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Candida overgrowth diet is one of the most important parts of the candida cleanse. Yet, it is often misunderstood. The idea of the candida diet is simple. Candida overgrowth and yeast infections in the body are usually caused by imbalances in the gut. To correct that, you avoid foods that can feed the candida yeast. Especially sugars, high carbs and foods that are hard to digest. To help support this process, you also take candida supplements when needed.
How To Use This Guide
This experts guide is a shorter version of our original candida diet lesson.
Taken from our life changing lessons series, the original version is very comprehensive and as such, very long (over 21 pages).
We covered everything you need to know, including the reason behind our recommendations, our experience and the relevant science.
Use this guide as a quick way to get started. Refer to to the candida diet lesson, when you are looking for a specific question about the diet. There’s a good chance you will find the answer and the related science and research there.
Candida Overgrowth Diet : Our Experience
There are many approaches to the candida overgrowth diet that are very successful. There’s one thing in common to most successful candida diet plans. If there’s one thing you should remember from this guide, let it be this:
What you don’t eat is much more important than what you eat.
In other words, avoid foods that feed candida. Focus less on antifungal foods and fancy recipes that promise to kill the yeast.
Many people feel that giving up carbs is a big deal. Most people however, find that healthy fats are much more satisfying than carbs. The average time it usually takes to adjust is 3-5 days. Furthermore, candida diet doesn’t mean zero carbs. You can still eat some carbs from whole low sugar fresh fruits such as berries, and vegetables.
Remember: The candida overgrowth diet is a transitional diet, not a diet for life. Once you feel better, you can add more foods.
Candida Overgrowth Diet : Update
Many of the questions we get everyday are related to the candida overgrowth diet.
The common topics: foods to eat, foods to avoid, probiotic foods, and food sensitivities while on the candida diet.
Here is a summary of our answers to the 2018 FAQ.
Candida Overgrowth Diet : Stage 1
- Initial Stage 1.
The recommended time to stay on the initial candida diet may be different from one person to another. We recommend to start with 4 weeks as a part of the overall candida cleanse plan.
To learn more, see: candida cleanse plan.
- Take Your Time.
Switching to the candida diet is not supposed to happen overnight. Your body may not be able to handle many changes all at once. Take your time and learn how different foods make you feel. Even healthy foods.
- Digestive Issues.
Adjusting to the candida diet usually takes time, especially with foods your body may not be used to.
Taking full spectrum digestive enzymes with your meals can help with this transition and improve the digestion and nutrients absorption from the foods you eat. Especially if you already have digestive issues.
VeganZyme is the digestive enzymes complex we use in our natural candida cleanse.
Candida Overgrowth Diet : Foods
- How Many Carbs.
Most people do very well on a medium protein medium fat low carb diet. No need to go zero carbs.
Pay close attention to potential food allergies and reaction to different foods.
If a eating a certain food doesn’t taste good to you, or you don’t feel good after eating it, exclude it from your diet. Regardless of how healthy it is claimed to be.
- Foods To Avoid.
Avoid foods and beverages that can feed candida, especially processed foods, alcohol, high carb foods and drinks, rice, bread, pasta and hard to digest foods such as beans and legumes. This includes whole grains. Try to minimize these as much as possible.
Other foods to avoid are common allergens especially dairy, wheat, gluten, soy and peanuts.
- Foods To Eat.
Foods to eat include moderate amounts of avocados, fresh sprouted raw nuts and seeds, high quality wild fish, eggs and meat together with non-starchy vegetables, and greens.
- Food Sensitivities.
Keep the diet simple and clean. You have to make sure your body agrees with these foods and that you do not have sensitivities or allergies to them.
Fruits on the candida overgrowth diet: Fresh ripe low sugar fruits in moderation such as berries can be great for breakfast on an empty stomach.
Candida Overgrowth Diet : Controversial Foods
- Probiotic Foods.
Probiotic foods are not recommended during the initial treatment due to low stability, quality issues, and contamination risks.
A more effective way to promote good bacteria growth and gastrointestinal health is to use probiotics supplements that are specifically designed to balance candida yeast.
In our natural candida cleanse protocol, we use candida targeted probiotics (Latero-Flora ) that are specifically designed to naturally balance candida yeast overgrowth.
To learn more, see Probiotics for Candida.
Candida Overgrowth Recipes
Eating healthy while on the candida diet doesn’t have to be boring.
- If you need ideas for easy candida diet recipes you can make at home, see candida recipes.
- Going out? Don’t know what to eat? we wrote an entire post about that: eating out without messing up your candida-diet.
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