Candida - Dietary Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment

An overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract of the usually benign yeast Candida albicans is believed to cause a wide variety of symptoms in virtually every system of the body with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous, and immune systems being the most susceptible. Fatigue, allergies, immune system malfunction, depression, chemical sensitivities, and digestive disturbances are just some of the symptoms patients with candida overgrowth may experience.

To prevent and eliminate candida consider the following:

  Include:

Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, garlic and onions.

Eat fresh or frozen foods. Freeze leftovers rather than refrigerate.

Eat non-leavened breads that do not contain yeast.

Eat plain, non-fat yogurt and supplement with an acidophilus product.

Supplement with ground flax seeds for fiber and vitamins A,B,C and E.

Eat whole grains including brown rice, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, rye, wild rice, quinoa, barley, oats and popcorn.

Eat a limited amount of unsweetened cereals including all bran, oatmeal, puffed cereals (corn, millet, rice, wheat), corn flakes and toasted rice.

Eat fresh, frozen or dried beans and peas; such as kidney, white and pinto.

Eat all nuts and fresh nut butters except peanuts or peanut butter.

Eat skinless chicken, turkey, and fresh or frozen fish.

Use “better butter” instead of margarine. To make; soften 1 lb. of unsalted butter in a pot at low temperature until liquid. Add 2 cups natural, expeller-pressed safflower oil and stir well. Refrigerate or store in the freezer.

  Avoid:

Refined foods, sugar, and sweets, including concentrated fruit juices and dried fruits.

Caffeine, pop, peanuts, malt products, and foods high in fats including beef, pork, veal and lamb.

Aged foods and foods high in yeast, mold or fungus content, including mushrooms, cheese, nutritional yeast, bread, cider, and soy sauce.

Sweetened cereals, packaged foods, canned foods, condiments, and concentrated “natural sweeteners” such as honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, molasses, malt, date sugar, turbinado sugar, mannitol, sorbitol, lactose, glucose, fructose, and maltose.

Alcohol, coffee and caffeinated teas.

References 1. M. Murray, J. Pizzorno, Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. (Rocklin: Prima, 1998): 300-312 2. L. DeSchepper, Candida (Santa Monica: A.S.A.P. Secretarial Services, 1990). 3. V. Glassburn. Who Killed Candida? (Brushton: Teach Services, 1991).

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