Bee’s Candida Diet is a specific diet program created by nutrition consultant Bee Wilder for the treatment of candidiasis. Candidiasis, commonly referred to as simply candida, is a type of infection caused by the fungus Candida albicans. Candida is the same type of fungus that causes vaginal yeast infections, but it can also affect other parts of the body. According to Wilder, major dietary changes are necessary to treat a candida infection. Talk to your doctor before making any major changes to your diet or using supplements, especially if you are taking any medication.
Symptoms of Candidiasis
Candida normally lives in certain parts of the body, including the mouth and digestive tract. At normal levels, the fungus is not dangerous. However, when an overgrowth of candida occurs, it can lead to symptoms such as vaginal yeast infections, skin rashes or white patches in the mouth known as oral thrush. According to Wilder’s website, Healing Naturally by Bee, an overgrowth of candida can cause a multitude of other health problems, including low body temperature, cold-like symptoms, digestive problems, erratic vision or spots in the eyes, chronic fatigue, irritability, loss of sex drive, headaches, brain fog, joint pain, muscle aches and nasal congestion.
Causes of Candidiasis
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, certain medications — including antibiotics, corticosteroids and some oral contraceptives — can throw off the balance of intestinal bacteria and lead to an overgrowth of candida. Other health conditions that can attribute to undesirable bacterial growth include being pregnant or overweight, having a bacterial infection or a weakened immune system or suffering from certain diseases such as diabetes or psoriasis. Poor nutrition may also weaken the immune system and cause candida to grow unchecked, reports Wilder.
Foods to Avoid
Wilder’s candida diet program uses a two-step process of eliminating foods that feed candida and adding foods that provide proper nutrition for strengthening the immune system. According to Wilder, candida’s main food source is sugar, so eliminating sugar and all types of sweeteners from your diet is the most important part of your anti-candida diet. This includes fruit, dairy products, artificial sweeteners, honey, maple syrup, some vegetables that are high in sugar and foods that contain hidden sugars such as lunch meats, ketchup and other condiments. She also recommends eliminating foods that are high in carbohydrates such as starches and grains, including pizza, pasta, cereals and breads. Soybeans and soy products are also prohibited.
Foods to Eat
To provide the immune system with proper nutrition, Wilder recommends eating fresh, unprocessed foods that are free of preservatives, pesticides and other foods additives. Her candida control diet allows moderate protein, healthy fats and foods that are low in carbohydrates. Allowed sources of protein include free-range chicken or turkey, organic eggs, grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish. Recommended sources of healthy fats include butter made from raw, organic milk, as well as coconut oil, flaxseed oil and cod liver oil. Allowed vegetables include green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, kale, asparagus, celery, peppers and kale, plus onions and raw garlic.
Wilder writes that one month of healing may be necessary for every year you have been unhealthy. If you suspect you have been suffering from candida overgrowth for several years, expect your healing process to take some time. She also reports that as candida fungus dies off, it can create a temporary worsening of symptoms as wastes and toxins are released into your body. To avoid severe reactions, she recommends making changes to your diet slowly and avoiding extremes.