Q: Peter writes: I have had problems with my stomach for years now and find it difficult to absorb calcium. I suffer with Candida and also have a tendency to be over acidic. Pretty much tried everything but I still have problems with bone loss around my teeth and just can’t seem to stop it. I had osteochondritus (bone softening) when I was an adolescent which indicates to me that there is some deep problem with calcium utilization. I am now looking at thyroid issues – any suggestions?
A: Hello Peter! Your instinct is right. Bone softening can be the result of a disbalance in endocrine system (thyroid is part of). It is known that Candida can contribute to disruption of the endocrine system. Therefore, by eliminating candidiasis, you could normalize your thyroid function. So, once again for clarity: address Candida first, and then revisit your thyroid issues.
To suppress Candida growth proper anti-yeast diet should be combined with proper supplements. The emphasis is on the word proper. But, we are all different. And although people affected by candidiasis may share some common symptoms, and individual’s biological profile ultimately determines the effectiveness of the treatment.
So, how can you know what is proper supplement/herb for you?
The answer is to do the test to determine what is effective for you. I called it precision nutrition (vs. shot gun approach). Digestive stool analysis can help you to identify what kind of supplements and herbs you should take in order to suppress Candida growth in your specific case. Also, because your body is overly acidic, calcium that you are taking is used as a buffer to make your body more alkaline. As a result, calcium is literally “leaching out” from your bones and teeth because again your body is trying to compensate for your acidity by making you more alkaline. For example, a “typical” American diet of hamburgers with French fries and milk with cookies is highly acidic.
You cannot correct calcium absorption without first correcting your body’s pH. Ideal blood pH 7.3-7.4; Acidic pH – below 7.0; Alkaline pH – above 7.0.
So, how to shift your body pH from acidic to alkaline?
You should eat daily 70-80% alkalizing foods and 20-30% acidifying foods. Examples of alkalizing foods-carrots, cucumbers, avocado, papaya, pineapple, fresh vegetable juices, pumpkin, almonds. Examples of acidifying foods: cheese, ice-cream, meat, sugar, corn syrup, soft drinks, coffee, vinegar, beer, bread. Drugs, chemicals, artificial sweeteners, herbicides and pesticides have acidifying effect on our bodies as well.
How to monitor your bone health?
You should monitor your bone loss (or gain – the goal should be to reestablish your bone health) through special urine test called “Bone Resorption” that measures deoxypyrridinoline and pyridinoline, which are direct products of the bone breakdown. This test can identify both accelerated bone loss and bone build-up.
Please be aware that not all the tests are made equal.
Testing methodology employed technology and human error often caused inaccurate results. I have researched and selected the most reliable test for bone health. This test (called “Bone Resorption”) is available to our subscribers as well as digestive stool analysis (called “GI Function Profile”).
Although, I found that there is no such a thing as 100% accurate test, I personally rely on those I have selected to guide the health recovery process.
To conclude: How To Stop Bone Loss
Step One: Eliminate Candida Infection.
Step Two: Change Your Body pH from Acid to Alkaline.
Step Three: Monitor Progress by completing Bone Resorption Test.
I hope you will find this information helpful.
Good Luck! Galina