The Candida Diet and Psyllium Fiber

The Candida Diet and Psyllium Fiber

Psyllium is a source of water-soluble fiber that comes from the plantain plant. When mixed with water or liquid, the psyllium husk powder expands from its original size and forms into a gel-like, thicker substance called mucilage. The mucilage aids in bulking up and softening stools during its transit through the colon, which enables easier bowel movements. Psyllium may be a healthy addition to the Candida Diet to help address poor digestion from yeast overgrowth including constipation from slowed transit time and bacterial. Consult with a physician prior to making any dietary changes that may affect your health.

Symptoms of Candidiasis

The University of Maryland Medical Center identifies candida is a type of yeast that normally resides in the gut along with other bacteria. It is generally not a problem until it starts to grow uncontrollably, upsetting the balance between normal and harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. Yeast overgrowth weakens the intestinal tract and the immune system and produces toxins that may harm body tissues and cells. Symptoms of candidiasis include fatigue, bloating, food cravings and slowed digestion resulting in constipation.

A Candida Diet

The Candida Diet is essential to decreasing and preventing further bacterial overgrowth. Consult with a health professional to determine your individual needs as well as the need for prescribed medications. According to The Candida Diet commercial website, any foods with yeast and sugar must be avoided. Yeast feed off of sugar and will increase overgrowth in the gut. Refined, processed grains including breads and cereals made with white flours that have been stripped of their nutrients should be avoided. Read package labels carefully and avoid any foods, including breads, bars, canned and packaged foods that have yeast and sugar in them. Most fruits should be eliminated initially as well, as they contain naturally occurring sugars. Low-sugar vegetables such as leafy greens, cucumber and asparagus may be consumed.

Psyllium and Digestion

Psyllium husk powder aids in removing fecal matter and undigested waste from the digestive tract by loosening these materials from the intestinal walls. Loosened waste products are then pulled out of the body along with the fibrous psyllium during elimination and bowel movements. In addition to promoting regular bowel movements and decreasing constipation, psyllium aids in flushing out dead yeast and harmful bacterial that contribute to candiasis in the gut. The Candida Diet website claims that regular bowel movements are essential to fighting candida in the body. Undigested food materials that remain in the colon ferment and become a breeding ground for bacteria to grow and accumulate.

How To Take Psyllium

Psyllium is most commonly available in both powder and capsule forms. The husk can also be purchased in many health food stores grain sections, where it resembles a lighter version of wheat germ. Psyllium should be consumed according to product label directions and under the guidance of a health professional. Powder forms must be mixed with a liquid, preferably water water, which has no added sugars or salt that may affect absorption. The powder should then be stirred to form a thicker substance. It is essential to take the husk powder with adequate amounts of water as it quickly expands in the gut. This can lead to stomach discomfort including bloating and flatulence. The University of Maryland further cautions that psyllium expansion increases the risks of choking. As with any high-fiber food, introduction in the diet should be gradual to give the body time to adjust.

Considerations

Although psyllium is generally considered a safe and natural fiber supplement, always consult a physician or appropriate health professional to determine individual safety. It is possible to have allergies to the powder or possibly intolerance causing further digestive upset. The Candida Diet also suggests speaking with a doctor if you have had any bowel or intestinal surgeries or serious disorders. People with candidiasis with coinciding digestive issues such as irritable bowel or Crohn’s disease may not benefit from psyllium if they experience frequent bouts of diarrhea.

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