Candida is a nasty infection that can thoroughly affect your daily life, especially if you suffer from recurring Candida, as around half of all Candida sufferers do.
And at the heart of Candida is diet. You see, although it’s the Candida albicans fungus that actually causes the horrible symptoms, there are underlying issues that are at the root of triggering a fungal over-growth into an actual infection.
One of these is poor nutrition; in other words poor modern-day diets that are heavy in sugar and refined carbohydrates. The Candida albicans fungi feed on sugars for growth, so the need to reduce or, better still, avoid sugar becomes obvious. But carbohydrates? Well, our digestive systems break carbs down into sugars, which is why they have to be reduced too.
But there are even more dietary issues that can encourage fungal growth. For example, since the Candida fungus is basically yeast, you need to avoid yeast products. But yeast is used in tons of foods and drinks, so you need to be able to recognise them.
There are many other things to consider in your diet as a Candida sufferer, but instead of going into an explanation of them all, I think it’s better just to give you a list of foods to eat on a Candida diet and foods to avoid as part of a Candida cleanse diet…
Foods to Avoid on a Candida Cleanse Diet
cow’s milk products
non-organic meat and poultry (which may have antibiotics / steroids in them)
Foods to Eat on a Candida Diet
fish from the sea
organically farmed fish
goat and sheep’s milk
organic yogurt with live cultures
garlic (very good)
yeast-free organic bread
pasta made form wholewheat
beans and pulses
Of necessity, these lists aren’t complete, but they are a very good start for you. And by seeking out all the foods that make up a good Candida diet, you’ll be able to design daily menus that are totally satisfying.
Now, as I said at the start, diet is only one of many underlying causes or triggers for Candida. You need to understand and fully address all of these in order to give yourself the best possible chance of curing your Candida and preventing its return.