Candida overgrowth in the gut happens when there is an imbalance of bacteria in the stomach and can lead to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease. It can be caused by a variety of factors, most common being antibiotic overuse, cancer treatment, and diseases that affect the immune system like AIDS. While different treatment options are available for this infection, it has been implied that a change in diet could be effective against Candida.
So, is there a good diet for Candida?
The Basics of a Diet for Candida
The reason why this diet may work is its elimination of carbohydrates – Candida uses carbohydrate as a main source of glucose, which it converts to energy, so cutting them out may hinder its growth. Other than as an energy source, Candida also uses carbohydrates to weaken our immune system and transform from benign to malign.
That’s why one of the basic principles of this diet is cutting out carbs, especially simple sugars found in foods
like banana, grapes, mango, and honey. At the same time, the diet promotes intake of probiotics (yogurt with probiotics or supplements) and cuts out yeast-containing foods and drinks like beer, wine, and mushrooms.
Should You Do It?
Although it seems like it might work, the effects of this diet are yet to be confirmed by research. Some studies have proven the connection between carbohydrates (especially glucose and galactose) and Candida growth, but there are still no studies on the diet itself.
If you want to try a diet for Candida, consult with your doctor. Diets that are extremely restrictive or completely cut out certain types of foods can lead to nutrient deficiencies and ultimately result in even more problems.