Wondering if You Can Benefit from a Candida Diet?
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What is Candida?
Candida albicans is a yeast, a type of fungus that lives in everyone’s body. Our intestines have both good and bad bacteria at all times, and when these are in balance our gut is happy. And keeping our gut happy and healthy is important since it’s where our body absorbs nutrients and minerals from the food we eat. If fact, Hippocrates believed that “all disease begins in the gut.” But when the balance of our gut bacteria is off, meaning that the bad has overtaken the good, health problems occur.
Listen to your Gut.
Your digestive tract is so cool it goes by a slang word: gut. However, it’s important to note that when most naturopaths or doctors refer to “gut health” they are specifically referring to the bacterial balance within your intestines. That’s because the intestines, particularly the large intestines or colon, is its own special ecosystem, or microbiome.
At all times, your intestines host a variety of bacteria. Some of these types of bacteria are not very good for you, while other kinds of bacteria keep them in check. Think of your gut as a checks and balance system. When the bacteria in your gut are in harmonious balance, your body is happy and everything performs beautifully.
So...what happens when things go out of whack?
Since it’s the main job of the intestines to absorb nutrients and minerals from the food we eat, keeping our gut healthy and our bacteria in balance is paramount to maintaining overall health. In fact, Hippocrates believed that “all disease begins in the gut.” When more bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria in our intestines, this throws that little ecosystem off, causing a host of health issues ranging from annoying to life threatening.
Candida Albicans is a member of the gut’s microbiome and can also be found in small amounts in the mouth and vagina. This fungus, when existing in healthy numbers, helps the body absorb nutrients during digestion. However, when an imbalance in your gut occurs, candida likes to steal the show and TAKE OVER. Such a diva.
Symptoms of a Candida Overgrowth Include:
- Chronic Fatigue, feeling tired and worn down
- Bloating, constipation
- Weight gain
- Digestive Problems/IBS
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, lack of focus
- Arthritis/Achy Joints
- Recurring Yeast Infections
- Itchy Scalp or skin, eczema, psoriasis, rashes
- Food Allergies/Gluten-Intolerance
- Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or other Auto Immune diseases
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What Causes Candida Overgrowth?
Overuse of Antibiotics:
Antibiotics are exactly what they say: anti-bacteria. They kill bacteria and they don’t discriminate. When taking antibiotics, all bacteria gets eliminated. That’s why it’s important to always follow a round of antibiotics with some good quality probiotics. This can help restore gut balance. In fact, it’s a good idea to always take Probiotics. Keep in mind that best quality probiotics will likely be in the refrigerated section since these are living cultures.
A Diet high in Sugar and Processed Foods:
Candida feeds on sugar, so naturally a diet high in sugar or foods that break down as sugar (refined flours, white pastas, cookies, etc.), and foods high in preservatives and chemicals all create a perfect breeding ground for Candida.
Better food options are whole foods, with minimal ingredients, and homemade is always best. You can find a detailed list of Foods to Eat and Avoid While Following a Candida Diet HERE.
Most birth control contain synthetic forms of two female hormones: estrogen and progestin (a synthetic version of progesterone). These synthetic hormones disrupt your body’s natural balance of estrogen and progesterone, which can lead to yeast overgrowth.
Overgrowth occurs when Candida attaches itself to estrogen. This prevents your body from using the estrogen and eventually drives your estrogen levels down. During this time your progesterone levels may increase. This is the perfect condition for CandidaÂ and bacteria to flourish, which can lead to a yeast infection.
Elevated stress levels can wreak havoc on your entire body. Stress can diminish your good gut bacteria and cause yeast overgrowth. When you’re stressed, your body releases more of a hormone called cortisol which can weaken the immune system and at the same time cause elevated levels of blood sugar.
Swimming in Chlorinated Water + Air Pollutants
Not only do we consume through our mouths, but we also consume through our skin and our nose. Things like chlorinated water, chemicals, pollution, artificial beauty products (such as hair color or nail polish remover), scented candles and other “air fresheners,” perfumes, scented lotions, gasoline and toxic cleaning products can lead to weakened gut health.
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One Week Candida Diet Meal Plan
Stop stressing over what to eat while on a Candida Diet Imagine the comfort of knowing that all your meals are planned for the week. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and even desserts. This Candida Diet Meal Plan takes out all the guesswork offering mouth-watering recipes and detailed grocery lists. Plus, it all fits a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free diet. Top benefits of meal planning: There’s nothing more frustrating than standing in your kitchen wondering what the heck you should eat. Opening your cabinets and your fridge, hoping that something will jump out at you and say “make me!”. Now add a specialty diet to the mix (hello Candida Diet) and it’s enough to have you ordering take-out. There are some big benefits to meal planning and the following are the top ones in my book: SAVES YOU TIME AND STRESS Having your meals planned out for you not only save you time in general, but it saves you from the stress of wondering what the heck to make. When your meal is already planned out for you, it saves you the time you’d otherwise be spent thinking about what to cook. Instead, you can simply start cooking (stress-free may I add) and get on to other things you enjoy in life. It’s much more efficient, less stressful and actually makes cooking more enjoyable. Yay! MEAL PLANNING PROVIDES MORE BALANCE AND VARIETY Balance and variety are two main components to healthy eating and a meal plan helps with both of them. When there is no clear plan mapped out for you, it’s easier to go to default meals or just eat more of what you had for lunch or simply graze. But when meals are planned out ahead of time, there’s a bigger picture in mind that can account for more balance and variety. LESS FOOD WASTED; MORE MONEY SAVED! With a clear plan in mind and a detailed grocery list for only what you’ll need, you’ll avoid produce spoiling in the fridge before you get to it, or buying unnecessary items that aren't on your plan. YOU'LL BE LESS LIKELY TO STRAY AND MORE LIKELY TO STAY ON TRACK! Having a meal plan keeps you on track and less likely to stray because you wont be stuck trying to figure out what to eat for dinner when you're super hungry and tired. // WHAT’S INCLUDED IN OUR CANDIDA DIET MEAL PLAN: 13 mouth-watering recipes that you will love. Imagine feeling excited to eat your next meal. Vibrant color photos for each recipe. Ever notice how when a recipe doesn’t have a photo you really don’t want to make it? Yeah…I notice that too. In this meal plan each recipe has a photo that will make you salivate and give you an idea of what the finished product should look like. All recipes are Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy, and Sugar Free. Yep, that’s right. They all fit a Candida Diet. But guess what they’re all full flavor!! Detailed grocery lists that specify exactly what ingredients to buy, how much.This makes all the difference. Pro tip: before you shop quickly go through the list and cross off what you already have in your pantry. That way you’re only buying exactly what you need. No Waste, no leftover!! Yay! A menu plan for the entire week that maps out all the meals for you, each and every day. Meal planning helps reduce stress by taking out the guess work around what you’re going to eat. It also helps keep you on track and less likely to stray. This menu plan downloads as a PDF for you to print out or store on your computer or other devices. Keep a copy on your cell phone so you always have it on hand and easily pull up the grocery list while in the grocery store. // IMPORTANT NOTES: -Each meal is used at least twice throughout meal plan. -The portion sizes for each recipe will yield all the servings you will need for the entire week. This cuts the cooking and preparation time in half! Example: Make the Chicken Cesar Salad recipe for Monday’s lunch and you will have enough servings to enjoy it again for Wednesday’s Dinner.
Digital Cookbook: Everyday Recipes For Your Candida Diet
WHAT’S INCLUDED: Over 100 recipes including beverages, breakfast dishes, entrées, salads, soups, side dishes, desserts, breads, dressings and dips! Vibrant, color photos for each recipe. Nearly all recipes are plant-based, soy-free, corn-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. Each recipe has been crafted to avoid candida-feeding ingredients. Every recipe has been tested multiple times to ensure easy-to-follow directions with delicious results, every time. 4 additional “Optional Proteins” recipes are available to add to any savory meal A “Foods to Eat and Avoid” page that clearly lays out which foods are generally OK on an anti-candida diet, and which foods should be avoided. This e-book downloads as a PDF for you to print out or store on your computer or other devices. Once downloaded, for your convenience, all recipes within the Table of Contents are linked to bring you straight to that recipe within the ebook. Also compatible with iBooks so you can have it with you at all times! /// IMPORTANT NOTES: – Your device may require apps such as iBooks or Adobe Reader. – If you lose your copy please refer back to the email you received when purchased as this will have a download button. If you no longer have this email, email me with the date of purchase and your PayPal receipt as proof. – This product is 258 MB. If the download fails please ensure you have an internet connection, sufficient storage space on your device for the file and then restart your computer or laptop and try downloading again. [ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK!! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE]