Anti-Candida Diet
words by Helaina Lungu
About The Diet

Candida Albicans is a yeast microorganism that can infect the body when the immune system is compromised or nutrition is not optimal. It is one of the many organisms that in small amounts can live in harmony in our body but when the body becomes unbalanced it can over proliferate and cause an infection known as Candidiasis.

The aim of the Anti candida diet, in conjunction with a treatment program, is to re-balance the digestive system. To do this sugar, refined carbohydrates, and yeasty foods should be avoided as they promote the growth of Candida.

 

Health Information

Signs and symptoms:

  • Gastrointestinal tract – oral thrush, bloating, gas, intestinal cramps, rectal itching
  • Genitourinary system – vaginal yeast infections (thrush), frequent bladder infections, and menstrual complaints
  • Endocrine – primarily PMS
  • Nervous system – depression, irritability, and poor concentration
  • Immune system – allergies, chemical sensitivities, and low immune function

In babies – colic, irritability, oral thrush, constipation, diarrhoea, nappy rash

 

Allowed Foods
  • Sweeteners – Stevia & a limited amount of brown rice syrup if needed *
  • Bread/Cereals/Grains – Wheat and yeast-free bread
  • Rice/corn cakes, and crackers (plain), Popcorn (plain)
  • Whole grains – barley, buckwheat, maize(corn), millet, oats, rice, and rye
  • Pasta made with the above grains (preferably homemade)
  • Vegetables & Fruits – All vegetables except mushrooms
  • Limit intake of potato, sweet potato, beans, squash, sweet corn, yams, and parsnips due to their high sugar content
  • Legumes including peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils, and soy
  • All fruit except grapes, bananas, melons, and dried fruit
  • East moderate amounts of fruit due to fructose content 1-2 pieces per day
  • Nuts & Seeds – Fresh nuts and seeds in moderation
  • Dairy Products & Eggs – Natural yoghurt; Butter; Goats milk/cheese; Almond, oat, rice, and soy milk (malt free); Coconut milk; Eggs (free-range/organic if possible)
  • Meat & Seafood – All other fresh meats, fish, and poultry in moderation (organic where possible).
  • Drinks – Fresh juice made with any of the allowed fruit or vegetables; Herbal teas including cranberry, pau dโ€™arco, dandelion, chamomile, green and peppermint, etc.
  • Condiments & Sauces – Limited amount of tamari sauce if needed; Homemade hommus (cooked chickpeas blended with tahini, garlic, and freshly squeezed lemon juice); Tahini (ground sesame seeds); Homemade salad dressing (for example olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs).

 

Foods To Avoid
  • Sweeteners – Sugar and sugar-containing products; This includes honey, jams, chutneys, malt, maple syrup, golden
    syrup, molasses, and refined sugars (sucrose, fructose, lactose, and corn syrup), sweets, chocolate, ice cream, etc.
  • Bread/Cereals/Grains – Commercial bread and biscuits containing wheat; Commercial muffins, cakes, and pastries; Wheat or semolina pasta; All foods containing yeast.
  • Vegetables & Fruits – Mushrooms; Fermented foods including miso and tempeh; Pickled vegetables including olives, gherkins, onions, and capers; Grapes, bananas, melons, and dried fruits.
  • Nuts & Seeds – Peanuts, pistachios, old nuts, and seeds
  • Dairy Products & Eggs – Dairy except for butter and natural yoghurt
  • Meat & Seafood
  • Drinks
  • Condiments & Sauces
  • Meat & Seafood – Avoid any meat, fish, or poultry that has been smoked, cured, dried, or processed in any way. This includes bacon, salami, corned beef, pastrami, hot dogs, sausages, and pate; Prawns, crab, and other shellfish.
  • Drinks – Orange Juice; Tea and coffee; Alcoholic drinks; Soft drinks
  • Condiments & Sauces – Avoid all commercial dressings and sauces including salad dressings, mayonnaise, tomato,
    soy and Worcestershire sauce, etc; Vegemite, Promite, and Marmite; All vinegar and vinegar containing foods.
Words by Helaina Lungu

Words by Helaina Lungu

Helaina is a passionate and experienced practitioner who has qualifications in naturopathy, weight loss consulting, and personal training. Her experience includes educating the community and practitioners alike about the benefits of and the latest trends in the natural medicine industry. In the past Helaina has represented some of the biggest natural health brands in Australia, like Bioceuticals and Metagenics, before founding The Botaniq in 2020. Her particular fields of interest include weight management, digestive, and mental health. In her spare time, she loves to listen to music, go for long drives, head to the beach, and go for a walk with her beautiful pug.
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