Candida Albicans is a yeast that is found in found in low levels in the gut. However problems can arise when the yeast begins to overgrow in the gut. When you follow an anti-Candida diet, it can help to reduce the Candida naturally without the use of antibiotics.
Causes of Candida Overgrowth:
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Long-term use of the pill
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth:
- Cravings for sugar and wheat
- Brain fog
- Mood swings
- Skin rashes
- Recurrent thrush
- Arthritis-type aching joints
- Chronic fatigue
How to treat Candida Naturally
It is crucial to kill the Candida or keep it under control by using an anti-Candida diet, herbs and supplements.
Foods to Avoid:
- Remove all yeast and fermented food from the diet for 2-4 weeks. This includes bread, all aged or mouldy cheese, beer, wine, vinegar, miso, tempeh and mushrooms. Also avoid mould forming foods such as peanuts, peanut butter and cashew nuts.
- Try to avoid all white-flour products for at least one month including crackers, pizza and pasta.
- Avoid any form of sugar for one month including cane sugar, beet sugar, honey and really sweet fruits such as bananas, raisins and dates. Also avoid fruit juices and canned drinks for this period as they are high in sugar.
Foods to Eat:
- Garlic is a potent anti-fungal. Raw is best.
- Eat fresh fish, chicken, turkey, lean meats, eggs, cooked tofu and pulses.
- Eat more artichokes, asparagus, aubergine, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, celery, green beans, leeks, lettuce, garlic, onion, parsnips, spinach, tomatoes and watercress.
- Fruits that are okay to eat during the detox are apples, pears, raspberries, blueberries and cherries.
- Use low-sugar organic rice or almond milk instead of cow’s milk.
- Eat live, unsweetened yoghurt containing healthy bacteria acidophilus and bifidus.
- Make your own dairy free water kefir which is a probiotic.
If you would like a detailed diet and supplement plan that is personalised to your specific requirements, contact Kate to book an initial consultation.
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