While Candida albicans—a type of yeast species—is normally found in our digestive tract and on our skin, it can easily grow out of control when fueled by a combination of dietary and lifestyle factors. Millions of people suffer from the effects of Candida overgrowth that result in or complicate a wide range of conditions and symptoms. Some of the most common include yeast infections (thrush), vaginitis, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, weight gain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and depression.
Since the symptoms of Candida overgrowth, also known as Candidiasis, mimic many other diseases and conditions, it can be tough to tell for sure if this one-celled fungus is the culprit. But if you have one or more of these symptoms, and they haven’t responded to other treatment, Candida may well be responsible. The good news is that by addressing your dietary and lifestyle choices, you can restore and maintain a healthy balance in your gut that will have a profound effect on your wellbeing.
Dietary factors that encourage the overgrowth of Candida include eating highly processed and refined foods and those containing various forms of sugar. Other culprits are, starchy vegetables, bread and pastries, alcohol, vinegar, and fruits. Foods likely to contain molds such as aged cheese, peanuts, cashews, and mushrooms are also poor choices on a Candida Diet.
Don’t despair if the foregoing reads like a checklist of your daily food intake. Following the food recommendations included below will help restore the balance of “good” bacteria in your system and starve the Candida. As your symptoms disappear by curbing the yeast population explosion in your body, you may be able to reintroduce some otherwise healthy foods in limited quantities over time.
Generally, a diet that includes plenty of free-range chicken and eggs, grass-fed beef, fish, non-starchy vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy oils and fats will deprive Candida of the foods it thrives on. Adding probiotic foods to your diet such as yogurt, kimchi, and kefir that contain beneficial bacteria as well as supplements such as acidophilus will hasten the process of restoring the balance of flora in your intestinal tract.