Candida affects thirty-three percent (33%) of the total Australian population.

However, it remains overlooked by many health practitioners and often mistaken for other disease. The ones who were diagnosed struggle to get better. A majority of these Candida treatment failures are associated with a wrong diet. Yes, most candida sufferers are eating the wrong foods!

What Is Candida Infection?

Candidiasis, or Candida, refers to an unhealthy overgrowth of the yeast (Candida albicans) within the body. Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast that is present in everyone.

In healthy people, however, it is kept under control by the immune system and confined only to the lower intestine, the skin, and in women’s vagina. To a large degree, this confinement process is due to healthy and essential bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, such as acidophilus and bifidobacteria.

When the population of healthy bacteria is disrupted, when taking antibiotics for example, Candida albicans starts to spread into other areas of the body once it is allowed to pass unchecked through the intestinal walls into the bloodstream. When this happens, Candida albicans begins to mutate into an unhealthy fungus that can infect a body’s tissues and organs.

The spread of Candida albicans into areas of the body where it does not belong is termed candidiasis, or Candida.

Why is Candida a Major Health Concern in Australia?

An estimated 33 percent of all Australians are affected by Candida and the numbers are growing.

The disease nonetheless remains overlooked by many health practitioners. To make matters worse, its various symptoms can easily be mistaken for other disease conditions. Some physical symptoms of Candida include:

– Both airborne and food allergies
– Anxiety and depression
– Chronic fatigue
– Confusion and/or memory problems
– Gastrointestinal problems (such as bloating, cramping constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and heartburn)
– Headache and migraine
– Irritability and mood swings
– Loss of libido
– Oral and/or vaginal thrush
– Skin problems (acne, rashes, scaly skin)
– Sleeping problems
– Vaginitis
– Respiratory problems (asthma, coughing, hay fever, lung and/or nasal congestion, sinusitis, wheezing)
– Hives
– Hyperactivity

We recommend you consult one of our physicians at our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics to treat your symptoms and prevent recurrence.

Natural treatments for Candida can be very effective and longer lasting than the typical and conventional treatments. In common cases of immune deficiency, Candida albicans can cause infection-fighting cells, such as T cells, to be destroyed, creating an environment for opportunistic infections.

For these reasons, our practitioners consider Candida as a potentially serious health threat and do all they can to ensure it is properly dealt with. One of the best ways to manage and clear up Candida infection is dietary modification. It is not just about what you should eat, but pay particular attention to the foods that you should avoid eating when you are in Candida Cleansing. These foods can surely get your Candida treatment plan busted.

15 Foods You Should Not Be Eating When You Have a Candida Infection

The standard western diet is a significant cause of Candida. In addition to foods high in simple sugars and refined carbohydrates, foods that contain moulds such as breads, cheese and peanuts, can all feed Candida albicans and help it spread.

Inorganic, pasteurized & homogenized milk and other dairy products can contribute to the problem of yeast overgrowth too. This is because of both the lactose they contain and the tendency towards food allergies dairy processed in this way invites. Lactose is yet another simple sugar that Candida albicans thrives upon. Non-organic dairy products also commonly contain traces of antibiotics.

Overall, the primary dietary factor contributing to Candida is a high sugar diet, followed by a diet that consists predominantly of foods that cause high acidity in the body.

Like most other harmful organisms, Candida albicans cannot live for long in an internal environment that is rich in oxygen. By contrast, an acidic environment in the body reduces the oxygen supply, making it much easier for yeasts and other pathogens to invade cells, tissues, and organs.

To give you a clearer picture, eliminate the following foods while on the Candida Diet for 6-8 weeks, or as directed by your health practitioner. Right click on the image below to print the infographic on 15 Foods to Avoid on the Candida Diet.

 

More information on the infographic below: 

#1 Starchy and Processed Vegetables:

White potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, deep-fried, canned or processed vegetables, and mushrooms, with the exception of shitake mushrooms, pasteurized, heat-sealed sauerkraut, pickles or pickled vegetables containing white vinegar.

#2 Sweetened Sea Seaweed:

Do not eat the sweet sea vegetable salads found in Japanese restaurants because they contain sugar.

#3 Sweet Fruits:

Eat no fruit other than grapefruit, apples, berries, and lemons or limes, period. Do not drink bottled fruit juices or eat any dried fruit during the Candida Cleanse.

#4 Non-Sweet Fruits:

Cooked tomato, eggplant.

#5 Sugar, sweets and treats:

No sugar is allowed of any kind. Do not eat white, brown, raw, cane, date, or any other type of sugar including molasses, honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners of any kind. Do not drink soda, diet drinks, Italian sodas, or beverages containing sucrose, glucose, fructose, or anything that sounds like a sugar substitute or is added to a bottled drink. Avoid all sugar variations, including artificial sweeteners. Only stevia is allowed.

#6 Processed Meat:

Do not eat pork, or any conventional meat or poultry, processed lunchmeats, smoked meat, jerky, or protein snacks that contain sugar. Avoid conventional eggs, seitan (a vegan protein made from wheat), as well as fried or breaded protein foods. Do not eat shellfish of any kind, including (though not limited to) lobster, crab, shrimp, oysters, scallops, muscles or clams.

#7 Grains:

White, bleached, unbleached or enriched flour or flour products including breads and pasta, most conventionally produced crackers, and of course, all baked or fried desserts, which contain both flour and sugar. White rice, couscous, and oatmeal are not eaten while Candida cleansing.

#8 Beans:

Pinto beans, baked beans, canned beans, soy sauce or tamari, Liquid Aminos.

#9 Nuts and Seeds:

Roasted nuts and nut butters, peanuts, and peanut butter.

#10 Fats:

Refined, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils, including margarine, lard, shortening, and non-dairy creamers.

#11 Dairy:

All non-organic or pasteurized milk and dairy products, especially those containing sugar.

#12 Beverages:

Alcohol, caffeine.

#13 Condiments:

Vinegar, with the exception of raw apple cider vinegar. No other vinegar is allowed including wine, white, balsamic, raspberry or champagne vinegar.

#14 Tap Water:

No tap or unfiltered water of any kind.

#15 Miscellaneous:

Avoid commercial fruit smoothies, most of which are sweetened and often are made with a variety of sorbets, fruit juices, and sugary syrups; yeast; fried chips.

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Dr. Zung Rosita Vu (Price)

Dr. Zung Rosita Vu (Dzung Price) educates, trains and treats individuals with challenging chronic health conditions. As a holistic medical practitioner with 23 years in practice, her goal is to empower her students and clients physically, emotionally and spiritually to allow them to get back on track with a healthy and purposeful life.

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