Perhaps you have heard of the anti Candida diet, but wondered what it is and how it worked. In a nutshell, the anti Candida diet is a set of food rules you can follow to change the internal environment of your body to reduce the concentration of Candida and enhance your immune system strength so your body can fight off the infection.
The rules are based on a few foundational principles. First of all, you need to eliminate food that feed the Candida to "starve" it out of your body. Second, you need to eat more foods that improve digestion and immune system function, like fruits and vegetables. Third, you need to optimize digestion and elimination of toxins. Here is a little more detail on each of those steps:
Eliminate Foods That Feed Yeast
Cutting out or minimizing foods that serve as nourishment for Candida is an important part of rebalancing your body so that the yeast is not able to overgrow. These foods include:
- White sugar
- Processed and refined carbohydrates
- Any food with a high glycemic index
- Dairy products
- Unhealthy fats and oils, such as trans and saturated fats
- Foods high in yeast, such as bread, beer and vinegar (except apple cider vinegar)
The reason it is so important to minimize sugar in the diet is because yeast feeds off of sugar. Every time you eat sugar, it's like giving your yeast infection a boost! For this reason, it is also important to cut out foods that your body processes and turns into sugar, like refined carbohydrates, high glycemic index foods or anything that is starchy. Dairy products should be minimized because in almost all people they are irritating to the gastrointestinal system and hurt healthy digestion. Unhealthy oils clog your bloodstream and organs and disrupt your body's healthy balance.
This first principle is the most important part of the anti Candida diet.
Eat More Healthy Foods That Improve Digestion and Immune System Function
The second principle of the anti Candida diet is to nourish your body properly with healthy sources of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The best types of foods to eat are:
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Whole grains
- Lean meats
Foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and beans help strengthen the immune system and improve digestion so that toxins can be easily eliminated. Try not to consume too many starchy vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, as these are converted by the body into sugar. The same goes for fruits that are very sweet, such as pineapple and bananas. Whole grains like quinoa, brown rice and buckwheat are on the list. Try not to eat grains with a lot of gluten, as the can cause digestive problems. Lean meats (such as fish and chicken), nuts and beans are great healthy sources of protein, and nuts and seeds contain healthy fats.
Optimize Digestion and Elimination of Toxins
The third principle of the anti Candida diet is to keep the digestive system healthy so your body can easily eliminate toxins. Make sure that you:
- Avoid food allergens, such as cow's milk and gluten grains, which irritate the gut and cause toxins to leak into your bloodstream. Other foods that people are commonly allergic to include tree nuts, eggs, wheat, shellfish and soy.
- Maintain regular bowel movements by eating a lot of fiber and drinking plenty of water.
- Increase raw food intake. Foods such as raw veggies, seeds, fruits and vegetable juices contain healthy enzymes that help your body break down foods so they can be processed by your intestines.
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