- I Tried The Candida Diet And Lose 20 Pounds In 1 Month
- Anti Candida Diet Myths #1: Weight Loss
- What’s On the Menu?
- Does It Work?
- Your Best Move
- This One Diet Cured My Chronic Yeast Infections and Cleared My Acne
- 9 Foods to Ditch if You Have Candida
- Foods that Feed Candida
- Foods That Fight Candida Overgrowth
- Supplements to Help Eliminate Candida Overgrowth
- Candida Overgrowth and Weight Gain
- CANDIDA GUIDE: THE 5 SIGNS YOU HAVE IT AND HOW TO TREAT IT
- What is candida?
- 5 signs and symptoms you may have Candida
- Candida treatment
- CANDIDA AND WEIGHT LOSS
- Restoring your Gut Health with the Anti-Candida Diet
- How to Follow the Anti-Candida Diet
- 1. Avoid added sugars
- 2. Eat non-starchy vegetables
- 3. Eat low-sugar fruits
- 4. Eat lots of fermented foods
- 5. Minimize your caffeine
- 6. Eat gut-healing foods
- 7. Enjoy healthy proteins and fats
- 8. Stay away from gluten
- 9. Cut back on your alcohol
- 10. Maximize your nutrition
- 11. Drink lots of water
- The Bottom Line
- The Candida Diet
- Top Candida Diet Foods
- 1. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2. Sauerkraut and Fermented Foods
- 3. Green Veggies and Green Drinks
- 4. Coconut Oil
- 5. Stevia
- 6. Garlic
- 7. Ground Flaxseeds and Chia Seeds
- 8. Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
- 9. Cultured Dairy
- 10. Spices like Turmeric and Cinnamon
- 11. Cooked Vegetables
- 12. Organic Meat
- 13. Bone Broth
- 14. Pau D’arco Tea
- Foods to Avoid
- Essential Oils for Candida
- Candida Supplements
- Is your strict candida diet making your symptoms worse?
- What is candida albicans overgrowth?
- What increases the risk of Candida overgrowth?
- How is Candidiasis treated?
- The whole-systems approach to Candida
- Know All About The Candida Diet And How It Makes You Lose Weight
- The anti-candida diet: how I lost 7 kg in 2 months (and you probably can too)
- Do calories count? Not as much as you think!
- Why I had to change my diet
- No longer was I allowed to eat:
- So what could I still eat? Luckily, things I love:
- What happened
- Biggest changes:
- BONUS: my favorite breakfast
- Where I’m at now
- Candida Diet Testimonials
I Tried The Candida Diet And Lose 20 Pounds In 1 Month
I was commuting on my bike and riding twice a day, 6 miles each way. Nearly every other day, I was going to the gym and working out.
Then, I tore a calf muscle playing basketball. It hurt, a lot, and it sidelined me from my usual workouts for six weeks.
But, the injury did not sideline me from the dinner table or the snacks I was used to eating. I knew I should change my diet to match my level of activity, but I struggled to do so.
(Besides, beer. Enough said.)
I went back into the gym and weighed myself, did a rough BMI calculation and decided I needed to get active rehabilitating my calf and the rest of my body.
I got married the week of my calf injury, and a couple months into our marriage, my wife was struggling with candida overgrowth that resulted in headache, body aches and fatigue.
Her nutritionist suggested she try the candida diet, and being the supportive husband I was, I decided I’d go on it with her.
In two weeks, I lost 12 pounds. My weight-loss stabilized, I felt stronger and I had less of the typical afternoon fatigue I experienced most days.
Here’s how it worked, and how you can do it, too:
Stage 1: The cleanse and detox
This was the toughest part for me. Your diet is pretty much limited to veggies, lots of water and a detox drink.
You shouldn’t work out really hard during this phase, but you can still continue light exercise. You should avoid caffeine and alcohol, so it means giving up coffee (at least for a little while).
The detox drink was the hardest part for me. It contains apple cider vinegar (ACV) and lemon juice, and I had a really hard time stomaching the ACV.
This stage is listed as optional on the candida diet website, but I endured it anyway.
Toward the end of the first week, we both felt a little ill. This is a side effect of candida die-off, and it passes pretty quickly.
Perseverance paid off. I lost a good 4 pounds the first week.
Stage 2: The candida diet
This stage is more balanced than the detox stage, but it still eliminates added sugar and most starchy vegetables.
It is designed to meet basic nutritional needs while starving the candida. Even if you don’t have an overgrowth of candida, it’s easy to see the benefits from going without added sugars and starch.
If you really are struggling with some kind of candida infection, this phase of the diet can last from a few weeks (if you follow the diet strictly and have a mild candida overgrowth) to months (if you have a more severe case or “cheat” often).
From a diet side, you don’t have to count calories; just avoid certain foods and add natural probiotics and antifungals.
We learned to make our own yogurt and eat a lot of asparagus, broccoli and kale. Here is a list of foods you should eat.
We avoided some things we really love, like fruits, grains and tuna. We cheated from time to time with caffeine and alcohol.
Here is a list of the things you should avoid.
By the end of 30 days, I had lost a little over 20 pounds, and my wife a little under. I’d lost a couple of inches around my waist, and I felt much better.
My workouts felt easier, and my energy level was more consistent throughout the day.
We stayed on the diet for 90 days before slowly reintroducing other foods back into our diet. We still avoid glutenous grains, added sugars and most starchy vegetables.
The candida diet is a good jump start, regardless of whether you have candida overgrowth or not.
It’s the best diet I have found for a quick detox and reasonably quick weight-loss that also trains you to eat better in the long term.
The candida diet also works well if you are vegan.
It is pretty easy to adapt the diet to almost any food preferences. If you want to lose weight fast and just feel better, the candida diet may be just the thing for you.
Anti Candida Diet Myths #1: Weight Loss
For many of us (like me) on an anti-candida diet, losing weight can be a welcome change. After all, if you developed candida after years of over-indulging in certain foods or after eating too much sugar over time, it’s quite possible that excess weight came along with the excess candida.
And when you first begin the diet, you may find that the pounds begin to fall away, sometimes unintentionally, and it can be a bit alarming for those who may not need to lose weight in the first place.
In today’s video, I talk about the myth of candida weight loss. Why do I call it a myth? Because weight loss on this program isn’t inevitable.
If you’re concerned because you fear that you’re losing too much weight, it may be due to one of the three main reasons I mention in this video. The good news is, they’re all easily corrected.
Of course, that’s not to say that you can’t lose weight on an ACD. It’s just that you shouldn’t be losing more than you’d like, or more than is healthy for your body.
Question: Did you lose a lot of weight, or more than you wanted to, on an anti-candida diet? If so, how did you handle it? Did you find ways to either slow down or reverse the trend? Please share in the comments!
- The relationship between the anti-candida diet and losing weight
- My story of weight loss on the ACD
- How one main shift in your eating might be the cause weight loss
- How your food choices could be causing weight loss
- The connection between inflammation and weight loss
- Nutrition and the anti-candida diet
- What to do if you think you’re losing too much weight on the diet
- Free Top Ten Quick and Easy Anti-Candida Diet Recipes
- The Candida Kick-Start program
- The Sweet Life Club (ongoing support for sugar-free, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free living)
- Living Candida-Free (Book)
- Living Candida Free (free Facebook group)
- Anti-Candida Digital Cookbooks
- Candida Diet Individual Coaching
- Subscribe to my YouTube channel
- Video: Anti-Candida Myths #1: Weight Loss
- Candida Diet Myths #2: How Long Will It Take?
- Candida Diet Myths #3: Starchy Vegetables
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These days it feels like there are a thousand elimination diets out there that will cure every ailment from migraines to acne. Now, the Candida Diet is taking on yeast.
Candida is a type of yeast that lives in your mouth and gut or on your skin. This yeast is a normal part of your body’s environment (particularly in the gut), but when levels get too high, candida can wreak havoc throughout your body, explains Niket Sonpal, M.D., assistant clinical professor at the Touro School of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. Candida overgrowth has been linked to oral thrush (marked by white lesions in the mouth), sinus infections, fatigue, skin infections, UTIs, yeast infections, and digestive issues such as Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and ulcerative colitis.
Candida overgrowth occurs when there’s an imbalance between the types of bacteria in your gut. And, while anything from your birth control to stress can throw off your body’s delicate balance of intestinal bacteria, most often, issues are due to the use of antibiotics. After all, antibiotics are all about killing bacteria, and even if some forms of bacteria are bad, others are good—and responsible for regulating candida levels.
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The question is, can altering your diet help keep candida in check? And is it even necessary?
What’s On the Menu?
The Candida Diet, developed by Lisa Richards, a health researcher and self-proclaimed candida sufferer, and Eric Wood, a naturopathic doctor (neither responded to requests for comment), stresses that treating candida overgrowth requires three elements: probiotics, antifungals, and, of course, diet. Probiotics are used reintroduce the “good” bacteria into your system and rebalance your gut, while antifungals kill excessive fungal growth.
The diet itself starts with a “cleanse” that lasts for a few days to a week in order to prepare your body for the new style of eating. During that time, you can eat non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, healthy oils, herbs, and spices, and organic eggs.
Then, you start eating according to the diet’s rules. In general, the diet encourages you to avoid high-sugar fruits, refined grains, meats such as pork and lunch meat, fish such as tuna and swordfish, some dairy products, moldy nuts and seeds, condiments with added sugars, refined and processed vegetable oils, sugars and sugar substitutes, caffeinated or sugary drinks, and alcohol. Instead, you should focus on eating non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, non-glutinous grains, healthy fats, and lean protein. (Learn how bone broth can help you lose weight with Women’s Health’s Bone Broth Diet.)
Any food that’s highly processed, high in sugar, or quickly gets processed as sugar is a no-go on this diet. If it looks familiar, that’s because at its core, this is an anti-inflammation diet, similar to the Whole30. The idea is that foods that are high in sugar or simple carbs exacerbate the problem of candida overgrowth, while processed foods directly spike inflammation.
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But what about pork chops, tuna, and dairy? They aren’t processed or high in sugar, right? “Pork contains retroviruses and parasites that may survive cooking and be harmful for those with a weakened digestive system. Also, remember that pork often comes in an over-cooked form (i.e. bacon!) that is full of carcinogenic compounds. “Properly-cooked pork from a reputable source may be okay, but we would recommend avoiding it during your Candida diet,” the diet’s website says. Tuna and swordfish should be avoided because they contain metals and “other pollutants” due to the fact that they live longer and therefore spend more time in our polluted oceans. Meanwhile, the diet also dictates that there’s too much sugar in dairy, and it should be avoided.
Watch a hot doctor explain whether you have to treat yeast infections or not:
Does It Work?
“It’s true that yeasts thrive on sugars and refined carbohydrates,” says Sonpal. “Many theories exist on the relationship between foods and yeast, and there are more anti-candida diets than can be counted.”
There’s no doubt that the fewer processed foods and less added sugar in your diet, the better, but that doesn’t mean the diet is a cure-all, he says. “I’ve had over a dozen patients come to me with new diets for their IBS and, sadly, some of them get relief, others don’t, and no one is cured.” After all, just because you have IBS or a UTI, it doesn’t mean that you have a candida problem.
“It’s difficult to say if this would cause a patient harm, but I would tell the patient to ensure they are getting a balanced diet and taking vitamin supplements if they plan to proceed with something drastic,” says Sonpal. “Likewise, hard to judge if there are may benefits to the idea, as there is no clinical data to support its use. When my patients present with new diets, I ask them to bring me a sample diet schematic of their meals and sit with them to make sure they aren’t hurting themselves through this diet. I would tell all patients if they plan to try that is not supported by evidence based medicine, to simply have their doctor look it over and make a few shorter-interval, follow-up appointments.”
Plus, registered dietitians generally advise that you avoid anything that includes the word “cleanse,” as there’s no such diet that “cleanses” your system—the body is self-cleansing.
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Your Best Move
Before you attack candida with everything you’ve got, talk to your doctor about any health issues that are troubling you, possible courses of treatment, and find out if candida’s even a problem for you. For instance, if you find yourself suffering yeast infections when prescribed antibiotics, share that with your doctor and they’ll likely put you on an a probiotic regimen to combat the antibiotics’ effects. Sonpal says he typically advises these patients to get four to six serving of probiotics a day, whether through food like kimchi and yogurt, or through supplements.
If you’re considering finding resolution through diet changes, it’s best to talk to your doctor about tailoring your diet to a low-FODMAP diet, which has been proven to help patients with IBS, says Sonpal.
This One Diet Cured My Chronic Yeast Infections and Cleared My Acne
Two years ago, I was prescribed a strong antibiotic to treat a tooth infection. The meds put an end to my tooth pain, but two days after I finished the last pill, I developed some bizarre symptoms. My skin began to feel itchy and dry, I was constantly bloated, and I had inexplicable brain fog.
I also started getting chronic vaginal yeast infections. I’d treat each one with over-the-counter creams, and then just when I thought one was finally gone and my life was back to normal, the pain and itching would start again. I was miserable.
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To try to heal my health issues, I spent months seeing countless doctors and sampling every suggested remedy under the sun—which included bathing in tea tree oil once a day and seeing a psychic. Then one day, I decided to check out a holistic medical center near my home in New York City. The center was run by Anthony Salzarulo, a holistic medical practitioner. Salzarulo diagnosed me with candidiasis, a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast.
Salzarulo had me start taking a daily probiotic available at drugstores, and he put me on a diet plan that he said would restore my immune system and balance the bacteria naturally found in my gut. So many medical doctors were unable to help me, so I gave his plan a try. It worked, and I feel better now than I ever did.
But a candidiasis diagnosis and diet plan are not without controversy. To find out more, I reached back out to Salzarulo and also spoke to two other experts for their takes.
What is candida overgrowth?
Candida is a type of yeast, and it’s “a part of the natural biome,” Salzarulo tells Health. Ordinarily, a person’s body contains a healthy ratio of naturally occurring bacteria to yeast. But “when there’s candida overgrowth, the microbiome is off and it needs to be brought back into balance,” he says.
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Antibiotic use is the most common factor that causes this overgrowth of candida or the bad bacteria, Salzarulo adds, because antibiotics kill off the good bacteria that keep your system balanced. “Using antibiotics even once creates a very favorable situation for yeast to get the upper hand in your intestinal ecology,” he explains.
Cynthia Sass, RD, Health’s contributing nutrition editor, says that a weakened immune system and having a diet low in nutrients and high in sugar could also cause candida to grow. My love of candy, pasta, and pancakes, which are all loaded with sugar, worked hand in hand with the antibiotic to promote overgrowth by feeding the yeast in my body, she believes.
Sass points out that candidiasis is a contentious topic. “This is a controversial issue, even within the alternative medicine community,” she tells Health via email. “Practitioners who do believe in it however typically cite symptoms including chronic vaginal yeast infections or UTIs, fatigue, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea, brain fog, moodiness, and skin problems (itchiness, worsening of eczema or psoriasis).” But not all health professionals believe it’s a legitimate diagnosis, and Sass says that no tests can prove that a person has candidiasis.
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Another nutritionist I spoke to, Tamara Duker Freuman, RD, is also skeptical. “Candidiasis is a real diagnosis, but it refers to candida overgrowth in the esophagus, in the vagina, and in the mouth; that’s where candida overgrows,” Freuman tells Health. But the idea “that you have this systemic sort of overgrowth . . . that is not real.” While candida is a normal part of the flora in the gut, “when they say it’s overgrowing, what are they basing it on? We have no standards for what is normal. We don’t know what a normal amount is naturally found in the gut,” she says.
The basics of the candida diet
Salzarulo does believe that candida overgrowth in the gut is a real thing, and he put me on a strict sugar-free, grain-free, and dairy-free diet to restore the right balance of yeast in my body. The goal is to starve the yeast by taking away the foods and beverages it could be feeding off of. That means no bread, pastries, pasta, chips, cereal, fried food, cheese, milk, starchy vegetables (like corn and potatoes), sugary desserts, fruit, soda, alcohol, or coffee.
That’s a big list, but Salzarulo recommends focusing on what is allowed, not on the restrictions. Foods that are okay on the candida diet are green vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, salad, almonds, walnuts, herbal tea, green juice, and unsweetened coconut water. Along with the diet, he suggests taking vitamins and a probiotic, getting enough sleep, and avoiding stress, which all help boost your immune system.
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There is no set amount of time to follow the diet; some people feel better after a month being on it, while others see their symptoms clear up after three months, Salzarulo says. However, once you do feel better and see symptoms disappear, you shouldn’t immediately go back to eating Dunkin Donuts and pizza every day. Adds Sass: “After resolving symptoms, foods that have been eliminated are systematically added back, but the goal is not to go back to a way of eating that triggers another imbalance.”
What happened when I tried it
Telling someone who goes to IHOP once a week for the unlimited flapjack special that they can no longer have pancakes is like telling Kim Kardashian that she can’t take selfies anymore. I was in tears when Salzarulo read me the list of foods I’d have to give up. The first few weeks were the most challenging. I was cranky, sleepy, hungry, and mad at the world. I dreamed of French fries.
It took about three weeks for my body to get used to my new meal plan. I would eat eggs for breakfast, baked chicken or fish and a side salad for lunch, a burger without the bun for dinner, and then snack on almonds and carrots throughout the day. I had some weak moments when I desperately craved Doritos (and maybe even snuck a few). But I had to keep reminding myself of the misery of my symptoms, and I had to stay strong in order to get my life and health back.
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After a month, I started feeling better than I did even before my symptoms showed up. I wasn’t hungry all the time, I was sleeping better, I had more energy than I had in years, and most importantly, the yeast infections stopped. To my surprise, I lost 15 pounds, my acne went away completely, and my hair and nails were longer and healthier.
“Typically the is much more nutrient-rich than the diet people had been consuming,” Sass says. “That combined with eliminating sugar, coffee, and alcohol, and drinking more water, often does lead to other benefits, including increased energy, better digestive health, improved mood, mental clarity and sleep, improved skin health, and weight loss.”
Two months later, I went back to Salzarulo, who gave me the green light to slowly add the foods I love back into my diet in moderation. I, of course, went to IHOP as soon as I left his office, but I found that I couldn’t eat as much as I could before. I also realized that I didn’t need sugar or French fries as much as I thought I did. I preferred eating salmon and salads over my usual choice of chicken fingers and fries—though I still enjoy them from time to time.
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It’s been almost two years, and I continue to monitor my sugar and carb intake and take a daily probiotic—though I am no longer on the candida diet, since my symptoms have not returned. Whether I really had candida overgrowth that was brought back into balance by the diet plan, or if the diet itself just happened to be healthier and that got rid of my symptoms, I may never know.
But looking back, I’m thrilled I didn’t give in to my IHOP addiction early on. It’s good to know that my desire to feel healthy beat out my cravings for unlimited pancakes.
by Dr. Will Cole
Among the 100 trillion bacteria, fungi, and other critters that are not technically you but live inside you, many are beneficial. They manufacture serotonin, generate much of your immune system, and keep the pathogenic bugs at bay. However, one of them – a yeast called Candida, is a persistent troublemaker. When overgrowth of this yeast happens, it has been linked to a staggering list of health problems, from weight gain and mental health issues to autoimmune diseases. That’s why candida overgrowth can be a real problem for many people.
In my previous article on the subject, I went over the signs and symptoms as well as the specific labs to have run to test for an underlying overgrowth of candida. Now I’d like to lay out the foods I recommend eating – and which to avoid – if yeast overgrowth is an issue for you. As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” Let the microbiome healing begin!
8 Foods To EAT On The Candida Diet
1. Non-starchy vegetables
Fungus eats what you eat, but make the right choices and your fungal populations won’t overgrow. Choice #1 is plant foods like kale, spinach, Swiss chard, and bok choy, which offer a lot of nutrients without overfeeding the overgrowth.
Green leafy vegetables are also rich in folate, which I mentioned in my previous article, is needed for people with MTHFR gene mutations who are extra-sensitive to candida overgrowth.
Some people do better with steaming or sautéing non-starchy vegetables, which is more gentle on the gut than eating them raw.
2. Clean meats
Grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, and organic organ meat (like liver) are rich in bioavailable fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, and K2, all of which are needed for immune and microbiome health, without the toxins that can come from industrially farmed versions.
3. Healthy fats
Coconut, olive, and avocado oil are all healing to the gut. A variety of saturated and monounsaturated fats have an anti-inflammatory effect on the gut lining, which provides a less hospitable environment for fungus. Coconut oil in particular is rich in caprylic acid, which has been shown to inhibit candida overgrowth.
4. Cultured foods
Fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and coconut or grass-fed kefir will help reinoculate a stressed-out microbiome with beneficial bacteria, which can work to keep Candida at bay. I recommend eating these in moderation at the beginning of your healing so your digestion can adjust, and slowly increasing intake, as too much cultured food can cause a flare-up of symptoms from a too-quick die-off of the yeast overgrowth.
5. Healing herbs and spices
Herbs like oregano, ginger, and pau d’arco have all been shown to have antimicrobial effects. You can choose to use them in recipes, tea, or in supplement form.
6. Healthy sweeteners
Candida thrives on sugar – its very favorite food – so choose non-sugary sweeteners like raw green stevia and xylitol if you need to sweeten your food. But even these should be used sparingly.
Tannins found in black tea have been shown to help kill off candida. Calming teas, like ginger, can help soothe the delicate gut lining.
8. Bone broth
This ancient healing food is making a modern comeback, and for good reason – it just may be the strongest easily available gut medicine. The collagen in the broth helps to rebuild a healthy gut lining and because it contains no sugar, it can also help starve down fungal overgrowths and turn down inflammation.
8 Foods To AVOID On The Candida Diet
Sugar – in all its forms – feeds candida, no question about it. If you want to get control of a fungal overgrowth, cut sugar out 100%, and be sure to read labels carefully since sugar has many different pseudonyms. Know that while some sweeteners may have more nutrients than others, they all feed candida to some degree. And just in case you think artificial sweeteners are the answer, think again. Research shows that they can catastrophically alter the balance of the gut flora.
It’s called “nature’s candy” for a reason – it’s made by nature, but it’s not unlike candy. I would suggest severely limiting or avoiding fruit while healing your gut. At the very least, stick to lower-fructose fruits like berries and citrus fruits like lemon, lime, and grapefruit. Besides being lower in sugar, these citrus fruits also have antimicrobial properties.
Grains are really just another form of sugar, and should also be avoided when healing a fungal overgrowth. That’s especially so for those containing gluten, which can be very damaging to the gut, giving fungus the upper hand. Grain-free flours like almond, hazelnut, and coconut can be used in moderation as a replacement. Later on, as you heal, you can slowly reintroduce gluten-free grains (like rice and organic, non-GMO corn) sparingly to see if they agree with you.
Alcohol is tough on your intestinal lining, and is even linked to leaky gut syndrome. Alcohol can also impair detoxification pathways, which need to be optimized when healing the microbiome.
I consider most dairy in the U.S. to be junk food. That’s because the cows are given hormones and antibiotics, fed GMO corn instead of grass, and live in unhealthy conditions. The milk is then pasteurized and homogenized, and the fat, with all its vitamins, is removed. Synthetic vitamins are then added back because the milk is devoid of nutrition. In other words, dairy isn’t doing you any favors.
Moreover, many people with candida overgrowth have leaky gut syndrome, which can make them more sensitive to casein, a protein in milk, and the milk sugar (lactose) is, again, just sugar. The one exception I would make is grass-fed, full-fat, cultured dairy foods like kefir and yogurt.
6. Starchy plant foods
Starchy vegetables like potatoes, yams, and beets can feed the yeast overgrowth because of their high carb content, even though they do contain fiber and vitamins. While you’re healing your gut, I would also avoid legumes like black beans, pinto beans, lentils, peanuts, cashews, and chickpeas, which can be inflammatory for some people. As you heal, you can test these to see how your body handles them.
One specific food category that often goes unmentioned when it comes to gut problems are FODMAPS. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Monosaccharides, and Polyols and refers to carbs – often from otherwise healthy vegetables – that aren’t easily digested by the gut. When eating in excess, they can also feed microbiome overgrowths such as candida and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, so avoiding them may be a temporary but critical strategy.
Some foods that are high in FODMAPS: onions, garlic, cabbage, and apples. Legumes are also high in FODMAPS. I suggest avoiding or limiting them while you heal, and then slowly increasing your intake to find your individual tolerance.
8. Conventional coffee
Coffee, in excess, is a well-known irritant to the gut lining. Coffee can also be high in molds, which can stress a compromised immune system and encourage Candida overgrowth. And decaf might actually be worse when it comes to both mold content and acidity. Make sure to search for high-quality organic coffee beans, and drink coffee in moderation.
Putting It All Together
Food is undoubtedly the most important factor you can modify on your own as you begin your gut-healing, Candida-busting journey. For more help, work with a qualified clinician on customized natural protocols. Consider taking advantage of a free webcam or phone evaluation to talk about your individual case. Always talk to a trusted health care provider before making changes to your diet.
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9 Foods to Ditch if You Have Candida
September 12th, 2019
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Candida or yeast overgrowth is an incredibly common condition among those with autoimmune disease, gut issues, fatigue, brain fog, and other chronic health problems.
It occurs when Candida, a form of fungus that lives in your digestive tract, colonizes your gut, overpowering the good bacteria that usually keep it in check. This wreaks havoc on your gut, causing it to become leaky and leading to a huge variety of symptoms, including digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, recurring fungal infections, skin problems, seasonal allergies, and mood swings.
Many factors, including medications like antibiotics and birth control, toxins, and stress contribute to Candida, yet diet is often the biggest factor. A diet full of inflammatory, sugary, and processed foods creates the perfect conditions for yeast to thrive and multiply. Although I recommend adding in yeast-fighting supplements there is another key step to fight Candida overgrowth. You must eliminate foods that feed Candida and replace them with whole, nutrient-dense foods. It is one of the most important steps in beating Candida and healing your gut.
Whether you have an active Candida overgrowth, you’ve recently overcome Candida overgrowth, or you’re trying to prevent it, here are nine important foods to ditch.
Foods that Feed Candida
1. Sugar and Sweeteners
This one is a bit of a no brainer because sugar affects your entire body due to its inflammatory effect on the body, and inflammation is at the root of nearly every chronic illness. Sugar especially affects Candida overgrowth as yeast feeds on sugar. That being said, you will want to cut out all sugar and sweeteners. The key here is avoiding not just the obvious sources such as sodas, candy, cakes, and cookies, but also the sugar lurking in unexpected places, including salad dressings, low-fat packaged foods, protein bars, and more. Make sure to carefully check all of your food labels for hidden sources of sugar while following an anti-Candida diet.
2. Wine and Beer
Hopefully, you’re limiting alcohol already, and it is particularly important to cut out beer and wine while getting your yeast in check. Wine is not only fermented (meaning it is made from yeast), it is also high in sugar. And beer, which is also fermented, contains gluten. All of these factors contribute to Candida.
In addition, alcohol can worsen leaky gut, which is one of the most dangerous impacts of yeast overgrowth. It leads to so many other symptoms and health problems as the Candida leaks into your bloodstream in addition to the inflammatory molecules from what you consume. Alcohol also suppresses your immune system, and a strong immune system is needed to not only fight off invaders in your body, but also to keep your yeast population under control.
3. Dried Fruit and Fruit Juices
Although fruits can be part of an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich diet, they are high in sugar and still feed Candida. Dried fruit and fruit juice can be major culprits of yeast overgrowth, especially if you like to snack. They may seem like healthy options, however, they’re not. In addition to natural fruit sugars (which is still sugar, even though it’s natural!), dried fruit and fruit juice are usually full of added sugars as well. If you find you have a problem with Candida overgrowth, try cutting out all dried fruit and fruit juice. You can still enjoy up to one cup of delicious whole fruits per day!
4. Gluten and Grains
As you know, gluten is highly inflammatory. It’s also a grain, and all grains are broken down into simple sugars during the digestive process, which can feed Candida. That’s why I recommend avoiding them entirely (particularly if you have an autoimmune disease) or limiting your intake of them. I’ve included some specific tips on exactly how much to limit grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables below.
5. Beans and Other Legumes
Even though beans and legumes provide a great plant protein, they are starchy and feed Candida. Legumes can also be inflammatory to many people because they contain agglutinins. Like grains, legumes can also be difficult for your body to digest, meaning there is more partially digested food in your gut. An overabundance of partially digested food in the intestinal tract provides feeds bacterial overgrowth. I recommend minimizing legumes or eliminating them altogether.
6. Starchy Vegetables
Like fruit, this is one that sneaks by many people. Certain starchy vegetables including acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash are considered good sources of carbohydrates. However, once eaten, they are broken down into the sugars that feed Candida. Focus on eating plenty of leafy greens, and other tasty veggies like Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus.
While following an anti-Candida diet, I advise keeping your combined consumption of grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables to one cup per day.
7. GMO Foods
Glyphosate, the herbicide used on GM crops, is a potent chemical that can attack the bacteria in your gut. The good bacteria that help with digestion and keeping the bad bacteria in check are more likely to be susceptible to glyphosate. While the bad bacteria, including strains that cause salmonella and botulism, are highly resistant to glyphosate.1 Eating GMO foods can decrease your healthy bacteria and increase the bad bacteria, not only fueling Candida overgrowth, but also contributing to leaky gut, and inflammation.
8. Fermented Foods
This is a hotly debated topic, but I believe that anyone with Candida overgrowth should avoid fermented foods until their yeast population is under control. The prebiotics produced during the fermentation process feed also feeds bad bacteria and yeast. Fermented foods themselves may be high in bad bacteria and yeast! I recommend killing Candida first and then using fermented foods to help restore the good bacteria.
Dairy does not directly feed Candida, yet it is a highly inflammatory food. Inflammation damages your gut lining, which is already leaky due to an overgrowth of Candida. This allows the yeast to continue escaping into your bloodstream, along with toxins, microbes, and other particles.
Once all of these foreign particles enter your bloodstream, they trigger a fresh wave of inflammation as your immune system tries to neutralize the threats. Until your leaky gut heals, the particles just keep on coming, and this constant level of inflammation can eventually lead to an autoimmune disease.
Foods That Fight Candida Overgrowth
Ditching the nine foods above will go a long way in starving the yeast so that your good bacteria can restore your gut’s healthy balance. You can also stock up on the foods that fight Candida to help your body combat the yeast overgrowth. Some of the top foods to help fight Candida include:
- coconut oil
- apple cider vinegar
- cruciferous vegetables
- olive oil
- wild salmon
- lemon juice
Supplements to Help Eliminate Candida Overgrowth
While adopting a low-carb and anti-inflammatory diet is key to beating Candida overgrowth, diet alone can take up to six months to restore your gut’s natural balance. That’s why I recommend adding in yeast-fighting supplements while following an anti-Candida diet.
The supplements I use in my clinic are Caprylic Acid and Candifense®. Caprylic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid that comes from coconut oil. Caprylic acid is known for its antiviral and antifungal activity. Candifense® also contains a combination of plant-based enzymes that break down the cell walls of Candida and the enzymes in it discourage yeast overgrowth in the gut. Candifense® is a safe, effective, and gentle approach to maintaining a healthy balance of microflora throughout the digestive tract.
I also recommend taking a high-quality probiotic to restore your population of good bacteria. These friendly bacteria strains will prevent a future Candida problem and are essential for supporting a healthy gut and immune system.
Candida Overgrowth and Weight Gain
One of the symptoms of systemic Candida is weight gain, or difficulty losing weight. It can cause the kind of stubborn fat deposits that are hard to shake off, no matter how little you eat or how much exercise you do.
There are a couple of reasons for this, but first it’s important to understand that no diet is going to help. Treating the underlying cause of the problem – the Candida overgrowth – is the way to get back in shape. Candida can lead to excess fat deposits in a few different ways. Read on below to find out more.
Candida cells are constantly reproducing and dying. This does not happen only during Candida Die-Off. Even if you are not treating your Candida at all, the natural life cycle of this yeast means that toxins from dying Candida cells are constantly being released into your bloodstream. Why does this matter? Well, your liver has to process these toxins and expel them from your body. If your liver becomes overloaded (i.e. there are too many toxins in your bloodstream), then it has to store these nasty chemicals somewhere else for processing later. Your liver does this by storing them in fat cells, primarily around the hips, belly and thighs. For many dieters, this is the root cause of those abnormal fat deposits.
Candida needs sugar to grow and reproduce, sugar that comes from the foods we eat. A typical symptom of a Candida infestation is that the patient is eating lots of sugar and carbs but still craving more. In Candida sufferers, this is far more than just a psychological addiction to sugar. The Candida yeast is processing large amounts of sugar and sending your blood sugar levels lower, triggering signals from your brain that you need to eat more. This is one way that Candida can cause overeating.
Stress On Your Immune System
The toxic byproducts of Candida can trigger a response from your immune system. Stress on the adrenal glands raises cortisol levels, an emergency response which prompts your body to hold on to every last piece of fat that it can.
Here’s one cause of weight gain that almost every Candida sufferer will identify with. The Candida cells release up to 79 different toxins, including a particularly nasty neurotoxin named Acetaldehyde. These toxins can cause symptoms like brain fog, fatigue and depression. Because of this, Candida sufferers often find it hard to get the exercise that they need to stay healthy and in shape.
Often a simple calorie restriction diet is treating the symptom rather than the cause of the problem. Diet advice is everywhere on the internet, but rarely do you see a treatment plan that can treat the underlying condition that is causing the weight gain. By following a good Candida treatment plan and sticking to a healthy diet, you might find it easier than you think to shake off those stubborn fat deposits.
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CANDIDA GUIDE: THE 5 SIGNS YOU HAVE IT AND HOW TO TREAT IT
Digestive issues, mood swings, brain fog, headaches, skin problems, immunity issues, fatigue, exhaustion, weight gain: these symptoms are all linked to a common cause – Candida. If you have experienced the above problems, it is likely that Candida overgrowth is disrupting your health and wellbeing.
This article will dive deep into the causes, effects, and treatment options for Candida so you can overcome unpleasant symptoms and live a healthier life.
What is candida?
Candida Albicans is a fungus, specifically a yeast. It normally lives in the gastrointestinal tract and other areas of the body without causing harm. Candida’s purpose is to assist digestion and nutrient absorption as well as to help the immune system by recognising and destroying harmful bacteria.
A disruption of the delicate balance of the good and bad bacteria can lead to Candida overgrowth. When overproduced in the gut, candida will break down the walls of our digestive tract and penetrate the bloodstream.
When Candida enters the bloodstream it releases toxins into your body. This can lead to many different health problems, from physiological to psychological.
But how can you get Candida into your system in the first place? Here are some of the main ways people come to have Candida:
- Unhealthy parents at the time of conception.
- An unhealthy mother; poor gut microbiome while she is pregnant with the developing foetus
- C-section delivery of the baby; not vaginal delivery
- Breastfeeding the baby for less than 6 months
- Introduction via various types of surgical interventions
- Taking antibiotics. Antibiotics kill good bacteria along with harmful bacteria which sets the stage for Candida Albicans to take over.
- Taking corticosteroids. Drugs commonly used to treat severe allergies, skin problems, asthma, or arthritis are known to cause yeast infections in humans.
- Some prescription drugs
- Alcohol intake. Most alcohol is fermented and contains sugars that will also feed the yeast, allowing it to continue to grow in your system.
- Taking the pill. The birth control pill can disrupt the bacterial balance in the microbiome, causing the effects of Candida to worsen.
- Having a bacterial infection
- Weak immune system
- Autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis; any condition of weakened immune system; when your system is run down
- Eating unhealthy, processed foods. Carbohydrates and sugar act as food for yeast and feed candida overgrowth in the gut.
- eating too much sugar
- eating too many grains
- During hormonal changes such as when a woman is on her period or going through pregnancy
- Exposure to environmental toxins which can lower the immune system’s ability to keep candida in check
- Chronic stress, which impacts your immune system.
5 signs and symptoms you may have Candida
· Digestive Problems
Many individuals experience chronic intestinal distress when battling a candida infection, as yeast overtakes the intestines. Persistent flatulence, burping, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea, and stomach cramps may be caused by a lack of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.
· Mind and Mood Problems
Dr Axe tells us that brain fog is often overlooked as a sign of candida. One of the reasons it can be difficult to diagnose candida is that so many of the candida symptoms are common to other conditions, including mood disorders.
Candida Albicans overgrowth can also cause anxiety attacks, crying spells, memory loss, feeling spaced out, depression, manic feelings, inability to concentrate, mood swings, irritability, a lack of focus, poor physical coordination, difficulty in concentrating on tasks, and poor memory.
· Skin Problems
Continued skin infections or inflammation can be treated but may also be a sign that you have a systemic candida infection. Athlete’s foot and fungus in the toenail are common yeast infections, which stem from the same breed of candida.
Inflammation can manifest itself in uncomfortable symptoms like skin rashes and can eventually lead to autoimmune disease. Look out for skin dryness, red patches, acne, pimples, hives, rashes, itching skin, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoea, ringworm, contact dermatitis, rosacea, etc.
· Immunity Problems
Dr Amy Myers reveals that Candida can cause autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis.
Candida does affect the sinuses and can result in a persistent cough, post-nasal drip, an increase in congestion, seasonal allergies, and general flu-like symptoms.
Recurrent infections in the urinary tract or vagina may be a sign of a systemic candida problem. Candida can be sexually transmitted between partners; for women especially, it’s important to reduce the risk by avoiding tight-fitting undergarments and hot baths during an active infection.
· Body Problems
Candida can cause weight gain, yeast infections, reproductive organs problems, chronic fatigue, low libido, and lack of appetite.
A feeling of tiredness or exhaustion that is present despite healthy sleeping patterns may be a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome, which stems from an unhealthy system fighting infection.
For a successful treatment of candida, there are four key components: diet and exercise, bacteria, chemical exposure, and emotional and psychological issues.
1. Diet and Exercise
The right diet and exercise are crucial elements to healing yourself from Candida. The ideal Candida diet is a balanced diet avoiding sugars as well as starchy vegetables and carbohydrate-rich foods.
When trying to eradicate Candida from your system you should focus on eating meats, chicken, eggs, seeds and nuts, healthy oils, and plenty of vegetables. Free range and organic foods are preferred, as these are produced without the use of harmful synthetic chemicals and pesticides.
Eating foods with natural antifungal properties also break down Candida and fight further growth. Foods like garlic, rutabaga, olive oil, and coconut oil are all natural antifungals.
Your diet should;
- Be low in carbohydrates
- Eliminate sugar in all its simple forms such as candy, desserts, alcohol, and flours
- Eliminate dairy, which has the sugar lactose that tends to promote yeast overgrowth
- Eliminate yeast-containing foods such as alcohol
In addition to a healthy diet, you should exercise regularly if you hope to eliminate Candida. Exercise helps to rebalance the brain’s neurotransmitters and triggers the production serotonin in the brain, which will boost your mood.
2. Get lots of good bacteria
Getting plenty of good bacteria will help rebalance your gut and get rid of Candida. Ingest a constant supply of probiotics, which are the good bacteria that live in the digestive tract. A good probiotic containing acidophilus will speed up recovery in your digestive tract and aid in the removal of Candida.
You can also easily get good bacteria by eating certain foods. Up your probiotic intake by eating cultured or fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and natto. These foods naturally contain beneficial bacteria, which will help with the restore and balance of your gut flora.
It’s important to continue to avoid inflammatory foods that can harm the gastrointestinal tract. Many people with candida overgrowth also have a leaky gut and that can put them at increased risk of food sensitivities.
3. Avoid exposure to chemicals
There are many harmful chemicals we encounter in our daily lives. Household cleaners, perfume, cosmetics, perfumes, and paint cause allergic reactions and sensitivities, which will make you feel unwell and prevent the healing of Candida.
4. Target emotional and psychological issues
Addressing your mental, emotional, and psychological health is of top importance when healing yourself from Candida. During the Candida cleanse, you’ll experience Candida die-off, which is when your body expels toxins and infection-causing bacteria.
For most people, Candida die-off will most likely cause you to feel worse before you feel better, so it’s crucial to look after your emotional and psychological health during Candida treatment.
Practicing deep breathing, meditation, and journaling can all help decrease emotional hurdles and cravings during treatment.
The relationship between candida, inflammation, and gut health is extremely complex. Adopting a holistic approach instead of treating each symptom individually will give you the best chance at achieving optimal health.
Holistic Healing is a process of building people’s awareness and helping them to understand that optimal health includes spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health. Neglect in any one area may have a detrimental effect on the other aspects of optimal health and on your life as a whole.
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CANDIDA AND WEIGHT LOSS
Candida overgrowth can be a significant barrier to you losing weight, and any weight loss for that matter. You may not know this but Candida is a naturally occurring yeast in the intestinal tract, and is vital for healthy digestion.
However, when Candida overgrowth occurs, (and 80% of Americans have this problem) it can create problems, both with digestive function (gas, bloating etc) and more systemically with fatigue, headaches, brain fog and so on.
In looking at the association between Candida and weight gain, the first thing you as a consumer need to examine is the fuel source for yeast (and subsequently Candida). Yeast feeds off of good old sugar – that is its preferred fuel source. Subsequently an individual with a “hefty” yeast overgrowth is going to crave sugars and carbs, as that is what the yeast is craving.
Part of the dilemma is that the sugar/carb phenomenon is a catch-22. Here’s what I mean by that. Yeast feeds off of the sugar you eat, so a diet high in sugars and carbs will perpetuate Candida overgrowth; and yet Candida overgrowth will set you up for more cravings for more sugars and carbs. This is one reason you might have a hard time breaking this cycle.
Furthermore, yeast will crave not only sugar, but more yeast . What is alcohol? Sugar and yeast. What is wine? Same thing. Plus a bunch of “empty” calories. I know many individuals who crave wine or beer – not because they have a drinking problem – but because they have a yeast overgrowth and they’re predisposed to that because of Candida. High yeast foods can be a trigger also – things like vinegars, mushrooms, and breads to name a few.
Anti-fungal treatment can often help curb cravings for sugars, carbs and alcohol, and these are three things that will be very helpful in maintaining a healthy weight.
Also, treating yeast overgrowth with something called Ultra Cleanse can help reduce intestinal bloating – which makes one more feel more rotund, even if it’s NOT true body fat. Addressing yeast overgrowth will also boost your energy levels which in turn makes exercise a more viable and appealing proposition.
Candida overgrowth also compromises proper absorption of nutrients. It is associated with “leaky gut”, which means the gap between the intestinal cells widens . This then leads to nutrients not being well absorbed, as well as larger-than-normal food molecules escaping into the blood stream triggering immune reactions and inflammation. You may be taking vitamins and minerals, but if you have Candida, they aren’t being absorbed properly.
Addressing Candida overgrowth can be done through your diet, although even the most rigid anti-Candida diets are rarely enough to eradicate the problem. That’s why seven or more rounds of Ultra Cleanse can help you eliminate this overgrowth of Candida from your system.
The balanced option is dietary modifications, coupled with Ultra Cleanse. Many people find that once yeast overgrowth is addressed, their cravings for sugars and carbs are reduced and then they find out that their weight loss is much easier. You can get your supply at this office today. It’s not found on Amazon, or any place on the internet. Get it here today.
The anti-Candida diet is a very important part of preventing or reversing a Candida overgrowth.
By avoiding sugary foods, eliminating foods that cause inflammation, and eating foods with probiotic or antifungal properties, you can go a long way towards recovering your gut health.
As your digestive health recovers, you might find relief from many of the symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth.
The anti-Candida diet is a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet that promotes good gut health. The diet includes non-starchy vegetables, some low sugar fruits, non-glutinous grains, fermented foods, and healthy proteins.
We’ve distilled the core ideas of the anti Candida diet down into 11 simple principles which you can see below. You can use these, along with the lists of allowed foods and disallowed foods, as the basis for your diet.
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Restoring your Gut Health with the Anti-Candida Diet
Did you know that there are more than 40 trillion living microorganisms inside your body? It’s a staggering number, especially when you realize that a typical human is made up of only around 30 trillion cells. In other words, we are massively outnumbered by our gut bacteria (1)!
Clearly, these bacteria and yeast living inside us have an important role to play. We wouldn’t have evolved this way if that wasn’t true.
Research over the past few years has exposed exactly how dependent we are on our microscopic friends for things like immunity, digestion, glucose control, and heart health (2, 3, 4). There’s even evidence that your gut microbiome can affect your mental health too (5).
It seems obvious that a disruption in the balance of your gut microbiota can have some wide-ranging consequences. When an opportunistic pathogen like Candida albicans starts to overgrow, it can lead to digestive symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, and gas (6).
Researchers call this a type of gut dysbiosis, which is just another way of describing an imbalanced gut flora. More broadly, Candida symptoms can include fatigue, recurring yeast infections, and weak immunity.
One of the major causes of fungal overgrowth in the gut is a poor diet. By eating foods that are high in added sugars and rich in pro-inflammatory ingredients, you can create the conditions necessary for Candida albicans to thrive (7).
On the other hand, positive dietary changes can inhibit and even reverse the growth of Candida albicans. By following a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet and eating the right foods, you can promote good gut health and recover from a Candida overgrowth.
How to Follow the Anti-Candida Diet
Here are the 11 main principles of the anti Candida diet plan, along with tips on how to follow them and a few suggested recipes. If you follow these principles, you’ll see big improvements in your gut health.
- Avoid added sugars
- Eat non-starchy vegetables
- Eat low-sugar fruits
- Eat lots of fermented foods
- Minimize your caffeine
- Eat gut-healing foods
- Enjoy healthy proteins and fats
- Stay away from gluten
- Cut back on your alcohol
- Maximize your nutrition
- Drink lots of water
Let’s take a look at those in more detail!
1. Avoid added sugars
Did you know that there are more than 50 different names for sugar? If you carefully check your ingredients labels, you might be surprised to find these different types of sugar in everything from cereals and condiments to pasta sauce and peanut butter.
Some food manufacturers even include three or four different sugars in their recipe. Have you ever wondered why? If they just used a single sugar, it would appear as the first ingredient on the label. By using several sugars, each in smaller amounts, they are able to portray their product as healthier than it might actually be.
Sugar is needed by the Candida albicans yeast for a couple of important reasons.
Firstly, Candida uses sugar for cellular growth and to transition into its more pathogenic, fungal form (8). This is the hyphal form in which it is most likely to spread around your gut and elsewhere.
Secondly, Candida uses sugar, in the form of glucose and mannose, to form the biofilms that allow it to hide from your immune system (9, 10). These biofilms are perhaps the major reason why Candidiasis of all forms is a particularly difficult condition to treat. Biofilms are a protective matrix that Candida albicans builds around itself.
Of course, added sugars are not just bad for a Candida overgrowth. Other ways in which excess sugar can damage your health include:
- Damaging your heart health (11)
- Making you overweight (12)
- Triggering diabetes (13)
- Increasing the risk of cancer (14)
- Making you depressed (15)
We’ve established that added sugars should be eliminated from your diet, but where are they? Which foods contain them? Researchers have put together a list of the main sources of added sugars in a typical adult diet, and here’s a summary (16):
As you can see, added sugars come from a wide variety of sources. However, the worst offenders are clear – soft drinks, energy drinks, juices, desserts, and candy.
There are some surprising sources of added sugar, which is why it always makes sense to check the ingredients label. These include pasta sauce, crackers, coleslaw, salad dressings, peanut butter, bread, and breakfast cereal. On your Candida cleanse, you need to be very mindful of what you are eating.
Here are some healthier alternatives to some of those foods to avoid. These are all recipes that you can include in your anti Candida diet.
Cinnamon Coconut Crisp Cereal
Coconut Flour Crackers and Grissini
Coconut-Almond No-Bake Balls
Avocado Lime Tart
Cool Almond Milk Smoothie
2. Eat non-starchy vegetables
Vegetables are a key part of any balanced diet, and so they should naturally form a large part of your Candida diet. However, some vegetables contain large amounts of starch, are high on the glycemic index, and should be minimized.
Starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, winter squash, beets, and peas contain lots of net carbs and are likely to raise your blood sugar much more than non-starchy vegetables.
That doesn’t mean that you need to eliminate them completely. They’re on our Maybe list because although they are high in net carbs, they are still nutritious and healthy. You just need to make sure that you don’t eat too many of them.
For example, when switching to a healthy diet free of junk and processed food, many people over-compensate by eating lots and lots of potatoes, yams, and other starchy vegetables. That’s not the goal here. Your vegetable consumption should be mostly green, low-starch veggies.
Equally, don’t go completely no-carb. The Candida diet is a low-carb diet, not a no-carb diet. If you eat so few carbs that you enter ketosis, that can actually be counter-productive. Research has shown that Candida albicans is capable of using ketones as a food source (17).
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The best vegetables to eat while fighting Candida are generally those that are high in micronutrients but relatively low in carbs. These include all leafy greens like spinach or kale. They also include anything from the cruciferous family, like broccoli, cauliflower, or cucumber.
There are a couple of exceptions. Rutabaga (often known as Swede) is relatively high in starch but also has some powerful antifungal properties (18). Jicama and turnips are similar. You can both of these without worsening a Candida overgrowth.
If in doubt, look up the net carbohydrates in a vegetable. To calculate net carbs, simply take the total carbohydrates and subtract the fiber. A 100g portion of Brussels sprouts, for example, contains 9g of carbohydrates and 4g of fiber. That means that it has only 5g of net carbs per portion.
Here are some delicious recipes that incorporate non-starchy vegetables:
Mediterranean Zucchini Dip
Buffalo Cauliflower Florets
Stay Chicken Bowl
3. Eat low-sugar fruits
On the Candida diet, you should stick mostly to fruits with low net carbohydrates. Good examples are lemons, limes, and avocado. Berries also have relatively low net carbs. You can also consider including some fruits that have higher net carbs but a larger proportion of fructose, for example apples and pears.
Fruits contain three different types of natural sugars – sucrose, glucose, and fructose. Sucrose and glucose have both been shown to promote Candida albicans biofilm creation, growth, and activity (19, 20). Fructose, on the other hand, is metabolized more slowly by Candida albicans, and in fact has been shown in some cases to inhibit its growth (21).
When you’re looking for fruits to include in your anti-Candida diet, this means that there are a couple of different factors to take into account.
First, how many net carbs are there in your fruit? Remember that to calculate net carbs, you simply subtract fiber and sugar alcohol from the total carbohydrates. A lower number is better. For example, a 100g portion of blackberries contains about 5g of net carbs, whereas a 100g portion of banana contains 20g of net carbs.
Second, how much fructose does your fruit contain? Fruits that are high in fructose (e.g. apples) are generally better for glucose control.
In the long term, eating lots of fructose can have serious health implications like insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and diabetes (22, 23). But that’s only really a problem for people who are consuming lots of table sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, or fruit juice. It’s pretty much impossible to consume too much fructose only by eating fruit (24).
Here are some recipes that include those low-sugar fruits:
Apple Walnut Yogurt Parfait
Gluten-Free Avocado Pancakes with Lemon Parsley Butter
4. Eat lots of fermented foods
Probiotic bacteria are one of the most crucial elements of any Candida diet. They help to improve digestion, repair gut health, boost immunity, and so much more. During your anti-Candida diet plan you can take probiotic supplements, eat probiotic foods, or ideally do both!
There are a few simple precautions that you should take when buying fermented foods. To get the most out of those probiotic bacteria, and enjoy the most benefit to your health, follow these tips.
- Look for live cultures
Foods like sauerkraut and yogurt naturally contain lots of probiotic bacteria. But these good bacteria can be killed by the pasteurization process. Terms that you should look for on the label include ‘live cultures’, ‘probiotic’, and ‘unpasteurized’. These are a good sign that the product contains live bacteria.
- Make sure that your fermented food is actually fermented!
Olives and sauerkraut can be delicious probiotic foods, but the brands that you find in your supermarket are often pickled rather than lacto-fermented. Pickling with white vinegar is a shortcut to get the flavor of a fermented food, but without the time-consuming fermentation process.
- Watch out for added sugars
This one applies particularly to yogurt. Probiotic yogurt can be tremendously beneficial for your gut health and overall wellbeing, but if you buy a brand with added sugars then you’ll lose some of those benefits. Note that all yogurt does contain some natural, residual sugars that remain after fermentation – this is perfectly OK.
- Making your own is always best
Not sure what to buy? Make your own! Fermenting your own foods at home is fun, incredibly cheap, and gives you total control over the whole process. You can even ferment your foods a little longer to get the natural sugars lower. Start with yogurt and sauerkraut – these are generally the easiest to ferment. Then move on to foods like kefir and kimchi.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite probiotic foods to include in your Candida diet:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
5. Minimize your caffeine
Caffeine is not necessarily harmful during a Candida diet. In fact, there are lots of health benefits to drinking coffee (25). However, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind if you’re suffering from Candida.
In some circumstances, caffeine can irritate your gut and impair your digestion. It can also contribute to burnout that might weaken your immunity just when you need it the most.
Let’s take a look at those in more detail.
The consumption of caffeine, specifically coffee, has been shown to activate a protein complex in the gut that is linked to inflammatory bowel disease (26).
Drinking coffee regularly on an empty stomach has been shown to weaken the intestinal wall, which can undermine your immune system and leave you more vulnerable to pathogens like Candida (27).
Additionally, animal models have shown that caffeine consumption increases the production of zonulin, an inflammatory protein that is strongly linked to intestinal permeability, or leaky gut (28, 29).
Just as importantly, drinking too much caffeine can leave you tired and burned out. If you find yourself drinking more and more caffeine each day just to cope with life, or if your coffees are getting stronger each day, there’s a good chance that you’re burned out.
Burnout and adrenal fatigue can wreak havoc on your immunity and digestion, as well as making you very tired (30).
Some people give up caffeine entirely on their anti-Candida diet. Others reduce their cups of coffee to one or two in the morning.
If you choose to continue drinking coffee to tea, make sure that you do it in the morning only. An afternoon coffee is almost certain to impair your sleep in some way, and you need to get all the rest that you can (31). Avoid caffeinated drinks on an empty stomach too, as this can affect your gut health.
6. Eat gut-healing foods
The Candida diet is an anti-inflammatory diet designed to recover your gut health. That means two things: eating less of the foods that lead to inflammation (sugar, processed foods, etc), and eating more of the anti-inflammatory foods that can reverse that inflammation.
If you’re eating a diet rich in vegetables, healthy proteins and fats, and fermented foods, you’re already halfway there.
But there are some other foods that are particularly useful for gut healing, and you should consider including at least one of them in your Candida diet.
Here are 3 gut-healing foods to add to your diet:
Bone broth is, firstly, an easy-to-digest, low-carbohydrate food that is incredibly nutrient-dense. Depending on what ingredients go into the broth, it can contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, zinc, iron, boron, manganese, selenium, glucosamine, chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, and much more.
That, by itself, should be enough reason to include it in an anti-Candida diet. But where bone broth really comes into its own, and where its particularly helpful for gut issues like Candida, is in the gelatin that it contains.
Animal studies have shown that gelatin acts to protect against damage to the intestinal wall (32). It contains an amino acid named glutamine which, in other research, has been shown to inhibit the inflammation and oxidative stress that leads to intestinal permeability (33).
Bone broth is really easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker. You can also buy bone broth from health food stores or online. It can be added to your foods, mixed into smoothies, or even just drunk by itself.
As the name suggests, this is made simply by juicing cabbage. A large part of the health-affirming properties of this juice are due to its content of glutamine. However, it is also a powerful antioxidant, supporting detoxification through several liver detox pathways, and full of anti-cancer compounds found in many brassica family (i.e., cruciferous) vegetables.
Coconut oil has antifungal properties thanks to the three fatty acids that it contains (34). One of these is caprylic acid, which is one of the most useful antifungal supplements to take while on the Candida diet.
Beyond its antifungal properties, coconut oil is also an anti-inflammatory food (35). It’s a great choice for cooking and baking, and some people even maximize the benefits by eating a tablespoon each day.
Coconut oil has other uses too. It can be used topically to treat fungal rashes or infections. And a tablespoon of coconut oil, swished around inside the mouth for a minute or two, is often used to reduce the symptoms of oral thrush.
7. Enjoy healthy proteins and fats
When some anti-Candida dieters cut back on the carbohydrates in your diet, they lose weight quite quickly. Sometimes this is desirable and sometimes it isn’t – either way, this is not really a diet that’s focused on weight loss. Improving your gut health is the first priority.
If you want to maintain your weight, you’ll need to replace those calories. Put simply, that means eating more proteins and fats.
When buying meats, look for cuts that are as nutrient-rich and fresh as possible. That might mean buying organic, or local, or just working with a trusted butcher.
Avoid any added ingredients like sugars, nitrates or sulfites. Processed meats like bacon, ham, and turkey slices should be avoided (36). Try to stick to healthier, white meats as much as possible.
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Eggs are an excellent food to incorporate into your Candida diet. They are one of the best, most nutritious sources of protein you can find. Look for organic and free-range eggs, as they tend to be more nutritious.
When buying fish, focus on the species that are less affected by heavy metals and other toxins. Swordfish, albacore tuna, shark, and king mackerel tend to be the worst affected.
Look for smaller fish like sardines and herring, as well as some larger fish like wild-caught salmon. Wild-caught fish is always a better choice than farmed fish.
If you’re vegetarian, you can get plenty of protein from nuts, beans, yogurt, and protein-rich pseudo-grains like quinoa and teff.
Fats and oils are an excellent way to maintain your calorie intake, and you’ll find that many of them have antifungal or anti-inflammatory properties too. Coconut oil, olive oil, butter, and ghee are all good options.
8. Stay away from gluten
There is increasing evidence that gluten affects the health of a much wider group of people than simply those with Celiac disease. The era of gluten-are being dismissed as a ‘fad’ diet is well and truly over.
The latest research shows that gluten triggers the production of zonulin, a pro-inflammatory protein that damages the intestinal wall and causes intestinal permeability (37, 38).
Intestinal permeability, which you might know as Leaky Gut, has been implicated in auto-immune conditions, food sensitivities, Crohn’s disease, and IBS (39, 40).
If you have been suffering from a Candida overgrowth and your gut health has deteriorated, eating gluten is likely to worsen your symptoms.
Staying away from gluten will help your gut to repair itself, reduce inflammation, and undo some of the damage caused by the imbalance in your gut flora.
Avoiding gluten is incredibly easy these day. There are lots of innovative pseudo-grains on the market, for example buckwheat and millet, that simply weren’t easily available 10 years ago.
Be careful of buying gluten-free packaged foods. Many of these come loaded with sugars, preservatives, and other unhealthy additives. Making your own gluten-free products at home is quite easy.
Here are a few gluten-free recipes to try in your own kitchen.
Leek and Roasted Garlic Focaccia Bread
Coconut Flour Crackers and Grissini
Buckwheat Breakfast Muffins
9. Cut back on your alcohol
Alcohol is bad news for your gut, for a few different reasons. While on the anti Candida diet, we would recommend that you cut back your alcohol consumption or, even better, eliminate it completely until your gut health is restored.
There is a clear and well-established link between alcohol and intestinal permeability.
Remember that Candida albicans, in its pathogenic hyphal form, can also cause intestinal permeability (41). If a long-term Candida overgrowth has damaged your gut, alcohol can make it worse.
Alcohol also destabilizes your blood glucose.
Large amounts of alcohol will lead to a quick drop in your blood sugar, while smaller amounts can make it rise. Either way, instability in your blood sugar can stimulate your appetite, encouraging you to make poor food choices and further destabilizing your blood sugar levels.
There is also evidence that excessive alcohol weakens and destabilizes the immune system. Research shows that heavy drinking causes a temporary increase in immune system activity, but in the following hours the immune system becomes less active than when the subject was sober (42).
10. Maximize your nutrition
As you move away from processed foods, sugary snacks, and soft drinks, the nutritional profile of your diet is going to dramatically improve.
Vegetables, fruits, and healthy proteins simply contain more micronutrients and will help you to stay healthier and happier.
By taking the next step and looking at the details of your new food choices, you can make this improvement even more significant. Let’s take a look at three ways to maximize your intake of micronutrients.
- Buy organic when you can
There is concrete evidence that organic food contains fewer pesticides, and that switching to an organic diet can reduce the amount of pesticides that we consume (43). Organic plants contain more antioxidants, and organic meats and fish contain more omega-3 fatty acids (44). If you can afford organic food, it’s a no-brainer.
- Local and in season
There are also advantages to buying local. Imported vegetables and fruit are picked when they are not ripe so that they don’t rot before they reach the supermarket. This means that they don’t have the time to gain their full nutritional value. Buying local, seasonal produce is the way that we used to eat before global supply chains, and it’s a healthier option.
- Some foods are nutritional powerhouses
There are delicious probiotic foods, antifungal foods, and anti-inflammatory foods – you should include all of these in your Candida diet. But there is also a subset of foods that are particularly high in micronutrients that you might not obtain elsewhere. These include fermented foods, organ meats such as liver and heart, eggs, seaweed, and sprouts. Look out for these foods and try to incorporate them into your diet whenever you can.
11. Drink lots of water
This last one applies whether you’re following the Candida diet or not. Drinking more water and staying hydrated can improve anyone’s health and should always be a made a priority.
Is a Candida overgrowth making you tired and grumpy? Not drinking enough water could make that worse. In fact, research shows that dehydration can lead to poor concentration, fatigue, headaches, low mood, anxiety, and impaired memory (X, 45). That’s quite a list!
Drinking water can improve your digestion too. Candida can affect your digestion in different ways – some people might experience constipation, while others have diarrhea. Drinking more water, especially filtered water that is free of contaminants, can help.
If you are experiencing runny stools and diarrhea, you need water to replace fluids that you are losing. If you are suffering from constipation, drinking more water will help to lose your stool and promote more regular bowel movements (46).
When you exercise, it’s common to lose a lot of water via sweat. That can affect your motivation levels, your energy, and even the way that your body controls its temperature (47).
The Bottom Line
To reverse a Candida overgrowth, one of the most important elements is a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet.
That means eating lots of non-starchy vegetables, some low-sugar fruits, healthy proteins and fats, and fermented foods.
The foods that you should avoid include anything with added sugars, high-sugar fruits, and glutenous grains. Try to minimize your consumption of alcohol and caffeine, as they can cause inflammation in your gut and destabilize your blood sugar.
For more tips on following the Candida diet, as well as how to integrate probiotics and antifungals into your treatment plan, take a look at the Ultimate Candida Diet program.
The program includes comprehensive food lists and a 5-step plan to get back to perfect health. More than 50,000 people have used it to boost their gut health, digestion, and immunity.
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When it’s at proper levels in the body, candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion. But when candida overproduces, it can then become a serious concern that causes a wide variety of negative and serious health problems. A yeast-free candida diet is one of the best ways to reduce and eliminate candida symptoms, but what exactly do you need to eliminate from your diet? Read on and I’ll tell you exactly what to take out of your diet and what to add in to get rid of candida for good!
The Candida Diet
Candidiasis, commonly referred to as “candida,” is a fungal infection that can affect men and women of all ages in various parts of the body. It most commonly occurs in the mouth, ears, nose, toenails, fingernails, gastrointestinal tract and vagina. Possible symptoms comprise a true laundry list ranging from bad breath to persistent heartburn to arthritis. Due to its many and varied symptoms, candida is often ignored, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
If you have candida or know someone who does, the good news is that there are many candida natural treatments. The main natural treatment is a change in your diet to discourage the overgrowth of yeast. Before embarking on your new diet, though, it’s a good idea to start with a candida cleanse to help rid the body of excess candida through the flushing of the digestive tract.
You have two options for a cleanse: a liquids-only cleanse or a more gentle cleanse with food. You can also start with the step one cleanse and then move to the step two cleanse.
Cleansing Step 1: Liquids-Only Candida Cleanse (Duration 1–2 Days)
Start by making a vegetable broth from organic onions, garlic, celery, kale, sea salt and pure water. Let simmer and strain. Discard the vegetables and refrigerate the broth.
Throughout the day, sip on warm broth. It’s imperative that you drink lots of water to help your body expel all the toxins in your system. While this is not a long-term cleanse, it can be repeated as needed every few weeks. It can also be used as a jump-start to the food cleanse below.
Cleansing Step 2: Steamed Vegetables (Duration 3–5 Days)
By eliminating grains, sugars, fruits, starches and alcohol from your diet for three to five days, you can make great headway in your fight against candida overgrowth.
What can you eat on a candida diet? You should mostly eat fresh, organic vegetables that have been steamed. For this cleanse stage, keep away from any starchy vegetables like carrots, radishes, beets, sweet potatoes and white potatoes, which may contribute to sugar levels and feed the candida. Continue to drink plenty of pure water, a minimum of 72 ounces per day, to help flush the candida and byproducts from your system.
During this time, no more than once a day, you can eat salads made from leafy greens (like romaine) or bitter greens (like chard) and topped with just a bit of coconut oil and apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice).
During either of the candida cleanses above, you can use bentonite clay to help surround the toxins and efficiently remove them from your system.
Once you’re done with the cleansing stage, you can then move on to an antifungal diet that doesn’t just discourage candida — it helps your body get rid of candida for good! Here are the dietary steps I recommend to have you on the path to being candida-free:
Diet Step 1: Remove the Problem Foods
So, now you know what to eat, but you probably are also wondering what not to eat on a candida diet? First and foremost, you need to continue to remove the foods from your diet that literally feed the candida and encourage it to flourish in your body. The top offenders include sugar, white flour, yeast and alcohol. These items are believed to promote candida overgrowth. If you avoid eating sugar and white flour, then you will easily cut out most processed foods, which tend to be higher in calories and unhealthy ingredients and low in nutrition.
Avoiding sugar in all of its various forms is truly key to fighting candida. The candida yeast cells need sugar to build their cell walls, expand their colonies and switch into their more virulent, fungal form. This is why a low-sugar diet is such a necessary part of your candida treatment. If you need some help, here’s how to kick your sugar addiction.
Going forward, you want your diet to be centered on vegetables, high-quality protein foods, and gluten-free grains like brown rice and millet. Avoiding fruit at this time is also commonly recommended because even though fruit is very healthy, it does get turned into sugar in the body.
In terms of vegetables, you also want to avoid these somewhat sweet, starchy varieties: potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, beets, peas and parsnips. These vegetables are banned from a strict anti-candida diet because of their high carbohydrate content, but they’re certainly nutrient-dense and can be reintroduced later on in your treatment.
Diet Step 2: Up the Intake of Candida Killers & Boost Your Immune System
You want to make sure you include the items from my top 10 list below on a daily basis, including apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables, green veggies and green drinks, coconut oil, Manuka honey, garlic, ground chia and flaxseeds, unsweetened cranberry juice, cultured dairy, as well as spices like turmeric and cinnamon.
How long do I need to eat like this?
In order to have success with the candida diet, it will take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It really depends on the individual and a few key variables:
- how strictly you follow this diet
- the intake and effectiveness of probiotics and antifungals
- the severity of your candida
Diet Step 3: Reintroducing Off-Limit Foods
Once you’re free of your candida symptoms and the candida itself, then what? As I’m sure you guessed, going back to your old habits and ways of eating will likely just bring the candida back all over again. However, you can gradually reintroduce certain foods into your new candida diet.
Low-sugar fruits like green apples are a great example of a smart choice. If the reintroduced foods don’t cause flare-ups of candida symptoms, you can move on to reintroducing more foods that you have been avoiding. I recommend doing this reintroduction slowly and one item at a time.
Top Candida Diet Foods
Here are some of the foods you should eat on the candida diet.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
The acid and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help to kill and get rid of excess yeast in the body. (1)
2. Sauerkraut and Fermented Foods
Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi contain microflora that help protect the intestines. Regular consumption can help improve the immune system, making the body less hospitable for candida. (2)
3. Green Veggies and Green Drinks
Leafy green vegetables help alkalize the body, which fights against the acidic nature of yeast overgrowth. Greens contain no sugars but high amounts of magnesium that naturally detox the body, vitamin C to build the immune system, chlorophyll to cleanse the body, B vitamins to energize the body and iron to give the body full support. (3)
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and the combination of lauric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil kills off harmful candida through ingestion and topical application. (4)
We know that sugar feeds candida. That’s why it’s important to use different sweeteners, and stevia is the perfect choice for those on a candida diet. Not only is stevia an antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic agent, but also helps balance the pancreas, which is often comprised when someone has candida. (5)
Garlic contains a large number of sulphur-containing compounds that have extremely potent, broad-spectrum antifungal properties. Raw garlic benefits the fight against candida specifically. (6)
7. Ground Flaxseeds and Chia Seeds
Polyphenols found in flaxseeds and chia seeds support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body. (7)
8. Unsweetened Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice without added sugar helps to correct the pH levels of urine, helping to prevent the overgrowth of fungi like candida. (8)
9. Cultured Dairy
Having cultured dairy, preferably goat milk kefir, for healthy probiotic foods can effectively kill the candida in your system and increase your healthy flora. (9)
10. Spices like Turmeric and Cinnamon
Turmeric contains an active component called curcumin that has been shown to completely inhibit the growth of Candida albicans (as well as lots of other fungal strains). (10) Cinnamon can heal oral thrush because studies have shown that people who supplement with cinnamon generally suffer from less candida overgrowth than those who don’t.
11. Cooked Vegetables
Non-starchy, cooked vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus provide valuable nutrients that fight candida. (11)
12. Organic Meat
Protein plays a key role in candida. If you get your protein from factory farmed meats, you could actually feed candida, while foods high in healthy fats and protein protect against candida. (12) That’s why it’s so important to consume only organic, free-range meat.
13. Bone Broth
Bone broth benefits so many different aspects of our health, and you can add treating candida to the list. In fact it’s one of the best food sources to destroy candida due to its positive effects on gut health.
14. Pau D’arco Tea
Pau d’arco tea is probably the No. 1 thing to add to your candida diet. It helps the body fight candida the natural way. That’s because it has antifungal compounds like lapachol, which has been shown to combat candida. (13)
Foods to Avoid
Here are the foods to avoid on the candida diet. (14)
1. Sugar and Sugar Alternatives
These sweet items feed yeast, so you should avoid them at all costs.
2. Fruit and Fruit Juice
Even though fruit is generally healthy, it’s high in sugar and can make candida worse.
Most alcohol contains yeast so it’s not surprising that it produces more of it when consumed and should be avoided.
Grains break down into sugar and can feed candida, yeast and bad bacteria.
All types of vinegar should be avoided with candida overgrowth, except for apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is the only vinegar that provides an alkalizing benefit for the body and actually causes candida to die.
Peanuts can often carry mold, which only encourages the growth of candida. Plus, the peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies on the planet, providing another reason to avoid peanuts.
Unless it’s fermented, you ideally want to avoid dairy at least in the early stages of your cleansing. Milk contains lactose, which is a sugar.
8. Food Intolerances
Some yeast infections are due to food allergies. Try to avoid foods that cause negative reactions of any kind. If you think you have a food allergy or sensitivity, try an elimination diet to figure out what foods are causing intolerances.
Other foods to avoid include:
- Dried Fruits
- Ice Drinks
Essential Oils for Candida
Some of the best oils to fight candida are:
- oregano oil
- myrrh oil
- lavender oil
These five all help to kill a variety of parasites and fungi, including candida, in the body. Lavender oil also inhibits the growth of candida and is effective at preventing the spread of the infection. (15, 16)
By mixing a couple of drops of clove oil or lavender oil with coconut oil during your cleanse, you can help to kill off the offending candida. However, since these essential oils are powerful, they should only be taken internally for 10 days or less. For oral thrush, you can use three drops of clove oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish the mixture in your mouth for 20 minutes. This oil pulling is excellent for killing candida and overall detoxification of the body.
- Probiotics (50 billion units daily): Will give your body healthy bacteria, which can help reduce the presence of yeast.
- Oregano oil (2 drops 3 times daily for 7 days then stop): Oregano oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
- Garlic (2 caps or cloves daily): Helps fight fungal infections and boost the immune system.
- Vitamin C (1,000 milligrams, 2–3 times daily): Boosts immune function and helps fight off infections.
- Grapefruit seed extract (200 milligrams, 2–3 times per day): This herb has specific properties to fight candida.
In addition, you can use the following herbs to treat candida:
- olive leaf
A 2003 study out of Israel proved that olive leaf extracts have an antimicrobial effect against bacteria and fungi. Olive leaf extracts killed almost all bacteria tested, including dermatophytes (causing infections on the skin, hair and nails), candida albicans (an agent of oral and genital infections) and Escherichia coli cells (bacteria found in the lower intestine). (17)
You definitely want to eat a mix of raw, fermented and cooked vegetables while on the candida diet. When it comes to recipes, you of course want ones that leave out all of the candida-promoting foods above while including as many of the candida killers as possible.
One recipe that I absolutely love is for kimchi, a traditional fermented probiotic food that is a staple Korean side dish. If you follow my Homemade Kimchi Recipe then you will have one delicious, high-quality fermented vegetable on hand at all times.
This Green Detox Machine Juice Recipe is another perfect inclusion for any anti-candida diet.
Candida Risk Factors, Causes and Symptoms
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans. The most common one is Candida albicans, a single-celled fungus that’s always present in the genital and intestinal tracts. Candida yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection, but overgrowth of these organisms can cause problematic symptoms to develop in the body.
Some candida risk factors include having diabetes, undergoing conventional cancer treatments and treating asthma with corticosteroid inhalants. Some women find that birth control pills seam to instigate yeast infections — and even long after the initial infection is gone, once they start taking the birth control pills again, candida can take root.
According to the National Candida Center, there are are about a dozen recognized causes of intestinal dysbiosis (or dysfunction of the microbiome or inner ecology) and candida overgrowth, including (18):
- Poor diet
- Prescription drugs, especially antibiotics
- Alcohol consumption
- Hormone imbalance
- Tap water
- Digestive problems
- Environmental molds and chemicals
- Toxic metals and food chemicals
- Immune deficiency (like having AIDS or cancer)
Do you ever experience any of these health issues?
- Cravings for sweets
- Bad breath
- White coat on tongue
- Brain fog
- Hormone imbalance
- Joint pain
- Loss of sex drive
- Chronic sinus and allergy issues
- Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
- Weak immune system
If so, these are just some of the signs that you may have candida. Symptoms can worsen in damp or moldy environments or after consumption of food containing sugar or yeast. If left untreated, candida will weaken the immune system, allowing more serious disease to take hold.
Precautions: Possible Candida Die-Off Symptoms
Rapidly killing off candida in your body creates a metabolic reaction that releases over 70 different toxins into your body. Sounds pretty intense, right? Well before you get scared off, what you may or may not have to deal with as a result of candida die-off is definitely preferable to what you have to deal with if you let the candida continue to internally flourish.
Symptoms that show the candida cleanse and the candida diet are working include:
- Impaired brain function
- Intestinal distress, including bloating, gas, constipation and nausea
- Sweating and fever
- Sinus infection
- Skin breakouts (not limited to face)
- Typical flu-like symptoms
These symptoms usually clear up in seven to 10 days. The candida is leaving your body, and within just a few weeks, you will notice an increase in energy and focus, as well as relief from other symptoms you have experienced. So when you start to experience candida die-off symptoms, it’s time to celebrate because you are on your way to better health!
After your symptoms have subsided and you have completed the cleanse and the candida diet, you should continue eating a diet that’s high in protein and high-fiber vegetables, and limit grains, fruits, sugar and high-starch vegetables like white potatoes. Continue to consume fermented vegetables and kefir to help your body stay in balance and keep the candida at bay.
If you have chronic or unusually persistent candida infections, you should consult your health care provider. This could be a sign of an underlying illness, such as diabetes or immune system dysfunction, which makes for an environment more conducive to the growth of candida.
I really hope my suggestions help you to be candida-free in the very near future. With discipline and perseverance, you can rid your body of fungus and lead a much healthier life. Just remember:
- Candida is unfortunately a very common problem for many people.
- Symptoms of candida are often ignored, undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
- An antifungal diet can reduce and eliminate candida and its unpleasant symptoms.
- Some of the diet changes might end up needing to be long term if reintroduction of certain foods isn’t successful.
- Your improved health and energy levels will be well worth any food or drink that you might miss.
- In general, it will always be best for your overall health to avoid sugary and processed foods. Real, whole, living foods are your best bet, always!
Is your strict candida diet making your symptoms worse?
Many of you will have come across information on candida albicans and candida diets claiming to eradicate this ‘invasive yeast-like fungi’. The common theme among most of these is the suggestion that candida can be eradicated by looking at sugar and carbohydrate consumption. As a result, patients are not only advised to cut out refined sugars and starchy carbohydrates, but also fruit. The paradox that is often experienced, however, is that patients very often deteriorate in their general health because nutrient deprivation and symptoms such as unresolved food intolerances and immune dysregulation are often created by cutting out certain foods. Although the candida overgrowth has been reduced through the strict diet, its roots remain and it becomes a persistent problem, re-occurring when the body is under par or stressed – often the very things that stimulated its growth in the first place.
What is candida albicans overgrowth?
To see how best to treat the problem, we need to understand more about it. Candida, a yeast-like fungus, is commonly present in your intestines, and its growth is usually limited by your immune system and by your microflora.
If Candida is allowed to grow due to a weakened immune system or disease such as diabetes, the harmonious balance between it and the “good” bacteria is upset, resulting in intestinal candidiasis. Not only can this imbalance cause problems such as vaginal infections, but Candida also releases by-products that are subsequently absorbed into the bloodstream, exposing the whole body to a variety of symptoms as the immune system tries to fight it off. Common signs of this include fatigue, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and/or constipation, recurring bladder infections, menstrual irregularities, allergies, chemical sensitivities, and depression.
What increases the risk of Candida overgrowth?
- Repeated use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and/or steroids like prednisone
- Diet high in sweets
- Low beneficial bacteria
- Chronic stress
- Weakened immune system
How is Candidiasis treated?
The revered German laboratory, the Dr Hauss Laboratory has extensively investigated the theory of the strict candida approach and their findings have thrown it on its head. Experiments found that yeasts like candida grow as fast in a glucose concentration of 100 mg/dl as in one of 1000 mg/dl. The concentration of 100 mg/dl equals the normal glucose concentration of the tissue and blood liquids in a healthy person (a figure we know from blood tests for diabetes). Even a decrease of the glucose concentration to 8 mg/dl, which is completely impossible in a living organism, reduced the yeast growth only by 60% – this would result in killing the host but by no means killing the candida! Therefore starvation of yeasts in the GI tract by simply reducing dietary sugar or yeast intake is not enough to remove its presence.
The whole-systems approach to Candida
A comprehensive approach is necessary to reduce the overgrowth of Candida organisms. The risk factors listed above must be reduced as much as possible while supporting immune, digestive, and liver function. Since yeast feeds on carbohydrates, a food plan must be followed that starves yeast of its main fuel – simple sugars. Additional support in the form of healthy bacteria (called probiotics) is also used to compete with Candida in the intestines, resulting in a re-balancing of the microflora. Sometimes anti-yeast supplements or prescriptions are used to kill the yeast.
It has been found that a healthy intestinal immune system is the best barrier against a fungal overgrowth in the GI tract. This also proves that pathogenic candida is the result of a weakened immune system. The previously used one-dimensional diet approach neglects the fact that good health is the best protection from disease.
Rather we have to concentrate on promoting health instead of fighting a symptom. A good “candida diet” has to be wholesome and healthy to promote the intestinal immunity:
- Reduction of refined sugars, white starchy carbs, animal fats, preservatives and additives, reduction of pesticides as much as possible. Recommended are plenty of vegetables and low fructose fruit, preferably organic, including berries.
- Eating with the seasons and choosing local produce will ensure that your food is as fresh and nourishing as possible.
- Plenty of fibre (from fruit, veg, moderate amount of whole-grains)
- Drinking plenty of filtered water ensure the metabolic by-product caused by candida overgrowth is removed effectively.
The only successful anti-candida therapy will be one of a wholesome diet combined with the other procedures such as anti-fungal supplements such as Caprylic Acid, Berberine or oregano as well as formulas to support the gastro-centric immune system to restore balance and repair.
Know All About The Candida Diet And How It Makes You Lose Weight
- Candida outgrowth can affect our immune system
- Yeast-free diet is the key to get rid of excess candida in the body
- One must avoid dairy when on a candida diet
One of the most common kinds of yeast infections, candida is a condition which causes infections in vagina, mouth and intestinal tract. The infection tends to affect the body’s mucus membranes and the skin. The condition can affect your immune system, cause bad breath, loss of sex drive, urinary tract infections and hormonal imbalance to name a very few. It is a kind of infection which can happen to both men and women of all of all age groups. To treat candida, having a yeast-free diet is the best way to get rid of these symptoms.
However, before starting a candida diet, it is important to get rid of excess candida in the body through the digestive tract.
You can either opt for cleansing which involves consuming only liquids, or a more gentle way to cleanse with food.
The liquid-only cleanse
This involves making a vegetable broth using water, sea salt, onions, celery, garlic and kale (if available). Simmer and strain, throw the vegetables and keep the broth inside the refrigerator. You can have this broth anytime in the day. Having a lot of liquid is extremely important as it helps in releasing all the toxins from the body.
The food cleanse
People with candida need to avoid grains, starches, fruits, alcohol and sugar for 3 to 5 days. Steam fresh vegetables and have them for an effective cleanse. Vegetables with starch like potatoes, carrots, radishes, beets, etc should be avoided. They may add to the sugar that the candida feeds on. Salads full of leafy greens, coconut oil and apple cider vinegar are good to go when on a candida diet.
Here are the top foods which are a part of the candida diet:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made up of acid and enzymes that help in discarding yeast from the body.
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2. Coconut oil
There are certain antimicrobial properties in coconut oil which help in killing harmful candida through the body. Coconut oil is made up of lauric and caprylic acid, which further triggers the same function.
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3. Green vegetables and drinks
Leafy green vegetables like lettuce, spinach and kale help in alkalising the body. This is useful for fighting the acidic nature of yeast overgrowth. There are no sugars in leafy greens, which is again helpful in losing weight. Besides, the rich quantities of magnesium help in detoxing of the body; the Vitamin C in leafy greens help in building a stronger immune system; B vitamins (in leafy greens ) boosts energy in the body and the iron gives full support to the body. Hence, leafy green vegetables and drinks or juices are all must-haves during the candida diet.
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4. Unsweetened cranberry juice
Sugar-free cranberry juice helps in balancing the pH levels in urine, which in turn prevents excess growth of candida.
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5. Turmeric and cinnamon
Spices like turmeric and cinnamon are helpful in getting rid of yeast and fungi like candida. The active component in turmeric called curcumin helps in preventing growth of candida and lots of other fungal strains. Cinnamon, on the other hand, performs the function of oral thrushing. Studies have shown that people who consume cinnamon have reported lesser candida overgrowth than others who don’t.
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6. Ground flaxseeds and chia seeds
Both flax and chia seeds contain polyphenols which creates room for growth of probiotics in the gut. It also helps in getting rid of excess yeast and candida from the body.
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7. Cooked veggies
Vegetables which are non-starchy, cooked well and are rich in nutrients, are helpful in yeast and candida. These include asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower to name a few.
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8. Bone Broth
Studies have shown that bone broth has several health benefits and one of the greatest advantages of it is that it can destroy candida. It also has positive effects on gut health.
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There are some extraordinary properties in garlic which are helpful in fighting fungal candida in the body. Garlic comprises compounds with high content of extremely potent sulphur. With its strong antifungal properties, raw garlic is especially beneficial in fighting against Candida.
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10. Organic Meat
Protein intake is an important component of the candida diet and meats are a great source of protein. However, meats which are from factory farms can actually contribute to growth of candida. Thus, only organic meat must be consumed as part of candida diet.
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In the meantime, while having the above listed foods is important during a candida diet, there are also certain foods which must be avoided. They are as follows:
- Sugar and sugar alternatives
- Fruits and fruit juice
Weight loss with the candida diet
People tend to lose weight dramatically when on this diet. Their need for junk diminishes. This diet has been adopted by many to be the best kick start diet whether there is candida or not. It is best for a quick detox and also encourages weight loss. This diet also helps maintain your weight as it trains you to eat much better in the long term. The main food items yeast thrives on are the very foods that let weight gain happen in the first place – these include sweet sugary foods and carbs. So once you omit these, weigh loss is bound to take place.
The anti-candida diet: how I lost 7 kg in 2 months (and you probably can too)
Do calories count? Not as much as you think!
I’m 1m83, I used to weigh about 78 kilos and I dropped to about 71 kilos in roughly two months simply by changing my diet.
I did not set out to loose weight, I needed to change my diet for medical reasons. This experiment showed me that, contrary to popular wisdom, weight loss is NOT about calories and and calories out, or insufficient exercise, it is about what we are eating.
I have heard many people say that’s nonsense. Really? If so, let’s do an experiment: I’ll go on a diet of 2,400 calories per day of only vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and water, and you can go on a diet of 1,800 calories per day of chocolate and beer – we’ll see how our weight fluctuates over 2 months.
Furthermore, when speaking of weight gain or loss, it’s important to distinguish what we are measuring: muscle weighs more than fat. When people speak of weight loss, they usually mean “fat loss”. In turn, this is different from “having more definition on the body”, a combination of fat loss (which shows the muscle which is there) and muscle gain.
In all cases, this is my story with facts – which I share as it may help others improve their life by improving their diet. As stated above, the only variable which I changed was my diet by eliminating all sugars. This is a radical version of the paleo diet, however tending towards it is already better than continuing with a regular unhealthy diet.
Why I had to change my diet
In 2014, I was diagnosed with high levels of candida albicans, of which I had never heard before. My friend Olivia diagnosed me: lack of energy, lack of focus, deteriorating memory, energy swings, sugar cravings – and a few extra kilos, mainly around my abdomen.
I got my blood tested and candida levels were alarmingly high. My doctor told me that medication would not be sufficient to kill the candida, my diet would have to change so that I stop feeding it.
No longer was I allowed to eat:
carbs (rice, potatoes, bread, pasta)
alcohol (he did say that, occasionally, I could treat myself to one glass of red wine, though it would slow down the treatment)
fruit (apart from lemon or lime)
vegetables with high levels of sugar: carrots, beetroot, corn, for instance
processed food (which I find disgusting anyway)
mushrooms (because of fungus)
So what could I still eat? Luckily, things I love:
fish (in moderation, because of heavy metals)
goat products, including goat yoghurt, goat cheese.
The first three days were awful. For the first time in my life, I had sympathy with heroine addicts. I was like an animal searching for sugars. I found a dried fig, ate it, and then realised that it too was sugar. The temptation were terrible, I gave away the amazing Italian pasta I had, have away anything that would tempt me.
After three days, things got better (best to start this on a weekend so you don’t murder your colleague who’s bringing in the chocolate chip cookies).
After about two weeks, I got used to the diet. My sleep had improved amazingly, I’d sleep earlier, wake up more rested, my energy throughout the day was constant, I no longer fought sleep after lunch.
After a month, I noticed something strange. I felt very, very awkward in my clothes. They all started looking ridiculously large on me. I had not been overweight, however I’d lost maybe 3-4 kilos in those weeks, mainly around the waist.
I started worrying: I loved my clothes, I did not want to buy a new wardrobe and did not know when my weightless would stop. I started eating more avocados, more feta, using more oil.
My weight loss continued despite this change of diet. I’d realise when I was using too much oil as I got really full quicker and was able to find my sweet spot (oily spot might be more accurate).
After about two months, my weight stabilised – I’d lost about 7 kilos DESPITE (and this is important) eating absolutely delicious meals for every meal.
I had another month to go before I could reintroduce sugars. I actually felt so good that I continued for 2 months beyond what was necessary.
Constant energy and focus, clearer thinking: dramatic change – probably the start of the path that led me to coaching
No more sugar cravings – which helped with the focus
Significant weight loss – feeling like I was back to my ideal weight
A change of friends: more time spent with good, positive people and negative people seemed to disappear. This may seem surprising, however… by eliminating alcohol, going out to bars would be rather boring, as sparkling water and lime isn’t quite the same as wine or cocktails. The boredom meant I would go out far less and I would be less tolerant of conversations that bored me. I would also be less tolerant of people I would not want to spend time with: negative, bitter, resentful people are insufferable when you’re actually looking after yourself and aspire to a better life rather than “mutually assured destruction”.
More reading books: simply put, when sober, it is easier to focus on reading books – and strangely there are more evenings available for reading.
Huge amounts of money saved: alcohol is expensive! If you spend $20 per week on wine, that’s about $1,000 per year – over 10 years, $10,000. If you spend $100 per week on alcohol (a few cocktails and some wine, especially if you are treating someone else), that’s… $50,000 over 10 years (without counting inflation). Going out in an expensive town, a nice glass of wine is easily $10 and cocktails are easily $15-20 – it adds up.
BONUS: my favorite breakfast
One pack of yoghurt, preferably goat
Ground nuts (I’d mix almonds, roasted hazelnuts that taste like Nutella and desiccated coconuts)
A pinch of Xylitol
Lots of cinnamon
If you’d doing low sugar, instead of no sugar, a handful of berries: blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are wonderful
Where I’m at now
I’ve reintroduced sugars, in moderation.
I avoid all carbs, though I sometimes treat myself. This distinction is important, I view sugars are a treat, rather than a staple food.
I stay clear of breakfast cereal and processed “food” – the idea being that “if it’s processed, some food may have been involved at one point, but it no longer is food – and whatever it is, I don’t want it in my body”.
I used to drink some alcohol, in moderation. Mostly red wine, occasionally spirits or cocktails, avoiding beer and cider. I recently had to give up alcohol as it interfered with my healing work.
For more information on diets and health, look up:
That Sugar Film
The work of Robert Lustig
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Here are a few candida diet testimonials from my newsletter. Many of these principles are now found on this website for those that don’t want to subscribe to the newsletter. The newsletter though does include a step by step treatment plan explaining what you should do if you do have chronic or system yeast infections. It also contains detailed information on how to stay healthy and the effects of some common foods that anyone should consider not eating if they wish to remain in good health. If you wish to subscribe you can use the form towards the bottom of this page. If you would like to leave your own testimonial you can do so by using the very bottom form and I will publish it on this webpage.
Recent Candida Diet Testimonials
I’m a naturopathic doctor in British Columbia and I am thoroughly enjoying reading your daily emails regarding diet. You’re very much in line with what I teach my patients and I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for your hard work and let you know it’s very much appreciated.
Sacha Elliott, ND
My husband has candida through out his body and has suffered for many years. It took so long just to realize what was happening; part of the problem being him too embarrassed to talk about it!
We have been following your diet guidelines for a few weeks now (I do it to support him) and feel so much better! Medicine alone was offering him no relief! Now his skin is healing and he even snores less. We are so excited for this lifestyle change.
Thank you for all of your valuable information!!
I think you provide an invaluable service. I and several members of my family are now using some of your products, 11 strain, profase and biofase. We are all seeing results including a significant difference in our skin..
Thank you for the care and detail that you put in each newsletter, and for providing access to such effective products.
After the birth of our daughter my wife contracted mastitis and our daughter had thrush. Our primary prescribed Diflucan. It didn’t work. I remembered hearing about gentian violet in nursing school. It didn’t work. We heard about this website through a friend who had gone through the same ordeal. After following your advice and the diet we noticed that the thrush and mastitis started clearing up after a week. It had totally disappeared after about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. This opened my eyes to a world I had never heard about. I incorporate a lot of the teaching on the website in my own practice as a nurse. Thank you for your diligence to this subject and informing the public on this subject.
Your newsletter is just what I needed to help me stay on yeast-free diet and gluten-free also. I just re-read the applicable newsletter anytime I start craving something forbidden. They are very convincing!
Thanks so much. ———– Roxane
I suffered a mild heart attack in 1992 and underwent angioplasty. No other incidents since then because of my heart disease. I am on lipitor for cholesterol, blood pressure medications and a few other meds (potassium and Allopurinol) for kidney stones and gout. My family history is terrible… diabetes, heart attacks, stroke, cancer all at relatively early ages.
Since starting your diet I have lost 25 lbs, and have my Doctor amazed at keeping the weight off since May. My weight went from 217 to 195 and my waist went from 46+ inches to 42 inches. My waist and my hips are now a 1:1 ratio as they should be for good health.
Diane and I love going through our closets and donating ‘baggy’ clothes. What’s truly amazing to us both is that we are losing size exactly where we need to on our bodies… around our hips and belly. NEVER has this happened to either of us. Whenever we would go on the next big diet fad… and wow there were many… we would lose weight for maybe 2 months and never lose size where we needed to. Just amazing how your diet has changed our lives.
My Doctor is also impressed at the increase in my HDL’s – which based on my age (65) and medications should actually be decreasing. Since May she has been able to reduce and even eliminate some of my meds as well.
By the way my uric acid level is now in balance since starting your diet. I have always been ‘acidic’.
Diane is in excellent health.
We both take 4,000 IU vitamin D3, vitamin C, Kirkland multi vitamins, 3,000 mg salmon oil, and a chinese herb called Jiaogulan.
As for the newsletters we both subscribe but Diane would receive a different newsletter at a different time. We haven’t seen any for at least two months. The last one Diane had described your daily diet.
Again thank you for all you do to keep us healthy and informed.
I just wanted to write and say thank you! I’ve been suffering off and on for the past year with a horrible rash on my forearms and hands. The skin gets red, itchy, hot and then scales gets hard and usually splits open. I thought I was going to lose my mind last fall! My doctor (actually a P.A.) is of no help and didn’t know what it was, I thought it was the high BP meds (which I have since stopped taking), but turns out wasn’t. I’ve always had it in the back my of mind that I should lay off the sugar in all forms…I’ve done it before, but after losing weight…went right back to a “normal” diet. After this last break out I went to the health food store and talked to one of the employees who suffers from the same thing and she mentioned it was yeast. So after some research online, I found your website, subscribed to the candida diet newsletter and read some everyday. This is only day four of my treatment and my rash is almost gone on my arms! My mood has already stabilized and I’ve lost 3lbs! I understand now the real cost of eating refined sugars and I’m more interested in preserving my health and feeling good, than doing what’s quick & easy. So thank you, you’ve made a real difference in my life and I plan to continue this journey of healthy eating…
Dan, I don’t know who you are, but I want to thank you. I have lost 72 lbs since February 7th adhering to your anti-candida principles. I don’t have candida and I am not sure I ever did. A health-nut friend told me that she follows your principles because she feels better avoiding the foods you say to avoid and thus has a lot more energy. So, I decided to give it a whirl too. I have been ecstatic with the results and I have turned many other people onto your website. In fact, my Cardiologist asked me for the website too so that he could refer other patients to your information.
Thank you again,
Your newsletters have changed my life for the better! Thank you!
Hi Dan ,
Thanks very much for your latest diet email —an inspiration.
The diet is going very well and I managed to stick to it despite ten days in France –we’ve just returned. I took six packets of rice biscuits with me which was a good thing as I couldn’t find a shop selling them near where we were staying. Otherwise, it was easy to get everything.
Every June for many years I’ve suffered from severe hayfever. This June for the first time since my twenties, I’ve remained hay-fever free. I just can’t believe it and I’m putting it all down to the diet —it’s just incredible. I had medication from the GP in readiness and just haven’t needed to use it. I really believe that there’s a connection with my having given up dairy other than natural yogurt and not having the usual allergic reaction.
Recently I’ve met two people with a yeast problem and have passed your emails onto them, so you’re getting a following in Wales.
Many thanks as always.
I went to the doctor this morning. I’ve been on the diet since the end of February. I’ve lost a little over 20 pounds even though I was sick for a couple of weeks with a head cold so the loss stagnated because I wasn’t doing much exercise wise. BTW-I refused to go on antibiotics, used homeopathic remedies and a few over the counter meds and let my body have the time to heal itself.
My cholesterol has dropped 50 points, to 154. My doctor was happy with it when it was 204, I’m happy with it now! My blood sugar, triglycerides, etc. were all GREAT!
Thank you so much, this diet has truly changed my life & I honestly believe it is something I can stay on for life.
Your diets working great after only a 5 days, I feel great again. Also dry scaly skin problems have almost completely cleared up.
I just wanted to thank you for the wealth of knowledge that you provide. I just subscribed last week and I really enjoy and learn from your articles.
I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your newsletters.
Thank you very much,
Thank you These messages have been extremely helpful and easy to understand!
Thank you for everything
Thank you for the newsletters. They were really helpful. It was great to have something to look forward to every day that gave me a little extra information, motivation, and that fueled my will power. It really reaffirmed by belief that what I was doing was right, and it gave me evidence to back it up. (that evidence is certainly helpful when you find yourself dreaming about bread & butter!)
Thank you kindly for your time,
Dan, thank you so much. This information has been so very helpful. The nose and mouth problems cleared right up. The birthday party i attended threw me for a loop, a sugar loop…. but i am back on track eating and feeling better than i have in my life, thanks ….Amro
Here’s the feedback you asked for : Your Diet Series was excellent!! Each newsletter was concise, well written & most of all, packed with useful, helpful, well researched information that emphasized solutions to common problems while battling Candida. I’m only at the beginning of my journey on the Candida road, so I’ve saved all your newsletters to serve as guideposts for me as I travel. I appreciate your willingness to share what you know works with people- it takes courage to want to help people heal.
You’re making a difference!
Thank you again,
As someone very new to this way of eating I want to thank you for the useful information you send out. I have been on this journey of eating differently a month; it has been difficult I must admit but I now see rays of light and do not think too often of my Cultures pet foods such as pasta!
Just to say that I enjoy your newsletters, they are so useful. I started using your candida diet info to help sort me out. After 2 weeks I can say I do not have that embarrassing wind problem, I am feeling a little energized and not had to have a catnap after work. I have also lost 6lbs! Not bad at all.
I wanted to send a quick note of thanks. Your newsletters are very informative and I have really been enjoying taking my time reading them and digesting all the information.
The Case Against Wheat Part 2 is indeed scary stuff! I have completely eliminated sugar, wheat and all grains from my diet and the inflammation and headaches that have plagued me for my entire life have literally disappeared. For me, it has been life-changing!
All the best,
The candida diet testimonial below is in two parts.
I don’t thank you as often as I should for your wonderful newsletter. I have been trying to get rid of Candida for about three years now. Two testing locations say that there is no trace and the third, Diagnos-Tech has been contradicting those good results by coming back with a +4. My ND questioned their results and they are presently redoing the test without charge. Should hear any day now. Anyhow, I have most copies of your newsletter in a notebook–I find them very valuable and do want to thank you for your time in writing them.
Here is the followup…
Just received a phone message from DR office saying that the report that always came back bad concerning the yeast came back negative this time–free of yeast!! Yiippee!!! FINALLY!
Now I would love to celebrate with a scotch and water. I am not a drinker but do enjoy one about once a week. However, I know there is yeast in the scotch so am reluctant to do that. Did read that vodka is the only liquor that does not contain yeast. Do you know if that is true–never had it but if it was “safe’, I might try it.
As you said when you first sent me information about yeast infection, once I’d started the diet I’d feel so well that I’d want to stick to it even when I was cured, you’ve been proved to be right and the experience has totally changed my outlook on food. My husband and I follow the diet as closely as we can, it’s not always possible when eating out or with friends, but we definitely feel the benefit from doing so and would never wish to go back to our old way of eating.
Thank you very much once again,
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