Dr. D on diet for Candida

diet for candidaYou’ve heard it million of times to eat more vegetables. You know they are good for you, but do you really know why?

Vegetables can be one of the most important weapons for you to prevent and even treat gut microbial overgrowth if you include them as part of diet for Candida.

Candida needs sugar to grow

If you have ever done any research on Candida you know that the number one change to take place in your diet is the avoidance of sugars.

That means you need to say goodbye to not only cakes and cookies, but also muffins, colas, ice creams, chocolate, and even some fruit smoothies. Such a big dietary gap needs to be filled somehow with a replacement food.

But if you are looking at sandwiches you are already looking in the wrong direction. Breads and anything made of flour convert to sugar easily, which makes Candida very happy and growing wild. And whether we like it or not all starches will also do just that. Watch out for pizzas, fries, baked potatoes, and croutons. Well, that stretches your dietary choices pretty thin. So, what is there left to eat?

No sugar for Candida?

There are three food groups that are practically sugar-free:

  • meats,
  • nuts/seeds and…
  • vegetables

Yes, Grandma had it right, “eat your vegetables”. Vegetables have the richest variety of delicious edibles. From asparagus, to cabbage, to snow peas, to lettuce, to eggplant, to bok choy, surely everyone will find something they like. And although meats and nuts may not promote Candida they cannot compare to vegetables in Candida-fighting skills.

The secret of vegetables

The secret of vegetables lies only partially in their sugar-free composition. Their anti-Candida weaponry however lies strongly in their fiber content, and especially their fiber to carbohydrate ratio.

Breads, and cereals may contain lots of fiber, but they also contain lots of carbohydrates which are counterproductive in Candida treatment. Vegetables that have the lowest carbohydrate content, the lowest calorie content, and the highest fiber amount. Perfect for getting rid of Candida and growing good bacteria.

Do not confuse vegetables with bran

You may be thinking that the best source of fiber are not vegetables, but your daily dose of wheat bran. And you are right, bran is a great calorie-less, sugar-free source of fiber. But can vegetables beat that? Yes they can.

Bran contains hard, insoluble fiber. This type of fiber is NOT useful for good bacteria. And although insoluble fibre works well for constipation and counts as dietary fiber it does little to help rid of the yeast. It is only soft and soluble fiber that has anti-Candida properties. Good bacteria feeds on it. Soluble fiber is abundant in the vegetable kingdom.

Diet for Candida must include vegetables

Yet, vegetables are a must. See what else vegetable fibers can do for you:

  1. Better poop: They promote bowel regularity.  Constipation and irregular bowel movements do not provide a healthy environment for good bacteria. Irregularity promotes bloating, which is further aggravated by Candida overgrowth.
  2. Better sugar: They help you stabilize blood sugar. Diabetes, hypoglycemia (low sugar), and sugar imbalance is a major factor in promotion of Candida. The most common symptom of sugar imbalance are sweets cravings
  3. Less hunger: They will curb your appetite and make you feel full, a healthy way to go if you want to drop those extra pounds.
  4. Stronger immune system: They help improve colon immunity, so your body can maintain its own balance of healthy microbes.

So, how many veggies did you have today?

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