Foods to Eat With Candida

Candida is a type of yeast that naturally grows in the body. According to the National Institutes for Health, candidiasis, which is also sometimes simply referred to as candida or yeast overgrowth takes place when the body when the immune system function becomes low. When the immune system becomes compromised, the body cannot control the growth of the candida yeast, so it multiplies too rapidly causing problems like vaginal yeast infections, oral thrush, itching and skin rashes. While the symptoms of having excess candida yeast in the body can often prove uncomfortable, they can be controlled. Many people take antifungal medications to deal with candida, but eating the right foods can also help.

Nuts

The Candida Diet website states that eating nuts such as walnuts and almonds can help to fight the candida yeast and reduce its overgrowth. This happens because protein restricts the growth of candida, and nuts are high in protein. The Candida Diet website recommends eating a wide variety of nuts but avoiding peanuts and pistachios, as they contain more mold than the other types of nuts.

Yogurt

Yogurt also proves beneficial to people who have an overgrowth of candida or present a high risk for candidiasis. The World’s Healthiest Foods website explains that yogurt contains live and active cultures of healthy bacteria called probiotics, which help to improve the immune system so that it becomes easier to fight off illness and infection. Since yeast overgrowth generally occurs when the immune system becomes weak and cannot control the spread of yeast, boosting the immune system by eating yogurt may help the body to fight yeast overgrowth on its own.

Chicken

According to the Candida Diet website, eating foods rich in protein such as chicken will help to starve off extra colonies of the candida yeast. This happens because chicken naturally contains no carbohydrates or sugar, which the candida yeast feeds on. The protein in chicken actually suppresses the growth of candida, according to the Candida Diet website.

Artichokes

Artichokes also prove healthy choice for reducing candida because they contain a carbohydrate chain called fructooligosaccharides, also called FOS. The World’s Healthiest Foods website states that FOS act as a prebiotic meaning they feed the healthy bacteria already present in the gut, allowing them to multiply. Therefore, eating artichokes can work to improve the immune system function so that the body can fight off yeast overgrowth. The World’s Healthiest Foods website states that Jerusalem artichokes contain the highest amount of FOS.

About this Author

Sarah Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition from San Diego State University. She has worked in nutrition in the past but currently works as a licensed Realtor in California. Davis began writing about nutrition in 2006 and had two chapters published in “The Grocery Store Diet” book in 2009. She now enjoys writing about real estate and managing her website, RealtorSD.com.