Don’t Waste Your Time: Why the Candida Diet Doesn’t Work

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 15, 2012

Candida is a term that refers to a large family of yeasts (one celled fungi) that under normal circumstances, harmlessly inhabit the tissues of humans.   This is because a balanced intestinal tract from mouth to colon contains a preponderance of beneficial bacteria that keep Candida in check.

When not enough beneficial bacteria are present in a given body tissue to keep Candida under control, Candida transforms from a harmless state into an invasive species.  In this rapidly growing state, Candida puts out long stringy hyphae or “roots” which can penetrate through the tissues of the body.

Candida overgrowth can occur in many tissues of the body such as oral candidiasis known as thrush,  the scalp as dandruff, or vaginal yeast infections.

What Causes Candida Overgrowth?

Candida is an opportunistic pathogen that can rapidly take over when a person is under a course of antibiotics.  Antibiotics decimate beneficial gut flora but have little effect on Candida, giving this normally harmless yeast the chance to take over dominance of the gut environment very quickly.

Many women don’t realize it, but oral contraceptives imbalance the gut in the same way as antibiotics giving Candida an open door to take control.

A diet of processed foods high in sugars and simple carbohydrates also encourages Candida overgrowth as yeasts thrive on sugars.

Babies born via C-Section or to mothers who were treated with IV antibiotics during labor are especially vulnerable to the ravages of Candida overgrowth as they are not exposed to a healthy balance of gut flora from their travels down the birth canal prior to the moment of birth.

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth are many the most common being fogginess in the morning upon waking (brain fog), digestive complaints of all kinds and a myriad of skin issues.

Many women plagued by yeast infections don’t realize that the source of the problem is actually their diet and the pathogenic state of their gut environment.  Using drugs and creams to resolve the problem is only a temporary solution when the source of the problem – gut imbalance – is not addressed head on.

The Anti-Candida Diet

Some 20 years ago, my husband and I tried the Candida Diet to resolve gut imbalance that had been exacerbated by our stressful and overworked lifestyle at the time.

It failed miserably.

Why?

Because the Candida Diet goes only part of the way in attempting to resolve gut imbalance by removing all food sources for Candida.

For example, the Candida Diet removes sugar from the diet in all forms – even maple syrup and honey.  Fresh fruit, however, is allowed.

Candida overgrowth can frequently trigger an allergy to molds and other types of fungi, so fermented foods including cheese and dairy are also eliminated along with any breads and other foods containing yeast.

Other foods excluded from the Candida Diet include vinegar, mushrooms, tea, coffee, dried fruit and any form of fruit juices.

People Get Better on the Candida Diet But They Don’t Heal

The typical scenario for a person who goes on the Candida Diet goes something like this:

  • They feel better almost immediately – primarily because all the sugar has been removed from their diet.
  • They continue on the diet for some time perhaps many months or even a year or more and are pleased to see that their symptoms of Candida overgrowth diminish considerably during that time.
  • After a period of time, they try to reintroduce some of the foods that were removed only to discover that their symptoms come raging back with full force.
  • They realize that it is going to be next to impossible to continue the Candida Diet indefinitely as it is simply too hard to give up cheese and any and all sweets forever.
  • They get discouraged, give up and stop the Candida Diet.

Why Doesn’t the Candida Diet Work?

The paradox of the Candida Diet is that symptoms greatly diminish but the person doesn’t actually heal from the root cause of the problem which is a breech in the integrity of the gut lining.

Healing is prevented on the Candida Diet for the following key reasons:

Reason #1:  The Candida Diet allows foods like potato, yams and other starchy vegetables.

Reason #2:  More important than the allowance of starch in the Candida Diet, however, is the ultimate fatal flaw:  the inclusion of grain based foods.

Even if the Candida Diet is used in conjunction with a gluten free, casein free diet, it fails in the majority of instances.

The reason is that disaccharides, or double sugars, are present in many carbohydrates including ALL grains – not just gluten containing ones.  An inflamed, inbalanced gut overridden with Candida is unable to digest double sugar molecules completely because the lack of beneficial gut flora has compromised the function of the enterocytes.

According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome and one of the key scientists at the forefront of gut restoration research today, the enterocytes are the cells that reside on the villi of the gut wall and produce the enzyme disaccharidase which breaks down the disaccharide molecule into easily absorbed monosaccharide molecules.   When the enterocytes are not nourished and strengthened properly by adequate beneficial flora, they become weak and diseased and may even turn cancerous.   They do not perform their duties of digesting and absorbing food properly.

The critical importance of the enterocytes to health cannot be overstated!

Weak and diseased enterocytes also have trouble digesting starch molecules which are very large with hundreds of monosugars connected in long branchlike strands.   People with weak digestion due to Candida overgrowth and messed up enterocytes have a terrible time digesting these complex molecules leaving large amounts of it undigested- the perfect food for pathogenic yeasts, bacteria, and fungi like Candida to thrive upon.

Even the starch that manages to get digested results in molecules of maltose, which is — you guessed it — a disaccharide!     This maltose also goes undigested due to a lack of the enzyme disaccharidase and becomes additional food for Candida.

Therefore, when one follows the Candida Diet and yet still consumes grains and starches, food molecules that are not fully digested continue to putrefy, inflame, and provide food for Candida thereby preventing healing even if some improvement is noted from the removal of all sugars.

The One Great Tip I Learned From the Candida Diet

While the Candida Diet fails miserably in resolving gut imbalance problems for many of the folks who try it, it does include and recommend one fantastic herb that is actually very helpful for keeping Candida under control:  Pau D’Arco tea.

What is the Best Diet for Combatting Candida?

In conclusion, it is best not to waste your time with the Candida Diet.  It doesn’t work in the majority of cases and you will ultimately feel frustrated in your efforts to heal over the long term.

The best diets for healing and sealing the gut wall and permanently rebalancing the gut environment are the GAPS Diet or the very similar SCD (Specific Carbohydrate) Diet.  And the one tip from the Candida Diet to include while you’re on GAPS or SCD diets?  Pau D’Arco tea!

To read more about GAPS, click here for an introductory post on the subject.   Also, the post The Five Most Common GAPS Diet Mistakes is a review of the most common pitfalls of this approach to gut healing.

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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source:  Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD

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Comments (334)

  1. My two cents worth – I was on Candida Diet for 6 months and it worked great! Not saying it was easy by any means. The die off phase was awful and I can only imagine that it must be like a drug detox. Whats worse is that I breast fed my child not knowing I had this problem. Now she also struggles with overgrowth symptoms. The book I used also suggested supplements to heal the stomach lining, therefore, the root of the problem. Depending on your body, it is a life long commitment to avoid/limit yeast feeding foods. It is a daily struggle and takes maximum effort. The more healthy a person eats, the more they spend in food. The flip side is spending more money in doctors visits and medication. Pay now or pay later.

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  2. This article confuses me, although due to it’s older nature, maybe information out there about the diet has since changed? But every single candida diet or “do’s and dont’s” article/post I’ve read all stress to eliminate starches and gluten. This includes starchy vegetables, breads, and almost all grains besides quinoa, buckwheat, and millet. They also list the importance of, in conjunction with “starving the candida”, to introduce the good bacteria by taking pre and probiotics. Anyone here doing the bone broth? How has it been working for you?

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  3. I have been suffering with Systemic Candida for over 2 years now and I am still fighting to keep it at bay. I have tried the Candida Diet several times with no success. The Gaps Diet works for me. I am not cured, but I have noticed a difference is many of my symptoms while on the diet. The problem for me now is being able to stick to it. I have never tried Pau D’Arco Tead, but I do have Pau D’Arco extract drops that I got from Nature’s Sunshine. I put a few drops in water and drink it daily.
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  4. Sarah, I want to first appreciate your perseverance in finding the best way to provide a quality life for your family but to share that with all of us. THANK YOU!

    I will try to keep this a brief as possible as you probably have a full plate. I have been struggling to find what’s causing all my symptoms and I think I have overgrowth of Candida. Symptoms are: brain fog, bloating, inconsistent bowel movement, rashes on my hands that come and goes, itchy armpits, hard to fall asleep and stay asleep, poor memory, lethargic, etc.

    I have read about GAPS and recently looked at Candida Diet and then this post….and I need some clarification as I want to really to be healthy again.

    I have been seeing a naturopath doc but she is heavy on the supplements side. She suggested that I take 2 capsules of Uva Ursi a day for 1 week then take a break for 1 week (all this while monitoring my daughter’s temperament) and then try Grapefruit seed extract 250 mg twice a day for 1 week then a break. She did recommend taking a probiotics with these: Culterelle. And she suggested taking glutamine and N-acetyl glucosamine to heal the gut.

    I am a bit discouraged because it seems that in order for me to tackle the overgrowth of Candida is for me to alternate with natural killers every week or so like Pau D’arco, olive leaf extract, propolis, raw garlic, etc. My challenge is I am currently nursing my 7 months old daughter and plan to continue nursing her till she’s 2 years old (supplementing with whole foods; thanks to your egg yolk/raw liver post). As I was about to start the Intro GAPS diet, I was told by a friend to hold off as the die-off can put toxins in the breastmilk. That’s my other big discouragement is I don’t think I will ever NOT be pregnant or nursing for a long time. I have been either pregnant or nursing since 2010. I feel like I can’t take certain things like Pau D’arco to kill this Candida for fear that it will decrease the quality/quantity of my milk supply or put toxins in milk supply. And that removing all starches and grains will affect my milk supply. I certainly want to kill this overgrowth before having next child because both of my kids have eczema and I’m guessing they inherited my bad bacteria (both births were vaginal).

    Also, I read in the comments that having mercury filling can get in the way of fighting the overgrowth so I’ll get that taken care of this year (thank you again).

    I know your response is not a medical advice but would LOVE to hear your opinion on this matter. So my questions for you are:
    1. Do you think I have a chance to kill the Candida overgrowth while nursing without harming my daughter?
    2. Do you think it’s necessary for me to alternate the Candida killers like the ones I mentioned above or just drink the Pau d’arco tea?
    3. Do you think doing the INTRO part of GAPS is not a good idea while nursing as my friend suggested?
    4. Do you think those gut healing supplements that my naturopath suggested are worth it?

    Please feel free to share anything that I may have missed. Thanks for taking the time to read my story. -Cindy

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    • I just read the “Cautions” on Pau d’Arco website. However, I’m well aware that most companies truly state that one who is pregnant or lactating should not consume their products for liability reason.

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  5. Ohhh, THAT’s why you haven’t cured your candida yet, because you haven’t eliminated enough foods. Riiiight. I wonder at exactly what point these candida diets become an eating disorder. Oh that’s right; from the very beginning. The article above is the beginner phase of understanding candida. Let me show you the end phase:

    I had candida since I was born, and a heavy case of it. It very much becomes part of your personality. When I was older, I NEVER cured my candida by going on a candida diet. It NEVER worked and only starved me. There was nothing to eat because so many foods “feed candida.” In the end I figured out that I had to go with the flow with diet based on what I really craved at the time, and to forget about candida. I ate everything and gave my body what it wanted, including fruit, honey, grains like oatmeal (a favorite), cooked soup, salads, and non-homoginized milk. I didn’t eat anything I didn’t want during a meal, and I quickly started to feel better, within the first day. I did eliminate meat completely, replacing it with egg/dairy, because I strongly believe it is an evil food and completely unncessary. I also eliminated alcohol except for on occasion.

    Candida is caused by going on a strict diet. These diets starve the body and weaken the immune system. Your body wants one thing, then you take another because you’re “eating healthy.” Diet wasn’t meant to be a tribulation. Your body knows when it wants raw vegetables or cooked soup, yet we allow our minds to dictate what we should eat and when. And the enemy is in the mind, you know.

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    • Amused by your conclusion in last paragraph ” Candida is caused by going on a strict diet.” Maybe that was true for you but it certainly wasn’t my experience. I developed Candida after years of antibiotic use, thanks to a parent who smoked heavily ( I was and am severely allergic to tobacco smoke, causes sinus infections ) and being fed a so called healthy Tigers Milk Shake consisting of Milk, Brewers Yeast, and Black Strap Molasses. ( I am allergic to Milk and Yeast-hence Candida. ) The combination wrecked my immune system, along with a childhood filled with trauma, but certainly not one that had a
      strict diet.

      When I finally eliminated candida breeding foods, it allowed my body to heal. In doing so, I learned grains are not well metabolized by my system and is the case for many with low thyroid. But your scare tactics don’t apply to me at all.

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    • Robert your comment on candida diets being caused by going on strict diet is full of malarky. You obviously don’t know much about the issue. Many people find rounds of anti-biotic, that kills off good as well as bad bacteria is the origin. My NMD would laugh you right out of her office for your ignorance and how sad you mislead people.

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      • Absolutely, I lived in Germany just post WW II. Antibiotics were still not well understood and many military bases employed ex- Nazi doctors, when as a five year old femaleIi had bad tonsilitis, I was considered worthless enough to experiment on.
        If a little penicillan was good a bushel would be better, right? So, and few people mention this, along with a poor diet ( this was the TV dinner, boxed mac and cheese, coke for a drink age…..) my health quickly deteriorated. No one noticed and now at 66 I’m reaping all of this. I found that mostly complex carbs and a lower protein diet really helps me. But if you aren’t taking acidophilus, forget it.

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    • This is the real deal. A candida diet with no starches and no grains. It’ll make one sick if one starts too quickly though, be warned. Also, it can be unpleasant in the initial stages. The first week had me battling cravings and feeling like a zombie. Better, much better, after that.

      http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/candida/index.php

      This fine woman, Bee, knows exactly what she’s talking about. My candida was CURED after ONLY THREE WEEKS. If it works for you, feel free to give her a donation or just email her saying how thankful you are, because she’s not selling anything! She gets no money from this!

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  7. This a scam diet. Also sells the products as well. Why listen to things that still cannot cure cancer.
    How do you know that you have this fungus and start this diet without even measure.
    The story on this fungus is that it does not exist, is all imagined and this is the reason why when you measure the strain you will not see the results.
    Biggest scam I have ever come across.

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    • Why would you leave a comment about something you know nothing about or don’t believe? I DO have Candida. I was tested. It does exist.

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      • Glad to hear you stand up for yourself. So many ignorant people believe if a doctor doesn’t support what their body tells them, they ignore their symptoms or dismiss yours. I had a wose MD tell me the only thing to trust is your own body. If you find eliminating certain foods helps health and well being, even if a test says it doesn’t cause the symptoms, but your body knows it does, why would you trust the test?

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    • Mohini, you clearly don’t know what you are talking about. When you have Candida, and many people do, despite your ignorance on the subject, only by following the diet ( and using elimination to find out what combination of foods works for you and what does not work ); not everyone needs supplements and expensive products, though some benefit.

      I know of too many people whose MD’s don’t believe in candida, and don’t have tests to “prove” it, yet
      their patients are given expensive, often life threatening drugs, operations, and spend years in misery, until the patients wise up, learn to listen to their bodies, use guidelines from those who have been dealing with candida successfully for years. Only then when the patients make the commitment to learn what best fuels their body, do they get well! The ones who don’t spend years in misery going from doctor to doctor, made sicker from the big pharma products that are increasing their body’s imbalances.

      Your level of ignorance is scary.

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  8. There is a diet that works called the Ultimate Candida Diet and it cuts right to the chase.
    You can’t have potatoes and fruit first of all, it will never work.
    There are alot of don’t on this diet so not following it they way it’s presented will leave you failing the diet and in poor health. However, following the diet as it’s explained will bring you and your system back to great health. I’m half way through and I feel better than I have in 10 years.

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    • That’s what I was saying. Fruits and any kinds of starches would persist the candida. It didn’t WORK for this silly blogger because she did it wrong.

      I’m just finding out about this about a week ago and I’m about to go grocery shopping for the first time to get better foods for this.

      Acidophilus, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin B, Garlic and L-Glutamine tablets have been helping AMAZINGLY.

      Cutting sugar and lactose has helped as well.

      Going gluten free is going to be the hardest but I’ll do my best.

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  9. Cheryl Koster via Facebook April 28, 2014 at 10:42 am

    hmm not agreeing on this one at all. The candida diet should not allow starches like potatoes or grains of any kind for a few months. I was on a grassfed meat and organic veggies only diet for a while then I was able to add nuts then eventually oats and rice and some starchy vegetables. It helped me A TON and made me realize how unhealthy I was eating. I also took Candex and Nystatin for a while too and ate tons of garlic. I would not write off the diet but make sure you are on a true candida diet.

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  10. I don’t know what candida diet you are referring to. There are several different books out there. The one i followed did not allow fruit at all in stage one, nor breads or other starches. They were added back in slowly over time (and that was when i learned i was gluten-intolerant). I couldn’t go back to eating grains.

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  11. From what I understand, Pau D’arco tea is actually not allowed in the SCD. I read that the tea could be an immune stimulant and that could further aggravate inflammation in an over active immune system. Is this correct?

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  12. Lauren Bretz via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Valerie Clark and Courtney Taylor Smeltzer, this is very interesting and was very true for me years ago. I actually have tons of Pau d’Arco, if you’d like some to add into your regimens. :) I think the Ocotea was a great addition, Courtney.

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  13. Rebecca Bruce via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Laurie Redding-Lewis this looks like a great site on FB. I love you Auntie. Thanks you for being so awesome.

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  14. Barbara Heimlich via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I have a huge bone to pick about Candida. Twenty years ago when everyone thought it was a myth that didn’t even exist, I got so sick, I could barely walk. I went to every specialist known to man and then I found a wonderful Dr, who was ahead of her time. She suspected candida and at that time there was only one lab in the U.S. that even tested for it. Mine was so bad that it was in my bloodstream. She put me on a candida diet and probiotics, which also no one believed in at the time. There were hardly any health food stores at the time so eating was tough but I learned the fine art of substitution. Within 6 months, I was a new person and have pretty much stay on a modified version of the diet ever since. With each generation, there comes new ideas and that’s not bad but to say this diet doesn’t work, if done right is just wrong. Some people have a tendency for candida and some not so much but it you do, it’s not just a diet change, it’s a life style change. With the crap food out there, you can never let your guard down. A good Dr and a good way of eating saved my life. This was the same Dr that talked about fibromyalgia when everyone thought she was whacked…and now we have experts coming out of the woodwork. I’ve been at organic for a very long time, long before all these wonderful health food store were around to make it easy. She also used bioidentical hormones, which everyone pooh poohed. I was a lucky one and would never discount a food life change. If you look for a quick fix, that’s what will fail. This was just to enlighten some on how truly serious candida can be if it goes too far. Mine started with antibiotics for dental work and it was down hill from there. Much has been learned since then and even more to be learned.

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    • Great post! I have some crazy reactions to foods like face bloating, and especially lately eczema even form juicing certain greens and certain other health foods. When I tell some people this they act as if I’m out of my mind or something. The more I look into it the more I’m convinced it’s Candida, especially after the one year binge I went on eating tons of chocolate and ice cream. I got so bad from eating sweets I couldn’t exercise or even walk down the steps as my knees hurt so bad which lead to more depression and more sweets which is around the time I went on the binge for about a year.

      After a year of this I finally figured out it was sugar doing this. I cleaned up my act since but never did do a thorough cleanse or candida diet. Now I can’t even juice without my face breaking out with eczema all over the place. Time to take care of this once and for all. I no longer eat ANY sweets but coffee is going to be a tough one to give up. I only drink about two cups in the morning per day but boy do I look forward to that each morning :)

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      • I should add, I could actually walk down the steps but not without severe pain in my knees. I had to walk kind of sideways and even that still hurt my knees….

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  15. Tim Rees via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Any candida diet that allows grains and starchy veg isn’t an anti candida diet! Check out The Fungus Link.

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  16. Rachel K Primeau via Facebook April 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I did know that the diet doesn’t target the fact that it doesn’t increase your good bacteria but I don’t think I have heard of the GAPS diet! Thanks!

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  17. I have been struggling with Candida Overgrowth for over 2 years now. The symptoms are horrible and I had gotten to the point where I would wake up every morning in pain, had a constant sore throat, among other things. I tried the candida diet but didn’t have much luck. I discovered the GAPS diet about a month ago, and since I’ve been on it I have been feeling a lot better. I am not completely cured yet, but I know that it can take a while to cure severe cases of Candida. I definitely look forward to getting my health back.

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  18. Ehm…. No it does not allow potatoes or fruit……….. or, white rice, or yeast, or…. Your diet didn’t work, because it wasn’t the candida diet…!

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  19. This does not make any sense. Dr Campbell-McBride, who invented the GAPS diet, warns herself that one of the situations this diet may often not work is if the patient has overgrown yeast issues. In fact, she says she uses this malfunctioning of the diet to diagnose candida! As if, if GAPS don’t work for you, candida is the most likely reason.

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  21. While I think that the SCD diet and GAPS diet are great and all have their purpose, to say that all candida diets are the same is really misleading. There are tons of candida diets out there, but I’ve never seen a diet like the one you suggested. The problem is most of the people selling a diet are just looking to make a quick buck. I’ve been through several different diets before I found one that worked for me. I would also prefer to get a diet that directly affects my cause and goes after the candida than going for a diet that isn’t specifically tailored to my condition.

    I think that the best diet is the ones I found on http://thecandidadiet.org/downloadbook. It’s a long process, and while it doesn’t taste as good as the SCD diet or the GAPS diet to start with, it accomplishes the task specific for candida.

    I’m also not a fan of Pau D’ Arco, if I was going to take any tea for candida it would have to be nettle leaf tea, and there’s tons of reasons that I’d need to write an entire article to get into that.

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  24. long time ago, I extracted my thyroid gland due to what the Dr. said was a cancer. since then I have problem with something like the article showed in the photo on my tong along with a very bad smelling respiration (halitosis) which is exhausting me. Is there any comment to cure the problem?
    Regards
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  25. So “brain fog” may be tied to Candida? Maybe my story is more common than I thought: Since my early teens I’ve been dealing with brain fog (i.e., like you can’t fully wake up in the morning and go through the day trying to stay awake.) I was diagnosed with ADD in college and had been taking Dexedrine ever since. Now at 43 I went to an Osteopath on the suggestion of a friend. He did the tests. They showed casein allergy, leaky gut, Candida yeast infection, and an immunity score of like 10(!), when 500-700 is supposedly the norm. My Osteopath put me on a diet free of casein (basically all dairy), although he encouraged taking a clean-as-possible whey isolate protein shake once/day, and to not eat starches, sugars (even fruit). Basically a Paleo-Diet I guess, along with Daily 90 vitamin/mineral powder (Youngevity brand), pro-biotics, and for a while an “Intestinol” pill which was supposed to combat the Candida, but led to alot of hair loss I think. At the beginning though, in starting the new regimen, he put me on a 10-day cleanse, and by day 8 the brain fog was gone and I didn’t need to take my 20 mg of Dexedrine to jumpstart my brain in the morning. Unfortunately, this only lasted for about a week before the brain fog started returning. I’ve been on this diet for almost a year now, but I still get the brain fog in the morning. Yet there have been positives–after about a month on the diet, the soles of my feet suddenly changed: I had a large patch of hard, crusty, white layer off what was like hard parmesan cheese on the soles of both feet that gradually went away (along with the rotten-cheese smell my feet have always had, my wife grateful for that!). And now if I break the rules and ingest some sugar (e.g, a couple pieces of gluten-free bread), my feet will start to smell again, almost now as a warning sign that I shouldn’t have taken that starch/sugar. So according to this article, the ultimate culprit in all my problems is this Candida yeast infection?? If so, I’m glad for all the recommendations on diets here. It does appear that my Candida problem is far from solved and I needed some hope which this thread has given me. I’ll look into the “GAPS” diet pronto. Thanks!

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  26. my candida diet doesnt contain potatoes. there are lots of different ”candida diets” out there, so if you didnt have luck with one, maybe you should have tried another with a better healing protocol as well. for you to make a blanket and reactionary statement like this is pretty lame, probably sending lots of people running in the other direction, away from what i have found to be a really amazing transformative diet.

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  27. A warning to those following or considering following Bee’s Candida Program. My basic Bachelor of Science degree tells me her statements don’t come from science. They may be allegory based on clinical observation but if this advice-giver doesn’t have a basic understanding of biology and chemistry, I personally would not accept diet tips from them.

    quoted:

    Bee’s Candida Program Improves Anyone’s Health

    Three Food Groups:
    Protein
    Fats
    Carbohydrates (carbs) are any foods not classified as protein or fat, including vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, sugars, etc.

    Carbohydrates are a molecule contained in many foods, the same foods that contain proteins and fats, together. A food can be high in carbohydrates but foods are not classified AS carbohydrates….be wary of fad diets, friends.

    cheers

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    • Low stomach acid is serious, without being a big problem. It just leads to so many other problems. What is stems from is often a depletion of minerals- which is often caused by – a mix of excessive food or life style, poor diet, high stress. The simplest route is to take HCL (betain hydor-chloric acid) – b4 all meals, Your dosage can be found by taking 1 tablet every 2 minute until you feel a slight burning sensation – then decrease by one.. that is your needed amount. It can take months to re-build. Otherwise – to intensive mineral building with a professional. Getting a hair analysis first to make sure you don’t over do something you already have too much of.
      Grace in Healing!
      Chandra Wellness
      TheCandidaConsultant.com

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    • Anyone of the mentioned Candida diets will bring about better health, simply because processed foods are eliminated from the diet. Which we all know these foods are detrimental to health and even our longevity. There is a lot of confusion about the Candida diet and what really works and different ones work for different folks.

      I like many of you have done immense research and trying different anti Candida diets. In my case I was experiencing some health issue that put a damper on my life; symptoms such as extreme boating, brain fog, no energy, always tired, constipation and large cysts all over my body with concentration on my face and neck area.

      In reading this article and through all the post I see no one mentioning Linda Allen’s Candida Diet or her Yeast Infection No More book. This was the last and final diet I had to do because it is the one that worked for me. I am fully recovered and Candida symptom free.
      Read my full story here http://www.antiagingresourcecenter.com/Extreme-Bloating.html
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    • Candida is a beast! There is a lot of valuable info out there. But just like the long list of symptoms reguareding Chronic Candida, there is a long list of causes which can be completely different for different people, as is the list of associated conditions. It all depends on the individuals constitution, history and life style. So where does that leave you?
      Chronic Candida is a real condition, Harvard Medical school has even released results from a study claiming that Chronic Candida “the leading fungal infection behind all human disease”. Do you have it, 3 day spit test regime or IgG anti-body test – decide which level of confirmation you need. Then choose your response. All the diets are difficult, and over the years, most people I’ve seen doing the diets, never had long term success- only success while on the diet. But they do help manage the condition and in general, can be a great start. If you know you can’t stomach months of restrictive diet – then visit the linked site and see if it can provide some further solution for you.
      Grace in Healing
      Chandra Wellness
      http://www.thecandidaconsultant.com/

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    • I am not agree with you Natalie, The picture helped me to recognize my problem. By the way I am still waiting for an answer to my question
      Thanks to all

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  29. This is a great article, I loved your perspective and your theory.

    This type of dieting will have to be a diet and lifestyle change for it to be effective.

    I will trail this myself and what the Mindset and Motivational shifts have to be to make this work.
    Thank you again
    Donna

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  30. i reckon the reason why i did not work for you was that starchy foods ARE NOT allowed on a anti candida diet and that you should OBVIOUSLY take some stuff to fight the candida and not just starve it of…i could go on and on but i reckon you should just do some resurch sara.

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  31. I have no idea what Candida diet this article is referring to, but I’ve NEVER seen a Candida diet that allowed for starches or grains of any kind. Such a diet is usually given by a health food company that provides additional supplements that are so expensive and hardcore that they allow for maybe one or two starches. But even then, it’s one or two. And NO fruit is ever allowed.

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    • I agree. Perhaps it is because she is basing this all on a diet from 20 years ago. All the candida diets I have seen allow no carby veggies, no fruits, etc. I think she is just trying to promote the GAPS diet, which is a great diet too, but the way she promotes by using poorly researched information on candida diets is quite misleading!

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  33. You are a terrible person for using that picture. Seriously, I stumbled across that picture while reading about candida and it was stuck in my head for days, then I click on your site and there it is again. Seriously. What is wrong with you?

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  34. I was with you the first half of the article, but then you said this:

    “Healing is prevented on the Candida Diet for the following key reasons:

    Reason #1: The Candida Diet allows foods like potato, yams and other starchy vegetables.”

    You are completely wrong about that. I never read one candida diet, not one, that allows potatoes, yam’s or other starchy vegetables. All of the Candida diets say specifically to AVOID this foods. They make it very clear that those foods are a BIG NO NO. So I don’t understand, why you would state something like that. So I became extremely bewildered after reading it, and then I figured it must have been an error , so I just kept reading but then it got extremely confusing. I was trying to look for the answer of curing candida since you say the diet will never cure it, but I got lost.

    Thought I’d let you know and hopefully you can update. Thanks.

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    • There is a diet that allows all vegetables and its a fairly popular diet. Dr. Jeff candida plan. My only purpose for this comment is to say that. Not to say whos right or wrong.

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  35. There is a “newer” book Titled The Candida Diet by Lisa Richards, I cannot see that this book/system was out 20 years ago and I have no idea if this is the same “diet” you followed. However if you search on the term The Candida Diet this is what comes up all the time. Your points about grains are true and helpful. Thankyou

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  36. What an awful article. ..wholly based on YOUR personal experience ..what about people like me who it has changed forever!!

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  37. http://pecanbread.com/f/how/candelimdiet.html http://pecanbread.com/f/scdscience2.html http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/home/
    The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (this is what GAPS came from as Dr. Campbell McBride used it to heal her son of ADS and has adjusted it in her way for ADS treatment mainly), and GAPS are not specifically for treating candida but rather gut disbiosis, IBDs and IBS…some folks are in very serious condition, others need improving before becoming serious. Many go into remission and others are completely healed. Most if not all, want to quit the medication cycle. There are suggestions for SCD on treating candida yeast which would eliminate honey for the person who was scandalized by the use of honey on the diet. Honey is a monsaccharide and is allowed on both SCD and GAPS because if it’s ease in digesting and in many cases, aiding healing in the gut. And that’s the point for both of these is healing the gut. I agree completely that SCD and GAPS adjusted are superior to the usual Candida diets. Not only would SCD and GAPS address the bacterial imbalance, but also the yeast pathogens. SCD is a little more restrictive, especially in the beginning, but both are excellent ways to heal the gut and the myriad of problems that come with an unhealthy gut. Which is why both diets are used to help or heal ADS as well since the gut/brain connection has been proven by scientist……

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  38. I am working with candida patients for 7 years and the candida diet in conjunction with gut healing and herbal mixes works excellent within 4 to 8 weeks. I really can’t relate to your statement that the candida diet does not work.

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    • Wonderful to know and thank you – the newer information on The Candida Diet includes and states right on the web page, lower sugar, increase probiotics, and antifungal foods.

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  39. @kelly, just look out for urine colour change from greenish to bright yellow. Another die-off remedy is ginger. Use ginger in anyway condusive. For the salt, u need quarter tea spoon to a glass of water ,3 times daily. Candida creates vibrasion-like(crawling) with spasms symptoms in the body. watch as they go away.

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  40. I certainly know this post if right cos the candida diet doesn’t work at all. Tried everything to about the diet and never worked.Then i read on another forum about a guy who was advised by a doctor to increase his salt in-take. Well, i had nothing to lose so tried it on my chronic candida which i have had in 7 months and OMG it just killed it in fast in 4 days. I realised that candida is a ph disorder just like in fish ponds.Throw in some salts and it normalises the ph in your system

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  41. “According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome and one of the key scientists at the forefront of gut restoration research today.”

    Do you know, and can you please point me in the direction of any articles she has written about her research? I follow GAPS for myself, and I am pleased with my results–but I would like to have some “research” behind it!

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  42. How can you test to see if you have Candida? I just went to the doctors because I think I might have it and he said doing a blood, stool, or urine test wouldn’t be able to detect a yeast overgrowth.

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  43. Why is Aloe Vera not recommended in this diet, I understand that it actually kills candida bacteria.
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  44. I have heard that Aloe Vera juice actually kills candida bacteria. If this is true why is it not recommended?

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  45. As someone who has benefitted greatly from the candida diet, I find this to be a pretty irresponsible article. It has worked for many, many people. Just because it didn’t work for you doesn’t justify trying to trump up your disappointment with questionable facts. And by the way, on the Candida diet I’m on, and all the versions I’ve ever heard of, Fruit is absolutely NOT on the menu, nor are many grains, and the grains that are accepted are to be eaten very moderately at most. Anyway.

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  46. With all due respect, what a bunch of paranoid nonsense.

    Going extremely low carb ENCOURAGES the candida to LEAVE THE GUT and go elsewhere in one’s body looking for ‘fuel’. Dr. McCoombs has a great article on the “10 Myths About Candida”, and that one is number three. Brown rice is not only tolerated, it’s encouraged on his plan (and no, I don’t work for him or have ever met the guy.)

    Ayurvedic medicine also says that while it may be good to eliminate certain sugars and carbs for the first 2-3 weeks, to do it longer than that actually makes one sicker.

    And finally, if one thinks that carbs are so terrible, then do a quick google scholar search, and you’ll find that honey is an ANTIFUNGAL. Yes, honey.

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    • Kelly,
      Believe what you want but this is what worked for me personally so do not call me paranoid. I was 16 and sick for 3 years until I perfected every aspect of my diet including watching my carbohydrate intake. That doesn’t mean I counted carbs it means I watched how much I would eat in a sitting bc sugar really effects me and will affect people suffering from candida. You are not me. Have you even tried the diet? Do you even have candida? Is it really bad like mine was? Honestly I do not care to read your dispute and disapproval of the diet. I just wanted to help a few people out. Don’t reply to me you obviously do not know what you are talking about but you are entitled to your own opinion..

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      • I’m sorry Mika if I came off as rude…it wasn’t my intention. I didn’t call you paranoid, I was calling the idea of severely restricting carbs/sugars/to an extreme degree — the idea as being somewhat paranoid. Didn’t mean to suggest that YOU were. :)

        I agree that different diets/approaches work for different people. I just wanted to point out that there are other approaches that also work, that aren’t so restrictive.

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  47. If you want to survive candida and get better physically and mentally do yourself a favor and stop reading this website and never look back. I became very sick at 16. I was out of school and on home instructio for a year and a half. and went from doctor to doctor. No one could help me. But my mother found this website that changed my whole life around. Now you have to stick with the diet and remember to not try everything all at once. Take your time. I started with getting off gluten then yeast. Follow by taking coconut oil (which does wonders) then I moved to Keifer. I saw results in a few months, this took a while because I was so sick. I would recommend visiting this website: http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/candida/index.php .. This women is a saint, she saved my life and I never even met her. If you want to get better follow her diet, she knows what she’s talking about. Good luck and stick to it because your health is the most important thing, without it you have nothing.

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    • Mika, can u post what ur diet was exactly like(breakfast, lunch dinner, snacks) bc from my uunderstanding, her diet is extremely high in animal proteins. And that raw egg and oil drink? Ick

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      • The egg drink is so good for you and very important. If you don’t want to drink it make eggs with butter or coconut oil. You need your good fats its very important for your health they can help build up your body after all the damage. Read the articles she has on there they are filled with such good information.

        I started taking coconut oil which is an anti fungal try and build up to at least 4 tbs a day. I took 4 tablespoons of keifer with meals through out the day (start with one) and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with my meals (again start with one and do not do all of these in one day at first. Eventually you will be able to handle it but as for right now you cannot because the die-off will be very tough. Try and stick to a low-glycemic diet with a gluten free twist. Gluten free products are very deceiving. You need to read the ingredients carefully because a lot are made with yeast. Also a lot are very high in carbs and sugars. People always say that going gluten-free can make you skinner but most all of the products are made from brown rice! Stay completely away from mushrooms of any type. Also even natural sugars can set you off, stay away from fruits that are high in sugars such as oranges bananas ect. Stick with any kind of berry.

        I generally would eat eggs in the morning.
        For lunch I would eat some type of meat and a green. Remember to buy organic (expensive I know but we are really effected by hormones and pesticides; they can impede the healing process. Kale is great. don’t for get to steam veggies as opposed to frying them. Stay away from fake oils like veggie or canola oil and use extra Virginia olive oil or coconut oil. I had high cholesterol when I got sick and this helped me to lower it naturally. It’s also great for your intestines and others things such as your skin.
        For dinner again I would do a veggie sometimes pasta (but it is high in carbs you can replace pasta with spaghetti squash). I would have the lemon drink too.

        This diet it tough but if you stick with her plan you will get better I promise. Also look into her detoxes. I had tons of back pain and kidney problems. You need to detoxify your body. Caster oil packs are great. Also the more oxygen you put into your body the better. I would and still do oxygen foot baths which she has on her website. Try and eat garlic and cinnamon because those are anti fungals which will help fight the candida.

        Remember that detoxifying your body should be a slow process. Also that you will feel really crappy. Headaches, irritability, tiredness but it will get better and you will start to feel normal again, more like yourself. Once you get used to this diet you will see the changes and how much better you feel, it will be worth sticking with. Dedication dedication dedication. Once you get better though you will be able to cheat with sugars but not all the time.

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        • Thanks mika

          what were ur cals and far/pro/carb amounts? How long did u stay on the diet?

          Also how did u deal with constipation? I find that if I don’t eat lots of medical dates, I can’t go to the bathroom. :(

          What meats did u stick to? Did u take any supplements?

          I find it hard to comprehend that a high meat and fat diet is healing… Usually high veg and fruit is seen as detoxifying lol

          Tha ks for thehelp o

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          • I’m still on the diet today. Like i said earlier I did not religiously count carbs because I was a 16 year old getting used to a NEW diet and couldn’t handle complete change. But I just tried to minimize my carbohyrates. For example if I had potatoes for lunch I would not have them again for dinner or something else that is high is carbs. I still do all the detoxifications now and take multiple supplements daily except I give my body a rest on the weekends and don’t take the vitamins. I went from constipation to the extreme opposite almost daily, that it one of the symptons I had recogonixing that there was something wrong with me. I stayed away from dairy for a few months and use organic almond milk which I still replace milk with today. I took tablespoons of extra virgina olive oil and put it on any meal that it would add flavor to. Remember do not fry it as it will lose all of its good prooperties. I also took tablespoons of organic unrefinded coconut oil which helped me get my intestines back on track. You can find it cheaper at trader joes than at whole foods. I’m at school right now so I do not have my vitamin list but if you write me another comment to remind me, when I get home I can write up a list of what I take. I had veal and turkey meat. No hot dogs, steaks chick liver. I do not know about the whole “red meat is bad for you thing” but that is something you can research. The meats helped me a lot and gave me strengh and engery. Well you can do what works for you I just loved the diet and bee helped me greatly. I know if you try the diet it will work wonders for you but you just have to be comfortable, ready, and dedicated. I’m 20 now and haven’t looked back since, you can do it. You are very welcome.

  48. Chlorella most be a good supplement, right ? I mean it’s one of the most effective supplements for dealing with heavy metals. Ï have been on a “candida diet” LChF but I have cheated latley, and the symptons showed up instantly. My stomach turns into a ballon if I eat any carbohydrates.
    I will buy some supplements like oregano oil, probiotics, garlic, and more.

    I question: I’am eating ginger daily, is there any danger in eating ginger ? I mean this root is so freaking awsome and help with so much, its a “universal medecin”. But I heard it can have mold in it because it’s a root.

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    • Chlorella is one of the most dangerous supplements for “chelating” heavy metals, because in fact it ISN’T a proper chelator. Google “Andrew Cutler” and “mercury” for more information.

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  49. The Candida Diet is not a waste of time and will benefit you, however, it is true that it will not cut back your Candida albicans enough for your body to fully heal itself. It effects millions of people each year and can possibly lead to even more serious health conditions if left unchecked. People need to further educate themselves in order to fully understand how both your body and Candida work. I recommend starting with candidyeastinfection.com and then researching the best and worst foods to eat whilst dealing with it.

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  50. We are doing a fantastic candida program thru Mlis. There are great candida programs. Ours has success for me my husband and two small children. It is strict and comes with supplements for internal support as well add two detox fasts. Gaps is not suitable for everyone. Its not geared toward candida either.

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  51. The candida diet works perfect. It depends on which one you use. There are a lot of different versions out there. But the one I use eliminates ALL grain, ALL fruits except lemons and limes, ALL starches, and ALL mushrooms.

    Want sweets? Make Almond butter cookies thickened with eggs, and sweetened with Stevia. Want cheese then have a piece after you have cleansed for at least 2 months. If you feel sick then you make a choice between do I want to feel sick or do I want to swear off dairy.

    I don’t think that BA in Economics gives you insight into elimination diets, would you recommend people with Celiac’s go off a gluten-free diet because their Celiac’s doesn’t go away?

    People who do the candida diet most often have chronic diseases. And they are not naive enough to believe they will magically disappear because they ate right. But if you feel better and you aren’t making your self deficient in something you need with your elimination diet, then why go off it.

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  52. This article states that the Candida diet downfall is that it allows starches and breads? What?! I have combed the internet and have not found one Candida diet that allows breads/grains and starches/potatoes. Please do some research before standing on your soapbox!

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  53. I find this to be less than accurate. Perhaps it failed miserably for you and your husband, or vice versa, but, I only followed the diet poorly, and, for a short period of time, and even so, I was oodles better for years.

    It was being under severe stress and returning to the same style of living and eating that changed that. But, it was not because I included moderate portions of foods, occasionally, that are not on the diet; it was because I started binging on many of them, at different times,

    The fact of life is that if you are susceptible to yeast overgrowth, you are going to have to change your way of eating and living. It does not mean that you can never have pizza or beer, again, though. It means that you should be careful to only have these things every now and again, and, when you do have them, plan on eating more things like grapefruit, garlic, jalapenos, cutting back on sugar, and other things which you know to be helpful in keeping your intestinal bacteria balanced.

    I have found that when I eat meals mostly made of vegetables, then grains, then fruit and use meat not at all or only as flavoring, I feel wonderful and it is very easy to keep balanced. It is not a hardship. It is simply learning to eat differently. In fact, I have more wonderful food, now, than I ever did before. Yes, granted, I don’t eat macaroni and cheese, but, I can eat macaroni and nutritional yeast flakes, which taste very cheesy; and the reason I can’t eat macaroni and cheese is not because of the problem with yeast overgrowth. It is because I am allergic to dairy, so, taking in things that I am allergic to would make me feel miserable. In turn, that would put me under a great deal of stress, and that stress and illness, and digestive troubles caused by allergic reaction, would affect my potential to re-experience yeast overgrowth. Not the other way around!

    There is a wonderful world of spices to explore, which make a big deal of difference in how much one would enjoy eating less traditional western foods and more traditional Asian or Middle Eastern foods. Everything doesn’t have to be fat, cheese and yeast laden. Experiment, explore.

    It sounds like you two were so busy focusing on what you couldn’t have, that you forgot to learn the joys of what you could have. Try a little positive thought. If you have more positive thought, you have less chance of yeast overgrowth in the first place!

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    • Arletta, a very balanced response. Can u post what a typical days bf, lunch, dinner, and snacks consist for u? Did u continue to eat starches and legumes while beating candida? Are u vegan?

      Thanks

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  55. The particular Candida program that was done was flawed. A proper Candida program does not allow fruits unttil 21 days after the start of the program and bananas, oranges, and apples are still not permitted on the diet because of their high sugar content. Grains and starchy veggies are also not permitted. If you follow a reputable program in conjunction with detoxification treatments your end results are amazing!!!

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    • Too true. I was wondering about that, myself, because I have the Yeast Overgrowth Cookbook and the companion book to that, and, I am quite sure they took out almost, if not all, grains and fruits for a while.

      But, grains are also prebiotic, which means if you eat them, you are helping the good bacteria to flourish. Wheat and corn, white rice , are still not recommended for this approach due to chances of allergies, being harder to digest and/or being more starchy than other grains, though.

      Also, don’t use the microwave to cook them, because, microwaves kill the good bacteria in food and sap nutritional value!

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  56. I have a rare neurological disorder that causes a need to go to the bathroom 10x/day. Its not autoimmune or inflammatory. My GI tract is healthy, but the nerves overstimulate healthy muscles and cause problems. I have an implanted nerve-stimulator that helps a little, but there are no other medical options. Since getting diagnosed years ago, I’ve been eating extremely healthy. My diet is unintentionally very similar to the Candida Diet. You say the main difference between the CD and GAPS is that the GI relief is temporary with CD and permanent with GAPS. My diet has been excellent for general health but has brought no relief in GI symptoms, so it sounds like the GAPS diet wouldn’t be any more effective for me.

    However, I’m desperate and will try GAPS, which mainly means eliminating green tea, organic milk, rolled oats, and oranges. I’ll also switch to the recommended probiotic.

    You posted a couple of links to cookbooks, but at the moment I work 70 hrs/week and don’t have much time to cook. Do you have any links to meal plans based more on raw foods or simpler recipes? For example, I commonly eat Fage Greek Yogurt w/ blueberries and rolled oats w/ cinnamon for breakfast. I depend on oats and it’d be difficult to switch to baking bread with coconut flour.

    Do you know of anyone offering an equally simple GAPS meal plan?

    Also, what’s your opinion of green tea? CD says to avoid it, but I drink 2 cups/day and have excellent energy/concentration after drinking it. Its a very healthy feeling and not at all like a “rush” from a disgusting energy drink.

    Thanks very much for your time.

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  57. you can drink tea as long as theyre herbal, you arent allowed to eat fruits or starchy veggies, and also, non glutenous grains like quinoa actually help clean intestines because they contain a lot of fiber.

    The candida diet does work because it starves the candida. Its up to you to add probiotics and antifungals so that you can permanently kill the candida and restore the good bacteria.

    This article is very off.

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    • Jamie tee, so what carbs are ok and how much? Most sources say even gf grains aren’t good… But then some say small servings of squash peas, and sweet potatoes are ok. This is all so confusing

      Can u layout the proper anti candida diet and what would be a good plan to follow for bf, lunch, dinner snacks?

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  58. I find the information here erroneous as far as the candida diet is concerned. It does NOT allow fruits, although some low sugar fruits have been deemed “okay” for some but not all candida sufferers, also starchy vegetables are not allowed. If the diet did not help you then it is because you did not adhere properly. If you ate anything like potatoes, yams, apples etc.. then you were not following the diet.

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    • You are absolutely right. This Report has a lot of flaws that by no means define the true candida diet. People should research….

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  59. the so-called candida diet worked beautifully for me:

    I was battling 72 hour migraines and constant yeast infections that wouldn’t go away even with Fluconazole and the likes.
    It sucked bad.
    after 6 months of no gluten, no sugar and partially no dairy I am yeast infection free and migraines are very sporadic and much lighter in intensity.
    I lost about 15 pounds (they are creeping back as I slowly introduced more foods..) and for the most part I felt wonderful.
    It was hard, but so worth it – I stopped the severe diet over 6 months ago, still feeling great.

    What I avoided:
    - nothing gluten – including soy (used the gluten free one) and oatmeal
    - No sugars / sugar substitutes / honey – that includes banana, mango pineapple, grapes and dry fruits, no tomato sauce with sugar, tried to cook mostly at home, but whenever we went out i would ask about sugar and they prepared it without
    - for 3 month no dairy, then goat products in moderation
    - alcohol

    What I ate:
    - organic vegetables
    - fish (i don’t eat meat)
    - organic rice, millet, quinoa and corn (quinoa pasta and rice noodles were great)
    - organic legumes
    - eggs
    - nuts
    - in moderation: organic berries, pear, apple
    - in moderation: potatoes and sweet potatoes
    - less than 1 cup of coffee a day with unsweetened almond milk

    Important: it’s not easy, but if you decide to go on this diet you need to be very strict. Some suggest to go even stricter than I did, but it worked for me. I decided to introduce goat dairy again because i felt week at some point but everyone obviously is different.

    I can’t stress the strictness enough. i dabbled with the diet before i went full-on, and each time I mildly lapsed the symptoms would come back with avenges. It was hard at times but living with migraines and yeasts was much harder. Feeling so clean and light is an amazing sensation. As a sweet tooth – noticing cravings diminish and flavors get stronger (an apple is so sweet when there’s no sugar around!) is mind blowing.
    I now know sugars are evil – the more you have it them more you crave it. gluten is a problem since we eat bad wheat. I use them both in moderation and contemplate removing them altogether again although I’m symptom free. I just felt healthier without them..

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  60. The key thing to realize in any digestive disorder, no matter what the label, e.g. candida, SIBO, leaky gut, dysbiosis, etc., the problem is still one of poor digestion. Alterations in the gut ecology occur as the RESULT of poor digestion, not vice versa. Labels are thus unimportant when we know how to restore digestion. Any additional therapy, whether to kill parasites or yeast cells, to inhibit or stimulant various secretions, to stimulate or inhibit movement – are secondary to the restoration of digestion. Otherwise we we might end up playing a game of whack-a-mole, treating labels instead of causes.

    We simply cannot digest much of the sweet foods we eat, and thus we have acquired a microbiome that helps us out – except that it is pro-inflammatory. It has yeast and many other types of pro-inflammatory bacteria, with some variations person to person. Withdrawal of these sugars naturally inhibits some of the proinflammatory organisms, and with fermented veggies and properly-prepared complex carbs, we can encourage a healthy gut ecology. But some folks clearly can’t handle much starch – especially if they are diabetic (kapha type) or hypoglycemic (vata type), or have profound sensitivities, which are easy if not a little time-consuming to test for (paleodiet->elimination/challenge).

    Btw, a simple and excellent remedy for weak digestion and the problems associated with “candida” is an Indian (Ayurvedic) remedy called Hingwastak:

    Ingredients: Śuṇṭhī rhizome (dry ginger), Marica fruit (black pepper), Pippalī fruit (long pepper), Ajamodā fruit (wild celery), Saindhava (pink salt), Śvetajīraka fruit (cumin), Kṛṣṇajīraka fruit (nigella or caraway), Hiṅgu resin (asafoetida)
    Anupāna dravyāṇi (vehicle): clarified butter
    Indications: digestive weakness, poor appetite, colic, malabsorption, bowel disorders, bloating
    Dose: 1/4-1/2 tsp, mixed with a little ghee, before meals; or eaten with food, 3x daily

    As can be expected – it has a very “indian” odor, so if you are new to curry it might seem a little strange. But this formula has a great ability to dispel coldness in the gut and stimulate a good appetite, and a mild but nonetheless efficient activity to inhibit parasites and pathogenic bacteria. It would only be contraindicated in folks with heat and burning sensations, like GERD or an ulcer. If which case, another remedy is used, called Avipattikara churna.
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  61. “The key thing is to avoid rapidly digesting starches (e.g. bread, sugar, fruit etc),”

    “I didn’t mention fruit anywhere in my comments — in fact, I said that it is wise to AVOID fruit in yeast infections, ”

    Well this just confused me more. Thanks anyway. :)

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  62. I didn’t mention fruit anywhere in my comments – in fact, I said that it is wise to AVOID fruit in yeast infections, and dysbiosis generally, to inhibit pro-inflammatory microbiota. Potatoes are among the potentially problematic starchy root veggies, primarily because they have been hybridized to have very little of the fiber that supports probiotic growth, and the texture, i.e. sticky and heavy, is not ideal for digestion. Best to stick to small, new potatoes, and simply not eat too many. Also, food combining is an issue for many, and so it is wise to keep very starchy foods separate from very fatty/proteinaceous foods, e.g. a steak and a potato.

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  63. Seriously? I have a yeast infection and Im researching things to help me and this comes up. You do realize that the cadida diet says do NOT have and fresh, frozen or dried fruits and NO starchy vegetables.. You have the opposite here. Some other things are fishy too… Not cool.

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    • I have treated hundreds of patients supposedly with “candida”, and usually get results where others have failed. What resources are you referencing? Bloggers that aren’t practitioners, and have no clinical experience, and simply repeat the stuff they have read or experimented with? There is no reason to avoid ALL carbohydrates in a vaginal yeast infection – root veggies (with peels) and properly prepared cereals are fine, and often beneficial because they provide a substrate for probiotic organisms, e.g. inulin. The key thing is to avoid rapidly digesting starches (e.g. bread, sugar, fruit etc), but you don’t have to go onto a strict ketogenic diet to treat something as minor as a vaginal yeast infection. Topical treatments are key, and I frequently recommend sitz baths (e.g. Tabebuia), and application of medicated oils – esp. in a base of coconut oil, which contains the antifungal caprylic acid (e.g. 10% Neem seed oil v/v).

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      • Todd, i like that u don’t take an extreme approach. What is ur opinion on legumes, like lentils, beans, peas for candida and for general health? The nutritional theories tend to be very divided on this food group… Some say they are not healthy at all due to the lectin, phytates, and other so called antinutrients and phytoesteogens. The paleo crowd adhorrs them. But then u have the other side, which views them as one of the best slow-buring carbs (even better than the sweet potatoes and squashes that paleo touts), ey contains many anti cancer properties, and have other high levels of nutrients and blood sugar stabikizing effects.

        Some say that they are a food combining disaster due to their mix of pro and carb. Others say this combo is great for insulin regularity and blood sugar stabilization.

        Some say beans promote bad flora, while others say their resistant starch content helps balance flora levels and supplies fuel for flora to generate short chain fatty acids

        Some say legumes can cause and perpetuate leaky gut and autoimmune problems…. Some say the exact opposite

        What’s the concensus?

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        • >>Todd, i like that u don’t take an extreme approach. What is ur opinion on legumes, like lentils, beans, peas for candida and for general health?

          There isn’t any reason why someone with a simple yeast infection cannot eat legumes. However, many people mistake “candida” symptoms for other issues like intestinal permeability or autoimmune issues, in which case some legumes – esp. if they have not been properly prepared – may create problems. As you identified, I am not a dogmatist, and so I use a variety of nutritional approaches. But there very clearly is a subset of people, usually those of Northern European or First Nations (Amerindian) descent, in which seed crops are inherently problematic. I have been using a Paleolithic approach to nutrition for such folks over the last 15-16 years with success. But where I don’t see issues, and they are tolerated, I just make sure that whatever cereal or legume they want to eat is properly prepared.

          >>The nutritional theories tend to be very divided on this food group… Some say they are not healthy at all due to the lectin, phytates, and other so called antinutrients and phytoesteogens. The paleo crowd adhorrs them. But then u have the other side, which views them as one of the best slow-buring carbs (even better than the sweet potatoes and squashes that paleo touts), ey contains many anti cancer properties, and have other high levels of nutrients and blood sugar stabikizing effects., Some say that they are a food combining disaster due to their mix of pro and carb. Others say this combo is great for insulin regularity and blood sugar stabilization., Some say beans promote bad flora, while others say their resistant starch content helps balance flora levels and supplies fuel for flora to generate short chain fatty acids, Some say legumes can cause and perpetuate leaky gut and autoimmune problems…. Some say the exact opposite, What’s the concensus?

          There is no consensus, because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why its important to have the practitioners perspective. We actually “practice” with people, and see just how varied and complex the issue can be. Apart from those with a frank sensitivity to agricultural staples (i.e. cereals, legumes, dairy), I employ an Ayurvedic approach to nutrition, which provides a spectrum of options on the basis of both constitutional aspects and disease symptoms. For example, here is how it would break down, according to each type:

          Vata: http://www.foodasmedicine.ca/2011/diet-to-balance-vata-wind/
          Pitta: http://www.foodasmedicine.ca/2011/diet-to-balance-pitta-bile/
          Kapha: http://www.foodasmedicine.ca/2011/diet-to-balance-kapha-phlegm/

          best wishes…

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      • Well, I definitly do not go to bloggers for my information.. Maybe recipes for supper I do but thats it. Anything I saw that said no fruit or potatoes were Medical doctor based.. or a certain hospital. You are saying we can have fruit and potatoes than, and still get rid of our yeast infection?

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  64. The key thing is to know how to enkindle digestion. It’s not just about the food! This is a practice long established in Ayurvedic medicine – in fact, I don’t think there is any system of medicine that regards the importance of digestion in quite the same way. The concept to restore digestion is called ‘samsarjana’, or the ‘graduated diet’. It isn’t a difficult concept, but it does require a little skill and can take some time – just like you can’t rush a fire that you are trying to build, otherwise you might blow it out. This can take time (2-16 weeks, or more), depending on how long someone has been imbalanced, and sometimes it may even worsen their symptoms initially (esp. in the beginning). In Ayurveda, the process starts with a very thin rice soup called manda, prepared at a ratio of 1:14. What is traditionally used is powha, which is a flaked partially milled rice – I get a red rice variety from Sri Lanka. Basmati rice will do – the trick is to cook it into a thin white liquid. After this comes a slightly thicker version called peya, and so on, until the rice is cooked at a 1:2, and then given with a washed mung bean soup, prepared at a 1:14. Following this, if the appetite improves, the next food is a meat soup (just the broth). Then in the meat soup, various starchy veggies are added, along with rice, and then eventually small bits of meat, and then eventually, even fattier pieces of meat. This becomes the “go-to” diet when things go wrong, but from there one can branch out into eating different foods.

    It isn’t absolutely necessary to start with manda, and also, you don’t need to use just rice – oats work too. And some people (many N. Euros) after a lifetime of exposure to antigenic compounds found in improperly processed cereals end up having MAJOR immune reactions to them, and so we would start first with vegetable broth, and then move to a meat broth. However it is possible to get people to tolerate carbs again, but its important to understand unique metabolic differences between us. This is how from all the measures described, someone might use only a particular approach.

    Regarding all the fungus stuff – yes its true, but its A LOT more complex, and so much of the language here is speculative. In order to know what you’re dealing with you have to biopsy and culture it. Many issues y’all are attributing to CANDIDA are caused by other things too. Like being stressed out, sitting at a desk all day, or eating antigenic storage proteins in improperly processed cereals. Thus for the rice soups above, the cereals should be fermented before cooked if they’re whole grain.

    Btw, if anyone wants to study nutrition and Ayurveda, I am a Western Medical Herbalist and practitioner of Ayurveda, and I developed a distance learning course for both lay-people and practitioners alike: http://eepurl.com/vA2l1

    My goal is to provide people with the real information to restore digestive health. It truly works, as it has for the last 4000 years.

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    • I should add that with the rice and mung bean soup, more and more above-ground veggies can be added to the diet – ideally – lightly steamed or stir-fried (with a little fat). My goal is to have the volume of my patients diet to comprise at least 50% above-ground vegetation. If properly prepared, and with the use of herbs and spices and fat, they can effectively satiate hunger, and load the body with nutrients, but not the calories.

      Fermented veggies too can be added during this phase

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  65. I would be interested in further explanation about the avoidance of ferments, and mushrooms. I have my son on the GAPS diet right now, and the use of fermented veggies and dairy (if tolerated) is very important. It’s my understanding that they introduce “good” bacteria for gut health. And mushrooms? I realize they are a fungus, but does it follow that they contribute to fungal in the body?

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  66. My son suffered with severe effects from candida overgrowth. We were blessed to find an herbalist (The Green Herb) that has highly effective products for this. They say the main mistake people make in fighting candida is not realizing that it mutates between a yeast and a fungus. Therefore, every 1-2 months, you switch between an anti-fungal and an anti-yeast, combined with a detox/cleanser at night, and a strict diet for about 2-3 months (avoiding all sugar, grains, fermented foods, mushrooms), and also taking acidophilous or a good quality plain yogurt with live culture. This program quickly cleared up his yeast and symptoms, which he had had for his entire life (about 13 years). He will always be more susceptible and have to watch his sugar intake. Periodically we go there for a live blood cell analysis (prick finger and immed. look at blood on computer) to see if the yeast has come back. Yes, you can see the overgrowth in your blood, as well as parasites that escape a leaky gut caused by the yeast. So easy and I am so grateful! They are in Colorado.

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      • You are correct. I suppose they use a generic explanation. However, yeast does mutate into different forms, and treating it successfully requires, therefore, attacking the different forms BEFORE the yeast stops responding to one form of attack. It apparently takes only 2 months or so before a yeast becomes ‘immune’ to one attack, which is why it is necessary to switch back and forth every 1-2 months. The Green Herb describes their two products, which include a mix of herbs, as an anti-fungal and an anti-yeast; however incorrect the description, they work wonders combined with the other protocols. There are myriads of products out there, but this combination approach works amazingly well and FAST.

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        • Well, many things are effective for the wrong reasons. It just doesn’t help the integrity of a practitioner or the field of CAM for someone to make misleading, contradictory statements. Treating these sorts of issues isn’t all that difficult for a trained, experienced herbalist, which I note by the way, that the folks who run The Green Herb are not. You can find experienced herbalists in your area by checking out http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com.

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          • todd, i think you’re splitting hairs. yeast has a separate name because its a class of fungi that exist as single celled, independently operating organisms, while the rest of the fungi kingdom exist as multi-celled organisms. different chemicals and molecules probably act on these forms differently, as they have differing life cycles. Its worth being informed of and inquiring about but you don’t have to be so snarky :P

    • where did you go to get bloodwork done? i dont have insurance so having my blood tested for parasites could be expensive?

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  67. Sorry, that is William Wolcott, not Colin. And I don’t mean to suggest that Wolcott was right in every respect, but his system acknowledges that there are a range of metabolic types.
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  68. Bee: there is no one size fits all approach. Generally, I am an advocate for removing excessive CHOs from the diet, but not everyone needs to remove all, and some (most) continue to benefit from some CHOs. As I practice Ayurveda, you would need to understand the basis of how this 4000 year old system of medicine works – but in the meantime, you might review Colin Wolcott’s metabolic typing diet.

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  69. Hi Sarah

    Candida is a human commensal, which makes testing very difficult. Having been familiar with the “diagnosis” of candida for 20 years, unless I can see it, i.e. the cheesy concretion on the buccal mucosa, genitalia, nipples etc, I regard it as a wastebasket diagnosis. And yes, some practitioners prefer to be garbage men. But while outing the issue, the article is all confused on the subject, and repeats the same GAPS/specific-CHO diet stuff that has an irrational fear of polysaccharides. Humans very clearly evolved eating a huge variety of sugars – in fact – usually a much greater variety than the modern diet. For e.g., where I live, the local Salishan diet that was rich in fish, also ate lots of dietary CHOs, like springbank clover and the inner bark of hemlock. Apart from the Inuit and other circumpolar peoples, you would be hard pressed to find any traditional people not eating some kind of starchy food, or herb used as medicine, on a regular basis. We also synthesize all the enzymes necessary for digesting various starches. The GAPS/specific-CHO is clinical diet, and yes, it does get results in some people, but not for the reasons practitioners think. Properly processed cereals for e.g. are very well-digested, but most people who eat cereals don’t know how to properly process and prepare them. Similarly, in their ignorance, they buy pre-packaged food and end up eating a lot of CHOs, which increase the risk of CVD, cancer, and diabetes. Reducing CHOs is a good idea – especially the rapidly digesting ones. But if someone can’t tolerate any CHOs, the problem is that they have bad digestion. And there is a way to treat this, but its not the GAPS/specific-CHO, and nor is it the Candida diet.

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  70. I have never heard of a candida diet that still allows the consumption of starches and grains. My mother and I have used the candida diet cutting out all sugar, grains, starches, canned foods, dairy etc. with the help of probiotics and homeopathic remedy “Concordistat”. It worked for us.

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  71. Ok, first of all this author is saying that the Candida diet allows grains, mine didn’t and I don’t think any version of a Candida diet allows any starch or sugar at all, including fresh fruit! It does work if you do it the right way, this gal is just trying to make money selling books about her “new” diet, which is in fact the Candida diet! That being said, she does have some good points and the first part is a great description of what Candida is. Also, eating xylitol regularly has helped me keep it from recurring.

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  72. Tamara Ward via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    It didn’t work for me, either: turned out i had an overgrowth of lactobacillus–NOT candida!! Struggled for four miserable years with that. Turns out these two are becoming more commonly mistaken for each other.

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    • I have heard of this too. It really is all about creating *balance* in the inner ecosystem.

      Too many bacteria– even the “good” kind– in the small intestine can lead to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

      Candida can overgrow too. The keys are balance, listening to the body, and doing what uniquely works for you.

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    • I think Donna is simply pointing out differences that she believes are important. She has worked with a lot of parents to recover their kids from autism. It seems like it is an issue that is very important to her (for good reason)– it is important to so many of us.

      I admire Donna Gate’s courage.

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  73. Thank you for sharing this article. Patients with sever Candida infections NEED to test for HIV. This is one of the first signs for an immune efficiency problem. Other causes are a possibility but if HIV shows up positive, knowing this information will save others from infection. Early detection really helps control the spread of HIV in their own bodies as well. A regular Blood test for cholesterol and sugar levels… will not address HIV. Without a request for a test, your doctor may over look the real problem. Some HIV Cancers can also manifest in the mouth, long before any other signs appear. GET TESTED, remove the possibility and you will be able to get your Candida under control faster.

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  74. I always suffered from terrible melasma during my pregnancies. I read somewhere that it was connencted to copper toxicity/yeast overgrowth. After cleaning up my diet, adding lots of probiotics/probiotic foods, and taking some extra zinc, I had NO melasma with my most recent pregnancy. Worked like a charm…

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  75. Selissa Richter via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

    You can do GAPS during pregnancy just do not do the intro diet until you are done breastfeeding. The into diet is not for starting the diet, it is for later in the diet to determine what foods your body can handle. I am breastfeeding and do a modified GAPS. I have to have oat meal every few days for my milk supply to be enough.

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  76. Kati Stiles Carter via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I have done gaps during pregnancy, however it did dry up my milk. I had previously nursed through two pregnancies, so I attribute the drying up to the change in diet.

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  77. Only Full GAPS (not Intro) is recommended for pregnancy, but be careful that you detox slowly. If you are currently on SAD I would even think about in the beginning doing gluten-free, milk-free, sugar-free, artificial stuff-free. That caused a big detox in us when we were coming from SAD. We then transitioned into Full GAPS and detoxed some more. There is a GAPShelp Yahoogroup and also a GAPS Facebook page which provides lots of support and you could “talk” to other pregnant moms and learn from their experience on GAPS.

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  78. Ruthanna Marie Wilkerson via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    does anyone have any thoughts on the GAPS diet during pregnancy? i was never able to finish my gut healing due to getting pregnant and i ate so many carbs in the beginning because of extreme nausea nothing helped it. now my flair ups of pain in my ovaries and utereus are more frequent.

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  79. AWESOME AWESOME post. Thank you for posting this.

    I have to tell you that many doctors these days don’t even believe in such things as “systemic yeasts”. I had an argument with one doctor before I fired him…. I first proved to him that he was wrong, haha! My mom was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1974 and died in 1977. Back then she lived a LONG time with her terminal illness, so the folks at Stanford Research Medical Center wanted to do an autopsy to try and figure out what kept her alive so long… anyway, during the autopsy, they found every one of her organs infested with yeasts, and figured the reason she died was that her organs shut down one by one due to the YEASTS, not the actual cancer. (My thoughts are this is probably true — the body can’t fight when the yeasts overtake the immune system). Anyway, I was 2 when she died (She was pregnant with me during her cancer treatment, too!) She was 31 when she lost the battle.

    Well, I brought this autopsy report in to the doctor and dared him to continue saying that systemic yeasts were NOT a factor. HA! Then I fired him from being my doctor. I don’t need narrow minded health professionals taking charge of my health. No thanks.

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  80. The GAPS diet works! I recommend for those wondering where to start.. first get the book and read it all even if the some chapters don’t seem for you.. then I went on google and researched lots of sites and testimonies and recipes etc… the diet can seem hard to do but what I did was add in some of the parts of the GAPS diet into my normal diet… I first got myself used to making and drinking the broth’s with every meal and then kept trying new parts of the diet to get comfortable with those foods before starting it… it helped build my confidence I could do this! Here is one of my favorite GAPS stories: http://www.metamorphosisnutrition.com/taras-healing-story

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  81. Ruthanna Marie Wilkerson via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

    thanks for posting i’m going to read when i get the chance. i found that my herbal supplements helped more than the diet the diet made me miserable!!!

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  82. I have recently been made aware of a gastrointerological procedure where they introduce healthy cultures of gut bacteria from a donor to people with various health problems. The early research has provided positive results. Essentialy, if you have unhealthy or deformed beneficial bacteria, it causes more than a few problems, and even some serious conditions. WNYC’s Radiolab did a segment on the scientists who are doing this.

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  83. Sheryl Bradbury via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

    The candida diet will work for some people. It depends on why you have candida. Antibiotic induced candida can be treated with diet. Heavy metal toxicity candida will go on its own when the metal issues is dealt with.

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  84. Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Iyisa Gardner yes but people with “candida” refers to those who have it out of control and where it is a dominant position within the gut.

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  85. Heather Schroeder Zwicker via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Oregano oil is very good for candida. My son occasionally has flares and breaks out in a rash. I give him some Oregano essential oil (must be therapeutic grade) and within a couple of days it’s much better.

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  86. Kristen Roane Willis via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 9:08 am

    The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook is fabulous, and their dietary protocol really does work along with care that I am getting from a practitioner and vitamins, herbs, and homeopathic remedies!

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  87. Ladonna Beals via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The Candida diet I am on does not allow grains or potatoes or sugar and has worked very well for me. I have been considering the GAPS diet, but had I not found Dr. Kaufmann and know the cause, I would be totally bedridden. It took me years of suffering to agree to get rid of the sugars, grains and starches, and I admit I was an addict to them. I cannot imagine a candida diet that allows those things and expects to work.

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  88. Sara James via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for posting this. I just had a stool test that confirmed that I have candida. My symptoms are not as severe as some, but my ears drain and itch, I get joint pain, fogginess- those are my main complaints. I have an herbal treatment for four months and very very strong probiotics. I have been thinking about GAPS but have no idea where to start with it. Fortunately, we eat a traditional diet, so the food prep wouldn’t be foreign to me, but I know there’s an intro and then it goes on and on…any thoughts of where to begin?

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  89. Sheen Perkins-McKeever via Facebook February 17, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I agree that the standard Candida Diet does not work. After spending countless hours studying what does work, I have combined a nutritional program, based on Donna Gates work (The Body Ecology Diet) along with anti-fungul CPTG essential oils into a protocol that does work quickly and effectively. I offer a monthly, online private group program that provides all of the information and support to help your body heal.

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  90. As we probably know, that long-standing Candida infestations are harder to eliminate because the Candida forms ‘biofilms’ in gut. These are structures where the Candida colonies can hide from immune system. A part of any good Candida treatment is breaking down these colonies and allowing your body’s defenses to destroy the Candida yeast cells.
    I think the best way to tackle a Candida is to follow a structured treatment plan that includes dietary changes, antifungals and probiotics. Just as importantly, choosing the right supplements can make the difference between a rapid cure or many more years of suffering. Just my 2 cent.

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    • Candy, that correct but what dietary changes should one follow? All the advice is conflictin . Same with the supps. What worked for u specifically?

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  93. I do also have to still stay away from other yaest builders like aged cheeses (even raw goats cheese), vinagar(except raw apple cider vinegar,sweet anything (even winter squash,sweet potato and fruit ),cured meat,soy sauce and whole grains and alcohol.

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  94. I feel obligated as someone who has sufferd with candida overgroth her whole life to share, first off I want to say I have had great sucsess in following a traditional diet though not without some tweaking. When I first read th book Norishing Traditions I thought “wow how cool all I have to do is lower my carbs maybe switch a few to healthier virsions and add plenty of coconut oil and butter to every thing “what a yummy plan” so I tried it and it failed horrably so I cut bake carbs even more and still no improvement I gained weight was puffy constapated and developed even worse thrush my stomach hurt all day it was not until I was frying some eggs in raw grass fed butter one morning watching my eggs cook my gall bladder started hurting like a stabing of a sharp knife just at the Idea of eating it, I dumped out the eggs and ate them poached instead with a big dollop of sour cream and vowed to not let butter coconut oil or any other refined and consentrated oil pass my lips for the next week and like magic my digestion started working again my blood sugar became normal (It was too high even though I was eating no carbs) the next few mounths my thrush dissapeared even adding back nonsweet starches like white potatoes with sour cream and even white rice and unfermented raw whole milk did not bring the thrush back “it was all that butter and oil” I have tried since to add them back but with little success. So maybe I was not the starch, in my case it was the refined coconut oil “yes even the extra virgen is highly refined” and butter they made the candida overgrowth worse! I love the luxury of my traditional diet even without the butter and oils and I feel alot better now too!

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    • coconut oil is definitely not for everyone. It is a medicinal food and is HIGHLY antimicrobial so if your gut flora is way off, then yes, it is killing bad gut flora but also whatever good gut flora you had left, which aint much when you have candida. My holistic doctor says to be very carefull with coconut oil, especially when you have auto-immune conditions. It can be way too harsh and have unintended health consquences. Sigh, I wish everyone would get off the coconut bandwagon.

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  95. It seems that there is much still to do in this area of bio-medical waste disposal. However, your article can only help to raise awareness and improve things.

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  96. I have been under the immpression that I had candida for over a year. Now I found out that my IgE is over 2000 (should be 25<). get this; High IgE = High TH2 = Low TH1 = temp Over grwoth. Look this up and So get your food intolerance fixed and candida will disapear. All the above is rubbish.

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  97. I beg your pardon.The boy was too nervous to speak.He led them down the mountain.There are mice next to the refrigerator, under the sink and inside the cupboard!What’s new? Don’t be uneasy about the consequence.He has a remarkable memory.They plan to immigrate to Finland next year.Did you miss the bus? Where can we make the insurance claim?

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  98. White Rock via Facebook November 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    You can’t stay away from all carbs tho, because if you slip into ketosis the yeasts will feed on the ketones. Been there done that.

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  99. The Body Ecology Diet worked for me!!

    It addresses ways to “starve” Candida while also rebuilding the cells of the intestinal wall (enterocytes) and replenishing brush border enzymes.

    The inclusion of 20% starchy vegetables or traditionally prepared grains means better blood sugar control and supports healthy thyroid function.

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  100. I started with GAPS diet even when I was nursing my baby. I had candida problem for years and I was treated with antibiotic IV in labor. I was not well and my baby had terrible reactions to anything I ate. I had to remove too many types of food from my diet and it was not much different then GAPS Introduction Diet. But I had trouble taking antibiotics. I would have bad die of and my baby would not be able to keep her food down in her stomach. Somehow we got little better and could eat some new foods, but I still had bad reaction to probiotics and could take almost none. I could not go anymore longer on such limited diet and I worried that my baby probably was not getting what she needed to develop right. I could not eat dairy, any grains and nuts, no seeds, no fruits at all and not too many eggs, no tomatoes and vegetables in this group, and much more.

    It was very hard, but I did it for about 4 months. This is were I started thinking that it is better for me just to die then leave like that. I felt even worth when I found out that it might not work anyway. I also found out that fruits are okay to eat with candida, so I introduced them back in my diet. Boy, it was a mistake. I felt worth then ever.

    I felt discouraged, but I found Dr. McCombs’ Candida Plan that so far worked for me with few reactions that I could eliminate by going slower. It’s also okay if you are pregnant or nursing which is great news for some of us who needs to something now for our and our babies health. I can take very powerful probiotics without any problems now and I feel great. Sweating is the biggest part of this plan. I hope this info is helpful for some of you. I tried many things, but this was best by far. Diet is not perfect for a long run, but it is okay and not too hard. My baby does not react to fruits anymore and vegetables. Now we are okay with nuts and seeds. I think this is a great indicator that we are recovering.

    Here is the link (I am nor an affiliate) http://www.candidaplan.com/

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  101. The Candida diet ALONE will NOT cure candida. I healed mine following the protocol at http://wholeapproach.com. It was the anti-fungal protocol that worked to balance things for me.

    HOWEVER,

    I realized just recently that the diet, antifungals and sugar free sweeteners are very HIGH OXALATE and I soon developed serious arthritic symptoms. I basically had gout at 35 years old. It was your post Sarah about green smoothies and oxalates that alerted me to what was happening. I’m on a low oxalate diet now to address the oxalates, then I will be transitioning to GAPS to finally heal my gut. In summary, I needed the anti-candida diet to address the candida. It did work for that, but it doesn’t heal leaky gut, which is what I need to do next.

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  102. Tina Zanetti via Facebook November 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Most sugars eaten today, including most honey, is refined. This means that some or all of the minerals and vitamins naturally contained in the food are removed. Therefore, the more that one eats of these foods, the more sick one becomes and the worst candida becomes. Best to stay away from any carbs!

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    • hey, just wanted to let the followers, or those considering following “bee’s candida program”, that its not based on science, according to my understanding of biology and chemistry gained from a Bachelor of Science. I’m not a nutritionist or anything but I know that the first line in her program description is just not true:

      “”
      Bee’s Candida Program Improves Anyone’s Health
      Three Food Groups

      Protein
      Fats
      Carbohydrates (carbs) are any foods not classified as protein or fat, including vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, sugars, etc.

      Carbohydrates are a molecule contained in many foods, the same foods that contain proteins and fats, together. A food can be high in carbohydrates but foods are not classified AS carbohydrates….be wary of fad diets, friends.

      cheers

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  103. I’ve been on full GAPS for almost 10mos, though did make some of the mistakes Sarah mentioned (fortunately only once in a while) bc/ I hadn’t read the actual book :o). Finally did that last month. I am not doing the intro now as I am pregnant and had been extemely underweight when I started as it was, so I did not feel comfortable cutting out all starches, incl. the permitted ones. There is one question that is plaguing my mind, however. Why is algea and seaweed not allowed on GAPS? I cannot find the answer to this anywhere. Anyone know? I had been taking chlorella and spirulina previously bc/they are superfoods and namely bc/I have 9 mercury/amalgam fillings and chlorella is one of the best ways to detox and flush out heavy metals. I cannot afford to have all my mercury filligs replaced at this time and would not do so presently if I could bc/of the pregnancy and since I plan on BFing for at least a couple of years as I did w/my 1st child. What is so bad about chlorella? As most folks know, we are also getting radiation from Japan (us esp. we live on Hawaii, where we are also sprayed w/toxins and metals by the govt. via Chemtrails :o(,) so it is REALLY important to detox regularly where we live. I feel like the benefits of chlorella would outweigh whatever negative aspects there are, whatever they are, in our case. Please, if anyone has insight on this, let me know ASAP.

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    • You can google “gap questions” or the “gaps guide questions”, something along those lines…if you find what im talking about, theres a series of questions that Natasha McBride answers I think once a month and theres many questions and answers there. If I remember correctly, I thing you can have seaweed and such after your digestion is ok and you tolerate certain foods.

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  104. The more I read, the more confused I become! I just recently found out about the GAPS diet and really want to give it a try. I have a severely autistic son. He was once on the Ketogenic diet for seizures, which completely eliminated them. That diet was high fat, low carb and protien. He went from the Keto-diet to a casein and gluten free diet. He has HUGE digestive problems. I see a lot of undigested food in his bowel movements. He eats tons of food, but is skinny as a rail. I recently found out he has low-thyroid and low cortisol. He also has TERRIBLE skin, covered with tiny bumps that even dry brushing doesn’t help. I am hoping the GAPS diet could heal his gut, but now I am wondering about all this other info I am reading here about balancing copper and zinc levels, mercury levels (he did have chelation therapy years ago),and lead in mason jars? I know I can handle implementing the GAPS diet (I venture to say no diet is as regimented and strict as the Keto-diet), but I would hate to do it and not be successful because of some other issues mentioned here. Any ideas?

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    • He may want to check out Humaworm. They have a parasite cleanse as well as candida cleanse using powerful organic herbs. The stories about parasites are incredible. He fits a lot of those symptoms. Plus, people with candida, like myself, usually have problems with parasites, too. It is a very informative website. Check it out.

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    • Try mms, all with candida must have parasites and low stomach acid, restore stomach acid with iodine and zinc , use apple cider vinegar with every meal, mms kills parasites , eat organic and to start a lot of raw, drink kefir everyday. Colonics everyone and then. Liver flush every now and then.

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    • I was diagnosed with celiac disease 5 years ago.. had alot of undigested food until I gave up the gluton,,more over, the shin issues persisted.. the small bumps and the low thtroid.. after no help from doctors I reead about flouride causing the skin issues and my thyroid trouble.. the body searches for flourine when your lacking iodine .. this kills the thyroid and once I got off of the flouride my rash went away.. replace the iodine with J.Crow”s Lugol”s Solution 5% Iodine. I hope this helps.. Keep in mind bottled water companies put flouride in the water.. but they dont list it.. I use smart water or figi.. pestcides are high in flouride also.. and dark chocolate and grapes are high too. I hope this helps.. Good luck!

      Gina

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  105. One thing I do not understand about candida is how cutting yeast breads out of your diet will affect anything or any yeast baked good. Yeast is inactivated by heat so how can it affect the candida? I think it’s more the sugar thing……. esp refined sugars.

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  106. The perfect cure for me was the recovery diet in the book by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon: “Eat Fat, Lose Fat.” The menus and recipes are wonderful. Based on coconut products and traditional WAPF cooking methods, it is the only candida-related diet that did not deplete my energy and actually cured me.

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  107. Sarah- My son was born 7 months ago via C-section and pumped full of antibiotics for ATLEAST 12hrs for the duration of the labor due to Strep B bacteria. Are probiotics, fermented foods for both mama and baby not enough? Will he one day have to do the GAPS diet to balance hi gut flora? He is breastfeeding and also I make his the raw milk baby formula from nourishing traditions plus egg yolk, raw liver, and bone broth. Please advise…

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  108. There is a KASHI add at the bottom of this post! =(

    I am at a fork in the road when it comes to GAPS. I’m not sure if it is right for a lot of people (I know it works well for some). I’m still researching it at the moment.

    Here is some food for thought from Lita Lee, Ray Peat and Josh Rubin…

    Candidiasis Myths
    I wrote an article years ago on Candidiasis and Other Parasites. It’s available on my website. There are many myths about candidiasis. Below are some of them.
    Systemic candidiasis is a myth: According to Dr. Ray Peat, most of what people believe about candida is wrong, but candida can become a problem for sick people. IgA is the main type of antibody on surfaces and secretions and should protect against candidiasis. But IgA is deficient in hypothyroidism, so hypothyroid people have more susceptible membranes, and the yeasts thrive on sugar that can appear in the secretions in diabetes/stress, but they adhere to any cell with estradiol in it, thinking they have found a fertile yeast. Eating sugar and fruit is helpful, rather than harmful as the cultists say, because well nourished yeasts aren’t harmful in the intestine. But starved yeasts need sugar and so they project invasive filaments into the intestinal wall, and can get into the blood stream, at which point – if they aren’t quickly destroyed by white blood cells – they can grow and quickly kill the person. In a typical year, a few people in the world get invasive candida and quickly die, but millions of Americans will insist that they ‘have candida in the bloodstream.’ Eating sugar (fruits, fruit juices) lowers cortisol, keeping the white cells working, helps to increase thyroid, and keeps the yeast from becoming invasive. PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids or omega-3 and -6 oils) are yeast stimulants, unlike saturated fats. The white film on grapes is a layer of yeast cells, that live there because of the PUFA in the waxy surface of the grape.” (Source: Dr. Ray Peat; http://www.raypeat.com)

    The anti-candida diet is unhealthy. In fact the sugars in fruits as indicated above by Dr. Ray Peat, the yeast in bread and many other foods on this list have nothing to do with candidiasis. The pro-thyroid diet would be excellent for preventing candidiasis, plus the enzymes and nutritional supplements listed below.

    Many people who believe they have candidiasis do not really have it. Many clients who come to me believe that they have candidiasis and that it is the cause of all of their health problems. I disagree. Candidiasis isn’t the cause of illness. It is the outcome of a suppressed immune system from a bad diet, overuse of antibiotics or serious illness. Candidiasis is not quite as common as many people believe. Why? Many of the symptoms of candidiasis overlap with those of poor digestion. Also, parasites other than Candida albicans can have very similar signs and indications as those for candidiasis. These symptoms can include bloating, food and environmental allergies, gastrointestinal problems, constipation or diarrhea, itchy skin, skin rashes and so on.

    A nutritional support program for candidiasis:
    SmI – contains cellulase which digests unwanted species of yeast plus probiotics required to establish healthy intestinal flora.
    TRMA – a high protease formula which is for nutritional support of the immune system.
    Citricidal Tabs – a botanical formula for many kinds of parasites.

    References: from http://www.litalee.com: April 2003 To Your Health; Candidiasis And Other Parasites.

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  109. I’m a big fan of Traditional Chinese Medicine for treating candida.

    We have had great success with our 4 year old. She even seems to tolerate the odd bit of sugar now, although we definitely do not have it often.

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  111. I TOTALLY have experienced this. Trying to contain my candida has been useless! I need to get these fillings out first!”I agree with checking for mercury too. Candida chelates mercury so as long as you have elevated levels of mercury in your body you will keep inviting candida in to sort it out. You need to remove the mercury before you can overcome the candida.”

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    • http:// thanks for that tip im on a gut restoration journey and no help from my last dr tired of being lied too i asked the idiot what could be causing my weight gain and no answer, liars im n charge now jus wondering if i should sue malpractice we all should sue sic of the medical world, need some green good weed ill feel much better since im starving to death wen i jus ate feeding the candida fungus

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  112. White Rock via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    My experience is similar to Christine Woods Stuart’s. And yes it is frustrating when people (even people that you know love you and are only trying to help you) assume you have just not done enough or done it exactly right or you would be over it by now. I think that we, in the health-conscious community, assume that because we know a person’s afliction that we also know their lifestyle and failures. Then we turn into Job’s friends.

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  113. White Rock via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    My experience is similar to Christine Woods Stuart’s. Mine started as a child when I was put on daily antibiotics for a chronic eye infection. I took those every day for nine years, then there was birth control pills, steroids for bell’s palsey (twice) more antibiotics for recurrent UTI’s, births, c-sections, and so on. I have had candida for more years of my life than I have had without it. And yes it is frustrating when people (even people that you know love you and are only trying to help you) assume you have just not done enough or done it exactly right or you would be over it by now. I think that we, in the health-conscious community, assume that because we know a person’s afliction that we know their lifestyle and failures. Then we turn into Job’s friends.

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    • http:// what is beyond baked wish i was baked anyways ill have to look into that im on a mission to better health no help from my dr’ dump the mindless idiot years ago if i it works and the extra 50 lbs come off ill probably die of shock the truth is out spread the word about the candida fungus to the poor people of america god bless we were made to live longer no wonder wen i eat i always feel hungry the gov knows this sic bastards

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  114. As a long time observer of foods and disease (IOW I’ve studied all this stuff, I just don’t have a degree which says so) I’ve come to the conclusion that what we eliminate from our diets is usually the wrong approach. Even with grains. YES. IT. IS.

    What’s normally missing is basics like amino acids, electrolytes/minerals, good fats and, of course, good sources of probiotics.

    But people are so busy listening to the guru’s of the “industry” they fail to hear the correct message. You gotta learn to read between the lines. It’s what’s missing that’s usually what’s missing! In this case, it’s what’s missing from your diet more than what’s included.

    The allergy field is just now starting to take notice of this fact, some 20+ years after I spoke to local people (doctors, lab techs, etc) and finally they are connecting the dots.

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  115. The candida diet that I used to cure myself of yeast overgrowth consisted entirely of meat and low-glycemic vegetables. It totally worked. I took a lot of probiotics along with the healthy food. The plan is mentioned in the book “88 Foods to Eat to Help You Get Healthy…” on Amazon along with telling you what are truly healthy foods for everyone to eat (and what to avoid!).

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  116. In addition to the GAPS diet and addressing metals mentioned above like mercury and copper, the friendly yeast called Saccharomyces Boulardii helps fight Candida. If candidiasis is a known problem, S. Boulardii can be taken along with Bio-Kult on the GAPS diet.

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    • Tina you can read about copper, there is a lot of confusing info …..what you want to know is how to fix it. If you want to know more call me, I work with women with copper toxicity every day. 512-608-4065

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  117. I can totally relate to your article. I disagree with those that say the candida diet works, Body Ecology diet works, cleansing works, etc, etc. I have been fighting Candida for more years than I would like to count and according to the article was doomed at birth with a C-section, had allergies immediately, infections of every sort as a kid and then antibiotics. Add to that asthma meds(steroids), birth control and stress…I basically have been fighting poor gut health forever. For people like me the suggestions listed in many of the comments don’t work. I am not saying they don’t help mild cases or maybe even moderate. I am to the point of doing the GAPS diet(nobody told me about it and I found out about it recently)…it honestly is my last hope since I am so frustrated with the delayed food intolerances I have developed as well as IBS, weight gain tendencies, etc. Just received my Pickl-It jars today so I will switch anaerobic fermentation(mason jars weren’t working for various reasons). I truly think that healing the gut(which has been missing from everything else I have tried in the past is the key). That and lactofermented foods…I never realized I could get probiotics in something other than dairy which I can’t tolerate. My diet has been better than 95% of the population over the years. I am on a yeast protocol through my doctor that uses Interfase Plus(enzyme/chelator to break up biofilm protecting yeast), high levels of probiotics, Diflucan, Oil of Oregano, S. Boulardii, and IgG. It takes a LONG time to fight something that is so well established. It frustrates me to no end when people assume that I haven’t followed an anti-candida or B.E. diet or haven’t detoxed or whatever else. Everyone is different and the path that brought them to illness is different. Some of us unfortunately had our parents lack of knowledge to bring us to this point. I will say that the copper/adrenal issue is something to look into especially since stress is a factor in this problem.

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  118. I worked with Pam Killeen after GAPS and SCD failed along with all the other. Eating a nutrient dense diet, and balancing my zinc to copper ratio work not only on my yeast issues but two dozen other symptoms. Weston price dietary recommendation are best and balancing biochemistry. I will add that fermented foods helped which I fermented properly by using a pickl-it jar. Avoid mason jars they leach lead into your ferment and no one needs added health issues.

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      • Mary, I don’t think it is much of a concern. As for Pickl-it’s, I was disappointed. The first time I used one was the first time I ever had a ferment go bad. I’m back to mason jars and fermenting like a fool since the WAPF conference.

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    • Gloria, can u elaborate on the nurrient-dense diet u used to beat candida? There are many different kinds. Did u restrict fruits and grains and legumes? What. Was ur Macronutrient ratio?

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      • Mary Diet alone does not rid the body of candida. If you want to know exact what caues it, why diet alone doesn’t work and what you have to do, you are welcome to call me, too much to type. 512-608-4065

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      • Stacy, Diet alone does not rid the body of candida. If you want to know exact what caues it, why diet alone doesn’t work and what you have to do, you are welcome to call me, too much to type. 512-608-4065

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  120. Sarah, are fermented drinks allowed during the Intro GAPS diet? I wasn’t sure. If so, do you know when they are ok to introduce?

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  121. Michelle Valdes via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Very timely article – going thru exactly what you said, with the symptoms coming back in full force. Looks like it’s GAPS for me…

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  122. Amanda Palmateer via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    there IS some great info in the article, don’t get me wrong. :) i’ve also researched the GAPS diet for healing the gut which seems the best route to go for years and years of damage…

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  123. Eating “normally” would be eating a sweets (made with whole sugars) in moderation, as well as fruits, grains (properly prepared) and starches without Candida symptoms coming back full fury as what happens after a stint on the Candida Diet as it doesn’t heal .. only addresses symptoms.

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  124. Amanda Palmateer via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    also: “Avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas, parsnips and all beans except green beans.” for stage 2 during the candida diet… DEFINITELY different info than given in your article here…..

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  125. Amanda Palmateer via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    also: “Avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas, parsnips and all beans except green beans.” for stage 2 during the candida diet… DEFINITELY different info than given in your article here…..

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  126. Amanda Palmateer via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I don’t know which candida diet this article is about, but it’s obviously different than the one i am aware of…. stage 1 is CLEANSING(to rid yourself of parasites, yeasts, and heavy metals then reintroduce gut flora, etc): http://www.thecandidadiet.com/candida-diet-stage-one.htm and during stage 2 there is NO FRUIT… http://www.thecandidadiet.com/foodstoeat.htm .. then after you’ve been on stage 2 for however long you need to be, you can move to stage 3 which does re-allow some fruit……. candida stage 2/3 diet is VERY similar to body ecology, paleo and more….

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  127. detox, detox, detox! i have a crystal heat (bio mat mini) that can heat up to 160 i use it daily to sweat. ive done alot of diets and glad i did, because its a great foundation but fir heat mat has to be at the top….well YAH (God) is really at the top

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  128. I agree with checking for mercury too. Candida chelates mercury so as long as you have elevated levels of mercury in your body you will keep inviting candida in to sort it out. You need to remove the mercury before you can overcome the candida.

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    • WRONG. Honey, yes even raw honey, immediately aggravates oral thrush and gut candida symptoms in many people who have candida gut problems. Just because it is “raw” does not mean all the fructose in that honey somehow magically does not feed candida.

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      • Honey and fruits not allowed in GAPS until one has completed the introductory cleansing stage. Its interesting how little many people know about the GAPS diet here and yet they are so eager to criticize it. I feel sorry for those who will not give it a try even though it could really heal them from the inside out.

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  129. I found the GAPS DVD set so helpful when starting this diet as it shows how to make many of the foods like bone broths, saurkraut, using almond flour to make pancakes, etc. and answered so many of my questions. Also you can purchase the GAPS book and cookbook, and supplements on their website. One stop shopping! And there is a list of practitioners on the site. Another hint for those wanting to start the diet. Contact your local Weston Price chapter and see if there is someone in your community who is on the GAPS diet who can be like a mini support group for you as you start this journey. So helpful to me as I live by myself and finding the courage to not grab a small bag of chips or whatever when I got tired was difficult before I found someone to talk to who was on the journey ahead of me. Thanks, Sarah, for reposting these 2 columns.

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  130. I do think that sometimes more is needed to heal the gut than just a diet change but this infomation, from my experience, is a little misleading. I have gone on several candida diets (and really do continue on one to this day – sometimes really following the SCD diet without meaning to :-)) and I have personally been advised by several practitioners and sites not to eat fruits on the diet and to severely limit grains.

    I know that there are doctors who think you can eat fruits on the diet but I didn’t think that worked for me. I do wonder about GAPS and SCD since they allow fruit and honey. I don’t think I could handle honey at all. I would love to hear from others who have candida and have looked at these diets.

    I don’t know if folks who get candida in a moderate to severe way are ever cured. I would be interested in hearing from folks in this situation as well.

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    • Look into GAPS more closely. If you do it properly, there is an intro period where fruit and honey aren’t allowed. It is a time of cleansing and is designed to stave pathogens while doing maximum gut healing and slowly introducing more and more good bacteria. Honey and fruit are slowly introduced right at the end of this intro period.

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    • I agree Adrienne. There are many ‘so called’ Candida Diets. Unfortunately it seems everyone who’s written a book on the subject has a different protocol to follow. Some say yes to fruits, potatoes, and grains, but if you dig deeper there are others out there who say that a true candida diet eliminates all grains as well as all sugar forms, including fruit.

      This article is not really fair to say in general that a candida diet doesn’t work. I’m not saying a GAPS diet wouldn’t heal either but I have also been hearing about the importance of copper and getting mercury fillings removed for any diet to be effective.
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    • http:// please dont burst my bubble im jus getting started on my sugar detox regamine so tired of the revovling doors of the medical hype ask my last dr questions esp what is causing my weight gain no honest answer dump the dr if there not a naturopathic out with the old in w the new. i think to say the least i should feel better once my body in not starving to death even thou i eat good foods jus wondering how long the evil dr’s are gonna let us suffer and get the message out keep in touch everybody i need to smoke some weed god bless all the honest good caring people and now the so called gateway drug is not such a bad drug after all it never was !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so glad i have a computer off to gut restoration ill get bac to you adrianne sometime now i no why my aunt died of not kidney failure but the true cause starve to death a candida infection of the body wish i known about this gut imbalance 30 years ago now i can thro it bac in the dr’s face and i will heal my own family now all my kids no more dr’ amen and even think about sueing definately malpractice going on in america kevin traduea is right natural cures why are we paying dr’s to make us sic

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    • Fully agree about fruits… I noticed that I would get slightly bloated after eating fruit.. sugar, in any form, ignites that devilish fungi.

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  131. I can see why that candida diet would never work with fruit, potatoes & grains. Yikes. The candida diet I followed was spartan with zero sugars except for those found naturally in low carbs veggies (no mushrooms). In addition, the candida must be killed using coconut oil, olive leaf oil, garlic, etc.

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  132. My 14 year old dd had rampant candida after a 6 month stint of steroids and antibiotic following a chicken pox that chose to settle in the 5th layer of her cornea rendering her blind in that eye. The meds worked but reeked havoc in her intestines and brain. Our nutritinal council was to follow the candida diet including pommegranite juice (to kill the yeast in the brain). The GAPS diet followed this regiment. A year later she sees perfectly and has no candida in her brain or her bowel.

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    • Jamie, I’m so pleased to hear she has recovered. That must have been stressed for you both. I’m sure one good thing has come from it, your daughter will definately be aware of the importance of diet from an early age – something I wish I knew about in my formative years!

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  133. Every time I hear or read candida, I’m reminded of my husband’s boss’s wife who said, “Have you tried the new Candida Bowl at Taco Bell? It’s sooooo good.” Her daughter replied with, “Mom, that’s gross. And it’s Cabana Bowl, not Candida Bowl.” Blah lol

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  134. Iyisa Gardner via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    that is strawberry tongue, not the same as candida overgrowth visible in the oral cavity (thrush). it is impossible to have a systemic overgrowth of candida without visible thrush or a vaginal yeast infection.

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    • This is not true I had systematic candida for 4 years, never had thrush and only 1 vaginal infection the whole time. I worked with 3 yeast specialist doctors and am finally well.

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  135. I have been eating traditionally for a few months now, and the one side effect I have noticed is dandruff. Could this still be from Candida? Is there any way to tell? It’s driving me crazy! I thought perhaps it was a symptom of toxins leaving my body from eating fermented drinks and foods. Is that possible? Just wondering if I really need GAPS. Although I have a history of food and seasonal allergies, so my guess is yes anyway.

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      • Glad I’m not the only one Mary! I do sort of have fatigue and low sex drive, but I’m also nursing an 8 month old, so that could certainly be why! :)

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        • Dandruff can sometimes be nothing more than shampoo or conditioner that hasn’t been completely rinsed away. I also think regular, natural skin cell turnover can be to blame — if these dead cells aren’t washed away or removed during regular grooming. Too much shampooing can also dry out the scalp. Yes, fungus can be an explanation, but don’t overlook simpler explanations.

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          • @ Linda: Indeed. Too bad more people don’t look for the simple answers. They make everything SOOOO complicated.

            One tip I could give to those who have dandruff and any other skin issues. Order a quality grade Frankincense oil and add a few drops of it to your shampoo, lotions, etc. Great for skin issues. I mix a little with coconut oil and use it on all kinds of skin issues. Never has failed me yet and helps with wrinkles, too. I’ll be 60 next year and no one believes me when I tell them.

          • Linda, the issue I have is that this really wasn’t a problem for me until I started eating traditionally. I also wash my hair less because I have a baby and just don’t have the time to shower and wash my hair every day. So I find it odd that it’s dried out, although perhaps the actual shampoo is the culprit. I did change that a few months ago as well. I keep meaning to drop shampoo out of my beauty routine anyway, and just start using baking soda, so maybe I should try that and see what happens.

  136. Tina Zanetti via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

    A better diet alone often leads to improvement in candida symptoms within a few days to a week. However permanently improving copper balance, eliminating toxic metals and enhancing the oxidation rate take longer, up to several years or even longer. Basically, a lifestyle change is necessary and lots of TLC!

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  137. Tina Zanetti via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    If the copper imbalance is severe, the problem is much worse and often will not go away until copper metabolism is corrected with a nutritional balancing program. It is not just a matter of “lowering copper”, as many doctors believe. It is more complex. Copper is one of the body’s natural yeast fighters. In fact, copper compounds are used on crops such as copper sulfate, and in swimming pools and hot tubs, at times, to control yeast and fungal growth. Also researchers found that one factor that diminishes copper availability is poorly functioning adrenal glands. This may lead to low ceruloplasmin or low metallothionein. Ceruloplasmin and metallothionein are copper transport proteins. With low adrenal activity, copper may not be properly bound and may therefore become less available to the body. Thus until adrenal activity improves, candida will be difficult to control. When the adrenals and thyoid glandular activity normalizes, often copper imbalance and yeast problems disappear on their own without any need for specific therapy.

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    • Tina zanett, ur post is timely. I found out recently that my ceruplasmin is low and my zinc low… I have bad dysbiosis and yeast and other go issues. My adrenals are also shot. What do u recommend to heal adrenals? Also, any dietary advice and macronutrient ratios? i

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  138. Robert Masters via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Everyone is different – and I’d just like to say that the diet has totally worked for me. On my diet, I stayed away from fruit – something you ate – and also stayed away from potatoes etc. I then went on a maintenance diet that was refined sugar free, gluten-free, and organic. Three years later, I’ve not had a re-occurrence of the problem. Also, to the best of my knowledge, Candida can be bought on several ways – and not just what you describe in your article. So people… don’t despair… maybe this diet will work for you. Thanks for allowing me to share this info. Respect. http://www.wholeapproach.com/diet/

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    • I agree, Sarah. I heard about Doug Kaufmann’s “advice” years ago and just shook my head and wondered how you ever get better with THAT diet! You don’t. It’s just like modern allopathic medicine – you may think it’s working because you feel better for the moment, but long-term you aren’t doing much more than hiding the symptoms until later. To me, that’s not a fix.

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  139. Tina Zanetti via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

    What needs to be dealt with first and foremost to eventually get rid of the yeast overgrowth is to find out the level of Copper in the body.

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    • I’ve been following Bee for years! Glad to see someone else mention her work. I don’t necessarily eat the way she recommends but I try to follow her logic and see where it goes. I do agree with her about fermented foods, however, and have done so for years. Whenever anyone in my family (while growing up) had heartburn they drank pickle juice or ate sauerkraut, homemade when it was available.

      I also had heard YEARS ago about the copper imbalance and the zinc problems when I was studying some work by Ann Louise Gittleman. She’s been connecting the dots for quite a long time.

      One of the best pieces of dietary advice I ever stumbled on was something I did by accident about 14 years ago, and that was adding sea salt to my first afternoon glass of drinking water (filtered with a ceramic filter in our home). Great for the gut and helps to supply those trace minerals we all need.

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  140. I was at Pam Killeen’s talk at the WAPF conference this past weekend and she talked about copper toxicity. As long as there is an imbalance of copper/zinc in the body it will be unable to fix candida overgrowth. Which for me explains why the gaps diet did not cure my chronic yeast infections. Pam said that copper toxicity is rampant nowadays due to our cultures phobia of red meat (source high in zinc) copper sulfate added to municipal water as an antimicrobial and copper pipes in our homes (source of drinking water).

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    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes, there are other factors that come into play as well. My husband had to have his amalgams removed before he could completely kick Candida as the constant mercury vapor from the amalgams suppresses immunity. From a strictly diet perspective though, the Candida Diet just doesn’t work and GAPS is a much more effective protocol.
      Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist\’s last post: Don’t Waste Your Time: Why the Candida Diet Doesn’t Work

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      • I see this all the time in my practice! I personally struggled with candida overgrowth for a long, long time and tried the anti-candida diet with no long-term success, exactly as you described. I also had amalgams, but candida and mercury have an interesting relationship- candida does feed off the mercury, but it also has a slightly protective mechanism for us in the short-term. It’s beneficial to address BOTH at the same time.

        I’ve also found compromised digestion (starting with low hydrochloric acid production, usually secondary to blood sugar handling problems- this low HCL is also related to low zinc) in ALL my clients with candida overgrowth. Parasites are also usually present, for the same reason- no HCL to protect the gut, and then it’s a field day in there for them with all the dysbiosis.

        What finally DID work for me (and my husband) and the protocol I use with my clients now, is a combination of the GAPS diet (or a derivative of), an herbal-based supplement regimen, digestive support, zinc, reseeding the gut with good bacteria (through supplementation and food), and a few other components including lifestyle modifications (water filters, no antibiotics in food, etc).

        It is EXTREMELY effective because it addresses the root cause- the imbalance in the gut- and it’s fairly fast- as compared to the anti-candida diet which just goes on and on forever with little results (that don’t last). It also ADDRESSES THE SPORES!!!! This can NOT be overstated. You must, must, must address the spores (we do this via herbal supplementation in our protocol, as well as continuing the diet change, etc during this crucial phase)

        Candida is a fungus. When a fungus is threatened, it sends up spores, so that the species will survive after the “attack” (like an anti-candida diet). Once the “threat” is over (you’ve stopped the diet), then the spores (which are all over the body now) can grow again and once the overgrowth is there, symptoms will begin again, often with NEW symptoms because the spores have lodged elsewhere in the body. This is why people are often on candida diets for years and years- the spores keep the overgrowth coming back and it’s a vicious cycle. Once I realized this, it was a no-brainer on WHY these various things I’d tried didn’t work long-term.

        All my personal experience went into creating our candida protocol. It’s extremely effective and thankfully does not go on for years and years. Getting candida under control was one of the most significant things I did to improve my personal health, after being practically bed-ridden for years. Thank you for sharing this info, Sarah!! Healing the gut is soooo important!
        Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health\’s last post: Fresh Bites Friday November 9, 2012

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        • May I ask what type of herbal-based supplement regimen do you use?
          I am using ultra inflam X (recommended by my naturopathic doctor) and kolorex.
          I wonder if these products works with gaps diet.
          I have been spending all my day off making fermented vegetable, drink, bone broth and soup every week…. Hoping my body heal…

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        • This can NOT be overstated. You must, must, must address the spores (we do this via herbal supplementation in our protocol, as well as continuing the diet change, etc during this crucial phase)
          PLEASE tell me what herbal supplement need to be used re: the SPORES
          Thanks

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      • but that’s exactly what I’m saying, it HAS worked for me, just from a dietary perspective alone, and for many, many other people, which is why your “the candida diet doesn’t work” thesis is so utterly puzzling. It’s clearly worked for MANY MANY people. Jesus, even before the weight loss, my dermatological symptoms of candida were gone WITHIN A WEEK.

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      • Did you actually do any research for this article? Or did you just write whatever came into your head?

        No respectable Candida diet plan has fruit, and most of them severely limit grains.

        Take a look at Lisa Richards’ Candida treatment program. It works and it’s pretty much the opposite of what you’ve stated in this article!

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        • I agree! I just finished reading the same article and there are NO starchy veggies listed as “helpful” to rid the body of candida nor are grains or grain-like substances stressed as being staples in one’s diet while trying to heal or combat the fungus…..Not really sure what you are talking about when you wrote this article….There are no fruits suggested either until after the first phases….

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    • And yet, I just read an article that raved about the antimicrobial, antifungus qualities of copper and suggested we should be taking copper supplements.

      Seems like for everything I read, tellingme what I should or should not eat, there is an opposing view

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    • The Body Ecology Diet didn’t work for me. For example, I found that douching with apple cider vinega like she recommends really worsened my candida, as well as several other things. I also think that Donna is selling lots of supplements that are not neccessary in her diet. It is more of a money making thing, designed to keep people buying things, rather than curing them permanently. Like you need to buy her starter to ferment vegetables and make kraut. This is nonsense for me. Kraut has been made for hundreds of years just with cabbage, flavors, a little salt and water. I have been making great kraut and fermented vegetables like this for a few years now, no problems. Also, after years of buying her kefir starter I found that I could make even better coconut water kefir just with water grains. I think that a lot of Donna’s recommendations are misleading. And her diet definitely didn’t work for me. it gave me some improvement, but not complete. I really had a good shot at it. I did it religiously for over a year.

      What has worked for me the diet and principles contained in the book “Sugar or Sex”. It is a a really effective anti-candida diet with other practices combined. It is more gentle in tone than her book. And there are no expensive supplements you need to get to cure it. I trusted this more, and following it lead me to a complete cure and really truly excellent health.

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      • I am affraid and tired about all these. Please tell me more about my every day diet, if possible, and give some practical advice how to manage my eating-breakfast, lunch etc. I am loosing weight and day after day my body becomes skiny. And what about the book “sugar or sex” who is the author and who the editor.
        thank you for your time
        maria

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      • Hi Meg,
        Thank you so much for your comment regarding your experience with the Body Ecology diet. Im highly interested in learning about your success with making the water kefir with water grains. Could you please share? I did try but it never turned right. It almost seemed as if there wasn’t enough sugar for them to get fed. Perhaps I wasn’t using the right amount of grains per water or I was doing something wrong. The drink has helped me alot but the starter is an extra expense, so any help on the topic is extremely appreciated.

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    • I am sorry, but this website has SO MUCH mis-information. No wonder she didnt get well. PLEASE do not listen to this site, if I had, I would still be sick. I stayed sick longer listening to this.

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      • Please explain, Shannon! I am getting sicker all the time and desperate for some help! I’m trying to find a good sensible diet (and frankly I don’t think GAPS fits that category) to get rid of my candida, and in turn, my allergies, eczema, fatigue, etc. What worked for you??? Please help me!

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  142. Monique C. Melara via Facebook November 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I’m on a paleo-ish diet. I just upped my probiotic, bone broth (your instructions:), and coconut oil intake – voila! Problem solved :D

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    • I did a diet for this and in 2 week it was gone forever. Its more extreme though. All you do is eat vegetables, red bell paper, lots of water like 15 glasses a day, avoid heat, and lots of garlic. Nothing else. You feel really bad after a few days. And you crave carbos and sugar so badly. But feel worse. Then week passes and just feel weird. And 2 weeks later.

      And slowly then go back to eating normal. But avoid extreme sugar for 1 year. Like candy and white bread.

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      • I don’t know how true the candida stuff is but I know what you are saying. A couple of times I ate only raw vegetables for 2 weeks and the end of that I was feeling good. I didn’t try to make raw vegan pizza, or lasagna, and all that other crap. I didn’t try to make the food something it wasn’t I just at it how it was. Friends looked at me weird because I would eat a bell pepper like an apple. As far as the garlic, I would chomp raw cloves and swollow them with water and within days it would really knock out my worst symptoms. Two weeks didnt fix it for me but I do believe at least for the short term this is the best diet

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    • So as for grain substitutes, what about buckwheat? It’s thought to be a grain but actually a seed with high amino acid, antioxidant, and mineral content. Living in Poland grain free is hard enough as it is… Also what about oats and rice? According to metabolic typing I’m a more carb-mixed type so it would be nice to sort out the options ;)

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    • Change your soap to an all natural soap like Grandpas brand pine tar soap or Goats Milk soap. The skin is an organ that absorbs the chemicals from the commercial soaps into the body.

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