Candida Diet

candida-dietThe Candida Diet is designed to eliminate Candida albicans,  a group of toxic yeast-like microorganisms that live among many other organisms in the human mouth, throat, intestines and genital/urinary tract.

Under normal circumstances yeast live in 80% of the human population all the time with no harmful effects, as they are in balance with other bacteria.

Candidiasis (Overgrowth Symptoms)

When the natural flora in the intestinal/digestive tract fail to control the candida yeast population, “overgrowth” occurs.

Overgrowth is uncontrolled multiplication of yeast cells, resulting in various symptoms commonly termed Candidiasis or just Candida.

Candidiasis affects a wide variety of organ systems and can produce the following Symptoms:

Yeast Infections Diaper Rash Muscle & Joint Pain Canker Sores
Oral Thrush Sore Throat Sugar Cravings Brain Fog
Fatigue IBS Depression Constipation
Itchy Skin Forgetfulness Gas Abdominal pain
Obesity Headache Bloating Painful Sex

In immunocompetent persons (those whose immune system is functioning normally), any warm, moist part of the body exposed to the environment is susceptible to infection. This infection is mostly superficial, and proper treatment leads to full recovery.

In immunocompromised persons (those whose immune system has been impaired by disease or treatment), more serious systemic illnesses may occur.

Causes of Candida

  • Poor diet, an out-of-balance intestinal bacterial environment, and weakened immunity can all give rise to candida.
  • Overuse of antibiotics destroys the natural flora in the intestines that keep the candida cells in check.
  • Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, AIDS patients, infants, diabetics and others with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to an infection of candida (candidiasis).
  • Corticosteroids and oral contraceptives also upset the balance of intestinal flora.
  • Yeast cells mutate, requiring ever higher dosages of Nystatin (the anti-fungal drug), so that the yeast is strengthened and the immune system further weakened.

Candida Diet Plan

Reversing candida

  1. Detox
    The first aim of your Candida cleanse is to cleanse the system of the toxic byproducts of Candida. Fasting, colon cleansing, wheatgrass, fresh vegetable juices, plenty of water, detox herbs, exercise, and anything else that extracts toxins.
  2. Reduce the yeast population in your system
    Candida treatment must bring yeast cells back into balance. Use anti-microbial herbs and phytochemicals in formulas from your natural or health food store that include a combination of these powerful herbs, 15 days on then 5 days off, repeating as long as needed. The 5 day break discourages mutating yeast from multiplying and developing immunity to the herbs.
  3. Inoculate yourself with probiotics
    Probiotic bacteria favorably alter the intestinal microflora balance, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infection. People with flourishing intestinal colonies of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of disease-causing bacteria. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, along with acidophilus (found in yogurt), maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora by producing organic compounds (lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid) that increase the acidity of the intestine and inhibit the reproduction of many harmful bacteria. Probiotic bacteria also produce substances called bacteriocins, which act as natural antibiotics to kill undesirable microorganisms.
  4. Improve your diet
    A diet to eliminate Candida is a long-term lifestyle – and in fact diet is your best defense against candida. Yeast loves sugar and simple carbohydrates; if you keep feeding yeast cells they will multiply, and even the best anti-microbial herbs won’t keep them in check. Eat a disciplined diet for at least 3 months, then When your symptoms disappear, you can expand your diet. But don’t revert to old habits, or the candida symptoms will quickly return.

For More In-depth Information See: – A whole site devoted to the Candida Diet: facts fiction, research, foods, cures, and natural remedies. It also contains free Candida recipes, reviews of Candida Eliminating diet programs and allows visitors to share their experiences with Chronic Candidiasis to help others and to learn from other sufferers.

Foods To Eat or Avoid

Foods to Avoid on The Candida Diet

Aged cheeses, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits, fresh fruits, fermented foods, mushrooms, vinegar, glutenous foods (wheat, rye, barley), all sugars, honeys and syrups (that includes any ‘ose’, like lactose, sucrose etc), and foods that contain yeast or mold (breads, muffins, cakes, baked goods, cheese, dried fruits, melons, peanuts – although nutritional and brewer’s yeasts are not harmful, as they do not colonize in the intestines).

Foods to Eat on The Candida Diet

Vegetables (including plenty of raw garlic), protein foods (beef, chicken, eggs, fish), live yogurt cultures (both dairy and non-dairy,) FOS*, whey, acidophilus, green algae (such as spirulina and chlorella), nuts, seeds and oils, and non-glutenous grains (like millet, rice, rice bran and oat bran).

* FOS, or Fructo-oligosaccharides, are nondigestible dietary fibers that help to keep the stomach and bowels healthy.
FOS are considered a “prebiotic” because they nourish the naturally present “friendly” bacteria (especially Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli) which help to ward off infection in the digestive system.

Supplements That Support The Candida Diet

Checkout combination products containing these herbs & supplements for natural defense against candida overgrowth and that make your candida diet more effective:

  • Acidophilus
  • Arm mesia
  • Bentonite
  • Black walnut herb
  • Bifidobacterium
  • Caprylic acid
  • Cloves capsules
  • Garlic
  • Goldenseal
  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Oregano oil
  • Oregon grape
  • Pantethine
  • Pau d Arco
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • Uden, N. V. (1960). The occurrence of Candida and other yeasts in the intestinal tracts of animals. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 89(1), 59-68. link
  • Middleton, S. J., Coley, A., & Hunter, J. O. (1992). The role of faecal Candida albicans in the pathogenesis of food-intolerant irritable bowel syndrome. Postgraduate medical journal, 68(800), 453-454. link
  • Sobel, J. D., Faro, S., Force, R. W., Foxman, B., Ledger, W. J., Nyirjesy, P. R., … & Summers, P. R. (1998). Vulvovaginal candidiasis: epidemiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic considerations. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 178(2), 203-211. link
  • Pfaller, M. A., & Diekema, D. J. (2007). Epidemiology of invasive candidiasis: a persistent public health problem. Clinical microbiology reviews, 20(1), 133-163. link

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  1. Ingrid Anderson

    Can you please explain why fermented foods are on the bad list? I have been drinking loads of kombucha, eating sauerkraut etc.. thinking I was building up my intestinal flora. thanks

  2. katrina

    anyone have a meal plan laid out for this diet that they can share? or know of where to find one? i do so much better with some kind of a guide or daily plan.

  3. Starla

    Thanks! I am 28/female and for the past year or so have been experiencing a slight yeast infection each month before my menstrual cycle. I was wondering if the Candida feed off of anything salty? Can I have sea salt?

    • ted

      Starla- You can have sea salt Candida feeds on sugar and thrives in more of an acidic environment. My guess would be that before your period your pH is changing allowing the Candida cells to thrive. I would suggest making some dietary changes to make your body more alkaline and to reduce the number of Candida cells in or on your body.

  4. Meghan

    Hi Cindy, the same thing happened to me two months ago,,,got bronchitis and had allergic reactions to 3 different types of antibotics I was put on. After the 3rd reaction I gave up and saw a naturopathic doctor. With the amount of antibotics I have taken in the last few years any good baterica had been completely wiped from my system and there was nothing to balance out the antibotics and yeast has been growing freely,,hence the hypersensitivity. I’m starting the candida diet cleanse and hope this will help as I am now aware that other random symptoms I am having and was ingoring are all part of candida overgrowth. Good luck! PS I never had allergies before either, seeing the naturopath and starting this cleanse is the best thing I have done for myself in a long time

  5. cindy L

    Hi ted it’s me again I was just thinking about 5 years ago I became allergic to all types of antibiotic which is scary could that have anything to do with the yeast I do not suffer from any other allergies except spiders bite which happened about 2 years ago. I brike out in hives for about 2 weeks and they believe it was from a spider bit.

  6. cindy L

    hey sorry for the duplicate but I seemed to have gotten myself in the older comments and couldn’t understand why my first one didn’t show up. Talk about being in a fog! Thanks Ted thats a relief also some sites say you can’t have fruit and some say you can is that true because fruit is important in a normal diet. I read I can Have shredded wheat but no Milk is soy milk ok and what does it taste like and what about goats milk and is mozerella cheese ok it isn’t aged but it is a milk product but so is yoguart and it is ok. I am sorry I have so many question I could go on and on hopefully someone can recommend a good book so I don’t bother you so much. There is so much conflicting info on the net.

  7. cindy L

    hi, does anyone have a book they recommend that has meal plans and recipes in it to help me get going on this diet. please let me know.Also Clinton it sounds like you are eating great food would your wife like to share any recipes and what spices she uses?

    Thanks cindy

  8. cindy L

    Hi Ted,
    thanks for being so prompt I agree it does sound to good to be true. I suppose that treelac is the same thing is it? How long do you have to be on the diet? I have read so many conflicting sites can it be cured and can you ever start to eat other things again? Also how long before I feel better some places say hours others say months I am so confused I wish my Doctor knew how to treat this!

    Sorry for all the questions but thank god I found you It is nice to be able to talk to someone about this.


    • ted

      Treelac is just probiotics so it’s not magic and you can get them cheaper from your health store. Your diet should be pretty strict for the first 60 days to eliminate the Candida overgrowth, then you can start introducing some of the foods back in slowly and see how your body reacts. People can be genetic predisposed to Candida so it will be a lifestyle change with the major factor being to stay away from sugary foods and to only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary. However, once the infection is under control you could have an ice cream or a sweet treat once a week and you probably would be fine.

  9. :-)

    Can you please post some vegetarian recipes? Thanks!

  10. cindy L

    Thanks Ted, Has anyone tried Sarah Thomas’s cure does it work? You always hear about the scams on the internet so I am a little leary. Although she sounds sincere you never know. Is it as easy as she makes it sound. I am desparate but I don’t want to be the idiot that gets duped,like you see on TV and think how could that person be so stupid.

    • ted

      Cindy, I would be leery of the programs that make it seem easy. I’m not aware of sarah thomas’s program but I’ll have to review it for my site. Rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Eliminating Candida is a lifestyle change and there is no magic pill or program.

  11. cindy lively

    God help me I think I have fiqured it out Thank goodness because my Doctor couldn’t! Yeast infections various parts of my body, Yeast in my ears which I told my Doctor I thought I had and she said she doubted that it was yeast so I swabed my ear and tested It myself at the vet clinic where I was working and sure enough it was positive for yeast. I have been extremely fatigued and full of gas. I went on the internet and looked up yeast in ears and found candidia I really think this is it and I have been suffering for 2 years now please help me. whaT I have read so far about the diet scares the hell out of me but I am so sick of being sick! I have also just been told I am diabetic and I have been battling depression can candida cause these?

    • ted

      Hey Cindy,

      Yeah sounds like Candida to me and the diet really isn’t that scary it’s just making some dietary changes and taking the right supplements. They’re are many great foods you can eat and you actually will be healthier overall because of it. Depression is listed as a symptom of Candida and if you’re a type 2 diabetic the Candida diet is low glycemic so it should help with that too. Best of luck and visit the partner site listed above for a lot more info.

  12. Clifton

    The Candida is not intimidating at all. Ever sine we stared it, even my wife, who does all the cooking has commented many times about how simple the diet is to follow. Also with addition of the herbs and spices, even she is impressed with what we eat. As for me, her cooking was better than great before. Now I can’t get over how much better foods taste.

    • ted

      Yeah Clifton, It’s amazing all the flavors that can be tasted when the sugar is eliminated as well as much of the salt. A Candida Diet doesn’t have to be boring at all. 🙂

  13. Jenna

    I have been suffering from a very dry scalp, frequent yeast infections, and stomach aches since this winter. So, I’ve been taking acidophilus, not drinking alcohol, and have been wheat free (almost gluten free). I figured this could be a dairy allergy, gluten allergy or a yeast overgrowth….so I started with taking wheat out of my diet a year ago (which was VERY difficult). The interesting thing that I read on this site was to stay away from moldy and aged cheese because the cheeks in my mouth had been swelling up when I ate this kind of cheese, which had never happened before. This is why I couldn’t figure out if it was a dairy allergy or not. I know how hard it is to eliminate food out of my diet, so the whole candida diet feels overwhelming to me right now(; But if it’s doable I’m up for trying it. Do you think that it’s most likely candida that is causing the problems? Do you have suggestions for sites with food restrictions with menu suggestions?
    Thank you!

    • ted

      Jenna- I think the dead giveaway is the chronic yeast infections. A candida diet seems scary but it’s not as bad as one thinks. Instead of focusing on the foods that have to be eliminated, focus on all the great foods that can be substituted or added. Actually a Candida Diet promotes over all good health.

  14. Sandy

    Please can someone tell me where I can find a detailed eating plan with menu suggestions

  15. Lesley

    Please can you tell me what I can have for breakfast, as I usually have porrige, with soya milk, also is soya milk ok. Thank you.

    • ted

      @lesley yes that sounds fine as long as you don’t but sugar in it and make sure the soy milk isn’t sweetened.

  16. Clifton

    Is there a cheese available for people who suffer from Candida?

    • ted

      @clifton You can eat cheese, just not aged cheeses or blue cheeses. 🙂

  17. Glen

    hi guys and gals, are whey protein drinks ok to drink on candida diet? i.e. the unflavoured, sugar free ones, just standard whey, as it says in the article whey is ok to eat. Also if not, how about soya protein?


    • ted

      @Glen, Whey protein drinks are fine, the ones you described (sugar free). Soya protein isn’t really recommended for guys because it can mess with hormone levels.

  18. ramon

    i just wanna know…is candida COMPLETELY curable?? I mean, i want to rid myself of this and drink beer again someday!!

  19. Clifton

    My wife started us on the Candida Diet because of the sore’s she has had on her hands for many years. Doctors were no help. During two weeks of moving our daughter into a new home, then ourselves, her hands were nearly useless. She lived on hambugers, hotdogs, pizza, and Cokes for the entire two weeks. Two and one half weeks into the diet, her hands are perfectly normal. She didn’t even do the detox. She just changed our diet to conform with “foods to eat” list. Me losing seven pounds in 2-1/2 weeks made me a believer.

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