September 27th, 2016 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Anti-Candida, Articles | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Top 10 Ways to Conquer Candida | Part 2: Food, Herbs and Supplement Solutions

Top 10 Ways To Conquer Candida | Part 2: Food, Herbs and Supplement SolutionsIn Part 1 of the Candida series, I covered the symptoms, causes and tests. So make sure you read Part 1 of this series first before you go on. In this article we will focus on the candida solutions.  

Like I mentioned in the previous article, candida wears many masks and it is therefore so hard to diagnose. I’m sure you can find yourself in some of them:

  1. You put on a favorite dress or jeans to wear out, but don’t feel comfortable because you’re too bloated.
  2. While you’re brushing your hair, you suddenly get a surge of anxiety – you almost wish you didn’t have to go.
  3. When you arrive at the dinner or party, the smell of aftershave and perfume makes you feel instantly nauseous.
  4. As you kiss people hello you keep your mouth closed tight because you’re worried that your breath doesn’t smell good.
  5. After enjoying a few glasses of chardonnay or Shiraz with friends, your nose has become blocked which makes you feel like you’ve got hayfever.
  6. You try to eat as slowly as possible because often after eating you have to burp.
  7. When you slip into bed, some nights you can’t get comfortable because your ears are itchy or ringing or you have bad post-nasal drip.
  8. You regularly see vaginal discharge on your panties.
  9. Your tongue is white when you stick it out.

Candida has many faces. It can often present with a whole host of seemingly unrelated health symptoms that are frustrating and uncomfortable, but you don’t catch on that candida is the cause.

Beating Candida

Let’s get one thing straight – candida may be tricky to address but it’s not impossible to treat. You CAN clear your system of candida overpopulation. Most often, using just one approach is not the answer. Particularly when it comes to candida-blitzing diet changes.

To beat candida you need a repertoire of strategies that you can mix and match. This allows you to come at candida from all different directions to beat it down and bring it back under control.

This was the key to healing my own candida issues – because my diet was not the problem, which I’ll explain more about in a minute.

To mount your own effective candida defense, try the following effective candida solutions:

  1. Steer Clear Of Sugars

Candida loves to gobble up sugar, which helps it thrive and multiply. It uses sugars to strengthen its cell walls and give it the energy to fight off your body’s natural defenses. That doesn’t mean you only need to avoid spooning sugar into your coffee or tea or onto breakfast cereal. Sugar comes in many different forms and it is important to avoid (or substantially reduce) them all.

Candida Control:

  • Choose carbs carefully: Carbs are made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, which connect together to form sugars. But not all carbs are created equal. Processed carbs such as white bread, rice crackers, doughnuts and cookies (even when gluten free), only have one or two sugar atoms. So they are sometimes called ‘simple carbs’. As the fiber has largely or completely been removed from these foods they are digested quickly, causing a rush of sugars into your bloodstream and a huge spike in insulin too.

In contrast, foods like quinoa, buckwheat and sourdough rye (for those not gluten-sensitive) are complex carbs. They have bigger molecules because they still contain plenty of fiber and natural starches that are often encased in that fiber, which your body takes more time to digest.

The sugars in the fiber are not completely broken down until they reach your large bowel. This is why they keep you full for longer and provide longer-lasting energy.

  • Read food labels: Where possible, bake food from scratch. When you do buy packaged foods, check the label to catch sugars masquerading under other names including: dextrose, fructose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, malt, golden syrup, honey, maple syrup, maltose, lactose, brown sugar, caster sugar, palm sugar, raw sugar, sucrose, and some newer varieties including agave syrup and rice malt syrup.
  • Cut back on fruit: In fact, for a few weeks or months some people find they need to cut out fruits altogether, to help get candida under control. Once you are feeling better you can slowly introduce low-sugar fruits such as organic blueberries, strawberries and passion fruit – but still give very sweet (and often mold-prone) fruits like watermelon and rock melon a miss.
  • Avoid starchy vegetables: The carbs content can sometimes help feed candida, so for a few months, give foods like potatoes, sweet potato, corn, carrots and yams a miss.
  • Reduce alcohol: If possible cut it out completely. Though most women don’t realize it, alcohol is sugar and is treated in your body like a poison. As it’s made of grapes, it has high sugar levels that your body treats just like the white sugar found in a sugar bowl.
  • Avoid diary: This contains sugars in the form of lactose.
  1. Cook With Coconut Oil

Coconut may be a superfood when it comes to fighting candida. The magical ingredients? Healthy medium chain fatty acids called lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid, which boost the body’s immune defense against viruses and bacteria. This may be why some people swear by coconut for helping irritable bowel or tummy bugs while others say it is a potent skin healer.

Exciting new research at Tufts University in the US, found that when compared with beef tallow and soybean oil, coconut oil helped to control the overgrowth of candida albicans in mice:

The study found:

A coconut oil-rich diet reduced C. albicans in the gut compared to a beef tallow-or soybean oil-rich diet. Coconut oil alone, or the combination of coconut oil and beef tallow, reduced the amount of C. albicans in the gut by more than 90% compared to a beef tallow-rich diet.

“Coconut oil even reduced fungal colonization when mice were switched from beef tallow to coconut oil, or when mice were fed both beef tallow and coconut oil at the same time. These findings suggest that adding coconut oil to a patient’s existing diet might control the growth of C. albicans in the gut, and possibly decrease the risk of fungal infections caused by C. albicans,” said Kumamoto, Ph.D., a professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and member of the molecular microbiology and genetics program faculties at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. 

And that’s not all. Research in 2012 from Ireland’s, Athlone Institute of Technology also suggests that coconut oil can help attack Streptococcus bacteria that causes tooth decay as well as fight the yeast candida albicans fungus.

Candida Control:

  • Keep coconut oil in your kitchen: Use it in muffins, to baste vegetables for roasting, and to oil the pan before cooking buckwheat pancakes or scrambled eggs. Or mulch some shredded coconut in your food processor, to make coconut butter.
  • Enjoy a tablespoon: Have this with a meal to help absorb nutrients from your food – it will reduce bacteria in your mouth and digestive system.

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  1. Address Your Stress

It’s well documented that a weakened immune system allows candida to grow – this is why people who have cancer or HIV often constantly struggle with severe candida infections. Stress can also compromise your immunity. It triggers your fight or flight response which diverts your immune system. So instead of standing guard against infections, your body is mobilizing its resources to do things like clot your blood. That diverted attention can allow candida, which is a very opportunistic infection, to gain momentum. So even if you barely eat any sugar, this stress could be allowing your candida to thrive.

Candida Control:

  • Conduct a life audit: Write a list of your biggest stressors and address them. That might mean you stop living to work and start working to live, that you go for couples counseling with your partner or downscale to a smaller house if keeping up with your payments is wiping out your bank balance every month.
  • Enjoy sun salutations: And downward facing dog and a series of other yoga postures every day. And make sure savor the soothing savasana relaxation at the end of your yoga session.
  • Schedule time out: Many women complain that they barely get any down time. So quality ‘me’ time? Doesn’t even get a look-in. No matter how busy you are, that has to change. Block out at least half an hour every day for you and give yourself a longer window of time on the weekends. You are worth it, you deserve it and your immune system will benefit from it.
  • Find your de-stressing technique: Learn what works best for you, whether it’s meditation or watching the sunset, and then do it regularly.
  1. Starve The Yeast

Candida is a yeast infection that also feeds on yeasts, so some people find that yeasty foods can prompt flare-ups or worsen candida symptoms within hours of being eaten.

Candida Control:

  • Avoid yeasted breads: Some people with candida find they need to avoid all breads as well as brewer’s yeast. Or, you may find that you can eat sourdoughs made with proper starter cultures (not just vinegar flavors).
  • Restrict other yeasty foods: These include many crispbreads and flavored savory snacks, foods like tamari, marmite and promite, matured cheese, commercial salad dressings and refined vinegars (apple cider vinegar is fine). Some practitioners believe you should steer clear of all mushrooms. Others believe that brown and white button mushrooms should be avoided but that Reishi mushrooms are good to eat because they boost immunity. Listen to your own body so you can decide what foods trigger candida for you.
  • Avoid kombucha: This fizzy drink may feel like it’s populating your belly with plenty of good bacteria but along with it, you are also getting high doses of yeast, which your candida will love to feed on.
  1. Go For Garlic

Garlic has many strings to its bow due to a powerful active ingredient called allicin, which makes it antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Little wonder then that it also helps give your immune system a boost.

Candida Control:

  • Favor a garlic flavor: Enjoy chopped garlic in nutritious stews and soups or in salads and salsas. In particular, fresh garlic has been shown to help slow the growth of candida.
  • Take a garlic supplement: Avoid the odorless varieties, as these may not be as potent. If you have FODMAP issues, you might find that you tolerate garlic supplements better than fresh garlic. Or you may have to avoid this candida solution, because it is not right for your body.
  1. Harness Herbal Extracts and Plant Power

Nature has a great deal of herbal power that can be harnessed to boost immunity, beat candida, and bring the body back into balance.  As candida is clever and very adaptive, it may be beneficial to use some of the following supplements in a rotated cycle for a few weeks on and a few weeks off – so your candida doesn’t learn to outsmart them.

Candida Control:

  • Take turmeric daily: Feel like a golden latte? Then enjoy. The curcumin in the turmeric has been shown to be more effective than anti-candida drugs like fluconazole.
  • Sprinkle on some cinnamon: This does more than make your morning breakfast bowl taste great. Cinnamon oil has been shown to act like a terminator when applied to candida cells in the lab for one to two days. It caused irregular hollows to appear on the surface of the candida cells, destroyed some of the internal structures inside the cells and also led some of the cells to completely burst.
  • Opt for olive leaf extract: Taken in capsules or a herbal tincture, this provides strong support for your immune system. The high levels of oleuropein can help your body fight yeast overpopulation. This may be because it helps destroy the strong biofilm that surrounds, shields and protects the candida and can thwart your body’s attempts to combat the candida. These anti-fungal effects or olive leaf extract have been confirmed in research.
  • Use oil of oregano: This is a highly effective herb and best taken in the form of a supplement. My favorite brand is this one from Biotics Research A.D.P., which is available on Amazon.
  • Sip on Paul D’Arco tea: Also known as taheebo tea, this is made from the strong South American tree, which is completely resistant to fungal problems – so when ingested it can help you resist candida too.
  • Power up with peppermint: Take mint supplements or brew a cup of strong peppermint tea. Research has shown that the menthol oil actually helps to stop candida from being able to form its protective biofilm shield.
  • Benefit of barberry: This shrub is high in natural alkaloids, including berberine, a powerful active ingredient which inhibits bacteria, helps kill microbes and parasites and has anti-inflammatory impacts which strengthen the immune system. Get it as a supplement.
  • Take a tincture of black walnut: Rich in tannins, this can kill both parasites and reduce fungal overgrowth. One study has shown it may be as effective as some antifungal creams in slowing candida growth.
  • Apply natural topical treatments. These include:
    • Lavender oil: This has been used for centuries to help fight infections like candida on skin and nails.
    • Boric acid: Suffering vaginal thrush? Try inserting one boric acid powder capsule into your vagina in the morning and before bed for a week or longer and it may help you knock candida on its head.
  • Sunlight therapy: Candida does not like being exposed to light, shows research from Duke University Medical Center. The study found that ordinary sunlight could help to reduce candida skin and nail infections.
  1. Feed Your Gut Flora With The Right Bacteria

Some women swear by topically applying yogurt to treat vaginal infections. The reason it works is that the good bacteria help your body mount a stronger candida defense. Now scientists are trying similar approaches. In a study at the University of Camerino in Italy, researchers tested five strains of lactobacilli for their antimicrobial potential against candida. Two of these strains, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus paracasei, were very effective in getting candida under control through clever combat strategies like producing hydrogen peroxide to kill the yeast cells.

That doesn’t mean that all fermented foods help give candida a blast. While some integrative practitioners believe that candida can be helped by foods like sauerkraut, others say fermented foods should be avoided altogether.

My take? I’m for fermented foods as long as they are not sugar-containing ones like water kefirs (contain sugar), kombucha (very yeasty) or fermented sodas (which start with a sweet juice). I have found that most people with candida do well with fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi or miso.

Candida Control:

  • Take Probiotics: These live forms of healthy bacteria can help provide a healthier belly balance. Good choices include:
    • Saccharomyces boulardii: This is a star player in your anti-candida armory. Yes, it is a kind of yeast, but this potent probiotic is benign non-pathogenic yeast and once it enters your digestive system it works like a probiotic. S Boulardii, which was originally found in Indochina, is extracted from the lychee and mangosteen fruits. It appears to bring many benefits to the microbiome by boosting the numbers of good bacteria, such as bifidobacteria while at the same time, reducing the numbers of disease causing bacteria and pathogens, like candida.

Research by the David Geffen School of Medicine has identified this probiotic’s mode of action, which includes: “Regulation of intestinal microbial homeostasis, interference with the ability of pathogens to colonize and infect the mucosa, modulation of local and systemic immune responses, stabilization of the gastrointestinal barrier function and induction of enzymatic activity favoring absorption and nutrition.”

That in itself makes this probiotic a powerful ally in fighting candida. Research from Wrocław University also found that this potent probiotic helped to stop candida from changing to a more damaging thread-like shape so that it is less able to burrow into tissues and move through the gut wall into the bloodstream, and less able to migrate all over the body.

Be mindful thought that probiotics can sometimes cause complications for those who are immuno-compromised, so if you have a chronic health condition, check with your GP before taking them. Also, though S. Boulardii is not the same as baker’s or brewer’s yeast, start with a small dose if you are sensitive to yeasts, to ensure you can tolerate it without issues.

  • MegaSporeBiotic: This is one of the newer breed of spore-based probiotics and it contains 5 different bacillus spores including a carotenoid-rich strain called Bacillus Indicus. These beneficial spores, help recolonize the large bowel with good bacteria. I talk more about MegaSpore Biotic here.
  • A broad spectrum probiotic supplement:  Which carries a variety of different good bacteria strains such as:
    • Bifodobacterium bifidum, breve, infantis and longum
    • Lactobacillus acidophilus, plantarum, casei and rhamnosus
    • Choose Savory Ferments: That means that you use salt in your starter culture instead of sugar.
  1. Eat Fresh

Once it gets through harvesting, storage, packing and being transported, the food on supermarket shelves is often not fresh. During that lag time from paddock to plate, molds grow on skin surfaces. The same also happens when you store leftover foods in your fridge. These molds contain yeasts that can worsen your candida load.

Candida Control:

  • Shop small: Buy what you need for the next few days. Though it may take a little extra time out of your week to keep going back to buy foods, there will be big pay-offs. The food you eat will be fresh and therefore, contain my vitamins and minerals. It will also have less surface molds.
  • Freeze leftovers: This ensures that they will not be sitting in your fridge growing different kinds of mold.
  • Check use-by dates: And don’t eat foods if they are out of date. Remember, once you open something well before it’s use-by date, its shelf life may be shortened due to oxidation so it may not be good to eat even if the use-by date is still valid.
  • Check your fridge temperature: Get a thermometer, available in some department stores. Cut off a piece of food, such as cheese, insert the probe and note the internal temperature. Food in the fridge should be three degrees Celsius and food in the freezer should be minus 18. If your fridge temperature is too high, you may need to turn it down or have it serviced.
  • De-frost frozen food in the fridge: Learn which meats take 24 hours to thaw and which ones require 48 hours. To be this organized, it will help to write a weekly menu so you know what you are cooking tonight and tomorrow.
  • Peel vegetables to remove the molds on the surface.
  • Clean your fridge: This should be done regularly with warm water and a clean sponge to reduce build-up of molds which can grow inside fridges and can also be airborne settling on foods and multiplying.
  1. Alkalize Your Body

All life on earth depends on the appropriate balance of pH (acid or alkalinity) levels. The scale of pH goes from 0 to 14. In order to survive, human life needs a rather tightly controlled pH level in the blood of between about 7.35 and 7.4. A reading below seven (the midway ‘neutral’ point) is considered more acidic, while above seven is considered more alkaline. However, the typical modern lifestyle and diet often produces an acidic environment in your body, which then makes it much easier for candida to get a foothold and grow.

Candida Control:

  • Start the day with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water before breakfast (you can have it with thyroid meds, it’s won’t interfere). Sufficient stomach acid will help alkalize your body.
  • Eat five to ten servings of vegetables daily. Healthy, alkalizing options include avocado, beetroot, broccoli, celery, celeriac and cooked kale.
  • Reduce intake of red meat, which can be very acid-forming.
  • Eat slowly and chew food well – this may mean that sometimes you eat in silence to maximize calm and mindfulness and aid your digestion.
  • Cut back on intake of dairy foods and grains like wheat, rice, barley and pasta, which can be acid-forming.
  • Use healthy virgin and cold-pressed oils: including olive, flaxseed, hemp and coconut oil.
  • Add a shot of wheat grass. Not the tastiest juice but a highly alkalizing one.
  1. Boost Your Vitamin B3

In the same way that moisture and darkness are pivotal to the growth of mold in a cupboard, candida uses an enzyme called Hst3 to help it thrive and grow. But just as superman can be knocked off his feet by kryptonite, candida can be weakened nicotinamide, which is a form of Vitamin B3. Scientists at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer at the University of Montreal, exposed mice with candida to vitamin B3 and found it not only strongly reduced the candida populations, it had this candida-blitzing effect on both normal and drug-resistant strains of candida.

Candida Control:

  • Take a vitamin B3 supplement for several months but don’t exceed the recommended dose. Taking too much B3 can lead to hot flashes and issues like tingling and itching of the skin.
  • Eat foods rich in niacin (B3): These include:
    • Turkey, chicken, pork and beef
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Fish
    • Mushrooms
    • Kidney beans
    • Asparagus
    • Tahini (sesame paste)
    • Organ meats, such as liver.

Dealing With Candida Die-Off

You’re making all the right lifestyle changes to kick candida to the curb, but instead of feeling better, you’re feeling worse every day.

What’s going on?

You’re experiencing candida die-off. This occurs when the candida cells start to die and release toxins, including ethanol and acetaldehyde, which can make your brain feel foggy and make your body feel like you are very ill or coming down with a flu.

When die-off occurs, people often abandon their candida-combat strategies, presuming they are not working. In fact, the die-off symptoms indicate just the opposite – that they are working very well. If this happens to you, hang in there. Though it can take a week or more to come through candida die-off, remind yourself that this is a sign you are winning the candida war. Soon it will be under control and you will start to feel healthier than you have felt in months or years.

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What If Your Candida Won’t Budge?

Then you really need to look at what other systemic issues your body might have that may be weakening your immune system’s ability to fight candida off. In cases of intractable candida, I have found the most common causes are:

  1. The presence of heavy metals
  2. Parasites (this was the root cause of my ongoing candida issue)
  3. A viral infection such as mononucleosis (also known as mono and glandular fever, caused by the Epstein Barr virus), Lyme disease (from a tick bite) or an underlying undiagnosed condition, such as diabetes, Type 1 or 2.

In my own case, despite avoiding all the problematic foods that feed candida, I spent weeks unable to get my own candida under control. As I showed no obvious signs of a parasite, I had no idea that in fact, something aside from diet was feeding my candida.

But once that Dientamoeba fragilis parasite was detected via a Doctor’s Data test (you can order these tests on your own via Direct Labs) that was my big turning point. Then I was able to take steps to clear the parasite. And for the first time in months my yeast overgrowth symptoms started to ease and then disappeared in 3 weeks.

As I finally conquered my candida I was reminded just how important it is to look at the big picture when it comes to your health. That way you can take a holistic approach to provide you body with many kinds of support so that it has all it needs to heal itself.

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Low Sugar and No Sugar Desserts & Snacks to Combat Candida

58 Comments to Top 10 Ways to Conquer Candida | Part 2: Food, Herbs and Supplement Solutions

  1. You mentioned avoiding brewers yeast. I am wondering if nutritional yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae) is all right or should be avoided.

    • Hi Nancy,

      Eyes, even though nutritional yeast has many benefits, it is good to avoid it while clearing candida.

    • Hi Nancy, they are both saccharomyces cerevisiae so both should be avoided.

    • Yes, food grade diatomaceous earth can be effective in the detox process.

  2. Hi Magdalena,
    You say that Black Walnut is rich in tannins and that helps destroy the Candida. I’m wondering if the tannins in black or green tea are doing the same thing. I notice strange flare-ups when I switch from organic coffee to a cup of organic tea. Do tannins prevent or promote Candida to thrive?

    • Hi Claire,
      Yes, anything with tannins, including tea, would be naturally killing Candida. Of course concentration and quantity come into play for how effective they will be. Thanks for the question.

    • Magdalena suggests continuing to stay away from sugar-containing foods such as kombucha, coconut water kefir or water kefir throughout the anti-candida diet.

      • CocoKefir is a product that is made from coconut water. It is not ok to not the Candida protocol?

    • Milk kefir can still have sugars in it and dairy is one of the foods that Magdalena advises to stay away from in general.

  3. Hello. I have candida overgrowth and after one month I followed the candida diet protocol I resulted positive for candida and bacterial infection. I have read articles from Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Amy Myers and your articles and there are many contradicts. Dr. Josh Axe recommends kefir because it is a fermented drink while you recommend to exclude it entirely. Dr. Josh Axe recommends to eat on candida diet warming fall vegetables that nourish the spleen, such as sweet potatoes, yams, peas, mung beans, lentils, kidney beans, adzuki beans, carrots, beets, corn, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, zucchini, yellow squash, rutabaga and pumpkin,; while Dr. Amy Myers writes to ditch beans and legumes, starchy vegetables like acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash because once eaten, they are broken down into sugars that feed Candida. Instead, she recommends focusing on eating plenty of leafy greens, and other tasty veggies like brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus and advise keeping the combined consumption of grains, legumes, and starchy vegetables to one cup per day’ while you use legumes in your anti-candida recipes. You recommend to miss carrots on candida diet while Dr. Josh Axe recommends only to avoid it on liquid cleanse step and reintroducing it on the following candida diet. You recommend to reduce intake of red meat, which can be very acid-forming and cut back on intake of dairy foods and grains like wheat, rice, barley and pasta, which can be acid-forming. Also , in your anti-candida recipes use oat flour which have gluten and rice flour . While Dr. Josh axe writes ” Going forward, you want your diet to be centered on vegetables, high-quality protein foods, and gluten-free grains like brown rice and millet” .In the end of his article he writes “After your symptoms have subsided and you have completed the cleanse and the diet, you should continue eating a diet that is high in protein and high-fiber vegetables, and limit grains, fruits, sugar and high-starch vegetables like white potatoes. Continue to consume fermented vegetables and kefir to help your body stay in balance and keep the candida at bay”. Also he recommends unsweetened cranberry juice, as it creates an acidic environment that makes it difficult for candida to thrive, while in the other articles he writes “Leafy green vegetables help alkalize the body, which fights against the acidic nature of yeast overgrowth”. So should we have an acidic environment or alkaline environment to not develop candida overgrowth ? Dr. Axe recommends flaxseeds and chia seeds as they support the growth of probiotics in the gut and may also help eliminate yeast and candida in the body, while you recommends olive, flaxseed, hemp and coconut oil and sunflower seeds and tahini as vitamin B3 sources. Are nuts and seeds allowed on a candida diet ?
    Should I soak walnuts and almonds overnight because of the their enzyme-inhibiting substance ? I used to buy packaged walnuts and almonds ( without shell) and they are imported from Ukraine ( not living in USA ). Are they more exposed to mold because they don’t have their shell and maybe they are placed in granary before packaging process ? In this article you recommends to give starchy vegetables a miss( you use carrots in your Quick Sauerkraut Salad recipe and yellow potatoes in Lentil stew recipe) and in the end you list beetroot to alkalize the body. This confusion is getting us more stressed and the stress is the last thing that candida sufferers want.

    • Hi Alfred,
      yes, if you read different practitioner protocols they will all be slightly different. Try to take the best ideas from everyone that feel right for you and your body type and use those. Not everyone can tolerate kefir so, decide if that is a good choice for your. Yes, nuts and seeds are allowed on candida diet and soaking them is always the best way to prepare them. You have to eat protein on a candida diet to stay full as you are cutting out all carbs. Carbs and sugar are what feed candida and if you eat the protein with a lot of greens you create a balanced diet that is not too acidic. I hope that helps.

      • What proteins are good products as red meat should be avoided ? I’m presuming chicken/turkey ?

  4. Hi! Thank you for the great approach for Candida! Magdalena mentioned she had parasites. Can she recommended a protocol or approach for removing these home invaders?
    Thank you!

  5. My 17 year old daughter had a bout with anorexia and is recovered but has had strange eating habits. She has been doing a candida cleanse as recommended by a health practitioner as she was showing symptoms of a candida overgrowth in her gut and low stomach acid. She is hungry all the time and not getting her period regularly. She started the candida diet a little over a week ago and has developed terrible breath. Is this normal? She’s very self conscious of it

    • Lay out in the sun. I have struggled with candida overgrowth for years and have just discovered that sunbathing kills it back very fast and with the least discomfort than anything else I have tried to date. I have hope for the first time in years.

      • When you mention laying in the sun I’m assuming that’s for candida on the skin ?

  6. Hi,

    I also did a stool test that showed the same protozoa parasite. The Fragilis parasite. I read it can cause multiplr symptoms that relate to Candida. Like gas, excess mucus, bloating. Which I have. My CDSA actually showed low levels of Candida(+1). Both Candida Albicans and Candida Mucosa. My issue is Klebsiella bacteria causing gut dysbiosis and this parasite. Its also hard to get rid of.

    How Can I get rid of this parasite? Whats the best protocal. .


    • For klebsiella, research berberine. My naturopath had me on berberine for two weeks, then uva ursi for 2 weeks, then back to berberine. … Berberine is also very powerful in fighting candida, e.coli, and several other serious pathogens.

  7. Thank you for a very rich article! How do I know what I am doing is working? I feel like I am stuck in a time warp! 66 yrs old just diagnosed with Candida and many of these practices are so new to me. I am not confident I can do this on my own! Any suggestions?

    • Hi Jo-Anne, It is important to address candida to see healing happening and this includes rebalancing of our hormones. The good news is: the Cooking for Balance program offers Candida protocols and recipes (including supplements). If you join us and missed the Bonus cut-off time, just email me and ask for the Chronic Candida protocol of supplements and Rx, Magdalena and her doctor put together.

      I hope you join us, it will help you plenty.

      ~ Jeanne HB Team

  8. Hi!
    You mentioned that you cleared your parasites and then had a breakthrough with candida. How did you eliminate the parasites?

  9. I have had huge problems with the candida diet. I have had problem after problem, including my toenails falling off following a bout of chilblains. I removed all the above foods as mentioned and my tongue still remained white. I now have actual flu. My toenails are a mess. I feel tired due to the unbalanced diet. I went to the doctor who did not know what candida was. My friends have said that I am very irritable. After 8 weeks, I would have thought that I would be out of the woods by now. I really feel that I need to go back to a balanced diet to improve my immune system.

    • Hi Grace,

      Yes, Magdalena discusses the value of healing foods, herbs and supplements to help the body rebalance. ~HB Team

  10. […] Pollen protection: If you tend towards allergies, get your partner to mow the lawn and steer clear of grass between 7-9am and 4-6pm when the change in temperature promotes greater pollen release. If you are allergic to a flower or tree and it’s in season, place a little coconut oil on the inside of your nose to catch the pollen. This coconut oil may also help treat chronic sinus congestion, which can be caused by candida overgrowth. More about that here. […]

  11. Hello! I’m having trouble finding the Doctors Data test you referenced here. Could you provide a link or a more specific location where I might find it? Thanks!

  12. Thanks for sharing ❤️ this info. I recently had to be prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection, so I already knew I would get a yeast infection because I always do whenever I have to take antibiotics. Diflucan gives me a lot of relief (so happy 😊 I googled ‘NOCND247’ and got it a way cheaper). What many people may not know is that antibiotics can cause other medical issues to develop while taking them, such as diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, excessive gas, yeast infections, etc. Taking antibiotics this time resulted in me having a vaginal and anal yeast infection. I hate itching worse than being in pain!

    • Thank you this is the best info I have come across. I have severe candida I react to every food except spinach lettuce avocado and real me meat except pork

      Will use herbs you stated and other oils I was using only virgin coconut oil is a month eating with journal can’t even use spices or eat my favorite plain double cream yogurt. Is hectic for me

      • We are so sorry to hear about what you are experiencing. Candida can really impact your quality of life. Please let us know how things go for you as you try the herbs and oils, we’d be happy to hear from you! ~HB Team

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  14. Hi, thank you so much for sharing all this information.
    You mentioned the viruses above. I have EBV, strep imbalance in the gut, candida, among several other things and possibly parasites. What do you recommend with the EBV?
    Thank you!

  15. Hi Rica, it would be best to consult with your health practitioner to address your current health needs. An anti-inflammatory meal plan would be best, but they will have the best insights into your health history and current needs to make recommendations. If you are in looking for an integrative or functional practitioner, this link will get you connected to someone in your local area: ~HB Support

  16. I have been trying the candida diet on and off foe years. I have just been on it for a month and have just realised I have a yeast infection again. Also intense burning sensation before I pee.

    Anyway. I caught Herpes type 2 years ago , Do you think that might be the underlying reason I can’t seem to get rid of the candida, because it has weakened my immune system too much?
    Thank you for this very helpful article.

    • Hi Bella, its very possible. Viral infections can weaken the immune system and make it more difficult to fight off other infections like candida. You may want to look into addressing any underlaying immune deficiencies and viral infections to get to really overcoming your candida. ~HB Support

  17. Hi there
    What an amazing article. Loved the avoid and eat. I will try to do all that as i believe I can kill and starve candida.
    I have 2 questions? Can I drink coffee with candida?? And what herbal teas are the best yo get rid of candida and kill it???

    • Hi Nuria, with candida you want to minimize caffeine as much as possible. For herbal teas, some options include echinacea, ginger, cinnamon and clove. Hope this helps! ~HB Support

  18. I’ve been struggling with candida most probably my entire life, though it was first diagnosed in 1992. Apparently I have no parasites, but it is an ongoing battle. My diet is very strict. I eat no refined foods other than almond milk. No sugar /honey etc whatsoever, and I haven’t eaten starch at all for nearly seven years. For nearly eighteen months I touched no fruit whatsoever to treat a massive candida glabrata infection. Once I got it under control, I reintroduced berries and mushrooms and flared again. I have been diagnosed with about five different types of candida over time, often accompanied by ecoli. I eventually realised I’m never going to win, so I’m now trying to keep it at a manageable level where I don’t suffer too much, rather than beat it.

    I recently discovered that adding back fruit to my diet seems to be the only solution to my chronic constipation and insomnia, but since doing that my candida is pretty bad right now. I feel like this is my lot in life. The laboratory that used to test me no longer offers the tests. Oregano oil is not available anywhere. I haven’t been able to find my berberine supplement for 3 or 4 years. I’m muddling along with olive leaf extract, garlic, and citricidal. Apple cider vinegar is my very worst enemy of all, it triggers severe suicidal depression. I used to eat copious amounts of coconut oil but never noticed any benefit.

    Thank you so much for this article which I found most informative. Many of the vitamins you’ve recommended I’ve taken in the past, but didn’t realise they were benefiting my fight against candida. I’ll reintroduce some of them. I think my next step is getting my teeth sorted. I have too many amalgams but unfortunately show an allergic reaction to white fillings, so it’s a dilemma. I have autoimmune problems which I keep under control by my strict diet, I honestly believe candida is somehow involved in it’s development. I’ve given up all the vile meds though I still sometimes take antihistamines and pain killers. I’m 63 and my autoimmune problems started when I was 7. I was only diagnosed in 2016 after 49 years, which must be a record.

    On the bright side,changing my diet and eating more healthily has improved my life in so many ways. So ironically I probably have candida to thank for forcing me to take stock and make improvements.

    • Hi Jane, Thank you for reaching out and sharing your story with us. We are hoping you are getting good support. If you need a practitioner that can help you. This is a great site to search for someone you resonate with:
      Take Care HB Support

  19. Hello,
    You mention a parasite test but I don’t see that as one of the options. Please help. Thanks

    • Hi Babette, We have a link above to Doctors data. You can look up the GI Map test there to test parasites as well as other gut issues. I hope that helps. Jen @HB Support

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