Candida Diet: Foods to Eat
So what's left after you take cheese, alcohol, chocolate and various other foods from your diet? Well the good news is the foods to eat section also contains some delicious items. Remember to check out some recipes for inspiration!
Click on any of these food groups to find out more:
Vegetables | Proteins | Yogurt | Nuts and Seeds
Non-glutenous Grains | Green Algae
There are some vegetables that will actually inhibit the growth of Candida. These include:
Raw garlic, Onions, Cabbage, Broccoli, Turnip, Kale, Cucumber, Brussel sprouts, Cauliflour, Peppers, Celery, Radish, Eggplant, Asparagus, Spinach, Zucchini, Okra, Tomatoes, Avocado
Avoid starchy vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all squash except zucchini, beets, peas, parsnips and all beans except green beans. They all contain sugar and can lead to Candida overgrowth.
You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steam or grill them. Add a little garlic and onions for flavor as they are especially helpful with Candida. A dash of butter and salt are also OK. Not only do vegetables starve the Candida of its sugar and mold diet, they also absorb fungal poisons and carry them out of your body.
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Live yogurt cultures (or probiotics) are a class of supplement that help your gut to repopulate itself with good bacteria. They are especially useful as a course of antibiotics, or when a patient is suffering from Candida. The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system.
Good bacteria will also produce antifungal enzymes that can help you fight Candida. Take a look at our probiotics page for more info on good sources for probiotics.
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As part of your plan to starve the Candida yeast, feel free to eat plenty of high-protein meals. Foods like beef, chicken, fish and eggs are all good for you anyway, but they serve an extra purpose in an Anti-Candida Diet. Almost completely free of sugars and mold, they fill you up while restricting the Candida's appetite and growth.
Try to eat fresh and organic meat if possible. Processed meat, like lunch meat, bacon and spam, is loaded with dextrose nitrates, sulphates and sugars. Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided.
As you probably know, one excellent high-protein diet is the Atkins Diet. Most Atkins recipes will also work reasonably well in a Candida diet. Other supplements can also help, whey protein being a good example.
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Another high protein option that starves Candida and restricts its growth. Avoid peanuts and pistachios as they tend to have a higher mold content.
Also consider soaking other nuts in water to remove any mold on the outside. An even better tip - spray the nuts with a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution.
Wheat and rye are off the menu, but there are other grains that you can eat. If you like toast in the morning, try millet bread instead of your usual brand. Rice is OK for a Candida Diet, but get brown rice or preferably wild rice. For cereal at breakfast, try a low-sugar variety of oat bran or rice bran.
Green algae such as Spirulina and Chlorella are some of the most ancient organisms on earth, but they're also some of the most up to date cures for Candida. Scientists have found that they can restore balance to your gut and boost your immune system.