Nutrients That Relieve Candida Symptoms
Foods that possess antifungal properties are recommended for a diet that reduces the symptoms of candida. The antifungal properties of these foods allows them to combat the overgrowth of the candida. Foods high in antioxidants can help to protect the immune system from the toxic byproducts of candida overgrowth and reduce inflammation in the body. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics can promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
It is also believed that a pH imbalance in the body plays a role in candida overgrowth. An acidic environment (lower pH) promotes candida, while a slightly alkaline (higher pH) environment will help to keep candida under control. As a result, reducing intake of acidic or acid-forming foods, while increasing the intake of foods that decrease acidity, is recommended to create this more alkaline state within the body.
Not all health professionals consider candida to be a valid medical condition. Symptoms are often attributed to other causes because of the lack of hard scientific evidence. However, candida is widely recognized among naturopathic and homeopathic doctors. Those diagnosed with candida find that changes in food intake improve symptoms associated with the condition.