Foods Feed Candida
Everyone normally has a little candida or yeast in their gastrointestinal tract. Its overgrowth leads to problems. This occurs when too much of our “good bacteria” that keeps candida in check dies off. Common killers of this friendly bacteria are antibiotics, excessive sweets, steroids like cortisone, birth control pills, estrogen replacement drugs, caffeine, alcohol, and prolonged stress. A diet high in leavened or aged foods can also cause the overgrowth of yeast.
Once candidiasis sets in, candida organisms put out a number of toxic by-products which weaken the body in different ways. As candidiasis progresses, it inhibits nutrient absorption and slows the metabolism, which triggers sluggishness and intense cravings for sweets, chocolates, breads, pasta, etc. Eventually, candida changes into a fungus (rhizomes) that burrows into the intestinal wall allowing yeast, other fungi, and toxic food particles into the bloodstream, further stressing the immune system and setting you up for more health problems.
What Foods Feed Candida?
FOODS THAT CANDIDA/YEAST FEEDS ON:
Because of extensive advertising in America and the high sugar,
high fat American diet, many of the following foods have become
staples in the home but they will feed your Candida so now is the
time to begin eliminating them. This will be easier once the effect
of the Candida Yeast Recovery Program begins - often within a few
FOODS HIGH IN SUGAR
Brown, Granulated, Maple, Date, Turbinado, Powdered, Dextrose, Fructose,
Galactose, Flucose, Gylcogen, Lactose, Maltose, Mannitol, Monosaccharide,
Polysaccharides, Sorbitol, Sucrose and Molasses.
Nutrasweet, Equal and Saccharin (Stevia or Splenda can be used in moderation.)
YEAST and YEAST CONTAINING PRODUCTS, including ALCOHOLIC and BAKED GOODS,
as well as:
Mushrooms, cheeses with rinds, coffee, most teas, condiments containing
vinegar (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, salad dressing), fermented foods
and drinks (cider, root beer), bottles or canned fruit juices, dried fruits,
strawberries, melons, canned fruits, leftovers (older than 24 hours), malted
products (barley malt, malted milk, cereals, candies), peanuts, pistachios,
peanut oil, peanut butter, processed and/or smoked meats and smoked fish
(beef jerkey, corned beef, hot dogs, luncheon meats, pastrami, sausages),
pickled foods and tempeh.
Once you begin to feel better, you can
reintroduce some of the above foods into your diet - IN MODERATION - observing
whether or not these foods will enflame your candida condition.
[foods that cause Candida Albicans]
- Alcohol [including but not limited to beer and wine]
- Honey, sugar, syrups and barley malt
- Peanuts, peanut butter
- Most herbal teas except Pau D' Arco and Black Walnut Leaf tea
- Bottled, frozen and canned vegetables, fruits and juices
- Dried fruits except calimyrna figs
- Most milk products including cheese and sugared fruit sweetened yogurt
- All condiments; catsup, mustard, sauces, pastes
- Sprouts (flourless breads made with sprouts are OK to eat but must be stored in the freezer at all times or they will get very moldy very quickly. Just thaw out what you need)
- Mushrooms, except shitake mushroom that actually kills fungus in the blood.
- Hydrolyzed vegetable proteins
- Vinegar, soy sauce
- Cooked foods; once stored cannot be kept refrigerated longer than 36 hours
Note: Most grains need refrigeration because otherwise their oils will go rancid. If you get grains from the health food store and they are sitting on a shelf and not refrigerated do not buy them. Also, nuts must be refrigerated when you purchase them (eat according to metabolic type and then blood type). Remember that nuts are hard on the liver to digest.
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