Monday, December 11

Anti-Candida Diet Can Help Acne-Prone Skin

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This diet will not clear up your skin, but can really support the clearing process when you are using the right products in the right way.

Recent research has suggested that many people with complex acne conditions could benefit from an anti Candida diet. Candida is an overgrowth of naturally occurring and symbiotic yeast that coincides with other organism including bacteria in our bodies. Candida albicans is a fungal yeast that may overgrow from over use of antibiotics, steroids, corticosteroids and ibuprofen amongst other strong drugs prescribed for chronic and acute conditions alike.

Bad foods can either cause a fungal problem or help exacerbate it, or both. Good foods, on the other hand, can help cure fungal overgrowth. So what’s good and what’s bad? Candida love a sweet environment. Thus all sugars are bad. Dietitians will often say only fast sugars are bad and slow sugars are good. Thus they will advise against white sugar and white flour and will advocate the use of raw cane sugar and whole-grain products. Sorry if you’re a sweet tooth and carboholic, but all sugars are out if you really want to starve Candida.

This means you will have to wean yourself off:

* White sugar;

* Cane sugar;

* Any natural sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, rice syrup, date syrup, corn syrup, wheat syrup, etc.;

* White rice;

* White flour and white-flour products;

* Whole-grain yeast bread and other whole-grain products;

* Starchy products such as chips, crisps, potatoes, corn, etc.

* Commercial fruit juice from a pack, (“box drinks”);

* Pasteurized milk products;

* Sweet fruits;

* Alcohol;

* Coffee and black tea;

* Mushrooms;

* Beans and legumes;

* Vinegar;

* Soy based foods such as tofu, tempeh, soy meats and soy sauce;

* Nuts especially cashews and peanuts;

* Foods that contain MSG as in “natural flavors”, autolyzed yeast extract, soy extract, soy sauce;

* Processed and pasteurized cheeses;

Simply put, the anti-Candida diet is about avoiding all sugars and foods that are very high in fat and fungi.

Instead the following foods are recommended on a long term basis to encourage clear skin

* Only Stevia as a sweetener;

* Sourdough or sprouted grain bread;

* Daily salads made up of organic green leafy vegetables, sprouts, and carrots with a dressing of freshly squeezed lemon juice and Omega-3 rich oils, such as flaxseed, olive, walnut, sesame and coconut oil;

* Lightly cooked or steamed food;

* Freshly squeezed or blended fruit juices including the pulp and seeds and even some of the rinds of only sour and bitter organically grown fruits, such as lemons, limes, pomegranates, berries, grapefruit and Braeburn, Roman Beauty and Granny Smith apples;

* Organic green tea;

* Organic chicory coffee.

Supplements and herbs and spices

Supplements and herbs and spices to take before, during and after the Candida diet, in no particular order:

* Goji berries;

* Vitamin-B complex;

* MSM;

* Wheat grass juice and/or barley greens;

* Chlorella;

* Spirulina;

* Alpha Lipoic Acid;

* High quality probiotic supplement with acidophilus, bifidus etc.;

* Zinc monomethionine;

* Pau d’ Arco tea;

* Grapefruit seed extract;

* Raw pure virgin coconut oil;

* High quality fish oil (liquid or capsules);

* Flax seed oil (liquid only);

* Turmeric;

* Ginger;

* Cayenne Pepper;

* Mint;

* Garlic;

* L-Ascorbic Acid;

Highly recommended Brands: Candi-Gone, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics, Udo’s Choice Oil Blend, Carlson’s Fish Oil, Flora Now Critical Care Probiotics, Just Barley.

Please remember to inform and consult your physician about going on any extended or restrictive diet such as this one. Please use common sense and do not eat foods that you are allergic or sensitive to.


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