10 Foods to Fight Candida
August 28th, 2019
Do you suffer from mood swings, seasonal allergies, digestive issues, or frequent yeast infections? If so, you may have Candida overgrowth. Fortunately, there a number of powerful, anti-fungal foods to fight Candida that you can start eating TODAY to help get you back on track towards optimal health!
What is Candida Overgrowth?
Candida is one of the scientific names for yeast, which is a form of fungus. A very small amount naturally resides in your mouth and intestines to aid digestion, however your medications, diet, and environment can all change your normal balance of Candida. When it’s overproduced, it breaks down the wall of your intestines and enters directly into your bloodstream, where it releases toxic byproducts that can cause leaky gut. Symptoms of Candida overgrowth range from digestive issues to depression.
How Can I Treat it?
When it comes to treating Candida overgrowth, there are few key points to remember.
1. Starve the Yeast
First, you want to starve the Candida, which feeds off of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and yeast-containing foods. For this reason, you will want to remove all gluten, sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, dried fruit, fruit juices, and fermented foods from your diet. Fermented foods not only feed good bacteria, but also feed Candida. I also recommend limiting legumes and grains to 1 cup a day, or eliminating them from your diet completely. See this article for a complete list of the foods to ditch if you have Candida.
2. Attack the Candida
Once the Candida is contained, you want to attack the overgrowth by breaking down the Candida cell walls with Candifense®, caprylic acid, anti-fungal foods, or a combination of the three. To get a complete guide to using all three of my go-ways to take down Candida overgrowth, I recommend my 30-day Candida Breakthrough® Program. It is a step-by-step guide to naturally overcoming Candida overgrowth, and includes a complete meal plan and supplement regimen, plus a comprehensive set of tools to help you take back your health and eliminate your symptoms.
3. Repopulate the Gut
Lastly, repopulate your gut with good bacteria by taking a high-potency probiotic that keeps Candida under control. While battling Candida, I recommend a probiotic supplement containing 100 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) to restore your gut’s healthy microbial balance.
10 Foods to Fight Candida
Eat the following foods to fight Candida overgrowth and restore balance to your microbiome.
1. Coconut oil
Coconut oil naturally contains the antibacterial fatty acids capric acid and lauric acid which promote gut health. These antifungal fatty acids interfere with Candida growth and replication by poking holes in the walls of the yeast cells, causing them to die off. Capric, or caprylic acid, a 10-carbon saturated fatty acid, is the fastest and most effective at eliminating Candida overgrowth,1 which is why it’s the primary ingredient in one of my Candida-fighting supplements, Caprylic Acid.
Garlic and garlic extracts are not only used as ingredients but also as plant-based pharmaceuticals to help prevent and address various illnesses.2 Garlic contains allicin, a sulfur-containing compound with natural antifungal properties which inhibits the growth and reproduction of Candida cells.3 Despite many studies, the best way to reap the benefits of allicin-containing garlic is to add the raw ingredient to your diet. When freshly crushed, this little food is one of the best antifungals around.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the one type of vinegar allowed on a Candida diet. Most vinegar is made from alcohol or grains, while apple cider vinegar is sourced from apples or, as you may have guessed, apple cider.4 Research on apple cider vinegar is limited, though it shows an ability to damage the Candida cell walls and protein structures.5
4. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, arugula, cabbage, and radishes, contain isothiocyanates, the sulphur- and nitrogen-containing compounds that attack Candida. Isothiocyanates studies determined that the plant-derived compound inhibits the growth of Candida, and supports a healthy balance of bacteria with its anti-bacterial properties.6
Ginger is commonly used to soothe a belly ache, or ease internal pressure from gas. However, it can do more than break apart and expel gas in the intestinal tract. Ginger also contains gingerols and shogaols. These inflammation-fighting, anti-fungal components of the ginger root support a healthy balance of bacteria to help eliminate an overgrowth. While ginger is not the most powerful anti-fungal of the group, it does provide significant liver support while your body is detoxifying by promoting your body’s glutathione levels.7
6. Olive Oil
Olive, flax, avocado, and primrose oils contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help your body fight Candida. The main phenolic compounds (polyphenols), hydroxytyrosol have powerful antioxidant activity, and the primary fatty acid in olive and avocado oils, oleic acid, helps to fight inflammation and support your immune system.8
Cloves naturally contain eugenol, a powerful essential oil and extremely effective antifungal when taken internally. It almost completely inhibits the growth of Candida cells.9 Clove oil can also be effective as a topical aid for fungal infections of the toe and fingernails.
Cinnamon is a spice that helps your body fight inflammation, and it also exhibits antifungal properties. Similar to caprylic acid, it appears to damage yeast cells, causing them to denature and eventually die off. It may be beneficial to include in your diet as you work to eliminate or prevent Candida overgrowth.
9. Wild Salmon
Wild salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. This fatty acid may fight fungal infections, and help keep Candida in check. Additionally, omega-3s can help increase the production of inflammation-fighting compounds, such as short-chain fatty acids. They also work together with your immune system to improve the integrity of your gut lining,10 and help repair the damage done to the gut by an imbalance of bacteria.
10. Lemon Juice
The essential oil of lemons contains mild anti-fungal properties. Lemon’s main role in the diet is to help detoxify your liver as it tries to fight off the Candida.
Are you ready to take back your health? Sign up for my free training to learn how to beat Candida for good in three easy steps, and don’t forget to register for my Candida Breakthrough® Program so that you can join the thousands of others who have successfully overcome their Candida overgrowth and found relief from chronic symptoms, including digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, recurring fungal infections, skin problems, mood swings, and more.