Candida – 11 Things To Eat For Better Health
I had a request last week from someone to give some more information about Candida and what to do if you have it. Interestingly, there are bits and pieces of information around the internet but some of it is conflicting. Frustratingly, i’ve found most doctors you meet will just nod and change the subject when asked. So I thought it would be a good idea to share what works for me.
My symptoms consist of fatigue, extreme bloating (I look pregnant if I eat bread!), I become gassy (I feel the need to burp a lot), I feel sick/ nausea and if I eat something with too much sugar I get headaches which can last nearly a day.
Everybody is different and will have different symptoms, i’ve heard of people having problems going to the toilet (constipation) or to the other extent will have painful diarrhoea and it’s important you try to manage your symptoms as best but it does take a bit of time to get used to adjusting your diet.
Below are 11 things that are crucial for my diet. Now these are personal and you may find some things work for you that don’t work for others. Trial and error is imperative.
Containing three potent fungus fighting compounds: auric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid. If you want to know more about Coconut Oil check out my other blog post here…
This contains funds fighting phytonutrients, combined with the finer it act as a prebiotic for “reflorestation” of your good gut bacteria.
Herbs are fantastic due to containing antioxidants and phytonutrients. Oregano also contains two antimicrobial agents called carvacro and thymol that actively fight Candida.
Plain Yoghurt aka Yogurt contains probiotics and enzymes which are combined with healthy fats that promote gastrointestinal healing.
Avocado/ Avocado Oil and Olive Oil
Avocado, Avocado Oil and Olive Oil are fantastic sources of Omega-9s. These fats boost immunity and prevent Candida from becoming systemically invasive. Anti-fungal phenols are also found in Olive Oil and Avocado Oil! The oil’s have also been found to stabilise blood sugar, which is hugely significant given that sugar feeds Candida!
This is one of the best anti-fungal foods around! Beware though; the Allicin is destroyed during the cooking process so use fresh Garlic! Garlic also stimulates the liver and colon!
I literally use Onions and Garlic in all my food now (where applicable). Onions have strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. Add a bit of parsley when eating lots of onion and garlic to reduce the smell once eaten.
Ginger increases circulation and detoxifies the liver which, therefore stimulates the immune system. It also helps to reduce intestinal gas and has a soothing effect on any inflammation caused by Candida overgrowth. I add a piece of fresh ginger root to hot water.
Lemon and Lime Juice
I have a squeeze of each in the morning with some warm water but they’re also really good to add to meat/ poultry dishes. Lemon and Lime juice stimulates the peristaltic action of your colon, resulting in an increase in the efficiency of your digestive system.
Containing a compound called CAY-1, this compound attaches itself to fungal membranes where it causes these cells to leak (YUK!) but this leaking causes the cells to die! Cayenne Pepper also helps to digest food and cleanses the bowel of toxins. This awesome condiment also increases your metabolism, circulation and helps reduce fatigue. I have even added cayenne pepper to hot water and ginger before due to its health benefits!
Pumpkin Seeds – These can be found in all of the Fruit and Nut Bars! They’re high in Omega-3. Omega-3 has anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties. Pumpkin seeds are amazing, for something so small to do so much. They also help towards Candida inflammation causing pain or skin conditions.
So I hope these foods help you as much as they’ve helped me. Unfortunately, I think for me it’s something that I will always have to manage and stay on top of. I must say the food I make plays a huge part in my life, as without them i’d struggle to maintain weight. I try to exercise when possible and having something I can use pre exercise for energy or post exercise to get my hit of protein straight after was also imperative, so being able to effectively kill three birds with one stone was just a bonus!
As always, if you have any questions please get in touch and i’ll answer them as honestly as possible.