Candida albicans is a common yeast disorder. We all have healthy yeasts living in our mouth, guts and vagina. But these can get out of control when affected by antibiotics, stress, contraceptive pills and diet high in sugars.
Once disturbed, the yeast infection can cause problems such as thrush, urinary tract infections, bloating and thinning hair. If you notice these symptoms persist, it’s best to consult a doctor to diagnose candida.
A special diet is mostly recommended to treat candida. This fungal infection thrives in the certain foods we eat, so ‘starving candida’ is the best approach. You need to stick to a very strict diet over a period of three months in order to get rid of it.
What foods to avoid: anything sweet, fermenting and with a long shelf life – sugars encourage fungus, so anything sweet is forbidden – sorry guys! Other things to dodge are:
- Yeast (bread, gravy, spreads)
- Fermented products (vinegar, alcohol, ketchup)
- Mouldy cheese
- Dairy products
- Tea and coffee
- Sweetened and fizzy drinks
It may sound like you are depriving yourself of the good stuff, but remember, it’s only for three months! Besides there are still plenty of good foods you can eat to beat candida. Let’s look at them below:
1 Almond Butter
If you love a bit of spread on your toast, opt for a non-dairy almond butter. Delicious nutty alternative, it can also be stirred into your breakfast porridge. Remember to swap regular bread for yeast-free soya bread
2 Dairy-free milks
These low calorie drinks are getting more and more brownie points! They not only are the most recommended post-workout recovery drinks, are delicious with our bestselling Slim Shakes but also are advised as a non-dairy alternative to cure a candida. Is there a stopping to their goodness?
3 Coconut oil
Whether you know it or not, coconut oil is the most powerful anti-fungal food out there. It contains Lauric acid and Caprylic acid, both preventing Candida growth and strengthening of our immune system. Hence coconut oil is most commonly recommended when fighting Candida.
This little bundle has super powers! It is not only jam packed with vitamins and antioxidants, but also has antifungal qualities to beat Candida while boosting your immune system.
5 Nuts and Seeds
The healthy and nutritious grain mix has highly antibacterial abilities, while improving our digestive system. Nuts are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, known for their anti-parasitic, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Perfect in a breakfast cereal served with generous helping of non-dairy soy or coconut milk.
6 Olive Oil
Olive oil naturally contains a chemical called Oleuropein, derived from olive leaf. This plant extract has potent anti-fungal properties supporting your fight with Candida. It can also regulate sugar levels in your system, stopping the infection from spreading.
Ginger for long has been recognized for its’ detoxing capabilities. It is widely used to stimulate digestion, help reduce intestinal gas and treat the inflammation, so often caused by Candida overgrowth. What’s the best way to utilize the refreshing power of ginger? Try a delicious ginger and lemon tea. Here is the recipe:
- Peel and grate 1 square inch of ginger
- Mix it with 2 cups of hot water
- Boil for 20 minutes
- Cool down and serve with a wedge of lemon
Drink warm or cold depending on the weather.
8 Herbal teas
While regular black tea and coffee are off the list while fighting candida, re-discover abundance of herbal teas! Remember to avoid fruit teas though. The best flavors to try are chamomile, mint, cinnamon and ginger tea.
9 Lemon and Lime Juice
Lemon and lime juice can boost your colon functioning and stimulate digestive system. They are also perfect pick me up if you miss your morning coffee!
10 Cayenne Pepper
This spice is a natural support to our immune system; it helps digesting the food and easing constipation. It can also clean the bowel of Candida fungus and other toxins.
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