When the Candida yeast in your body multiplies beyond acceptable levels it causes an infection known as a yeast infection, or candida yeast infection.
The Candida Cleanse diet is meant to restrict the amount of yeast in the body and should be used in conjunction with anti-fungal drugs to assist with clearing up the Candida infection. This treatment of Candida sometimes works although it depends on the persistence of the problem whether you will solve your Candida infection permanently or not.
You need to remember that you can never elimnate the Candida yeast from your body, it will always be there, the important thing is that the yeast must not start multiplying and cause a fungal infection.
In order to clear up the infection it is necessary to follow a course of anti-fungal drugs in conjunction with the anti-Candida diet. The Candida Diet helps that the yeast in your body does not start multiplying again. The Candida diet starves the yeast in the body by preventing it from getting access to those types of foods that promote yeast growth. You will have to stay on the anti-candida diet for as long as you are still suffering from the infection. After the yeast infection has cleared up you can try and introduce the various restricted types of food back into your diet, however, if the yeast infection flares up again, you will have to go back to the diet again.
Foods to avoid are:
Sugar – Sugar helps the yeast to grow so it is important to cut out sugar. Even sugar found in fruit must be cut out, in fact, all types of sugars such as fructose, lactose and sucrose must be avoided. Avoid fruit, whether fresh or dried. This also includes canned fruit.
Foods that contain yeast, such as bread. This includes beer as well! Alcohol in general should be avoided since alcohol is high in sugar and sugar promotes yeast growth.
Avoid wheat and rye products. This includes breads and pastas. All carbohydrates must be limited in your diet.
Diary products must be avoided since it contains high levels of fat and a side effect of the Candida Yeast infection is that it limits the body’s ability to digest fat.
Any food that could potentially be ‘mouldy’ or fungal in nature – this includes mushrooms as well as some types of nuts. Nuts have a tendency to develop mould if left open for a while. If you do want to eat nuts make sure that they are freshly shelled.
Additives in processed foods are also bad since these often promote yeast growth. Processed and refined foods also contain high levels of sugar, which should be avoided.
So what CAN you eat?
Food that can be eaten as part of an anti-candida diet is:
Protiens – fish, meat and chicken can all be taken as part of the anti-candida diet
Yoghurt – this is an important part of building up the good bacteria in the body. Yoghurt is a good form of diary since it contains pro-biotics, which are essential for maintaining bacterial balance.
Vegetables – eat your vegetables raw or steamed to get the most benefit
Rice – preferrably brown rice.