Candida infection is a type of intestinal imbalance that affects millions of people worldwide. In this article, we will explore how improving your nutrition can relieve its symptoms.
According to recent estimates, up to 75 percent of all women living in the United States will develop Candida infection in the form of localized vaginal infection at some point in their lives. However, Candida infection can cause much broader range of symptoms – including chronic fatigue, frequent headaches, digestive disorders, sugar cravings, mucous congestion, lack of concentration, anxiety and “fogged-in” feeling.
In order to get rid of Candida infection, one must positively affect the state of their gut flora. This can be achieved by following a healthy and balanced diet.
The Candida Diet – A Brief Overview
Candida infection is usually triggered by an overgrowth of Candida albicans in the intestines. This single celled yeast will then produce a multitude of toxins and overwhelm beneficial bacteria that would otherwise kept it under control. In an effort to get rid of this overgrowth of yeast, it is usually recommended to follow a relatively strict diet – here are some basic guidelines to consider:
- Avoid sugar and processed foods. White sugar and processed foods should be strictly avoided because they create an excellent environment for Candida infection. Candida albicans thrives on simple carbohydrates.
- Include probiotics in your diet. Probiotics are little microorganisms that enhance our immune system and aid digestion. They’re also necessary to keep pathogens like Candida under control. Foods containing probiotic cultures include yogurt, miso and brewer’s yeast
- Take natural antifungals. Natural antifungals contain substances that directly inhibit the Candida yeast. That is why you should consider adding garlic and coconut oil into your diet.
Bonus Tip: Try Almonds. Almonds have been shown to have a significant prebiotic potential – this means that almonds can help replenish the beneficial bacteria in your gut to fight Candida infection and you can also take advantage of the many almonds health benefits while doing so!
The length of the diet depends on a case by case basis but generally, most people on the diet usually report feeling better after about 1-2 months. Eat lots of fresh vegetables, lean protein, limit your carbohydrate intake – and you’ll be well on your way to better health.
The Candida Diet was widely popularized by Dr. William Crook in 1983. Since then, thousands of people following it report an alleviation of their chronic symptoms. If you suspect you may have Candida infection, consult with a holistic doctor to determine if you are an appropriate case for starting the Candida diet.