The Candida Diet

The Candida dietThe Candida diet came into existence around 1986, when a few books were published on the subject.

The Yeast Connection was probably the most notable and it explored the various health conditions believed to be related to too much Candida albicans in a person’s body.

Since then natural health practitioners have helped hundreds of thousands of people find relief from yeast overgrowth symptoms by placing them on a Candida eliminating diet.

Unfortunately, despite all the success stories recorded, conventional medicine still is hesitant to embrace this diagnosis and treatment method.

The Candida Diet Elements

An effective yeast eliminating diet plan is holistic in nature as it seeks to increase the health of the whole body using the most natural methods possible.


Before starting a Candida diet a person first must diagnose if he or she does indeed have yeast overgrowth.
This can be done by visiting a Naturopath or by evaluating your symptoms using some resources found on my website.

Once you’ve determined that you would benefit from the eating plan, it’s time to establish an eating plan to follow.

Find a Good Program

This part can be a bit daunting because it requires many hours of research.

diet-choicesYou have to determine the foods you can and can’t eat, find out which supplements are recommended, and establish an arsenal of good recipes in order to be successful.

What makes matters even harder is that many websites have what seems like conflicting information regarding different foods and methods.

I think there are several roads that lead to Rome and the Candida Diet isn’t an exact science but a reflection of people’s experience concerning what worked for them.

Pick a plan that is nutritionally sound and one that fits best with your lifestyle.

If you want to save time and purchase a diet plan with all the work done for you, here’s some reviews I put together of the best diets available online.


probioticsAn effective Candida diet will promote the use of probiotics.

Probiotics are simply good bacteria that live throughout the human body. These friendly micro-organisms help us by preventing harmful microbes from growing by and helping our digestive system to function normally.

Probiotics are in many of the foods we eat everyday but some foods have more than others. Also, there are probiotic supplements available for people concerned that they aren’t getting enough through their diets.

Here’s some additional resources regarding probiotics.

Time Frame to Relief

When beginning the Candida diet don’t expect to feel changes overnight. Although some report feeling better in a few days, others can actually feel worse before they begin to feel better.

  • Most people are addicted to sugar before starting the diet and this can cause withdrawal symptoms.
  • Die off symptoms can result from the yeast overgrowth dying quickly. To prevent the severity of this, start yeast killing supplements slowly.

Within about three weeks you should notice a fair bit of improvement and after about 2 months, you should be experiencing renewed health.

At this stage it’s important to not go back to your old eating style or the Candida will return. Some foods can be reintroduced, but for the most part the Candida diet should be followed as a lifestyle.

This is just a quick overview of the eating plan, but luckily Candida diet foods has over 100 pages to help you be successful at eliminating yeast overgrowth from your body.

  1. Zimmerman, B., & Weber, E. (1985). Candida and “20th-century disease”. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 133(10), 965.
  2. Horowitz, B. J., Edelstein, S. W., & Lippman, L. (1984). Sugar chromatography studies in recurrent Candida vulvovaginitis. The Journal of reproductive medicine, 29(7), 441-443.
  3. Larmas, M., Mäkinen, K. K., & Scheinin, A. (1974). Turku sugar studies III. An intermediate report on the effect of sucrose, fructose and xylitol diets on the numbers of salivary lactobacilli, Candida and streptococci. Acta Odontologica, 32(6), 423-433.
4 comments on “The Candida Diet
  1. Colleen Plugoway says:

    I am just wanting to ask the difference between this candida plan and plan?

    The candida diet site mentioned above is the one that I did….it was as hard as I made it but simple as well….because truly any plan of eating properly is not easy….

    Just wanted to ask your opinion on this.



  2. admin says:

    They have a good plan, so I would say it’s pretty similar to what I recommend, although I think they focus too much on probiotic supplements.

  3. Michelle says:

    Your website is an excellent resource – very thorough and easy to digest (no pun intended :-). Unfortunately, I have been on an anti-candida regimen twice in the past. They both were hard core because they included a hypoallergenic component so basically, I was eating dirt for most of the time:-). I’m about to embark on my third and FINAL treatment and have found great encouragement through your site – thank you! I know that the third time will be the charm; however I also know that it will be more challenging in the die off phase. Any suggestions you might have are greatly appreciated. Be well and live large! Michelle

  4. Gina says:

    Although the “Editor” of this site is much more knowledgable than me, I’d like to tell you something that might help you. In fact, I need to post my story somewhere on this site so people will learn from my ( and my doctor’s) mistakes. I have had a terrible, systemic, yeast infection for over 20 yrs, and I still do. One of the main things that caused my problem to get worse instead of better was stopping and starting yeast remedies. As you probably already know, when a person takes an anti-biotic, they are told by their Dr to take the entire bottle, even if their problem goes away before the bottle is finished. The reason is, if you stop taking the anti-biotic while the bad bacteria is still in your body, that bad bacteria you were trying to kill with the anti-biotic grows stronger (ask your Dr, he/she will confirm this). Well, it’s the same with anti-fungals. Do not start taking one and then stop because your symptoms have cleared up or the a stronger strain of yeast will develop. This is exactly what happened to me. I had a chronic yeast problem for yrs but did not know it. I took an anti-biotic for a sinus infection and the yeast problem became out of control. One of the symptoms was chronic constipation. After being constipated for a couple of months, I went on an anti-fungal called Diflucan. In about 2 weeks I was having normal healthy bowel movements again every day. However, the Dr. said he was taking me off of the Diflucan because it is harmful to the liver. I begged him not to because I had read what I told you above but he wouldn’t listen. So he took me off the Diflucan and in 48 hours not only was the constipation back but I had a terrible vaginal yeast infection (with cottage cheese looking yeast and everything). Seeing this he put me back on the Diflucan and it didn’t work. I was constipated for yrs after that. I will finish this story if you are interested but I have probably bored you enough for 1 comment. Good luck and God bless.

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