In the article entitled “”Attention! Attention! Candida Sufferer Avoid These Foods”, in which we discussed foods that promote unhealthy Candida levels, we learnt that Candida starts to develop in the gut as a fungus and that it creates an environment that is ideal for its rampant growth.
We have learned that the environment in which Candida thrives is acidic in nature and this acidity inhibits the bodies ability to absorb vitamins and minerals and it limits enzyme production of digestive proteins. Limited enzyme production leads to symptoms of indigestion, e.g. wind or gas problems are evident, bloated or swollen intestines are evident, increased acid levels and sensitivities to certain types of foods are evident.
It is evident that in order to maintain a healthy body, free of an overgrowth of Candida, the foods that are eaten must be foods that promote healthy Candida levels in the body.
The ideal diet for those suffering from Candida Yeast overgrowth is to eat a diet high in fiber and protein complimented by some complex carbohydrates and a small amount of fresh fruits. For example, the daily intake should be approximately:
65% High fiber foods, such as steamed vegetables: The best choices are broccoli, celery, radishes, asparagus, onions, garlic, ginger root, cabbage, turnips and kale. Raw garlic and onions act as natural anti-fungal substances and should be eaten as much as possible.
20% High protein foods, such as: fish chicken, duck, nuts, seeds and eggs.
10% Complex carbohydrates: rice, beans and oats.
Foods that promote a healthy body and deter Candida Overgrowth”
5% fresh fruits, such as: berries of all kinds, grapefruit, pineapple, and papaya.
Here is a suggested list of acceptable foods:
GRAINS in moderation
Whole Amaranth and flour;
Flour and hatomugi;
Buckwheat flour and groats;
Undegerminated Corn meal (fine or coarse grind);
Popcorn (air popper),
Whole Millet and flour;
Oat bran, flour,
Quick; whole Quinoa and flour;
Brown Rice (long, med. or short grains),
Brown Basmati Rice,
Texmati Brown Rice,
Wehani Brown Rice
Cream of rye cereal;
Whole Spelt and flour;
Whole Teff and flour;
Unprocessed or miller’s wheat bran,
Graham wheat flour,
Whole wheat flour.
Saifun (Japanese noodles),
Udon (Japanese noodles),
Acceptable BAKED/PREPARED PRODUCTS:
Any whole grain unsweetened, unyeasted bread product such as
chapatis, whole wheat flour, corn chips, quick breads, unsweetened rice cakes or crackers, tortillas made from brown, corn or whole wheat. Ryvita contains no yeast.
Dried or frozen Black-eyed peas,
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans,
Plain yogurt with added acidophilus culture.
NUTS & SEEDS:
Small occasional amounts of fresh lemon, lime, tomato, and eggplant.
Rocket or arugulla
Toasted whole barley,
Coffee substitute (without malt),
Pau d’Arco tea,
Water (plain or carbonated).
CONDIMENTS AND SEASONINGS:
Chicken broth without sweetener,
Tamari (unfermented soy sauce),
Raw organic apple cider vinegar
Antelope, bear, beef, buffalo, caribou, chicken, deer, duck, eggs, elk, all types of fish, frog legs, game hen, goat, goose, grouse (partridge), guinea fowl, moose, mutton, peafowl, pheasant, pigeon (squab), pork, quail, and turkey.
These foods when taken in the recommended daily portions will foster healthy Candida levels a strong immune system and a healthy body.