An overgrowth of Candida changes the needs and digestive abilities of the body. This is why when composing meals, you should keep four things in mind:
– the meal’s pH, which is the sum of the ingredients’ pH
– B vitamin content
– nutritious content
– difficulty of digestion.
A meal with a strongly alkaline pH – for example a fruit/vegetable smoothie – will strongly provoke Candida to produce toxins and because of that, any of the meal’s positive properties – the nutrients, B vitamins and lightness – will be lost, because they will be used for the partial neutralization of the toxins, the rest of which will poison the body. 1-0 for Candida…
With a meal with a strongly acidic pH – like a steak with bread, the digestion will necessitate B vitamins, which aren’t contained in the meal or stored, so the meal will become heavy – other processes in the body will be hindered, because the necessary substances will be borrowed from them; undigested remains can cause allergies and intolerance from the acidification or can intensify inflammation. 1-0 for Candida once more.
But if you compose a meal with a pH close to neutral, that is combine vegetables with meat, you won’t set off Candida’s defense mechanisms and simultaneously deliver the vitamins necessary for its digestion. If you also make sure the meat is light (minced, turkey) and the dish contains a bit of carbohydrates (oats, groats) then the resulting meal will be perfectly nutritious without provoking Candida (see the recipe for turkey meatballs with beets). That’s 1-0 for you 🙂
2. B vitamins are key in recovering, so it’s worth it to focus on the products that contain the most of them. This is why you should use whole grain black or red rice instead of white and why you shouldn’t base your diet on bread and avoid everything that uses these vitamins up in excess: refined flour and highly processed foods, sugar, alcohol and coffee. Long story short, you should use natural products whenever possible. Whenever it’s not, or there are more acidogenic products, you should use supplementation (like in the recipe for almost-pizza).
3. Supplementation alone can’t substitute a varied diet, because B vitamins are only the gateway for other vitamins and elements necessary for the body to function. If you don’t deliver them with food, the body won’t function properly. This is why variety is important, using as many different products as you can, not just eating a few things you know and are easy to cook.
4. For the meal to be nutritious, the body has to digest it properly. This is why you should avoid raw vegetables or a piece of fried meat, and choose warm and mechanically processed meals. This is why you should take digestive enzymes to aid the body’s nutrition and give it the weapons to defeat Candida.
Remember that it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Scrambled eggs can simultaneously be a heavy meal for a body with Candida overgrowth and a nutritious one. The first occurs when it’s heavily congealed, fried on a large amount of fat, served with bread (then it’s acidogenic, heavy, lacking in B vitamins and other nutrients). The latter – when it’s only slightly congealed on a small amount of cleared butter, with stewed onions and tomatoes, with a bit of chives on top, served with some rice waffles (then it is a light neutral meal, nutritious).