A well-functioning and efficient gut is one of the most important elements in your fight against systemic Candida, because it will ensure optimal absorption of essential nutrients from the food. If you lack nutrients, it can weaken your immune system and thereby aggravate your systemic candidiasis. Conversely, a situation where you get plenty of nutrients, will ensure that your body and immune system is strong enough to fight your Candidainfection.
You can do a lot to ensure optimal bowel function through your diet. If your stool is thin, light and maybe even with undigested food particles, then your digestion is not optimal. The goal is to get a optimal digestion, which can be seen as firm and dark stools. There are many things you can change in your diet to improve your gut function and digestion. A thorough description of your diet and bowel function can be found in the ”Candidadiet” section. Below are some tips on how you can get a better digestion through your diet and lifestyle:
- Don't eat concentrated proteins like meat, dairy, fish, cheese, protein powders etc. with concentrated starches like grains, sugars, or fruits.
- Don't combine beans or nuts with dairy or meat.
- Too much vegetable oil often leads to indigestion. Lower your intake for a period if you have problems.
- Too little or even bad taste can be a problem on the Candidadiet. Add herbs or spices, they will stimulate your appetite.
- Eat as many raw vegetables as possible so your gut gets something to work with and you get a maximum of vitamines and minerales. Cooking is less suitable.
- Rotation diet improves digestion. So for example, you do not eat foods that cause indigestion/diarrhea for several days in a row. It also ensures that you get more essential nutrients. In general eat as many different vegetables and foods as possible.
- Herbal Tea - To aid digestion, try sipping a small cup of herbal tea during your meal (netshop). Simmer one to two teaspoons of grated or sliced fresh ginger root for ten minutes in one cup of purified water to relieve nausea and bloating. Steep one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves or three teaspoons of fresh leaves in one cup of boiled water to help dispel intestinal gas.
- Walking to prime digestion - A brisk twenty to thirty minute walk after a meal helps activate digestion.
- Eat only when you are hungry – eating extra when you're not hungry, will as a Candidapatient on the diet with its very high fibercontent, just push food further ahead in your digestive system and thus create more faeces and possibly diarrhea.
- Don’t nap right after a meal - It will just slow down your digestion
- Investigate the possibility of food allergies - Repeated episodes of indigestion may be a signal that you suffer from food sensitivities or allergies. Try eating a four-day rotation diet, and tracking what you eat and how you feel in a food diary.
- Stress and sleep too much stress and too little sleep can lead to poor digestion, because the bodys resources are directed to where you need them in your muscles. This is at the expense of major organs function, including intestinal system's ability to digest food.