Got Candida? 5 Lifestyle & Diet Changes to Make Now!

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Candida is a type of yeast that is normal and present in all healthy bodies. Candida only becomes problematic when its growth gets out of control. This can happen for a variety of reasons. In my case it was overuse/overexposure to antibiotics and a high sugar/high carb diet. Here are some lifestyle changes that I recommend to anyone who has just been diagnosed, or is experiencing the symptoms of Candida yeast overgrowth.

 

1) Dietary changes:

  • I cut out processed sugars, all fruits, grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables.
  • Go Green! Green veggies are one of the best things for combating candida, especially leafy greens. That means all sorts of lettuces, kale, collards, swiss chard, arugula, watercress, spinach and dandelion leaves. The more bitter the better! Try this fantastic seasonal veggie and umeboshi soup!
  • Non-leafy green veggies are also great for fighting candida. This includes zucchini, green beans, broccoli and cucumbers.
  • For other Candida-friendly recipes, try these Omega-packed kale salad, Shakshuka (baked eggs), and  cauliflower “rice”!

 

2) Try the Candida Diet: Depending on how long you’ve been sick, how long you’ve been on the diet, and how far along you are in your healing, you’ll likely find that a different level or extreme of the candida diet works for you. I’ve been on a version of the candida diet for 6 years now, and I find that I can tolerate quinoa and low glycemic fruits like berries on a fairly regular basis. Once in a while I also can get away with eating starchy veggies and sweeter fruits.

 

3) Be Patient: It’s important to be patient with yourself when you are going through the process because it can be stressful and alienating. Remember that no one version of the diet is going to work for everyone, and that it will take time to tailor it to your specific condition.

 

4) Sleep is also super important. At the peak of my struggle with candida, the amount of sleep I got had a huge and visible impact on my symptoms. Not getting enough sleep is a huge stress on your body, and that’s even more the case when your body is already taxed from fighting candida.

 

5) Community: Combating chronic candida overgrowth is not an easy process, but know that you are not alone, and there are at least thousands of other people dealing with similar symptoms and stress. More than anything, I encourage you to create a strong support system and find other people who are on the same path. Finding a community of people who are healing themselves naturally was such a blessing for me. I learn so much from my communities and draw hope, comfort and inspiration from them as well.

Note: PLEASE consult with  your doctor before making any changes to your diet or medications. The material on this site is provided for educational purposes only, and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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3 thoughts on “Got Candida? 5 Lifestyle & Diet Changes to Make Now!

  1. Samantha Elkrief

    Hi Alec, I’m so sorry you’ve been feeling this way and that you are feeling alone and isolated. I would suggest finding a counselor or someone you can trust that you can talk to. It’s hard to feel like you’re on your own, especially when you’re struggling with your health. A therapist, coach, or other support can make a big difference. Even if it’s just a place where you feel like you can be yourself. Sending you lots of love and wishing you healing.

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  2. Alec

    Hi,
    I’ve been depressed and suffering for that last year. I’ve tried focusing on diets, ways to reduce stress with little success. It’s seems the more I try to starve the stuff the more anxious I get. Most of All I have lost my momentum in life and my connection with my family and friends has become unhealthy. I’m desperatly in need of support and guidance right now.

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    1. Recipe Team

      Alec:
      We are sorry that you’ve been having a hard time. We encourage you to find someone to talk to-there are a lot of counselors and therapists who will listen to you and give you support and guidance. Some ideas on places to find someone to help would be to consult your general practitioner, your religious leader, or community centers such as the YMCA. Hang in there and we hope you will keep in touch and please keep us updated.

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