Sweet Potatoes and Candida

Erica White’s Beat Candida Cookbook helpfully outlines Nutritionhelp’s basic approach to working with Candida albicans with the Four-Point-Plan which she developed. In all the years of practice, we have found that it is only when these four points are fully followed that encouragement may be see. The four points consist of:

1. Starving any intestinal yeast with an appropriate diet
2. Supporting the immune system with a tailor-made supplement programme
3. Working to bring intestinal yeast under control with specific nutritional supplements
4. Encouraging beneficial bacteria with probiotics

Nutritionhelp’s dietary advice in point one will take each individual’s needs into consideration, and this is where phone-call time with me may be of benefit. Within a phone call we can talk through progress and developments and adapt dietary recommendations accordingly. How much whole grain can be consumed will vary from client to client, likewise some will do incredibly well on the diet and still consume unrefined gluten grains, where others find they are best avoiding gluten. Many people come to us having seen diets which advocate avoiding all high carbohydrate vegetables and all grains, thinking that this will starve intestinal yeast more effectively. However, this needs to be cautioned as research is showing that ketosis – the metabolic process of breaking down fats for energy that occurs when the body does not have enough glucose – is more effective at feeding Candida albicans than even glucose! For this reason it is important, at the very least, to keep some higher carbohydrate vegetables in the diet, such as carrot and sweet potato, to prevent the body going into ketosis and continuing to feed intestinal yeast.

With this in mind I have added below the first half of a recent article by Food Matters, looking at some of the benefits and uses of the sweet potato. This really is a versatile and helpful food for anyone following Nutritionhelp’s protocol to support gut ecology. Next week I will post the remainder of the article.


1. Helps To Keep Disease At Bay

Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin B6. A vitamin which helps to reduce the chemical homocysteine in your body. High homocysteine levels have been linked to degenerative diseases including heart attacks.

2. They Are A Good Source of Vitamin C

That orange colour isn’t just for show! These brightly coloured spuds are packed with vitamin C, offering support for your immune system, bones and teeth, digestion and blood cell formation. It also helps to accelerate wound healing and improves the appearance of your skin by producing collagen.

3. Supports Your Bones

It’s not something we’d typically assume, but sweet potatoes contain small amounts of Vitamin D. A nutrient that helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, as well as support the thyroid gland. 100g of sweet potato also contains 33mg of calcium, a critical component of a healthy skeletal system!

4. Boosts Your Energy
A source of slow-releasing carbohydrates, sweet potatoes provide us with sustained energy. But they also contain iron! You may be aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im­mune functioning, and the metabolizing of protein, among other things.

5. De-Stress With These Sweet Spuds

A good source of magnesium, sweet potatoes can help you to relax and de-stress. It’s also necessary for healthy artery, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function. Yet experts estimate that approximately 80 percent of the population in North America may be deficient in this important mineral!

6. Supports Your Heart And Kidneys

This tuber contains potassium, an essential electrolyte that helps to regulate your heartbeat and nerve signalling, whilst supporting healthy blood pressure. Potassium also helps to relax muscle contractions, reduce swelling, and protect and control the activity of your kidneys.


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