candida care for your ayurvedic type by john douillard

candida is a yeast that can negatively influence the body and skin when it overgrows. we found this awesome article about the ayurvedic approach to balancing candida within the body. check it out and enjoy!

 

Candida Care for Your Ayurvedic Type

candida albicans Dandelion sunset imageCandida albicans yeast is a naturally-occurring intestinal inhabitant which is normally kept in check by a properly balanced intestinal medium. Candida albicans becomes a concern when the intestinal flora’s good bacteria is out-populated by this yeast, which is commonly included under the heading bad bacteria. The now-flourishing yeast can enter the bloodstream via the enteric cycle and elicit the classic yeast symptoms of low energy levels, interrupted sleep, immunity issues, ringing in the ears, and sluggish digestion.

The Western approach to candida overgrowth is to eradicate the yeast and therefore relieve the associated symptoms. Ayurvedically, it is considered most important to address the underlying cause of candida while using herbal remedies to rebalance the body towards a healthy intestinal medium.

 

How Does Candida Take Over?

In Ayurveda, the etiology, or cause underlying the uncontrolled proliferation of candida is considered to be agnimandya, or deficient digestion. Deficient digestion results in the production of ama, which is the by-product of undigested food. Ama is then either absorbed into the bloodstream or lymphatic system, creating a toxicity and the ground floor for many health issues. Invariably, this ama will accumulate in the seat of vata found in the lower digestive tract. The seat of vata is governed by the apana (or downward moving) energy, which regulates the growth of flora in the gastrointestinal tract. As the ama accumulates in the small and large intestines, it will putrefy and ferment, thus inhibiting the normal flora from proliferating. Under these conditions, yeast has free reign to spread throughout the intestines unchecked.

The next stage of the candida growth process is a result of the intestinal absorption of ama into the liver and blood via the portal system.

In Ayurveda it is believed that, once yeast enters the bloodstream, the step-by-step generation and regeneration process of the seven tissues of the body can be interrupted or damaged.

If the seven tissues – which include rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), medha (fat), majja (nervous tissue), asthi (bone), and sukra (sperm and ovum) – are damaged or improperly formed, an overall lack of luster and vitality is the result. The dhatus are formed in a carefully designed succession, and if any one of the dhatus are improperly formed then the production of sukra will be inhibited. Sukra, the final culmination of the digestive process and of dhatu development, provides the body with immunity, procreation, vitality, luster, long life, and health. It is this gross lack of vitality and immunity that colors the symptoms of candida proliferation.

Reigning it Back In

From an Ayurvedic perspective, the two most important strategies in reigning candida back in are, first, to ensure the integrity of the digestive strength (also called agni, or fire) and second, to build immunity back into the body. With both of these in place, the treatment to kill off the excess yeast with medical drugs or herbs can safely and effectively be employed.

In Ayurveda, it’s understood that candida overgrowth can present differently based on body type, or prakriti, and can respond to a different support protocol depending on whether it’s a vata, pitta, or kapha form of candida overgrowth. Below, I’ll walk you through how to tell which form may match your presentation, and how to support each accordingly. After that, I’ll give you some general lifestyle suggestions that anypresentation of candida overgrowth will benefit from.

Vata Candida Issues

Vata is aggravated by the excessive intake of pungent, bitter, and astringent foods; sugar; hard-to-digest proteins; wheat, dairy, nuts and soy; too much cold food and excessive travel; the suppression of natural and normal urges; excessive intercourse, and irregular eating and sleeping habits. Signs of vata aggravation include dry skin; nervousness, moodiness and an inability to cope; constipation, gas and bloating; ups and downs in energy levels, and unbalanced sleep patterns. If these are paired with signs of yeast imbalance, this can be considered a vata presentation of candida.lemon ginger honey concoction image

Dietary Support

1. Start with an ama decreasing diet. This involves avoiding dairy, sugar, breads, and mucous-producing foods. Cold and raw foods should also be avoided. Sip hot water every 20 minutes and drink eight to ten 8oz glasses of warm lemon water per day. Eat a large relaxing lunch and a warm cooked soup for dinner. Avoid fruit juice and eat fresh fruit in moderation and separately from all other food groups. Use hing, ginger, basil ajwan, and garlic to spice your food*.

2. Start each meal with equal parts of ginger juice and honey, and a pinch of lemon juice, salt, and cumin powder*.

Pitta Candida Issues

Aggravated pitta can put out digestive fire in the same way that a flood of boiling water will put out a flame. Pitta is aggravated by greasy and spicy foods, and sugar. Signs of pitta imbalance are acidic digestion and occasional heartburn; bloating; yellowing complexion; irritability; swelling and other issues of the joints; yellowing loose stool; raised body temperature, and excessive thirst. Remember that often times the upward flow of vayu can take a vata based candida issue and mix it with a pitta presentation. Both sets of symptoms at the same time indicates a vata and pitta combined cause. A support protocol would then have to address both vata and pitta.

Dietary Support

1. Eat more fresh raw leafy green vegetables, avoid sugar and fruit juice. Emphasize pomegranates and bitter herbs, veggies, and spices.

Kapha Candida Issues

Kapha is aggravated by the intake of food that is too heavy, too oily, and cold, and by pasta, bread, and sugar. Overeating and sleeping after meals produces ama and puts out the digestive fire. In this case digestion becomes slow and difficult. Kapha yeast issues can present with lowered immunity, swollen glands, water retention, heavy mood, fatigue, and excessive sleep.

Dietary Support

1. Avoid all mucus-forming, oily, and greasy foods. Avoid salt and sugar. Eat primarily grains and vegetables. Dandelion, asparagus, kale, collard greens, and spinach are foods to increase.

2. Flavor food with pungent spices like cayenne, ginger, black pepper, clove, and curry.

Lifestyle Tips to Keep Candida in Check

If you are experiencing the signs of yeast overgrowth, it can be very helpful to follow a regular daily routine in waking, eating, and sleeping habits.

Each day:Bridge in the garden

  • Wake between 5 and 7am
  • Take lunch between 12 and 1pm
  • Take dinner between 5 and 7pm
  • Go to bed between 9 and 10pm

Perform a sesame oil self-massage in the morning, followed with a warm bath or shower. You can learn how to give yourself an Ayurvedic self-massage here.

Make lunch your main meal of the day – the biggest and most satisfying. Dinner should be light. Breakfast should be very light and is optional. Favor food that is freshly prepared. Avoid leftovers, frozen, canned, or processed food.

Sip hot water frequently throughout the day (every 1 or 2 hours or as often as desired). This keeps the digestive fire alive and flushes ama from the system. If you feel anxious, sipping hot water also settles the nervous system.

Get fresh air and regular exercise (preferably outdoors) through such methods as a morning or evening walk, sun salutations or other yoga asanas.

Extra Mealtime Tips

  • Eat in a settled environment.
  • Eat three meals a day and avoid snacking (except for the between lunch and dinner yogurt lassi, below).
  • Eat only when hungry, after the last meal has been digested. Stop eating when you feel satisfied, but not yet full (about 1/2 to 3/4 full).
  • Sit quietly for at least five minutes after eating to promote digestion.
  • If dairy tolerant, take a lassi (yogurt mixed with water, 1:1, 1:2, or 1:4) during lunch and between lunch and dinner, as needed to promote digestion. It is best to make lassi with freshly made yogurt. Although traditionally lassi can be sweet or seasoned, with yeast issues you’ll want to keep it savory, flavoring with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, for example, or salt, ginger, and cumin.
  • Avoid cold food or drinks, especially foods and drinks taken directly from the refrigerator.
  • Avoid heavy food at the evening meal, including heavy desserts, yogurt, cheese, oily food, and fried food.

Ayurveda is all about going downstream with the cycles. Combining the dietary and lifestyle suggestions in this article with your existing protocol for candida elimination will help support the body in regaining balance, which will help your body heal itself – the cornerstone of Ayurveda!

 

References:
Sharma, P.V. Cakradatt, Chaukhambha Orientalia. New Delhi, India. 1994.
Altha Vale, V.B. Basic Principles of Ayurveda, Bombay India. 1980.
Bhishagratma, K.L. Shusshruta Samhita, Vols. 1 and 2, Varanasi, India. 1981.
Sharma, P.V. Caraka Samhita. Vols. 1 and 2. Varanasi, India.
Devaraj, T.L. The Panchakarma Treatment of Ayurveda. Dwanwantari Orientalia Publication, Bangalore, India. 1986.
Chopra, R., and De, P. The action of sympathomimetic alkaloids in Sida cordifolia. Ind. J. Med. Res. 18 (1930): 467.

 

meal prep monday: raw food!

hello beautiful people! i am super excited to share my weekly meal prep with you today. a lot of our clients think that they don’t have time to prepare their meals at home. all the cooking, cleaning, and scrubbing pots can add up if you don’t have a plan. so i decided to cut out the oven time and caked on pans this week and do a meal plan that’s 100% raw.

i ate raw for about a month a few years ago and felt really amazing. my energy was high, i was motivated and eager to work, and my skin was glowing. that was the clearest my skin has been in the last 10 years, until now 😉

kerry and i were chatting about raw food last week and i was inspired to give it another go and see what it does for my skin in conjunction with my sS regimen.

if you guys go for it please let me know how you feel mind, body, and SKIN!

xo,

liesse

THIS WEEK’S MENU

  1. cauliflower pesto salad see the recipe below
  2. carrot and raisin salad we made this last week and it was so delicious that we included it again! substitute raisins and cold pressed organic sunflower oil in this recipe
  3. mango cucumber salad see recipe below
  4. collard wraps this recipe was the original inspiration but we are filling our collard wraps with whatever salad or veggies we want throughout the week.
  5. zucchini hummus with fresh tahini (weekly fav!) find the hummus recipe here and the tahini recipe here. *i added a handful of fresh chives to the hummus and it’s to die for. i used less than half of the tahini in the hummus and saved the rest to eat as a dip with veggies. you can even add a little honey to it and eat it with apples!
  6. overnight oats there are SO many delicious recipes on pinterest! see my simple recipe below.
  7. raw sunflower seed butter this taste like peanut butter… only better! get the recipe here
  8. i’ll probably try to go out for raw sashimi for dinner at least a few times this week just to pump up my protein intake. if you do indulge, remember to take your coconut aminos with you instead of using their cloggy soy sauce 😉

sashimi

HOW TO PREP IT ALL

day one: marinate your cauliflower (pesto salad), soak your sesame seeds (tahini) and make your overnight oats.

tahini

day two: 

  1. make raw sunflower seed butter
  2. make tahini
  3. make zucchini hummus
  4. make pesto and finish the cauliflower pesto salad.
  5. make the carrot and raisin salad
  6. make the mango cucumber salad
  7. wash and cut any fresh veggies that you want to have on hand for the week.

AN AVERAGE DAY

  • breakfast: overnight oats
  • snack: celery sticks with zucchini hummus
  • lunch: collard wraps filled with tahini and carrot salad cauliflower pesto salad
  • snack 2 (if you’re hungry): cup of watermelon or 2 raw figs with sunflower seed butter
  • dinner: mango cucumber salad served with avocado, raw hemp seeds and raw sunflower seeds over arugula.
carrot and raisin salad with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and figs over greens.

carrot and raisin salad with sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and figs over greens.

THIS WEEK’S SHOPPING LIST

starches:

  • bob’s red mill gluten free oats

fats:

  • organic old pressed sunflower seed oil
  • green spanish olives (sun dried is preferred)
  • 1 bag organic avocados

protein:

  • organic raw hulled sesame seeds
  • raw hulled hemp seeds (i like the hemp hearts brand)
  • organic raw pumpkin seeds
  • organic raw hulled sunflower seeds

veggies:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower
  • 1 organic red bell pepper
  • 1 box heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • 1 bunch organic carrots
  • 2 organic cucumbers
  • 2 organic zucchini
  • 1 bunch organic collard greens
  • 1 bag organic arugula
  • 1 bunch organic celery

fruit:

  • 4 meyer lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 box organic strawberries
  • 1 box organic black mission figs
  • 2 organic mangos
  • 4 organic apples

herbs:

  • celtic sea salt shaker
  • 1 bunch organic chives
  • 1 box organic basil

cauliflower pesto salad recipe

  • chop 1 head of cauliflower into florets and mix with 1 tbs sunflower oil, 3 tbs lemon juice, 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt, and fresh black pepper. toss to coat and let marinate in the fridge overnight.
  • the next day: add chopped green spanish olives, 1  finely chopped red bell pepper and 1 box of cherry tomatoes cut in quarters.
  • pesto: in a blender combine 1 box fresh organic basil, 1 handful fresh chives, 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt, 1 tbs organic no salt seasoning (we bought it at trader joe’s) and the juice of 1 lime.
  • toss the cauliflower salad in the pesto and enjoy!

mango cucumber salad recipe

  • peel 2 mangos and 2 cucumbers and cut in cubes
  • toss with the juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt, 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper and 1/2 tsp paprika
  • store in the fridge and serve with avocado and fresh arugula

overnight oats recipe

  • combine 1/2 cup gluten free oats, 1/2 grated apple, 2 tbs raisins, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 cup of water in a glass container with a lid.
  • soak overnight and enjoy cold in the morning!

 

meal prep monday: the candida cleanse

some of you have heard us talk about the candida cleanse before and how it can positively impact your skin if you have a candida overgrowth. we’ve written blog posts about what candida is and how to treat it. you can read those popular posts here and here.

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the most important aspects of the cleanse are taking your supplement to wipe out the candida (we recommend cansol) and strictly following the candida free diet. just because there are things that you can’t eat doesn’t mean that this diet has to be boring! here’s a meal plan to get your through the first week of candida cleanse. prep all of this food on your day off and keep it in the fridge throughout the week.

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THIS WEEK’S MENU

  1. cauliflower tortillas are a super yummy candida safe alternative to corn or flour tortillas. wrap scrambled eggs in them for breakfast, meat to make tacos, or use as a “mini pizza crust.” find the recipe here.
  2. toasted pumpkin seed guacamole to eat with raw veggies or later on tacos! we left out the serano from this recipe.
  3. barbacoa from this chipotle copycat recipe for tacos or on top of salad.
  4. nappa cabbage, almond & chicken salad sub soy sauce for coconut aminos in this recipe
  5. marinated zucchini with mint sub the white wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar to keep this recipe candida free.
  6. roasted fennel & artichoke salad find the recipe here

guac

AN AVERAGE DAY

  • breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with green onions and a cauliflower tortilla
  • snack: toasted pumpkin seed guacamole with celery stalks
  • lunch: nappa cabbage, almond & chicken salad
  • dinner: barbacoa and marinated zucchini with mint over arugula

HOW TO PREP IT ALL

  1. start your roast in the crockpot and bake your chicken breasts for the salad.
  2. make the cauliflower tortillas
  3. cook the zucchini
  4. roast the fennel
  5. combine remaining salad ingredients
  6. make nappa cabbage salad
  7. make guacamole
  8. enjoy! 

THIS WEEK’S SHOPPING LIST

fats:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 cups organic raw pumpkin seeds
  • organic cold pressed sunflower seed oil
  • sesame oil
  • 1 cup raw almonds

protein:

  • 2 dozen free range organic eggs
  • 4 lb chuck roast
  • 1/2 lb organic free range chicken breast

veggies:

  • 1 head organic cauliflower
  • 1 napa cabbage
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 3 organic zucchini
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1 can whole artichoke hearts in water
  • 1 bag organic spinach or arugula
  • 1 bunch organic celery

fruit:

  • 2 limes
  • 2 lemons

herbs:

  • celtic sea salt
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1 head garlic
  • bay leaves
  • oregano
  • cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • green onions

packaged:

  • bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar with mother
  • coconut aminos
  • organic chicken broth (best to make it yourself or purchase handmade frozen from your local butcher. packaged broth often contains sugar and lacks the essential vitamins that homemade contains)

whole 30

happy wednesday sS family!

this week kim, kerry and i are embarking on a back to basics diet called whole30. whole30 is pretty much the acne safe diet taken to the next level. the idea is to strip your diet of dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar for 30 days. these foods can be difficult to digest, inflammatory and not to mention – potentially acne causing! swapping these ingredients for real whole foods allows the body can repair and rebuild.

it starts with food

here are the rules:

  1. no added sugar of any kind, real or artificial (that includes honey, agave, and stevia)
  2. no alcohol in any form (even for cooking)
  3. no grains
  4. no legumes
  5. no dairy
  6. no additives like carrageenan, msg, or sulfites
  7. do not try to recreate baked goods, junk food, or “treats” with approved ingredients (maybe the number one difference between whole30 and paleo)
  8. you aren’t allowed to step on the scale or take body measurements throughout the 30 days, although you can before and after.

find the complete list of rules, grocery shopping list, and helpful tips by falling this link to whole30.com.

why are we doing the whole30?

kim: “i am doing it for health reasons – it was prescribed by my naturopath, and to lose some weight (pre-diabetic blood sugar levels).  also, i have noticed sensitivities when i eat certain foods that i shouldn’t, so that’s a good motivator too, to not feel sick, bloated, allergies or get headaches.”

liesse: “to be the most clear and healthy version of myself. it has been very empowering to get my acne under control but along the way i fell off of the exercise bandwagon. i’m coupling the whole30 diet with a new gym membership to get my body and mind in tip top shape.”

kerry: “weight loss and energy gain!”

i am making this awesome one pot meal for dinner tonight! click the image for the recipe. i’ll be using homemade bone broth and bacon fat instead of butter.

Baked-Chicken-with-Spinach-and-Artichokes-by-Diethood

if you have stubborn inflammatory acne or digestive issues that are influencing your skin, the whole30 diet is a great way to press the reset button on your body. if you are interested in joining us on our journey to sustainable health and clear skin, follow us on instagram @skinsalvationacneclinic or email liesse@skinsalvationsf.com

cheers,

liesse

meal prep monday: low inflammatory diet!

i have officially been living the acne safe lifestyle for 6 weeks! i threw away all of my cloggy products and replaced them with ones that are sS approved, i’ve been icing 20-30 minutes every morning and night and taking zyflammend. i haven’t even had coffee, dairy or soy in almost 2 months (a serious feat for me!)

although i have noticed a HUGE improvement in my skin, i am still having some issues with inflamed acne. as a huge believer in the healing power of food i decided to put my faith in the kitchen this week and eat only low inflammatory foods.

this week’s menu doesn’t include anything that’s known to cause inflammation. it is also autoimmune protocol, paleo, gut healing and mostly candida safe.

NO

  • dairy
  • soy
  • eggs
  • nuts & seeds (except for chia and coconut)
  • grains
  • legumes
  • nightshades
  • alcohol & vinegar (except for apple cider vinegar)
  • added sugar

my lovely boyfriend and i prepped all of this food in a couple of hours on monday. this makes breakfast, lunch and dinner for the two of us for an entire week.

gf

THIS WEEK’S MENU

  1. beef stew with rosemary & olives! adapted from this recipe using beef instead of lamb and carrot instead of rutabaga.
  2. bacon turkey butternut squash! we turned this recipe into a casserole by layering mashed butternut squash and sweet potatoes with ground turkey instead of beef. *omit the balsamic vinegar and pepper for aip or candida cleanse.
  3. coconut milk baked chicken! see our pesto inspired recipe below.
  4. grated carrot & mint salad! we left out the oil and pepper and used organic raisins instead of currants in this recipe.
  5. cucumber salad! we swapped the tomato in this recipe for avocado and used apple cider vinegar instead of white wine to keep it #aip.
  6. beet salad! see my easy family recipe below.
  7. blueberry chia seed pudding! see this easy egg free breakfast recipe below.
  8. chocolate chia seed pudding! see this easy egg free breakfast recipe below.

HOW TO PREP IT

  1. preheat your oven to 350.
  2. cut your butternut squash in 1/2 and place on a baking sheet with whole sweet potatoes. cook until tender, about 30-45 minutes.
  3. put your beets on to boil.
  4. fry your bacon in a pan to desired crispiness. drain bacon and save fat in a sealing glass container.
  5. chop all of the onions, garlic & root veggies that you need for all of the meals. sauté in 2 pans, one for the turkey casserole and one for the beef stew.
  6. brown beef with root veggies.
  7. cook ground turkey. in the meantime chop cooked bacon. once turkey is fully cooked toss it with bacon and sautéed onions.bacon turkey
  8. remove cooked sweet potato and butternut squash from oven. peel and mash together. this will be your base layer for your casserole. top with ground turkey mixture and refrigerate. sweet potatobacon turkey
  9. add bone broth and remaining ingredients to beef stew. bring to a boil then cover and let simmer for at least 1 hour or until beef is tender.
  10. make coconut chicken.
  11. make chia seed puddings.
  12. drain beets, slice and toss with dressing.
  13. make cucumber salad.
  14. make grated carrot salad.
  15. enjoy the fruits of your labor for the next week and say goodbye to inflamed acne! 

THIS WEEK’S SHOPPING LIST

starches:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes

fats:

  • kalamata olives
  • uncured bacon ends and pieces
  • 2 cans organic light coconut milk
  • 2 large california avocados
  • organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil (pantry)
  • 1 bag organic chia seeds

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protein:

  • 2 packages grass fed stewing beef
  • 2 packages 99% lean organic turkey breast
  • 1 bag frozen organic chicken breast

veggies:

  • 2 white onions
  • 2 small bunches organic carrots
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 box baby cucumbers (can also use 1 large american or english cucumber)
  • 1 bag organic baby spinach
  • 1 bunch organic beets

fruit:

  • 3 organic lemons
  • 32 oz box organic blueberries
  • 2 bananas

herbs:

  • organic fresh rosemary
  • bay leaves (pantry)
  • organic cinnamon (pantry)
  • organic fresh basil
  • organic fresh ginger
  • organic fresh garlic
  • organic fresh mint
  • organic dried oregano (pantry)
  • organic fresh chives

packaged:

  • organic beef bone broth
  • organic raisins
  • local raw honey (pantry)
  • bragg’s apple cider vinegar with mother (pantry)
  • 1 box maple water
  • organic dark cocoa powder

maple water


coconut milk baked chicken recipe

  • blend: 1 can organic light coconut milk, 1 tbs fresh ginger, 1 cup fresh basil, 3-5 cloves fresh garlic, 1 tsp celtic sea salt.
  • pour mixture into 1 whole bag of frozen organic chicken. shake to coat chicken.
  • arrange in single layer on deep baking dish. cook at 350 for 30 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked.
  • remove from pan, dice chicken breasts in cubes & toss in coconut milk sauce from baking dish.

beet salad recipe

  • boil 1 bunch of whole beets in water until you can easily pierce them with a fork (30-45 minutes)
  • remove from water, slice thin and toss with 1 tbs olive oil, the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tsp celtic sea salt & 2 tbs chopped chives.

blueberry chia seed pudding

  • blend: 1 cup maple water, 1 cup light coconut milk, 2 cups blueberries, 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • mix in 1 cup chia seeds.
  • refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. serve cold.

chocolate chia seed pudding

  • blend: 1 cup maple water, 1 cup light coconut milk, 2 tbs cocoa powder, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 banana, 1/3 cup chia seeds, pinch celtic sea salt, pinch cinnamon,
  • refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. serve cold.

 

*skinSALVATION has no affiliation with any of the brands, stores, or blogs mentioned in this post. these resources are from my own personal research and preference.