As each year draws to a close, people begin to think about healthy resolutions for the year to come. Eating a more nutritious diet often tops the list, but resisting cravings for sweets and other high-carbohydrate foods is easier said than done. In people with candida overgrowth, cravings for sugar or foods that quickly convert to sugar are persistent and intense. Learning about candida teaches people how to reduce food cravings once and for all.
What is candida?
Candida albicans is a type of yeast found in the digestive tracts of most humans. Amounts in the body largely depend on a person's diet. Yeasts thrive on sugar, so people who don't eat a lot of sugar usually have a healthy balance of candida in the gut. People with diets high in sugar or foods that quickly convert to sugar often have a surplus of candida in the gut.
How does candida influence food cravings?
Eating more sugar causes candida numbers to grow, and more candida results in more cravings for sugar and foods that convert to sugar.
What are some dietary changes for reducing food cravings?
When considering how to reduce food cravings, eliminating sugar and other sweeteners makes the obvious first step. In addition to white and brown sugar, people should avoid honey, molasses, corn syrup, and agave nectar. Pure, organic stevia makes a good natural alternative sweetener because it doesn't spike blood sugar levels.
People should steer clear of refined carbohydrates like baked treats, French fries, pizza, bread, or pasta that convert to sugar quickly. Because fruit has a lot of natural sugar (fructose), servings should be limited to two per day. Raspberries, strawberries, and green apples offer lower amounts of fructose, while grapes, mangoes, cherries, and bananas contain higher amounts. Wine, beer, and other types of alcohol also convert to sugar quickly and should be eliminated from the diet.
Dairy products like milk and cheese have high levels of sugar and should be avoided. Almond milk and some brands of plain, Greek yogurt make good alternatives. Look for yogurt with less than 15 grams of sugar per serving, and flavor with lemon juice and a little stevia for a dairy product high in healthy probiotics.
Include non-starchy vegetables, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, and wild-caught fish in the diet. Take a probiotic supplement containing at least 5 individual strains to restore beneficial bacteria to the intestinal tract, and try a chromium supplement to help reduce cravings.
What are some other symptoms of candida overgrowth?
Food cravings are not the only symptom of candida overgrowth. Additional symptoms include:
- Chemical and food sensitivities
- Chronic vaginal yeast infections
- Digestive issues like gas, bloating, and diarrhea
- Foggy thinking
- Poor sleep
- Sinus congestion
Cravings for sugary and high-carbohydrate foods lead to a catch 22 for many people. Satisfying cravings results in more candida in the digestive tract, and more candida causes more food cravings. People discover how to reduce food cravings and generate better overall health by learning about candida, nutrition, and sugar levels in food.