Top Ten Anti-Candida Foods
A list of the best food to incorporate into your diet to treat a Candida treat infection.
The health benefits of almonds are very wide ranging, boosting brain function and lowing LDL cholesterol plus many others. They have more nutrients gram for gram than any other nut. They also make a excellent snack while on the diet plan as they are versatile and have pre-biotic properties that support healthy bacteria. They are a good source of protein and can be added to stir-fry’s, salads and made into a butter. Should you have trouble digesting them, try soaking them in filter water overnight.
Cayenne is not only a wonderful spice to add flavour to spicy dishes it also has many health advantages. The health benefits of Cayenne include aiding the immune system, circulation and digestion. It is important for the Candida sufferer because it reduces constipation and helps cleanse the intestinal tract. It has also been found to help repair the gut lining. Cayenne will help you eliminate the toxins produced by the Candida yeast during the ‘die-off’ period.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil makes an excellent cooking oil as it is heat stable, affordable and has a long shelf life. It’s low in saturated fats and does not have a strong a flavour as you might imagine. The best aspect of Coconut Oil is that it happens to be one of the most effect anti-fungals we know of. The Lauric acid and Caprylic acid help acidulate the stomach while preventing Candida and strengthening the immune system.
Garlic is an ingredient in the Liver Flush Drink from the diet plan because of its powerful detoxifying properties. It stimulates the liver and colon helping them to flush away toxins. Garlic is also a anti-fungal, helping create an environment that is hostile to Candida. It also happens to taste fantastic too, being a versatile ingredient in many dishes from around the world. A powerful Anti-Candida drink for the hardcore fans of Garlic is 3 raw cloves crushed into a glass of filtered water with a tablespoon of Coconut Oil. Don’t consume it on an empty stomach though!
Root Ginger has many positive effects upon your body. Like Garlic it works to help detoxify your liver as well and boosting the immune system. It is know to aid digestion as it has anti-inflammatory properties that sooth your intestines that may have been damaged by the Candida overgrowth. Root Ginger is a versatile ingredient to add to soups and stir-fry’s as well as making delicious herbal infusions. Try finely grating a 1 inch piece of Ginger into a teapot together with the zest of half an unwaxed lemon. Add boiling water and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy.
Lemon and Lime juice make excellent flavour enhancers when you can’t use certain vinegars. Use them to make healthy salad dressings with Olive Oil, Black Pepper and maybe a favorite herb. They help fight Candida because they have a peristaltic action upon the intestines that helps your food move through the bowl. They are also a great source of Vitamin C that helps support the immune system.
Oleuropein is a natural plant chemical found in Olive Oil that has been found to reduce and stabilize blood sugar levels. This is important for everyone’s health but is key for those with Candida as it stops the overgrowth from feeding on excess sugar. Additionally, Olive Oil contains anti-fungals and other properties that stimulate the immune system.
Like most of the foods on this list Onions have many health benefits but it’s their anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties that are of most interest to the Candida sufferer. Onions will also help eliminate water retention – a common symptom for those with Candidiasis. Don’t worry too much about the bad breath that Onions can give you, just add parsley to your dish and it will neutralize the bad odour.
Pumpkins seeds are packed full of protein and the essential fatty acid Omega-3. A good source of Omega-3 is very important if you are following the Anti Candida Diet Plan as you are not eating oily fish (another source of Omega-3). Omega-3 will help reduce inflammation and help skin conditions while combating depression. Not eating enough fatty acids have been found to lead to low thyroid hormone levels and weight fluctuations. Pumpkin seeds also have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Add them to your breakfast cereal, to yoghurt, toasted on salads or on their own as a snack.
Hypothyroidism (an imbalance in hormone production) is a common symptom for the Candida sufferer. Edible seaweeds are nutrient packed and high in Iodine. Iodine will stabilize the hormone output of the thyroid glands. Seaweeds all have a detoxing effect upon the body and excellent mineral content too. Try to vary the seaweeds you eat, they can be crispy or soft and lend themselves to many dishes.