By Natalia Rocon
Most of the time it is not dangerous, but an overgrowth of this fungus can lead to infection. The candidiasis diet is a diet used to relieve the symptoms of candidiasis infections. However, its effectiveness has not been researched by scientific research.
See below for a beginner’s diet guide for candidiasis.
What is Candidiasis?
There are more than 150 species of candidiasis living in your body. They aid digestion and feed on the absorption of nutrients.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Swelling, constipation, or diarrhea
- Chronic fatigue
- Skin problems like skin rashes
- Urinary infections
- Irritability of sudden mood swings
- Depression anxiety
- Joint pain
Although there are many species of candidiasis in your body, only 15 of them can cause an infection. The fungus Candida albicans is the biggest cause of infections, being responsible for more than half of the cases.
Risk Factors for Infections
There are several risk factors for candida becoming an infection, including:
- A diet full of refined carbohydrates and sugars
- High consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Increased stress
- Imbalance in the microbiota
- Inappropriate use of catheters
- Birth control pills or antibiotics
- Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus
- Weak immune system
If you have any of these risk factors, try to eliminate them by dieting or changing your lifestyle. Try to do meditation.
How does the diet work?
Although many studies have examined the growth of risk factors for candidiasis, treatments are inconsistent and poorly studied.
The candidiasis diet can be a possible treatment option.
This diet eliminates sugar, gluten, alcoholic beverages, some products derived from milk while recommending the use of low sugar fruits and gluten-free foods.
However, most of these restrictions are not recommended through scientific research, as explained below:
The diet excludes gluten because it is harmful to your intestines and causes increased inflammation in the mucosa. However, there is no evidence that gluten causes intestinal problems in people who do not have a gluten intolerance.
High sugar consumption can worsen the situation for people with weak immune systems. A high carbohydrate diet can increase the number of candida bacteria in some people, as this type of bacteria feeds on sugar, but there is a lack of evidence that this increases the risk of infection.
The diet also excludes some dairy products. In theory, milk can stimulate candida growth by increasing the acidity in your mouth, but it has not been confirmed either.
Foods with artificial ingredients, preservatives, and pesticides are also removed from the diet.
Alcoholic beverages and caffeine are not recommended due to a healthier lifestyle.
In theory, this diet was created to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of candida.
To date, no study has proven the efficiency of the diet.
Starting the Diet – Cleaning
Before starting the candida diet, it is recommended to cleanse. It is a short diet that will calm your digestive tract and flush out toxins from your body.
While no study has proven to cleanse of candidiasis, it can help you get an idea of the diet. To date, no human study has proven the effectiveness or benefits of detox diets or cleanings.
There are several ways to clean, but the two simplest ways are:
- Drink only liquids, such as water with lemon.
- Eat as many vegetables as possible, such as salads, vegetables, and small amounts of protein during the day.
Some people may experience negative symptoms when they start cleaning, such as fatigue, headaches, mood swings, and changes in sleep patterns.
Keep in mind that cleansing candidiasis cannot last more than a few days.
After you complete the cleaning, you can start following our diet guide.
There is no limitation period for dieting. It is believed that after a few weeks, people start to feel relief, while others need several months to get a positive result.
Before starting the candida diet, there are a few factors to consider:
Start slowly: Instead of removing sugar, caffeine, and gluten from your diet at once, focus on removing one thing at a time to make the process simpler.
Short term: This diet is recommended for a short period of time until the symptoms disappear. It was not made to replace long-term diets.
What to eat?
Focus on adding these foods while you are on the candida diet:
Low sugar fruits: Lemon, lime, berries.
Non-pet vegetables: Asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, eggplant, onion, spinach, tomato, etc.
Sugar-free grains: Quinoa, oat bran, etc.
High-quality proteins: chicken, egg, salmon, turkey, sardines, etc.
Healthy fats: Avocado, olives, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and sesame oil.
Milk derivatives: Butter, kefir, or plain yogurt.
Seeds: Almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, flaxseed, etc.
Herbs: Black pepper, salt, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, oregano, paprika, etc.
Condiments: Maca vinegar, etc.
Sweeteners: Stevia, xylitol, etc.
Caffeine-free drinks: herbal teas, filtered water, coconut milk, etc.
In addition, probiotic supplements can help relieve inflammation and eliminate harmful organisms.
What to Avoid?
The candida diet is strict and eliminates sugar, gluten, alcoholic beverages, and some products derived from milk.
Avoiding these foods is not proven against candidiasis infections. However, studies prove that overuse of sugar can worsen infections in a weak immune system.
The list of foods to avoid includes:
Sugared fruits: Banana, grape, mango, etc.
Grains containing sugar: wheat, rye, barley, etc.
Some meats: cold meats, fish raised on farms, etc.
Refined oils and fats: Canola oil, soy oil, sunflower, margarine, etc.
Condiments: Ketchup, white vinegar, barbeque sauce, mayonnaise, etc.
Some dairy products: Cheese, milk, and cream.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners: Sparta, cane sugar, corn syrup, honey, etc.
Seeds: Peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, etc.
Caffeine, alcoholic drinks, and sugary drinks: Chas with caffeine, coffee, energy drinks, soft drinks, fruit juice, beer, wine, etc.
Additives: Nitrates and sulfates.
Feed Plan: Menu to fight Candidiasis
This menu contains foods that are accepted in the candid diet. Adjust the menu based on your preferences.
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with tomatoes and avocado
- Lunch: Chicken breast, green salad, quinoa, broccoli, and olive oil
- Dinner: Quinoa, chicken breast, boiled vegetables, and coconut
- Breakfast: Yogurt, ¼ cup of berries, and scrambled eggs
- Lunch: Chicken with curry seasoning and green salad with various vegetables
- Dinner: Cooked salmon with broccoli
- Breakfast: Scrambled egg + 1 slice of melon
- Lunch: Chicken seasoned with lemon and salad
- Dinner: Hamburger, with accompaniment and avocado and cooked vegetables
- Breakfast: Vegetable omelet made with eggs, spinach, and tomatoes
- Lunch: Leftover turkey from breakfast, salvia, and cabbage
- Dinner: Chicken curry, quinoa, and cooked vegetables.
- Breakfast: Omelet with red peppers, onion, cabbage, and eggs
- Lunch: Chicken Almondegas, Cabbage, and Corn Salad
- Dinner: Salmon seasoned with lemon and asparagus
- Breakfast: Fruit with chia + kefir yogurt
- Lunch: Chicken, quinoa, and cooked vegetables
- Dinner: Zucchini noodles, chicken, garlic, and olive oil
- Breakfast: Make a smoothie from kefir, berries, coconut oil
- Lunch: Boiled egg salad, turkey, tomato, cucumber, olives, and olive oil dressing
- Dinner: Chicken, peppers, onions, cilantro, avocado, and salad
Despite the lack of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of the candida diet, it has many benefits because it is focused on healthy foods.
The diet consists of whole foods that can be beneficial for weight loss, heart health, intestinal function, and reduced candidiasis inflammation.
It also promotes the removal of sugary foods, which are linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.
Such a diet is beneficial to anyone – even those without candidiasis.
The biggest disadvantage of the candida diet is that there are few studies in humans that prove its effectiveness.
A 3-month study of 120 people who had advanced intestinal candida showed that changes in the diet reduced the number of bacteria, compared to people who did not change their diet.
A study in rats with a weak immune system showed that sugar consumption increased the growth of candidiasis in the intestinal tract.
Another negative point is that the diet is very strict. Sugar, gluten, lots of fruits, some vegetables, meat, seeds, alcohol, and caffeine should be removed from the diet.
The candida diet can be difficult if you have financial difficulties and do not like to cook.
Fortunately, the diet is short-lived. It should be followed only as long as you have the symptoms of candidiasis.
Proponents of the candida diet claim that it eliminates candida growth by eliminating sugar, gluten, alcoholic beverages, and some dairy products.
It focuses on organic products, with low sugar content, meat, and fats of good quality.
Today there is no strong evidence to support the effectiveness of the candida diet. Although it is healthy, it is not based on science.
However, if you have been diagnosed with an infection, you can try this diet and see if the symptoms go away.