A candida diet is a diet that avoids foods that can help the infection to prosper. You see, candida (sometimes called yeast infection or candidiasis) is caused by the candida albicans fungus that we all have in our bodies. The fungus especially likes the warm, moist, dark areas like the gut, sexual organs, mouth, etc., to grow in.
But it normally doesn’t get a chance to grow into an infection because of the good bacteria in our bodies that keeps the fungus in check. The problem really only occurs when your immune system is low, you take too many antibiotics, you have a lot of stress, your blood sugar is too high, or you are under drugs that can help trigger candida.
As you can see, one of the major influences in causing candida is too much sugar. This is because the candida albicans fungus is a yeast-like fungus that needs sugar to feed on and grow.
So one of the most important first steps in trying to eliminate your candida is to make important changes to your diet. Avoiding sugar in all its forms will be obvious by now, but so is reducing your carbohydrate intake. Why? Because carbohydrates produce sugar as they breakdown during the digestion process. Also, avoid anything that stimulates the body, because stimulants can indirectly raise your blood sugar too.
So typical candida diet foods to avoid are; pre-packed, processed, smoked, canned foods, etc., which usually contain preservatives that can encourage fungal growth; carbohydrates; yeast products, mushrooms, cow’s milk products, dried fruits, sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, honey, syrups, jams, all sugars, canned soft drinks, tea, coffee, etc.
The type of candida diet foods to eat are; organic meat and poultry, vegetables, herbs, raw beans and pulses, fruit, organic and deep-sea fish, free-range eggs, natural yogurt, cottage cheese, seeds and nuts with shells you have to crack open, soya milk, rice milk, olive oil, butter, yeast-free bread, potatoes and sweet potatoes, whole-wheat pasta, etc.
These 2 lists aren’t complete by a long way as there isn’t enough room here. But they will give you a good start on your candida diet. Always remember to look closely at food labelling, especially about sugar content.
As you are aware by now, there are many issues that need your attention if you want to get rid of your candida for good. And who doesn’t, because more than 50% of all candida sufferers will have recurring candida infections that can get worse with each attack. This can lead to some very serious health issues, especially if the Candida fungus breaks through the gut wall into the bloodstream.