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Candida Diet

Not feeling well? Yeast could be the reason.

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The Candida Diet was initially put forth by Dr. William Crook who in 1983 suggested that excess yeast in our intestines largely due to our diets is responsible for a yeast syndrome that results in a host of symptoms including fatigue, headache, mood swings, sinus congestion, depression, poor memory and lack of concentration, and cravings for sweets. Many medical professionals have not supported this theory but many holistic professionals support its validity and treat it as a real diagnosis.

According to the yeast theory, the accumulation of yeast occurs from a number of factors:

  • the use of antibiotics
  • steroids
  • antacids
  • anti-ulcer medications
  • consuming a high sugar diet
  • diabetes
  • pregnancy
  • smoking

In an effort to clean out your intestines from this overgrowth of yeast, it is recommended that you adhere to a strict diet, which excludes a host of foods like sugar and anything containing yeast.

The length of the diet can vary from individual to individual but in general, those on the diet usually report feeling better after about 4 weeks. It is recommended that you see a qualified holistic or alternative health professional to determine if you are an appropriate case for starting the Candida Diet. Your health professional will possibly also recommend certain herbs and/or supplements to take while you are on the diet.

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  • There are notable health benefits gained by avoiding certain foods like sugar and other processed carbohydrates on the Candida Diet
  • Detox your body by ridding your intestines of yeast
  • No predetermined time frame
  • Lose weight and help many other health problems
  • Reliance on the diet’s consumption of vegetables and lean protein is beneficial to one’s health and can possible aid in weight loss
  • Diet is very restrictive
  • No scientific evidence of The Yeast Syndrome and the symptoms it supposedly results in
  • No scientific evidence supporting that the use of suggested herbs and supplements when on the Candida Diet is beneficial to one’s health

What you can and cannot eat is the backbone of the Candida Diet. On this food program, you'll eliminate foods that promote yeast and consume foods that have no or very little effect on producing extra yeast in the body. Foods you'll limit or avoid include:

  • Sugar
  • Fruit
  • Bread
  • Mushrooms
  • Fermented foods like miso or beer
  • Cheese
  • Tomato paste
  • Any foods containing gluten and vinegar
  • Most dairy should be limited

Instead, non-starchy vegetables, protein like fish, poultry, red meat and certain nuts are the only foods to be eaten.

Remember also that sugar includes not just white table sugar, but also honey, molasses, and any of the other myriad names for sugar that typically end in “ose,” like dextrose, sucrose, maltose and so on.

During the initial phase of the diet, a low-carb diet is recommended, consuming no more than 60 grams per day. After the initial 2-3 weeks and as symptoms start to disappear, more carbohydrates are gradually added back into your diet.


There are no specific exercise recommendations for the Candida Diet other than to follow your usual exercise routine by getting in some form of exercise on most days of the week.


The Candida Diet may earn some bonus points for its reliance on fresh vegetables and lean protein and for its low carbohydrate intake. A drop in body weight may also occur, but because this diet is highly restrictive, maintaining it for longer than a few weeks at a time will be a challenge.

The science behind the theory and diet is still under investigation and medical journals have yet to find any solid evidence purporting the existence of the Yeast Syndrome. However, many people following it do report an alleviation of many of the chronic symptoms that have been plaguing them. If the symptoms you have been experiencing are similar to the effects of the Yeast Syndrome and you have one or more of the risk factors, then it is recommended that you consult with a highly trained medical professional specializing in alternative treatments to discuss your condition with him or her.

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The Candida Diet is a safe and effective way to rid yourself of a Candida overgrowth. The diet itself generally comprises three elements.

First, you must avoid as much sugar as possible. This is because the Candida yeast relies on sugar to grow, to build its cell walls, and to transform into its fungal form. A high sugar diet can make your Candida much worse, very quickly. Avoid all added sugars, fruit juice and refined carbs. You can see a full list here:
Second, take a good probiotic. This crowds out the Candida colonies, maintains the correct acidity in your gut and boosts your immune system. Find a brand with a high CFU count and lots of different strains. You can find out how to choose a good probiotic here:
Lastly, take some natural antifungals. Taking at least three is optimal because this prevents the Candida from adapting. And don't rotate them - take them all at the same time instead. Here are some natural antifungals to try:
Treating your Candida can get you relief from symptoms like regular yeast infections, headaches, brain fog and joint pain. It's not an easy diet to follow though and it does require lots of willpower. But if you really want to improve your health and you commit to the diet, you will certainly see improvements. Good luck! Lisa

posted Jan 14th, 2013 6:46 pm

Vicki G

For over 15 years I have complained to multiple dermatologists about having itchy arms. I would often scratch at night to the point of not being able to sleep. Over this period of time I visited at least 8 dermatologists trying to find successful treatment. All I got was expensive creams and lotions that had limited results. None of them ever had a real diagnosis, except for stress.

Recently, I met a nutritionist that suggested that my itching may be candida. I purchased the Candida Cleanse from Lady Soma's website and was surprised how well it worked. Its called the Lady Soma Candida Advanced Cleanse. I found that the itching was significantly reduced after using twice a day for a few weeks. When I ran out, the symptoms returned. Now I buy 3 at a time to always have on hand when i need it.

posted Jul 13th, 2012 12:56 am


I start my diet April 1st, and I'm scared to death of cheating! I want to start preparing some meals that will help me along. Any suggestions?

posted Mar 23rd, 2012 10:30 pm



Que frutos puedo comer???

posted Nov 12th, 2011 2:08 am


After a few months of feeling tired, weak, anxious, irritable, sinus flare ups and stomach issues such as bloating and belching and after two trips to the dr with blood work that was all normal, I began to research what was going on with me. I thought I would try the candida diet and it certainly couldn't hurt. The first few days were awful, I felt worse than ever. But now after 5 days on this diet, I feel an improvement. Better than I have felt in weeks and my tummy is flatter (no more bloated stomach). It's tough to stick with and I've not had an easy time with this, but it beat being sick and feeling like crap all the time. I hope to stick with it through the holidays.

posted Oct 20th, 2010 6:23 pm



This diet has changed my life. Everyone is forgetting to mention that you also cannot have caffeine on this plan. I've been overweight for the last four years (since giving birth to my second child) and absolutely nothing has helped me regain the health and body I had before until this. I lost ten pounds in the first 12 days and I feel wonderful. I'm not sure how long I can stick to it but I'll try for the three months recommended.

posted Sep 24th, 2010 8:59 pm


I wrote up my own battle with candida -- victorious, after four hard months -- here

posted Oct 6th, 2009 2:01 pm


I was put on Nystatin along with other things for CFS/Lyme. I had no visible yeast and no testing for it. I was a bit skeptical but I was really sick and my immune system was messed up. On Nystatin I had a mild herx for several days. My mind felt much clearer and I felt calmer--very big difference. One night I drank some wine--as soon as I drank it I felt an explosion of symptoms--pains in my joints and head, itchy skin, stinging sensations. Now, anything I eat that has yeast causes painful symptoms--not an emergency kind of thing, just unpleasant. It certainly proves to me that candida (or whatever it is) causes these symptoms. I'm new at it but am going to stick to an anti candida diet to avoid the symptoms.

posted Jun 29th, 2008 5:47 pm

Hailey Harris

Candida can be a very irritating yeast infection. A person who has developed this infection suffers from itchiness and burning. If you are infected by Candida, you will require the proper treatment. Otherwise this infection can not be controlled and may spread to other parts of the body. Candida usually develops in the moist and damp parts of your body like vagina and around the douches. It is a fungal infection and depending on your conditions it may take a few months for it to fully clear up. One of the best ways of preventing Candida is by adopting a healthy lifestyle. However, it is a chronic infection that can reemerge frequently. Therefore, we have provided some advices that may prove helpful in preventing its onset. If you have suffered from Candida before, it may reappear, as it is a chronic infection. We suggest that you avoid wearing very tight nylon clothes or any other clothes that accumulate moisture. Tight fittings and nylon underpants create damp and warm environment that breeds Candida. Do not sit in your swimming suit for along time. Dry your body completely after taking a bath because moisture on your body can be harmful if you have developed Candida before. If you are suffering from Candida, you should be more careful about your personal hygiene. Keep your body clean and dry. Do not use soaps that cause irritation. Try avoiding harsh shampoos. They may cause burning or pain in the effected body parts. It is recommended that you should not take unnecessary doses of antibiotics because they can affect the immune system of body and may create suitable environment for Candida infection. Here are some of the more common symptoms of Candida and yeast. - Itching - Pain when urinating - Leaky guy syndrome - Rashes - Fatigue - Tiredness - Arthritis - Gas - Food allergies - Memory problems - Joint pain - Headaches - Premature aging - Irritability - Itching - Pain when urinating - Leaky guy syndrome - Rashes - Fatigue - Tiredness - Arthritis - Gas - Food allergies - Memory problems - Joint pain - Headaches - Premature aging - Irritability - And more... If you would like to be done with yeast and candida forever without using drugs, or topical ointments, and without the side effects...read on. This technique is revolutionary in that it does not require prescription medications that just mask your symptoms. This system attacks yeast and builds an environment that it cannot survive in removes it for good. Let me give you three good reasons to believe: 1. I have been able to move forward in life without recurring yeast infections and problems. 2. This system has worked for countless others and is backed by research. 3. There is no risk to you whatsoever when you see what I am offering and the guarantee that is incredible. Here's Rid Yeast, For free and helpful info. To receive tons of info, tips, and healing strategies for free visit Rid Yeast - Articles found at http://www.ridyeast.com/articles.html

posted Jun 18th, 2008 10:23 am


Possibly one of the best things I have ever done for my health was to adhere to a strict diet to rid myself of candida. I had digestive issues, constant fatigue, irritability, etc, and after figuring out that it was being caused by intestinal candida, I knew I needed to do something. In addition to cutting out all sugars, gluten, yeast, flour, etc. from my diet, I also took Garden of Life's Fungal Defense or Now's Candida Clear which provide additional support in ousting the candida. My advice for anyone with symptoms like mine is to do a little research on candida and see if it sounds like you. It won't hurt. At the very least you'll begin to steer your body away from craving those things which aren't so great for it anyway.

posted Jun 7th, 2008 8:09 am


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