Candida, get out of my body

With Guest Writer, Dr.Catherine Freeman,, DAOM

What is Candida?  Candida albicans is a very pervasive yeast.  Most of us have it in our systems. And, for most of us, it poses no problem at all. However, in someone whose immune system becomes disrupted from exposure to antibiotics, poor diet or lack of sleep, for example, candida can begin to grow out of control.

Some common symptoms of Candida for you to consider:

Sudden development of food sensitivities Unusual aches and pains that do not appear to have a determinable cause (such as an injury) Gut problems, such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea
Unnatural, persistent fatigue Odd skin issues, such as dry patches Vaginitis (inflammation of the genital area in women)

 

Nutrition Guidelines for Candida

Diet plays a major role in the successful management of yeast-connected symptoms (including yeast infections, thrush, fatigue, gas, bloating, IBS symptoms, weight gain, hair loss, dandruff, and other symptoms.)  The dietary recommendations focus on reducing consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates and increasing fermented foods and beverages, vegetables, proteins and health fats.

In addition, you should complete an allergy elimination diet.  The most frequent food senilities in individuals with Candida are mild, corn, wheat, yeast, eggs, citrus fruit and sugar.  Be sure to avoid all foods that cause allergic reactions until symptoms subside.

Most individuals with Candida-related illness find that as they improve, they can follow a less rigid diet, especially if they are following other measures to regain their health including the addition of probiotics, friendly yeast, hydration, nutrient dense diet, herbal antifungals or prescriptions if necessary and staying active.  All of these factors help support a healthy and strong immune system and keep candida and other yeasts under control.

Dietary Recommendations

Foods to eat freely for 6 weeks (however, do avoid any foods you have known reactions to.)  

High Water-Content Cooked Vegetables – Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Peppers, Greens (Spinach, Mustard, Beet, Collard and Kale), Lettuce, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Radishes, String Beans, Tomatoes (Fresh), Summer Squash such as Zucchini.

Protein Foods – Chicken, Turkey, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fish, Shellfish, Eggs, Soybeans.

Unprocessed Nuts, Seeds, Oils – Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Pumpkin Seeds, Linseed Oil, Chia Seed, Flax Seed, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil, Walnut Oil, Corn Oil.

Garlic – has been found to have Anti-Candida activity.  Use freely in food and cooking, or consider taking a Garlic supplement.

Raw Cultured Vegetables – Sauerkraut, Pickles, Kimchee.

Stevia – used as a sweetener.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Oils & Fats – Organic Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Avocados (or Oil), Ghee (Clarified Butter,) Fish Oil, Flax Oil, Sesame Oil.

 

Foods to Eat Sparingly AFTER the first 2 Weeks

(Avoiding any that you have reactions to or cross reactions.)

Starchy Vegetables – Corn, Lima Beans, English Peas, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Yams, Winter Squash such as Acorn and Butternut, Carrots, Beets, Turnips.

Whole Grains – Amaranth, Corn, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Teff.

Protein Foods – Beans, Legumes.

Fruits – Best choices include Berries, Apples and Pears.  Tropical Fruits such as Mangoes, Bananas and Pineapple tend to be too high in Sugar so it is best to limit your intake.

Foods to AVOID for 6 Weeks

Sugar & Sugar Containing Foods – Sugar including Sucrose, Fructose, Maltose, Lactose, Glucose, Galactose, Mannitol, Sorbitol, Honey, Molasses, Maple Syrup, Maple-Sugar, Date Sugar, Tubinado Sugar, Corn Syrup and Fruit Juice.

Packaged and Processed Foods that are High in Sugar and made with Refined Grains – check all food labels carefully.

Alcohol.

Gluten Containing Grains.

Milk (except yogurt, kefir and cottage cheese are ok).

Processed and Smoked Meats.

Breads, Pastries and other Baked Goods.

Dried Fruit.

Fruit Juices.  

 

Sources:

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Fallon, Sally.  Nourishing Traditions; 2001