There’s a lot of information coming out about candida right now, especially with The Candida Summit coming up.
So I want to share the simple 1-2-3 approach that I give patients to help begin eliminating candida from the body. (Remember, candida is alive, so what you want to do is kill it and stop its ability to reproduce.)
- Starve it out with a low-carb, anti-inflammatory diet
- Actively kill the yeast cells either with natural or pharmaceutical antifungal agents
- Repopulate the gut with various strains of good bacteria so the yeast (which is always present, remember) can’t get out of control again
Candida shows up as conditions far too easy to overlook and misdiagnose like fatigue, digestive issues, skin irritation, brain fog, sugar cravings, irritability, anxiety or depression, chronic sinus infections, recurrent yeast infections, fungus issues…and candida can be at the root of many serious health issues.
Yeast overgrowth causes a lot of inflammation which is what allows the yeast cells to cause the systemic symptoms that make life so uncomfortable…so healing your gut with probiotics is an important effort to begin immediately.
An easy way to begin healing your gut is to eat warming, predigested foods. By heating the food, you are helping your body facilitate the digestion process. Here are some important ideas to keep in mind.
- Choose cooked foods (like soup) over raw foods.
- If you plan to eat raw, make sure that your raw food is fermented.
- Remember liver support. Your liver transforms waste so that it can be eliminated.
- Finally, focus on antioxidants. Antioxidants are damage control; they sweep up the mess before it snowballs into free radical damage and runaway inflammation. Cruciferous vegetables—like cabbage, cauliflower, arugula, and watercress—are also high in antioxidants.
As promised, here is our recipe for Leftovers Detox Soup
What makes this soup so great is the added heat from the peppers help to speed up your metabolic rate and aid in detoxing.
INGREDIENTS (Serves 6)
4-5 lbs. turkey breast, roasted, skin removed (or swap out turkey with leftover chicken)
2 1/2 cups roasted vegetables (parsnips, carrots, potatoes) cut into a 1/3-inch cubes
2 cups kale, remove ribs, cut into 1/4-thick strips
3/4 cup yellow onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, finely minced
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp sage, finely chopped
1 tsp rosemary and 1 tsp thyme, finely chopped
1 tsp fennel seeds, chopped
2 tsp chipotles in adobo
1/3 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp chili flake
1/3 cup green onion, finely sliced
64 oz. low sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Shred or chop leftover turkey into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
In a large pot over medium heat, add extra virgin olive oil, onions, rosemary, sage, garlic, thyme, fennel seeds and chili flakes. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, stir occasionally (about 8-10 minutes). Add chipotles in adobo, cook for 1-2 minutes and stir. The mixture will become fragrant.
Add kale and cook for 1-2 minutes until tender. Add chopped turkey, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Simmer for no less than 20-30 minutes. The longer the soup simmers, the more flavorful it will become.
Parsnip, carrots and potatoes should be added right before you are ready to serve. Allowing just enough time to have the veggies warm in the broth. Top with green onions and serve. Bon Appetit!
Candida can be a serious condition and is at the root of so many health crises. In fact, yeast infections such as candida were recognized centuries ago as an indicator of much larger underlying diseases such as diabetes, malignant tumors, and chronic infections including cancer.*
I truly believe that if you KNEW better, you’d DO better. I hope this information supports you on your health journey.
Partha Nandi, MD FACP
PS: Remember, your health is your most precious commodity. It is worth hitting restart and making your best life, from the inside out, your top priority. Only THEN can you truly accomplish all the things you most want in life and support those you love to do the same. If you haven’t done so yet, click here to join The Candida Summit and learn more about this important health topic.
* While there are many professional organizations citing candida’s connection to chronic illness, this data was taken from The Oral Cancer Foundation.