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11 drinks you’re allowed on the anti-candida diet

lemon and ginger

Elimination diets such as the anti-candida diet are always about what you can’t have. So to counter this, I have put together a list of all of the things you can drink while on this diet. The below drinks have been included to help to give you some ideas of how you can substitute your usual rituals, but also because they are all super healthy and will support your body as it fights the candida.

  1. Pau D’arco tea – apparently this tea, which is derived from the bark of a tree, is supposed to help to cure your candida overgrowth. I’m not sure to what extent this is true, but I  am drinking it daily just in case, and find the taste to be quite smoothe and pleasant.
  2. Herbal teas – my favourites are nettle tea, mint tea and ginger tea. I like to have a few options to choose from so I don’t get bored. Just make sure you steer clear of fruit teas which contain sugar.
  3. Chicory coffee – if you are a caffeine addict, this stuff is perfect to help you to transition away from drinking coffee. Chicory coffee is made from dried chicory root, which is a plant. It looks like coffee and you can also add plant milk to further the illusion. Although it doesn’t taste like coffee, the toasted flavour is still pleasant enough to trick your brain somewhat. Best of all it’s 100% natural, and there is even some evidence to suggest that it can help to fight candida.
  4. Bone / vegetable broth – bone broth in particular is an essential part of the diet, as it contains compounds such as collagen which will help to heal your gut lining. If you don’t eat meat, however, vegetable broth is also a great little miracle potion as you are basically just sipping on a cup full of vitamins and minerals.
  5. Soup – I know most people regard soup as a food, but unless it contains huge chunks of meat or rice or noodles, then to me it’s basically just a drink. Regardless, warm blended soups are a great addition to the diet and will help to soothe and heal your intestine, especially if you pile in anti-inflammatory foods such as green leafy veg, cumin or turmeric.
  6. Green smoothies – a great solution to get in some concentrated nutrition if you can’t be bothered to make a healthy salad or steam up some veggies for your lunch. Although it takes a while to get used to the lack of sweetness, you definitely will feel healthier after drinking one. I like to add spirulina to mine as an added candida-fighting bonus and ginger for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits.
  7. Sugar free hot chocolate – this will be your almost-sweet-treat for those days where you just need comforting. I make mine with coconut milk, almond milk and a small teaspoon of raw cacao powder
  8. Lemon / lime water – adding the juice of a lemon or lime to a glass of warm water and drinking it in the morning on an empty stomach is a great way to stimulate your digestive system.
  9. Unsweetened cranberry juice (not from concentrate) – cranberries are a well known natural remedy for fighting infections such as UTIs, so if this is one of your candida symptoms, then drinking this may help alleviate your symptoms. Just be sure to steer clear of the sweetened juice drinks.
  10. Sparkling water – not something I would drink regularly, however, this can be your go-to drink when you are out and about and trying to blend in with all those alcohol drinkers. Add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber if you’re feeling extra fancy.
  11. Water – I know this one is obvious, but you should be drinking at least 2 litres of water every day. It’s not just about staying hydrated, but also helping your body to excrete all of the toxins it is working so hard to clear your body of during your candida cleanse.

 

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