The candida diet below is recommended By Allan Sachs D.C., C.C.N. Doctor Sachs is the author of the book, The Authoritative Guide to Grapefruit Seed Extract. His recommendation is to prepare for grapefruit seed extract therapy by first performing a one week cleansing using the candida diet described below.
Any candida diet should strive to reduce or elimiate altogether processed refined sugars and bleached flour. Eliminate meats treated with synthetic hormones or chemicals. Eliminate hydrogenated fats (peanut butter, baked goods and margarine, etc.). Reduce processed and refined foods as much as possible. Instead eat nutrient-rich, organic, non-processed whole foods and plenty of fresh raw vegetables. Prepare most of your food yourself.
An important benefit of grapefruit seed extract is that it is very helpful in alkalizing the blood. Alkalizing the body fluids (raising pH) is one of the single most important health regeneration benefits available as disease cannot survive in an alkaline environment.
Though lemons, limes, and grapefruits are chemically acid, tests show that when they are metabolized in the body they actually have an alkalizing effect. They have very little sugar. And they contain an abundance of oxygen.
65% High fiber low starch vegetables such as; broccoli, celery, radish and asparagus. Plenty of fresh steamed veggies: Vegetables that inhibit the growth of candida are: onions, garlic, ginger root, cabbage, broccoli, turnips and kale. Raw onions and garlic are very good natural anti-fungals.
20% High protein foods such as; antibiotic free fish, fowl, nuts, seeds and eggs. note: spray all nuts and seeds with a solution of 15-30 drops grapefruit seed extract in 2-cups water and spray or soak them for a few minutes to remove any aflatoxins molds or fungus that may be present.
10% Complex carbohydrate; rice, beans, millet, amaranth, quinoa and buckwheat.
5% Fruit; papaya, pineapple, grapefruit and all types of berries. Other acceptable foods are sea foods and sea veggies, olive oil, eggs, mayonnaise, white rice, soy and vegetable pastas, some citrus fruit, herb teas and unsweetened cranberry juice.
Remember that candida diet restriction is the most important way to stop candida yeast overgrowth. This type of candida diet also reduces these unpleasant effects; headaches, nausea and fatigue known as the "herxhiemer reaction". This reaction is caused by the release of toxins when pathogenic microbes "die-off".
There is a strong connection between what you eat and the health of your immune system. Nevertheless, nutritional approaches to prevent and treat conditions like candidiasis (fungal, yeast infections) are complicated and controversial. While there isn't a magic recipe that prevents or treats yeast infections in everyone, following some basic guidelines such as this candida diet may lower the risk of yeast becoming a problem.
Most nutritionists agree that any good candida diet should reduce as much as possible processed sugar, yeast, dairy, wheat, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. They are the main culprits because they help candida yeast to grow. Another important consideration is to prevent unintentional ingestion of mold fungi, it is recommended that you disinfect fruit, vegetables, and salad in a grapefruit seed extract water solution for 10 minutes.
Candida Diet and Foods to Avoid
Candida thrives on carbohydrates, preserved refined foods and mold. Also foods that contain yeast and gluten, a wheat bread protein.
Symptoms often worsen in damp and or moldy places. Also after consumption of food products rich in yeast or carbohydrate (sugars and starches) or after eating any the foods that contain mycotoxins.
To fight candida it is best to prepare for grapefruit seed extract therapy by first performing the 1 week cleansing candida diet above. Reduce all foods high in carbohydrates in order to starve the candida yeast.
A good candida diet will avoid yeast products and fermented foods; vinegar, wine, baker's and brewer's yeast. Tempeh and tamari are potential troublemakers.
Avoid dairy products except (Live cultured yogurt which helps to replenish your intestinal bacteria). Smoked, dried, pickled or cured foods, mushrooms, nut butter (Except almonds and almond butter), fruit juices, dried or candied fruit and coffee, black tea, caffeine, carbonated drinks and alcohol should be eliminated.
Candida & Probiotics
For best results, It is recommended to take a high potency and high quality probiotic that contains Lactobacillus, Bifobacterium and Acidodophilus. Probiotics are a category of dietary supplements consisting of beneficial microorganisms that aid in recolonization of intestinal bacteria. This is very important.
Probiotics compete with disease causing microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics are responsible for several activities including the manufacturing of B-vitamins like biotin, niacin, folic acid and pyridoxine (B-6). Porbiotics improve digestion, combat vaginal yeast infections and kill harmful bacteria by changing the intestinal (acid-alkaline) balance thus depriving them of the nutrients they need to live.
Beneficial bacteria produce antifungal enzymes that fight candida. These beneficial bacteria thrive on foods rich in fiber and chlorophyll. Jerusalem Artichoke contains Fructo-saccharides (FOS) which is a type of sugar that can dramatically increase the growth rate of beneficial bacteria. F.O.S can be purchased at health food stores. Consume probiotics with meals and grapefruit seed extract between meals.
Candida Albicans Information
Of the yeast fungi the best known, most frequent and the most damaging among them is candida albicans. Which can affect the whole body. There are at least 25 different variations of this yeast fungus in the human body. Experts say that 1/3 of the population of the industrial nations suffers from diseases associated with candida albicans.
Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus that normally lives in healthy balance in the body, found mostly in the intestines, genital tract, mouth, and throat. When the balance is upset or your defenses are poor infection results. This is known as Candidiasis and the fungus travels to all parts of the body through the bloodstream releasing its toxins to many parts of the body. This normally harmless yeast fungus can overgrow throughout the intestine and penetrate into inner organs such as lungs, kidneys or heart. Our skin and mucus membrane can also be attacked. In the mouth, it is called thrush; in the vagina, it is called vaginitis. It affects both women and men but is rarely transmitted sexually.
Candida grows roots like a plant. These roots grow into and through your intestinal tract looking for food. These roots break through the intestinal lining and cause leaky gut!
The major factors that cause candida overgrowth are: Overuse of antibiotics, vaccinations, nutritional deficiency, exposure to toxins, viruses, bacteria, yeast, and parasites. Lifestyle and stress (unpleasant life situations) diet and reduced physical activity. Bad genes can also be a cause of candida overgrowth. The candida organism overgrowth can increase during periods of stress or lowered immune potential of the individual.
Candida Albicans Symptoms
Candida overgrowth can produce a large number of symptoms. Among them are headaches, migraines, bad breath and rectal itching. Mood swings, canker sores and persistent heartburn. Muscle and joint pain, numbness and tingling sensations in the face or extremities.
Also acne, night sweats, sore throat, nagging cough and clogged sinuses. PMS and thrush; a yeast infection of the mouth causing a burning tongue and white spots on the tongue and in the mouth, also cystitis and fungal infections of the skin and nails. Kidney and bladder infections, arthritis, flatulence (gas) gastritis, diarrhea, and chronic constipation. Colitis and ulcers in the digestive tract, leaky gut syndrome, female disorders; including sterility, fibrosis or pregnancy problems and vaginitis. Plus the Male disorders; prostatitis and impotence.
Further symptoms are allergies, hormonal imbalance, heart problems and poor memory / balance. Earaches and ear infections, asthma, sinusitis, fluctuation in blood sugar levels and meningitis.
These toxins represent a great strain on the liver. Which can no longer adequately detoxify the body, causing extreme fatigue and a general feeling of discomfort. Depression, hyperactivity and indigestion join the previously mentioned symptoms. These various symptoms can be caused by the fungus candida albicans. Which produces almost 100 different toxins.