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Candida Diet: What to Eat and Avoid

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What is Candida overgrowth?

Candida is a type of yeast that normally live harmlessly on and in the body. However, some factors can cause this yeast to multiply out of control and once this happens, a Candida infection occurs.

What are the causes of Candida overgrowth?

Under normal conditions, Candida is not dangerous. The good bacteria that live on and in the body as well as the efforts of the immune system combined, help protect the body against Candida overgrowth.

A person can develop a Candida infection known as "candidiasis" if the good bacteria in the body are suppressed or if their immune system isn't keeping up.

Some very common causes of candidiasis are:

- Chemotherapy

- Pregnancy

- HIV

- Antibiotics

- Diabetes


Other possible causes of yeast infections are:

- Dry Mouth

- Sress

- Obesity

- Birth Control pills

- Humid surroundings/weather

- Steroids

- Smoking

- Dentures

- Wearing tight clothes

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What Is The Candida Diet?

The Candida diet is all about following a very low sugar and carbs diet for as long as your fungal infections last, but it is usually recommended to stick to the diet even after healing for about two to three months more.
When following the Candida diet, you have to remove inflammation causing foods such as sugars, certain foods like diary products and junk food.

It is important to follow a nutritious healthy diet focused on cruciferous fruits and vegetables, anti-inflammatory foods, and sulfur rich edible plants such as cabbage, broccoli, garlic, almonds and more. The Candida Albicans, which are the type of yeast responsible for Candida infections thrive on sugar and even carbs, since they are broken down to a type (Glucose) of sugar in your body. That's why it is really important to limit both your sugar and carbs intake to defeat Candida. These organisms are usually stubborn to defeat once overgrowth happens, but don't let that bring you down!

To help boost and support your immunity system, it is recommended that you follow a diet that increases your gut "good bacteria" that fight Candida. Therefore, it would be helpful for you to get good bacteria supplements (Probiotics and prebiotics) along with your medication and anti-candida diet. In case you don't know, prebiotics are the source of food for your gut's healthy bacteria, whereas "probiotics" are the good bacteria themselves.



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Most Powerful Anti-Candida Foods To Eat On A Candida Diet

You are most probably wondering which foods to eat to kill or prevent Candida overgrowth. Here is a list of the strongest recommended anti-candida foods:


Coconut Oil:

The antifungal Capric and lauric fatty acids are both naturally found in coconut oil, they are important because they promote good gut health overall. The naming speaks for itself, when they're descrribed as " antifungal", this means that they are capable of killing candida overgrowth and its replication by poking holes in the cell walls.

Garlic:

A major one for killing Candida overgrowth and is recommended by many doctors. Allicin, a natural antifungal compound in garlic is known for its powerful attack against Candida. Make sure you add it completely raw to your diet to reap its full anti-candida benefits.


Apple Cider Vinegar:

This powerful vinegar can easily destroy Candida cell walls and protein structures making it one of the most powerful candida killers. Make sure you add it to your salads. If you're having a thrush, try mixing a little bit of water with it to reduce its damage potential to your gums and teeth while gargling. However, concentrated salt water is more recommended for people with thrush. We'll get to this part soon, keep on reading!


Wild-caught Salmon:

Such great news for seafood lovers because wild-caught salmon is not only strong against Candida overgrowth but it's packed with some of the most important vitamins, minerals and fats your body needs, one of which is Omega 3 which keeps your blood vessels healthy, fights depression and improves eye health. Wild-caught Salmon provides you with EPA and DHA fatty acids in their active forms, unlike plant sourced Omega 3, meaning that they'll fight against excess inflammation more efficiently by increasing your body's hormonal release of "adiponectin".


Red Peppers:

It is important to try to have a diet consisting mostly of anti-inflammatory foods when beginning your anti-candida diet and lucky for you, red peppers are great when it comes to their anti-inflammation properties.


Turmeric:

Turmeric has active curcumin in it which is highty anti-candida. It has been proven that the curcumin turmeric contains has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.Curcumin can directly prevent the inflammation by inhibiting the production of two inflammatory enzymes. That is why curcumin has great health benefits from preventing liver damage, heart disease, cognitive decline and easing joint inflammation.


Cruciferous Vegetables:

Good news for vegans and vegeterians because cruciferous vegetables have been shown to posses great anti-microbial, anti-fungal/candida, anti-pathogenic properties. If you research what farmers use to prevent fungi growth while planting as fungicides, you'll learn that these are actually full of the mineral "Sulfur" which is highly anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and keratolytic. Cruciferous vegetables such as: Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy, raddish, arugula, kale, spinach and many more are high in sulfur and are very strong Candida albican killers.


Other anti-candida foods include:

Black beans, extra vigin olive oil, tomatoes, whole grains, non-sweetened yoghurt, nuts except for peanuts and other moldy nuts, kefir, chia seeds, lemons, artichokes, asparagus and more.


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Foods to avoid on a candida-diet

You've already heard that you should stay away from anything sweet or full of carbohydrates if you have candida overgrowth in your body, however, you could still enjoy the taste of sweetness by using artificial sweeteners. I have taken my time to research this and I'm here to recommend you to try xylitol as an alternative. Xylitol has been shown to get fed on by Candida albicans which is great news! It is also great for diabetic people or people trying to shed weight without losing the privilege of enjoying sweet food.


Sweet foods to avoid include fruits as well but since fruits - just like veggies are packed with very strong and healthy minerals and vitamins, then in that case you can eat fruits having the lowest amount of sugar in them. Such fruits include: Strawberries, avocadoes, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, limes, apricots, kiwis, figs, grapefruit and some more.


Avoid Inflammatory foods

such as: dairy products, soda, french fries, foods with refined carbs such as white bread (including pizza) and pastries, red meat, alcohol, bacon, hot dogs, corn oil, canola oil margarine, corn syrup, potato chips, pretzels, energy drinks, doughnuts and some more.

For bread lovers, you could use almond or chickpea flour to make your cakes, cookies or sweet things with. I've tried almond flour myself already and it tastes yummier than expected! You can find endless almond based bread or cookie recipes online.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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