Everyone who has experienced an intense discomfort due to yeast infection knows how persistent it can be. Although some of the symptoms like vaginal itching can be easily treated with the help of over-the-counter creams and suppositories, it is highly unlikely that you can get to the root of the problem.
The most common type of yeast infection is called candidiasis. It is caused by the opportunistic fungus Candida albicans, and can lead to several undesirable symptoms like fatigue and joint pain. If you don’t take the necessary measures to destroy candida directly, there is a big chance that those pesky yeast infections and its symptoms will return again and again.
How to Determine If You Have Candida?
Although candida usually lives in the intestinal tract and skin without any problems, an overgrowth can lead to the development of various symptoms in the mouth, vagina, and the skin. Yeast infections are definitely the number one cause for this overgrowth, but it’s not the only one. When your immune system is weakened by a leaky gut, candida can easily enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the whole body (including the heart and the brain).
Candida often has different effects in different people, which makes it difficult for a physician to give a diagnosis. However, there are still some common candida symptoms. These are some of them:
- Chronic fatigue
- Mood swings
- Hormone imbalance
- Brain fog
- Recurring vaginal infections and UTIs
- Intestinal distress
- Skin and nail fungal infections
- Sugar cravings
- Sinus infections
- Bad breath
- Lower sex drive
What Causes Candida?
A diet rich in sugar, processed carbs, and refined grains is definitely the main cause of candida. All foods that break down to sugar in the body are fantastic food sources for candida. So, if you have a habit of eating such foods, candida overgrowth is simply inevitable. Other causes of candida overgrowth include weakened immune system, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer treatments, and the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, birth control pills, and oral corticosteroids
Getting proper rest and limiting the use of antibiotics is the easiest way to manage candida infections. Also, all women that are suffering from vaginal yeast infections should wear cotton underwear and use oral or intravaginal probiotics (the good bacteria found in a high-quality probiotic supplement can crowd out the candida yeast).
But, the key in fighting candida and boosting your immune system is in changing your diet.
The Simple 3-Step Plan to Destroy Candida!
Step 1: The Cleanse
It is recommended to cleanse your digestive tract before starting the candida diet in order to remove excess candida and prepare your body for additional healing. You can either do cleanse with liquids, or a gentle cleanse with foods, or combine both cleanses.
If you opt for a liquids-only cleanse, then make a broth by simmering organic garlic, onions, kale, celery, sea salt, and water. Discard the veggies and sip the broth throughout the day for 1-2 days. Another good option is to make a bone broth and add the vegetables for an extra, gut-soothing effect.
For the next few days, you can either continue with the liquids, or switch to a gentle food cleanse. If you choose to eat food, you will need to stay away from sugars, fruits, grains, starches, and alcohol. You should eat only organic veggies for the next 3-5 days, but avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes and carrots. For best results, you should eat lightly steamed veggies once a day, as well as a salad of leafy green with a bit of coconut oil and ACV or lemon juice as dressing. In addition to this, it is also very important to drink plenty of water.
Once you are done with the cleansing, the next logical step is to move on to the 3-step candida diet.
Step 2: The Candida Diet
First of all, it is important to continue avoiding sugary and processed foods. As we mentioned above, such foods are feeding candida, so it’s important to reduce their intake as much as possible. It is also very important to eliminate any foods to which you have an allergy or sensitivity, as those foods can damage your immune system while you are trying to heal, which will make the elimination of candida almost impossible.
You should focus on eating more high-quality proteins and leafy green veggies. Warming vegetables like sweet potatoes and lentils, as well as gluten free veggies like quinoa is okay, but only in moderation. It’s best to limit your consumption of starchy foods to no more than once a day.
Furthermore, you will also need to increase your intake of candida killing foods from the list below. If you want to completely destroy candida, you will need to follow this diet for several weeks or months. How strictly you follow the diet and the severity of your candida will determine how much time you need to get rid of the infection.
Top candida-killing foods:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Fermented vegetables
- Bone broth
- Green vegetables
- Coconut oil
- Ground chia and flaxseeds
- Unsweetened cranberry juice
- Cooked vegetables
- Cultured dairy
- Organic meat
Step 3: Reintroduction
After the infection clears up, you can start eating some of the off-limits foods. You will still need to avoid foods that are rich in sugar, but it is okay to eat some low-sugar foods like green apples. We strongly recommend you to reintroduce foods one at a time in order to be able to determine whether or not they cause candida flare-ups.
Everyone who is strictly following these steps can get rid of candida and achieve some relief from the undesirable symptoms that the yeast may have caused. But, even after experiencing significant improvements, it is still necessary to follow a low sugar diet and limit the use of antibiotics and steroids in order to prevent candida problems in the future.