Candida 101: What is Candida?
Candida is a natural occurring yeast that lives on our skin and in our body. However, due to certain diet and lifestyle practices this yeast can get out of hand and lead to an overgrowth. Moreover, it is the overgrowth of candida that creates numerous health issues, including infection. In fact, the following practices contribute to the overgrowth of candida: antibiotic usage, birth control usage, overuse of NSAIDS, eating foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, high alcohol intake, lowered immune system, high stress lifestyle and diabetes. Below, I outline some of the signs and symptoms of candida, foods to eliminate on a candida cleanse, as well as the foods to add into the diet to balance the overgrowth of yeast.
Signs & Symptoms of Candida
- Bad Breathe
- Digestive Issues
- Brain Fog
- White Coating on Tongue
- Joint Pain
- Loss of Sex Drive
- Hormone Imbalance
- Allergy Issues
- Weak Immune System
- Food Cravings (especially sugar, beer and breads)
- Food Intolerances
- Skin/Nail Fungal Infections
Foods to Eliminate for a Candida Cleanse
First of all, when embarking on a candida cleanse, it’s important to eliminate the foods that contribute to the overgrowth of yeast. To be specific, just taking supplements or doing a cleanse to rid the body of the candida is typically not enough to balance the overgrowth. It takes a comprehensive dietary protocol (as well as strategic supplementation) to ensure that the yeast is starved.
- Yeast Containing Foods (Breads)
- Refined Carbohydrates (Breads, Pastas, Cakes, Cookies)
- Alcohol Containing Foods, Beverages & Supplements, especially Beer
- High Sugar Foods (Desserts, Processed Foods)
- Wheat Containing Foods
- Dairy Products
Foods to Add for a Candida Cleanse
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Citrus (lemons, limes and grapefruit)
- Fresh Herbs (oregano, thyme, rosemary and basil)
- Bone Broth/Mineral Broth
- Aloe Vera
- Lacto-Fermented Foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, beet kvass and coconut yogurt)
DIY Stomach Acid Test
First, pour 6 oz. of filtered water in a cup. Then, add in 1/4 tsp. aluminum-free baking soda and stir. Next, consume liquid on an empty stomach before eating. Finally, wait 5 minutes. If you burp within the 5 minutes, you have enough stomach acid. If you don’t burp, you may need to work on supporting your HCL–stomach acid.
Life is meant to be lived and celebrated, but it’s important to note that celebratory foods that are high in refined sugar like desserts, breads and alcohol should be consumed in moderation and not everyday. Getting back to a whole foods lifestyle (fruits, veggies, wild fish, grass-fed meats, lacto-fermented foods) ensures a healthy microbiota and balanced yeast in the body.
In divine health,