Eliminating Candida By Following a Anti-Candida Diet
The most common natural approach to treating Candida is an anti-Candida diet in conjunction with some form of anti-yeast supplement.
Dr Bruce Semon outlines the best anti-Candida diet that I would recommend in his book Feast Without Yeast: 4 Stages To Better Health.
What Does The Anti-Candida Diet Involve?
Basically, the Candida diet involves eliminating all foods that contribute to yeast growth, and at the same time do not harm the beneficial bacteria that are found in the intestinal tract. In other words, to clear the yeast from your system, you will have to abstain from ingesting all products that contain any yeast and all foods that encourage the continued growth of yeast.
The following is only a very basic list of the most common foods that should be avoided. For more details, visit Dr Semon’s website at: www.nutritioninstitute.com/yeast_info.html.
- Mushrooms: any kind.
- All refined grain products.
- All yeasted bread products. You may eat homemade breads using wholegrain flour with baking powder/soda for leavening. Examples: muffins, biscuits, pancakes.
- Any type of sugar, even so-called natural sugars such as honey or maple syrup. Keep in mind that Candida loves sugar. Exceptions are Xylitol and Stevia. Xylitol not only does not feed Candida, it actually has been proven to have anti Candida effects. Stevia, called stevioside, does not feed yeasts in the intestines like sugars.
- Artificial Sweeteners. These have been found to feed Candida just as well as sugar.
- All dairy products except yogurt.
- All vinegars: even so called natural vinegars such as wine or apple cider vinegar.
- All malted products: again; even products that contain natural malt such as barley malt.
- All alcoholic beverages.
- Fruits: due to their high sugar content. These include strawberries, cranberries, kiwi, currants, mangoes, bananas & fresh pineapple. Exceptions are grapefruit, lemon, lime and tangerines.
- Nuts: Unless freshly cracked, because of mould.
- Peanuts and peanut butter: again, because of mould.
- Brewers yeast.
- Commercially produced fruit juices. Freshly made fruit & vegetable juices are allowed and strongly recommended.
- Raw eggs. Cooked eggs are fine.
- All antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.
- Aged cheeses: due to the presence of natural mold.
Avoid drinking tap water that contains chlorine, and coffee. Chlorine and caffeine both kill the good bacteria living in your intestines.
Avoid leftover food that has not been immediately refrigerated, due to the possibility of mold growth.
To summarize, avoid any food products that encourage yeast growth and irritate your intestinal tract, and eat foods high in natural fiber that will be easily assimilated by your digestive system.
How long do I have to stay on this Candida diet to successfully get my Candida under control?
The length of time on the Candida diet will depend on the length of time one has had symptoms, symptom severity, and overall health. Many people notice improvement after strict adherence to the Candida diet for two to four weeks: But it can take upwards to one year to rid yourself of all symptoms.
Once symptoms are gone, whole foods from the restricted list can be slowly incorporated back into the diet. Begin by reintroducing foods back into the diet. Introduce one food per week and note the effects. If a food disagrees then eliminate it. Keep processed sugars to a minimum.
Foods to include as part of a anti-Candida diet plan include:
1. Essential Fatty Acids
Increase your intake of natural saturated fats and essential oils, especially omega-3 oils, which are very lacking in the Western World’s diet. These include free-range organic meat, fish, fish oils, and oily fish, like salmon, mackerel, tuna-in-oil, sardines-in-oil, etc.; Flax-seed and borage oils. One tablespoon of flax seeds or its oil, or one 1000mg capsule of each of these, twice daily, should suffice.
2. Fresh greens
Eat plenty of salads with raw salad vegetables such as celery, peppers etc to help detoxify and to help build up your energy. Stock up on vegetables that inhibit the growth of Candida: such as: raw garlic, onions, cabbage, broccoli, turnip and kale.
Get your protein from fish and fowl. Cut out red meats for first four weeks as they may strain a weak digestive system.
Consuming yogurt that contains live cultures such as Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Lactobacillus acidophilus, can be beneficial in maintaining the proper intestinal bacteria.
Live and active cultures provide a variety of health boosts, including, helping to keep intestinal tracts healthy by deterring the growth of harmful bacteria, and encouraging the proliferation of beneficial organisms.
Researchers have found that live and active yogurt cultures can give a health boost to the cardiovascular, digestive, and immune systems. Be aware though, that not all brands of yogurt contain these beneficial cultures because many producers pasteurize the yogurt after culturing, destroying the bacteria in the process.
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