How to NutriBlast with Candida

How to NutriBlast with Candida

Going through Dietetic school, we never learned about diets to treat Candida Albicans. When I first heard about this yeast, I was working in Bali, Indonesia and thought it was something that manifested itself primarily in foreign countries. Since then, however, I’ve learned about so many people suffering from Candida right here in the States. More upsetting is that it could just be another symptom of our Standard American Diet (SAD), much like diabetes, food allergies, immune system dysfunctions, cancer, hypertension and chronic fatigue among other conditions, or the overuse of antibiotics.

What is Candida?

Candida Albicans is a yeast belonging to a family of molds, mildews and fungus. It's normally found in manageable quantities in humans, particularly in the bowel. Under these normal, balanced conditions when friendly bacteria are active, yeasts are passive, but when the body is stressed, exposed to antibiotics, or just unhealthy, they multiply rapidly.

The SAD creates an ideal environment for bad bacteria to thrive and crowd out the good gut bacteria, eventually leading to yeast overgrowth. Yeast does not thrive in a healthy body. They are well fed by those whose diets are high in sugar and refined, processed starches. Candida can also act as an allergy when toxic byproducts from the yeast leach into the blood stream. Therefore, those with Candida often experience symptoms such as fatigue, IBS, joint pain, itchy skin, “food hangover,” and headaches.

Help Treat Candida and Its Symptoms

Treatment should include starving and killing the yeast, replacing the “good” bacteria in the gut, and rebuilding your immune system. Some of the foods listed below may help you do that. Please work with your doctor and a dietitian for an appropriate plan that works for your.

To Eat

  • Coconut oil contains lauric acid and caprylic acid, which exhibit antimicrobial, antifungal properties
  • Tons of non-starchy, raw or steamed vegetables
  • Proteins – fish, shellfish, nuts, seeds, tiny amounts of beans and peas, lean organic white meats
  • Grapefruit seed extract (GFE) is an anti-fungal that is found over the counter
  • Oregano oil is another antifungal
  • Powdered, buffered vitamin C contains calcium, potassium and magnesium and helps relieve allergic reactions and symptoms of yeast die-off; take in between meals
  • Garlic is an anti-bacterial pre-biotic that also helps feed the healthy bacteria
  • Probiotics (L. Acidophilus and Bifidus) NOT from yogurt, since yogurt contains the milk sugar lactose
    • Brands I like include: Dr. Ohirra’s, Primal Defense, Healthforce Nutritionals (Friendly Force), and MegaFood’s Megaflora, and Jarrow-Dophilus
    • Sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, microalgae and coconut kefir are fantastic plant-based probiotic-rich foods.
  • Essential Fatty Acids will help boost a weakened immune system. Cold pressed oils such as black currant, evening primrose, walnut, or olive. Walnuts and other nuts, avocados, sunflower seeds, chia and flax seeds are all good options.
  • The herb gymnema sylvestre has been shown to block the fungal properties of the pathogen that causes candida.

Not to Eat

  • Yeast foods, such as breads, moldy cheeses, beer, wine, fermented foods, yogurts
  • Starches (white breads, potatoes, pasta, pastries, cold cereal, etc.)
  • Milk products
  • Wheat, oats, rye, barley, corn, and rice. Some can tolerate small amounts of quinoa, amaranth, millet and buckwheat.
  • Fruit
  • Avoid all added sugars (sugar, honey, agave, molasses, maple syrup, etc.)

Don’t worry, you can gradually add in these healthy grains, starches, and fruits once the yeast clears up! After about a month, if you’re feeling better, try adding low sugar fruits like berries and green apples and complex carbohydrates like grains, beans, and sweet potatoes back into your diet to test the progress. If the old symptoms return, then it's too early and you're either feeding the yeast or allergic to what you've added. Continue to follow these recommendations and those of your healthcare provider. Eventually, you'll feel renewed! Just don’t go back to the SAD that got you there in the first place. Make some changes and keep your body strong and healthy!

Hear more about candida from David Wolfe.

Try our Anti Candida Blast or our Green Fighting Machine! recipes!

Registered Dietitian

Comment by jewls1117
August 24, 2013
My mom suffered from this in the early 1980's and it was such a new concept that she was misdiagnosed by four different doctors before one figured out what was wrong with her. One of the things that happened was that she had such an overgrowth of yeast in her body that it began making a hormone that mimicked estrogen. One of the doctors misdiagnosed her as having a lack of estrogen and therefore prescribed HRT for her. She had triple the amount of estrogen coursing through her body and it caused heart palpitations and severe headaches along with an inability to rest. I am thankful every day that she found a doctor who was able to help her and that she passed along an awareness of how food contributes to not only health but healing too. Thank you for sharing this article and I hope that it helps people to realize that no matter how bad they feel good health is within their reach.
Comment by NEW ME
May 05, 2013
what symptoms can occur from yeast die off?
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on August 23, 2013
Apologies for such a super late reply :( Die-off is experienced differently by each person There actually is no sure way to predict what point or to what degree one is likely to feel it. However, you may experience flu-like symptoms (stuffiness, headache, general aches and pains), skin rashes, numbness, mental confusion, fatigue, brain fog, constipation, and/or diarrhea. The severity symptoms depends upon the weakness of the organs most affected by Candida, the strength of your immune system, the degree of Candida infestation. If symptoms become unbearable, simply dial down your anti-fungal approach, drink plenty of water and then resume once symptoms begin to die down.
very good article Krista Haynes presented on this page. especially items to eat with many issues the body presents to us.
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on May 01, 2013
Thanks mom! Welcome to NutriLiving. About time you joined us :)
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