What Does Candida Have to Do With It?

Many health and fitness blogs and sites tout amazing weight losses when the body is “cleansed” of candida.  Candida is a yeast fungus found in the intestine that feeds off sugar and other yeast foods (bread) and thrives in an imbalanced gut environment.

“But what does happen when you eat a large amount of sugar and foods that act like sugar is that you grow gut flora that also like sugar….An anti-Candida diet helps you to feel better because it restores the balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria in your gut.” [1]

If you enjoy many sugary foods and even alcohol-which is a yeast, you may be looking at Candida negatively affecting your weight loss Reset.

“In looking at the association between Candida and weight gain, the first thing we need to examine is the fuel source for yeast (and subsequently Candida). Yeast feeds off sugar – that is its preferred fuel source. Subsequently an individual with a hefty yeast overgrowth is going to crave sugars and carbs, as that is what the yeast is craving.

Part of the dilemma is that the sugar/ carb phenomenon is a catch-22. Yeast feeds off sugar, so a diet high in sugars and carbs will perpetuate Candida overgrowth; and yet Candida overgrowth will set of cravings for more sugars and carbs. See how this might be a hard cycle to break?

Addressing Candida overgrowth can be done through diet, although even the most rigid anti-Candida diets are rarely enough to eradicate the problem. The more balanced option is moderate dietary modifications, coupled with anti-fungal remedies…” [2]

Four years prior, I was pretty darn sure I had to deal with Candida in order to break my bonds with sugar and to increase weight loss.  While the above article suggests combining dietary changes with an anti-fungal med, I don’t agree that is necessary for most people.  Why?  Bone broth and fermented foods, which are the foundation for any sustainable weight loss using food, not exercise.

Specifically, The Candida Diet states that it “is full of healthy vegetables, non-glutinous grains and proteins,” all of which are included in bone broth soup and fermented veggies.

The Livestrong website summarizes the Diet:

“The candida cleanse diet consists of three phases, according to The Candida Diet website. In the first phase, which lasts two to three weeks, dieters adopt a strict detoxifying diet. Eliminate all sugars, alcohol, processed foods, nuts, caffeine and cheeses. The website recommends flushing the colon to cleanse it, although this step is optional. The second phase, lasting four weeks, allows dieters to add beans, starchy vegetables and berries back into their diets. The Candida Diet recommends a course of antifungal treatment to eliminate remaining yeast in the gut. The final phase involves repopulating the gut by eating probiotic products such as yogurts containing live and active cultures. Many dieters stay in phase three long term and continue to avoid excessive sugar, aged cheeses and processed foods.” [3]

I’ve made some of the above phrases BOLD to point out that the Reset Flush does these things from day one.  Why wait until stage three to add probiotics when so much research points to its ability to “repopulate” the gut at its introduction?  Furthermore, bone broth detoxifies AND heals the gut AND boosts the nutritional profile of the veggies and any starches soaking in it.

Similar to the GAPS Introductory Diet, a Reset Flush will more than likely eliminate the overriding pull and over-establishment of Candida in a normal person within a week-at most two.  Simply adding probiotic foods or drinks into your food choices will work at stabilizing the gut by increasing the beneficial bacteria.

“Candida is a type of yeast that is naturally present in everyone’s digestive tract; however if your immune system is weak and your digestion is poor, Candida levels can get out of control. Because it is a yeast, it needs sugar in order to grow. Treating Candida overgrowth can be tough because many different foods we eat are digested into sugar eventually, and can potentially feed this yeast.” [4]

Do you feel that an overgrowth of Candida could be a leading culprit in your body’s ability to lose weight? Start by introducing a probiotic into your food choices on a daily basis for a few weeks: live active culture yogurt, Kombucha (small amounts), water kefir (store bought milk kefir has too much sugar IMO), miso, or any easily fermented food (pickles or sauerkraut).  Take notice of how you feel and keep me posted!

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