If you are trying the Candida diet for help with mood, gut, or other health problems, then use these expert guidelines to start your anti-Candida cleanse. For help with how to succeed on this diet, we turned to Nancy Guberti, MS, CN, a functional medicine nutritionist. Her expertise is in discovering the root cause of health issues and creating customized food and supplement plans to address them. Learn more about the ‘nutritional detective’ here.
Nancy’s 10 best tips are below, but she also had this advice:
Curing a candida overgrowth is a journey involving patience along with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Top 10 Tips for the Candida Diet:
1. Drink Lemon – Vinegar Water
Drink a glass of filtered water with a splash of Braggs raw Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 organic squeezed lemon to aid with controlling candida and detoxification.
2. Eat Greek Yogurt
Consume organic plain Greek yogurt to build up good bacteria on your gastrointestinal tract. Choose the low sugar options.
3. Eat Healthy, Fermented Foods
Consume fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut and kimchi as they are loaded with beneficial probiotics.
4. Drink Chicory Coffee
Drink chicory coffee as it is a non-caffeine drink that is a prebiotic containing inulin helping to colonize good bacteria in your GI tract.
5. Drink Coconut Kefir
Drink coconut kefir as it if full of probiotics.
6. Try Coconut Oil
Use coconut oil as it is a natural anti-fungal. You can consume 1 – 2 tablespoons daily, cook with it, and substitute for butter and oil.
7. Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Remove sugar from diet as not to feed candida and consume low glycemic fruits and limit consumption to 1 to 2 servings per day.
8. Eat More Garlic
Add garlic to your daily food intake as it has properties that are anti-fungal.
9. Avoid Grains
10. Eat Healthy Fats
Eat balanced meals with protein and healthy fats like avocado and olive oil.