I received the following questions from a site visitor about the Candida Diet and the probiotic Xtralac. Here’s what Mark had to say:
Hello Cynthia, I have severe Candida and need a little help with my diet.
Can I eat:
And what can I eat for breakfast because I am a little stuck at the moment. I eat gluten free rice flake porridge, but I don’t suppose that’s allowed.
I just started taking an anti-fungal called Xtralac. It’s like Threelac to kill the Candida and it’s so strong. Now I have a real tightness in my chest, breathing difficulties, extreme fatigue and I get out of breath easy. I have also lost more weight since taking it but not sure why though.
Any help would be great.
Kind Regards Mark
You’re not alone; many people struggle to figure out the Candida Diet.
Tomatoes – Tomato is in the nightshade family, and nightshades contain a variety of naturally occurring pesticides, such as alkaloids, lectins, and saponins. They protect the plants from predators and can be problematic when consumed by humans, especially people with Candida. They may need to be eliminated or moderated by people with Candida, food sensitivities, autoimmune disorders, or leaky gut. Additionally, most processed tomato products found in the can or jar are preserved with a manufactured source of citric acid that is derived from yeast, which can destroy healthy bacteria in the gut and encourage yeast overgrowth.
Chickpeas and Kidney Beans – These are legumes, and all legumes are very high in carbs, which means Candida will feast on them. Additionally, legumes contain a variety of anti-nutrients that can contribute to nutritional deficiencies, leaky gut, and autoimmune disorders. They should be avoided.
Buckwheat flour – This flour is better than wheat flour, so if you’re going to make something that requires flour this is a better choice. However, buckwheat is very high carb, so it is going to feed Candida. It should be avoided the majority of the time.
You can find more in-depth information on my Paleolithic Diet page in regard to these issues.
What Can You Eat for Breakfast?
One of the first steps we must take when following the Candida Diet is to disregard old ways of thinking about food. We must let go of the standard way we are accustomed to eating.
Sitting down to a big bowl of cereal is not a good choice regardless of whether it is a bowl of Wheaties or a bowl of rice flake porridge. They are both high in carbs and this will give the yeast a very big and delicious meal to devour and will probably incite a vast amount of Candida symptoms. Not only that, it spikes blood sugar and insulin levels. Rice, in all its forms, should be avoided. Check out my Whole Grain Lie page for more information on these issues.
Breakfast, just like all your meals on this diet, should be very low in carbohydrates. It should be rich in animal protein and contain a moderate amount of low carbohydrate vegetables.
A good breakfast, regardless of whether you have Candida or not, might include the following:
– Eggs with green peppers. Green peppers could be replaced with spinach, hot peppers, broccoli or any other low-carb vegetable you prefer.
– Baked chicken breast and green beans.
– Ground turkey with spinach.
– Ground buffalo with steamed zucchini.
– Beef hamburgers with a salad.
Should You Take Xtralac?
In regard to the Xtralac, I don’t have personal experience using this particular product and I haven’t had any clients who did so either. However, when I look over its ingredients, I see that it contains Enterococcus faecalis, which can become pathogenic. This ingredient is also contained in Threelac, which I’m not in favor of consuming. I got very sick from Threelac and I’ve talked with lots of other people who have as well. According to researchers at the University of Texas, “Enterococcus faecalis accounts for approximately 5%–8% of hospital-associated bacteremia and approximately 5%–20% of all cases of endocarditis.”
If it makes you that sick, perhaps you should reevaluate whether you should continue taking it. I wouldn’t take it with that kind of symptoms. You can read more about Enterococcus faecalis on my Threelac page.
It is also possible that you’re symptoms are die-off. In myself and the people I’ve talked to who got sick with Threelac, the symptoms are different from what you describe. We had symptoms that seemed to be a bacterial infection. Your symptoms sound like they could possibly be die-off, but I can’t say for sure. However, it’s also important to keep this in mind.
A certain degree of die-off is good and acceptable, however, if you become very sick or incapacitated, then that isn’t good for the body. The liver can only process so many toxins at a time. It can get very overloaded with toxins during die-off. When this happens, it is usually best to cut back on whatever antifungal is causing the situation and go at a slower pace so the body can keep up or switch to a less potent antifungal and work your way up to a more powerful one.
If you need more help with the Candida Diet or have other questions about Candida, I offer consultations by phone. You can learn more about that by looking at my Holistic Counseling page.
Additionally, I have a great little PDF handbook called Candida Secrets that will provide you with a broad overview of all the facets related to yeast overgrowth and the best way to approach treatment. Inside this book, you’ll also find a coupon for a discount on your initial phone consultation if you still need further assistance, and it comes with recipes and meal plans.
You can also take a look at my new book on Candida, which is available in paperback. It is more comprehensive and covers issues like SIBO, parasites, sympathetic dominance, adrenal fatigue, and more.