Tartaric Acid test results


I discovered this forum several weeks ago and I have found it extremely helpful. I have been fighting candida (I think) for many years and this is the most comprehensive source of information that I have come across. I have found the food information and recipes particularly valuable. I started the diet around Memorial Day and have been taking caprylic acid alternating with oregano oil because I had purchased it prior to discovering your forum.

However, I got some interesting test results today. I had taken the Genova Diagnostics Nutreval test in 2012 that showed an off-the-chart 54 for tartaric acid, a yeast/fungal dysbiosis marker. Bacterial dysbiosis numbers were not high. A Great Plains Lab Organic Acids test in 2013 also showed high tartaric acid at 27.  Again bacterial markers fine. All lab tests typically show acidity and inflammation as well. Over the course of my history with this issue I have of course made changes to my diet, reducing sugar, alcohol and refined carbs, but never to the degree of your particular diet until a month ago, and I had been eating gluten and dairy, though not in large amounts. Last year I started having chronic heartburn and started wondering if it might be candida related. I was also under an extreme amount of stress for about 2 years. I decided to have another Nutreval test done to see how I was doing. I did the test before I started the WholeApproach diet. Today I found out my latest tartaric acid level was undetectable. I still have markers for inflammation.

I have taken the questionnaire a few times. The last 2 results were 80-something and 31. None of my symptoms are severe, and I wonder if some of them are from inflammation and not from candida at all.

So my question is this: how much credence should I give to this test result? Because according to that I don't have a candida problem anymore. I'm not going to run out and start gorging myself on gluten, dairy and sugar, but it would be nice not to be so restricted all the time, particularly when I don't have control over what is being served. And I wonder if I should be taking any antifungals at all.

Thank you!

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I'm sorry for my delayed reply. I've not been logging in regularly recently. I'm sorting out some personal health issues and working gradually on a new model for service delivery here on the forum. 

Congratulations on how much progress you've made on your questionnaire! That's the most important result to me. Also, diagnosing candida overgrowth is a complex challenge. I do not analyse all of the new tests as they come out. They are medical tests best interpreted by a doctor. However, in the case of candida, it's challenging to find an MD able to help with this. I recommend either finding an MD or an ND with a specialized interest in candida issues.

It's definitely much harder to eat a hypo allergic anti-candida diet when we're not preparing our own food. Is it possible for you to make your own meals?

We have a post about eating out with candida. See this welcome page under Whole Approach Diet Tips.

We also have a post about diagnosing candida.

As for the heartburn, this can be a result of inefficient digestion causing churning in the stomach and a splashing of stomach acid. There are other causes as well and you'd be best to speak with your ND about this. Here is an FAQ about optimizing digestion.

I hope the above information is helpful for you. Take good care and keep up the great work on your self care and healing.


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