The purpose of the Candida diet is to limit drastically the foods you eat that promote the growth of yeast in your body. By adhering to a strict diet, you gradually kill off Candida overgrowth and restore normal flora. This relieves your symptoms and protects you from future yeast infections.
Certain foods are thought to feed Candida and support its growth and survival in your body. These could be foods you crave such as refined carbohydrates, sweets, junk food and white bread. These foods are also nutritionally deficient and prepared with added chemicals and preservatives, so they are unhealthy options for your health and longevity.
Sugar should be eliminated as much as possible on a Candida diet. Sugar not only provides fuel for Candida, it also weakens your immune system so your body has a more difficult time fighting the infection. All types of sugar are problematic, so you should always read product labels to look for hidden sugar in the food you eat. Eliminate processed sweets such as cake, cookies, candy and donuts. Strictly limit fruit and avoid alcohol. Sugar, honey, fructose, agave, syrup and lactose should be avoided when trying to rid your body of Candida.
Fresh and dried fruit are rich in natural sugars so you should limit them when on this restricted diet. Certain vegetables such as potatoes, yams, peas and carrots should also be limited until your Candida is under control. Also, consider eliminating or limiting gluten in your diet. Many people are gluten sensitive, which stresses the immune system. It is also best to avoid additives as much as possible. One way to do that is to avoid eating packaged and processed food.
The Candida diet is rich in healthy whole foods that are good for you too. This includes vegetables such as avocados, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, greens, seaweed, garlic and onions. These vegetables are low in sugar so when you eat them you cut off the food supply for the Candida overgrowth. In addition, these foods help transport dying fungus from your body. Yogurt, kefir and other foods rich in probiotics are great to eat when you have Candida. These promote the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut so Candida is crowded out.
Meat is allowed on this diet as long as it is fresh and not processed as with lunchmeat. Fresh nuts are good too as long as you are careful not to eat old varieties that may harbor mold. In addition to avoiding high sugar foods, you should also avoid foods known to be susceptible to mold growth such as peanuts.
The Candida diet may be difficult to adjust to at first, especially if you eat a lot of sweets and junk food. By sticking to the diet, you will have more energy and likely lose weight too. This type of diet is very healthy since you eat mostly organic fresh produce and meats. Once your Candida is under control, you can gradually reintroduce some of your favorite fruits and other foods, but for optimum health and prevention of yeast infections, it is best to control your daily intake of all types of sugar.