Candida is a type of yeast that is normal and present in all healthy bodies. Candida only becomes problematic when its growth gets out of control. This can happen for a variety of reasons. In my case it was overuse/overexposure to antibiotics and a high sugar/high carb diet. Here are some lifestyle changes that I recommend to anyone who has just been diagnosed, or is experiencing the symptoms of Candida yeast overgrowth.
Candida dietary changes-
I cut out processed sugars, all fruits, grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables. Go Green! Green veggies are one of the best things for combating candida, especially leafy greens. That means all sorts of lettuces, kale, collards, swiss chard, arugula, watercress, spinach and dandelion leaves. The more bitter the better! Try this fantastic seasonal veggie and umeboshi soup! Non-leafy green veggies are also great for fighting candida. This includes zucchini, green beans, broccoli and cucumbers. For other Candida-friendly recipes, try these Omega-packed kale salad, Shakshuka (baked eggs), and cauliflower rice!
Try the Candida Diet-
Depending on how long you’ve been sick, how long you’ve been on the diet, and how far along you are in your healing, you’ll likely find that a different level or extreme of the candida diet works for you. I’ve been on a version of the candida diet for 6 years now, and I find that I can tolerate quinoa and low glycemic fruits like berries on a fairly regular basis. Once in a while I also can get away with eating starchy veggies and sweeter fruits.
It’s important to be patient with yourself when you are going through the process because it can be stressful and alienating. Remember that no one version of the diet is going to work for everyone and that it will take time to tailor it to your specific condition.