So how long is the Candida Diet? And is it necessary to be really strict about it, or will it still work if you cut some corners? These are common questions asked by those suffering from candida infections. Fortunately, the answers to both are quite simple. First let’s review the basics:
The Candida Diet
Foods to Avoid: The basic idea behind the Candida Diet is to deprive the yeast of what it needs to survive, and this means you are going to have to cut some things out of your diet. The general rule is to avoid all processed foods. While candida thrives on sugar (and processed foods are packed with refined sugars), artificial sweeteners, dyes, and all kinds of other chemicals added to food during processing also contribute to a candida-friendly environment. So go through your cupboards and throw out all the candy, chips, and whatever other junk foods you have. If they they aren’t there you won’t be tempted to eat them, and if you don’t eat them you will begin to make your body less hospitable to yeast.
So What Can You Eat? Once you start going through your food to get rid of all the junk, you’ll probably be surprised at how many of the foods you eat are processed. Artificial additives are everywhere. The best thing you can do for yourself is to eat fresh, natural, and organic foods at every opportunity.
The Power Of Spices: Instead of asking “how long is the candida diet?” you should be asking “what can I do to speed up the process?” You may not be aware but many herbs have natural antifungal properties that will actually help fight off the candida. Eat any of these as often as possible: cloves, garlic, coconut oil, ginger, cinnamon, horseradish, and basil to name a few. A lot of spices not listed here are also beneficial, and you aren’t going to cause any damage by eating spices, so go ahead and spice it up!
So How Long is the Diet?
Unfortunately, there is no magical number of days to spend on the diet and have your candida vanish. In general, moderate cases of candida last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months once the Candida diet is begun. If the case is more severe, the infection can last up to two years. Even if your symptoms have started to disappear and you are feeling better, you should definitely not pick up your old eating habits. The last thing you want is to risk having all the weeks of dieting go to waste, and if you cheat on the diet you will be cheating yourself.
Your body is really the only gauge of when it is acceptable to begin eating some of the banned foods again. Once your candida is cured, there is nothing wrong with starting to eat some processed foods again, but you should avoid going back to consuming large amounts. You will be much healthier through life if you continue to cut down on processed, empty calories. So how long is the Candida Diet? Technically only until your candida is gone, but you should continue the principles in eating you have developed on this diet for the rest of your life.
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