When candida overgrows, it can cause havoc. The yeast candida, has roots that attach themselves to membranes of the body.
These roots penetrate the membranes and perforate them. In the digestive tract it breaks down the walls of the intestinal lining, which if left unchecked can then penetrate into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body.
This is especially true if our immune systems aren't functioning as well as they should.
Common symptoms of Candida
• Fatigue - often extreme
• Brain fog
• Constipation/ diarrhoea or both
• Bloating, especially after eating
• acid regurgitation
• Sweet cravings - often intense
• Skin eruptions / rashes
• Vaginal thrush, itching and excessive discharge
• athletes foot
• Sensitivity to perfumes, chemicals and tobacco smoke
• Feelings of irritability
• Recurrent sore throats, ear and nasal infections
• Nasal congestion
• Joint pain, swelling and discomfort
• Bad breath
• White coating on the tongue
• Hormonal imbalances
• Loss of sex drive
• Urinary tract infections
A Candida Albicans overgrowth. You can clearly see their root system.
What can you do about Candida?
If you have candida, you need to change the way you are eating to create a better environment in your gut for your beneficial bacteria to thrive.
Eating a candida diet will cut down the candida`s main source of food - glucose.
Whilst glucose is essential for our functioning, most diets are too rich in it and can afford to be altered to a lower glycaemic index diet.
The glycaemic index is a way of measuring the content of foods in terms of how they convert to glucose after digestion. You can read more about it here.
To balance candida, you should fill your plate with vegetable fibre.
Try to have a rainbow selection of antioxidant-rich, soluble fibre each day. For example; dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, purple cabbage, spinach etc.
Aim for 60% of your meal being vegetable based at least twice per day.
You should eat good quality, organic proteins with every meal and snack.
You can eat eggs, all meats and fish, but avoid breadcrumbs and batter.
All your grains should be wholemeal, so brown pasta, rice and bread.
Whole grain carbohydrates are ok, but you should eat them in moderation.
This is a diet that removes all yeasts, sugars, sweet fruits and refined carbohydrates. You should avoid milk and sweetened milk products whilst on this plan.
Avoid all pastries, sugary treats, cakes, biscuits and all white flour products.
Fruit juices, fizzy pop, wine and beer must all be avoided
All natural sugars such as honey and maple syrup should also be removed. Yeast is also in marmite and stock cubes so this should be removed along with vinegars. Look out for hidden yeasts in other products.
The candida diet should be coupled with a gut program to reinoculate your gut with the right bacteria, along with anti-fungal supplements (of natural origin) and immune system support to get the pathogenic candida back under control.