Candida Albicans: Designing a Candida Diet


Nice saladDid you know that The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology claims that yeast-related health problems do not exist? So of course they wouldn’t be so bold as to recommend any type of diet for a health problem related to yeast, because of course, it’s all just your imagination. Just wait the problem out I suppose?

Every time I read such ridiculous nonsense as the above, it always reminds me of Hypocrites, but the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology probably doesn’t believe he existed either, however, I do. In fact, according to Epidemics, Book 3, published in 1939, Hypocrites named oral thrush as a health problem of human beings, and this was in 400 B.C. Hypocrites is also quoted as saying, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

When trying to explain how the various foods on a workable Candida diet are chosen, you have to understand the specific aspects that are necessary when choosing a safe Candida protocol which includes a Candida diet. When choosing your list of foods for a Candida diet, you need to consider certain factors which support the ultimate goal of a Candida diet. The goals of the diet should always be:

  1. To prevent feeding the Candida albicans and at the same time avoid access weight loss.
  2. To avoid foods that may present problems apart from the two above.
  3. To obtain as many proteins, vitamins, and minerals as needed from the diet for the sake of rebuilding your health.
  4. To support and strengthen the adrenal glands, rebuild the immune system, and prevent further damage to both of these.
  5. To include as many anti-inflammatory foods as you possibly can in order to minimize the effects of the Candida albicans infestation as well as to avoid causing further problems with *leaky gut syndrome which often accompanies a Candida overgrowth.
  6. The diet should provide as many natural probiotic foods as possible in order to restore the balance of the flora in the intestines and colon.
  7. To provide prebiotic food sources in order to supply food for the beneficial bacteria. Prebiotic food sources should be ingested as often as possible every day in order to allow the beneficial bacteria to grow and survive against the Candida albicans.
  8. To include as many natural whole-food sources of antifungals which at the same time will supply needed nutrients and help to prevent more weight loss.

So every time you consider adding a specific food item to your Candida diet, you have to stop and ask yourself the question; does this food have at least one of the attributes needed for a workable Candida diet and even if it does, does it present a potential problem which may interfere with my treatment?

If a food item should happen to have just one rare attribute, and it’s a particularly powerful and strong provider of that attribute, but it also has a slight potential for causing a problem, then the food should probably to be a test food anyway because of the rareness of its attribute. Many of the prebiotic food sources on my Candida diet are examples of this rareness of an attribute.

Many food products have none of the attributes named above, but they have the potential for being problematic to a Candida treatment; this is one reason many foods that are assumed to be healthy do not appear on a strict Candida diet.

The foods on the diet I designed were both tested and researched and found to be safer for the Candida treatment than foods that are not on the list. We all have to eat food, but we can reduce the chances of aggravating and feeding the Candida or prolonging the treatment by being as careful as possible with the foods we choose to eat during the treatment.

* Leaky Gut Syndrome: Leaky gut syndrome is also known as intestinal permeability or intestinal and/or bowel hyper- permeability. When a Candida albicans infestation occurs, often the walls of the intestines become damaged when the root-like structures referred to as rhizoids penetrate the walls of the intestines and causes microscopic holes in the lining of the intestines. Undigested food particles such as fats, proteins and toxins as well as bacteria can enter the bloodstream through these tiny holes. When the undigested particles of food and other substances leak out of the intestines they can enter the blood stream. This will often trigger an autoimmune reaction which can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as excessive gas and food sensitivities or autoimmunity. This is why so many people with a Candida overgrowth acquire allergies to various foods.

In conclusion: The ultimate goal of a well-designed Candida diet is to remove basically all the unhealthy foods from your diet. Then, each food you add should be included for a specific reason, and as we’ve discussed these reasons are to reestablish a healthy state, avoiding foods which can add to your already overwhelming problems, eat healthy foods that will supply all the nutrients you are going to need to fight the Candida albicans, add foods that support as well as repair the adrenals and immune system, include anti-inflammatory foods  to lower the inflammatory effects of both Candida albicans and leaky gut syndrome, include foods which supply both probiotics and prebiotics in order to feed the beneficial bacteria you are trying so hard to reestablish in your intestines.

 

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