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Anti-candida diet

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Raise your hand if you’ve had to take more than your fair share of antibiotics or steroids. Yep, that’s a lot of hands. Many of us who live with hard-to-treat illnesses have learned that well-intentioned efforts to treat our symptoms might have actually altered our gut microbiome and weakened our immune systems. That can lead to candida (fungus) overgrowth in our bodies, sometimes called “yeast syndrome.” It’s not just meds that are to blame, though; poor diet and stress (of course, what else?) can be part of the problem too. Candida is found pretty much everywhere, but especially in the digestive tract. While usually harmless, too much candida can lead to infection, fatigue, headaches, and memory problems, and is thought to be related to autoimmune conditions. If you’ve been on a path to find healing for your invisible illness, you probably know that fungal overgrowth shouldn't be ignored. It’s pretty common, and may even contribute to autoimmunity, leaky gut syndrome, and increased toxic burden. If you’re worried about candida, the anti-candida diet—sometimes referred to as a “candida cleanse”—might be able to help. It reduces the types of sugars that candida and other yeast species thrive on. There are many different versions of this approach, all with the same framework: reduce sugar, gluten, and alcohol, as well as most dairy products and other ingredients that have yeast or feed yeast. The goal is to get your gut back in shape—and get you feeling better! If you’re up for trying this diet, don’t be put off by its rep. While it can be strict, there are different versions. Yes, those who try it say it can be hard to plan meals or socialize while sticking to it. And yes, it can be hard to say how long you have to stick with it to see changes, but some say they feel better within a few weeks (others take longer to see a difference). There are also anecdotal reports of so-called candida “die-off,” where the yeast you’re targeting die and release toxins in the process. As a result, you may not feel so great for a few days (this is called the Herxheimer reaction). Don’t worry—this may be a sign that the diet is working. It’s definitely a sign that you should talk to an integrative nutritionist or other practitioner who can offer strategies to help minimize these symptoms, navigate the diet, tackle your equally challenging condition, and guide you along the road to recovery. You don’t have to figure out all of this alone!

Foods to Eat

Non-starchy vegetables, like leafy greens Poultry Meats Low-mercury seafood and fish Avocado Coconut oil Nuts (except for those below) Seeds, especially flaxseed Lacto-fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. Herbs and spices, especially garlic, thyme, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, ginger, cinnamon

Foods to Avoid

Added sugar (even from natural sources) Any refined carbohydrates, like white rice and white bread Fruit juice, coconut water, and kombucha Alcohol, especially wine and beer Dried fruit Cheese and dairy foods, especially moldy cheese High-sugar fruits Oats Corn Wheat Peanuts, cashews, and pistachios Foods to limit Low-sugar fruits Gluten-free grains (except for those listed to skip) Legumes Root and starchy vegetables Yogurt (if dairy is ok for you)

What Studies Say

Science hasn’t confirmed that the anti-candida diet is an effective treatment for candida overgrowth, though there are many people who say it works for them. Some studies have shown that antifungal foods like coconut oil may slow the growth of candida, at least in mice. Bottom line: If you have a history of treatment for chronic illnesses and suspect your body is battling a fungal infection, the anti-candida diet isn’t a proven cure, but it’s something most integrative experts strongly recommend.

Effort Level

Non-starchy vegetables, like leafy greens Poultry Meats Low-mercury seafood and fish Avocado Coconut oil Nuts (except for those below) Seeds, especially flaxseed Lacto-fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. Herbs and spices, especially garlic, thyme, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, ginger, cinnamon

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The Candida Cure: The 90-Day Program to Balance Your Gut, Beat Candida, and Restore Vibrant Health

The cult-classic health book, now revised and updated with a quick start cleanse, easy recipes, and more. It’s not news that Americans are sicker than ever. Seventy million of us suffer from digestive problems like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or gastro esophageal reflex disorder (GERD). Another forty million have been diagnosed with anxiety and/or depression and a staggering fifty million Americans live with an autoimmune disease. But what is newsworthy is that all of these conditions share a common thread you’ve probably never heard of: candida. "Candida" is the term for a group of yeast organisms that have lived in our digestive tract for millennia, in harmony with the other thousands of bacteria, viruses, and archaea that make up our microbiome. But due to poor diets, processed foods, overuse of antibiotics, environmental toxins, and increased stress, our microbiome has been under steady and constant attack for decades. Yeast are of a heartier stock than bacterial microbes, and as bacteria die off, yeast begins to overgrow in the digestive tract, a condition known as candidiasis. Mild and moderate cases of candidiasis present with fatigue, IBS, eczema, depression, brain fog, migraines, and weight gain. Severe cases allow the afflicted to develop autoimmune disease (such as Multiple Sclerosis), cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Ann Boroch’s self-published book, The Candida Cure, has been the #1 resource in candida treatment since 2008. Her program—which she used to heal herself from a life-threatening autoimmune disorder—has stood the test of time, and has become a life-changing resource for more than 65,000 people. Now, in this revised edition, readers have even more tools, with updated information and case histories, a quick start cleanse, and all-new recipes and eating plans.

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The Candida Cure Cookbook: Delicious Recipes to Reset Your Health and Restore Your Vitality

The Candida Cure Cookbook is filled with the recipes, resources, and tips you need to take control of one of the most important yet overlooked obstacles to optimal health: candida, or yeast, overgrowth. Candida overgrowth, says award-winning author and candida expert Ann Boroch, is the hidden cause of a wide range of health conditions that plague us today--from allergies, fatigue, leaky gut, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, and sinusitis to eczema, anxiety, depression, brain fog, and autoimmune disease. Eating the right kinds of foods--ones that don't feed yeast and fungus or create inflammation--can help control candida, reset your body's balance, and restore your vitality. If you've tried different approaches to healing a persistent health issue without success, or if you just can't seem to lose weight or don't have enough energy to get through the day, the candida-cure diet could be the answer for you. Learn about the underlying causes, symptoms, and solutions to candida overgrowth and take the candida questionnaire Work with Ann's easy-to-follow four-week menu plan that makes sticking to a healthy diet easy Discover which foods to eat and avoid, recommended products and equipment, and helpful tips for preparing nutrient-rich food and stocking your pantry Savor the more than 140 recipes for wholesome and tasty candida-free breakfasts, main dishes, sides, dressings and dips, soups and salads, snacks, breads, beverages--and, last but not least, guilt-free desserts! Whether you're looking for ways to create nutritious meals your family will love, get your child's allergies under control, make all-natural pick-me-ups without a lot of fuss (or sugar), or simply break away from bad or boring eating habits, you'll find an array of fresh ideas and ingredients to get your own creative juices flowing. Ann Boroch is a certified nutritional consultant, naturopath, inspirational speaker, and the author of the popular books The Candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus, and Your Health--The 90-Day Program to Beat Candida and Restore Vibrant Health and Healing Multiple Sclerosis. She developed her breakthrough candida-cure program after healing herself of MS. Ann is passionate about educating others to achieve vibrant health.

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