Are you tired and moody? Do you have sugar cravings? You may have a Candida overgrowth. This common fungal infection can cause some nasty health issues. Fortunately, you can kill Candida with the right diet and nutrition strategies.

An overgrowth of Candida albicans in the gut can lead to many health issues, including allergies.
An overgrowth of Candida albicans in the gut can lead to many health issues, including allergies.
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What Is Candida?

Candida is a common yeast found throughout the body. Under normal circumstances, it’s not problematic. However, an overgrowth of Candida can lead to a fungal infection known as Candidiasis. If left untreated, Candidiasis can trigger a variety of health issues, including allergies

A healthy gut has a diverse mix of beneficial bacteria, which can crowd our potential pathogens like Candida. A healthy gut has a diverse mix of beneficial bacteria, which can crowd out potential pathogens. Foods like garlic and coconut oil can fight off Candida, as can curcumin supplements and certain strains of probiotics.

Why Should I Be Worried About Candida?

An imbalanced microbiome is more hospitable to Candida than a healthy gut. Conditions in the gut can change over time due to a poor diet, antibiotics, and other prescription and over-the-counter drugs. These substances damage and inflame the intestinal lining, allowing undigested food, harmful bacteria, Candida, and other pathogens to enter the bloodstream. At this point, the immune system becomes overwhelmed.

For optimal health, you need a proper balance of microorganisms in the gut. This will crowd out pathogens like Candida.
For optimal health, you need a proper balance of microorganisms in the gut. This will crowd out pathogens like Candida.
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Allergies are a common symptom of an overwhelmed immune system.  When we take medications to stop the symptoms, we suppress them temporarily, but the underlying issue—inflammation—is still present.  Generalized inflammation is a known trigger of many diseases, and we often don’t the source of the inflammation.

Pain from old injuries can be one of the first signs of an unbalanced gut. Inflammation from the injury site may have been seeping toxins or microbes into the body.

Control Candida albicans to limit allergies and other symptoms.
Control Candida albicans to limit allergies and other symptoms.
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Can I Prevent Candida Overgrowth?

Diet plays a major role in the progression of Candida overgrowth. Research has shown that certain foods can feed Candida, exacerbating the condition. Here’s what you can do.

Eat More of These:

  • Unlimited amounts of non-starchy vegetables to help with detoxification
  • Lean proteins
  • Healthy fats like olive and coconut oil

Avoid:

  • Sugar
  • Trans fats
  • Refined foods
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMO)
  • Alcohol

Some individuals may find it helpful to eliminate gluten and dairy products as well.

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

  • Digestive issues
  • Skin problems
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Sugar cravings

Your doctor can test for Candida.

The Bottom Line

A healthy gut is the key to preventing Candida overgrowth, as well as many other chronic health issues. Now you’ve got another reason to eat an unprocessed, nutrient-rich diet.