Yeast Infection Diet: The Foods to Consume and Foods to Avoid

11th November 2014

Yeast Infection DietCandida or Candida Albicans is actually a yeast infection that affects a lot of women from all over the world.

Interestingly however, the yeast actually remains normally within the human body – inside the vagina, on the skin, and the digestive system.

This fungus also sometimes travels throughout the body and affects the intestines, heart valves and even the throat.

But sometimes, the levels of candida can shoot up, and this is when it begins to cause problems. The woman or man becomes a victim of a disease that is known as Candidiasis. The fact is, the level of candida is kept in check by the good probiotic bacteria within the body and also by the natural immune system.

But, people who have a poor immune system are prone to getting this disease and the overuse of antibiotics can also be harmful because they kill the good bacteria and also make the immune system dependent on the medicines on the long term.

Here Are Some Causes of Candidiasis

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy can also cause this
  • Overuse of steroids, antacids, oral contraceptives, antibiotics and anti-ulcer medications

Another important issue is the yeast infection diet. Experts are of the opinion that a proper or improper diet can either prevent the onset of yeast infection or it can make the condition worse. In other words, if you are not eating the right kind of food or if your eating regimen is not proper, then it can work as a trigger to make you suffer from candidiasis.

The Importance of the Right Diet

Candida constantly changes within the body, and the fact is that, it cannot be killed that simply. To successfully eliminate an infection, you must change the internal environment that is responsible for causing it to overgrow and the blood cells to become pleomprphic.

Changing your diet to a yeast infection diet is among the first and the most important things that you can do. Your approach here should actually be two pronged. This means, you must on the one hand avoid all those foods that make the condition worse, and on the other hand, you should consume all those foods that can fight candida.

Candida yeast infections feed on sugar, gluten grains, processed foods, mucus-forming foods and all refined carbohydrates. So by eliminating or strictly minimizing the consumption of these foods, we deprive candida from its food supply that helps it to multiply.

You should actually consume anti-candida foods on a yeast infection diet. By eating healthy, hormone-balancing, cleansing and nutritious foods, or following a yeast infection diet you will be able to cleanse or detoxify your body and thus normalize the hormonal production levels. You will also be able to build a stronger immune system to help the body defend itself against candida, parasites and other fungi. Remember, a poor immunity is one of the root causes of candidiasis.

See Also

5 Unique Steps to Eliminate Yeast Infections.

These steps are unique to my program, can’t be found anywhere else, and have helped 100’s of thousands live yeast Infection free.

The Foods That You Must Always Avoid or Try to Minimize

Though there are quite a few foods that can make the condition worse or work as a trigger.

The fact remains that, dairy products (particularly milk from cow) are among the most notorious yeast infection-aggravating products that you can ever find. They cause allergies, create heavy mucus, and they clog your digestive tracts as they become like glue once they enter your bowels. And products made from dairy are also filled with antibiotics, which is destructive to your body and hormonal balance.

You might be surprised to know that humans are the only species that drink milk from another species. So it is best to avoid dairy products as much as possible.

If you are concerned about your candida, a yeast infection diet also avoids refined sugar. The cakes you eat, sodas, cookies, and even the breakfast cereals may not be that healthy because there are huge quantities of refined sugar in them. And in extreme cases, it is also best to avoid consuming a lot of grapes, bananas, and apples in a yeast infection diet because they also contain high amounts of sugar.

You must also try to check your levels of high glycemic carbohydrates. So try to reduce your levels of carbohydrates in your food as much as you can as part of a yeast infection diet.

Foods That Can Help You Fight Candida

  • Vegetables – eat a lot of them and eat fresh
  • High protein foods such as fish, eggs, chicken and beef
  • Coconut oil – Use this when you are cooking your food because it has potent anti-fungal properties. It comes with Caprylic acid and Lauric acid, and both of them can prevent the onset of an attack.
  • Garlic – It can preserve and boost the bacteria in your digestive system and has antifungal properties too. Flavor your food with garlic.
  • Onions – There are many candida victims who retain more water in the body than they should. Onion will help them flush out the excess water, and it has anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties too.
  • Almonds – Keep your candida away with almonds in a yeast infection diet. Research has proved that they can help good bacteria to grow and unlike some animal products or nuts, they are excellent for alkaline protein. If you cannot digest almonds easily, then soak them first.
  • Iron Rich Foods & Iron Deficiency- If you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency, your doctor may recommend dietary changes or supplementation. Iron supplements can be a great way to get your body’s iron levels back on track where they can then be maintained by dietary adaption. Some individuals have higher iron needs than others, meaning they may require more iron and/or iron from different sources.

Yes it is an established fact that the right yeast infection diet is very crucial for candida. However it is essential to know that changing to a yeast infection diet plan may not be enough. That is because there are many causes of candida – a wrong diet is not the only cause.

So for best results, you should actually opt for holistic remedies because they treat the body as a whole to identify all the root causes and then eliminate them. Of course once the root causes all go away, candida and its symptoms cannot bother you anymore.

Written by Linda Allen, creator of the popular and effective yeast infection diet program  Yeast Infection No More

Click Here to read my full review of Linda’s effective Candida diet plan.

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29 comments on “Yeast Infection Diet: The Foods to Consume and Foods to Avoid
  1. arlene says:

    20 yrs of doctors for severe fibromyalgia & only seeking Solomon Wickey holistic specialist in Indiana did I ever hear of candidiasis. He put me on 15 day yeast-free diet with Can-Sol and acidophilus and just 4 days later after starting this regimen with strict diet have I had one day of barely any pain. This diet is hard but hopefully worth it, any recipes are welcomed. Is there a list of what we CAN eat, please help.

  2. Anna says:

    Can I eat organic popcorn on the diet

  3. Editor says:

    Yes Anna. Pop it in Coconut oil and season it with cayenne pepper or turmeric for added benefit.

  4. prossy says:

    This is good work

  5. sylvia says:

    Can I use pure honey?

  6. Editor says:

    Hi Sylvia, Honey is basically sugar. the only honey that retains anti-microbial properties after harvesting is certified Manuka Honey, but even then it should be used sparingly.

  7. Daniela says:

    Im wondering if I can eat sundried tomatoes?? Are they a fruit or vegetable???

  8. Editor says:

    Hi Daniela, They are a low sugar fruit and make sure you get the kind that are preservative free. They can be eaten in moderation. :-)

  9. Marita says:

    Can I eat gluten-free products?

  10. admin says:

    Hi Marita, It depends on the sugar content and Glycemic index of the gluten-free product.

  11. Tricia says:

    Im doing pretty well so far with my dietary changes. It’s been 5 days following the diet strictly. My only weakness seems to be corn tortilla chips and corn tortillas.
    I do have gluten free/ organic/ sprouted corn chips & tortillas.
    My naturopath told me I wasn’t cheating, and that these were ok?
    Otherwise, I only have blueberries in the morning, paired with ground flax seeds/ almonds/ & coconut milk.

    I definitely feel foggy, and achey like I’m coming down with something. So I’m hoping these symptoms mean the yeast is dying! I used to love my red wine, and daily lattes, so this is a drastic change.
    Also, my naturopath prescribed sacro-b for my 2 year old and I. Have you found it to be beneficial in removing yeast? My 2 year old loves her fruit, so that’s been the most difficult adjustment. She begs for bananas, strawberries, grapes, and pb&js.
    I’ve allowed strawberries here & there, but now offer hummus & veggies, hard boiled eggs, apple slices with almond butter etc. I try to always pair any fruit with a good fat (like almonds or avocado) to slow the absorption of the sugars.

    I think my 2 year has been experiencing die off symptoms too by her recent behavior. Any tips would be much appreciated!

  12. admin says:

    Hi Tricia, Sacro B is a species of yeast similar to brewers yeast. Those with sensitivities to yeast should avoid this. As for your two year old, have you consulted her pediatrician? What evidence do you have that she is suffering from yeast overgrowth? It’s great to keep kids free from refined sugars, but restrictive diets that limit fruit aren’t necessary if there isn’t a problem. For breakfast- I think you would do better eating steel cut oats with a handful of blueberries mixed in instead of a whole bowl full of blueberries. This is giving you a nice dose of fruit sugars. 1 cup = 20 grams of sugar roughly.

  13. Tricia says:

    My daughter ended up with a yeast rash and a bit of thrush last year. We took care of it with a combo of naturopathic and nystatin cream. But she also got molluscum contagiousum, which I’ve read the two can be connected; both involving a suppressed immune system. She’s only had one -two colds in her life, one ear infection, so I’m at a loss why were dealing with these things. She’s had antibiotics 2 times, once around 9 months for a possible eye infection. (I regret that time, and think she just irritated her eye) The second round of antibiotics were for the ear infection.
    She is not a juice drinker, never has been- and really only ever got sugars from fruit and organic pasta & rice. (which we’ve cut out). Besides that we gave her an occasional hot chocolate as a treat. The reason we started this diet with her, is because as of late she
    is potty trained & in panties. My husband noticed a strong smell from her private areas and we noticed redness, and some cheesy substance.
    Two pediatric naturopaths believe its still yeast.
    I had a new baby in July, and both she & I struggled with thrush for a while, so it’s seems to be a running theme.

    In re; to my diet- I only do a 1/2 cup of blueberries, with the sliced almonds & coconut milk. I used to eat steel cut oats every morning, but was under the impression that would feed yeast also, (with the high carb count)
    so I’ve cut it out of our diets. It would be nice to know this was an option because my 2 year old enjoys her steel cut oats (but usually with bananas).

    In re; to the sacro b- I had my concerns about it. But we tried nystatin for my toddler and she hated the compound and wouldn’t drink it. The naturopath said sacro b works even better.
    I just had an allergy test done, and had no reaction to brewers yeast, although I did have a “low” reaction to bakers yeast.

    I had high reactions to bananas, eggs, cranberry, pineapple & cane sugar.
    I had moderate reactions to barley, broccoli, cheddar cheese, milk, mozzarella cheese, pecans & yogurt. So in addition to the candida diet I’m also avoiding these.
    (obviously many are a mute point & not allowed with candida)

    I had ALOT of antibiotics as a child through my upbringing due to many ear infections. They had to keep increasing the strength of the antibiotic. So I’m afraid my hidden yeast issues were just past to my babies through my flora in the vaginal canal.
    I’m just trying to get us all on the right track.

  14. Tricia says:

    *moot
    *passed

    Lol.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve had candida for about 10 years. I’m still in the trial and error mode, because I try to discipline myself for a while, but then become tempted by something. I am very thankful that we have Meijers Store, which has a special area for the Gluten Free foods. I am still very selective. Veggies are great, but without the protein, I get hungry quick. Wal Mart also has some Gluten Free foods, but not as much variety. I’m just disappointed that their prices are so high. It’s fairly easy for me to avoid sweets except once in a while, I like pancakes and finding a syrup can be challenging. I think sugar free can be just as risky, if I’m correct. It really comes down to making your own foods. Elizabeth Hasselback from The View has a Gluten Free Cook Book now that should be helpfu. My concern is that I confuse Celiac with Candida, but I think they have to be treated as similar.

  16. kerenm says:

    this info was very helpful. i’ve experienced a lot of similar complications indicating yeast in my body. recently i developed sinus infections which were thought to be yeast related also. i’d never thought about yeast affecting sinuses but it makes a lot of sense now. i’m going to try the diet and see how it improves along with a detox/cleanse for the body. thanks for all the tips.

  17. Althy says:

    Hello, I believe I may have candida. I have horrible acne. Little white bumps all over my face and constantly worsening fast. Some days I feel fine but other days I feel like I’m dragging a 1000 pound load and my body feels heavy and fatigued. I constantly feel like I’m in a cloud and forget easy things like a name of a grind or a word. I suffer from IBS, heart palpitations, asthma, constant bloating, age spots (at 29 years old) saggy skin, dark circles under my eyes, constant allergy symptoms like sneesing, nose inflammation and drip, sometimes I get hives randomly for no reason, and sometimes I feel like I have a knot in my throat, muscle soreness, dry eyes, dry skin, etc. I feel like in 90 years old! I used to have chronic bladder infections, depression, sometomes i become emotional for no reason, and chronic cough. I still have a small chronic cough, like a allergy cough. I have tried so many things, I eat tons of fruits and veggies but it changes nothing. Iv tried everything, but I haven’t tried the candida diet yet. I’m going to try. I hope it helps, I’m so misurable feeling like my body has turned against me. I worry about not being able to eat fruit, I always believed fruit was great to eat. Any fruit I can eat?

  18. Daniella Leon says:

    Hi there, I’m 33yrs old and first got a bout of candida when I was 28yrs. I got it on and off but now it’s been really bad for the past 6 months. I’m seeing a homeopath and trying to eliminate certain foods. I’ve just been reading what people say and saw that milk is something I shouldn’t drink. What can I drink instead? Soya milk?
    Thanks! :-)

  19. Caroline says:

    I understand you cannot drink milk on a candida diet but does that include raw milk? The raw milk I drink comes from Jersey cows that are grass fed with no antibiotics or hormones and no pesticides/herbicides used in the grass.

  20. admin says:

    Hi Caroline and Daniellea, There are many problems with milk , even raw milk. Besides the fact that milk is designed to grow baby cows it is high in the sugar lactose which feeds candida. I recommend a good alternative. I usually use unsweetened coconut milk, but almond milk is good too, just always buy the unsweetened varieties. http://www.candidafood.com/milk-substitutes-and-the-yeast-infection-diet/

  21. Cathy says:

    Hi I have been battling reoccuring yeast infections for the past 4 years. I started out not wearing tight clothes or bathing in tub or using scented soaps. I was taking oral contraceptives and stopped those as well. Recently my gynocologist advised me to take the oral canestin pill as a preventative a week before my period since this is the time I get the infections every month. It did eliminate them for about 3 months. However I had a UTI in may the week after my period and then again just in September. Now this month I’m suffering from another yeast infection the week after my period. Needless to say I’m getting very discouraged. I’ve been in a new relationship since April and since I had my first UTI in May I have taken every precaution I could find online to try and avoid yeast infections and UTIs. Thank goodness my boyfriend is very understanding. I am now researching the candida diet as the next step to my dilemna. Do you haved any suggestions for me and how long do you think I may need to stay on the diet or will it need to be a permanent thing?

  22. denise says:

    I have been battling candida for 6 years. I have learned a lot from Doug Kaufman’s program “Know the cause”. Sugar and carbs feed yeast, which are micro toxins.. to be avoided tenaciously!!!!! I also found alkoline foods to neutralize the pH in my blood has helped. Lemon and watermelon….add prayer asking God for Wisdom and endurance….3 John 1:2 I pray that you may prosper and be in health just as you’r soul prospers

  23. Gina says:

    There are many people who have yeast that cannot tolerate any dairy of any kind, because of the lactose. But many can. And it is my opinion that they should consider drinking kefir made with goat’s milk. Because of the great probiotics in it. As you know, the composition of goat’s milk is very similar to human milk, which is why it is easier to digest than cow’s milk. The fat globules are 1/5 the size of those in cow’s milk.The reaction in our body to goat’s milk is alkaline, the same as mother’s milk. Cow’s milk produces an acid reaction. The curd of goat milk is small, light, hence easily digested. The curd in cow’s milk is large and dense. MANY baby’s who cannot take mother’s milk flourish on goat’s milk. Also, if goat milk is going to be your dairy of choice (as it is mine and my husband’s) you must take a folic acid supplement as this is the one nutrient is lacks. However, I must tell you… when I first started on the anti-candida diet, I could not drink goat’s milk kefir because it fed my raging yeast problem. So the author does have a point. However, once I was on the diet about 6 months I could tolerate it with no problem. I only add NuNaturals Vanilla, Alcohol-free, Stevia too it. It’s wonderful !

  24. Declan Mc Carrpn says:

    Hi. Just im on the Candidaforte by Natures Way, but not seeing a great difference. Im eating a lot of corn cakes & oven chips (potatoe & sunflower oil), Xylitol, goats milk. Which one of these would be not good for me. Ive had it for years but bad the last 6 months, very weak and itche feet, irritable etc. heard the candida forte are very powerful, im not seeing it as im eating very good all the time, how long to they take to work properly? and at what time of the day is best to take them?. Thanks very much, Dec.

  25. Declan Mc Carrpn says:

    Sorry should have said, im eating good as in no sugar, frutose or any junk, i cant anyway as ive a lot of food intolerances, very sensitive gut so that keeps me away from everything. I do all my shopping in health shops and buy 95% organic diet. Ive a feeling it chould be the chips, sitting in my gut, probably not good. I hope its not the corn!! Thanks again Gina

    Declan 33 male

  26. Sujith Fonseka says:

    For most healthy people, physicians can diagnose a Candida infection without performing yeast infection tests. In cases where a patient has not a previous yeast infection, a test may be required for accurate diagnosis. If the infection does not go away after a normal course of treatment or if involves more than one area of the body, more extensive tests may needed.

  27. Bill says:

    Greetings. What about Legumes? Are they okay on the Candida diet? Thanks in advance.

  28. Ted says:

    Some legumes are ok. Just avoid beans that are real starchy. Probably the best to use are lentils, black beans , and chic peas.

  29. Tiffany Smith says:

    I discovered a couple years ago that I may have trouble with candida. I had been getting frequent vaginal infractions for a few years, but had not realized that it was a whole body issue! I tried going on diets and using things to kill off the yeast, but I struggled with cravings and so would end up back off the diet. A few months ago I decided to give it a real try because I was still getting infections and was tired of not feeling healthy. Again I struggled with cravings and settled on corn chips since they seem not to have sugar in them. Wrong choice! I ended up just continuing to feed to yeast the past few months.
    I finally think I have a handle on it, but candida is not something you cure in a week or two, it takes months to more than a year. I recommend sola-ray Yeast Cleanse (includes caprylic acid, pau d’arco, and garlic) I only found it a few days ago but I feel so much better now that I am in control and just have to remember to push through the cravings!!