What are the effects of sugar on a candida diet? What exactly is a candida diet? Well a candida diet is a nutritional approach to keeping candida (a healthy yeast that resides in the digestive tract) healthy. Generally everything is fine as long as your immune system is strong and you have a decent amount of probiotics which can be acquired through yogurt, some dairy, etc etc.
Why would someone needed a candida diet? Well I've seen various numbers recently but it is estimated by the CDC that at least 70%-90% of people worldwide have some type of parasites in their body. The CDC also states that between 20-40 million Americans have some type of parasite.
Scary right? Now you can live a healthy live with parasites, the body generally adapts well. Parasites aren't the healthiest things since they rest in your small intestine and take all your nutrients and amino acids.
Not to mention that they..
Make you tired
Give you low back pain
Give you joint pain
Give you acid reflux
Cause GI distress
Just a few common symptoms. I've seen many people get on these candida diets to prevent the yeast growth from parasites but they make one mistake. They include too much sugar in their diet.
Sugar not only causes distress in your GI tract but it also decreases the positive effect of any probiotic supplement. Sugar also will cause your blood sugar levels to drop and cause your body to release more amino acids from muscle tissue which will then cause more muscle to be eaten up for energy.
Sugar actually causes the yeast to grow more, not something that you want at this stage!
Keep your sugar intake to small amounts during the beginning of the day and consume lean protein like turkey, fish, chicken and healthy fats like almonds and natural peanut butter the rest of the day. If you want to have carbohydrates then go with low sugar carbs like oatmeal, brown rice and yams.
Just whatever you do, no sugar on the candida diet.