Candida albicans is yeast and a fungus that exists naturally in small amounts in everyone’s intestines. Candida is also responsible for yeast infections in women too. Overgrowth of Candida yeast in the digestive tract or mucous membranes is called candidiasis. It is also known as candida-related complex, polysystemic candidiasis and chronic candidiasis. While some doctors dismiss candidiasis as a fad diagnosis. An increasing number of doctors and naturopaths are recognizing that Candida infection can be a serious health concern.
Symptoms and causes
Candida is believed to contribute to many troubling and vague health problems including chronic vaginal yeast infections with classic symptoms of itchiness, burning and abnormal discharge. It includes digestive symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or heartburn. The respiratory allergies are also responsible such as sneezing, congestion and wheezing. It includes food allergies, chronic fatigue, nervous system symptoms, anxiety, depression, irritability, poor memory and poor concentration. Some time menstrual irregularities such as severe premenstrual tension and irregular menstruation. It can happen on skin as well.
What are the foods to avoid or eat?
Diet is a very important part of the Candida cleanse. The length of time on the Candida cleanse depends on the length of time one has had symptoms. It also depends on the symptom severity and overall health too. Many people notice improvement after strict devotion to the diet for two to four weeks. And for others it takes months. Once symptoms are gone and lab tests show significant improvement, whole foods from the restricted list can be slowly included back into the diet. Foods like sugar, mushroom, frozen, canned and dried fruits, food that contains yeast and food that contain yeast too is completely no for the patient.
Limit daily carbohydrate intake. Sugar feeds Candida, so it is important to minimize the total carbohydrate content of one’s diet. During the first 2 to 3 weeks of the treatment program, it is often recommended that carbohydrate intake be restricted to 20 to 60 grams per day which depending on age, health, activity level and extent of grain sensitivities as well. As symptoms disappear, the carbohydrate total can gradually be increase. Foods that are low carbohydrate include protein foods such as meat, chicken, turkey, shellfish, some nuts and non-starchy vegetables can be consumed daily.