The term ‘Candida’ refers to a collective group of yeast-like fungi that are naturally present in the human intestines, mouth, throat, skin and urinary system. Generally, it is Candida Albicans that is implicated in states of chronic yeast infections, but there are almost a dozen different types of Candida organisms.
Candida is normally present in the colon and is kept in check, along with other ‘bad bacteria', by the probiotics or, ‘good bacteria’. The over-consumption of sugars , breads, alcohol and yeast products (candida feeds on these) results in the bad guys getting all the food they need while the good guys become outnumbered.
Candida is made worse by the use of antibiotics, including antibiotics in animal feed, birth control pills, environmental pollution and steroid drugs.
Once overgrown in the intestines, Candida forms spike-like structures called myceles or rhizoids. This enables the candida to burrow through the intestinal lining and enter the blood stream. This is commonly referred to as leaky gut or malabsorption syndrome. These holes now pave the way for other organisms to enter the blood stream as well as partly or undigested food particles which are a contributing factor in food and environmental allergies.
Allergies produce symptoms such as fatigue, depression , chronic dermatological infections, skin rashes, acne, abdominal bloating and gas, indigestion, constipation , diarrhea, chemical and food sensitivities, hypoglycemia, premenstrual tension, endometriosis, prostatitis, vaginitis, poor concentration, memory problems, mood swings, and rheumatoid arthritis. If you have any of these conditions it would be a good idea to get Candida testing done!
Depending on the severity, a typical Candida program can be anywhere from 12 weeks to 9 months. Incorporating supplements into your healing regime is essential during this program. I’ve met people who have been on Candida diets without the help of supplements for almost 10 years with just minor improvement. As soon as they go off the diet, the symptoms return.
If you plan to do a food-only Candida healing protocol, pack some lunch – you’re going to be doing it for a while.
These are some of the key foods you'll want to avoid on a Candida diet:
I know what you're thinking: "YIKES – that's A LOT of stuff I can't eat!". While that's somewhat true, let's now take a look at what you CAN eat!
Allowed Foods on a Candida Diet:
Supplements are an essential component to this program. It will be a long and challenging journey without them. I am all about effective supplementation and when it comes to Candida, "go big or go home" is my general motto.
These are some supplements you may want to consider incorporating into your Candida-healing protocol:
While this might seem very overwhelming, remember this: in the grand scheme of things, a small-time investment pays off in the long run. Candida is an underlying issue for many disease states and heavily under-diagnosed, so a little ground work goes a long way.
This is one of the most complete programs I know of and works well. The trick is to stick with it. If you fall off the wagon don’t throw in the towel. Take it for what it is, get back on the horse and keep moving forward!
What are some of your favourite Candida-friendly foods to enjoy?