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Whole 30 diet: Questions answered – WTVD

A simple Google search for Whole 30 returns thousands of results from bloggers to Youtubers to social media groups and books. There is a ton of information on this popular diet.

So, what is Whole 30 all about?

“Whole 30 is an elimination diet that is meant to be done for 30 days. It is basically a very strict paleo diet,” explained Carolina Total Wellness Health Coach Sara Hamm.

Hamm says the diet got a start in the cross fit community a few years ago. For some, the 30 day program is about losing weight for others it’s about feeling better but, there is a strict rule on the program to skip the scale or measurements the entire time.

Raleigh mom of two Emily Uhland who does the program once a year with her husband, calls the program a reset for her body.

“My number one advice is do it with someone else,” Uhland said. “It’s a little bit hard but there are other hard things like fighting cancer or birthing a baby so its kind of this tough love that I resonated with,” she said.

Uhland finished Whole 30 at the end of January and says the benefit of the program for her doesn’t have anything to do with weight loss.

“My sleep is so much deeper and unbroken,” Uhland said. “And, if you wake up, you fall back asleep really easily, and as mom of little kids that’s really awesome because any hours of sleep are precious.

So, I think the sleep is a really great benefit,” she said.

Raleigh mom April Walker finished Whole 30 for the second time in a few years and she says the benefit for her is also not about weight loss.

“I think it’s more of a lifestyle thinking about food in a different way,” Walker said.

Getting rid of sugar was Walker’s biggest motivator for doing Whole 30. She found the program helped her get rid of her allergies as well.

“I had seasonal allergies, I thought,” Walker said. “In the fall and spring I would have allergies, but, I didn’t have them last fall, so i was like wow that must be a food thing. I wake up and I’m totally clearer,” she said.

“I don’t feel like I’m in a fog. I sleep better. I didn’t have any of the congestion.”

Health coach Sara Hamm says the strict diet eliminates foods that cause inflammation.

“You’re eating lots and lots of vegetables, well raised meats, organic, grass fed if possible,” Hamm explained.

“Avocado, coconut oil, nuts and seeds, fatty fish and you’re eating some fruit. There’s no calorie restriction-you eat as much as you like but you only eat from those groups,” Hamm said.

“The foods you’re eliminating are gluten and all other grains,” she said.”You eliminate all dairy that includes all butter.”

Whole 30 also calls for the elimination of processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Hamm says it can be a tough program for vegetarians to get through because of the elimination of legumes.

Those who are successful with Whole 30 like Walker and Uhland say the biggest takeaway after Whole 30 is how it changes eating habits, cravings, and the way you think about food.

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10 reasons your muscles have stopped growing

After switching up your diet and workout routine, you finally started to pack on some solid muscle—and people were noticing. Then the progress halted. Despite your continued efforts, your shoulders seemed to shrink, your biceps became less buldging, and your quads refused to grow any bigger. What gives?

A number of factors influence your body’s ability to pack on gains—your sleep schedule, your diet, your fitness program, even your state of mind. You could seriously go crazy trying to figure out what went wrong. To help you get to the bottom of things, we checked in with  Jim White, personal trainer and registered dietitian, and Jay Cardiello, celebrity personal trainer and star of ABC’s My Diet is Better than Yours. Adjust your program witht their tips and you’ll be back to building that jacked physique you crave in no time.

1. You skimp on sleep

Plain and simple: If you’re not getting quality sleep each night, your muscles won’t grow. “Lack of sleep increases your body’s level of cortisol (a stress hormone), wreaks havoc on your body’s human growth hormone, and inhibits your body from properly storing glycogen—all things that can have a negative impact on muscle growth,” Cardiello says. “Plus, if you’re not sleeping, then you’re not training at 100 percent and you’re not improving.”

The fix: Cardiello suggests aiming for seven and a half hours of shut-eye each evening. He also advises keeping stress levels low before hitting the sheets. That means shutting down all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. If you typically have trouble dozing off, you might want to consider taking a hot bath or shower before bed.

2. You don’t eat enough protein

If you want to look more pumped, you need to pump up the protein. The reason: protein contains amino acids, the compounds that help build and repair muscle tissue. “If you don’t consume enough amino acids it can hinder your muscle growth,” warns White.

The fix: White suggests shooting for 1.2 to 1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of bodyweight each day. That means a 200-pound man should get between 109 and 154 grams daily. And remember, it doesn’t all have to come from things like chicken, fish, red meat, and eggs. Like their animal-based counterparts, quinoa and Ezekiel bread (to name just a few) are both sources of plant-based complete proteins, meaning they contain all eight amino acids your body needs to fuel muscles but can’t produce on its own.

3. You’re a booze man

“It’s fine to enjoy a cold one every once in a while, but throwing back too many inhibits your body’s ability to help muscles recover,” says Cardiello. How? “When you drink alcohol, the body calls on antioxidants that are typically used for muscle growth to help metabolize the alcohol.”

The fix: If you want all your hard work to pay off, Cardiello suggests cutting out booze altogether. Not an option? Limit yourself to one evening of indulgence per week and follow each round with a glass of water to slow your pace and reduce the number of drinks you down throughout the evening. Better yet, cut yourself off after three drinks—beers, cocktails, or shots, it doesn’t matter; three’s the magic number. Simply knowing your drink limit ahead of time can help you stay on track with your goals.

4. You’re doing too much cardio

If you recently upped your weekly mileage or started taking a weekly spin class with your girlfriend (no judgment), that could be the reason you’re looking a little on the puny side. “While cardio is great for fat loss, if you do too much of it, it can put your body in a catabolic, or muscle-burning state,” warns White.

The fix: “If your goals are to increase size and strength, cardio workouts should not dominate your program,” says White. “HIIT workouts and easy cardio sessions can be slotted into your program, but your first priority should be fitting in three or four weight training days. If you don’t tend to get too sore between workouts, feel free to add in a cardio session here or there, but not at the expense of your recovery.”

5. You’re overtraining

Not only does overtraining up your risk of injury and workout boredom, it can hinder your progress, too. “Many guys think the harder they go, the bigger the gains, and that’s not true,” Cardiello tells us. “If you’re not taking time away from the gym, your body doesn’t have time to rebuild itself stronger and bigger than it was before. When I worked as a strength coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, we always worked in rest days throughout the players training cycle.”

The fix: Cardiello suggests taking one or two days off for every seven days of training.

6. You shun carbs

While nutrient-void sources of carbs (candy, pizza, white bread, etc.) shouldn’t regularly make an appearance in your diet, it’s important to remember that all carbs are not the enemy. In fact, cutting back on carbs too harshly may be the very reason you’re starting to look a bit flabby. “When you’re low on carbs, you’re not giving your muscles the glycogen they need to hit the weights hard. This can affect muscle growth and make you feel weak,” explains White.

The fix: Keep complex, slow-digesting carbs in your diet plan (oatmeal, Ezekiel bread, whole grains, quinoa, beans, and fruit) and limit the processed starchy junk, says White.

7. You’re dehydrated

“When gaining muscle mass is the goal, it’s common for people to focus on ingesting carbs and proteins. But when it comes to water and adequate hydration, many guys leave their muscles out to dry,” says Cardiello. “Water is crucial for digestion so when you don’t get enough of it, it can negatively impact this process.” The result: Your muscles won’t be fed the nutrients they need to grow. “Plus when you’re not adequately hydrated, it’s more difficult to go all out at the gym, which can further impact your results.”

The fix: “Make sure you’re throwing back half of your body weight in ounces of water per day,” advises Cardiello. (That means a 200 pound guy should sip 100 ounces, or 12.5 cups of H20 daily.) “And if you’re thirsty, you’re dehydrated. So even if you’ve already hit your water quota, drink up.”

8. You don’t mix things up

“Your muscles need to be worked at different angles, volumes, and intensities to remain challenged. Working the same muscles, in the same way, can limit your gains,” White says.

The fix: Weather you’re an intermediate lifter or more advanced, you’ll likely need to change up your program every six to eight weeks, says White. “If you notice that your strength or physical results are starting to plateau, it’s a good time to weave in some new exercises and mix up your rep and weight selections. To challenge yourself further, make sure to include exercises that focus on your areas of weakness, whether that be quad strength or flexibility.”

9. You’re stressed out 24/7

“Stress increases levels of cortisol, the stress hormone that increases appetite and fat storage. It also inhibits the use of glucose by the body’s cells,” explains Cardiello. This can cause muscle proteins to break down, inhibiting muscle growth, according to a study in Medicine and Science in Sports Exercise.

The fix: Pinpoint the stressor in your life and squish it like a bug. “That might mean ditching a high drama girlfriend, asking your boss to decrease your workload, or enrolling in a yoga class,” suggests Cardiello. “Sipping rooibos tea can also help. It contains a flavonoid called Aspalathin, which has been shown to reduce stress hormones.”

10. You only train trophy muscles

If you only train what you can flaunt at the beach (i.e. biceps and abs) it won’t help you increase overall mass, warns White. “The legs and back are two of your biggest muscles. If you don’t train them, you’re not tapping into your full muscle growth potential. Plus, only training your trophy muscles can create injury-causing imbalances that could keep you out of the gym long term.”

The fix: Work all areas of your physique in equal amounts—and don’t forget to incorporate forward, backward, and lateral movements, and things like mobility training, says White.

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How to Make Your Diet Heart Healthy

With February declared Heart Month, many countries and organizations around the world are encouraging us all to start good habits now that will improve heart health not just for February but for life.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the leading global cause of death, with 2,200 Americans dying each day from heart disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that a poor diet is one of the most influential lifestyle choices that put people at a higher risk for heart disease, and a nutritious, balanced diet is a major factor in combating the most common type of heart disease, coronary artery disease, which results from a build-up in coronary arteries.

Thankfully though diet can be easily modified, with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) also adding that even if already have a heart condition, a healthy diet can still benefit your heart and overall health.

Here we round up some expert advice from the AHA, CDC, and BHF on how everyone can maintain and enjoy a heart-healthy diet.

Fruit and vegetables

Aim for at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day for a well-balanced diet.

Try to vary the types of fruit and vegetables you eat; Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Health Professions and program director of the UAB Dietetic Internship advises, “Choose vegetables that have a rich color like dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and zucchini.”

“Just be sure not to substitute fresh fruits with 100 percent fruit juice or dried fruit,” she adds, which can be higher in sugar and lower in fiber than fresh fruit.

However although fresh is great, the BHF notes that frozen and tinned also count.

And as a guide a portion is around a handful (80g or 3oz) of fruit or veg, for example 4 broccoli florets, 1 pear, 3 heaped tablespoons of carrots, and 7-8 strawberries.

Saturated fat

Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Try to reduce your intake of fatty cuts of beef, lamb, and pork and poultry skin, and dairy products such as lard, cream, butter, and cheese.

Unsaturated fats

Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated “good” fats can help boost heart health. Add in monounsaturated fats, for example olive oil, rapeseed oil, almonds, unsalted cashews and avocado, or polyunsaturated fats, such as sunflower oil and vegetable oil, walnuts, sunflower seeds and oily fish.

However remember that all fats and oils — including the healthier ones — are high in calories, so even unsaturated fats should only be used in small amounts.

Fiber and protein

“Fiber is important for gastrointestinal motility, blood sugar control and lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol,” Rivers said. “Fiber is great for appetite control because it can fill you up and keep you feeling fuller for longer.”

Whole, fresh fruit and vegetables are good sources of fiber, as are whole grains such as brown rice, wild rice, whole oats, and wholegrain barley, and legumes, beans and peas.

Protein is also needed as part of a balanced diet to build and maintain muscles and can be found in a variety of sources such as lean meats cooked using a low-fat method, such as baking.

Salt

Eating too much salt can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, which in turn can increase the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Try seasoning your food with herbs and spices for extra flavor to reduce your salt intake.

Alcohol

Stick to the recommended guidelines and remember, everything in moderation.

Treat yourself too

Although the AHA, CDC, and BHF all encourage a heart-healthy diet, Rivers says a “cheat day” is OK occasionally and a little bit of what you like rather than depriving yourself entirely will help you stick to a nutritious eating plan.

Your favorite piece of chocolate or guacamole and tortilla chips are what Rivers recommends as two heart-healthy treats to have on “cheat days,” adding that, “The occasional bite of dark chocolate or a nice glass of pinot noir is a perfect reward for your efforts to sustain your heart health.”

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Diet Doc Provides Customized And Healthy Weight Loss Alternatives To Starvation-Based hCG Diet

PHOENIX, AZ–(Marketwired – February 22, 2017) – When it comes to weight loss, some of the most important factors include genetics, general health, daily behavior and physical activities. Based on research, dieting is the most important component that affects weight gain or weight loss. By improving eating behavior, for instance, one can dramatically affect their weight. This is why emotional eating, binge eating and other common dietary abnormalities can have long-term effects of body weight. Effective weight loss generally involves losing more calories than you gain. Because one pound of weight is equivalent to 3,500 calories, one needs to reduce caloric intake by 500-1000 calories per day in order to lose 1-2 pounds per week. However, this type of extreme dieting is often starvation-based and therefore risky.

The starvation approach to dieting is nothing new. For example, the original hCG diet from the 1950s, also called the Simeons method, was practically a starvation diet that limited daily consumption to 500 calories. It led to many harmful side effects ranging from weakness to muscle loss. According to the Obesity Medicine Association, the hCG-based Simeons method and diet for weight loss is unsafe and not recommended.

There are healthy alternatives to dieting, however, and doctor-supervised dieting is always the safest approach. hCG can be applied more safely with a flexible diet program that necessitates between 800 to 1250 calories daily without reducing the rate of rapid weight loss. The Simeons method for hCG dieting is not only outdated but also unnecessary and unrecommended. High-calorie programs offering safe weight loss are the ideal option for patients considering the hCG diet treatment. Doctor-supervision and diet customization based on nutritional needs is highly recommended.

At Diet Doc, patients can get a thorough understanding of the weight loss needs and develop an individualized diet based on their nutritional needs or even their genetics. All Diet Doc programs, provide a doctor-supervised, customized diet plan.Instead of encouraging patients to adopt harmful dietary practices with no prior medical knowledge, Diet Doc consults with patients to provide a detailed weight loss plan based on their nutritional needs and medical history. Losing weight with Diet Doc is safe, simple and affordable. Nutrition plans, exercise guidance, motivational support, and dietary supplements are all part of the package. More than 90% of Diet Doc patients lose 20 or more pounds every month.

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Candida and Diet: Splitting Fact from Fiction

Candida is a fungus that can grow in the human body.

A condition called Candida Overgrowth Syndrome is said to occur if levels in the gut become too high.

But is it actually a real condition, and does diet play a role? This article explores the current research.

What is Candida?

What is CandidaThe Candida genus includes more than 20 species of yeast that are able to cause infections in humans (1).

It’s commonly present in the digestive tract and mucous membranes of the nose, throat and reproductive organs.

The most common species is Candida albicans (C. albicans), which is estimated to be present in the mouth or throat of up to 40% of healthy adults (2).

About 70% of healthy adults also have yeasts, mainly Candida species, in their guts (large intestine or bowel) (3).

Summary: Yeasts of the Candida genus are common in the digestive tract and mucous membranes of healthy adults. Some species of Candida can cause infections.

What is Candida Overgrowth Syndrome?

Candida does not cause problems most of the time.

However, sometimes yeasts can multiply rapidly and greatly increase in numbers. This is called yeast overgrowth and can lead to infection.

Yeast overgrowth in the gut can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. This has been termed Candida overgrowth syndrome.

candida-albicans-overgrowthCandida albicans on human small intestine mucosa ( 3000-fold magnification) (3).

It’s also referred to as:

  • Chronic candidiasis
  • Candida hypersensitivity
  • Candidiasis sensitivity.

While numerous books and diet plans claim to cure the condition, the very existence of Candida overgrowth syndrome is controversial.

It first gained attention in 1984 after the publication of a book by William Crook titled The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough.

According to Crook, use of antibiotics causes yeast overgrowth (4).

As he explained it, antibiotics kill good bacteria in the gut that usually keep C.albicans in check. With the good bacteria no longer around, Candida is able to multiply and weaken the immune system.

Infections can develop more easily with a weakened immune system. Of course, an infection is typically treated with antibiotics, fueling this cycle.

This theory of Crook’s has never been proven mind you.

Summary: Candida overgrowth syndrome is a controversial condition that some suggest is caused by overgrowth of Candida yeast in the gut.

Other Types of Candida Infection

Other Types of Candida InfectionSome types of Candida infection are well known and described in the medical literature.

Candida infection in the mouth or throat is called thrush. Candida infection of the vagina is commonly referred to as a yeast infection.

More serious infections can occur when Candida enters the bloodstream. This is known as invasive candidiasis. However, most cases occur in hospital or nursing home patients who have weakened immune systems.

There is no scientific evidence that these infections are caused by Candida overgrowth in the gut.

Summary: Infections of the mouth, throat, vagina and bloodstream can be caused by Candida. However, there is no evidence linking these infections with Candida overgrowth in the gut.

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

Symptoms of Candida OvergrowthThe following symptoms have been attributed to Candida overgrowth syndrome (4, 5):

  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory problems
  • Hyperactivity
  • Headaches
  • Rashes
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Persistent nasal congestion
  • Urinary tract problems
  • Menstrual irregularities

One issue here is that many illnesses or infections could cause these wide-ranging symptoms. They are not specific to Candida overgrowth.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, these symptoms are essentially universal. That is, most sick patients probably complain of at least some of them.

Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence to date showing that Candida overgrowth is capable of causing these symptoms.

Summary: Symptoms attributed to Candida overgrowth are not specific and could be caused by a variety of conditions.

Are There Tests to Diagnose It?

Are There Tests to Diagnose ItSince Candida yeast is present in the majority of people, simply testing for its presence is not useful.

Only one published study has tried to find out whether a set of symptoms or tests could be used to diagnose Candida overgrowth. The researchers could not find any physical or laboratory difference between patients who believed they had Candida overgrowth and those who didn’t (6).

This is in line with what Crook says.

In his book, he suggested yeast may be identified as the cause only when no other conditions are discovered. In other words, yeast would be diagnosed as the cause by ruling out other potential culprits.

Additionally, according to Crook, diagnosis of Candida overgrowth could only be made if the patient responded to a suggested treatment (4).

That is, if symptoms go away following treatment, then Candida must have been the problem.

Summary: There are no laboratory tests or other tests to diagnose Candida overgrowth syndrome.

Is There a Candida Diet?

Is There a Candida DietMany diet books claim to treat or cure Candida overgrowth, including Crook’s.

Some claim they will provide “seemingly miraculous results” and can help you “recover from Candida in 60 days.”

Perhaps the most-well known is the ‘Candida Diet’. Here are the typical recommendations:

  • Diet should be nutritionally adequate with fresh foods from a variety of sources.
  • Avoid all refined carbohydrates, including sugar, corn syrup, dextrose and fructose.
  • Avoid refined, processed and fabricated foods.
  • Avoid fruits and milk initially. Later, try to rotate fruits back into the diet if they are tolerated.
  • Avoid all yeast and mold-containing foods initially. Ultimately, some of these may prove to be tolerated since a yeast-containing food does not make C. albicans organisms grow.
  • Eat sugar-free yogurt.
  • Take nutritional supplements, including vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence that following a so-called ‘Candida diet’ is helpful in treating a candida overgrowth.

Anyone that swaps refined carbohydrates, added sugars and processed foods for whole foods will feel better and experience better health.

It’s no surprise then that patients may feel better following such a diet.

Summary: There is no evidence that a specific candida diet will alleviate symptoms of Candida overgrowth.

Supplements for Candida Overgrowth

Supplements for Candida OvergrowthThe benefit of dietary change is unproven.

But what about the recommendations to take a nutrition supplement?

Keep in mind that Candida is a normal resident of the gut in the majority of healthy adults. Unless a patient has invasive candidiasis, there is no reason to try to reduce Candida.

In fact, according to one group of scientists, eliminating intestinal yeasts is not generally advised (3).

In saying that, many nutrition supplements claim to kill Candida in the gut and/or alleviate symptoms of Candida overgrowth.

However, only probiotics and coconut oil have some (weak) scientific evidence to back up their claims.

One study found that premature babies given Lactobacillus rhamnosus (a bacterial probiotic) for 12 months were significantly less likely to have Candida in their guts (7). Twenty-three percent of babies given the probiotic had Candida, compared to 48% of those given a placebo.

No published studies have looked at probiotics and Candida overgrowth in adults though.

Then there is coconut oil, which has been shown in lab studies to have antifungal activity (8).

Additionally, one study in mice found those fed a diet extremely rich in coconut oil (50% of total calories) had lower levels of C. albicans in their guts than those fed other types of fat and oil (9).

The authors suggested that coconut oil could potentially be used in humans to reduce C. albicans in the gut, but it remains to be tested.

Summary: Emerging research shows that certain probiotics and coconut oil may be effective in reducing Candida in the gut. However, whether that is beneficial for most peopl is not known.

Antifungal Medicines for Candida Overgrowth

Antifungal Medicines for Candida OvergrowthAntifungal medicines have also been suggested as a potential treatment.

One high-quality study looked at the use of Nystatin, an antifungal medicine, in women complaining of Candida overgrowth symptoms. Nystatin was no better than placebo at reducing symptoms (5).

In fact, there’s no published evidence showing that Nystatin or any other antifungal medicines alleviate Candida overgrowth in the gut.

Furthermore, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that the long-term use of antifungal medicines is potentially dangerous because it could produce resistant species of C. albicans or other disease-causing fungi (4).

Summary: Antifungal medicines have not been shown to reduce symptoms of Candida overgrowth. In fact, long-term use of these medicines could be dangerous.

Does Candida Cause Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Does-Candida-Cause-Leaky-Gut-SyndromeScientists have shown that C. albicans in the gut can move through the lining of the intestine and into the bloodstream (10).

This is the case in invasive candidiasis.

Because of this, some believe that Candida overgrowth is the cause of increased intestinal permeability, better known as leaky gut syndrome.

However, this is currently an untested theory and we cannot make strong assumptions.

What’s more, leaky gut syndrome presents as a symptom in numerous conditions unrelated to Candida overgrowth.

Summary: There is no evidence that Candida overgrowth causes leaky gut syndrome.

Does Candida Cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Does Candida Cause Chronic Fatigue SyndromeSymptoms associated with Candida overgrowth are similar to those of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia.

A small study of 20 patients found C. albicans was present in the stool of 60% of CFS patients suffering from severe symptoms (acute phase) compared to only 30% of CFS patients without symptoms (remission) (11).

However, C. albicans was also present in the stool of 53% of healthy control subjects (without CFS) in that study — similar to the acute CFS patients. So it’s unlikely that C. albicans caused CFS in those patients.

Additionally, a controlled trial looking at whether yeast-containing foods affect CFS symptoms found no effect. Patients on a low-sugar, low-yeast diet had no improvements in fatigue or quality of life compared to those on a regular healthy diet (12).

Combined, this evidence suggests it does not cause CFS.

Summary: There is no clear evidence that Candida causes chronic fatigue syndrome. A low-yeast diet also did not improve symptoms in patients with CFS.

Candida and Diet: There Is No Evidence

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the concept of Candida overgrowth syndrome should be regarded as “speculative and unproven” unless supported by competent research.

And from the current evidence, there is no proof that – if it is a real condition – it is directly responsible for other health issues or disease.

It makes sense then that no specific candida diet or antifungal medicine can help treat it.  In fact, no treatment has been shown to consistently eliminate symptoms, which makes me even more skeptical.

If you’ve experienced long-term symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth, talk to your doctor first. There are many potential causes of such symptoms, and more serious issues must be ruled out.

This post originally appeared on Diet vs Disease as Candida and Diet: Splitting Fact from Fiction

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