Ginger and the Candida Diet
Ginger ale and gingerbread cookies are two things that probably come to mind when most people think of ginger. These are extremely tasty ways to consume ginger, however, they are not the healthiest ways to consume it and consuming it in this way can be very problematic for those of us following the candida diet to treat thrush. Candidiasis is a medical condition characterized by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a typically benign type of yeast, in our intestinal systems. The cornerstone of treatment for this condition is the candida diet which seeks to eliminate the foods that feed Candida albicans and allow it to continue to grow and cause problems throughout the body. Ginger ale and gingerbread cookies contain ingredients that can exacerbate thrush, with sugar probably the worst offender. Although eating ginger through soda and cookies may not be the healthiest, fresh ginger is a great addition to any diet, but especially the candida diet. Ginger has a wide variety of health benefits and its unique sweet yet pungent flavor can help perk up many candida diet recipes.
Ginger is derived from the rhizome, the underground stem of the ginger plant. Ginger root, as fresh ginger is commonly known, is covered with a tough brown skin that looks like tree bark. Ginger root pulp is most commonly yellowish in color, but different varieties can be white or even red. Ginger root is very easy to find and is available year-round in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket. Ginger is the main ingredient found in many Asian dishes. Although ginger is available ground, the flavor of ground ginger is different from fresh ginger. Additionally, the ground type of ginger is thought to have fewer active ingredients responsible for ginger’s numerous health benefits.
Ginger has a wide variety of health benefits, but there is one that is of particular interest to yeast sufferers. Thrush is believed to occur due to an overgrowth of yeast that eventually weakens the immune system. The immune-boosting effects of ginger due to the presence of gingerrols can help strengthen the immune system and make it more equipped to handle and correct an overgrowth of yeast. In addition, ginger can also relieve many of the chronic systems that affect people with candidiasis. Ginger can relieve gastrointestinal upset, inflammatory conditions like arthritis, and nausea. Several research studies have also concluded that ginger is protective and may even help treat certain types of cancer.
Although candida dieters may not be able to enjoy ginger in the traditional way, through sugary sodas and cookies, adding fresh ginger to your candida diet plan can be extremely beneficial to your health in many ways.
For more information, including recipes and tips on how to incorporate fresh ginger into your candida diet plan, visit Yeast Free Living.