Controlling Candida for the Responsible Eater

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Candida is a serious problem for many people. It leads to a variety of debilitating symptoms afflicting all areas of the body, and generally it dramatically reduces your quality of life. Being able to control the growth of Candida, whilst eating responsibly, isn’t always the easiest thing in the world because it’s adding another variable. Not only do you have to watch what you eat to stick to your responsible eating principles, you have to choose your food based on what’s going to control the Candida in your body.

The Candida Conundrum

Candidiasis is the condition caused by an overgrowth of Candida. Primarily, it’s caused by a species of fungus called Candida albicans; although this is just one of the many types of fungus which contributes towards this condition. Just a few of the areas it assaults include:

  • Physically; joint pain, muscle pain, and itchy skin.
  • Mentally; depression, anxiety, and constant cravings.
  • On the inside; problems with the digestive system and a weakened immune system.

There are a variety of theories put forward as to why it suddenly begins to grow out of control, but most of these things are really acting as triggers. Ultimately, your diet is the key factor because it’s the source. Possessing a trigger for the Candida condition is irrelevant if you follow an anti-Candida diet. Andreas Moritz in the 2007 publication entitled Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation states how to remove the problem: “If you are infected with Candida (yeast), you can starve them by depriving them of the toxins and foods that cause them to multiply.”

The Supplement Argument

Supplements are the latest craze in the healthy eating industry. The dangers of supplements are well-documented, yet people continue to take them. Although a lot of people will tout the benefits of supplements, you don’t have to follow the advice of the likes of David Rakel in his 2012 book Integrative Medicine who says: “Candex or Candisol: This supplement contains an enzyme that destroys the cell wall of Candida organisms and reduces die-off symptoms.”

By all means, take advantage of supplements to remove an already present condition, but don’t rely on them for staving off the return of the issue in the future. Do this at your own peril because there’s a good chance you will be inviting the negative effects of chronic supplement use. Eating healthily is about utilising what’s around you, don’t compromise your beliefs by bowing to the pull of supplements in your diet.

Stick to Your Favourites

Eating a plant-based diet, whether as a vegan or vegetarian, is the golden rule of regulating your Candida. Luckily, this is easy as it purports sticking to your favourite vegetables. Vegetables are essential to an anti-Candida diet as sugars and moulds feed the growth of fungus in the first place. Vital nutrients within your favourite veggies starve the Candida of these substances to kill them. They accomplish exactly the same thing as excess supplement use. The good news is they do it in a natural and healthy way.

Yogurts are fantastic for taking in probiotics to fight back against the bad bacteria damaging your body. Both vegans and vegetarians can continue to utilise this option as there are a variety of soy yogurts on the market which contain the same healthy bacteria. Beware of choosing the more ‘exotic’ yoghurts, though. To create these blends, manufacturers implant a lot of substances which aren’t beneficial to your body’s balance. Keeping it simple provides the best results.

Nuts are an interesting concept in relation to an anti-Candida diet as in some cases they are fine, whereas in other cases they could be doing more harm than good. Mould causes Candidiasis, to some extent. Nuts contain a small amount of mould, but you don’t have to completely abstain from eating nuts. There are a number of ways in which you can reduce the mould content, including:

  • Allowing them to soak in water and fresh lemon juice for a few hours.
  • Placing them on the lowest heat setting in the oven until crispy.
  • Spray with diluted grapefruit seed extract solution.

Also, beware of bad nuts as they have a vastly increased amount of mould within. Ideally, people should buy nuts whole. Freshly cracked nuts are another option for the anti-candida eater.

The Subject of Fruits

Surprisingly, fruit is something you will have to regulate. For vegetarians and vegans this is a serious blow, but it doesn’t apply to all fruit. There is a difference between refined and natural sugars. Obviously, refined sugars are the worst of the two, so avoid those without question. Natural sugars also have an impact and hamper the healing process. These are just a few of the scenarios you should take note of:

  • Canned fruits. Unnatural substances preserve these fruits, therefore consider avoiding them. Syrup is the most common example of this practice.
  • High-sugar fruits, such as oranges and melons, help the Candida to grow. Don’t be afraid to use the juices from these fruits in your food. A squeeze here and there won’t cause too much damage.
  • Once produced, dried fruits have a high amount of sugar. Avoid at all costs, they are even worse than their natural counterparts.
  • Fruit juices have high-sugar contents, for clear reasons. Instead of eliminating one of life’s great pleasures, follow the advice of Bruce Fife in Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems With Coconut: “Better results are obtained using juices with a minimal amount of sugar. This is why vegetable juices are superior to fruit juices for cleansing and healing.”

You don’t have to abandon fruits completely. Implementing low-sugar fruits, such as grapefruits and berries, are perfectly acceptable and won’t compromise your anti-candida diet.

Breakdown of the Bad

Foods to avoid:

  • Dairy products like milk and cheese.
  • Anything with additives and preservatives. If you can’t pronounce it it’s probably bad for you!
  • Fats and oils.
  • Condiments (Watch out for hidden sugar!)
  • Mushrooms and moulds.