Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the body, and shows itself in many ways. Some of the common symptoms are: vaginal itching and/or burning, thrush (white coated tongue), athlete’s foot with fungal toe infection, rectal itching.
Other symptoms are: constipation, depression, brain fog, allergies, cravings for sugars, breads, chips and carbs, digestive problems like gas and bloating, IBS, sluggish bowel, chronic fatigue, and other vague symptoms.
Here are some recipes for the beginner, with some diet ideas.
Basic Anti-Fungal Foods: Yogurt (natural, no sugar), Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic, Ginger, Cloves, Coconut oil and Oregano oil. Use these foods in dressings and in cooking. Use Oregano oil topically and use a drop or two on your toothbrush to brush your teeth.
1. Pau-d’arco (or Taheebo) Tea (See more at 9 Useful Cleansing Teas)
This herb contains three anti-yeast compounds – lapachol, beta-lapachone and xyloidine, that help fight candida albicans and other fungi.
Ingredients to make Pau-d’arco Tea:
- 3 heaping tablespoons of dried bark
- 10 cups water.
Boil for 5-15 minutes.
Drink a cup of this tea two to eight times a day.
2. Clove Tea
Ingredients for Clove Tea:
- 1 tbsp whole cloves, ground in a coffee grinder
- 1 quart of pure water
Boil the water, add the ground cloves and let steep for 20 minutes. Pour through a strainer. Dilute if the tea is too strong. Drink 2 cups of clove tea per day.
3. Baking Soda
Take 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in warm water twice a day (1/2 hour before meals.)
Foods to Avoid – Aged cheese, all additives and preservatives, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, fruit and sugar (of all kinds), mushrooms, nuts & spices, vinegar, foods containing gluten (most flours and grains)
Foods to Eat Vegetables – raw or steamed. Vegetables containing sugar like yams, potatoes and corn should be limited.
Proteins – barley green juice powder concentrate, non-medicated organic fish and meats.
Yogurt – good live yogurt cultures to nourish the bowel. Do not use yogurt with sugar/fruit, but make sure it contains concentrated probiotics (acidophilus) in the yogurt.