Have you ever heard of Candida? It’s a vicious little fungus that, if overgrown can wreak havoc on your body. Its toxic byproducts lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.

How do you get candida overgrowth?

The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check. However, several factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand:

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– Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and  sugar (which feed the yeast)
– Consuming a lot of alcohol
– Taking oral contraceptives
– Eating a diet high in beneficial fermented foods like pickles
– Living a high-stress lifestyle
– Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria

The hardest part of treating Candida overgrowth is the diet where people suffering from candida need to cut down sugar, including fruit sugars, and complex carbohydrates like grains.  Below are listed the top foods to eat and avoid if you’ve got candida to help you create a diet that remains diverse and fulfilling.

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Top Foods to EAT if You’ve Got Candida

Coconut Oil: potent antifungal and an immune system strengthener.
Garlic: powerful antifungal properties to attack Candida.
Onions: strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties.
Seaweed: It flushes toxic pollutants and heavy metals from the body.
Ginger:  detoxes the body, increasing circulation and detoxifying the liver.
Olive Oil: a powerful anti-fungal, and has been proven to balance blood sugar.
Lemon and lime Juice, herbs and spices ( black pepper, basil cinnamon)
Pumpkin Seeds: high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: rich in natural enzymes, encourages the growth of healthy bacteria, and balances your body’s pH level.
Probiotic Yogurt help your gut to repopulate with good bacteria to crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system
Nuts and Seeds: almonds,  hazelnuts, flaxseeds, walnuts
Non Starchy vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus,Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Olives, Onions, Spinach, Tomatoes, Zucchini.
Meats , chicken, turkey, fish: only fresh and organic. Processed meat (like lunch meat, bacon) is loaded with nitrates, sulfates and sugars.

Top 10 Foods to AVOID if You’ve Got Candida

Fruits & fruit juices: Although the sugar is natural, they still feed the candida.
Breaded, cured & smoked meats & fish: They’re often loaded with sugar or sulfates.
Condiments: ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and soy sauce are mostly sugar and/or vinegar.
Sugar alternatives: includes honey, agave, rice syrup, molasses etc.
Corn, peanuts & pistachios: carry mold.
Beans & grains: High in carbohydrates which readily convert to sugar when digested.
Mushrooms & pickles:. Mushrooms are yeast themselves and pickles are made from vinegar
Dairy products: Milk contains lactose, which is a sugar.
Alcohol: tough on the immune system.

Natural Antifungal Treatments

Black Walnut
Cinnamon
Aloe Vera
Cloves
Coconut Oil
Garlic
Ginger
Grapefruit Seed
Olive Leaf Extract
Oregano Oil
Oregon Grape
Turmeric

Once you have beaten your Candida, it’s certainly not a great idea to immediately go back to your original diet. You should start to gradually reintroduce certain foods into your diet. The fact that you have suffered from Candida overgrowth already, might indicate that a regular diet will trigger that Candida again.

While adopting this diet isn’t easy, the rewards can be profound—increased energy, clearer thinking, and fewer cravings. I encourage you to stick with it and learn to live to your fullest potential.

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