Digestive Problems

Candida: How to begin the healing

Date: 9 March, 2012

Since the article, Candida: Which Foods To Avoid, featured last week I’ve heard from so many of our readers. My heart goes out to all of you suffering from this agonising cycle of eating, bloating, discomfort, pain and cramps and then it starts all over again. Or worse: It never goes away!

Last week I advised that the first step to healing Candida is to get diagnosed, but we all know that is much easier said than done and a diagnosis does not bring a fast solution either. After all, we all must eat and if it’s food that makes you ill, where do you begin without starving yourself.

Well I’ve spoken to a friend who’s been suffering with Candida ever since she gave birth to her first child and she admits it’s been a long battle. Here is what she said:

‘At first I thought I ate something slightly out of date, but when the discomfort and bloating and diarrhoea persisted I knew something was wrong. Needless to say my doctor simply brushed it off as my body adjusting and changing after the birth of my first child. But I was not having it, so I started paying attention to my eating habits and soon realised that there are certain foods that aggravate the symptoms. For instance, I always had a banana in the mornings with my coffee but quickly realised that this made me feel lethargic and caused blinding cramps in my lower abdomen. So out with bananas and the coffee and I soon felt a difference and realised more changes will have to be made. It’s been a long process but certainly one that’s worthwhile.’

My friend’s story made me realise that finding a cure for Candida is as personal to each individual as the music we choose to listen to and essentially the food we eat. I also realised there is no quick fix and that Candida will force you to change your eating habits and consequently your life.

Nature heals what nature harms

So what’s left after you take cheese, fruit, caffeine, bread, pasta, sugar, alcohol, chocolate and various other foods from your diet? And how do you go about tackling Candida.

The first step to remember is that you need to starve the Candida yeast. But before you do this with a food elimination diet, you need to do a detox. Cut out all coffee, tea and juices for at least a month. Drink plenty of water to help your body detoxify and start your day with a cup of hot water and lemon juice (there is no need to eliminate lemon juice even though it is a fruit).

Start with your food elimination diet by incorporating the following food groups in your diet.

Vegetables: Some vegetables like raw garlic, onions, cabbage, broccoli, turnip and kale will actually inhibit the growth of Candida. Buy your vegetables fresh and steam them. Add a little garlic for flavour (garlic is also helpful with Candida). Eat plenty of salads with raw salad vegetables such as celery and peppers to help detox and to help energy. Not only do vegetables starve the Candida of its sugar and mould diet, they also absorb fungal poisons and carry them out of your body.

Keep starchy vegetables like potatoes and yams to a minimum.

Proteins: As part of your plan to starve the Candida yeast, feel free to eat plenty of high-protein meals. Foods like beef, chicken, fish and eggs are all good for you anyway and are almost completely free of sugars and mould. They will fill you up while restricting the Candida’s appetite and growth. Other supplements can also help, whey protein being a good example.

Live yogurt cultures: Live yogurt cultures (or probiotics) are a class of supplement that help your gut to repopulate itself with good bacteria. They are especially useful or when suffering from Candida. The live bacteria in yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system.

Good bacteria will also produce antifungal enzymes that can help you fight Candida.

Nuts and seeds: Another protein option that starves Candida and restricts its growth. Avoid peanuts, peanut butter, and pistachios as they tend to have a higher mould content. Also consider soaking other nuts in water to remove any mould on the outside (spraying with a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution is even better).

Non-glutinous grains: Wheat and rye are off the menu but there are other grains that you can eat. If you like toast in the morning, try millet bread instead of your usual brand. Rice can be eaten for a Candida diet, but get brown rice or preferably wild rice. For cereal at breakfast, try a low-sugar variety with oat bran.

In my previous alert I recommended that fruit needs to be eliminated from you diet if you suffer with Candida. However, this is not all fruit. Your diet can still accommodate some papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and all types of berries.

Any Candida diet should strive to reduce or eliminate processed refined sugars and bleached flour. Eliminate meats treated with synthetic hormones or chemicals. Eliminate hydrogenated fats (peanut butter, baked goods and margarine, etc.). Reduce processed and refined foods as much as possible. Instead eat nutrient-rich, organic, non- processed whole foods and plenty of fresh raw vegetables. Prepare most of your food yourself.

This diet is recommended as a guideline for someone who has never carried out an elimination diet before. Those with mild Candida symptoms may want to try it for 3 months to evaluate if it helps, those with severe symptoms should seek the help of a nutritionist or natural health practitioner with a case history of success with long term Candida sufferers.

In next week’s follow-up alert, I will look at natural remedies that can help relieve the symptoms of Candida in addition to applying a food elimination diet.

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Bear in mind all the material in this email alert is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


Sources:

‘Foods to Eat on the Candida Diet’ published online, thecandidadiet.com

‘Candida Diet recommendations’, published online, greatestherbsonearth.com

‘Anti Candida Diet’ published online, synergy-health.co.uk

‘Candida Diet’ published online, pureliquidgold.com

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Comments

  1. Colin Copeland Posted July 14, 2013

    I suffer from severe leg cramp have done for a number of years. I have been taking Quinine Sulphate but seems to have little or no effect as I have to get out of bed several times a night to try and undo the knots in my legs can you advise please

  2. Tina Posted January 10, 2013

    At last, fantastic, comprehensive advice, thank you!

  3. T Posted February 15, 2011

    The Arogyavardhini Ras Vati tablets are not part of this article. They contain heavy metals, and are an “ancient” east indian cure. Be careful and research what you want before you take it.

  4. Tia Posted November 9, 2010

    Im very pleased to discover this website today. I have just realised I think I have this condition- Ive had thrush-like symptoms since May caused by a very stressful situation. But swabs/tests at my GPs surgery always come back negative, they have finally told me its ‘Psycho-Sematic’ in nature – ive had hypnosis – no joy! But reading this has made me realise i have had some of the other symptoms too (constipation, tiredness, depression). If it is candida would my swab results come back negative? Any suggestions? Im in Leicester,UK and have a ready supply of auyervedic treatments – when I next go, I will ask if they do post items, a nd will let you know.

  5. jane stewart Posted September 4, 2010

    Arogyavardhini Ras Vati tablets?? Where can you buy these in Australia??
    Why mention them and then give no more information? Most of us would never have heard of them. Please, please let us know what it is and where to get it.

  6. Paul L Posted August 4, 2010

    What you need in addition to what has already been mentioned is live kefir yogurt. you need to get kefir grains to culture your yogurt it will do good for your gut.

  7. Gayle B Posted May 12, 2010

    Dr Sunil Kaushal’s suggestion is very hopeful. But where can we get the Arogyavardhini Ras Vati tablets? Thank you.

  8. Rainbow Ó Drisceoil Posted February 27, 2010

    Excellent advice! I can’t wait to see the results.
    Yours,
    Rainbow.

  9. steff holloway Posted January 17, 2010

    My pilates tutor recently diagnosed my problems. I went to the doctors and they refused to acknowledge it and simply refered me for IBS. I hasten to add, I follwed my (pardon the pun) gut and went with the initial diagnosis rather than have some instruments pushed into places I rather not mention. In the last two months I have noticed great improvements have gone down a dress size and genereally feel so much better. Thanks to some wonderful help and advice from books, this site and of course my pilates tutor. xx

  10. Anna,POLAND Posted October 27, 2009

    Thank You for great advice on candida,its a nasty condition thats left ignored by local GP,I have never been given advice on what food to avoid,or to try natural remedies by a GP. So I think its a closed circle when you don’t stick to it, but maybe that’s what they whant, to keep the pharmacy concerns moving. THANKS AGAIN,ANNA

  11. audra Posted July 4, 2009

    Since I had extensive dental work several years ago I have been sick not to mention the fact that I designed jewelry for about 18 years and therefore exposed to numerous types of metals. I tried to eliminate most of the things listed several years ago with some success but became very very thin and I have a thyroid condition(perhaps its related to the candida, what is your opinion on that?). I have been experiencing 90% of the symptoms for several months again and I know its from my diet but I got so tired of being thin and my clothes not fitting and looking unhealthy, but I did gain about 20 lbs., sounds like a lot but I am 5′ 9″ tall so a bit more weight on my bones is better. How can I balance that dilemma? Anyway as I sit here at the computer I feel green at the gills and get so cold and sick several times a week that I cry for fear of never getting better. Please help and any advise is appreciated. I printed out the information contained on your site to begin a program to gain control over this problem. thank You, Audra

  12. Flora Posted May 1, 2009

    Dr Sunil Kaushal’s suggestion is very hopeful.
    But where can we get the Arogyavardhini Ras Vati tablets?
    Thank you.

  13. nik Posted April 14, 2009

    Thank you for very helpfull, practical and straight forward advice. Everything I’v read so far covers the basics like avoiding sugar and then promises the miracle root cause cure but only for money!!

  14. Jackie Posted March 25, 2009

    I just must let you know that your notes on candida albums are the most informative and helpful I have come-across.
    My 22 yr old daughter has this condition – her GP tells her “there is no such thing” and offered no help whatsoever.
    we had retrieved some info online but yours was THE most comprehensive, full and incredibly useful (it is not always so helpful to be told what one CANNOT eat – your info was so much more than this).
    I alwys enjoy your emails, and must just add that I hope you can keep-up this good-work.
    very best wishes from Jackie, Greenwich, London UK

  15. Anna M Posted March 13, 2009

    It is essential for managing Candida that you make a total lifestyle change, including diet, supplements, and habits. Great information here! Many suffer from chronic Candida infections and don’t even know it. Symptoms do not always manifest in the way you’d expect, and as stated, each individual is different. Thanks for the info!
    -Anna M.
    http://www.nutrit-health.com

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