Candida Albicans is an opportunistic yeast, that is often found in the human gut. Small amounts of the fungus is not an issue, however, if allowed to grow it can cause all sorts of problems.
When it affects the gut, it can lead to things like extreme fatigue, bloating, intestinal discomfort and overtime more serious issues such as IBS, Colitis and potentially even Colorectal Cancer.
A high concentration of Candida in your system can be caused by several different things, but your diet is a massive factor.
There is, of course, a number of foods that are effective in combating Candida if you are already suffering from it, but there are some things that you will have to give up too. Here are five foods that you should avoid while on a Candida diet.
5 Foods to Avoid On A Candida Diet
We’re talking about gut health here, you probably knew that alcohol would be appearing on this list at some point. Alcohol is absolutely awful for your intestines. It will wear down your intestinal lining which can cause the leaky gut syndrome. This will allow the candida fungus to flourish. It will prevent the healthy bacteria in your gut from being able to detoxify your intestines. This detoxification process is essential for healing your microbiome. So as you can imagine, removing alcohol from your diet will be good for a number of health reasons.
I’d say while you’re actually fighting the candida, eradicate alcohol completely. And then once it’s under control you should still just have it in moderation to prevent recurrence.
Much like alcohol, this is something that many people will be very reluctant to cut out of their diet but unfortunately, it has a lot of similar effects. Most people realize that it’s an irritant to your gut lining, what people don’t realize is that it is a source of mold.
Too much coffee can cause a high concentration of mold in your intestines which can stifle your immune system and again, prevent the necessary healing of the microbiome.
And don’t think your safe with decaf coffee, that’s actually just as big a source of mold as regular coffee.
If you don’t want to cut out coffee completely while you’re on a candida diet, just keep it down to one cup per day and only drink the best, organic coffee beans.
There’s actually quite a few starchy foods that you should avoid, yams and beets would be a problem too, but potatoes are a staple of a lot of people’s diets and so it’s worth mentioning. Starch feeds the growth of yeast in your intestines and so naturally it will also feed the growth of Candida albicans. It’s only an issue while you’re actively fighting Candida. Once you’ve got it under control you can reintroduce it to your diet. In the meantime though, replace it with some other vegetable that will be beneficial in your Candida diet.
Something like garlic is very good. It will attack candida and main a healthy microbiome. You can even grow it yourself if you want.
Candida will feed on sugar. In fact, it actually needs sugar to survive and eating too much sugar pretty much makes it impossible for you to fight off the fungus. The sugar will also help the Candida to build up a protective biofilm that will allow it to hide from your immune system. These biofilms are made up of more than 30% glucose so sugar is absolutely instrumental in keeping Candida alive. All kinds of sugar are a problem here. Sugar from processed food, sugar from fruit, even artificial sweeteners can feed Candida.
Again, I’m not saying that you should stop eating fruit entirely, but while your fighting Candida you should keep it to a minimum.
Sugar has a tendency to hide in the ingredients list of a lot of foods too and will often have a different name. Find out what names sugar hides under and avoid any of the relevant food.
You’ll have to avoid an awful lot of dairy products when you’re on the Candida diet and this includes milk and cheese. The trouble is that it is packed with lactose which is one of the most problematic natural sugars for anything related to gut health. Lactose is difficult to digest and when you’re on the Candida diet, the bacteria in your intestines need to focus on fighting fungus and not on digestion.
High quantities of lactose in your system will slow down the breakdown of this fungus and prevent the symptoms from easing up. You can still have some aged cheeses from goats and sheep, but for the most part, the Candida diet requires you to avoid milk, cheese, and ice cream.
The effect that Candida Albicans has on your body can be overpowering and it will seriously impact your livelihood.
You shouldn’t have to deal with it, and the first step to keeping it at bay is taking control of your diet. Avoiding these five foods will help you get on the right track.