Hello, sorry about the delay in response, if its not too late here are some answers to your questions:
I am battling candida as well as leaky gut. Are your recommendations okay for someone who has a candida problem as well as leaky gut?
I had some candida diagnosed by my nutritionist after having a CDSA, but that is just one form of bad bacteria I had others also. The CDSA indicated the best herbs to treat all of the bacteria were garlic and uva ursi. Anyway, the nutritionist prescribed me oregano oil, which I took for a month, amongst many other supplements.
However, of all the restrictions I placed on my diet and supplements I took the most successful result for removing all my symptoms with longer lasting effects was a 1 week colonic cleanse in Thailand, spasamui - drinking only psyllium and bentonite shakes 5 times a day, and herbal cleanses 5 times a day and only drinking a garlic broth twice a day. After breaking the cleanse my body took a week to adjust to eating again but I never experienced candida symptoms until after 4 months of eating junk food again.
Specific concerns: 1) Didn't think that I could have ANY bread? 2) Didn't think that I could have any fruit except lemon, lime, and cranberry? 3) Didn't think that I could have brown rice? 4) Is apple cider vinegar good for fighting candida but bad for leaky gut? 5) I thought coconut oil was good during the candida diet? 6) I thought avacados were good during the candida diet?
I have also read from many candida diet books not to include bread, yeasts, any fruits etc, but there are ingredients included in some candida diets where others they aren't, like apples or pears. The important thing to do is restrict everything that all candida diets suggest, and introduce them after a time and see how your body reacts. I think thats the best test. I have just included a list of all the foods I personally found problematic until my symptoms were gone. Then I could have some in moderation.
Perhaps, your advice is for someone who has leaky gut, but already has candida whipped?
On the contrary, I think i solved my candida problem with that week colonic cleanse in thailand, but this leaky gut issue still plagues me today, unless I follow a strict protocol. People could argue I still have candida, but the amount of garlic I eat and parasite cleanses I do, plus the fact that my symptoms are not typical of candida anymore. Its just abdominal cramps. I have no other signs of candida. So my conclusion is if you have leaky gut this is harder to beat than candida and will take more effort.