Candidiasis, commonly referred to as “candida,” is a fungal infection that can affect men and women of all ages in various parts of the body. It most commonly occurs in the mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract and vagina. It’s generally harmless, but an overgrowth of this fungus can lead to infection. The candida diet is a strict diet meant to alleviate the symptoms of candida infections. However, its effectiveness is unsupported by scientific evidence.
Possible symptoms of an infection include:
• Bloating, constipation or diarrhea
• Chronic fatigue
• Skin issues such as eczema or rashes
• Recurrent urinary tract infections
• Irritability and mood swings
• Anxiety or depression
• Joint pain
Despite the large number of candida species in your body, only 15 can cause an infection. Candida albicans is the most common infection culprit, accounting for over half of all cases.
8 Foods to EAT on The Candida Diet
1. Non-starchy vegetables
Fungus overgrowths eat what you eat. Plant foods like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, and bok choy offer a lot of nutrients without overfeeding the overgrowth.
Green leafy vegetable are also rich in folate, which as I mentioned in What You Need To Know About The Gene Mutation That Affects 40 Percent Of The World is needed for people with MTHFR gene mutations who are extra-sensitive to candida overgrowth.
Some people do better with steaming or sautéing non-starchy vegetables, which is more gentle on the gut.
2. Clean meats
Grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and organ meat (like liver) are rich in bioavailable fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, and K2, all of which are needed for immune and microbiome health.
3. Healthy Fats
Coconut, olive, and avocado oil are all healing to the gut. A variety of saturated and monounsaturated fats have an anti-inflammatory effect on the gut lining. Coconut oil, in particular, is rich in caprylic acid, which has been shown to inhibit candida overgrowth.
4. Cultured foods
Fermented foods, like kimchi, sauerkraut, and coconut or grass-fed kefir, will help reinoculate a stressed-out microbiome with beneficial bacteria.
I recommend eating these in moderation at the beginning of your healing and slowly increasing intake, as they can cause a flare-up of symptoms from the die-off of the yeast overgrowth.
5. Healing herbs and spices
Herbs like oregano, ginger, and pau d’arco have all been shown to have antimicrobial effects. You can choose to use them in recipes, teas, or in supplement form.
6. Healthy sweeteners
Non-sugary sweeteners like raw green stevia and xylitol are better alternatives to sugar (organic stevia like this is perfect), which can be harmful to the gut. But even these should be used sparingly.
Tannins found in black tea have been shown to help kill off candida. Calming teas, like ginger, can help soothe the delicate gut lining.
8. Bone Broth
This ancient healing food is making a modern comeback — and for good reason. This is probably the strongest gut medicine for most people. The collagen in the broth is building blocks to a healthy gut lining. Because it contains no sugar, it can also help starve down fungal overgrowths and turn down inflammation.
Source: scientificamerican.com, healthline.com