Candida Diet
Severe Inflammation During Candida Diet

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Candida Diet

Candida Diet - Severe Inflammation During Candida Diet

Candida overgrowth has only been recognized recently as a medical condition, causing a variety of symptoms and treated by the Candida diet and anti fungal drugs. Many Candida sufferers prefer not to use the drugs and instead use other measures such as herbal medicine and homeopathic medicine alongside the Candida diet.

Symptoms of Candida infection

Candida infections are well known as athlete’s foot or as vaginal thrush, but less well known when they cause a systemic infection. A Candida infection occurs when the Candida yeasts overgrows the normal bacteria of the body. This can be caused by antibiotic use, contraceptive pill use or a weakened immune system. There are many symptoms that point towards a Candida infection, covering many systems of the body. The symptoms are non-specific and vary in severity. They include allergies, fatigue, poor digestion, lack of concentration, bloating, gas, diarrhea, cramps, dizziness, sugar craving, menstrual problems, sore throats, chest infections, asthma, fungal skin infections and many more. People who suffer from a wide variety of vague and seemingly unconnected symptoms should consider being tested for Candida infection.

The Candida Diet

Once a Candida infection has been confirmed then a Candida diet will be recommended to treat it. The idea of the diet is to eliminate all sources of food from the Candida organism, causing it to starve to death.  The recommendations of the Candida diet vary in the details depending on what source you go to. Essentially the diets all recommend eliminating all sugar and flour from the diet, along with all processed foods, fermented foods and fungi. Most Candida diets involve eating a very restrictive list of foods, centered on raw vegetables for two weeks before re-introducing a wider variety of foods. There are many books and website's devoted to this.

Side effects of the Candida diet

When people start on a Candida diet they can feel very ill. This is blamed on several factors. First of all the patients have withdrawal symptoms from the sugar that was in their diet, and can become lethargic with headaches and feeling of nausea. In addition the large number of dying Candida organisms cause what is known as “die-off” syndrome. This feels like a very severe dose of the flu complete with runny nose and sore and inflamed joints.

Many of the problems that Candida overgrowth causes are related to the inflammatory system and in the initial stages of the Candida diet these problems can be aggravated by the release of toxins from the dying organisms. For this reason many followers of the Candida diet initially experience a brief aggravation of their symptoms before they get an improvement. This problem can be minimized by supplementing with a good probiotic formula to replace the Candida with good bacteria.

How long should you follow the Candida Diet?

The initial strict phase of the Candida diet lasts for two weeks. After this time forbidden foods are re-introduced one at a time. If ill effects occur then that food is eliminated again. It can take a long time for all the symptoms of a long-standing Candida infection to be completely eliminated, many months in some instances.

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