High-Sugar Diet and Candida

High-Sugar Diet and Candida

A high-sugar diet is one of the major causes of Candida overgrowth. However, with sugar being so prevalent in our modern diet, eliminating sugar from your diet is no easy task. Similar to drugs such as alcohol or tobacco, quitting sugar can lead to withdrawal symptoms, cravings and relapse.

Candida thrives off sugar, as it uses it to construct its cell walls and expand throughout the gut. With regular consumption of sugar, Candida grows fast and can quickly dominate the other microorganisms in your intestines. Eating sugar promotes the growth of intestinal yeast and having too much yeast in your gut makes you crave sugar.

To kill the Candida overgrowth, a multi-faceted approach must be taken. It is recommended to take an anti-fungal supplement such as Kolorex Advanced Candida Care, in conjunction with a low sugar diet. By depriving the Candida sugar and yeasts, the balance of the bacteria in the gut has the chance to return to normal.

Removing tempting, sugar-filled foods from your house makes it easier to stick to a sugar detox. In order to be able to still enjoy a sweet flavour, you may like to consider healthy sugar alternatives such as stevia.

Renee Leonard-Stainton, Naturopath

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