Candidiasis is a condition caused by the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans. Candida infections are potentially dangerous, and they occur when Candida shifts from a normal state of yeast to an infectious form of fungus that invades the body. Certain foods aggravate an existing Candida condition, especially refined and processed foods due to the high sugar content found in these foods. It is important to restrict sugar intake when combating a Candida infection, and remove allergenic foods and stimulants from the diet.
Processed and Refined Foods
Processed, packaged foods should not be eaten during an infection with Candida. These foods are often rich in sugar, yeast, and other substances that can encourage yeast proliferation. Avoid condiments like horseradish, mayonnaise, ketchup and relish due to the high sugar content in them. Read food labels to determine that the product does not contain hidden sugars such as maltose, dextrose, sucrose and maltodextrin. As mentioned in the book the "Alternative Medicine: the Definitive Guide," Dr. Leyardia Black suggests that sugar in all its various forms should be avoided. This includes molasses, honey, maple syrup, fructose, fruit juices, most fruit with the exception of berries, milk products and starchy vegetables. The accepted dietary advice is to restrict fruits to low-glycemic kinds, such as apples and berries, and limit intake to two fruits a day. According to acupuncturist and psychologist Jacqueline Young, all fruit should be eliminated for the first week, and only then can moderate amounts of fruit be eaten. Avoid sweet fruit varieties, dried fruit and all citrus fruits. Starchy carbohydrates quickly convert into sugar in the blood and should be removed from the diet. This includes potatoes, beets, peas, and carrots.
Mold and Yeast-Containing Foods
According to the book "Alternative Medicine: the Definitive Guide," all foods containing yeast and fermented products should not be eaten. This corresponds to hidden food sensitivities and activities associated with yeast. Do not eat breads containing yeast, biscuits, cakes, and fermented foods, such as soy sauce, vinegar, and pickled foods. Remove mold-containing foods from the diet. This includes aged-cheese, breads, and mushrooms. Do not eat leftovers as mold can grow on leftovers if they are not properly refrigerated. Avoid eating peanuts, walnuts and pistachios, which often contain molds that can result in the growth of fungi.
Foods with Additives
Do not eat foods that contain chemical additives, stabilizers, coloring agents, artificial food colors and preservatives. Remove all artificial sweeteners from the diet. These foods influence susceptibility to Candida overgrowth, overload the body's detoxification and elimination systems, alter gene expression related to the ability of infectious organisms to induce disease, and decrease the natural defense mechanisms of the immune system. Processed and lunch meats usually contain the cancerous preservative sodium nitrate and should be completely eliminated from the diet. This includes pork roast, sausage and frankfurters. On the same note, consume only organic meats and dairy products, which may contain trace amounts of antibiotics or artificial hormones.
- Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide; Larry Trivieri and John W. Anderson
- Candida Albicans: A Nutritional Approach; Louise Tenney, M.H.
- The Modern Herbalist: Causes/Risk Factors of Candida Overgrowth
- Journal of Infectious Diseases: Expression of Candida Glabrata Adhesins After Exposure to Chemical Preservatives