HOW CAN I CONTROL CANDIDA AND RE-BALANCE MY BODY?
There is no denying Candida is very difficult to control and it requires great commitment and patience. Candida thrives on sugar and refined carbohydrates, however if you stay light-hearted and focused, with time you can conquer this imbalance. Heck you might even shed a few kilos in the process of giving up sugar, wheat other refined items.
Please first see Candida Overgrowth blog post to identify symptoms involved with this imbalance to see if you think you may be experiencing this gut imbalance.
Traditional treatment is Nystatin which has had mixed results. Like any medication Nystatin will only help alleviate symptoms and will not address the underlying cause for the yeast overgrowth.
Through cutting sugar and freeing your-self of sugar cravings the Candida diet helps one become more in tune with our body and enjoy the benefits of strengthening our digestive and immune systems. We stop craving blood sugar fixes and start craving foods that our body innate needs and wants. Many people report that they discover an array of new menu items all of which support a healthier lifestyle.
CANDIDA DIET IN A NUT SHELL
Here’s What To Avoid:
- AVOID the 3 main offenders; the big three include Wheat, Yeast and Sugar.
- Avoid all foods containing these items including pastas, cakes, jams, yeasted breads, biscuits, sweets, honey, glucose and sugar. Stevia may be used but ensure it’s a high quality brand that doesn’t have poor ingredients.
- Avoid sauces and spreads that may contain yeast. Avoid oils and oil-rich products. Butter, olive oil and flaxseed oil may still be included. Avoid vinegar. Yeast and “dampness-creating” foods are those that are cold in temperature, too sweet or salty, mucus producing, stale or rancid.
- Eliminate all dairy products (except butter) and replace with sheep, goat or soy products.
- Eliminate all fruit for two weeks except for lemons, grapefruits and limes.
- Avoid yams, sweet potatoes and potatoes.
- Alcoholic beverages and other intoxicants.
- During the first few weeks focus on white meats such as chicken and seafood (preferably chemical free), which are easier to digest, then after two weeks you may re-introduce red meats.
- Avoid left-over foods, nuts and seeds (unless they have just been oven-roasted) dried fruits or cheeses – any foods that are likely to carry mould.
- Too many raw foods.
- Any food in excessive amounts.
- Complicated meals of many ingredients which promote pathogenic fermentation – exactly what yeast loves. Focus on simple food combining.
- Miso, soy sauce, tempeh and tofu can be tolerated in small amounts.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN HAVE:
Generally in the first few days when denying the body sugar and wheat there is often an increase of cravings and symptoms so set yourself up to win by surrounding yourself with the following:
✓ Eat plain, full fat acidophilus yoghurt every day.
✓ Taking acidophilus and bifida supplements twice day. The use of probiotics is very important to re-establish intestinal flora. Preferably both gluten and casein free (Nutrition Care’s Lactobac and Metagenics Ultraflor Plus are good examples).
✓ It is very important to keep water intake high, for flushing the toxins out the body.
✓ Garlic is a fabulous natural antifungal herb which you should try to consume daily. It is recommended that eating half a clove twice a day, raw and fresh is highly beneficial. Take this just before a meal or just after taking wheat or barley concentrates.
✓ Eat plenty of cooked, brightly coloured vegetables.
✓ Grains that are wheat-free such as millet, amaranth, quinoa, oats, barley and rice are allowed. Ensure that any purchased breads made from these products are both yeast and wheat-free. Naturally leavened, whole-grain sourdough rye bread may be used.
✓ Eggs are fine.
✓ Focus on simple food combining.
✓ Eat plenty of raw, unsalted sauerkraut mixed with garlic, seaweed and cabbage.
✓ Chlorophyll is purifying and stops the spread of bacterial. It also promotes the growth of beneficial intestinal flora. Therefore barley and wheat grass (which contain significant amounts of chlorophyll) are perhaps the most effective at treating yeasts. These work best as powders or tablets rather than juices, which are sweeter. Kelp and other seaweeds are also highly recommended. Parsley, kale, collard and dandelion greens, watercress, cabbage and spirulina are all helpful.
✓ All legumes (beans, peas and lentils) are fine, aduki beans are known to be helpful with drying damp conditions and mung beans are detoxifying.
✓ According to “Healing with Whole Foods, Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition”, if the tongue coating is thick, greasy or yellow, this indicates the need for cleansing of accumulated mucus in the digestive tract. Author Paul Pitchford recommends consuming one to two ounces of ‘button’ or other mushrooms, about three ounces of daikon radish or three or four red radishes.
✓ Certain herbs are also known to be very helpful in controlling candida. The herb “pau d’arco” is apparently excellent and two other bitter herbs, “chaparral” and “burbock” are also beneficial. Your naturopath, homeopath or chiropractor should be able to order these for you or help you locate another point of purchase.
✓ For longstanding relief from candida, it is imperative to ensure that your bowel is receiving efficient and correct nerve messages from your central nervous system. With the correct anti-candida diet, chiropractic adjustments support your body to regain balance and build immune strength.
✓ Homeopathy may also help with re-balancing the body. A homeopath will discuss with you your symptoms and best match a remedy. Some of these may be Calc Carb, Nettle, Rhus Tox, or Sulphur.
So chin up, consistency is the key. You can do it!
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Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani
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Want to learn more about how to live a healthy lifestyle? For more health related information, please see Well Adjusted Babies 2nd Edition.
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Updated: March 27, 2015