When you treat the condition candida, you also need to pay attention to what you eat as a candida diet is all part of the treatment. First and foremost, you need to discontinue wheat, dairy and sugar for the duration of the treatment. Your daily 8 glasses of filtered water together with frequent helpings of natural or plain yoghurt also form part of recommended diets for candida.
Candida is the name given to the condition that results in the overproduction of a form of yeast normally found in your body but at low levels. The environment in which this candida thrives and even multiplies is when the body's pH balance is acidic. This acidity makes it difficult for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals as well as limiting enzyme production of digestive proteins, leading to indigestion symptoms such as wind or gas, a feeling of being bloated or swollen and then even higher levels of acidity.
There are many foods that actively encourage the growth of yeast and these are the ones that should be avoided when you start your candida diet and candida treatment. Here are the main ones:
- Avoid all sugars and sweets including hidden sweeteners in processed foods as well as in dried fruits, baked goods, alcohol, soft drinks, ketchup and other sauces
- Avoid all grains such as processed cereals and sprouted grain cereals
- Avoid dairy products except natural yoghurts.
- Avoid meat and poultry products that have added antibiotics and hormones as well as processed meats.
- Avoid some vegetables such as beetroot, canned tomatoes, carrots, and the skins of cucumbers and pototoes .
- Avoid bread because of the sugar and glutens.
There are just as many foods that are acceptable when treating yeast infections and these include:
- Organic or free range meat, poultry and eggs
- Cold pressed oils
- Cultured foods
- Natural sweeteners such as vegetable glycerine or stevia
- Non-glutinous grains such as wild and brown rice, buckwheat, millet, amaranth and quinoa.
- Legumes such as black-eyed peas, chickpeas, garbanzo beans, lentils, split peas
- Nuts and seeds
- A daily cup of diluted apple cider vinegar in lemon
- Herbal teas
When you are really not sure about whether a particular food is should be avoided or not, remember these 3 important rules for treating the causes of candida:
- Prepare your food with substances or spices that kill yeasts such as ginger.
- Ensure you don't eat any foods that are likely to cause constipation. You want to make sure that no food stays in the colon too long otherwise it will ferment and add to the yeast problem.
- When preparing rice, cook it slowly so that it passes through your digestive system quickly.
In the early days of a candida yeast infection, you should be strict with your candida diet. Later when your health improves, you can start to slowly introduce some foods again such as fruits with a low sugar content. Such fruits are apples and berries.