Fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, migraine, flatulence, acne, bloating, cravings, food allergies, depression, mood swings, fungus, athlete’s foot, urinary infections, joint pain, abdominal pain, and vaginal thrush. If you suffer from any of these, or some of them, (or maybe all!) then it is highly likely you are experiencing an attack of Candida Albicans!
What is Candida Albicans?
Candida Albicans has been described as an “opportunistic fungus” that works from inside the gut feeding, and consequently growing, on the foods, drinks, and drugs we most commonly consume every day until it begins to penetrate the intestinal wall with its toxic by-products, and starts to invade the bloodstream rendering us susceptible to the ailments, and conditions described above.
The thing is, Candida exists in all of us from birth, and is generally harmless. It’s only when we start eating foods high in carbohydrate and sugar, drinking alcohol, or downing antibiotics that the Candida starts to grow, and over populate the gut, doing battle with the healthy bacteria…and starts to wreak havoc on our vital tissues, organs and immune system.
The other thing is, many healthcare professionals and physicians don’t recognize Candida as a contributory factor to the list of complaints, and instead gives names, and other diagnoses to explain the conditions…which usually involves drugs, which alternative medicine practitioners argue goes on to exacerbate the Candida in the patient.
In the alternative medicine sphere, the role of Candida as a food/drink/drug-based ailment is all too real, and much research has been conducted into the rise of Candidiasis since the 1970s when it was first put forward as a possible cause of illnesses and health complaints. When you add the Big S into the equation - STRESS – it is easy to see why many people might suffer from Candida, and come to believe that it is down to their diet, and lifestyle.
So how can Candida be combatted without pills, and medication?
Alternative Treatment for Candida Albicans with Diet?
Naturally enough – there is a diet. The Candida Yeast Diet…but boy, is it mean! It involves giving up virtually everything that you like…because, naturally enough, virtually everything you like is generally bad for you!
For the first two weeks it is suggested you give up the following:
Fresh fruit, dried fruit, canned fruit, fruit juice (because of the high natural sugar content in fruit).
Wheat, rye, oats, barley, pasta, bread (because of the Gluten which can spur on the Candida, a gluten free diet is often recommended)
Coffee, tea, energy drinks (because Caffeine – even decaf beverages - and sugar jumpstarts the Candida growth)
All additives and preservatives in processed factory foods (because anything chemical activates and stimulates the Candida)
All alcohol - wine, beer, spirits (because of the high sugar content)
Condiments – ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressing, mustard, relish, horseradish, soy sauce (again because of the high sugar)
Nuts – such as peanuts (because mold can kick start Candida)
Fats and oils – peanut oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil, soy oil, margarine (because of the mold content)
and last but not least…
…and honey, syrup, lactose, sucrose, fructose…and chocolate! (because of the sugar, obviously, but even low-sugar soft drinks should be avoided too it is suggested because the artificial sweeteners are chemical-based, and still have residual sugar)
It is even suggested that aged cheeses, vinegar, and mushrooms should be wiped off the menu too when initiating the Candida Yeast Diet.
In other words – it’s two weeks of massive starvation, and a huge dollop of vegetables! Oh, and there is one thing we forgot to mention, if embarking on the Candida Yeast Diet it is suggested that you should have a Colon Cleanse before enacting the main diet. Why? Because the colon is the “waste pipe” of the body, passing on the remnants of the foods and drinks we consume after all the nutrients have been absorbed. Trouble is this fecal waste is not always removed, and can end up remaining in the colon causing blockage for years and years slowly releasing toxins into our systems.
It is here among the detritus of fast foods, alcohol, processed chemicals, artificial stimulants and a lifetime of drugs where Candida thrives, and begins its poisonous onslaught on our insides. Hence the colon cleanse…which, in its more extreme form, requires the insertion of a pipe up the rectum, and a 45-minute dose of warm water to flush out the colon. Some Candida Diets request you to have this at least three times during the one week of detox before the main two weeks of “starvation” with a mixture of liver flushes, detox drinks, water, and vegetable broth every two hours.
But such drastic action need not be necessary when one analyses what is really going on here, because, in many ways, the Candida Yeast Diet is very similar to other liquid diets or detox diets, as it basically works on the same principle of ridding the body of nasty toxins, and poisons on the way to establishing a healthier dietary and exercise routine.
In other words, the onslaught of Candida in our bodies can be quite easily crushed with a far more rational and straight forward method – that of formulating a healthier lifestyle without the need for painful, punishing, pre-diet torture that involves giving up entirely on the foods that appear in the Candida Diet list of foods to avoid.
It has been proven for instance that some level of sugar is necessary in the bloodstream for the body to function smoothly, and doing without fruit for three weeks will mean the loss of many vital nutrients. Drinking black tea has also been proven to be useful for taking on board valuable antioxidants.
Like many fad diets and quick-fix weight loss diets, the Candida Diet itself will not lead to long-term health benefits, whereas signing up to a diet and exercise regimen that focuses on establishing a balanced combination from the outset will lead to a healthy you.
But that’s not easy to do on your own because achieving a balanced regimen is arguably the hardest thing to do for it involves knowledge of nutrition, the way the body works and the science behind physical exercise, to fully formulate a safe and workable diet. That’s why there are experts such as changingshape.com to help people get on the right track. There are no fancy tricks or quick-fix solutions just plain simple facts, figures and constructive analysis of what is required for each individual to achieve their health and fitness dreams.
With changingshape.com the problems of Candida can be canned just as easily and far more gently and effectively than with the Candida Yeast Diet.
Matthew Johnson (Google+) is a certified personal trainer, nutrition expert and an on-line fitness consultant that started ChangingShape.com back in 2001.