Candida and fruit in diet
November 15, 2012
Candida is a term that refers to a large family of yeasts (one celled fungi) that under normal circumstances, harmlessly inhabit the tissues of humans. This is because a balanced intestinal tract from mouth to colon contains a preponderance of beneficial bacteria that keep Candida in check.
When not enough beneficial bacteria are present in a given body tissue to keep Candida under control, Candida transforms from a harmless state into an invasive species. In this rapidly growing state, Candida puts out long stringy hyphae or “roots” which can penetrate through the tissues of the body.
Candida overgrowth can occur in many tissues of the body such as oral candidiasis known as thrush, the scalp as dandruff, or vaginal yeast infections.
What Causes Candida Overgrowth?
Candida is an opportunistic pathogen that can rapidly take over when a person is under a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics decimate beneficial gut flora but have little effect on Candida, giving this normally harmless yeast the chance to take over dominance of the gut environment very quickly.
Many women don’t realize it, but oral contraceptives imbalance the gut in the same way as antibiotics giving Candida an open door to take control.
A diet of processed foods high in sugars and simple carbohydrates also encourages Candida overgrowth as yeasts thrive on sugars.
Babies born via C-Section or to mothers who were treated with IV antibiotics during labor are especially vulnerable to the ravages of Candida overgrowth as they are not exposed to a healthy balance of gut flora from their travels down the birth canal prior to the moment of birth.
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
Symptoms of Candida overgrowth are many the most common being fogginess in the morning upon waking (brain fog), digestive complaints of all kinds and a myriad of skin issues.
Many women plagued by yeast infections don’t realize that the source of the problem is actually their diet and the pathogenic state of their gut environment. Using drugs and creams to resolve the problem is only a temporary solution when the source of the problem – gut imbalance – is not addressed head on.
The Anti-Candida Diet
Some 20 years ago, my husband and I tried the Candida Diet to resolve gut imbalance that had been exacerbated by our stressful and overworked lifestyle at the time.
It failed miserably.
Because the Candida Diet goes only part of the way in attempting to resolve gut imbalance by removing all food sources for Candida.
For example, the Candida Diet removes sugar from the diet in all forms – even maple syrup and honey. Fresh fruit, however, is allowed.
Candida overgrowth can frequently trigger an allergy to molds and other types of fungi, so fermented foods including cheese and dairy are also eliminated along with any breads and other foods containing yeast.
Other foods excluded from the Candida Diet include vinegar, mushrooms, tea, coffee, dried fruit and any form of fruit juices.
People Get Better on the Candida Diet But They Don’t Heal
The typical scenario for a person who goes on the Candida Diet goes something like this:
- They feel better almost immediately – primarily because all the sugar has been removed from their diet.
- They continue on the diet for some time perhaps many months or even a year or more and are pleased to see that their symptoms of Candida overgrowth diminish considerably during that time.
- After a period of time, they try to reintroduce some of the foods that were removed only to discover that their symptoms come raging back with full force.
- They realize that it is going to be next to impossible to continue the Candida Diet indefinitely as it is simply too hard to give up cheese and any and all sweets forever.
- They get discouraged, give up and stop the Candida Diet.
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Candida diet is life-saving!2011-09-10 02:51:11 by mlem
Not so much a diet per say, just eating the right ingredients and ignoring the negative options.
I went on a Candida diet for a few months, so many things improved it was impressive. My eyes had more definition/tighter, my skin became soft (face and body); my hair was stronger (less fall out); joints ached less, no heartburn, no IBS, better eyesight, more energy, more desire and gumption, clearer thinking, helped with depression. I seriously could go on and on how much a well balanced choice of foods can change your life!
No sugar (even fruit) (no ketchup, bbq sauce, jam, honey, molasses, etc), no refined flour or white rice, no processed foods, no vinegar, no yeast products (bread, crackers, dry soup/gravy mixes, msg & mushroom), no sodium rich
On a candida diet right now2008-03-28 14:29:36 by crunchycrackers
I also recommend 'wholeapproach'. They have lists of foods to eat and foods to avoid.
After three weeks I'm seeing improvement.
One probiotic called threelac is advertised on the web. I don't know if it works, but I'm going to get stabilized on this diet before I try it.
I have totally cut out (completely) the following: wheat products, all simple sugars including fruit, juices, syrups, and refined sweeteners. No processed foods, alcohol, artificial anything, no dairy. Lemons and tomatoes are ok. Switch to vegetables (the rawer the better) and raw garlic
They say fruit in the beginning2004-03-31 14:26:47 by shouldBEavoided
The diet is really hard to stick to so do what you can. but in the beginning, if you can, try to lay off the fruit. but if you do eat fruit, eat it by itself b/c it only takes about 1/2 hour for fruit to pass from your stomach. if you eat something else with the fruit it will slow down your digestion of the fruit and give the candida a better change to eat the fruit sugar.
try to get the best quality of probiotics you can. i would think the refrigerated kind is better. (but don't introduce them too early b/c the candida can eat the probiotics if you have a lot of candida.) don't take the probiotics with anything that is antibacterial like oil of oregano, grapefruit seed extract, etc
Candida problems2007-05-30 05:58:03 by -
I also suffer from Candida and have to follow a very strict diet to keep it under control.
I have done 2 different "cleansers" (if you will) to help.
The first time I did Yeast Busters and you can get this at Lablaws for about $70. It's a shake you take 1x daily and then has probiotics to take at night. I found that it helped me a lot but I had really bad "die-off" symptoms and was craving sugar like a mad person. I was on this for 5 months and was able to go back to a normal diet after that for about a year and a half. The kit comes with a booklet that outlines the diet you should follow - beware it is very strict and tough to follow; but if you do you'll see results immediately