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Diets for Candida Sufferers

By Michele Kadison

As stated in the online site, Disabled World, yeast is naturally found in the body. According to Every Diet, when an overgrowth of yeast is present, the immune system can become weakened. Symptoms may include conjunctivitis, vaginitis, athlete's foot, jock itch, muscles and joint pain, sore throat, kidney and bladder infections, constipation and diarrhea. Diets for Candida sufferers include foods that starve the yeast and help to detoxify and cleanse the body.

Vegetables

Vegetables provide the body with essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. Vegetables included in a Candida diet should be eaten raw or lightly steamed. Vegetables should be organically grown to ensure no excess toxins are present from pesticides. Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, chard, cucumbers, ginger, kale, radishes, spinach, turnips and watercress are all good choices. Garlic and onions are antifungal and can be eaten as often as possible, especially in their raw state. Freshly blended vegetable juices and wheatgrass are considered super foods and do not contribute to yeast growth.

Fruits

Though many fruits should be avoided by Candida sufferers, those that will not aggravate the condition are all types of berries, grapefruit, pineapple and papaya. Small amounts of fresh lemon can be used as a dressing for salads.

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Nuts, Seeds and Legumes

Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazel nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds make good snack foods for those on a Candida diet. Legumes such as black-eyed peas, garbanzos, lentils, soybeans and split peas can also be added to provide extra protein, especially for vegetarians.

Meat, Fowl and Fish

According to Synergy Health, eating red meat may be too taxing on the digestive system in the early stages of a Candida diet. Red meat may be added later. Most of the game meats are good choices. Organic, free-range fowl is an acceptable protein, as is fish.

Complex Carbs

According to All About Parasites, adding grains to a Candida diet is permissible, but in moderation. Good choices for complex carbohydrates are: amaranth, whole barley, buckwheat, under-germinated corn meal, air-popped popcorn, millet, oat bran, quinoa, wild rice, brown rice, basmati rice, cream of rye cereal, spelt, teff, wheat berries, bulgur, soba or buckwheat noodles, udon noodles and saifun noodles.

Probiotics

Probiotics help to maintain intestinal flora balance in the body with the addition of lactobacilli, bifidobacteria and acidophilus. Eating plain yogurt without any added sugar, drinking acidophilus or taking it in pill form, and ingesting green algae such as Spirulina and chlorella help to stock the body with good bacteria. These foods create enzymes that combat Candida growth and should be taken with meals, according to Candida Albicans Cure.

Condiments

Fresh herbs, unfermented soy sauce in the form of tamari, raw organic apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper can be added to dishes to provide more flavor and add nutrients without adding to yeast growth.

Water

Drinking as much water as possible throughout the day helps to flush toxins out of the body. According to Synergy Health, the juice of half a lemon in a cup of hot water helps to rid the body of waste products produced by Candida.

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