This guide lays out the essential fundamentals of a Candida diet: a low-glycemic and healthy program that emphasizes eating foods that nourish you – not the yeast.
Thousands of people know how hard it is to get rid of Candida and yeast infections. Fortunately, you have a lot of power over your health, happiness and beauty – and it all starts with your mouth.
Your diet is one of the factors that decides who wins the constant battle for supremacy in your gut. Imagine you’re a weapons dealer who takes sides with every meal. Friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria that keep all the bad guys in check thrive on fiber. Candida albicans, on the other hand, loves refined sugar. Whose side are you on?
If you’re like most westerners, you eat food that is over-processed, low in fiber and high in refined sugar. Unfortunately, this type of diet makes an excellent environment for the proliferation of Candida albicans and other potentially pathogenic bacteria in the intestines.
Foods to Avoid
By decreasing the amount of sugary and processed foods you eat, you give the body the chance to heal and repair naturally. Following is a list of foods to avoid (mostly empty calorie fillers) on the Candida diet:
- White sugar
- White flour
- White bread
- White pretzels
- Artificial sweeteners
- Processed starches
- Glutinous foods
- Dried & canned fruit
- Aged cheese
- Energy Drinks
- Concentrated fruit juices
- Additives & preservatives
Sugar and artificial foods wreak havoc on your weight, mood and blood sugar levels, which negatively impacts your healing. It’s also important to realize that simple carbohydrates like potatoes, white bread and pasta are basically sugar in disguise. In all cases moderation is the key.
If you do any reading on the Internet, you will probably find plenty of conflicting advice. What works for one, may not work for another. Use your own judgment and listen to your body. If you have any concerns, check with your doctor.
Foods to Eat
Your body isn’t a garbage can and that’s why you need to fill your fridge and cabinets with high-quality food. Don’t be afraid to take the responsibility for your dietary choices and let your grocery store be your new pharmacy. Here’s a short shopping list that will help you better navigate the grocery store.
When you focus on what you consume, your health can transform at the deepest level.
Vegetables: cucumbers, broccoli, kale, spinach, onions, garlic, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes – the list goes on.
Fruit: low-glycemic choices are best – grapefruit, apples, avocados, tomatoes, grapes, pears, lemons, limes, strawberries, blueberries.
Nuts & seeds: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds.
Gluten-free grains and pastas: rice, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, teff.
Beans & legumes: black beans, white beans, chickpeas, adzuki, lentils.
Animal products: organic meat, fish and eggs & high-quality dairy products with no added sugar.
Naturally fermented foods: raw sauerkraut, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, miso, tempeh, nutritional yeast (don’t be scared to try this one).
Drinks: purified water with lemon, herbal teas, green tea, lapacho tea, kombucha, coconut water, moderate amounts of wine.
Sweeteners: stevia, xylitol, yacon syrup, agave syrup.
In reality, as restrictive as the Candida diet is, your nutritional plan should be balanced and healthy. This is where people tend to make a lot of mistakes. Eat enough calories (but not too many), drink plenty of pure water and choose a wide variety of foods to prevent new food allergies from developing. Talk with a holistic-minded doctor or naturopath to make sure you’re getting what you need. You can also read about possible harmful side effects of the Candida diet.
How to Balance Your Body’s pH
In order to combat Candida infection, we need to combine the latest reliable science with smart nutrition and positive lifestyle changes. This is why you need to learn about the importance of balancing your body’s pH.
Up your consumption of alkaline foods and reduce the amount of acid foods you eat.
Your body is designed to operate within a narrow pH range. pH stands for “potential of hydrogen” and it is a measurement of hydrogen ions that tells you how alkaline or acid a substance is.
It’s measured on a scale from 0 to 14; 0 to 7 is acidic, 7.0 is neutral and 7 to 14 is alkaline.
Many experts believe that acidic conditions provides a breeding ground for bad guys such as yeast and fungi. Alkaline environment, on the other hand, keeps these critters in check.
In order for you to experience a beautiful relationship with health, your body needs to be on the alkaline side, with a blood pH of about 7,365. Many chronic conditions can be traced back in some way to an acidic inner terrain; and if you’re on the Standard American Diet (aptly abbreviated as SAD), your body probably suffers from ongoing acid overload.
Estimates suggest that up to 80 percent of our diet are acidic foods, while only 20 percent comes from alkaline foods like fresh vegetables. On the Candida diet, it’s usually recommended to increase your intake of alkaline foods or even flip the ratio. Take a look at the food charts below:
Alkaline foods: Vegetables (especially lettuces, kale, spinach and other leafy green veggies), beans and peas, avocados, lemons, limes, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, almonds, flaxseeds, brazil nuts, seaweed, raw tomatoes, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, wild rice, stevia (a sweetener).
Acidic foods: Heavily processed foods, white bread & pasta, animal protein (especially red meat and dairy products), white sugar, ketchup, mayonnaise, coffee (even decaf), alcohol, black tea, soda, energy drinks.
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We at Manna Health Products relise how difficult it is to combat Candida and therefore we formulated supplements to help you. The Manna Candida Support and the Manna PH Balance are the 2 most important products in your fight against Candida. Take advantage of the diet, use the tips above and the recipes in the e-book to conquer Candida.