The Candida Diet is a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet that promotes good gut health and removes sugars that fuel an overgrowth of Candida. The diet includes non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, gluten-free grains, dairy products, and fermented foods. By improving your gut health and restoring the balance of bacteria and yeasts that live inside your body, you can get relief from Candida symptoms like bloating, indigestion, yeast infections, fatigue. , nausea, diarrhea and gas.
Symptoms of candidiasis of the mouth, throat, or esophagus include:
- white patches on the inside of the mouth
- Soreness of the throat
- pain while eating
- Dryness of the mouth
Symptoms of candidiasis of the vagina include:
- itching of the vagina and vulva
- pain when urinating
- pain during intercourse
- thick, white discharge
What To Eat
- Protein from animal sources such as chicken, fish, shellfish, eggs and protein from non-animal sources such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds (except peanuts and pistachios).
- Especially dark leafy greens such as spinach, cabbage, kale and collards.
- 1-2 servings of fresh fruit per day will provide good fiber, vitamins and minerals.
- Eat Oats, Barley, Kamut, Brown or wild rice, Millet, Teff, Buckwheat and Quinoa.
- All our cells have an outer layer of fat that makes up the cell membrane. When we eat high-quality oils this membrane are healthier and work optimally.
- Drinking 1-2 liters of water a day will contribute to a healthy digestive system and help minimize yeast overgrowth.
Foods To Avoid
- Candida is a yeast and, when you consume foods that contain yeast, you are adding more yeast to an already yeast-heavy environment.
- Alcohol which is fermented using yeast. Wine and Beer contain the most yeast and people who are yeast sensitive tend to react more to them than they do to distilled spirits like vodka, gin & tequila which contain less.
- Avoid Meats that are pickled, smoked or dried such as hotdogs, smoked salmon and cured pork bacon.
- Avoid Dried fruits and fruit that has been bottled, canned or jarred.
- Mushrooms are a fungus and, as such, can also contribute to yeast overgrowth.
- Avoid Processed carbohydrates such as white flours, white rice contain no fiber and turn into simple sugars in the digestive system. Foods in this category include crackers, chips, pasta and noodles.
- Avoid Any form of processed sugar including white or brown sugar derived from the cane sugar plant and any simple sweetener derived from maple syrup, honey, agave, brown rice syrup or malt.
Treating Candida is not always easy because it is such an opportunistic pathogen. Improving your diet, most importantly by removing all added sugars, is the first step. Taking a good probiotic will crowd out the Candida yeast and start to heal your gut. And some natural anti-fungal will help to reverse the Candida overgrowth.