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Jo*Jo;39898 wrote: Or is it a case of forgetting about fighting candida at the moment and just concentrating on healing my intestines?
You can’t cure a leaky gut completely until you get the Candida infestation under control first. To forget about treating the Candida overgrowth and working only on the leaky gut syndrome would be much like putting the cart before the horse; it simply won’t work. After all, the Candida boring into the intestines is what caused the leaky gut in the first place. Once the Candida population has decreased enough, you’ll be able to get a better grasp on the problem of your leaky gut.
Meanwhile, if you want to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, you can do so without adding possible Candida-problem-causing foods or fruit to your diet which would feed the Candida a hefty dose of fructose each time you ate it.
As far as nuts and seeds are concerned, hemp seed powder is on the strict diet for many reasons, one of those being, hemp seeds are a high protein food source.
Other reasons are; hemp seeds contain all 10 of the essential amino acids; amino acids provide the structure of every living cell of your body, which means that healing ‘anything’ is virtually impossible without them. There are actually books written about the healing properties of amino acids.
Hemp also contains one of the healthiest anti-inflammatory ratios of two fatty acids, which is 3:1 omega-6 to omega-3. Also, one particularly beneficial form of omega-6, which is called amma linolenic acid, is literally the direct building block of anti-inflammatory hormones.
According to research; the typical anti-inflammatory diet would consist of the following foods in descending order of importance,
leaving fruit out of the picture, of course.
1) Green vegetables (4-5 servings a day minimum).
2) Healthy oils/fats; EVO, expeller-pressed canola oil, avocados, nuts/seeds, including walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and *coconut oil.
*Quoted from Beyond Health News: “For the past 20 years it has been known that coconut oil has been beneficial to patients with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease. Coconut oil appears to have a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms which cause chronic inflammation.”
3) Wheat substitutes (wheat is actually an inflammatory food): oat bran, rice bran, *coconut flour. *Coconut flour contains 33% coconut oil which is anti-inflammatory.
4) Alaskan salmon, sardines, and Alaskan black cod.
5) Organic eggs, skinless organic chicken.
6) Healthy herbs and spices such as turmeric, licorice root, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, and yucca root.
As you can see, a workable Candida diet can easily be designed from this list of anti-inflammatory foods; which is exactly what the strict diet is.
So far, the only sure way of curing a leaky gut syndrome which was caused by a Candida overgrowth is treating the overgrowth with prebiotics and probiotics; as the Candida infestation shrinks and heals, so does the leaky gut.