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Candida Diet Elimination

by Terri David

A simple 5-day candida diet elimination of yeast and molds followed by a challenge or binge of these foods will often relieve and then trigger your symptoms. Also take a supplement such as Strata Flora or Candidate to support your body in fighting off the harmful candida bacteria and building the good bacteria (flora).

An elimination diet can help you determine if a long-term control diet would be helpful for you. Different people with different sensitivities may require varying degrees of dietary restrictions. Remember to take the candida spit test to validate if candida is an issue for you.

Often, the process of healing requires listening to your body and its signals and sensitivities. So here is what you can do.

Candida Diet Elimination Guidelines

  1. Eliminate all yeasty and moldy substances from your eating program
  2. Be very strict during this time to get the best results
  3. Do this when you are at home and can control your food intake
  4. Plan what you will eat and go shopping so you have the right foods in your house
  5. Keep a food diary and track what you are eating. You should try to vary your meals and make sure you are not eating a lot of any one food.
  6. Avoid the test foods for 5-7 full days
  7. On the last day, eat large amounts of the foods you have been avoiding and monitor your reaction.

Foods allowed on the program:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Nuts -- fresh. Don't eat peanuts or pistachios. Use cashew or almond butter instead of peanut butter.
  • Fresh fruit -- washed/peeled; 2 servings per day. Don't eat fruits with moldy skin, such as grapes, berries, and melons. The skin is the site of mold growth in fruits.
  • Grains -- brown rice, amaranth, buckwheat, and corn. It may be necessary to avoid gluten grains such as wheat, spelt, malt, barley, oats, rye, and millet.
  • Water -- lots!
  • Juices -- fresh-squeezed fruit or vegetable. Dilute with water or seltzer.
  • Snacks -- air-popped corn or Guiltless Gourmet Chips.
  • Oils -- old pressed olive, sesame, or walnut.

Foods to avoid:

  • Sugar and refined carbohydrates
  • Honey
  • Syrup
  • Malt
  • Fructose
  • Corn syrup
  • Fermented, vinegar-containing foods, such as: 
    • Salad dressings
    • Mustard
    • Ketchup
    • Mayo
    • Soy sauce
    • Tofu/tempeh
    
  • Yeasty foods and substances, like:
    • Beer and wine
    • Bagels
    • Bread

  • Foods in the fungus family, e.g. mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Juices not freshly made
  • Coffee and teas
  • Dried fruits
  • Most condiments (salad dressings, vinegar, soy sauce, etc.)
  • Fermented foods (sauerkraut, pickles, miso)
  • Vitamins. Some of the B vitamins are produced by yeast fermentation -- look for yeast free vitamins


What do I Do Now?
If you get a recurrence of symptoms, you have identified your problem. If not, then yeast may not be a problem for you.

Remember that sometimes a dietary change may not reduce the yeast overgrowth enough to resolve your symptoms.

If you feel great off the yeasty foods, you might not want to do the challenge. It could make you feel very ill. Continue to follow a candida diet elimination program for at least 3 months.

After doing the candida diet elimination, you may find you that maintaining a balanced system may require ongoing nutritional support. So continue to take supplements such as Strata Flora or Candidate to continue rebuilding the beneficial intestinal flora and removing toxins.

If you still feel like you need more information, then download Natural Candida e-book.





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