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How long does it take to get rid of Candida and what can I do to treat it?

After taking some antibiotics, I feel like I might have gotten a pretty bad Candida infection. What should I do to treat it, how long will it take?
asked Jul 17, 2013 in General Candida Questions by Jean Helper (230 points)

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The question itself vents out the frustration of anyone severely Candida infected. Maybe you took some cure all antibiotics before you realized that it was Candida that caused the issue, and thought you have wrapped the deal up. Wrong. You just made the way for more of the irritating fungus to grow back. This way, the Candida will definitely follow you to the grave.

So, get some sense, first of all. Apply simple logic and know what rut your cure-all antibiotics led you into. Even before that, you must know why the Candida grew out of control. Unless you know what’s putting the leak into the tub, there’s no point filling it. It’s that simple.  Once you learn the logic behind, you can pretty much figure out the answer on your own; however, know beforehand it won’t be digital precision. Things may vary as much as by a week, a fortnight or even a month; it all depends on how soon (and well) your body utilizes the support you are providing it with. But even then, there are ways you can tweak your gastrointestinal system to make the most out of all the help you are giving it to recover; that way, there’s a fair chance Candida will leave you earlier than the stipulated time.

But, the GI system is just a part of a long story. Candida is an opportunistic fungus and always stays on the lookout for a hole in your immune system. This hole is created chiefly by stress, which in turn increases cortisol (the stress hormone); next, it is due to the gut pH gone bad. Without addressing these factors, you can stay rest assured that Candida won’t leave you ever in your lifetime.

For severe infestations, there’s no other way to go apart from antifungals; mild and moderate infections go away with simple measures like neem oil (for topical applications) and probiotics, which is also a much-needed follow up to the antibiotic course. It will restore the beneficial gut bacteria, which will kill the fungus. But you need a systematic approach; once you follow that, the infection will go away in a month flat. You’ll need a weekly cleanse with castor oil and one (or two) daily doses of probiotics for a month. Besides, you need to be strictly on mineral water to restore gut pH. And remember, if you are into exercising, it’s best to avoid it in the first month. Second month onwards, regain your exercise regime right from the scratch; stress yourself too much and welcome back Candida again into your life.

So what you do is:

A. Take precription antifungals (for severe and very severe infestations).

B. Follow up with probiotics after 4 hours.

C. Go for a castor oil cleanse immediately after an antifungal regime ends. Castor oil will make your intestines a fertile ground for the gut flora to proliferate at an insane rate and take over the pathogens. It will also clean out the dead (and semi-dead) fungus, thus cutting out on die-off symptoms. Repeat this for three consecutive weekends.  And DO NOT skip the mineral water unless you want a temporary relief.

D. If you face poor digestion, go for TRIKATU (Indian long pepper, black pepper and ginger) for a week; it will restart the fire in your belly again and reset your body’s first line of defense.

With that much said, look forward to a new, healthy you within 30 days flat. If not, then you must have had missed something and must continue the mineral water and probiotics for 7 to 10 days more.
answered Jul 17, 2013 by Steven Candida Expert (3,000 points)
An excellent post. However, what amount of castor oil? The standard dose or more?
Hey Greg,

I actually gave some information about using Castor oil here: http://candidaquestions.probacto.com/35/how-long-do-i-have-to-stay-on-the-candida-diet
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According to Dr. Eric bakker on his youtube video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZh8Maj5GNY he says that there is no real answer to this question. Each person is different and one answer doesn't fit it for everyone else.

However he does mention that it can take anywhere from 8 months to 12 months.

Other patients with systemic candida yeast infection can take up to two years.

hope it helps

answered Jul 17, 2013 by Johnnyboy