The Candida diet came into existence around 1986, when a few books were published on the subject.
The Yeast Connection was probably the most notable and it explored the various health conditions believed to be related to too much Candida albicans in a person’s body.
Since then natural health practitioners have helped hundreds of thousands of people find relief from yeast overgrowth symptoms by placing them on a Candida eliminating diet.
Unfortunately, despite all the success stories recorded, conventional medicine still is hesitant to embrace this diagnosis and treatment method.
The Candida Diet Elements
An effective yeast eliminating diet plan is holistic in nature as it seeks to increase the health of the whole body using the most natural methods possible.
Before starting a Candida diet a person first must diagnose if he or she does indeed have yeast overgrowth.
This can be done by visiting a Naturopath or by evaluating your symptoms using some resources found on my website.
Once you’ve determined that you would benefit from the eating plan, it’s time to establish an eating plan to follow.
Find a Good Program
This part can be a bit daunting because it requires many hours of research.
You have to determine the foods you can and can’t eat, find out which supplements are recommended, and establish an arsenal of good recipes in order to be successful.
What makes matters even harder is that many websites have what seems like conflicting information regarding different foods and methods.
I think there are several roads that lead to Rome and the Candida Diet isn’t an exact science but a reflection of people’s experience concerning what worked for them.
Pick a plan that is nutritionally sound and one that fits best with your lifestyle.
If you want to save time and purchase a diet plan with all the work done for you, here’s some reviews I put together of the best diets available online.
An effective Candida diet will promote the use of probiotics.
Probiotics are simply good bacteria that live throughout the human body. These friendly micro-organisms help us by preventing harmful microbes from growing by and helping our digestive system to function normally.
Probiotics are in many of the foods we eat everyday but some foods have more than others. Also, there are probiotic supplements available for people concerned that they aren’t getting enough through their diets.
Here’s some additional resources regarding probiotics.
Time Frame to Relief
When beginning the Candida diet don’t expect to feel changes overnight. Although some report feeling better in a few days, others can actually feel worse before they begin to feel better.
- Most people are addicted to sugar before starting the diet and this can cause withdrawal symptoms.
- Die off symptoms can result from the yeast overgrowth dying quickly. To prevent the severity of this, start yeast killing supplements slowly.
Within about three weeks you should notice a fair bit of improvement and after about 2 months, you should be experiencing renewed health.
At this stage it’s important to not go back to your old eating style or the Candida will return. Some foods can be reintroduced, but for the most part the Candida diet should be followed as a lifestyle.
This is just a quick overview of the eating plan, but luckily Candida diet foods has over 100 pages to help you be successful at eliminating yeast overgrowth from your body.
- Zimmerman, B., & Weber, E. (1985). Candida and “20th-century disease”. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 133(10), 965. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1346406/?page=1
- Horowitz, B. J., Edelstein, S. W., & Lippman, L. (1984). Sugar chromatography studies in recurrent Candida vulvovaginitis. The Journal of reproductive medicine, 29(7), 441-443. http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/6481700
- Larmas, M., Mäkinen, K. K., & Scheinin, A. (1974). Turku sugar studies III. An intermediate report on the effect of sucrose, fructose and xylitol diets on the numbers of salivary lactobacilli, Candida and streptococci. Acta Odontologica, 32(6), 423-433. http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/00016357409026551