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The Candida Diet - Are You Full of Yeast?

Updated on March 27, 2012

What is Candida?

Candida is a type of yeast that lives in everyone's body. It is a type of fungus that occurs naturally in gastrointestinal tract. When your body is in balance, the candida lives in harmony with your body. However, when you are out of balance and eating poorly the candida can overgrow.

An overgrowth can cause the candida to burrow through your intestinal wall into your bloodstream causing many undesirable symptoms. This imbalance can affect your organs and your immune system causing systematic issues throughout your body.

Do I Have Candida?

Many may wonder if they have a Candida and if there is an overgrowth issue. The answer is yes and maybe. Yes, everyone has Candida in their body. This is a naturally occurring fungus lives in everyone. The question is whether there is an overgrowth.

There are many symptoms of an overgrowth but diagnosis is difficult. Many of the symptoms are similar to other diseases or conditions.

Symptoms:

  • Poor memory
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Acne
  • Hives
  • Body odor
  • Night sweats
  • Ezcema
  • Dermatitis
  • Fungal Infections
  • Cysts
  • Psoriasis
  • Stomach issues
  • Gas
  • Acid reflux
  • Itching anus
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Thrush
  • Bad breath
  • Canker sores
  • Asthma
  • Hay fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sinusitis
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing ears
  • Itchy eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Ear infections
  • Yeast infections
  • UTI
  • Menstrual issues
  • Endometriosis
  • Food allergies
  • Headache
  • Weight loss
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle aches

Candida Causes

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed by doctors and can be life saving. However, the use of antibiotics not only kill the bad bugs in our system but also the good bacteria that help keep organisms like Candida in check. Does that mean you should never take antibiotics? No, of course not but it may mean that we need to help our body get back into balance.

It is important to realize that we are getting doses of antibiotics not only from a prescription from your doctor but also from the food that we eat. The animals raised for the meat we eat and the milk we drink are sometimes given antibiotics and other drugs to improve mortality rates. Buying meat, eggs and milk that is organic and antibiotic free can help reduce this exposure.

Stress

Bodies under constant or extreme stress can do be affected in various ways. When stressed, Cortisol is produced and released. This in turn will raise blood sugar levels and you guessed it, feeds the Candida.

Diet

Diet is another main contributor to a yeast overgrowth. Yeast needs sugar to survive. Diets of today are rich in sugar and foods that converts to sugar. This includes many of our processed foods, breads, flours and grains.

How Can I Keep the Yeast in Check?

There are many ways to keep Candida under control.

Antifungals - these can be purchased over the counter or prescribed.

Diet changes to eliminated sugar that fuels Candida. Elimination of:

  • Sugar and artificial sweetner
  • White rice, breads and pasta
  • Foods containing yeast such as breads
  • Most fruits
  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Dairy (cow)
  • Hot dogs
  • Deli meats
  • Coffee
  • Soft drinks
  • Fruit juices
  • Vinegar (except apple cider vinegar)
  • Chocolate
  • Mushrooms
  • Fermented products
  • Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayo)

So What Can I Eat?

The following foods help slow the growth of Candida and help support the immune system.

  • Brown rice
  • Rice pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Green leafy veggies
  • Unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • Protein that are antibiotic and hormone free
  • Healthy oils such as olive, grapeseed and canola
  • Avocado
  • Lentils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Some berries
  • Stevia
  • Chlorella
  • Vegetables
  • Some fish
  • Herbs

Just remember that everyone is different. What may affect one person may not bother another. Finding the best solution does take some trial and error but it can be done.

Best of luck!

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