Celeriac, or celery root, is a low-starch vegetable that resembles the turnip. With the texture of a potato, its distinctive taste can be described as a cross between parsley and celery. Its name can be misleading – it has nothing to do with the root of the celery plant.
All you need is a blender to create this rich, velvety soup. The thyme leaves enhance the celeriac’s earthy flavor, making it a comforting year-round soup. A small amount of Granny Smith apple adds a hint of sweetness.
This is a great example of how to prepare simple meals for a low sugar, anti-inflammatory diet like the Candida diet. It contains lots of non-starchy vegetables, herbs and seasoning to add flavor, and antifungal ingredients to keep a Candida overgrowth in check.
1 Tbsp. oil, olive or coconut
1 leek, white and light green parts, cleaned and thinly sliced crosswise
1 celeriac, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 1 inch dice
1/4 cup peeled, diced Granny Smith apple (optional)
5 cups water
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried thyme leaves
Pepper to taste
Fresh thyme leaves for garnish
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes.
Add celeriac and apples (if using) and cook, stirring, for another 5 minutes.
Add water and bring to a simmer, then cover and cook until celeriac is tender, about 30 minutes.
Puree soup mixture until smooth in an upright blender, food processor or directly in the saucepan with an immersion blender.
Stir in dried thyme leaves, pepper to taste and additional salt if necessary.
Eating too many carbohydrates and added sugars is one of the major causes of Candida overgrowth. It raises your blood sugar, increases the availability of sugars in your gut, and allows Candida to convert to its pathogenic, hyphal form.
It might seem paradoxical to say that Candida sufferers often complain of symptoms related to low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, but this is the case. There are several ways in which Candida can wreak havoc on blood sugar levels, resulting in all sorts of unpleasant symptoms.
Blood sugar spikes are caused by the typical, high-sugar diet that is so prevalent in the West. And for every blood sugar spike, there’s a blood sugar crash. So a poor, imbalanced diet can lead to people oscillating between high and low blood sugar.
Those embarking on a Candida diet, even with the best intentions, can also suffer from low blood sugar. By switching too quickly from their regular diet, they don’t give their bodies enough time to adjust to new sources of fuel.
What is Low Blood Sugar?
Blood sugar is a measurement of the glucose being stored and transported by your blood. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy, and typically comes from rice, potatoes, bread, fruit and other carbs. When you eat these foods, the glucose is absorbed into your bloodstream. With the help of insulin, it is then taken into your cells and used for energy.
Excess glucose is stored in the liver and muscles, or else turned into fat. When you don’t get enough glucose, your body can’t function. This can happen if you’re on medication that doesn’t allow your body to produce the insulin it needs to use glucose. This results in a drop in blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar can also be caused by diabetes, and drinking alcohol without food.
Signs of Low Blood Sugar and/or Hypoglycemia
Symptoms of low blood sugar usually hit very suddenly and can include:
Sudden mood change
Nervousness or irritability
Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
Poor sleep patterns
Inability to think clearly or concentrate
Why Low Blood Sugar Is Linked to Candida
Low blood sugar problems in Candida sufferers are most often linked to diet. Let’s take a look at why this happens.
Eating starches, grains, and high-carb vegetables can feed candida because they have a high glycemic (GI) index. Like sugar, this causes an insulin resistance within the cells, which can later lead to problems with blood sugar management.
Skipping meals may seem like a good way to reduce the amount of sugar you’re eating, but it actually may do you more harm than good! Suddenly going for long periods without food causes blood sugar to drop. Then, when you do eat, you’re more likely to eat too much! This can lead to more insulin resistance as the body has to work harder to deal with the excess glucose.
Those who start a Candida diet can also sometimes experience low blood sugar symptoms. Here are two reasons why:
Those who are just beginning an anti-Candida program are most at risk of blood sugar imbalances. This is because, in most cases, they have been eating high-sugar foods for a long time. The sudden dietary change from regular sugar intake to no sugar at all can be severely disruptive to the body. The body’s main energy source has been cut off, and it might take some time to re-adjust. Sudden drops in blood sugar are quite common at the beginning of an anti-Candida program., especially if someone has quit sugar ‘cold turkey’.
On the other hand, eating the wrong kind of non-sugar foods can also cause problems. Although Candida sufferers know to avoid sugar, they may compensate by eating other sweet foods such as fruit. Dried fruit is especially problematic, as it is very high in fruit sugar. Too much can cause blood sugar spikes, followed by a sudden surge of insulin – then a major crash as blood sugar levels drop.
5 Tips To Avoid Low Blood Sugar
Long-term management of Candida requires keeping your dietary sugars at a sustainable, reasonably low level, and as stable as possible. In most cases, your body will adjust to your new low-sugar diet and your blood sugar levels will be stable again. Most health professionals expect this to happen within 2-3 weeks.
However, managing Candida-related blood sugar imbalances is much easier with a few tips and tricks. Here are 5 tips to help stabilize your blood sugar as you begin a Candida diet.
1. Minerals can help to stabilize blood sugar
Minerals such as chromium, zinc and magnesium are essential for healthy blood sugar management. Chromium helps to balance the amount of sugar your body absorbs by working with the insulin-signaling pathways. This helps to balance blood glucose levels while still allowing you to have stable energy.
Magnesium is important too, because elevated blood glucose levels can increase the loss of magnesium through your urine, reducing the amount of magnesium in your blood.
Zinc is needed for the formation of insulin in the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin.
2. Are you getting enough fiber?
Fiber is essential for keeping blood sugar levels in check. Fiber helps to slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, keeping you feel satisfied for longer. This also helps to slow down the rate at which sugars are absorbed into the bloodstream, preventing sudden spikes.
3. Stay hydrated!
Drinking plenty of water helps your kidneys to function efficiently, allowing them to flush out toxins and excess sugar in your urine. In fact, one study showed that drinking more water helped prevent high blood sugar levels in women.
Physical activity will help use up any excess blood sugar, which helps to prevent sudden peaks and dips. Exercise also boosts your metabolism so you’re able to burn stored glucose more efficiently. And as an added bonus, exercise will take your mind off wanting to eat sugary treats!
5. Don’t go cold turkey!
The anti-Candida diet may be quite a radical change from your normal diet, and your body can only handle a certain amount of change at once. A complete change in diet can be a very difficult adjustment. Take it slowly and start changing your diet before you do your Candida cleanse.
Beat Candida Without Blood Sugar Issues
Giving up sugar is hard enough without having to deal with low blood glucose! Fortunately, there are lots of ways to avoid suffering.
Eating well and checking the nutritional labels on all foods for sugar content is a good start. Don’t expect to quit sugar overnight – give your body a little more time to adjust.
In the meantime, keep your blood sugar levels in balance by drinking plenty of water and getting daily exercise. The health benefits will keep you motivated!
For more tips on stabilizing your blood sugar and switching to a healthy, long-term diet, check out the Ultimate Candida Diet program. Remember – stable blood sugar will boost your immune system, help you lose weight, and give you lots more energy!
Staying true to the principles of the Candida diet can involve some major changes in your eating habits. Accomplishing this at home is one thing, but traveling brings its own, entirely different, set of challenges!
Luckily, with a few simple strategies, you’ll find that eating healthily while traveling is entirely possible. There are plenty of options for avoiding added sugars and staying Candida-free while on the road, and also for avoiding gut infections or parasites.
Eating While Travelling
The type of cuisine available in a country or region will vary significantly from one to the next. Many Asian countries use a lot of sugar and salt in their foods, while some European countries may use more fermented and starchy foods. It pays to do some research beforehand so you know what you’re in for.
Your best bet is to be prepared. Take a ‘back-up plan’ of healthy snacks, in case you can’t find something you’re able to eat. Here are some ideas…
Book yourself a hotel room that has a mini-fridge. This way, you’ll be able to keep your ‘special’ foods fresh and plan ahead for meals.
Find expat communities or travel information centers that can help you with finding certain foods. Sometimes this can be as easy as searching on Facebook!
Go to a supermarket as soon as you arrive and stock up. Basic Candida diet foods such as nuts, eggs, vegetables and teas should be available in most supermarkets around the world – and could prove invaluable if you’re unable to find anything else.
Flying While On The Candida Diet
Airplane food is notoriously bad, but there are at least three more reasons why you might want to make plans to avoid it.
Firstly, the low pressure environment at 35,000 feet does strange things to your taste buds. Flavors that might seem overwhelming at ground level suddenly become bland and uninspiring. That’s why airline carriers load their foods up with salt and sugar, to make them seem more appetizing to your enfeebled taste buds.
Secondly, the food on airplanes is designed to make us happy (or at least less annoyed!) No one enjoys being crammed on an airplane with 300 other people, and so the airlines like to treat us with tasty, inexpensive snacks like chocolates, pretzels and bread rolls. None of these foods are good for the Candida diet.
Lastly, the boredom of sitting on an airplane can lead us to make bad dietary choices. We eat because there’s nothing better to do. It fills in the time and perhaps makes the flight go a little faster.
As you can see, replying on the airline to feed you is not the best strategy! Here are some tips for eating healthy while in the air.
Take your own food. Although many airlines now cater for special dietary requirements, you do have to make a request in advance. And you might still find that whatever meal you’re given isn’t appropriate – or to your liking!
Airports are a difficult place to find food that’s both Candida Diet-friendly AND reasonably priced. Once again, you’re better off bringing your own food. Airport security will generally let them through as long as they are not liquids.
Good choices for snack foods when flying include ones that will be OK out of the refrigerator for several hours. Raw veggies, nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, dried coconut.
Dining Out In A New Place
So you’ve taken your plane, train or automobile, and now you’re in your new location. Now where can you eat? Here are some tips for finding good local food that won’t wreck your Candida diet.
Do your homework! Research what the local cuisine of a new town or city will be like, and plan what you can and can’t eat. Do this before you travel.
Keep in mind that what you call a ‘salad’ back home might not be the same in another country or state! Ask about the ingredients of a dish before ordering, and always request for sauces to be served on the side (or not at all).
Stick to what you know: grilled lean meats such as fish, beef or chicken are fine. You can usually find olive oil, lemon, and salt for flavoring.
Shopping For Food
If you’re following the Candida diet, it’s far safer to prepare your own food. Wherever you are, local supermarkets will have at least a few options for a healthy, low-sugar meal.
Visit local markets for fresh vegetables that you can wash and eat raw.
In most parts of the world, you should be able to at least find carrots, tomatoes, salad greens, radish, peppers, avocado and other delicious salad ingredients.
Gut Infections While Traveling
Tummy bugs and parasites are all too common when traveling – and if your gut has already been weakened by Candida, you may be even more susceptible.
If you experience diarrhea, vomiting, gut pain, loss of appetite or other unpleasant digestive ills, it’s likely that you’ve picked up some sort of gastrointestinal pathogen. While this can put a slight damper on your holiday, there are ways to deal with it quickly and easily.
Take probiotics BEFORE you leave home in order to prepare your gut for any invading parasites. You’ll boost your numbers of gut bacteria and have a better defense system against possible infection.
Travel with shelf-stable saccharomyces boulardii. This beneficial yeast can survive out of the refrigerator and is invaluable both for preventing and treating traveler’s diarrhea. It’s been proven to reduce the risk of diarrhea when travelling in countries with poor hygiene and high rates of gastrointestinal ills.
Take activated charcoal. Charcoal is safe to use internally and works wonders for treating a gut infection. It works by harmlessly absorbing the toxins, gas and other irritating byproducts in the gut and then allowing your body to flush them out. You can buy activated charcoal capsules in your home country before setting off, as they may be difficult to find in some areas.
Drink plenty of electrolytes. Diarrhea causes the body to lose fluid rapidly, which is why dehydration is a major risk factor in travel illness. You need to replace both the fluid and the minerals lost with electrolytes, which can fortunately be found in pharmacies around the world.
Avoid spicy food, dairy, sugar, fruit or any strong flavors.
Try coconut oil off a spoon or in hot water. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil will help to soothe the irritation in your gut, while the powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties will work to kill off the bacteria.
Candida Or No Candida: You Can Still See The World!
Don’t let your Candida problems keep you at home. While it may be more difficult to adhere to a strict diet on the road, it’s not impossible. Preparation is key – and a little planning. Just remember to make allowances for your sensitive gut and know what to do if you do get struck down by a gut infection.
Probiotics are a must – and fortunately, many are now readily available in travel-safe form. Just remember to have a good supply for as long as you’ll be traveling: the best probiotics are usually the ones you can get at home.
Would a Candida-safe shopping list be useful on your holidays or business trips? The Ultimate Candida Diet program includes a comprehensive set of shopping lists that you can print out or keep on your phone for when you’re shopping in an unfamiliar supermarket.
Leeks are related to garlic, onions, shallots and scallions, but have a more delicate and sweet flavor, adding a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors in your dish.
Leeks are a good source of both vitamins A and K and, because they also possess antifungal properties, a particularly helpful option for your healthy Candida diet.
In this recipe, tender braised leeks are served simply with chicken and topped with a rich, creamy sauce of coconut milk and a garnish of tarragon. Quick to prepare, this dish is easy enough for a simple weeknight dinner or elegant enough for guests.
Tarragon Chicken and Leeks
1 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. oil, such as coconut or olive, divided
1/2 cup water or chicken broth
1/4 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh tarragon for a garnish
Place chicken breast between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper and pound with a meat mallet to about a 1/2 inch thickness. Season both sides of breast with dried tarragon, salt and pepper, set aside.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, add a tablespoon of oil, such as olive or coconut. Sauté chicken breast until lightly browned on both sides and juices run clear, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer chicken breast to a plate, cover loosely with foil.
Trim away dark green leaves and root end of leek. Split leek in half lengthwise and rinse under running water, separating layers, to wash away any dirt.
In the same skillet over medium heat, add remaining tablespoon of oil. Place leek halves cut side down in skillet and sauté for 5 minutes. Add water or chicken broth to skillet, cover and cook until leeks are tender and nicely caramelized, about 15 minutes. Transfer leeks to platter with chicken breast.
Add unsweetened coconut milk to skillet, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer until sauce has heated through, about 2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour sauce over chicken breast and leek halves. Garnish dish with fresh tarragon, serve immediately.
If you don’t have a meat mallet, you can use the flat bottom of a small skillet or saucepan to pound the chicken breast.
It was Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, who first said, “All disease begins in the gut”. What he meant was that our gut is intrinsically linked to our immune system. In fact, more than 70 percent of our immune system is IN our gut!
This may be hard to imagine, but the walls of your entire gastrointestinal system are home to organisms known as microbiota, or gut flora. We have larger number of bacteria in our gut than anywhere else in the body. You have about 1.5kg of bacteria in your body!
Many of these cells that make up your immune system. Scientists now know that gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is the main type of tissue lining the gut, representing almost 70% of the entire immune system. It’s also known that about 80% of our white blood cells (which are our main immune cells) live in this tissue.
Where Do Gut Bacteria Come From?
Your gut bacteria begin to develop immediately after you’re born, thanks to both the birth process and the breast milk you receive from your mother. Of course, these bacteria change as we grow and develop. The health of your gut bacteria is influenced by everything you face in daily life – diet, age, gender, stress, your environment – and everything you touch or smell.
Scientists have now found that our gut bacteria paint a very accurate picture of your overall health and wellbeing. Many of the digestive problems you have are often linked to much more serious conditions affecting the gut. This can include food allergies, behavioral disorders, mood changes, autoimmune disease, arthritis, chronic fatigue, skin disorders and even cancer.
What Is Gut Imbalance?
When our gut bacteria are “in balance”, it means we have plenty of beneficial bacteria flourishing and bad bacteria is kept to a minimum. An imbalance, on the other hand, means that we have an overgrowth of bad bacteria, which is threatening the ability of beneficial bacteria to do their work. This is also referred to as ‘dysbiosis’.
Candida overgrowth is one of the most common examples of gut dysbiosis. Candida albicans is a yeast that lives naturally in the gut, where it is usually kept under control by good bacteria. However, in the case of bacterial imbalance, the candida yeast grows and spreads throughout the body, causing all sorts of havoc.
How Does Gut Imbalance Affect Your Immune System?
Your gut has a million jobs to perform every day in order to keep your body healthy. These include digesting the food you eat, absorbing nutrients from that food, fighting off pathogenic bacteria, flushing out toxins, and producing vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Your immune system can’t function without the work your gut bacteria does in detoxifying and nourishing your body.
Studies have shown that the bacteria in our gut interact with our immune system cells. This interaction has developed as our diets and lifestyles have evolved over time. The bacteria have the tricky job of both fighting off harmful pathogens and creating the right conditions for healthy organisms. We need our immune system to recognize and kill the pathogens that make us ill, while at the same time allowing beneficial bacteria to flourish so they too can do their job.
But when pathogens and yeast get out of control, they throw everything out of balance. It’s much more difficult for the immune system to function properly because the good bacteria are weakened by the powerful pathogens.
One of the worst offenders to your immune system is the Candida albicans yeast. Candida is especially damaging to the valuable immune system cells lining the walls of your gut. The yeast can invade the immune cells, disrupting their normal activity and preventing them from fighting the harmful invaders that make you sick.
The first signs of gut imbalance caused by Candida overgrowth can be digestive symptoms such as indigestion, constipation or diarrhea. If untreated, these problems can progress into serious conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastroenteritis, or even inflammatory bowel disease. Other disorders linked to gut dysbiosis include arthritis, asthma, autism, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, mood disorders, fatty liver disease and even Alzheimer’s.
How Can You Re-Balance Your Gut Bacteria?
One of the most important factors in gut health is diet – after all, you are what you eat! Everything that enters your gastrointestinal tract will have an impact on your gut bacteria. Along with diet are some important supplements such as probiotics and lifestyle changes.
If you eat wholesome, natural foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and lean protein, you’ll reap the benefits of a healthy gut. But if you regularly eat foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat, or you take a lot of medications, your gut bacteria will be weakened – and so will your immune system.
These foods destroy the good bacteria in the gut by feeding the bad bacteria. Candida in particular thrives on sugar, and quickly grows out of control when there’s a constant supply of sugar to the gut.
Medicines such as antibiotics and other drugs can also disrupt the balance of gut bacteria. Although medication is necessary at certain times, it’s important to restore the balance by following up with a healthy diet. Probiotic supplements and fermented foods also help to counter the damage.
Taking probiotics is one of the most effective ways to restore the healthy balance of gut bacteria needed for a strong immune system. Certain strains of probiotics not only help to counteract bad gut bacteria, but “re-plant” the beneficial bacteria needed for good health. Clinical studies have also shown that taking probiotics can help decrease hyperpermeability of the gut lining, which is necessary to prevent pathogenic bacteria passing through the barrier.
Probiotic supplements can be taken either in capsules or freeze-dried powder form. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s label carefully to see if the supplements are sufficiently high in numbers to have a therapeutic effect. Products that have a “guaranteed potency” are generally the best option.
Fermented foods are also an excellent source of probiotics. An added bonus is that they also contain prebiotics, the ‘food’ that healthy bacteria need to grow and develop. Fermented foods include both dairy and vegetables, such as yoghurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut and kimchi.
Balanced Bacteria Mean A Healthy Immune System
Good health begins with a good balance of healthy bacteria. Our bodies can only function properly if the right fuel is being produced by our gut – and the right fuel is only produced if our gut bacteria is in good shape! Our gastrointestinal tract is so much more than just a place for our food to go – it’s also the place where most of our immune system does its work.
The next time you’re tempted by a packet of biscuits or a bottle of soda (or both!) think of what it will do to those precious immune system cells. Are those sugary treats worth getting sick?
For more tips on restoring the balance to your gut flora (and improving your immune system!) check out the Ultimate Candida Diet plan.
Today’s modern lifestyle is a minefield of toxins. There are chemicals and pollutants in our air, our food, our drinking water and even the products we apply to our skin. Although there are ways to minimize the amount of toxins we encounter, the truth is that they’re almost impossible to avoid completely.
Unfortunately, these toxins can have a catastrophic effect on your body. Everyday toxins accumulate in the body over time, building up to dangerous levels. They’re absorbed by your cells, muscles, and soft tissues. Eventually, they weaken your entire immune system.
Research has shown that chemical pollutants can suppress normal immune function, increasing your susceptibility to infections and diseases. Considering 70 percent of your immune system is in your gut, this increases your susceptibility to pathogenic bacteria, fungi and yeast – such as Candida overgrowth.
The good news is that there are three ways to detoxify your body naturally: diet, supplements, and daily habits. Make these techniques a regular part of your daily lifestyle and you’ll be on your way to a toxin-free, healthier you!
Natural Detoxification Through Diet
Here are some simple, detoxifying changes that you can make to your diet today.
Increase your water intake
Water helps flush toxins out of your body in the form of sweat, tears, and urine. Choose pure, filtered water from a safe source.
These often contain preservatives and artificial flavorings that are not only toxic, but increase your appetite.
Add fermented foods and drinks to your diet
These are an excellent source of probiotics which help fight pathogens and yeast. Probiotics also strengthen the immune system, and improve digestion and detoxification.
Sauerkraut is a good source of calcium glucarate, a powerful detoxifier. Research has shown that calcium glucarate helps prevent cancer of the breast and colon.
Natural Liver Detoxification
The liver is the largest organ in the body. It’s also the organ primarily responsible for detoxification: flushing out the various toxins we encounter in our diet, lifestyle and environment. Every one of our body systems is dependent on the liver for ‘cleaning’ the blood of impurities.
The more toxins we ingest, imbibe, and encounter, the greater the burden on the liver. Signs of an overloaded liver include fatigue, headaches, digestive issues, skin problems, and weakened immune function.
A number of supplements can support liver function, including:
This herb is famous for its active ingredient, silymarin. Silymarin is an important antioxidant and nature’s very own liver nurse. It supports and protects the liver by optimising liver function and detoxification as well as repairing damage done to liver cells caused by disease, alcohol and drugs.
The active ingredients in milk thistle act like your liver’s own personal gatekeeper. It binds to the outside of the liver cell and when toxins enter the body, it fends them off by blocking entry to the liver cell.
Silymarin also takes care of toxins that have already found their way into the cell, seeking them out and neutralising them. Neutralised toxins are then either removed from the bloodstream or converted into water-soluble forms which can be sent out of the body as harmless waste (through the bowels, in your urine or in sweat).
Molybdenum is a mineral naturally present in many foods. It’s especially important to the liver in flushing out toxins.
Molybdenum is required for helping the body make several detoxification enzymes, including aldehyde dehydrogenase and aldehyde oxidase. These enzymes work to neutralize acetaldehyde, a harmful metabolic byproduct of alcohol, yeast and fungi.
Candida overgrowth often leads to an excess of this neurotoxin, causing it to build up in the blood, liver and other tissues. This seriously burdens the immune system.
Molybdenum also helps the body synthesize enzymes that oxidize the sulfites in preservatives, as well as neutralizing toxins involved in protein metabolism. In addition molybdenum is involved with expelling excess copper from the body and preventing dental cavities caused by minerals stored in tooth enamel.
Most importantly, molybdenum also helps rid the body of toxins that accumulate when Candida yeast cells die. The die-off process (or Herxheimer reaction) can deplete molybdenum stores very quickly, so it’s important to replace them during your detoxification.
A derivative of vitamin B5, pantethine is vital for healthy detoxification. Pantethine also benefits Candida sufferers by supporting healthy metabolism, particularly when it comes to breaking down acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is a nasty chemical that affects your metabolic, endocrine, neurological and immune systems. It’s produced by the Candida yeast during your Candida infestation, and it is also released by yeast cells during die-off.
Pantethine helps to flush this poison from the body by working with other bodily functions that make co-enzyme A, a nutrient required for metabolic function. Acetyl Coenzyme A is the active form of pantothenic acid, and it is formed when coenzyme A combines with the acetate in your cells.
Regular intake of pantethine can lower overall acetaldehyde levels in the body. A study in Japan showed that the pantethine prevented a rise in blood acetaldehyde in people who had ingested alcohol.
Natural Detoxification Habits
Reduce the toxic load on your body by switching to organic, natural personal care and household products. Natural alternatives to chemical-laden products are now widely available and better for the environment, too!
Exercise activates your lymphatic system and increases the level of oxygen in your bloodstream. This helps to optimize immune function, reduce the Candida colonies in your gut and boost digestive transit time.
Sauna treatments increase body temperature, which restricts the survival of viruses and other pathogens. Saunas can also help to increase blood circulation, which oxygenates your cells and assists the removal of toxins from your bloodstream. Not only that, a sauna will open your pores and keep your skin’s elimination pathway running smoothly. Sweating helps to remove toxins and can help to relieve some of the symptoms associated with Candida.
This helps to clear away toxic metabolites by stimulating the lymphatic system. Firm but gentle brush strokes across the skin will boost blood circulation, allowing for faster elimination of toxins. Use a brush with natural bristles and start from your feet. Use slow, gentle, circular movements and move up your body, brushing towards your heart.
Detox Yourself Of Candida – Everyday
Detoxification is one of the most important elements of a successful anti-Candida program. With all the toxins we face in everyday life, our body’s natural detoxification pathways can sometimes fall short. That’s why it’s hugely important to give our liver, skin and blood a helping hand!
Reducing the toxic load on your body is a start, but there are real benefits in supplementing body with quality nutrients through diet and supplements. And anyway, who doesn’t love a good sauna?
Buffalo seasoning isn’t just for wings! Believe it or not, it’s delicious on veggies too, like here on these Buffalo Cauliflower Florets. Our seasoning mix uses smoked paprika for a subtle, smoky flavor and perfect color. A pinch of red pepper flakes adds a touch of heat too.
Apple cider vinegar adds that twang you’ve come to know from bottled buffalo sauces, but it’s healthier here without the preservatives and additives. These Buffalo Cauliflower Florets are a tasty, veggie version of the classic pregame (or any time!) snack.
This is a great example of taking a food that’s not particularly healthy (e.g. buffalo wings) and adding in nutritious substitutions. Enjoy!
Buffalo Cauliflower Florets
3 Tbsp. oil, such as olive or coconut, melted
1 lb. cauliflower florets
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. paprika, smoked variety recommended
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. finely minced parsley
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 cup plain kefir
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. finely minced chives
2 tsp. finely minced parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions For Cauliflower Florets
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Drizzle a rimmed baking sheet with 1 tablespoon oil, set aside.
In a large bowl, add 2 tablespoons oil, apple cider vinegar, paprika, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Whisk to combine. Add cauliflower florets to bowl and toss to coat thoroughly, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Place well seasoned florets on oiled baking sheet and bake, turning once midway, until florets are tender and nicely browned on edges, about 25 minutes.
Remove from oven and transfer florets to a serving platter. Garnish with thinly sliced celery and scallions, minced parsley and a pinch of red pepper flakes (if using). Drizzle with Ranch Dressing (below), and serve.
Directions For Ranch Dressing
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk to combine, serve. Store unused dressing in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
Just when you thought you’d tried all the sugar-free natural sweeteners around, along comes a brand-new one: monk fruit! And this may be the best yet.
Although fairly new to the Western market, monk fruit extract has been used as both a sweetener and medicine for centuries. Also known as luo han guo, monk fruit is named for the monks who grew it in southern Chinese mountains hundreds of centuries ago. It’s part of the gourd family and grows on a vine, but doesn’t usually grow wild.
Monk fruit extract contains some incredible compounds that are 300-400 times sweeter than cane sugar. But, and here’s the real kicker, it’s virtually calorie-free. That means it won’t affect blood sugar levels, and it won’t rot your teeth.
Because monk fruit has a rather short shelf life after being harvested – and an unpleasant rotten taste – it’s rarely eaten fresh. Monk fruit sweetener, on the other hand, is very pleasant and lacks the aftertaste that some other natural sweeteners have.
Why Monk Fruit Is Suitable For The Candida Diet
Monk fruit’s sweet taste is not actually from its sugars but from its antioxidant content! These antioxidants – known as mogrosides – aren’t metabolized by the body in the same way as natural sugar, so they’re not used for energy. The trace amounts of natural sugars in monk fruit – fructose, glucose and other components – are insignificant as a calorie source. This basically means you get the benefits of a sweet taste but in a form that the body doesn’t recognize as calories.
More importantly, the lack of sugars in monk fruit means there’s nothing to feed a Candida overgrowth or indeed any other form of gut dysbiosis. This makes monk fruit a fantastic sugar-free option for satisfying those sugar cravings.
There’s yet another reason for using monk fruit as your anti-Candida sweetener – it’s a proven antimicrobial. Similarly to xylitol, monk fruit has been shown to harbor special properties that inhibit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. These are the type of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. There is also some evidence that monk fruit may be effective in treating some forms of candida overgrowth such as oral thrush.
Benefits of Monk Fruit
Monk fruit isn’t just a tasty sugar-free sweetener. Here are some other benefits that you should be aware of.
It’s An Antioxidant
Monk fruit harbors an array of health properties that can boost your body’s free-radical fighting powers. In fact, some cultures refer to it as the ‘longevity fruit’, due to its efficacy as an antioxidant. Studies have shown that mogrosides can significantly block harmful reactive oxygen species and prevent DNA oxidative damage. Being both a calorie-free sweetener AND an antioxidant makes monk fruit something of a superfood!
It Relieves Heat-Aggravated Conditions
Monk fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a popular remedy in traditional medicine to relieve the body of heat-related conditions. Chinese herbalists will make tea from boiled monk fruit to help cool the body from ailments such as fever or sunburn.
It Can Help Manage Diabetes
As an antihyperglycemic, monk fruit has been shown to help reduce blood glucose levels in the body. It’s also believed that its antioxidant compounds can help pancreatic cells function more efficiently, improving insulin secretion. Better insulin secretion is a major part of improving diabetic patients’ health, and monk fruit has even shown results in reducing kidney damage and other diabetes-related issues.
It Can Clear The Respiratory Tract
Monk fruit’s expectorant properties make it useful for respiratory ills such as coughs and colds. It’s used to clear away the inflammation to relieve sore throat, and break up phlegm in the throat and lungs. In Chinese medicine, monk fruit’s indications are referred to as “phlegm-fire cough”, sore throat, tonsillitis, acute gastritis, and constipation.
How Does Monk Fruit Compare To Xylitol, Stevia and Erythritol?
When it comes to natural sweeteners, we’re spoiled for choice these days. Xylitol, stevia, and erythritol all have their benefits and uses.
These are all great options for your Candida diet, or in fact any low-sugar eating plan. However, unlike some sugar alcohols, monk fruit doesn’t cause gastrointestinal issues such as bloating and diarrhea. It also doesn’t have the intensely sweet after-taste that some people dislike about stevia.
If you’ve tried these other sweeteners and found that they’re not for you, monk fruit may be the answer.
What To Look For When Buying Monk Fruit Extract
Monk fruit extract or sweetener can be purchased online or in health food stores. Note that the sweetness depends on the concentration of the extract and the number of mogrosides it contains. These mogrosides are ranked from 1-5 in terms of their sweetness. Number 5 is the sweetest, and conveys the most health benefits.
Of course, certain manufacturers may modify the sweetness of a product by adding other ingredients. When purchasing monk fruit sweeteners, check the ingredients listing for additives. Some commercial products may blend monk fruit with dextrose, molasses and/or sugar alcohols to balance the sweetness. Check the label and be aware of what you’re purchasing.
How To Use Monk Fruit
As an extract, monk fruit can be added to beverages, baking and desserts. Only a very small amount is required, as the sweetness is so powerful!
Dried monk fruit may also be available at Asian supermarkets, and be used in soups and teas. Make a monk fruit tea by simmering around 9-15g of dried monk fruit in boiling water.
Making monk fruit extract involves harvesting the fresh fruit and infusing it with the juice in a hot water infusion. It is then filtered and dried, and the extract is ground to a powder.
Does Monk Fruit Sweetener Make Sense For Your Diet?
Natural sweeteners such as monk fruit provide the sweet taste that we all crave, yet they have virtually no effect on your blood sugar. It’s no secret that most of us consume far too much sugar – and that this is contributing to a huge increase in gut disorders like Candida overgrowth, obesity, and diabetes.
Monk fruit is a healthy, natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners. Some people may find it even better than sugar alcohols, which can cause occasional digestive problems. The only tricky part is finding it: monk fruit extract is not yet as readily available as other sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol and erythritol.
If you’re not sure how to eat on the Candida diet, don’t worry! Dr Eric Wood and I have put together a comprehensive guide to the dietary and lifestyle changes that you need to make to restore your gut health and energy levels. Check it out here.
As most of us know, probiotics are a great way to improve gut health. Many scientific studies have shown that taking probiotic supplements or eating fermented foods can lead to better digestion, healthy elimination, and a stronger immune system. These benefits are crucial to the daily maintenance of the body and its many functions.
Your immune system is one of the most important factors in your health and wellbeing, and one that depends on the health of your gut. After all, around 70 percent of your immune system cells live in the lymphatic tissue of the gut! Probiotics are one of the best ways to keep these precious cells in optimal condition.
But here’s something even more incredible: probiotics may soon be the new vaccines!
In ground-breaking research, scientists have found that some probiotic strains can positively affect the immune response of patients who receive vaccines. Even more exciting: in the near future it may be possible to genetically modify probiotics so they completely replace regular vaccines.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are bacteria – but they’re the ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ kind that we need to survive. Specifically, probiotics are live microorganisms provide us with numerous health benefits. They can be taken as a supplement or consumed in certain foods such as sauerkraut or yogurt.
You need probiotics to keep your gut in balance. Your gut contains something like 100 trillion microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts like Candida albicans, single-cell eukaryotes, viruses, and even parasites. The location of these microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract depends on their number, type and function. When the gut is “in balance”, the majority of bacteria are the good, health-promoting kind, and the body is able to function efficiently as a result.
Gut bacteria begin to accumulate in the gut when you’re born, and their composition goes through many changes as you age. The quantity and quality of our gut bacteria depends largely on your diet, but also external factors such as your lifestyle, genetics, environment, health conditions and even emotions. In turn, your bacteria contribute to your body’s ability to keep you well.
Some of the major functions of probiotic bacteria:
Digesting and fermenting food
Producing vital nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids
Protecting against harmful pathogens
Counteracting ‘bad’ microorganisms such as Candida
Maintaining integrity of the gut lining
Filtering out toxins
Probiotics And Adaptive Immunity
It’s now known that the intestinal microbiota play a major part in activating pathways in the immune system. These pathways are involved in controlling both the innate and adaptive immunity in the gut. In fact, it’s believed that improving the gut microbiota may be the key to building resistance to disease.
This hypothesis came to light following the poor performance of oral vaccines in developing countries, where children typically have a poor gut microbiota. After being treated with antiparasitic drugs (and therefore improving their gut health), children showed a better immune system response. This shows the importance of a healthy intestinal microbiome.
What Is A Vaccine?
There are a few differences between vaccines, vaccinations, and immunizations:
Vaccine: A substance that causes the body to produce immunity from a disease. A vaccine is usually delivered through injections or by mouth.
Vaccination: The injection of a killed or weakened organism that causes the body to produce immunity against that organism.
Immunization: The process by which a person or animal becomes protected from a disease. This can be due to a vaccine, but some diseases can also result in immunization after a person recovers from the disease.
Probiotics As Vaccines
A review published in 2017 examined 26 studies which looked into the use of probiotics alongside vaccines. These studies had tested the efficacy of some 40 different probiotic strains used along with 17 different vaccines. About half of these studies reported probiotics to improve the effectiveness of vaccines. The effect was strongest for oral vaccines and parenteral influenza vaccination. Efficacy varied widely depending on the strain of the probiotics, dosage, purity and the timing of supplementation.
The fantastic thing about probiotics as vaccines is that they are relatively cheap. More research is required to determine which strains are best for which diseases.
The future is even more exciting. In 2011, Chinese researchers attempted to modify a probiotic to use as a vaccine. They did this by adding pieces of Helicobacter pylori, the gastrointestinal pathogen, to the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus. They fed these altered bacteria to mice, and saw positive results.
The ‘vaccinated’ mice showed higher levels of antibodies against the specific strain of H. pylori bacteria, suggesting their bodies had developed a resistance to it. The researchers concluded that L. acidophilus is indeed a promising vaccine antigen – and a more cost-efficient one. Subsequent studies have looked at using probiotics for HIV and other conditions.
Which Strains Do What?
Altered bacteria, like those discussed above, are not yet available to consumers. However, the probiotic bacteria that you find in your health store supplement already offer you some protection from disease.
One of the most well-known strains of probiotics is Lactobacillus acidophilus. This powerful bacterium lives naturally in the human body, mainly in the gut. It works to protect us against pathogenic bacteria that can enter the body through food we eat or air we breathe. It’s usually present in fermented milk products such as yoghurt.
Studies have suggested that L. acidophilus is one of the most important bacteria involved in activating your immune system. It seems that L. acidophilus not only modulates the immune system response, but encourages a natural resistance against certain illnesses.
This was tested in a 2008 study, in which pigs were infected with a viral pathogen. Some of the pigs had been treated with L. acidophilus. Incredibly, the pigs given the L. acidophilus showed an enhanced immune response and were protected against the viral pathogen.
Another important study found that adults treated with seven different strains of probiotics were able to produce much more efficient immune responses. The adults were given either probiotics or a placebo, then an oral cholera vaccine. Those who received Bifidobacterium lactis and L. acidophilus showed a significant increase in IgG immune cells compared with the control group, heightening their body’s defense system against cholera. Their immune response was also faster. This showed that specific probiotic strains are able to potentiate the immune response.
Another promising strain is Lactobacillus casei, which appears to boost immunity against rotavirus. Infants aged between 2-5 months old were treated with either L. casei or a placebo after being given their routine rotavirus vaccination. Those who received the probiotic treatment showed a higher level of the type of white blood cells needed to fight rotavirus.
The clinical significance of this study was that the L. casei had an immunostimulating effect on the rotavirus vaccine, essentially making it more powerful. The researchers suggested that probiotics have the potential to enhance vaccines, and should be studied further.
The probiotic Bifidobacterium breve has also been found to improve children’s immunity against cholera. In a study conducted in Bangladesh, children were given dosages of B. breve every day for four weeks, as well as two doses of the oral cholera vaccine Dukoral. The children receiving the probiotic showed a higher count of white blood cells needed to fight cholera than those who received a placebo.
Looking Ahead: The Future Of Probiotics As Vaccines
Probiotics go a long way in improving our daily lives, from digestion and elimination to nutrient absorption and energy production. Their potential to protect us from serious disease is yet another example of their powerful health benefits.
At present, more research is needed to determine the efficacy of probiotics as vaccines – and also which strains can be adjusted to produce immunity against disease. Using probiotic bacteria as a means of boosting oral vaccines has already been demonstrated, and promises to be hugely beneficial in developing countries where diseases are widespread.
Scientists are now explore the ways in which different probiotic strains can provide immunization without the need for oral vaccines at all. Probiotics as vaccines could prove to be not only a more effective means of preventing disease, but also more cost-efficient and easier to administer.
Probiotics form a really important part of our Candida treatment plan. The goal of the plan is to improve your gut health, fight a Candida overgrowth, and increase energy levels. Probiotics, both from food and from supplements, are a vital piece of the program.
Meals in a bowl have become quite popular, perhaps as a response to our busy lives. On days when you’re too tired to cook, you still need to eat! These bowls provide something simple and satisfying, hearty and filling – everything you need in just one bowl. They are easy to prepare in just a few steps, without skimping on important nutrition.
This Salmon Bowl with Arugula Dressing is loaded with Candida-fighting super foods – salmon and quinoa, greens, vegetables, berries (as an optional ‘maybe’ food) and seeds. A beautiful feast in a bowl which can easily be doubled or tripled for more than one serving.
Salmon Bowl with Arugula Dressing
1 4-ounce salmon fillet
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon oil, olive or coconut, melted
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces fresh green beans, stem end trimmed
1/2 cup cooked tricolor quinoa
1 cup arugula, packed
2 ounces yellow pepper, thinly sliced lengthwise
Blueberries (optional ‘maybe’ food)
2 cups arugula, packed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place salmon fillet, skin side down, on a rimmed baking sheet drizzled with oil. Season with dried sage, salt and pepper and roast until just cooked through, about 12 minutes. Remove salmon filet from oven, set aside.
In a small saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil. Add green beans and blanch just until bright green and tender crisp, about 2 minutes. Drain green beans and rinse under cold water for 1 to 2 minutes, set aside.
To assemble bowl, first add arugula and cooked tricolor quinoa, then top with roasted salmon filet. Next add green beans and sliced yellow pepper to the side, then drizzle with Arugula Dressing (see recipe below). Finally garnish bowl with a few blueberries (optional ‘maybe’ food) and pumpkin seeds.
In the bowl of a food processor, add arugula and minced garlic and pulse until finely chopped. Add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and process until smooth. With the food processor running, drizzle in olive oil to make a smooth dressing. If necessary, thin with a bit of water to desired consistency.
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate unused portion.