Let’s face it: candida is a pain. It can be painful and embarrassing.
But thankfully, there is a solution that will kick it out of your life for good: the Candida Crusher Diet. This diet can help you to prevent and get rid of candida, which is great news for sufferers.
Below, we’ve broken down the bare facts about candida — such as what it is, and how to tackle it using the Candida Crusher Diet. We’ll also be answering the question of whether it’s possible to eat wheat and dairy when you’re on the Candida Crusher Diet.
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You may have never even heard of candida — or you might be part of the one third of the Western population that is struggling with it. Whichever category you fall into, it’s vital to acknowledge the issues of Candida and the way we can get rid of it.
Here’s a (not so) fun fact: the human body is a host for many different types of fungus.
Fungi are living organisms, and they are basically everywhere. Around us, on us, and inside of us. However, believe it or not, they actually make our survival possible.
Candida is a yeast that is part of the fungus kingdom. A very small amount of it can be found in our mouths, bellies or on our skin, and it generally helps with digestion and absorbing the most nutrients from our food.
However, provided with the right (or wrong) environment, it can multiply quickly and grow out of control. If that happens, it can cause the intestine’s wall to break and enter your bloodstream.
Now you don’t have to have a medical degree to know that fungus travelling in your blood is not something you want to happen. When released into the bloodstream, it can trigger a series of unwanted symptoms like leaky gut syndrome, and skin and nail infections.
Let’s talk about this ‘right environment’ that we mentioned: there are a number of habits and contexts that can cause the overgrowth of candida.
We have heard before that living a lifestyle that involves a lot of alcohol and foods that are high in saturated carbohydrates and sugars is not the best for us. But this can also be one of the main causes of candida growth.
On top of that, things like stress, the use of oral contraceptives or antibiotics can also lead to a yeast infection entering your bloodstream.
Some of candida’s causes are out of our control, but it is possible to control it and get rid of it.
The ‘magic’ solution is a diet developed by Dr. Eric Bakker, called The Candida Crusher Diet. (Even its name makes you feel like a superhero already!)
Treating conditions with a diet-based treatment is probably one of the healthiest and most sustainable solutions, but never usually the easiest or more convenient.
We’d all just rather swallow a pill and wake up cured, but unfortunately, most often it doesn’t work like that. And even when it does, it never guarantees that the problem you’ve had in the first place won’t come back to bite you.
Dr. Eric Bakker suggests that the Candida Crusher is not just a cure for the infection — but also a prevention for it happening again, here's the review on Candida Crusher Ebook.
The diet is basically based on healthy eating, with the focus of eliminating processed foods, saturated carbohydrates, and ANY foods that are high in sugar. This includes fresh fruit and starchy vegetables for the first weeks of the diet.
Along with recommendations for nutrition and lifestyle choices, Dr. Bakker also suggests including dietary supplements that can help fight the infection.
The whole diet is basically built on avoiding the foods and habits that helped create that perfect environment for candida to be overproduced in the first place. Which brings us back to our initial question — can you consume wheat and dairy while you’re on the Candida Crusher Diet?
In order to answer that question, we’ll be looking at what wheat and dairy really are, how they may affect our bodies and whether or not we can still be friends with them if we are trying to get rid of candida.
Let’s start with the sneakiest one.
Wheat is a grain that hides in a lot of our favourite products, from bread and pasta to biscuits and cereal. It can be quite hard to avoid it and it would take a real compromise to completely take it out from your diet.
Even so, with the rise of gluten intolerances, more and more people are faced with the need to cut it out of their diets. Although certain allergies or intolerances are linked to the way in which Candida develops and manifests, having a gluten allergy is NOT the same thing as having a yeast infection.
Dr. Eric Bakker suggests that, although wheat should be cut down from your meals when following the Candida Crusher diet, that doesn’t mean you cannot eat wheat at all.
In fact, it is the sugars in some bread products that will affect your condition more than the wheat. His experience of working with patients shows that most of them are actually tolerant to gluten products and wheat.
When it comes to bread, there’s a whole range of choice that varies from good to not-so-good.
Dr. Baker recommends avoiding risen bread, or bread that has been made with yeast. Overly-processed bakery products should also be completely eliminated from your diet while you still have the yeast infection.
Alternatively, flat breads that are made of qualitative whole grain flour, containing minimal ingredients and no sugar are the way to go.
If you have been struggling with Candida for a while, you probably thought that this diet-based solution sounds like it might just be the best thing since sliced bread. (Except it sadly takes the sliced bread away from you.)
Dairy is the other hot topic of the day. Loved by many, and yet, spoken against so often.
Dairy can be a highly allergenic food that is known to cause various problems, especially with our digestive system. Milk in particular, is known to be the most common cause for allergy or intolerance.
However, dairy products are a very wide range of foods, with different properties and effects of people’s bodies.
The reason why milk is such a common intolerance is the lactose it contains. Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar that is found in high levels in cow’s milk.
So, given that Candida thrives on sugars, milk can indeed be a problematic to consume during the diet.
Good news though — not all dairy is milk, so you don’t have to cut out all dairy.
Many cheeses can actually be really low on lactose — and that depends on many factors. The way it was processed, the type of milk it comes from, the level of fat and other elements can either make it or break it.
The important thing is that some cheeses can actually be included in your diet without affecting the infection. Goat’s cheese, light mozzarella and even some Swiss cheeses can be used in limited quantities.
The bottom rule is to just avoid highly processed cheese and dairy products, and always choose the ones that are lowest in lactose.
Remember: it is the sugar in milk that affects the Candida infection, not the dairy in itself. Although milk should be avoided during the diet, products that are lower in lactose can still be enjoyed.
We have seen the ways in which wheat and dairy can influence the effectiveness of the Candida Crusher Diet.
The truth is, having a yeast infection is definitely not a walk in the park and can be a very frustrating experience.
Luckily, the recommendations developed by Dr. Eric Bakker’s can be a successful and sustainable solution to a long-term problem. We know that following a strict diet can often be very challenging and is almost never comfortable.
But it is possible, and with the right advice and discipline, it will have the power to change the quality of your life.
EHI Primary Care is run by Cathy, a 20-something fitness guru and yoga enthusiast. This is my blog, where I cover all sorts of topics around my healthy lifestyle.