A diploid fungus, candida albicans a type of yeast, is the main causative agent for genital and oral infections in human beings. Candida is present in every human being’s body. However, only some people suffer from the ill effects of Candidiasis, because of an overgrowth of candida albicans yeast.
Eating a diet that is rich in carbohydrates and sugar, prolonged exposure to antibiotics or excessive levels of stress can trigger off the condition of candidiasis. Most people who suffer from candidiasis remain undiagnosed for years, which only worsens the problem.
Candidiasis can be controlled through medications. However, if you have been suffering from this condition over an extended period of time, following the candida control diet can bring great relief to the symptoms associated with this health problem.
Candida Control Diet Plan
Candida Control diet plan is basically a diet plan which tries to control the problem of candidiasis, by eliminating all foods which can cause an overgrowth of the candida albicans yeast in the body. People who suffer from recurrent candidiasis are asked to follow the candida control diet plan diligently for about three months.
People with candidiasis are advised to eliminate foods which contain fungi, foods which hinder the bodies fight against the yeast candida albicans and foods which get converted to sugar after digestion, from their daily diet.
Foods You Can Eat
People on this diet plan are allowed to eat plenty of meat like veal, lamb, beef, goose, turkey, chicken, quail, Cornish hen; nuts and seeds like pecans, almonds, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds, filberts and Brazil nuts; seafood like lobsters, oysters, crab, shrimp and clams; cold pressed oils like linseed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, apricot oil, sunflower oil, butter and almond oil.
Whole grains should not be consumed during the first two weeks of this diet plan. After the first two weeks, people on the candida control diet plan are allowed to consume grains like millet, oats, barley, sesame and wheat. You can also eat bread and muffins prepared from whole grains sans any sugar, yeast or honey.
Individuals following this diet plan are encouraged to eat plenty of fresh vegetables like squash, cabbage, beans, peas, green radishes, spinach, okra, parsnip, corn beets, summer squash, collards, eggplants, zucchini, green peppers and kale to name just a few.
Foods to Be Avoided
People on the candida control diet should avoid drinking all frozen, bottled and canned juices. Except for medicinal tea, all kinds of beverages including decaffeinated coffee, tea, instant and regular coffee are to be avoided. All kinds of cheese and foods which contain cheese are to be avoided totally.
People with candidiasis should avoid processed foods containing refined flour, yeast and sugar. Similarly smoked meats, dried and candied fruits, melons and malt products should not be eaten.
Normal Side Effects
People who are following the candida control diet are likely to feel extremely exhausted in the initial weeks of this diet plan. Besides feeling fatigued, some people also complain of recurrent flu like symptoms. Dieters should not get unduly concerned as these symptoms are just a natural reaction to the candida yeast dying inside the body.
Individuals following this diet plan are advised to eat plenty of organic foods, drink plenty of water, sleep properly at night and avoid using antibiotics unnecessarily.