The candida diet is an excellent way to stop the overgrowth of candida in your body. Candida albicans is the yeast found naturally in the intestines and vagina. When the bacterial balance in the gut is upset due to antibiotics, pregnancy, diabetes, medications or even smoking, the yeast multiplies, causing a number of bothersome symptoms.
Ease into the candida diet by keeping your carbohydrate intake to less than 60 gm in the first two weeks, and as you see improvement, gradually reintroduce carbs. The following 10 foods are allowed on the candida diet:
1. Meat and Poultry
Opt for free-range and organic poultry and eggs, and grass-fed meats to avoid unwanted hormones and chemicals. Beef, buffalo, pork, poultry and game meats are all great protein sources.
2. Fish and Shellfish
Wild caught salmon and other fish and seafood are more expensive, but safer than farm raised. Keep some canned water-packed fish in your cupboard.
3. Nuts and Seeds
Raw or sprouted nuts and seeds are great for snacking. No peanuts, please.
4. Fresh Vegetables
In the beginning weeks, start with low carb vegetables including leafy greens and herbs such as spinach, lettuce, arugula, greens, basil and oregano; shoots and stems such as asparagus, celery and fennel; brassica vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cabbage, kohl rabi and cauliflower; and other vegetables including radishes, tomatoes (also canned tomatoes), cucumbers, sprouts, garlic and ginger.
5. Lacto-Fermented Vegetables
Lacto-fermented raw vegetables such as pickles, sauerkraut and Kim Chi, help to restore the friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. Purchase these at a health food store or make them yourself. Introduce these slowly; too much too soon can cause gas and bloating. Be mindful of their high salt content.
Choose organic, unsweetened yogurts with probiotics and acidophilus. Acidophilus milk is also available where you buy milk.
Spirulina and chlorella are excellent probiotic supplements.
8. Non-Gluten Grain
Brown or white rice, rice bran, oat bran and ground flaxseeds are allowed.
9. Low-Carb Fruits
- Applied topically or eaten fresh, coconut is a natural antifungal agent.
- Squeeze a little lemon or lime into marinades, on seafood, or add to a glass of water for extra flavor.
- In the later phases of the candida diet, add sour apples and other low-carb fruits.
10. Other Foods and Condiments
- Read the labels carefully for added sugar or preservatives.
- Fats, in moderation of course, include olive oil, coconut oil and Ghee, or clarified butter, which is lower in fat than regular butter.
- If you’re going to use salt, use Celtic sea salt, pink sea salt or California sea salt, as they are more savory and richer in minerals; use salt in moderation.
- Available in liquid, powder and now packets of sugar-like granules, Stevia is nature’s substitute for candida-feeding sugar.
- Organic mustards are okay as long as there is no sweetener added.
- Keep cans of organic no-sugar-added coconut milk on hand as a milk substitute.
- Chili paste and hot sauce are also great candida fighters.
This is no overnight process, but by sticking to the candida diet, you will not only feel better, you will have developed better eating habits for better health and immunity.