Do you have yeast overgrowth in your gut? How do you know if you do or not? That can be a complicated question because so many people have it and maybe don’t even know it! The symptoms can be so varied, such as:
- Candida causes constipation: While signs and symptoms of constipation can be telltale of many conditions, it’s also very common in candida overgrowth sufferers. This inability to have a bowel movement may be a sign that you have too much fungus in your G.I. tract.
- Heartburn or GERD, or acid reflux, is considered to be an uncomfortable effect of too much candida in your stomach. It can also be that your stomach acid production is not enough to adequately break down and digest proteins, fats and sugars properly.
- Bloating: Stomach bloating and pain are often associated with indigestion and overeating, but it might be caused by something other than food – candida in intestines!
- Cravings for Candida: Your fungus growth gets hungry to be fed and makes you crave things/ and it loves sugary sweets. Craving these way too much? This can be an indicator that you are feeding the fungus in your gut!
- Itching: This can be embarrassing, but do you find your rectum to be itchy? If so, this is a sign of fungus. As you go to the bathroom, it sends itchy feelings there.
- Frequent Gas: Are you more gassy than you used to be as your usual quota would have been like? Excessive amounts of it can indicate that you have this yeast in your small intestine.
- Belly Bloat: Unless you are a frequent consumer of beer, your belly being way bigger than you think it should be for how much you are eating, is a likely characteristic. And if you are drinking beer as your “drink of choice” you will find the yeast overgrowth to be much worse, since this feeds the fungus in your intestines.
- Diarrhea Dilemma: Are you noticing more diarrhea? Candida sufferers often find this to be a common occurrence.
- High Triglycerides in your blood?: High cholesterol and high triglycerides can be symptoms of candida overgrowth in intestines, although should be closely evaluated and monitored by a health care professional. The good news is that this is often managed with diet, which can benefit an overgrowth of candida as well.
- Below normal blood sugar: A reduction in blood sugar levels is thought by some to be attributable to candida overgrowth, but this is a serious condition and requires medical intervention for proper treatment.Many digestive symptoms of candida overgrowth can mimic other conditions or vice versa, as in the case of symptoms of gluten sensitivity or celiac disease for instance. This is why if you are exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms and they are unusual or debilitating, then you should seek medical care as soon as possible. fat,The purpose of the Candida diet is to deprive the Candida yeast of its food sources. Candida thrives on sugar and carbohydrates. When it doesn’t have food, it can’t proliferate. But this is easier said than done because the candida makes you crave the foods that it wants. These cravings are usually very intense and can be completely overpowering.
It is very common for individuals following the Candida diet to cheat from time to time or even fall of the Candida wagon completely. This is just part of the process and requires that you be loving and forgiving of yourself when it occurs and start over again. You may find some of these tips to be helpful.
So, how should you eat to counter-act your Candida Overgrowth?
The worse thing you can give your body in regard to the Candida Diet and in regard to health in general is sugar. It weakens the immune system and gives yeast a great feast.
Sugar is Candida’s favorite food. If you remove nothing else from your diet, it must be sugar.
You may think that you don’t eat much sugar, but you eat sugar unknowingly many times a day, because sugar is added to almost every food on the market in the traditional store and is even common place in the health food stores. The health food stores usually carry items that contain organic sugar, but sugar is sugar when it comes to Candida and immune function.
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU FOLLOW THESE DIETARY GUIDELINES FOR 4 WEEKS TO KILL OFF THE CANDIDA YEAST ALONG WITH TAKING ANTI-YEAST SUPPLEMENTS SUCH AS CAPRYLIC ACID.
To remove sugar from your diet, you must read labels very carefully. All forms of sugar should be removed from the diet.
Forms of Sugar
-Organic Cane Syrup
-Organic Cane Juice
-Organic Cane Sugar
-High Fructose Corn Syrup
-Alcohol is the most refined form of sugar you can consume.
These Candida diet basics are essential to be successful in reducing or eliminating symptoms.
-No alcohol (alcohol is a sugar)
-No caffeine (Caffeine prompts the liver to dump large doses of sugar into the blood stream)
-No preservatives and additives
-No refined and processed foods
-No moldy foods
-No dairy (except yogurt and butter on occasion)
Cheese and milk contain lactose (milk sugar) which the yeast will feed on.
(some people can do small amounts of cottage cheese)
-Low in Carbohydrates
Foods to Eat
-Lean Meat and Fish
-High in Protein and Vegetables
-Low in Fruit and Nuts
The basic and most successful anti Candida diet should consist of nothing but lean meat, eggs, and low carbohydrate vegetables. A small amount of whole fruit, nuts and seeds may be acceptable if they don’t flare symptoms.
Meats to Include
-buffalo (is lower in fat and cholesterol than chicken or turkey)
-fish.( be careful because fish is contaminated with mercury and other pollutants- buy Wild Alaskan fish.)
-No processed meats like lunch meat, spam, bacon, sausage etc.
Low Carb Vegetables to Include
-any green leafy vegetable is low in carbohydrates
-avocados (are excellent because they are also very good for stabilizing -blood sugar)
-tomatoes are low carb but high in acid and often aggravate yeast, you’ll need to monitor your symptoms to determine whether you should include them in your diet.
High Carb Foods to Avoid or Eat Sparingly
Grains should be avoided completely or reserved for special occasions on the Candida diet.
Dairy and Eggs
-Yogurt is okay on occasion because it contains healthy bacteria, but it does contain lactose, which is milk sugar, so be careful.
-Cheese or cottage cheese should be restricted for special occasions, but they also contain lactose, so must be restricted.
-Eggs are a good protein and contain no carbs.
Legumes or Beans
Legumes, also known as beans are very high in carbohydrates, so they should be eliminated or reduced for most people. Like grains, they too are not processed properly by the human body. When you do eat legumes, they should be sprouted when possible, as these are healthier for your GI tract.
-garbanzo -black, etc.
Some people can include nuts, while others can’t. Nuts are very good for you, so if you can include them in your diet, you should. However in the beginning phase of the Candida diet they are best avoided or reduced.
Nuts are moldy. Some of them are also high carbohydrate.
Macadamia, Almond, Walnut Hazelnut are lower in carbohydrates. Peanuts should be avoided, they are actually a legume, not a nut.
Most people need to cut down on fruit intake drastically while following the Candida diet. This is because fruit is high in natural sugar. Some fruits are higher in sugar than others.
Some people can eat fruit freely and other people can’t eat it at all. On the other hand, some people can only eat fruit that is lower in sugar.
Fruit High in Sugar
Fruit Medium level of sugar
-Melons (also very moldy)
Fruit Low in sugar
-Apples (especially Granny Smith and Fuji)
Special Occasions and Treats
* Please keep in mind that sweets should be extremely limited.
I’ve found that it’s much easier to stay on the Candida diet if you allow yourself treats from time to time, so you don’t feel deprived. I allow myself to have something sweet, yet not too unhealthy a few times a month.
There may also be special occasions and holidays when you would like to indulge in something tasty and delicious.
More than likely you will experience cravings from time to time that are uncontrollable and you must have something sweet.
For any of these occurrences it’s best to indulge in healthier sweets that aren’t as damaging to the immune system and won’t make the Candida proliferate to the same extent as sugar.
Make your own dessert or buy some at the health food store that are sweetened with these sugar alternatives:
-fruit juice sweetened
-brown rice syrup
All of these alternatives are not quite as damaging as sugar, they will contain some nutritional value and will break down in the body a little slower than sugar. But, these should be consumed very infrequently.
Stevia is a natural and digestable herbal sweetener. It does not feed the Candida and it does not upset the blood sugar. However stevia can be difficult to use and takes a little getting used to. You also can’t find anything in health food stores that uses stevia as its sweetener.
Agave is another better choice. It will feed Candida, but it is much less offensive. It also does not give you the spike in blood sugar that sugar and honey do.
Xylitol will not have any impact on yeast, blood sugar, or insulin either, so its a great choice too.
Be kind to yourself, don’t beat yourself up if you give in and cheat. Forgive yourself and then start over. If it feels too overwhelming, begin with baby steps and work your way up to bigger steps.