Why are anti-candida foods important? If you’re fatigued, carrying excess weight, mentally foggy, have digestive issues, reflux or more – it’s almost certain you have candida overgrowth in your digestive system. Alongside thyroid and adrenal imbalance, candida overgrowth is probably the most under-recognised, under-diagnosed issue we face.
Unless you’re eating a squeaky-clean diet, free from sugars and grains entirely, the chances are you have some degree of candida-overgrowth in your body. Most people do. And if you’re lacking energy, this is almost certainly true for you.
In this guide I am going to quickly take you through a list of the 21 most anti-candida foods, that are all highly alkaline, antioxidant rich and anti-inflammatory too.
And at the end of the guide I’ll direct you to some of my free alkaline recipes that are rich in these anti-candida foods.
Anti-Candida Foods: The Top 21 Most Powerful
1) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a wonderful source of lauric acid and MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) that are known to kill numerous forms of protozoa, bacteria, and fungus, including the fungus responsible for yeast infections – Candida albicans
As sugar should be avoided when on the candida diet, Stevia is the perfect sweetener alternative. In addition to helping balance the pancreas, which is often at risk when someone has candida, it is also anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antifungal.
Garlic contains a broad-spectrum of antifungal properties and is great for treating and helping to prevent candida (particularly when consumed raw).
Flaxseeds contain Polyphenols, which assist in the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body. It is also the best plant-based source of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which the body converts into essential Omega-3 fatty acids.
Like Flaxseeds, Chia seeds are packed full of Polyphenols and is a rich source of Omega- 3 fatty acids. Plus they also contain a soluble fiber called mucilage and are a complete protein.
6) Brussels Sprouts
Part of the cruciferous family, cooked brussels sprouts are loaded with disease-fighting nutrients including vitamin C, glucosinolates, indoles, and fiber.
Cooked broccoli is full of candida fighting vitamins and minerals as well as powerful disease-fighting phytonutrients such as sulforaphane, lutein, quercetin and indoles.
Rocket (also known as arugula, roquette, rugula and rucola) is a powerhouse. Not only does it contain nutrients that help to fight against the acidic nature of yeast overgrowth, it also contains large amounts of magnesium that naturally detox the body, chlorophyll to cleanse the body, vitamin C to support the immune system, B vitamins to energize the body and iron to give the body full support.
Watercress contains Vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, manganese, iodine, beta-carotene, folic acid, protein, as well as being is rich in Rhein, a substance high in antifungal properties that directly fight against the effects of candida.
When fermented and turned into Sauerkraut, Cabbage is a wonderful treatment for candida as the probiotics help to weaken the overgrowth by regulating stomach acid, strengthening the immune system, and preventing the Candida clusters from expanding.
Packed full of antioxidants (dried oregano has 30 times the antioxidant (ORAC) power of blueberries), Oregano is a powerful herb for killing bad bacteria and breaking down yeast wall
With 60 times the free-radical fighting power of blueberries, Cloves work in a similar way to Oregano when fighting the effects of Candida by killing bad bacteria and weakening overgrowth. It also contains eugenol, which is an extremely effective antifungal when taken internally.
13) Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper helps to reduce inflammation and is loaded with antioxidants that directly fight the effects of Candida.
14) Insoluble Fibre
Found in high Alkaline foods like nuts, seeds and the skins of fruits and vegetables, insoluble fibre absorbs water to help to soften the contents of our bowels and support regular bowel movements, which is important for maintaining a healthy gut environment.
In addition to being anti-inflammatory, Cinnamon oil has a host of anti-fungal properties that help to break down yeast walls.
Omega-3 fatty acids are known to fight fungal infections and work to protect the immune system, supply the gut with ample lubrication, aid in regularity and overall gut health, which in turn helps to fight off Candida. They are also essential for a healthy brain!
17) Saturated fats
One of three primary fatty acids, Caprylic Acid is known to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal properties, and has been linked to the treatment of Candida.
Ginger may not be the most powerful antifungal but it does contain important anti-inflammatory (gingerols) and anti-fungal (shogaols) properties that provide substantial liver support while your body is cleansing the Candida overgrowth.
19) Lemon & Lime
Not only does the essential oil from lemons contain mild anti-fungal properties, lemon and lime juice are powerful cleansers that work to stimulate digestive movement.
20) Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which contain anti-fungal properties.
Thyme oil is high in antioxidants and anti-fungal properties that help to treat Candida, some studies are showing it to be more effective than Cinnamon oil.
A big list of foods is great to act as a reference guide, but when you have a list of handy recipes that include them, and you can start using these recipes to include these foods on autopilot….? Now you’re talking!
Here’s a collection of some of my most delicious recipes that are high in a bunch of these most anti-candida foods.
Juice & Smoothie Recipes:
You can find more alkaline breakfast recipes here in my guide.
Lunches & Dinners: