Key Insights from an RD to Consider Before Attempting the Candida Diet for Enhanced Gut Health

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Are you curious about the health benefits associated with the candida diet. Here’s a dietitian who breaks it all down.

In 2020, eating for gut health is just as fashionable as wearing a Juicy Couture jogging suit in the early 2000s. The candida diet is a popular eating plan that claims to be the best for your gut. But, will it last (like the good old JC sweatsuits)? Is the candida dieting healthy enough to withstand the nutrition test? Tracy Lockwood Beckerman answers this question in the latest episode on YouTube’s You Versus Food.

You need to understand what (checks note) Candida is before you can listen to her speech. Beckerman explains that we all have yeast in our bodies. “Candida” is a type of yeast found in small quantities in the mouth, the intestines and on the skin or vagina.

It’s smooth sailing for your gut when the yeast balances out with the good bacteria in your microbiome. Beckerman says that the problem arises when there is too much [candida]. This is Candida overgrowth which can lead to an infection called Candidiasis. Candidiasis may cause thrush and digestive problems, as well as yeast infections and UTIs.

The candida diet is a temporary dietary restriction that emphasizes gut-health-boosters like lean protein, healthy fats and probiotics. It also restricts the consumption of alcohol, gluten, sugar and other additives. Beckerman cautions that while it’s fine to include more salmon, spinach, avocado and yogurt in your diet, not all the rules of the candida diet are nutritionally sound.

Beckerman says that there is no evidence to support the claim that a diet free of gluten can be beneficial for those without gluten intolerance. “Plus, gut issues are serious and anyone who believes they may have them should consult a doctor to determine the next steps before trying a gluten-free diet.”

You’ll need to watch the entire video if you want to learn the truth about the benefits and dangers of the candida diet.