Body Ecology and Candida
Candida is a form of yeast that is found naturally in the body, but it can be harmful in excessive quantities. When too many carbohydrates and sugars are consumed, candida multiplies and begins to weaken the immune system. Once the immune system is compromised, undesirable symptoms may be experienced such as constipation, bloating and diarrhea. This condition will also make you crave MORE SUGAR.
The Body Ecology Diet recommends that only 20% of a given meal should consist of starchy foods (rice, potatoes, cornmeal, etc…). Candida survives off of starchy foods, so keeping them to a minimum is important. Fermented foods and green leafy vegetables such as kale or lettuce are the preferred option during a candida cleanse. For a list of fermented foods, see Probiotics 101.
Yes, too much fruit is bad for you
Most fruits contain too much sugar and should be avoided in large quantities. Priority should be given to sour fruits such as blackberries, kiwis, lemons and blueberries. When sugar enters the body it expands and provides more nutrients for candida. Sour fruits contain less sugar and can be effectively combined with protein fats to aid with digestion. Too much fruit in a diet can cause an overgrowth of candida, which may lead to chronic inflammation and depression.
Body ecology abandons the preconceived idea that fats are bad. Healthy fats and oils are essential for fighting the multiplication of candida in the body. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) can relieve chronic inflammation and can keep candida out of the blood stream. Omega-3 fatty acids are often underrepresented in most diets. These healthy oils can be found in a variety of Seafoods such as cold-water fish, Blue-Green Algae, and Krill.
EFAs can also be supplemented directly or used for cooking. Chia seeds and olive oil are both good sources of EFAs (with some seafood in the mix). During a candida cleanse, it is important to supplement essential EFAs because it is difficult to receive the proper amount of healthy fats from most foods. For more information, see bodyecology.com