A little bit of candida is a good thing. Everyone has candida! It's a yeast that loves to live in a warm, dark, moist, alkaline environment. Candida lives in the gut, mouth and reproductive parts. It's in the air, in fact it's everywhere!
Candida is an opportunistic pathogen, meaning pathogens only behave badly under certain circumstances. It is the symptom of imbalance in the body and not the cause.
Too much candida is like a garden over-grown with weeds. Factors that can feed candida overgrowth are antibiotics, too much sugar and starches in your diet, the birth control pill, chemotherapy, alcohol abuse and stress.
Dietary interventions are needed to control the overgrowth of Candida, rebalancing the eco system in the gut. Eat more green leafy vegetables, nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios) and seeds, soaked overnight. Make sure the nuts are fresh and not growing mould. Organic meat and poultry, wild caught seafood, lemons, limes, cranberries, black currants, green apples, grapefruit and berries. Consume ancient grains (amaranth, quinoa, millet). Enjoy avocado, small amounts of grass fed butter, coconut oil, ghee and olive oil. A pharmaceutical grade probiotic could help.
Avoid starchy vegetables, legumes, peanuts, cashews, processed meats, high-sugar fruits and dried fruits, grains and flours containing gluten, rice, oats, dairy, milk kefir, artificial sugar substitutes (brown rice syrup, corn syrup, agave, honey, maple syrup and molasses) . Avoid sugar, vinegar, refined vegetable oils and all processed foods!