What is Candida? An introduction

Candida is a fungus (or yeast) that inhabits the gut flora in the mouth and intestines of every human.

Candida becomes a concern when overgrowth occurs, usually as a result of stress, antibiotics use, or excessive sugar and refined carbohydrate consumption.

Ideally, candida is properly regulated by good bacteria in the gut. However, as candida multiplies, it produces toxic by-products that compromise the immune system and may cause damage to the body’s tissues and organs. When this occurs, various symptoms such as fatigue, depression, brain fog, yeast infections, and abdominal pain may ensue.

The Candida Diet was created to help remove excess candida, manage yeast production, and restore the body’s immune system.

Common excluded foods include gluten, dairy, corn, and soy.

TOP 11 SYMPTOMS OF CANDIDA OVERGROWTH

  • Feeling tired, worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and brain fog
  • Seasonal allergies and sinus infections – candida does affect the sinuses and can result in a persistent cough, post-nasal drip, an increase in congestion, seasonal allergies, and general flu-like symptoms.
  • Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety or depression
  • Digestive issues including bloating, constipation or diarrhea
  • Hormonal Imbalance – Candida can cause early menopause, PMS, a low sex drive, migraines, endometriosis, water retention, mood swings and an inability to lose weight. One of the byproducts of candida actually can mimic estrogen, leading to hormonal imbalance.
  • Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
    White coat on the tongue, redness or discomfort in the mouth, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or cracking at the corners of the mouth
  • Skin and nail fungal infections which include athlete’s foot or toenail fungus
  • In women, vaginal itching, soreness, and redness; a white, clumpy discharge from the vagina; and painful or uncomfortable intercourse

CANDIDA CLEANSE DIET

  1. FOODS TO ADD:

    •  Organic, unprocessed meats, eggs, and fish
    • Vegetables
    • Gluten-free grains
    • Cultured yogurt
    • Nuts and seeds
    • Herbs, spices, and oils
    • Water and herbal tea

  2. FOODS TO AVOID

    • Alcohol – its sugars feed the yeast, wipe out nutrients and good bacteria
    • Sugars – including honey, molasses, corn syrup, dextrose, brown rice syrup, and barley
    • Artificial sweeteners
    • Sweet Fruit (whole, juice & dried) – you can include green apple, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and kiwi
    • Refined salt
    • Fermented Products – re-introduce after cleanse
    • Yeast – baking and brewer’s – Nutritional yeast is allowed.
    • Gluten, breads and flour products, grains, pasta. Ancient grains can be included: millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat.
    • Legumes, beans, peanuts, pistachios– too difficult to digest, and they cause fermentation and sugars; peanuts and pistachios attract fungus during processing.
    • Mushrooms – (dried shitake are OK).
    • Refined seed and vegetable oils (canola, soybean, peanut, toasted sesame, sunflower). Coconut oil is beneficial.
    • Dairy / Milk Products – milk products contain natural sugars which is why they have that slightly sweet taste. These products should be avoided and include all cheeses, cream, milk, and yogurt. (Natural plain yogurt is allowed and butter/ghee is allowed)
    • Smoked / Cured Foods
    • Additives, preservatives, vinegars, condiments, and refined products

SUPPLEMENTS TO ASSIST

There are many – but in South Africa, I have found this one to be very effective, cost-effective and easy to add to your daily routine as it’s only a 20-day protocol.

Candimex

Candimax by Biodosa (Pty) Ltd eliminates yeast infections & restores a good balance

  1. Relief from Yeast Infection
  2. Kills Yeast
  3. Detoxifies

FURTHER READING

The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity


“If you’re experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or other symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you do or how many doctors you see, chances are you’re one of the millions unknowingly suffering from a systemic fungal/yeast infection, “the hidden invader.”

The result of an imbalance starting in your internal ecosystem, this can be a key factor in headaches, joint and muscle pain, depression, cancer, food allergies, digestive problems, autism, and other immune-related disorders.”

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