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What Goes Into Anti Candida Cooking Recipes?

Posted in Candida on July 19th, 2007

It is estimated that around 80 - 90% of Americans, Canadians and Europeans will at some stage of their lives suffer from a yeast infection, and the most common yeast infection is candida.  So, can anti candida cooking recipes make a difference?

There are a number of reasons why a person may suffer from an overgrowth of Candida (yeast bacteria); it can be through diet, medication like antibiotics, or other environmental factors or condition.  However, whatever the reason, a candida infection should never be taken lightly.

The symptoms can range from mild irritation all the way through to severe life threatening complications.

Normally, candida can live benignly in our bodies and on our skin with no complications, as the yeast is kept in check by our immune system and the friendly bacteria (probiotics) that live in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. 

However, if the immune system becomes weak, or there is not a healthy level of friendly bacteria in the GI tract, then candida can start to multiply and change into a fungal form that causes a candida infection. 

There are a number of ways regaining balance in the body, including taking medication (usually anti-fungal medication prescribed by the doctor or bought over the counter), changing your lifestyle to reduce stress, boosting the immune system and boosting the levels of friendly bacteria in the GI tract, and diet.

If you are suffering with candida symptoms, then an area that you can improve immediately is what goes into your diet. 

It is important to understand that the key aim of an anti candida diet is to starve the candida infection but not you. Eating healthy, fresh foods to allow the friendly bacteria and immune system to regain their full strength will keep you well nourished but kill of the candida.

This means that you need to eliminate as many of the foods that create an environment within your body that allows candida to thrive.  This includes the following:

- Sugar, refined sugars and foods containing sugar.  This includes, syrups, treacle, fruits high in fruit sugars, preserves etc
- Foods that contain yeast, which would include most baked goods and cereals
- Foods that contain fungus, like mushrooms
- Smoked or cured product, including cured meats and fish.
- Dairy products,
- Fermented foods like pickles, vinegar, alcohol, and soy sauce
- Processed foods, as many of these contain within them either hidden ingredients, or are they are nutritionally dead, and do not support the growth of the friendly bacteria.

This list may sound prohibitive, but there is still a long list of foods that are available to choose from to include in your candida recipes, including:

Most fresh vegetables
Soya milk and rice milk
Yogurt (choose bio or live yogurt), cottage cheese and eggs
Brown flour
Brown rice
Cold pressed oils like olive oil
Fresh meats, although go for organic unprocessed meats, not cured meats.
Fish, preferably oily fish
Peas, pulses and beans
Garlic and herbs

Use cold-pressed oils when cooking, and try to use the freshest ingredients possible.

Always wash all food carefully before consumption, even if the grocer has washed the ingredients and it is already bagged.  The pre washed foods are usually washed in disinfectant, which is not something you want to ingest as it can effect the GI tract flora.

Creating good and wholesome dishes can be made straightforward with anti candida cooking recipes that utilize the above suggestions.  They are much like following any other recipe, as long as you understand the foods that can be included and those that should be removed from the diet.

Don’t forget to sign up for the free Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter if you haven’t already done so and discover more suggestions for candida cooking recipes.


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Understanding the Candida Albicans Allergy Connection

Posted in Candida on July 12th, 2007

What is the correlation between someone’s allergies and the change of getting a candida infection?  Or in other words, is there a candida Albicans allergy connection? And if so, what can be done about it?

Candida is a common form of yeast that populates the gut, and the most common form of candida is candida albacans.  Candida Albicans has two different forms, the relatively benign yeast form, and the more insidious fungal form.

The friendly bacteria in the gut normally keeps candida Albicans in check and reduce the risk of it multiplying and sticking to the walls of the intestines.  This also keeps them from evolving into their fungal form, which is the form that causes the candida symptoms in the body.

The fungal form of candia albicans has tentacles that it uses to pierce the wall of the gut, which can cause what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome or infections.  In this form it also releases spores, which can get into the blood stream and spread to other organs of the body.

If a person is allergic to a certain food, then they often suffer from bloating, swelling, gas, stomach pains, diarrhea or constipation and one or multiple skin complaints and rashes.  In fact the symptoms can sometimes be quite similar to those of a candida overgrowth initially.

An allergic reaction can allow a number of opportunities for candida Albicans to overgrow.  Normally, the good bacteria in the gut will keep candida in check, but if there is an allergic reaction the friendly bacteria may not work as effectively. Allergies can also cause an imbalance in the gut flora, which may give candida the chance its been waiting for to multiply.

Also, when you have an allergic reaction, the immune system works harder to remove the toxins from the body.  This may therefore allow the candida infection to increase as the immune system is spread too thin and can’t tackle everything.

If the foods that you have a reaction to are eaten infrequently it is unlikely to effect the levels of candida in the body, except if you have an acute reaction to the food.

However, if the foods that you are allergic to form a common part of your diet, then you may be adding additional unnecessary stress to your digestive and immune system, giving the candida an opportunity to grow.

Interestingly, sometimes a person does not know if they are allergic to a specific food or food group.  And this is where a few strategies may help.

Most commonly, the food groups that people are allergic to are wheat and diary products, so these would be a good place to start. 

Grab yourself a diary and keep track of the foods you eat over the coming days and next time you eat something that contains either of these food groups be aware how you body feels.  Is there any bloating or gas or stomach pain or any other symptom out of the ordinary?

Then do the same with meals that do not contain any of these food groups and make the same observation.

This exercise can be carried out with all food groups, and you can over time come to recognize which foods are ones that cause adverse reaction and you can eliminate these from your diet.

Another quicker way to find out if your are allergic to a particular food or food group is to visit a nutritionist.  They can conduct an allergy test, which will very quickly identify any foods that you are allergic too.

Another tactic that has been used successfully is to start on an anti-candida diet.  This diet will eliminate, or restrict a number of food groups that are generally the ones that cause an allergic reaction. 

The beauty of this approach is that you are combating the allergy as well as the candida infection.

Unfortunately, if you continue to eat foods that cause an allergic you may end up suffering reoccurring yeast infections. So, understanding the Candida Albicans allergy link and changing your diet accordingly is a step that can allow you to take back control of your health.

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Discover New Ways of Cooking for Candida Albicans Relief

Posted in Candida on July 6th, 2007

Often a person who is suffering from Candida Albicans, which is an overgrowth of yeast that naturally occurs in the body, will often experience a number of unpleasant symptoms.Some of these can be alleviated reduced by changing diet and specifically cooking for candida albicans relief.

There are many ways in which this type of infection can be relieved with traditional Western medicines (anti-fungal remedies), Chinese medicine, changes to eating habits and by following a targeted natural health regime.

Paying close attention to your diet if you do happen to suffer from Candida Albicans is one of the quickest and easiest methods you can incorporate into your life immediately to make a marked difference to this very uncomfortable infection.

One of the most important things that any person suffering from this or any yeast infection should do is cut out refined sugar and yeast from their diet.

It is vital that when cooking a meal to combat Candida Albicans you should avoid any recipes that require you to use these products, or choose recipes where they can be substituted for an alternative instead.

The key is to ensure that foods that promote the growth of yeast in the body are reduced to the minimum, or eliminated fully from the diet.  This gives the body an opportunity to gain the upper hand and combat the candida overgrowth. So, don’t forget to completely eliminate sugar and yeast from your diet.

There are many websites, which are available online that can provide you with an alternative recipe for many of your old favorites, that do not need to use refined sugar and yeast.

To clarify, refined sugars include maple syrup, molasses as well as white granular sugar. 

Products that contain yeast include bread, pastries, beer and liquor.

It is also advisable to reduce, or eliminate your intake of fruit and fruit juices while the candida is being treated.

Fruit and fruit juices contain high levels of fruit sugar (fructose) which can help promote the growth of yeast in the body. 

Recipes that contain high levels of vegetables, meat and fish (except those that are smoked) are excellent choices for a candida sufferer, also try and stick with organic products as much as possible to avoid eating foods that may have antibiotics and hormones in them.

Any vegetables should be washed carefully before being eaten, making sure that all pesticides are removed.

Meals that contain eggs (again only use organic where possible) are a good option, and a variety of interesting meal options are available using plain tofu along with lentils and chickpeas.

Another great ingredient that you can include in any meals you are cooking for Candida Albicans sufferers is any which contain plain natural live yogurt, butter or milk (again all of these should be organic).

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