Herbs Most herbs are welcome; organically grown herbs are even better. Herbs that are particularly known for healing qualities include cayenne, curry, ginger and garlic. Fresh herbs are much better than their dried counterparts.
Teas Mathake, echinacea and pau d’arco are known for their anti-fungal properties. Also known for their healing powers are burdock and dandelion root teas. Green tea, nettle tea and ginger tea greatly enhance digestion and may improve gut motility problems such as constipation and abdominal pain. Avoid black/caffeinated teas, fruit teas and teas with citric acid. Anything with added caffeine is a stimulant and causes stress in the body.
Animal Protein Unfortunately the food industry has packed our meats and dairy with antibiotics and hormones that are transferred to our digestive system, thus disrupting our gut flora and creating a great environment for yeast overgrowth. Ideally your meat should be organic, free-range and free of antibiotics and hormones. Chicken, turkey and fish (especially oily fish) are encouraged; red meat can be consumed sparingly.
An Anti-Candida Diet:
Drink juice only on an empty stomach and “chew it” before swallowing, allowing the digestion process to begin by mixing with saliva. Adding a bit of flax fiber is also wise so the juice assimilates more slowly. Wait a half hour after drinking juice before eating other foods.
Fish contain a lot of protein, vitamins, essential fats and trace minerals and are very easy on the digestive system compared to red meat. Combining animal proteins with raw, cultured vegetables (or digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid and pepsin) is a must. Animal proteins create toxic by-products in the intestines; the micro flora in the cultured vegetables turn these toxins back into useful amino acids and also protect the digestive system from parasites. Cayenne pepper stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid; try sprinkling it on your protein.
Vegetables Vegetables are wonderful gifts from nature! Their bountiful micronutrient content make them an essential part of your daily diet. They are rich with the vitamins and minerals needed to heal your body and most vegetables digest well with just about every other food. Vegetables are low in refined simple sugars and are a more complex source of carbohydrates. They contain a large amount of fiber that can stabilize blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings. Vegetables should constitute a huge percentage of each meal. Juicing or blending your vegetables are great ways to get the nutrients into the bloodstream. By doing this you are packing huge quantities of goodness in one serving. Juices/blends can be much easier to prepare and pack if you are in a rush or unable to cook several meals a day. Leafy green vegetables, (such as turnips, kale, collards, beet greens), which grow above ground are rich in chlorophyll and help clean the blood. They also provide excellent sources of calcium and iron and should be included in every meal when possible.
Artificial Sweeteners These are just as bad for you as natural sugar as they still activate the yeast in the body. In fact, they are even worse than natural sugar because artificial sweeteners contain dangerous chemicals that can cause a host of disorders and illnesses in the body. The only sweetener allowed is Stevia. This shrub has a long history of safe and therapeutic use as an herbal sweetener and as an antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic agent. It’s also calorie-free.