I have included 10 of my favorite Candida-fighting foods in this list. You can make some delicious recipes with these ingredients, safe in the knowledge that the food you are eating is helping with your Candida treatment too. I have tried wherever possible to include these ingredients in the recipes found on this website and in the recipe books.
Our Ultimate Candida Diet program contains a larger list of 28 Candida-fighting foods that you can find in your local store. It includes some surprising probiotic and antifungal foods that you might not have realized would help with your Candida treatment. There are also some foods that will help your body’s own detoxification processes, and foods that will help to heal your intestinal walls.
Here are 10 of the best Candida-fighting foods:
1. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a potent Candida killer, and one of the most useful antifungals there is. It contains Lauric acid and Caprylic acid, which both help prevent Candida overgrowth and strengthen your immune system.
Coconut oil is very heat stable, so it’s an ideal oil to use for frying and cooking. It is also inexpensive to buy and has a much longer shelf life than other oils! You can consume 2-3 tablespoons per day. Look for a high quality, organic, virgin coconut oil.
If you are unsure how to incorporate coconut oil into your diet, our recipe books include lots of tasty meals that include it.
Garlic has powerful antifungal properties to attack Candida, while also preserving and boosting the good bacteria in your digestive system. Garlic stimulates the liver and colon, giving it a potent additive effect to your body’s own detoxification processes.
If you love garlic, then use it liberally to flavor your food. You can also eat 2-4 cloves per day, crushed and mixed with water as an anti-Candida tonic. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach, and try it with a tablespoon of coconut oil to cut down on the stomach burn.
Be careful which garlic you buy. Most garlic in supermarkets these days comes from China, where food and agricultural standards are still significantly less stringent than in the West. Look for some good quality, organic, local garlic, or garlic from Europe or North America.
Onions have strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic properties. They also help to flush excess fluids out the body – this is useful because many Candida sufferers experience water retention. Onions along with garlic can give you breath issues, so a handy tip is to eat them with a bit of parsley to counter the smell.
Onions are particularly useful because they are very easy to integrate into many recipes. You can add them to your omelets in the morning for a high-protein, low carbohydrate, gluten free start to your day.
Seaweed is a nutrient-dense healing food that will help the body in its fight against Candida. It is rich in iodine to help balance your thyroid gland – Candida sufferers often experience hypothyroidism and its many symptoms. Seaweed flushes toxic pollutants and heavy metals from the body, and cleanses your intestinal tract.
Kelp extract supplements are one of the most potent sources of Iodine, but you should also try eating lots of different types of seaweed.
Rutabaga is one of the most potent antifungal foods that you will find. Although you might think it falls into the same category of starchy foods as sweet potatoes and yams, it actually has some very strong antifungal properties.
Try it in small amounts first – if you find that it causes Die-Off symptoms then you might want to try a milder antifungal food like turnip instead. Rutabaga is a versatile vegetable – you can make a rutabaga mash, cut up some rutabaga fries, or mix it into your vegetable soup.
Ginger has a detoxifying effect on the body by increasing circulation and detoxifying the liver, in addition to stimulating the immune system. It has a positive effect on the digestive system and helps reduce intestinal gas. It also has a soothing effect on any inflammation that the Candida overgrowth may cause in your intestinal tract.
Ginger tea is incredibly easy to make – here’s how you do it:
1 square inch piece of fresh Ginger root
Squeeze of lemon
2 cup of water
Cut off the outside of the ginger root, then grate it and add to boiling water. Boil for 20 minutes. Strain and serve with a slice of lemon.
7. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains a plant chemical named Oleuropein, which is found in both olive oil and olive leaf extract. It has powerful antifungal properties and stimulates your immune system’s own response to a Candida albicans infestation.
It has also been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels – this is important for Candida sufferers because elevated blood sugar levels can feed your yeast overgrowth. Just make sure that you buy a real olive oil, and not a fake one.
8. Lemon And Lime Juice
Lemon and lime juice stimulate the peristaltic action of your colon, increasing the efficiency of your digestive system.
Both lemons and limes are great options for seasoning your vegetable, fish and meat dishes. And you can add them into your salad dressings at any stage of the diet plan.
9. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties. Omega-3s also help to combat depression and symptoms of Candida inflammation such as pain and skin conditions.
It is a well established fact that most of us do not get enough Omega-3 oils in our diet to maintain optimum thyroid health. Deficiencies in this fatty acid have been linked to lower thyroid hormone levels. For an easy Omega-3 boost, add these pumpkin seeds to cereal, smoothies, and salads, or even use them as a portable snack.
10. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper gives natural support to your digestive system and immune system. It helps to digest food and reduces constipation by improving bowel transit time. Cayenne also increases metabolism and circulation, which will help to reduce one of the most common Candida symptoms, fatigue. Use cayenne pepper liberally to spice up your favorite foods.
For the full list of our top 28 Candida-fighting foods, including foods that heal your gut and replenish your gut flora, check out our Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program.