10 Foods to Fight Candida
July 23rd, 2018
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 a leaky gut. Symptoms of Candida overgrowth can 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.
Starve the Candida
Overpower the Candida
Build up good bacteria
First, you want starve the Candida, which feeds off of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and yeast-containing foods. For this reason, you will want to remove all sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, dried fruit, fruit juices, fermented foods*, vinegars**, and mushrooms from your diet. You will also want to limit legumes and grains to 1 cup a day. See this article for a complete list of the foods to ditch if you have Candida.
Once the Candida is contained, you want to overpower it. You can do this with anti-fungal prescriptions, like Diflucan or Nystatin or anti-fungal supplements such as Candifense™, caprylic acid, anti-fungal foods, or a combination of the three. Treating with Diflucan or Nystatin is certainly the fastest option, however it’s not the only way to combat Candida. My 30-day Candida Breakthrough® Program 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.
Lastly, you want to reinforce your body’s defenses against future infections. You can do this by taking a high quality probiotic supplement to help restore the balance of good bacteria in your gut.
10 Foods to Fight Candida
Eat the following foods to fight Candida overgrowth and restore balance to your microbiome.
Coconut oil naturally contains a fatty acid, called caprylic acid. This anti-fungal interferes with Candida growth and replication by poking holes in the walls of the yeast cells, causing them to die off.
Garlic contains allicin, a sulphur-containing compound with natural antifungal properties, specific to Candida. When eaten raw, this little food is one of the best antifungals around.
**Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the one type of vinegar allowed on a Candida diet. Research on apple cider vinegar is limited, though it appears to contain enzymes that help break down Candida.
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, arugula, cabbage, and radishes, contain isothiocyanates, the sulphur- and nitrogen-containing compounds that attack Candida.
Ginger contains gingerols and shogaols, the anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal components of the ginger root. While ginger is not the most powerful anti-fungal of the group, it does provide significant liver support while your body is detoxifying the Candida overgrowth.
Olive, flax, avocado, and primrose oils contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help your body fight Candida.
Cloves naturally contain eugenol, a powerful essential oil and extremely effective antifungal when taken internally. Clove oil can also be effective as a topical aid for fungal infections of the toe and fingernails.
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory spice with added anti-fungal properties. Similar to caprylic acid, it appears to damage yeast cells, causing them to denature and eventually die off. Cinnamon appears to be beneficial in the treatment of Candida, H. pylori, and even head lice, but it should not be used while pregnant or in the presence of a stomach or intestinal ulcer.
Wild salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are also known to fight fungal infections.
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.
*Fermented foods are considered ‘food’ for the good bacteria in your gut, however it can feed Candida as well. Therefore, I recommend eradicating the Candida overgrowth first and then adding in fermented foods to help build-up your army of beneficial bacteria.
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.