When you are suffering from candida infection, you have to avoid various foods in order to stop candida overgrowth. You have to give up alcohol, junk food, some fruits etc. But it has been observed that the hardest thing to give up is the coffee.
Caffeine is one of the foods that you must avoid when you are fighting candida. Caffeine is anyways bad for your health, so avoiding coffee is really good for your overall health.
Caffeine affects normal functioning of your adrenal glands. It stresses the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline and consumption of coffee for prolonged period can further put further stress. This will make adrenal glands unable to regulate hormone levels in your body. This will lead to improper sleep, mood disorders and weight gain. But the real concern is that it weakens your immune system and its ability to fight candida yeast infection.
When you have a morning coffee, it causes spikes in your blood sugar which feeds the candida fungus. You may know that sugar is the one thing that must be avoided when fighting candida infection, because it feeds the yeast in your body and stimulates candida overgrowth. As per a recent study, it has been found that caffeine increases the glucoses levels in the body as much as 8%.
Caffeine destroys Vitamin B, potassium, zinc and inositol and it also interferes with the assimilation of calcium and iron. All of these are crucial for the proper functioning of your immune system and fighting candida yeast infection. Medical researchers have found that one cup of a caffeinated beverage can kill up to 75% of friendly bacteria in the colon.
Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that stimulates the nervous system. It’s important to note here that caffeine is not only found in coffee but also in:
- Soft Drinks
- Energy Drinks
Since there is no coffee on candida diet, there are some other options you can try:
1. Decaf Coffee – Decaf coffee is coffee that has had almost all of the caffeine removed. Decaf is loaded with antioxidants and has many health benefits.
2. Herbal Teas – It’s an healthy alternative to coffee. In the recent past lots of people are switching to herbal teas even if they don’t have any medical condition. Nettle Leaf tea is the recommended herbal tea which helps your blood circulation and flushes out candida toxins.
3. Replace your cup of coffee with a cup of tea, it’s much lower in caffeine.
4. The healthiest option is to stop caffeine altogether to speed up your recovery from candida yeast infection.