Are you suffering from candida overgrowth? The anti-candida diet can significantly reduce your symptoms and rid your body of candida fungal infection. It is a low carb anti-inflammatory diet to heal the gut and nourish the body. Read on to learn about the what foods you should avoid and which foods you can eat on an anti-candida diet.
Clearing the body of Candida overgrowth can be a challenging process. It requires a combination of dietary and lifestyle changes not only to eliminate the current infection, but also to prevent its reoccurrence and to maintain a healthy gut.
Candida is a naturally occurring yeast in the body that feeds on sugar. A typical western diet is commonly high in sugars, providing the fuel for candida to grow out of control. When candida growth exceeds the body’s ability to balance with good gut bacteria, it damages the intestinal lining causing Leaky Gut, and triggers the body’s inflammatory and auto-immune responses. In addition, the candida cells themselves release toxins into our bodies, all resulting in a cacophony of different candida overgrowth symptoms. You can learn more about candida overgrowth symptoms in my previous blog post here.
In order to prevent further growth, an anti-candida diet is needed to starve the candida cells, heal the gut, and restore balance in the body.
STEP 1 – ELIMINATE HARMFUL FOODS
An Anti-Candida Diet is predominantly a low carb diet to remove the sugar (glucose) that candida thrives on. In addition, it is an anti-inflammatory diet eliminating foods that triggers the inflammatory and immune responses.
FOODS TO AVOID INCLUDE:
At first glance this elimination list seems daunting and leaves you wondering what on Earth is left that you CAN eat. But while it seems extreme, note that as your body heals you can reintroduce some of these foods. Some foods however you may want to avoid or reduce in the long term such as gluten, to help protect your gut health & immune system.
STEP 2 – EAT FOODS TO NOURISH AND HEAL
While Step 1 of the anti-candida diet sounds like doom and gloom with such a long list of foods to be removed from your diet, the list of foods you CAN eat is HUGE! There are so many foods you can and should eat to nourish and heal the body.
An anti-candida diet is a low carb anti-inflammatory diet which really means it’s a diet of clean unprocessed foods with plenty of good protein, healthy fats, and veggies, and all the nutrients that come from them.
FOODS TO EAT INCLUDE:
One of the hardest things about such a diet can be dealing with cravings for banned foods, whether you have a sweet tooth for all things sugary or cake and desserts, or you’re a carb fiend and love your bread, rice and potatoes, or you miss texture that you can only get with certain foods like crunchy crisps; food swaps and candida diet hacks are your saviours here.
Here are some great food substitutes to help you round out your meals and satisfy your tastebuds:
Starting an anti-candida diet can be a drastic change to your regular diet and eating habits, and can be overwhelming to begin with. It’s a big challenge that requires forethought, preparation, and more home cooking than you might be used to. You may feel terrible to begin with for many reasons:
As challenging as this will be, in the long term it will be worth it. The new changes will become routine, helping you to build a sustainably healthier diet, and as your body heals you can slowly reintroduce some foods back into your diet. I would however suggest that sugar and gluten be limited to help maintain a healthy gut system and prevent re-occurrence.
The anti-candida diet sounds like a huge restrictive diet but basing your meals around having a hearty portion of protein, plenty of vegetables, and lots of healthy fats, will not only help your body fight Candida and rid yourself of your symptoms, but in general the clean unprocessed food will nourish the body, giving it the nutrients it needs to improve and maintain good health.