I've never had any type of fungal infection in my life as I'm too acidic. My bicarbonate labs are always just under the range. I've had insulin resistance for decades due to eating too much sugar and my kidneys aren't up to scratch.
My mother had severe systematic yeast infections which vanished when she started betaine HCL with pepsin supplements to increase stomach acid.
Here is an excerpt from the article about pH levels is from The Candida Diet - Candida: Acid or Alkaline?....
"Maintaining the correct pH in your gut is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your Candida overgrowth. The Candida yeast likes an alkaline environment, which is often brought about by a course of antibiotics or an excessively alkaline diet. One of the aims of the Candida Diet is to restore your gut acidity to the correct levels. The right dietary changes and a course of good probiotics will do just that."
Just to add this info from Gallbladder Attack's article on stomach acid...
"Too much stomach acid? Really? I mean, how is it that millions of people on PPIs are making too much HCl? Hyperchlorhydria or too much stomach acid is rather rare. If you're overeating, eating junk food or other food that is hard to digest, eating when stressed, living under stress, chances are much greater that you don't make enough hydrochloric acid or digestive enzymes and your symptoms stem from that. Take a look at some of the symptoms caused by low stomach acid.
Signs of Deficient Stomach Acid
Gas, bloating and burping shortly after a meal could be lack of HCl
Feeling of fullness or food not digesting
Heartburn and/or gastric reflux (sometimes too much HCl but most often not enough)
Foul smelling stools
Loose stools in the early morning
Dialated blood vessles on the cheeks and nose - Rosacea
Pernicious anemia or iron deficiency
Nausea especially after taking vitamins and minerals
Weak or cracked nails
Parasites - or at least increased susceptibility to parasitic infections
Chronic yeast infections
Acne in adults - especially if you have other symptoms from the list
Since low levels of stomach acid results in poor absorption of nutrients, many symptoms that accompany a deficiency of that vitamin or mineral makes this list much longer. The nutrients most affected are calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin K and many B vitamins. See pernicious anemia.
If you're nervous about trying supplemental hydrochloric acid, you can do a trial with 1-2 TBSP of organic apple cider vinegar mixed with 1/8 to 1/4 cup of water after a meal. If it makes you feel better and does not hurt, you most likely would benefit from taking 500 - 1000 mg. of Betaine HCl with your meals.
H. Pylori Symptoms
If HCl does not take care of the acid symptoms, you may have a heliobacter pylori infection. Gnawing or burning symptoms can be indicative of an h. pylori infection. This pain tends to be located centrally, just below the rib cage."
"Risk Factors and Causes of Low Stomach Acid
Candida and other Yeast
Bacterial Dysbiosis or infections in the Gut
H. pylori infection
Stress even in children
Age. HCl production decreases wtih age
Diseases Associated with Low HCl
Sjogren 's Syndrome"
Thank you, this information has been so helpful. I'll be looking into everything you have mentioned.
I found this website of a woman who suffered with yeast. Check it out?