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Why You Should Be Using Candida Cookbooks

Posted in Candida on December 27th, 2007

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Candida Albicans, or another yeast infection then you may have been advised to look for good Candida cookbooks to advise you on the changes you need to make to your diet.

Candida Albicans exists naturally in a person’s healthy digestive system and will cause no problems for the large majority of people as long as it is kept in check.

However, if it should be given the chance to multiply in your digestive system, or other parts of the body, then problems begin to occur.

There are a number of methods to naturally help bring back the balance in the body, including lifestyle and dietary change. The inclusion of certain foods and the restriction of others have been shown to make a marked difference in the severity of candida symptoms and have proven to speed up recovery significantly.

When you refer to a candida cookbook or diet guide you will notice that there are a number of foods that you would normally include in your diet that are now restricted.   This is because they help promote an environment in the digestive tract for the candida to thrive.

That being said, with a little advice and the help of some cookbooks specifically created to help relieve the symptoms of candida albicans, you still have a huge variety of foods to choose from.

Many of the cookbooks available provide you with a wide selection of recipes from main meals to desserts and suitable snacks and drinks too.

Most should tell you about the foods that you should be avoiding, plus those foods that you should restrict when following in their recipes, for example:

1. Any type of sugar

This includes processed sugars like, white sugar, syrup, molasses, honey, corn syrup, rice syrup, maple syrup etc.

Also, you need to limit natural sugars in fruit, and make sure that you stay away from alcohol as it has a large amount of sugar in it.

2. Foods that contain yeast

This would include most bakery products, like breads, crackers, pastries, bagels.  It will also include most cereals.

Many sources and garnishes also contain yeast cultures, including pickles, relishes, mayonnaise, salad dressing and soy sauce to name only a few.

3. Generally avoid or limit diary products.

These would include Milk and cheese, although if you choose a probiotic yoghurt this can often be an effective treatment against candida as it replenishes the “good” bacteria in the gut.

4. Food that are fungi, or contain fungi.

This would again include cheeses or cheese snacks, mushrooms, peanuts etc

5. Processed foods where the origin of the ingredients is not clear.

It is easy to miss ingredients if they are “hidden” within the processing of the food.  There are many processed foods that contain sugar, yeast and other ingredients that can promote candida growth.

When reading through the foods to avoid like the ones listed above can often lead the sufferer (or the chef) to feel like there is nothing left to eat, but nothing could be further from the truth.

There are many recipe options available for a candida sufferer and good candida cookbooks will help identify a tasty recipe that is suitable for your situation.

If you haven’t already done so, you can grab your free copy the Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more candida diet recipes. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

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What You Should Know About Candida Diet Recipes

Posted in Candida on December 20th, 2007

We wish our readers a very happy Christmas and holiday season, and a peaceful – and healthy – 2008.

So, you are searching for a candida diet recipe?  But hold on for a moment.  Are you sure you know what should and should not be included in the recipe?  What if the person who created the recipe did not understand what the recipe was for, and what health benefits it was supposed to bring about?

What if the person included foods that actually feed the candida overgrowth rather than reduced it?  Do you want to take that chance?

Well, if not then this article should help.  It touches on the foods that a person should exclude from their diet if they are following an anti candida diet, and those foods that are generally safe to eat.  It also covers a brief explanation as to why this is the case, so you can be sure of getting the correct ingredients in the future.

Candida is a natural organism that lives in and on the body.  It lives in warm and moist spots, including the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the vagina, the oral cavity and the folds in our skin.

It is thought every person on earth has some candida yeast in the GI tract, and that it lives as part of the flora, and makes up one of the dozens of micro-organisms that inhabit the human body.

However, this yeast does have a darker side, and when allowed to overgrow, usually due to a weakened immune system or the levels of friendly bacteria in the gut are diminished or perhaps from eating a diet that is high in sugar, the candida can multiply quickly. 

This overgrowth can lead to many issues, ranging from mild stomach upset to severe medical problems if the infection becomes systemic.

It is worth saying now, that if you believe that you have a candida infection, then visit your doctor to get it diagnosed.  The symptoms of a candida overgrowth can be similar to many other conditions, and it is important that the treatment you get is specific to your condition.

So, where does a candida diet fit in, or more accurately an anti candida diet.  An anti candida diet has two main purposes I believe, which are to starve the candida and so suppress its growth, and to help promote a better immune response and GI flora.

This is achieved through restricting certain foods from the diet to ensure that the candida does not get “fed”, by reducing foods that are nutritionally weak and replacing them with foods that are nutritionally strong.

Here are some of the foods that need to be restricted from your diet :

Take out all sugar from the diet: including foods that contain sugar, like honey, syrup, molasses, lactose, maltose, white and brown sugar.  Remember candida is yeast so it metabolizes sugar.

Yeast and yeast products should also be removed from the diet, this includes the majority of bakery goods, marmite, gravy mix and many foods that contain flavorings like crisps/ potato chips.

Products that contain white flour or refined grain like biscuit, pasta, cakes and cereals.

Products that have been fermented to produce them like alcohol, vinegar, pickles, and soy sauce.

Avoid prepared or packaged meats, especially smoked or cured meats like kippers, gammon and bacon.

Avoid eating foods that contain fungi, or mould, including cheese and mushrooms.

The jury is out as to whether fruit should be excluded from the diet due to the fairly high sugar content.  Certainly canned, frozen, dried or squeezed juices are out.  However, whole fruit has many beneficial effects, so it is suggested that they start to be reintroduced after symptoms start to improve.

Although this list is not exhaustive, it can look daunting, seemingly leaving nothing left to eat.  However, there is also a long list of foods that can happily be included in your candida diet recipes.

If you haven’t already done so, you can grab your free copy the Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more candida diet recipes. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

 

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What Is Candida Albicans?

Posted in Candida on December 13th, 2007

Candida Albicans is a form of yeast, which is found naturally in the human body.  Usually it is found in either the flora of the mouth, the skin, the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system) or the vagina.

It is classed in the same group as fungus, molds and mildew and generally a healthy immune system will prevent the fungus from growing out of control.

Unfortunately if a person happens to have a weakened immune system, which can be impacted by illness, stress or having a poor diet, the fungus is allowed to grow unchecked.

It is important to remember that everyone has this yeast in their digestive tract along with many other types of microbes, some of which are beneficial to the health of our bodies and therefore necessary, and others, which are not. 

These microbes compete for space in the GI tract, and normally the “good” bacteria has the upper hand and stops yeast infection like candida sticking to the lining of the intestines and gut.

When candida does manage to gain a foothold on the gut walls it can release spores into the bloodstream by piercing the gut lining with tentacles.  As well as releasing spores that can then travel and infect other parts of the body, the contents of the gut can be allowed to enter into the bloodstream, which is known as leaky gut syndrome.

Problems arise when factors such as stress, poor diet or the excessive use of drugs, alcohol and antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of our immune system, or help to kill off the friendly bacteria in our bodies which suppress the Candida Albicans from growing prolifically.

Certainly one of the best ways of helping restore the number of friendly bacteria found in the digestive system, thereby reducing the yeast infection, is by taking probiotic food supplements.

These are supplements that can be either taken as a food, a drink or in capsule form, which contain millions of friendly bacteria.  These help restore the balance in the GI Tract and will help the good bacteria a better chance of controlling the yeast overgrowth. 

Another way of treating a Candida infection is through the use of anti-fungal medication, either topically or orally or as a suppository. Some of these are available over the counter so ask your pharmacist for their advice.

Changing your diet can have an impact on candida’s ability to thrive.  Reducing sugar and foods containing sugar, reducing the amount of processed food consumed and eliminating yeast products from the diet can help suppress candida growth.

Candida in itself is not dangerous when kept under control, and can co-exist with the other microbes in the GI tract quite happily with no ill effect.  However, the symptoms of an overgrowth can range from slight irritation, all the way through to very severe complications.

Often the first symptom you’ll notice when suffering with a Candida Albicans infection are white patches will appear in the mouth, throat esophagus or vagina.

It is important to ensure that at the first sign of a candida Albicans outbreak you contact a physician to be examined and have the diagnosis confirmed.

If you haven’t already done so, you can grab your free copy the Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter  - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more about candida albicans. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

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Understanding Anti Candida Food Diets What you should know

Posted in Candida on December 6th, 2007

Many people in recent years have turned to natural ways to help eliminate Candida infection from their body, rather than using more traditional Western medical methods such as anti-fungal treatments.  So, how does an anti candida food diet work?

Firstly, it is never advised to start an anti-candida diet without being diagnosed formally.  There are many conditions that share the same symptoms as candida, and misdiagnosis can have serious implications for your health.

Once a person has been diagnosed with a candida overgrowth, then normally they will be put on a course of anti-fungal medication to destroy the candida, also they may instructed to change diet and potentially change some lifestyle habits.

An anti-candida diet is one that is designed to restrict the foods that help the candida thrive, thus starving it.  This approach has been used by thousands of people, but as the diet seems on the face of it quite restrictive, there are many that struggle to stay committed to the change.

The best way to stay enthusiastic to make sure that the diet is varied and interesting, and realize that sugar cravings are simply the candida yeast trying to force you into feeding it.

The main foods which a person suffering from a Candida infection will need to eliminate from their diet are those which contain refined sugar, yeast and some dairy products.

This would mean eliminating white and brown granulated sugar along with honey, molasses and all types of different syrups such a maple and corn.

Plus most fruits are high in fructose so they should initially be excluded from the diet.  This is especially true of dried, frozen, canned or fruit juice, as they are often concentrated and have a very high concentration of sugar.

There is some debate as to whether whole fruit should be allowed in the diet, as the nutritional benefits of fruit are well known.  However, initially, it is prudent to restrict all sugars, and then potentially reintroduce fresh whole organic fruit later, once improvements have been seen.

It is important to look at labels on food carefully, as there are many “hidden” ingredients in packaged foods. Many contain sugar as it is often used in the manufacturing process in order to preserve the ingredients so that they have a longer shelf life. You may be surprised to find sugar in many savory food products.

It is recommended that where possible only fresh organic foods are included in the diet. As well as having “hidden” ingredients and manufacturing processes, processed foods generally do not have the same nutritional value of fresh foods.

Some of the yeast products that you will need to restrict in your diet include baked items such as breads, cakes and pastries, and tea, coffee and coffee substitutes along with pepper as many they tend to use yeast in the drying process.

Plus ice cream, malted milk drinks plus any other foods containing malt (including alcoholic beverages), soda drinks and candy as they have normally all been made using sugar or yeast.

There are other foods that should be either restricted or reduced in an anti-candida diet, and it is not surprising that people get daunted when they see the lists of foods to avoid.  However there is an equally impressive list of feeds that can be eaten as part of the diet.

Discover more about anti candida food diets and natural methods to relieve candida by having a browse through the rest of the blog.

If you haven’t already done so, you can grab your free copy the Candida & Yeast Infection Newsletter  - Overflowing with easy to implement methods to help you discover more about what candida foods are most effective. For more information please visit Naturally Eliminating Candida.

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