Published on August 5, 2013
With just a few dietary adjustments, the candida diet can help alleviate even the worst allergy symptoms, but not for the food allergy reasons you might think. If you’re interested in overhauling your health, the candida diet might just be the answer you’ve been looking for. The candida diet is a nutritional plan designed to rid the body of yeast, also known as candida, which can colonize the gut and cause systemic inflammation. The candida diet reduces the inflammation by starving the yeast of its food source. This means no sugars of any kind, including processed sugar, natural sugars, and the glucose sugars that are the end products of the digestion of bread and starch. While giving up cake and ice cream is a familiar diet concept, the candida diet goes a step farther. To stop feeding candida you must cut sugars, gluten, and even fermented products. Fermentation means mold, so that means no alcohol, much of which also contains sugars. Soy products are also off the table, as are aged or molded cheeses, like Roquefort and blue cheese, which contain mold that can exacerbate your inflammation and allergy due to candida. Fresh cheeses, however, like goat cheese, mozzarella and crispy pineapple coconut, and feta, are safe to eat in small amounts. Fruits that are high in sugar, like dates, citrus, and bananas, are especially bad. Low-sugar fruits like blueberries and blackberries are fine, but try to stick to single servings.