Anti-Candida Diet Regime

 

1. Diet
Cutting off the Candida’s sugar supply should quickly improve your digestive symptoms and stops fuelling the Candida’s growth. All forms of sugar must be strictly avoided, including lactose (milk sugar), malt and fructose (fruit sugar). Refined carbohydrates add to the glucose load so it is essential to avoid whole grain flour, rice, etc. The simplest guide is to follow a low-GL diet since this ensures no sugar and only slow-releasing complex carbohydrates. Other substances to be avoided are yeast (bread, gravy mixes, spreads), fermented products (alcohol, vinegar), mould (cheese, mushrooms), and stimulants (tea, coffee). I have a full Candida Cleanse Protocol so if you are interested, please let me know so we can go through it in it's entirety. 

 

Candida often brings on cravings for its favourite foods; at these times huge willpower is needed to keep to the diet. Even when Candida-related symptoms have completely disappeared, the diet should be maintained for a further year to consolidate the newly-corrected balance of gut flora. Quite quickly the “sweet tooth” disappears, making it easier to stay on a sugar-free diet. 


2. Immune-boosting supplement programme
Boosting your immune system to keep the Candida under control as well as correcting blood sugar imbalances, and to detoxify the body of pollutants including Candida toxins. The best anti-candida agents are caprylic acid (from coconut), oregano and olive leaf extract.  I also recommend a supplement specifically designed to improve digestion, with both enzymes and probiotics, and, ideally glutamine, an amino acid which helps heal the gut, during the first month.


3. Anti-fungal supplements
Saccharomyces boulardii (SB) is a non-colonizing yeast which means that it will never take up residence in your gut. However, as it passes through it stimulates your gut’s production of an immune component called secretory IgA (SIgA). This makes it increasingly difficult for the Candida to stick to your gut wall. SB also helps friendly bacteria's chances of taking up residence.

 

Anti-fungal supplements need to be taken at the beginning of the day whilst SB is taken at the end of the day so they wont kill the SB. 

 

One of the most useful antifungal agents is caprylic acid, a fatty acid which occurs naturally in coconuts. It survives digestive processes and is able to reach the colon and does not kill off your friendly flora.

 

Oregano oil is another excellent anti-fungal agent. It also has the advantage of more ‘body-wide’ fungal symptoms such as athlete’s foot.

 

Aloe vera is gently antifungal and is a refreshing mouthwash or gargle as well as an ingestible aid to digestion.

 

Tea tree oil is an antifungal agent and, as a cream, can be used for fungal skin conditions. Candida is frequently associated with eczema, psoriasis and acne as well as athletes foot and other fungal skin or nail infections.

 

Grapefruit seed extract, also called Citricidal, is a powerful antibiotic, antifungal and anti-viral agent. The great advantage, however, is that it doesn’t have much effect on the beneficial gut bacteria. 

 

Other antifungal preparations include olive leaf, garlic, goldenseal and pau d’arco.


4. Probiotics
Supplements are needed to carry beneficial bacteria into the intestines and reestablish a healthy colony. This inturn increases acidity and inhibits undesirable micro-organisms that would compete with them for space.

 

Lactobacillus acidophilus is the major coloniser of the small intestine and Bifidobacterium bifidum inhabits the large intestine and vagina; it also produces B vitamins. Other helpful bacteria are the transient Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, which also produce lactic acid as they pass through the bowel. 

 

Dealing with die-off

Thriving Candida releases a minimum of seventy-nine known toxins. Dead and dying Candida releases even more. A general feeling of toxicity includes aching muscles, fuzzy head, depression, anxiety, nausea and diarrhoea. In specific areas where Candida has colonised, there can be an apparent flare-up of old symptoms - sore throat, thrush, painful joints, eczema, etc. This unpleasant situation is known as “die-off” or formally as Herxheimer’s reaction.

 

The art is to destroy Candida slowly but surely so that it is not being killed off faster than the body can eliminate the toxins. Initial die-off is usually triggered by the diet, and by vitamins and minerals as they boost the immune system to fight it. These first two points of the four-point plan usually cause more than enough die-off for most people to cope with, and antifungal agents should not be added to the regime until this phase is over. By the end of a month the majority of people claim that they feel better than they have for years! That's when we add the antifungal and probiotic supplements to the programme.

 

Drinking plenty of fluid and taking good levels of vitamin C and B vitamins will speed up detoxification. 

Vicki Witt

Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Coach, Certified LEAP allergy therapist, Reiki Master

BS (Nutr & Food Sci) PG Dip Clin Nutr RNutr

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