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Hello my friends! How are you doing? How is your health? We are all on a journey when it comes to taking care of the only bodies we have. I know my journey has brought me through sugar addiction, gut imbalances, histamine intolerance, and candida overgrowth, and I continue to make choices every day to heal my gut for optimal health.
There is often a solution to many of our health issues if we do our research and eat intentionally. Today I have for you a tasty salad dressing to fight your candida.
Candida is a fungus that is not uncommon in our gut, but an overgrowth of candida can lead to toxins spreading to other parts of our body. These toxins can cause symptoms such as:
- Brain fog
- Digestive Issues
- Yeast Infections
There are many resources to help you determine whether you have candida overgrowth, such as lab tests, as well as self questionnaires you can fill out. The purpose of today’s post, however, is simply to provide you with a tasty salad dressing recipe to help you stick to your candida diet protocol.
What’s in a Salad Dressing
What is in conventional salad dressing? While many people enjoy the taste of salad dressings, the truth is that conventional salad dressings have some ingredients that do not lead to your most vibrantly healthy life. Things like vegetable oils, sugars, MSG, and preservatives. These ingredients, over time, can wreck the health of your gut, including doing damage to the lining of the walls of your intestines and disrupting the balance of good bacteria vs. pathogenic bacteria or, in our case, the balance of the fungus we harbor in our gut, candida included.
Ideally, we will consume the nutrients our bodies need. This includes consuming the nutrients the good critters inside our gut need, too. By consuming too much sugar, for example, we can eventually upset the balance of good guys in our gut.
I know for me personally, when I have any amount of sugar, I get a headache and I feel tired. I believe this is a response to an overgrowth of candida in my body. I’m working on this through my diet, but it takes time.
Choosing the Right Ingredients to Fight Candida
The main diet to adopt in order to fight candida should be lots of fresh, non-starchy vegetables, meats, and healthy fats. Sugars should only come through certain fruits, such as low sugar kiwis or green apples. Sweeteners should be from those that don’t feed candida, such as monk fruit or stevia. Alcohol and caffeine should be minimized, and fermented foods should be added to your meals throughout the day.
I like to top my salad with this salad dressing that’s full of anti-inflammatory ingredients, all of which are helpful on the candida diet.
Onions and garlic form the foundation of so many recipes, and this dressing is no exception. They are both antiviral and antifungal. Remember, candida is a fungus, so antifungal foods are a big win. The ginger is also antifungal. Olive oil is wonderful for gut health, which is often damaged after candida overgrowth. Apple cider vinegar is a friendly ferment, especially for those who may also suffer from histamine intolerance.
You can use red onions in this dressing for a fun color, or stick with yellow onions if that’s all you have. Both taste good.
Building Your Salad
I love to use this dressing over a salad with crisp lettuce, carrots, shredded chicken, and hard boiled eggs. A dollop of dressing and a sprinkle of salt and pepper finishes it off. Sometimes I add extra olive oil.
When it’s not gardening season, I love to use Misfits Markets to order produce for this dressing and my salad. They deliver fresh produce straight to my door, with organic options, as well as pantry and meat options too.
Before You Go…
Check out these other great recipes that fit in with the candida diet.
Thanks for reading, everyone, and see you next time.
Salad Dressing for Candida Diet
- Blender or immersion blender