Systemic yeast infections (candidiasis) find growth potential in a damp, musty condition in the body. Candida is a yeast and then a fungus when its rhizoids (long roots) penetrate the tissue mucosa and bridge the boundary between internal body and digestive tract.
Candida can thrive only in a dark, moldy, oxygen-deprived environ The very first recommendation I give to those with candida is to get more Sunlight on the skin. Yeasts and fungi are destroyed by direct Sunlight.
An anti-candida diet can include raw vegetables (mostly greens or non-sweet vegetables such as nopales orjicama...no potatoes or beet/carrot juices), green juices, occasional soaked nuts and seeds, seaweeds, superfoods (Sun Is Shining, powdered grasses, chlorella), young wild coconuts (not sugary Thai coconuts), raw coconut oil butter, raw cacao butter, a wide-variety of low-sugar fruits and (only if necessary, but not recommended) one mildly medium-sized sweet fruit or small fruit serving per day (berries are best).
A food that provides particularly excellent benefits is raw coconut oil butter. Coconut oil butter is easily digested and is excellent for people who have trouble digesting fats. It consists of 48% lauric acid, a substance that exhibits anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. All of these characteristics help to combat a candida overgrowth.
High doses of healthy intestinal probiotics (acidophilus, bifidus infantis, L. salivarius, L. plantarum, L. bulgaricus, etc.) that will colonize in the intestines are required to overcome candida.
Prebiotics are also valuable. These are foods that nourish probiotics (healthy bacterial flora). Prebiotics include foods such as chicory root, dandelion root, yacon root and yacon root syrup.
One can find great benefit sugar fasting (eating no sweet fruit for several weeks or months and simultaneously dosing up on probiotics). For more detailed information on low-sugar, raw, anti-candida diets please readDr.Gabriel Cousens' book Rainbow Green Live Food Cuisine.
Sprouted grain can yield a slight quantity of usable sugar. When fasting from sugar for long periods, the little bit of sugar from sprouted grain can be beneficial and will not foster candida growth. Sprouted grains must be clean of fungus and of a high-quality or heirloom seed stock.
Supplements that can be helpful with candida include: olive leaf extra, grapefruit seed extract, supplemental enzymes (Beauty Enzymes), MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) powder, small amounts of fully-mineralized sea or rock salt, edible clays and powdered vitamin C-rich berries such as camu camu berry powder. MSM detoxifies mercury. Mercury poisoning seems to be a common underlying factor in candida.
Herbs that are great allies against candida include: oregano, garlic, pau d'arco and cat's claw tea.
One may cautiously return to eating more sugary fruits in the diet once the body is cleansed and the candida symptoms have disappeared.
There is a psychology necessary to heal chronic candida. Candida is associated with subconscious self-destructive feelings of rejection and a lack of self-worth. Negative, self-destructive thoughts destroy good bacteria in the intestinal tract and allow candida to proliferate. Positive, self-confident thoughts help good bacteria proliferate in the intestines.
An emotional cleansing is required to overcome chronic candida. Be aware that unresolved issues usually involve parents or past lovers.