Candida is the overgrowth of yeast in the gut, and doesn’t just restrict itself to the gut, but starts wrapping itself around all the empty pathways in the body; literally like a carpet.

What causes candida?

Candida is triggered by the foods that are consumed, which Shonali terms as trigger foods that create an acidic pH and cause bad gut bacteria to thrive in your body.

How does Shonali help?

On a candida diet, Shonali’s approach relies on the tenets of Macrobiotic philosophy: using the oriental system of ‘facial diagnosis,’ and touch meridian diagnosis (if needed) to analyze the strength and health of your organs. Her framework (like Ayurveda) relies on using the foundation of analyzing your constitution (that which you were born with: blueprint from your parents) and condition (that which you have created growing up). Macrobiotic philosophy uses the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ elements of ‘energy’ or ‘prana’ to help her diagnose everything you are or do. This is her training and USP and how she actually zeroes in on your diagnosis and further prognosis.

She uses the food tools and the principles of the Macrobiotic approach to aim at: strengthening your gut, detoxify you of all the accumulated toxins (‘ama’ in Ayurveda plus any accumulation of bad gut bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ i.e., when bad bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones) and balance the body’s pH. Her approach is to make you identify the toxins you are consuming from foods, the environment and your lifestyle; and get rid of them. Plus bring in food-elements to clean up your gut to help you detoxify. She then layers this with the use of holistic natural everyday foods; using her knowledge of balancing the ‘foods’ and ‘cooking styles’ used to give you the required strength to overcome your ailment and encourage balance.

Soon the symptoms of bloating, swelling, cravings, mental fogginess, lethargy all start coming under control and you start feeling cleansed of the candida. Typically each one bounces back individually at their own time. It took her 2 years to knock it out of her system.


Number of Cases



AGE 58

"I am 58 years old, and never really fell sick all my life. Suddenly I started suffering from low immunity issues. First, I started falling down a couple of times a year, then I also started getting up several times at night to go to the toilet to empty my bladder. My immunity was at an all time low, as I got virals and fevers quite often. I went to the doctor, but also decided to consult Shonali. She was the first one to point out that I could be suffering with a urinary tract infection, which was connected to a condition called Candidiasis (something I had all my life), and therefore the need to go to the toilet had increased over the years (especially at night). She diagnosed me as having a condition called nocturia, wherein the keeping up at night was depressing my cognitive ability in the day, and due to which I kept falling. No doctor had connected the dots for me in this way. She said we should first get the candida under control, then the UTI. She did this by making dietary changes for me and she worked with my lifestyle. I am now candida-free, and get up only once during the night. I haven’t had a fall in the last year."

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