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313622-3215-1When you are struggling with Candida overgrowth, it can be difficult initially kicking the habit of eating candida-feeding foods. In fact, it’s a bit like quitting drugs or alcohol, and quitting alcohol is certainly one component of an anti-candida diet. All alcohol needs to be eliminated when embarking on a candida diet, as alcohol is high in sugars, feeds the pathogenic yeast, and puts stress on your immune system. This includes beer, wine, hard alcohol and hard ciders.

Sugar is another major ingredient that needs to be left behind. This is one of the hardest to quit, as sugar is found in almost EVERYTHING! When buying food, it is important to READ LABELS! Most Condiments tent to be high in hidden sugars and can feed your Candida that is why it is important to stay away from sugar, honey, syrup, processed chocolate, molasses, rice syrup, artificial sweeteners, and soft drinks.

All gluten-containing grains and foods containing gluten need to be eliminated. These include any wheat, rye, oat or barley products, white bread, pasta, spelt products, and even white rice too. Gluten weakens the immune system, as well as feeds candida. Gluten free grains can technically be consumed in very small amounts on the anti-candida diet, but keep in mind that even gluten free grains like corn, brown rice, quinoa, and polenta can still feed candida, so they are best left either out of the diet or in very small amounts, and need to be properly combined with fresh or lightly cooked or steamed veggies and a good amount of natural fat to slow digestion and avoid spiking blood sugar levels.

Most fruit, whether it’s fresh, canned, juice or dried contains high amounts of natural sugars, so they should be avoided. The lowest glycemic fruits that are okay are lemons, limes, avocados and tomatoes (as yes, they are a fruit!)

4032622 green salad candida dietSome root vegetables like Potatoes, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Yams, Beets, Peas, and Parsnips contain high amounts of natural sugars too and should be avoided or limited and reintroduced only in small quantity, and if one is consuming gluten free grains it is best to either choose the gluten free grains or the starchy veggies, and never eat them both in the same sitting.

When eating meat it is important to choose quality sources. Consuming poultry and beef that is organic, free-range, and grass-fed is the best option, as conventional meats contain high levels of antibiotics as well as genetically modified ingredients. All meat should be cooked thoroughly; raw meats and especially pork products and raw fish should be eliminated as they can be contaminated with parasites and other viruses that will only further weaken the immune system and encourage pathogenic overgrowth. Cured meats, smoked meats, processed and canned meats should also be eliminated as they are loaded with dextrose, sugars, sulfates and often times nitrates too.

Shell fish and crustacean and should be avoided too. Not only do they contain high levels of toxins but they also have high heavy metal. Safe fish to consume is wild salmon, tuna, and sardines.

Milk, cheese and most dairy should be avoided. There are a few exceptions like ghee, which is butter with the lactose and casein proteins removed, and home-fermented kefir and probiotic yogurts, as when you ferment them at home it removes the lactose and the probiotics inoculate your digestive system with candida fighting beneficial flora.

Candida diet pictureCaffeine should also be avoided, or at best, kept to a minimum. It can cause your blood sugar to rise along with weakening the adrenal glands an weakening your immune system.

Cashews, Peanuts and Pistachios should be avoided as well due to the high mold content. Another food you should avoid due to the fungus content is all mushrooms and truffles.

Since your digestion is the key to removing excess candida you should avoid more hard to digest foods like Beans and other legumes, Chickpeas and all Soy products. It is important to also avoid all vinegars, apart from Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, and vegetable oils, as these are highly processed and turn into unnatural trans fatty acids when cooked or heated (which often times they are already rancid or heated when you buy them in the stores.)

Acceptable forms of natural fat are coconut oil, which is also a great anti-fungal, organic ghee, and lard or tallow from grass fed beef, duck, lamb, or chicken. Virgin olive oil is also great for drizzling over salads with a slice of lemon or apple cider vinegar.

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