How to keep under control candida
Candida Albicans is a form of yeast which may cause various symptoms, ranging from fatigue and weight gain, to joint pain and gas. Candida naturally exists in the gut flora and it creates problems only when a body imbalance allows it to overgrow. This imbalance might be caused by a lot of reasons, such as the use of some strong antibiotics; a prolonged diet rich in carbohydrates and sugar; alcohol, drug; stress etc. When the Candida population overgrows, it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrates through into the bloodstream and releases toxins throughout the body. The immune system has to fight with these toxins. The wide-ranging side effects of this battle range from headaches and fatigue to abdominal pain and depression.
A lot of people have Candidiasis. This medical condition encompasses all kind of infections from the superficial ones, such as oral thrush and vaginitis to the systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases. The occurrence of Candidiasis has been increasing rapidly over the last few decades, mostly because of a diet rich in processed food and sweets. Other main causes are obesity, diabetes and antibiotics abuse.
The Candida Diet may be a possibility to keep under control and reduce the overgrowing of this fungus. It includes a few simple steps:
Step 1: A full system’s cleanse – The aim of the Candida cleanse is to detox the body system and eliminate the toxic byproducts of Candida. Some options are fasting, colon cleansing, drinking fresh vegetable, water, detox herbs teas. In this stage, what should be done is to starve out Candida and eliminate all sources of yeast and fungus, all the sugars and sweets, including lactose-containing dairy products, except for butter. It is also important to identify what caused the Candidiasis, and eliminate this cause (e.g.: elimination of antibiotics, birth control pills and other hormone-altering substances).
Step 2: A strict anti-Candida diet – This strict diet is actually a very healthy diet. People following it should avoid foods with high sugar content and other foods that can feed the Candida overgrowing.
The following foods need to be eliminated from the diet plan:
- all cow’s milk products;
- all yeast products (e.g.:alcohol, bread, Marmite, Oxo, Brovril, vinegars, mushrooms, processed and smoked fish, meats);
- all sugar products;
- nearly all fruits;
- high-sugar root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, beetroots).
The daily meal plan can include:
- Alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, endive, fennel, garlic, green beans, greens, hot chilli peppers, kale, lettuce, onions, parsley, radishes, spring onions, spinach, Swiss chard, yellow beans;
- Free range eggs, fresh fish and sea food (not shellfish), Lamb and veal, poultry, chicken and turkey ;
- Culinary herbs and spices.
The second stage of the Candida diet can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. During this stage, it is also necessary a course of probiotics and antifungals. The combination of these two elements destroys the Candida yeast and repopulate the intestines with ‘good’ bacteria.
Step 3: Reintroducing foods once the Candida overgrowth has gone. To be sure that the Candidiasis has gone, blood tests, stool analysis orUrine Tartaric Acid Test can be run. If they indicate that the condition is under control, some foods can be reintroduced into the diet. These mostly fall under the categories of beans, high carb vegetables or fruit, and are banned from the diet in the second stage. The foods should be added into the eating plan slowly. Returning to the old eating habits, with lots of sweets and fats can lead to recurring Candida overgrowth.