Wednesday, March 7, 2007
The most effective and rapid way to recover from the symptoms of candida overgrowth is to change one's diet.
Move to wholefoods and doing your own recipes rather than eating pre prepared recipes. This prevents one from having to painstakingly read the ingredients of everything you buy.
If your heart sinks on reading the recommendations this is because most people suffer from severe food addictions, especially sugar and starchy foods. The general rule is that if you are addicted to something it is most likely harming you. Try giving up two to three candida-causing food groups at a time if you find it too difficult to do it all at once. However, going at it piecemeal will usually prevent rapid recovery and destroy one's faith in the efficacy of diet to change this problem. Therefore full immersion in an anti candida diet is really the best approach.
Food addictions can be even more powerful than drug addictions, so if at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. Like all addictions, it is difficult to shake off in the beginning but the cravings eventually die off.
PRODUCTS CONTAINING YEAST: bread, alcohol, pizza, cakes and pastries, tinned or pre-prepared food.
PRODUCTS CONTAINING SUGAR or excessive use of STARCHY foods: these include sucrose, glucose, fructose, honey, molasses, syrups, artificial sweeteners and fruit. Some people can tolerate small amounts of certain fruit, but many must give it up altogether.
PRODUCTS CONTAINING DAIRY: cheese, cream, butter, yoghurt, milk, lactose, pastries, cakes, pizza, tinned and pre-packaged food . However, organic goat's and sheep's milk and cheese are often tolerated.
MEAT: some people find that small quantities of certain organic meat are tolerated. However, most people have over-consumed meat and have large amounts of decaying, undigested meat in their bowels. Not to mention the dangers of over-consuming animal protein in general. The body usually responds very well to stopping eating this heavy, difficult-to-digest food altogether.
ALL PROCESSED FOOD and WHEAT FLOUR PRODUCTS: particularly white flour products. Most tinned and pre-packaged food has little if no nutritional value and contains large amounts of substances that are bad for your health.
ALCOHOL, DRUGS, PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS AND STIMULANTS: tea and coffee. If you are unable to give up your caffeine, black unsweetended coffee is by far less harmful to candida sufferers than tea. Beware of many herbal teas that can also produce a fungal reaction. On the other hand, pure mint tea is excellent for reducing candidiasis.
CERTAIN VEGETABLES: tomatoes, potatoes, aubergines (tobacco family!), peppers and mushrooms. Some people are also sensitive to corn, peas, cabbage and carrots. More extreme cases of candida produce an intolerance to all starchy carbohydrates, which can make eating pulses, (non sprouted) seeds and grains an aggravating factor.
SMOKED AND FERMENTED PRODUCTS: including vinegar (if you must use it then very small amounts of organic white alcohol vinegar), soya sauce and miso (although small amounts of good quality organic can sometimes be tolerated) and smoked foods.
SODAS, SWEET and FIZZY DRINKS: including fizzy water and fruit juices.
WHAT TO EAT:
For severe candidiasis focus on green and non sweet/starchy vegetables, fish and eggs
FRESH ORGANIC VEGETABLES: especially green runner beans, avocados parsley, broccoli, garlic, radishes, daikon, turnips, courgettes, cauliflower, celery, leeks, green salads including mache, cress, water cress, roquette, dandelion leaves, nettles, (coriander, basil for seasoning). Good daily recipes include green gaspacho, vegetables soups and fresh salads.
(ORGANIC BROWN RICE AND OTHER WHOLE CEREALS)_Warning: many candida sufferers have an intolerance to all starchy carbohydrates and may have to give up pulses, nuts, seeds and grains. Otherwise, it is worth experimenting with them as they are a valuable source of nutrition and helpful for weaning oneself off the very harmful modern staple of bread. Grains: brown rice, millet, barley, buckwheat, spelt, wild rice, oats, quinoa and others.
SEA VEGETABLES: for example, nori, wakame, arame and kombu. These are particularly good for vitamins and minerals and they are very good at removing toxins from the body. Use them every day in small quantities in soups and in the cooking of grains and pulses. Spirulina as a supplement is excellent
ORGANIC OILS: Especially olive oil. Sunflower, sesame.
Organic FISH and EGGS: be aware that many fish are over farmed and contaminated with mercury and dioxins. Avoid tuna and salmon. The smaller the fish, the better. The larger the fish, the more heavy metals and other toxins are contained in the flesh.
SEASONINGS: GARLIC, fresh and dry herbs, spices, sea salt.