There are a lot of reports online stating that if you have candida, then you cannot drink any coffee. Maybe you’ve read something like this before online, and you’re wondering if it’s true.
Lots of Reports Online
If you search the internet, you’re going to get a lot of different opinions. There are those that say it’s good and others that tell you to stay clear of coffee.
Let’s look at some of those reports.
A well-known website said to stay away from coffee because coffee has mould. This website suggested that mold makes your candida spread.
The problem with that statement is that mould is everywhere. There are 10,000 mould species. Everywhere that you go or anything that you touch probably has some form of mold. To me, this isn’t a valid case not to have a cup of coffee if you’re suffering from candida.
Here are some more interesting facts about coffee and candida.
According to Louise Tenney and Rita Elkins in their book, “Candida Albicans: A Nutritional Approach.” They said that caffeine destroys vitamin B-1, inositol, biotin, potassium and zinc, and it can hinder the assimilation of calcium and iron.
That can’t be good! I’m not a doctor, but I would assume that it’s important to have those vitamins around.
Lewis Harrison tells us in his book “Healing Depression Naturally” that it only takes one cup of a caffeinated beverage can kill up to 75 percent of friendly bacteria in the colon.
Recently I read about a team of scientists in Germany, lead by Mirko Bunzel, that discovered that the fibers in coffee help grow the beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Mirko Bunzel said,
“The most important message of this paper,” he says, “is that coffee’s dietary fiber is really a good [food] for gut microflora.” In mentioned that ingesting coffee fibers is “a good thing.”
Another report online said that caffeine spikes your glucose levels in the blood by 8% especially during meals. As you probably have read several times that Candida and sugar are not good friends, and sugar should be avoided as much as possible.
So . . . is coffee good for your gut health or bad for your gut health? It would seem that we have contradicting answers.
Let’s settle things down a little and investigate the coffee question and find answers to whether coffee is good or bad in relating to the candida diet.
The Problems With Coffee
The simple truth about coffee is that it contains caffeine. Caffeine stimulates our nervous system. It tells our adrenal glands to produce adrenaline which is your flight or fight hormone. It also makes you pee a lot which (in a watered down way) flushes all of the vitamins and minerals you eat down the drain.
So, these are the predominate problems that we face with coffee. I’m not even going to mention the mold problem because I do not think it’s valid.
Let’s break each of these problems down.
First, caffeine can make it difficult to fall asleep. As caffeine stimulates the nervous system and pumps your body with adrenaline, this makes it difficult for your body to settle down and relax.
We all enjoy that extra push in the morning to get the motor running, but why are drinking coffee all day long? Shouldn’t we have the energy to fight through the day once our day begins? The answer is yes.
The problem is that most of us (I’m pointing at myself here) we have become dependant on coffee to bring us that extra push.
Also, most people that drink a lot of coffee find it challenging to fall alseep. They are so wired from the caffeine consumption that getting some shut-eye is hard.
When fighting candida sleep is so important. If falling asleep at night is difficult for you, it may because you’re consuming too much coffee during the day.
Secondly, coffee can increase your blood sugar and hinder the absorption of vitamins. These are scientific findings but relate to drinking coffee during or after a meal. It’s always better not to drink anything during a meal or right after.
As far as coffee killing the good bacteria, I find articles that back up that candida is good for the gut bacteria and actually help our flora grow. There isn’t any definitive answer in my opinion.
So, what do we do? Do we drink coffee or do we leave it out of our diet?
This is a difficult question for me to answer. I found that as I was researching this subject people were torn between the two ideas.
Other studies say that coffee is perfectly healthy, and that it has a positive impact on our health.
What is the answer? Is coffee wise if you’re on the candida diet or is there common ground that we can find?
I believe there is common ground. Let me first answer the question asked in this blog post. Coffee is fine on the candida diet, but we need to limit how much we drink each day.
I suggest that you only drink one or two cups of coffee a day and I wouldn’t drink coffee past 11am.
Coffee in the morning is good for your body, and it will give you that morning boast that you need. Just limit your consumption to only one or two cups.
Also, don’t drink coffee during meals. It’s a good habit not to drink anything during a meal.
Lastly, if you find that your symptoms are getting worse after drinking a cup of coffee, then stop drinking it.
If you’re like me and you enjoy a hot cup of coffee throughout the day, then you’ll need to look for some alternatives to coffee.
For me, I decided to start sipping on wellness teas. I love the morning blend that I drink, and it’s filled with candida fighting elements like cinnamon.
Don’t Be Extreme
I mentioned this before that I quit my candida diet a while ago because I became too extreme. If you become extreme in your diet, you’re going to find it difficult to follow it for the long haul.
If you have been drinking coffee most of your life, don’t just stop drinking coffee altogether. I would suggest that you limit your intake and only drink it in the morning.
If you enjoy sipping a hot beverage throughout the day, then find an alternative to coffee – as I did.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope that I have been a help to you and if you have any questions or suggestions, you can leave them in the comments below.