I can remember a time when the only food allergy that I heard about was peanuts. Maybe this was not reality but I just don’t remember people being allergic to so many different types of food. Today I hear about every kind of allergy imaginable. Allergies to fruits, wheat, corn, soy, eggs, chocolate, dairy, tree nuts, beef and pork just to name just a few. The top eight allergens are actually milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shell fish, soy and wheat. I am sad to say that my two children are allergic to all of these things in varying combinations.
This is extremely difficult to manage and I had to find a way to cater to both the Candida Diet and my children’s multiple food allergies. My initial thought was “Is there anything left for us to eat?” The Candida diet is very limiting in itself but omitting foods allowed on the diet due to allergy or sensitivity makes sticking to the diet even more challenging. Although challenging this has become a necessity for many. There is an established link between food allergies and Candida so I wanted to explore this a bit.
It is not clear if food allergies contribute to Candida or Candida contribute to food allergies but many people who have symptoms of candidiasis also have multiple food allergies and/or sensitivities. Allergies are immune responses to a substance the body regards as dangerous. So what causes the body to regard harmless foods as potentially harmful substances? It appears to be linked to the overburdening of the immune system which is in part caused by candidiasis, an overgrowth of yeast (Candida) in the intestinal system. Candida is innately a benign microorganism which makes up the microflora of the intestinal system.
Candida works along with “friendly” types of bacteria to remove waste and toxins from the body. The “friendly” bacteria keep the Candida at harmless levels and ensure the intestinal system is working efficiently. Unfortunately, due to external factors such as overuse of antibiotics, which kill the “friendly” bacteria and, an imbalance is created in the intestinal system. This is when the Candida begins to become an opportunistic microorganism causing seemingly unrelated health problems throughout the body. The Candida actually releases toxins which the immune system tries in vain to fight off. This whole cycle works hand in hand to create confusion in the body and often allergies and sensitivities to food somehow develop.
The Candida Diet seeks to restore balance to the intestinal system by cutting off the Candida’s food supply. The diet eliminates many foods, especially processed/sugary ones initially, that feed Candida. If food allergies and sensitivities are identified one must also refrain from eating those foods. However, as the body heals and the immune system becomes strong again many foods can be reintroduced. Although it is difficult to manage both the Candida Diet and multiple food allergies and sensitivities it can be done. I have created many recipes that cater to both and you can too.
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