I’ve noticed a lot of people have been discovering Munch lately while searching for information on Candida. As someone who has issues with this yeast myself, I know how difficult it can be to know what to eat on the Anti-Candida diet. So in a follow up to my much-read What you can eat on an Anti-Candida diet post, I thought I’d share some more ideas of foods to incorporate in your diet when you’re trying to combat Candida.
While many people with Candida suffer with lactose intolerance and tend to cut out dairy, there is one food made from cow’s milk that may actually be beneficial to your digestive system. Kefir is a cultured and microbial-rich food that can help to restore your gut flora. Unlike normal milk, kefir doesn’t feed yeast and can often be tolerated by lactose intolerant people. This is because it contains beneficial yeast and lactase that means most of the lactose is already digested.
I’ll write further on Kefir and how to use it in a future post. It’s something you can make yourself from home or buy in health food stores. I like Nourish Kefir, available in As Nature Intended, Whole Foods and other independent stores.
Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse that can be a great addition to an anti-Candida diet. Simply cover with your choice of non-dairy milk and leave to soak for at least 15 minutes for a thick, ‘pudding’ consistency. For a sweeter taste try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon, which has the extra benefit of helping blood sugar balance.
I mentioned Quinoa in my last Anti-Candida diet post, with a simple Quinoa Tabouleh recipe. However you can also find Quinoa Flakes in most health stores. These make a good alternative to oats in porridge for anyone who is sensitive to gluten, and are higher in protein than regular porridge.
While carbohydrates and grains are best limited during an Anti-Candida diet, freshly popped popcorn can make a tasty occasional treat. Cook in coconut oil and add your choice of savoury toppings like sea salt or maybe try crushed garlic for its anti-fungal properties.
Coconut Oil has a wealth of benefits for Candida sufferers. Besides being a good source of Caprylic Acid, a powerful anti-fungal, it can be used for cooking and applied topically to help clear up fungal skin infections. Take a look at my post five ways to use coconut oil for more ideas of how to use it.
Obviously this is not an extensive list of what you can eat on an anti-candida diet, just more ideas of foods that may help support your recovery.
I’ll continue to update the Candida page with useful information and resources, as I know how difficult it can be to find support when you’re getting started on an Anti-Candida diet. Any questions, just ask!