Do you suffer from mood swings, seasonal allergies, digestive issues, or frequent yeast infections? If so, you may have Candida overgrowth. Candida albicans, a form of fungus, is the scientific name for a specific type of yeast. Fortunately, there are a number of powerful anti-Candida diet foods that fight yeast that you can start eating TODAY to help get you to optimal health!

What is Candida Overgrowth?

A small amount of Candida lives in your mouth and intestines along with many other microbes. There they aid digestion and defecation, among other things. When you’re in good health, the variety of bacteria and yeast in your body are in balance. However, many factors can disrupt that delicate balance.

Bacterial infections, viruses, medications, diet, and a toxic environment can all change the balance of bacteria in your body. Candida can quickly overgrow. Symptoms of Candida overgrowth range from digestive issues to depression.

When it overgrows in your mouth, it’s called oral thrush.1 However, it more commonly overgrows in your intestines. When it’s overproduced there, it breaks down the wall of your intestines, causing leaky gut.

Candida, and other toxins including food particles, can then directly enter your bloodstream. Note that this is different from invasive candidiasis2, which is a serious blood infection that can quickly become life-threatening.

Once in the bloodstream, these particles can reach any part of your body. Your immune system tags them as invaders and attacks them, causing your inflammatory response — including the production of white blood cells — to kick into high gear. Your body is great at dealing with acute inflammation.3

However, over the long term, this can become chronic inflammation which can lead to a variety of issues including autoimmune disease. Fortunately, following an anti-Candida diet can help get your Candida back in balance, heal your gut, and reduce inflammation.

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How Can I Treat It Using the Anti-Candida Diet?

An anti-Candida diet doesn’t just involve stopping the growth. It also means restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check. Following an anti-Candida diet, along with the following steps, can help repair your gut so that the Candida albicans can no longer enter your bloodstream.

1. Starve the Yeast

First, you want to starve the Candida, which feeds off of sugar4, refined carbohydrates, and yeast-containing foods. For this reason, you’ll remove all gluten, sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, dried fruit, fruit juices, and fermented foods as part of your anti-Candida diet. Fermented foods not only feed good bacteria, they also feed Candida.

I also recommend limiting legumes and grains to 1 cup a day or eliminating them from your anti-Candida diet completely. For a complete list of foods to support your Candida treatment protocol, click HERE to receive your FREE Candida Foods to Enjoy, Foods to Toss Ebook.

2. Attack the Candida

Once you’ve eliminated toxic and inflammatory foods from your anti-Candida diet, you want to attack the Candida overgrowth. You can do this by breaking down the Candida cell walls with Candifense®, caprylic acid, and foods that kill Candida.5

3. Repopulate the Gut

Lastly, repopulate your gut with good bacteria by taking a high-potency probiotic that keeps Candida under control. While following an anti-Candida diet, I recommend a probiotic supplement containing 100 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) to restore your gut’s healthy microbial balance.

This three-part process is made easy with my Candida Breakthrough® Kit. It’s a combination of all three powerful nutritional supplements that I mentioned above: Probiotic Capsules 100 Billion, Caprylic Acid, and Candifense®, which all work together to support yeast balance in the digestive tract and discourage opportunistic yeast overgrowth. My Candida Breakthrough® Kit is perfect for anyone who is concerned about yeast overgrowth and Candida, has had or is having digestive issues, wants to support optimal gut barrier function and discourage leaky gut, and wants to support healthy immune function.

The Strongest Candida Killers in the Anti-Candida Diet

In addition to removing toxic and inflammatory foods, an anti-Candida diet focuses on increasing your intake of foods known to minimize the growth of Candida albicans. Eat the following foods to fight Candida overgrowth and restore balance to your system.

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1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great food to add to your anti-Candida diet because it naturally contains capric acid and lauric acid, which promote gut health. These antifungal fatty acids interfere with Candida growth and replication by poking holes in its cell wall, causing them to die off. Capric acid, otherwise known as caprylic acid, is fast and effective at eliminating Candida overgrowth.

That’s why it’s the primary ingredient in one of my anti-Candida supplements, Caprylic Acid.

2. Garlic

Garlic and garlic extracts are not only used as cooking ingredients, they also serve as pharmaceuticals. In fact, garlic has a long history of being one of the strongest Candida killers.

Garlic contains allicin, a compound with natural antifungal properties that inhibit the growth and reproduction of Candida cells.

The best way to reap the benefits of garlic is to add the freshly crushed raw ingredient to your anti-Candida diet.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is the one type of vinegar allowed on an anti-Candida diet. Most vinegar is made from alcohol or grains. Apple cider vinegar is sourced from apples or, more accurately, apple cider.

Research indicates apple cider vinegar can damage the Candida cell walls and protein structures.

4. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, arugula, cabbage, and radishes, are among the most powerful foods that kill Candida. They contain isothiocyanates, which are sulfur- and nitrogen-containing compounds that inhibit the growth of Candida. Their antibacterial properties also support a healthy balance of bacteria.

5. Ginger

Ginger contains gingerols and shogaols. These inflammation-fighting, antifungal components of the ginger root support a healthy balance of bacteria to help eliminate Candida overgrowth. Ginger is not the strongest Candida killer of the group however it does promote your glutathione levels, providing significant liver support while your body is detoxifying.

6. Olive Oil

Olive, flax, avocado, and primrose oils contain polyphenols, which are antioxidants that can help your body fight Candida. Oleic acid, the primary fatty acid in olive and avocado oils, helps to fight inflammation and support your immune system.

7. Cloves

Cloves naturally contain eugenol, a powerful essential oil and the perfect addition to your anti-Candida diet. Eugenol is an extremely effective antifungal when taken internally. It almost completely inhibits the growth of Candida cells.

In addition to being an antifungal food, clove oil can also be effective as a topical aid for fungal infections of the toenails and fingernails.

8. Cinnamon

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 eventually die off. It may be beneficial to include in your anti-Candida diet as you work to incorporate foods that kill Candida.

9. Wild-Caught Salmon

Wild-caught salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which may fight fungal infections. 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 and repair any damage.

When you can, opt-in for wild-caught fish rather than farm-raised fish, and inquire about the source of the fish variety that you purchase. Fish caught from fresh, clean waters is always the best option for your optimal health. To learn more, check out this article for an in-depth comparison between wild-caught and farm-raised fish.

10. Lemon

Lemons are a well-known antifungal food that can kill Candida. Lemon’s main role in supporting your health is to help detoxify your liver as it works to kill Candida.

There are so many ways to incorporate these foods into your anti-Candida diet. If you’re looking for inspiration, I have a ton of diet-friendly recipes on my blog that are FREE for you to enjoy.

Take Back Your Health With an Anti-Candida Diet

Are you ready to join the thousands of others who have successfully overcome their Candida overgrowth? Take on Candida today by following my 30-day Candida Breakthrough® Program, and find relief from chronic symptoms including digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, recurring fungal infections including jock itch and athlete’s foot, skin problems, mood swings, and more.

My Candida Breakthrough® Program is an all-in-one, step-by-step solution that includes all of the powerful, pharmaceutical-grade, doctor-designed supplements you’ll need and an easy-to-follow anti-Candida diet meal plan full of foods that kill Candida. For the highest level of support for dealing with stubborn, recurring Candida, start on my Candida Breakthrough® Program today.

Anti-Candida Diet FAQs

What is the most effective treatment for Candida?

Following an anti-Candida diet will help starve the Candida by removing the foods that feed it. From there, attack the Candida by taking supplements that help break down the cell wall and repopulate your gut with good bacteria. I use these three steps to help restore a healthy microbial balance.

What foods should I avoid while following an anti-Candida diet?

When combating Candida, remove all gluten, sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, dried fruit, fruit juices, and fermented foods from your diet. Fermented foods not only feed good bacteria, they also feed Candida.

Can I remove Candida permanently?

Candida is always present in your mouth and intestines and actually aids with digestion and nutrient absorption. Keeping it in balance with the other bacteria that make up your gut microbiome is the key to avoiding Candida overgrowth and its accompanying symptoms.

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