Foods to Add to Your Arsenal in the War Against Candida

April 22, 2013

Healthy Life

War Against Candida

War Against Candida

Candida is the shortened name of candida albicans. If you have ever suffered from vaginitis or thrush, an overgrowth of this type of yeast could be the cause. This overgrowth is referred to as candidiasis, and symptoms don’t include just these unpleasant personal conditions, but others like fatigue, insomnia, depression, weight gain, anxiety, and mood swings while you experience PMS.

In order to avoid these side effects and conditions, cutting down on candida is a wise step, but many people don’t know how candidiasis is caused. It tends to occur in acidic environments and in high-sugar diets, so antibacterial and anti-fungal foods can help fight candida and keep the levels down. Here are some foods to effectively fight candida.

Organo-sulfur foods: garlic, onions, leeks, shallots

The family of foods known as organo-sulfur foods is a great place to start if you want to incorporate more antibacterial or anti-fungal foods into your diet. Onions, garlic, leeks, and shallots all contain allicin, quercetin, and other candida-fighting ingredients. In fact, the allicin found in garlic can affect even antibiotic-resistant organisms, so eating a fresh clove of garlic each day can drastically reduce candida levels. Don’t leave out onions, leeks, and shallots, though – they contain anti-inflammatory and antihistamine agents that will help. All of these ingredients can easily be added to vegetable dishes. Onions are delicious when saut?ed and added to dishes, and leek soup is a popular choice all year round.

Herbs: chamomile, aloe vera, rosemary

There’s a reason herbal remedies have been so popular for hundreds of years. German chamomile is fungicidal and can kill candida because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. Do you feel like having a cup of chamomile tea yet? Aloe vera is a well-known healing plant, but it can also help with candida because it’s anti-microbial and enhances the immune system so your candida levels will not grow out of control. Finally, rosemary is naturally anti-fungal and helps purify the bloodstream. You can grow these herbs in your windowsill and clip a little to add to dishes as you cook.

Additional ingredients: turmeric, coconut oil

If you tend to cook a lot of foods in oil, try switching to coconut oil. Among the other benefits to coconut oil that many people already know about, it fights candida. The fatty acids in it kill yeast, viruses, and bacteria, which enhances your immune system. One particular fatty acid is caprylic acid, which has been shown to be anti-microbial and anti-fungal specifically against candida. Turmeric can also have beneficial effects on your gastrointestinal system, which helps keep candida levels down. Turmeric can be added to foods as you cook, though it’s easier to incorporate coconut oil in many cooked and baked dishes.

Changing a few ingredients in your diet and adding some of these candida-fighting foods can help keep you from suffering from candidiasis and the side effects commonly associated with it. Some of these problems can be embarrassing and frustrating to seek conventional medical help for, and a simple balanced diet can provide significant help so you don’t have to constantly take antibiotics and other medical remedies.

Lisa Richards had a number of troubling symptoms for years, but her determination to find a cure helped her develop The Candida Diet. Now feeling better than ever, she wants to help anyone who is going through the same struggles. For more Candida information, visit the link.

Foods to Add to Your Arsenal in the War Against Candida

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