-testing of any positive factors is usually recommended after 8 weeks minimum on the full protocol when you should find things have at least improved and hopefully you've clobbered it. If it hasn't gone, I have included the top reasons for resistance and relapse for you to work through. It may be one or more of those, or you simply need more time for your immune system to complete the fight.
How to test and treat candida, this 60 page ebook is based on the 12 week clinic protocol I have used for patients for over a decade, and it has rarely ever let me down.
It includes more on testing, the candida diet, a detailed and product-specific supplement protocol (available internationally, see Suppliers), relapse and therapy failure checklist for stubborn cases, hygiene guidelines to prevent re-infection, a full product guide appendix and how to get support.
"As always the supplement info is excellent and lovely to have
it all in one place and the links to the tests/info etc. Well done, you're very good at this and we're lucky to have you."
Welcome and Housekeeping 3
Best Tests 8
What Are Fungi and Moulds? 11
The Candida Diet 16
The Candida Protocol 23
Preparation (Stage 1) 26
Anti-Fungal (Stage 2) 27
Repair & Maintenance 28
Candida Hygiene 29
Therapy Failure & Relapse Checklist 31
Getting Support 34
Appendix: Product Guide 35
Most people are clear of candida within 8-12 weeks in my clinical experience: a lot faster than the two years it took me many moons ago, thank goodness!
And here is a reply straightaway for my most commonly asked question:
Is the diet enough to kill Candida?
Sadly, no. The special diet is vital to diminish the number of fungi but you will need the protocol in addition as nobody can starve candida to death. In emergency, when it’s dying off, candida can switch to a protein metabolism and when seriously starved they start penetrating the intestinal lining to get sugars from the blood. This provokes the danger of a systemic fungal infection, which can cause even worse problems.
In short, you need an effective protocol, the hygiene guidelines and the diet to get it licked. And that's why I've written the plan as I'm sick of hearing of people who have followed the candida diet for ages, sometimes for years, when actually testing suggests it wasn't candida at all and they didn't test effectively (often through poor advice) OR they didn't have a comprehensive enough protocol to get the job done and keep it done.
Simple when you know how, though...
Need the truly Gluten Free version? If you are grain free, your supplement protocol needs to be free from grain-derived ingredients - corn is ubiquitous in supplements so this is no mean feat to achieve! But, as usual, I have done it :). Click on the image to get the TGF Candida Plan.
If you're not sure which you need, just email me and I'll help.
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