Candida. The word most women hate to hear. In reality , we all have it, but, in healthy amounts. Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion when in proper levels in the body and it makes up our microbiome.
Problems arise when the microbiome is weakened causing a decrease in the good bacteria and an increase in yeast, parasites, and bad bacteria.
Who is susceptible to overgrowth?
People suffering from the following :
- Autoimmune conditions
- Chronic antibiotic use
- Diabetes or metabolic syndrome
- Weakened immune systems
- High levels of oestrogen (from oral contraceptives or estrogen replacements)
Why are our Candida levels important for gut health?
An overgrowth can cause havoc with your gut lining and result in conditions like leaky gut. When Candida overproduces it can break down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrate into the blood stream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system causing leaky gut syndrome. Your microbiome becomes totally compromised when there’s an overgrowth.
Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this syndrome.
What foods should I avoid to help monitor my Candida levels?
First you should ask your Dietician/Natropath for a comprehensive list of foods to avoid, but here are a few that you should be avoiding:
- All sugar – OBVS!
- Processed foods
- Fruits – especially dried fruit, why? More sugar!
- Nut Skin = Yeast! No soya, peanuts, or peanut butter
- Dairy products
- Alcohol – especially beer and wine
- Fermented foods
- Vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar
- All fruit juices
- Yeast and breads
- Also, some veggies to avoid are sweetcorn, peas, mushrooms and sweet potatoes
Any foods I should embrace?
Definitely! Here are some foods I suggest to try an embrace in your daily life to help you monitor your Candida:
- Veggies: Green leafy veggies, onions, garlic, spinach, broccoli, celery, cucumber, leeks, chives
- All free range & organic , eggs and chicken
- Nut butters – Cashew and Macadamia
- Fruit -Grapefruit, paw paw, lemon and Kiwi
- Goats milk
- Good fats and oils
- Herbal teas
- Lots of water
Ask your doctor what you can take, there is oregano oil, paraherb, para90 – these work!
Good luck afribeings