The Fungus Among Us
Candida Diet Guidelines
Candida albicans is common yeast that normally lives within the healthy body without causing any adverse symptoms. As long as there are a large number of “friendly” probiotic bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus and bifid bacterium bifida), present, yeast colonies are kept under control. When the probiotic bacteria are low in number, candida can aggressively multiply throughout the body, producing Candidiasis.
This infection can be localized or systemic, affecting the entire body. Thrush, candida in the mouth manifesting white patches on the tongue, the inside of the cheeks or in the ears or throat, is found in babies and young children, and more recently in adults. Candida on the skin, manifested as a rash or small blisters, is usually found where skin rubs against skin, such as the underarms, under the breasts, or the groin. Voulvovaginitis (yeast infection) is candida found in the female genital tract. These localized yeast growths can cause itching, burning, inflammation and redness with a white or yellow discharge. The possible symptoms of systemic candidiasis are multiple and can sometimes disguise the problem making it hard to properly diagnose. Kidney and bladder infections, fatigue, hyperactivity, headaches, memory loss, depression, mood swings, hormone imbalances including PMS, heartburn, constipation, gas, diarrhea and colitis are only the short list of possible side effects! Left unchecked, Candida can be a major contributor to more severe diseases such as heart disease or arthritis.
Five Main Factors that Predispose in Overgrowth of Candida
Weakened Immune System. This may be caused from the result of poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and a nutrient-deficient diet, or medical treatments. Immunosuppressive drugs used to combat malignancies, by definition, weaken the immune system and increase the chance of Candida. Dental health can greatly affect the immune system. Consult a health-minded dentist about the possibility of amalgam fillings causing mercury toxicity and/or root canals causing a low-grade, constant infection or periodontal disease.
Destruction of the friendly bacteria that normally keeps candida in check. Antibiotics are the greatest contributor, which are not only ingested as a prescription, but are also in treated meats, fowl, eggs, dairy products, and farmed fish. Corticosteroid treatment for asthma also encourages candida overgrowth. Stress, worry and anxiety also reduce the concentration of the normal flora.
Malfunctioning digestive system causes fermentation of foods and poor nutritional support.
Over-exposure to chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, cleaners, and fragrances.
A diet with large amounts of sugar, yeast, mold, and vinegar; All of these factors can be addressed by changing our lifestyle that will contribute to a renewed healthy flora in our bodies.
The Candida Preventive Lifestyle
Stress, worry and anxiety were mentioned as a major contributor to Candida. Therefore, in order to combat this condition, changes should be made in the diet and everyday lifestyle. Change the living conditions to be restful, safe and quiet. Allow for ample sleep, at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night with rest or a nap in the middle of the day. Include your support team in your health education so they can help you. implement relaxing exercise every day, if your health allows, such as walking, yoga, Pilates, stretching, swimming (avoid heavily chlorinated pools), boating or skiing, just to name a few.
Colonics, especially with ozonated water, are very helpful in reestablishing a healthy bowel flora. A series of three colonics promotes the greatest results, the first two on consecutive days, and the third a day later. This may need to be repeated every other week until the candida is under control.
A high quality probiotic containing acidophilus and bifidus, and a prebiotic FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) is imperative to reestablish a healthy bacteria environment throughout the bowel. Unless otherwise prescribed, include at least two servings every day, one between breakfast and lunch and one at bedtime. Caprylic Acid, a non-essential fatty acid that inhibits candida growth by stopping the candida metabolism, is also helpful and can be taken in tablet form.
Digestion is often a problem with candida. Fermentation of foods in the digestive system encourages the growth of candida. Therefore, digestive enzymes or hydrochloric acid, often are needed to promote proper digestion for optimum nutrition. Consult your health care provider for advice on digestive enzymes for your specific needs.
The Candida Diet
The purpose of a candida diet is to starve the candida yeast throughout the entire body. This diet will also provide an environment for the healthy bacteria to thrive.
Food Preparation: Eat whole, fresh organic food. Organic, or chemical- and hormone-free foods are necessary to avoid antibiotics, pesticides, hormones and herbicides. These chemicals contribute to the imbalanced flora. Prepare simply. Fresh is best. Lightly steamed, baked or stir-fried is also good. Avoid all refined and processed foods since they are low in the necessary nutrients and contain food additives that worsen the symptoms.
Read Labels: There are many hidden culprits that encourage candida growth. Protect yourself by educating yourself. One way to do this is to know exactly what you are eating. For instance, sugar can come in many forms and has many names. Included are: sucrose, dextrose, fructose, honey, rice syrup, molasses, evaporated cane juice, and fruit concentrate. Learn them, ask questions, and avoid anything that will hinder your recovery.
Drink Pure Water and Breath Clean Air: Very important! At least eight glasses of water each day are needed to flush toxins from the body. If you smoke-STOP! If you live around a smoker, insist that their smoke stay away from the air you breath. Candida will not become controlled with the damage that smoking presents. Have an air purifier in your home and work environment. Also, use chemical-free cleaners in your home.
Foods containing any kind of sugar must be avoided. Read labels! Stevia is the only sweetener, at this time, which is known to not encourage the growth of candida. When the condition is mild, sour fruits, such as grapefruit or raspberries, may be used in moderation. Otherwise, all fruits, including dried, should be avoided because of the natural sugar in them. Fruit juice has high concentrations of sugar, and therefore must be eliminated from the diet.
Brewer’s Yeast and Selenium: Avoid products unless labeled yeast-free and sugar- free.
Antibiotics and many other medications: Consult your health care provider about any questions you may have about medications. Birth control pills and hormone replacement drugs foster the growth of candida. Avoid cough syrups and tinctures.
Alcoholic Beverages: Beer, brandy, champagne, rum, vodka, whiskey, wine, and mixed drinks are all very high in sugar content and must be avoided.
Yeast Breads: All raised breads and crackers containing yeast, aluminum-based baking powder or enriched flour are to be avoided. Whole grain breads that have only a sour dough starter for the leaven may be helpful to combat candida but should only be eaten occasionally.
Vinegar, Condiments and Sauces: Avoid ketchup, mayonnaise, olives, pickles, salad dressings, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, hot sauce, and any other food containing vinegar.
Cheeses and Cultured Milk Products: Avoid cheese, cottage cheese and sour cream; however plain organic yogurt, cream cheese and goat cheese (which contains caprylic acid) can be eaten.
Ferments and Molds: Avoid mushrooms, peanuts, any dried food that may have mold, (herbs, spices, nuts and teas must be mold-free). Most nuts that are bought roasted and salted are rancid and should be avoided.
Starchy Vegetables: When the candida condition is severe, avoid vegetables such as potatoes, squash, peas, carrots, and corn because the large amounts of carbohydrates can be converted into sugar, thus providing food for the candida.
Foods that Trigger a Sensitivity or Allergic Reaction: These foods will compromise your digestion and challenge your immune system. If you do not know whether you are allergic or sensitive to any foods, you may want to call Sunnyside Health Center for testing.
Then what can you eat?
Lots of Vegetables: Fresh or frozen organic vegetables that are lower on the glycemic index are the very best to eat.
Protein: Organic or chemical-free lean protein foods such as chicken, wild fish, wild game and fowl such as elk, venison, duck and pheasant. A non-GM quality tested powdered soy supplement is an excellent source of protein and should be used daily.
Grains: Whole, organic grains such as oats, rice, barley, corn and wheat. Limit intake to no more than one serving each day to avoid fermentation in the bowel, which would encourage the candida growth.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds that are organic and raw.
Oils: Yeasts don’t feed well on healthy monounsaturated fats. Olive, Avacado and Cocoanut oil are very important to include in your diet and should be the only oils you cook with. Include flaxseeds and fresh flaxseed oil often to help regulate hormone balance. Flax oil turns rancid quickly, so buy fresh and in small quantities.
Garlic: Eat as much garlic, fresh or cooked, as possible. It contains antifungal properties that help eradicate the overgrowth of candida. Garlic tablets provide an easy way to get enough garlic every day.
Echinacea and Goldenseal: Together, these herbs have antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties that encourage the renewed health from candida.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: This extract contains phytochemicals with antifungal action.
Barberry, Oregano oil, Oregon Grape, Peppermint oil, Rosemary oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Thyme oil are also helpful in combating an overgrowth of Candida
Raw Sauerkraut: It helps establish the beneficial acidophilus culture in the bowel. A recipe is included in the back of this book.
Follow these guidelines faithfully for at least one month. There should be great improvement in general well-being, energy, digestion, and other candida symptoms specific to your situation. Consult your natural physician regularly for “fine-tuning” throughout this program. If the candida is still present, you may want to consider an ozone treatment. Contact Sunnyside Health Center for further information about this treatment. Ozone is a strong eradicator of the candida overgrowth.
The above was summarized from Dining On The Sunnyside – 1986 by Jennie Brouse
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