If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from the symptoms of Candida, The Candida Diet (or the Anti-Candida Diet) may be just what you’re looking for.
Candida Albicans is a pathogen that can multiply in our stomach after a period of stress or a course of antibiotics. Although usually harmless, when Candida multiplies it can cause havoc with our insides and our outsides. Common symptoms include fatigue, irritability, acne, fungal infections, persistent coughs, sinusitis, acid reflux and piles to name but a few. Very unpleasant indeed.
If you are one of the millions of women who suffer from these symptoms, The Candida Diet (or the Anti-Candida Diet) may just be for you. The principles are fairly simple and basically involve making just three small changes to our daily diet.
Cut down on Sugar and Yeast
The candida yeast cells thrive on sugar so cutting down is essential to ensuring the success of The Candida Diet, reducing the amount of candida cells in our gut. Sugar in its many forms must be avoided to see any results, including fruits and juices, not just the dreaded cakes and biscuits. Stevia can, however, be used as a sugar substitute.
A naturally occurring herbal sweetener from South America, Stevia is a lot sweeter than sugar and contains a lot less carbohydrate. It also contains zero calories which is an added plus.
Yeast is also a no no for candida sufferers unfortunately, so try to avoid products that contain yeast as much as possible. Read the labels.
Add Probiotics to your diet
Probiotics are an important element of The Candida Diet as they help maintain the correct levels of acidity in your stomach, which restrains the growth of candida.
You don’t need to spend a lot on expensive supermarket probiotics, just vary your diet and pay a visit to your local health food shop. Acidophilous is one of the most popular probiotics and is available over the counter. It costs about £10 for a two month supply. Supplementing this with yogurt for breakfast and miso on occasion will also help the condition without breaking the bank.
Include Antifungals in your diet
Try to include as many natural antifungals in your diet as possible. Garlic is a great antifungal, as are coconut oil and cloves. Using these regularly in addition to the above steps should help you achieve results as well as increasing your overall wellbeing.
As with any new regime, having patience is key. Results may not occur overnight, but when they do, you will be glad you stuck with it.