Nutrition Tips For Naturally Treating Candida Overgrowth
Posted Aug 26 2012 6:44pm
Candida albicans, also called Candida, is an infection or overgrowth of yeast. C. albicans is found normally in gut flora, the mouth, di-gestive tract, and genitals. It is essential to good health when in balance; it’s an overa-bundance of Candida that causes a problem.
When something upsets the balance (antibi-otics, stress, and a poor diet high in sugar, among other things), the yeast can grow out of control and result in a multitude of symp-toms and ill health.
Candida Overgrowth Symptoms
Symptoms of an over-growth of this yeast may include:
• excessive fatigue
• rectal itching
• mood swings
• cravings for alcohol
• cravings for sweets
• sensitivity to scents and chemicals
• sinus inflammation
• exacerbated PMS symptoms
• muscle weakness
• athlete’s foot
• low sex drive
• poor memory
• cognitive impairment
• sore throat
• chronic pain
• acid reflux
• gastrointestinal distress
• sore gums
• hay fever
• brain fog
• chronic yeast infections
• weight gain
Food To Avoid For Candida
One of the most important things to realize is that yeast thrives in the presence of sugar. The first step to control Candida albicans is to reduce or eliminate the sugars and refined foods in your diet.
This includes all grains, fruits, and other carbohydrate-rich foods. When you first start to treat your Candida, you may want to remove starchy vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes, as well. You can re-introduce those later, when you start feeling better. If you experience a flare-up with these foods, perhaps you will need to stay off them until your condition is fully un-der control.
Because Candida is a yeast overgrowth, it is also important to avoid consuming food items made with or containing yeast. Some of these foods include breads, alcohol, cheese, and tomato paste. Some people believe other types of fungus (such as mushrooms) should be avoided, but the evidence is inconclusive at this point. If you notice a flare-up after eating other types of fungus, you should avoid it.
Foods To Eat For Candida
Of course, when you remove all sweets, fruits, and even some vegetables from your diet, you need to replace those items with “safe” foods so that you don’t starve.
So, what can you eat? Basically, stick to meat and meat alternatives (buffalo or beef, chicken, fish, turkey, pork, and eggs); non-starchy vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, squashes, green beans, and cabbage); small amounts of fermented dairy (kefir or yogurt); and a very small amount of low-sugar fruit like raspberries, blueberries, and blackber-ries.
Another essential food item is “healthy” fats like avocado, coconut oil, and animal fats from pastured animals (lard and tallow). Fats cause you to feel full, provide long-lasting energy, and DON’T provide food for the bad yeast in your body.
Feed your body with healthy bacteria to re-balance gut microflora and restore digestive balance. Choose a high quality broad-spectrum multi-strain probiotic supplement from your local health food store and take twice a day with meals.
Ensure you chew your food carefully and eat slowly to help your body full digest your food and utilize the nutrients contained in it.
When you cut out all the foods that support the overgrowth of yeast in your body, you will eventually cut down on the yeast simply by the fact that it will starve. A healthy, bal-anced diet filled with chemical- and pesticide-free foods will help your body to restore its natural balance. This takes time, of course, and there are ways to help speed up the pro-cess.
One thing which you must be aware of is the phenomena called “die-off,” which occurs when the dying yeast release toxins into your blood stream. This can cause illness, pain, and a host of other symptoms. Cleansing can reduce these symptoms but not eradicate them entirely. When you feel the “die-off” you’ll know that what you’re doing is working – keep at it!
There are specific cleansing products you may purchase to help you along; these should include vitamins and minerals to support health, and other ingredients to help flush the yeast from your body. Any cleansing supple-ment you use should, of course, be sugar- and wheat-free, and should be free from arti-ficial ingredients and toxic chemicals.
About the Author: Tom White is an Independent Associate with a Nutritional Cleansing Company called Is-agenix and an experienced health and well-ness coach. Visit CleansingMatters.com to find out more about the Isagenix Cleanse, download free diet plans and get expert advice to help you achieve your health and weight loss goals.