One of the most misunderstood and common health conditions that are maintained by our “healthy” habits is Candida overgrowth. It is a condition when yeast in our body overgrows and it can lead to everything from difficulty losing weight, chronic bloating, to spaciness and feeling anxious or excessively moody.
Let’s check these five “health habits”—which will be very helpful for you to find out that they are not so healthy after all, and help you put in balance your Candida issue, once and for all!
1: Greek yogurt is the best breakfast
Greek yogurt is known as a great food to have, mostly in the morning, because of the beneficial bacteria it contains, and also its protein content.
Beside the fact that dairy is not meant in nature to be human food because it is food for a baby cow, and all the acidogenic, mucus-forming, congestive issues and the fact that it is very hard for everyone to digest… now the newest study reveals that it is very pertinent to Candida.
Research has found that protein derived from dairy, can be as insulin-spiking like the white bread. Nearly all forms of dairy are insulinogenic – they quickly convert into sugar which is not ideal for overall health or intestinal balance. Insulin spikes indicate excessive sugars in the bloodstream, and that provides food to Candida.
Mold and its toxic byproducts called mycotoxins can be found in some dairy products and the mold is highly harmful to anyone with Candida.
It is not recommended to consume dairy products in any form, and especially for those with digestive issues, which usually go together with Candida. Instead, you can try unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk yogurt if you really love yogurt, and/or you can take some probiotic supplement instead of your yogurt.
2: Energy or protein bars for a healthy and fast meal
So many protein bars contain processed soy, artificial or refined sugars, whey protein, and vegetable oils that are too much processed. If you check the list of ingredients you’ll see that protein comes from soy protein isolate and whey protein isolate (from milk) which are both highly processed.
Better options for energy boosters and quick meals include chia seed pudding or celery with almond butter. These are so much better options than processed bars that will only rob you of your beauty energy, and fight your efforts to balance Candida overgrowth.
3: Going sugar-free at your coffee shop
Maybe you think you’re doing yourself a favor by avoiding sugar and going for a calorie-free sweetener. But artificial sweeteners are acid-forming in the body and as some research shown by lowering the good bacteria in the intestines by up to 50 percent, it may continue to promote weight gain. This is very bad for Candida, and when our “good” bacteria levels are out of balance it tends to multiply.
Pure stevia is the exception to a sugar-free option. It is not associated with the toxic side effects and it is not artificial.
4: Using agave as a natural sweeter
Agave had a good reputation as a “healthy” sweetener for a little while. We all loved the idea of a low glycemic sweetener that we used without too much worry.
Agave is low glycemic, but often it can contain more fructose than high fructose corn syrup. So, it’s destructive to your liver, your skin, and your overall health, and will most certainly worsen a Candida issue.
Avoid agave in your home and in restaurants. Cinnamon is much better solution. It has a naturally sweet taste, and you can add it to teas and on unsweetened chia pudding or you can use pure stevia.
5: Eating large amounts of protein at every meal
High-protein diets are very popular at the moment and are suggesting that there is no such thing as consuming too much protein. But the truth is that the results could be devastating if you have too much protein, like renal damage in those with pre-existing renal disease. Among the dangers associated with high protein diets are diarrhea, nausea, constipation, hyperammonemia, hyperaminoacidemia, hyperinsulinemia, and even death as concerns. The liver can’t keep up in turning all the excess nitrogen to urea, when you consume too much protein, so that it can efficiently leave the body. In general, the more animal protein you consume the toxicity levels in your body increase.
From a Candida perspective specifically, meat is often filled with chemicals, hormones, and other elements that disrupt your body and often worsen Candida.
You can get all the protein you need if you focus on eating whole foods, primarily the nutrient-dense plant foods, and you don’t need to count or be obsessed. And you don’t have to become a vegan, just try to reduce your meat consumption to a maximum one meal a day, or few times a week. This way your digestion will be more efficient, you’ll reduce your toxic load, and help balance your Candida.