Candida is a fungus that helps with nutrient absorptions and digestion. However, when candida overproduces, it can cause problems inside your system, making it a serious concern that can cause a wide variety of negative and serious health problems.
Starting a yeast-free candida diet is one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate Intestinal Candidiasis. Once you have eliminated the troubled food, try to incorporate the follow ingredients into your diet, to help break down the yeast build-up in your stomach.
Here are some of the foods you should eat on the candida diet. (Note, check with your doctor to see if it is okay that you can have these items below. I cannot have any type of nut, including coconut, so that bullet point is out for me. Just, please, double check!)
Apple Cider Vinegar: The acid and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help to kill and get rid of excess yeast in the body.
Sauerkraut & Fermented Foods: Fermented foods, like sauerkraut and kimchi, contains microflora that help protect the intestines. Regular consumption can help improve the immune system, making the body less hospitable for candida.
Green Veggies & Green Drinks: Leafy green vegetables help alkalize the body, which fights against the acidic nature of yeast overgrowth. Greens contain no sugars but high amounts of magnesium that naturally detox the body, vitamin C to build the immune system, chlorophyll to cleanse the body, B vitamins to energize the body and iron to give the body full support.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and the combination of lauric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil kills off harmful candida through ingestion and topical application.
Stevia: Sugar feeds candida! That is why it is important to use different sweeteners. Stevia is the perfect choice for those on a candida diet. Not only is stevia an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic agent, but also helps balance the pancreas, which is often compromised when someone has candida.
Garlic: Garlic contains a large number of sulphur-containing compounds that have extremely potent, broad-spectrum anti-fungal properties. Raw garlic benefits the fight against candida specifically.
Ground Flaxseeds & Chia Seeds: Polyphenols found in flaxseeds and chia seeds support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body.
Unsweetened Cranberry Juice: Cranberry juice without added sugar helps to correct the pH levels of urine, helping to prevent the overgrowth of fungi like candida.
Spices like Turmeric & Cinnamon: Turmeric contains an active component called curcumin that has been shown to completely inhibit the growth of Candida Albicans (as well as lots of other fungal strains). Cinnamon can heal oral thrush because studies have shown that people who supplement with cinnamon generally suffer from less candida overgrowth than those who do not.
Cooked Vegetable: Non-starchy, cooked vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus provide valuable nutrients that fight candida.
Organic Meat: Protein plays a key role in candida. If you get your protein from factory farmed meats, you could actually feed candida, while foods high in healthy fats and protein protect against candida. That’s why it is so important to consume only organic, free-range, grass-fed meat.
Bone Broth: Bone broth benefits so many different aspects of our health, and you can add treating candida to the list. In fact it’s one of the best food sources to destroy candida due to its positive effects on gut health.