Our Anti-Candida Program is an add-on to our 3.5, 7, and 11 Day Detox Programs. This add-on works with thorough fasting, daily anti-candida drinks, additional probiotics, and one coffee & one garlic colema each day.
See what a typical day of detox is like.
After your detox, it is very important to follow the Anti-Candida Diet for 21 – 120 days to clear remaining, if any, yeast in your system. Please note, these are general recommendations. A balanced diet of lean protein, healthy fat and non-starchy vegetables are your best chance of stabilizing your system and to kill off the fungus for good.
Besides following this diet, you also can help eliminate candida and strengthen the immune system with three key supplements. The three most helpful supplements are:
- a high-quality probiotic,
- oregano oil,
- and grapefruit seed extract.
Either of these or a combination of all supplements will help.
Candida Detox Diet Guidelines
There is no one-size-fits-all diet for treating candida but the basic guidelines listed here are crucial. The best diet is to keep it fresh, whole and far from anything refined. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet that encourages an alkaline-forming environment that does not allow fungus to survive.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts are protein fats and are acid forming. They are not listed on the diet until the inner-ecosystem is restored because they are initially too difficult to digest. Nevertheless, if you can digest them, you can enjoy raw soaked and sprouted almonds, which are alkaline and slightly expansive in nature. Seeds allowed in the diet are flax, sunflower, pumpkin and caraway.
Tip: Sunflower and pumpkin seeds (alkaline) are easier to digest if soaked/sprouted. Flax seeds help digestion; try boiling them to make a flaxseed tea. As protein fats, they combine ideally with non-starchy, steamed vegetables and leafy green salads with olive oil, lemon and herb dressing. If you have an underlying leaky gut issue, nuts are difficult to digest and can cause irritation to the gut, especially pistachios, almonds and hazelnuts. Once you rid your system of candida and heal your gut (which can take weeks to months), natural unrefined nuts should be slowly introduced into the diet.
Grains Whole Wheat and Unrefined Grains
The diet allows four grains that are gluten-free and do not feed the yeast: millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat. The first three are alkaline-forming. Buckwheat is acid-forming so cook it with a little sea salt and lots of fresh herbs to balance its acidity. All are high in protein.
Grains are great in the diet but should be taken in small portions alongside the vegetable sources. Eating a grain entrée for your last meal is ideal. Like seeds and nuts, they should be soaked overnight before cooking in order to remove the enzyme inhibitor.
Beans & Legumes
Beans and legumes are great plant-based protein sources that provide essential vitamins and minerals. They also contain a lot of fiber and are perfect for stabilizing blood sugar. The complex nature of beans shows they require special bacteria to undergo complete digestion. In a healthy gut these are fine to eat, but if you have a dysfunctional gut and suffer from a lot of bloating, gas or flatulence, these should be avoided until the gut lining is healed.
Tip: Lentils, black, pinto, split pea are great, versatile beans and legumes. You can make homemade hummus from chickpeas.
Vegetables are wonderful foods from nature whose rich micronutrient content makes them a must in your life. They are rich with the vitamins and minerals needed to heal your body, and (the non-starchy ones) combine well with just about every other food. Vegetables are low in refined simple sugars and are a more complex source of carbohydrates, containing fiber that can stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings.
Make sure you do not overlook the sugar content of starchy vegetables, which are included in the list to avoid below. Vegetables should constitute a huge percentage of each meal. Leafy green vegetables, (such as turnips, kale, collards, beet greens), which grow above ground are rich in chlorophyll and help clean the blood. They also provide excellent sources of calcium and iron and should be included in every meal.
Ocean (or sea) vegetables greatly enhance the functioning of the immune system. They are rich in minerals and strengthen the thyroid. These include Agar, Arame, Dulse, Hijiki, Kelp, Kombu, Nori, Sea Palm and Wakame.
Tip: Juicing or blending your vegetables are great ways to get the nutrients into the bloodstream. By doing this you are packing huge quantities of goodness in one serving. Juices/blends can be much easier to prepare and pack if you are in a rush or unable to cook several meals a day.
-Vegetables to Avoid-
- Beets (unless cultured), parsnips– too high in natural sugars.
- Mushrooms – too expansive and moldy (shiitake are OK)
- Tomatoes – fruit, but you may tolerate them raw occasionally, in season, with a green salad.
- Eggplant & green bell peppers – people who are highly sensitive or hyperactive should not eat them since they irritate the nervous system. Green bell peppers are red peppers picked early and are difficult to digest. Red peppers are OK.
- Russet Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams – too high in sugar and they feed the yeast. Red Skin potatoes, though, are allowed.
- Indoor, tray-grown “wheat grass” – really a long sprout – too sweet, too expansive.
- Mung bean sprouts – typically have mold on them; sunflower & buckwheat are fine.
- Sweet corn
- Lima beans
Raw vs. Cooked Vegetables
People with weak digestive tracts often find it difficult to digest raw foods (except cultured vegetables). As you begin the diet, lightly steamed vegetables may be best. Raw vegetables, however, are an essential source of enzymes, which aid digestion. It’s important to eat both raw and cooked.
Fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, kimchi, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar, fermented young coconut products, and organic water kefir will add beneficial bacteria to your gut, helping it heal quicker. Organic, unpasteurized dairy will also help but if you have a gut dysfunction, you should avoid dairy for a while until symptoms begin to improve. Make sure vegetables are unpasteurized and organic if possible. Alternatively, you can ferment cabbage and many other vegetables in your own kitchen. It is very simple.
Benefits of Cultured Vegetables
- Re-establish your inner ecosystem with natural probiotics.
- Improve digestion with enzyme reserve to eliminate toxins, rejuvenate cells and strengthen your immune system.
- Control sugar cravings and ideal for appetite control.
- Ideal for pregnant and nursing women to alleviate morning sickness and to ensure their ecosystems will be rich in friendly bacteria.
- Raw cultured vegetables are both alkaline and very cleansing.
Candida will undoubtedly arise from a gut dysfunction. Leaky gut or gut dysbiosis means you are unable to break down food correctly leaving undigested particles in your digestive tract as food for bacteria, fungus or parasites. Some starchy vegetables are harder to digest and their complex sugar content undergoes fermentation by bacteria in the colon. This causes gas, bloating and flatulence and can attract fungus during the process.
Most herbs are welcome. If you can get organically grown herbs, it is even better. Herbs that are particularly known for healing qualities include cayenne, curry, ginger and garlic. Fresh herbs are much better than their dried counterparts.
Several teas are especially healing and antifungal: mathake, Echinacea and pau d’arco. Also known for their healing powers, are Burdock and Dandelion root teas. Green tea, nettle tea and ginger tea greatly enhance digestion and may improve gut motility problems such as constipation and abdominal pain. Avoid black/caffeinated teas, fruit teas and teas with citric acid. Anything with added caffeine is a stimulant and causes stress in the body.
High-quality organic, unrefined seed oils, butter and ghee are a definite and critical element for the healing process. The unrefined seed oils allowed are: safflower, sunflower, pumpkin seed, hemp, evening primrose, borage and flax seed (richest vegetarian source of Omega-3s). All can be used in salad dressings; coconut oil, butter and ghee are best for sautéing. Always buy organic, unrefined oils in dark glass light-proof bottles. All refined oils and margarine must be removed from the diet.
Eggs – Free-range, Organic Eggs
An egg breakfast is a great way to start the day. You will feel less hungry throughout the day. Eggs are a great source of proteins and vitamins A & D can help strengthen the thyroid and liver, which is often weak in people with candidiasis. Remember to combine eggs with lots of alkaline vegetables to balance their acidic nature. Contrary to popular belief, it is the egg yolk that is most healthy. The yolk contains lecithin, which aids in fat assimilation. Eggs actively raise the level of HDL, which is the good cholesterol, and they have the most perfect protein components of any food.
Tip: Try a vegetable or ocean vegetable omelet, serve your eggs poached or over easy on a bed of steamed greens. Raw cultured vegetables (expansive food) make an ideal balance with the contracting power of eggs and will greatly enhance digestion of the protein.
Buy organic animal protein foods that are free from antibiotics and hormones. A large percentage of antibiotic ingestion comes from the consumption of dairy, red meats and chicken. Many people are confused as to thinking that antibiotics are the kind given to you by your doctor. Unfortunately, the food industry has packed our meats and dairy with antibiotics that are transferred to our digestive system, disrupting our gut flora and thus providing a great environment for yeast overgrowth.
Ideally meat should be organic and free-range. This will help you avoid the antibiotics used in non-organic meats which aid candida growth. Eat chicken, turkey, fish (especially oily fish) of all types. You may eat red meat but should do so sparingly for good health.
Aim for good quality fish of your choice. Fish contain a lot of protein, vitamins, essential fats and trace minerals and are very easy on the digestion system compared to red meat. Combining them with raw, cultured vegetables (or digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid and pepsin) is a must. Animal proteins create toxic by-products in the intestines. The micro flora in the cultured vegetables turn these toxins back into useful amino acids. They also protect against parasites.
Tip: Cayenne pepper stimulates the secretion of hydrochloric acid. Sprinkle it on your protein foods or cook with it.
Make Juicing Work For You
- Juices are easily digestible and nutrient-rich. Within minutes juices send a quick source of fuel into the bloodstream, allowing the digestive organs to take a break. Add garlic, ginger, dulse, cayenne, flax fiber or lime/lemon to boost the healing power, cleansing effect, and flavor.
- Juices with only greens (celery, romaine, spinach, parsley, watercress and cilantro) and non-starchy, low sugar, high-water content vegetables (cucumber and zucchini) have a high concentration of chlorophyll and will help cleanse your blood cells.
- Drink juice only on an empty stomach and “chew it” before swallowing, allowing the digestion process to begin by mixing with saliva. Adding a bit of flax fiber is also wise so that the juice assimilates more slowly. Wait a half hour before eating other foods.
- Juices with fructose (i.e. fruit, carrot, beet and fennel) must be avoided.
- Stay away from cabbage, kale and collards because in their raw form they suppress the thyroid.
- Wheat grass juice is rich in sugar and is too expansive. It often causes nausea or dizziness. However, it makes a great implant after an enema or colonic.
Foods to Avoid
Packaged & Processed foods
Keep it as fresh as possible. Canned, bottled, boxed, frozen and other packaged and processed foods usually contain refined sugar products, preservatives and hidden ingredients. The trick is to prepare your fresh food in bulk and store it in tightly-sealed containers to avoid build-up of mold and bacteria. Freezing food is a great option and will save you time.
Processed foods are acid-forming in the blood and also the major energy source for the candida. Honey, malt, desserts, cookies, cakes, molasses, corn syrup, dextrose, brown rice syrup, barley malt, etc. feed yeast. Check all labels carefully as many manufacturers disguise sugar by using other names such as: maltose, lactose, fructose, sucrose or dextrose. Natural honey and maple syrup also contain sugar.
Refined grains behave like sugar in the body and include all white bread, white rice, white pasta, refined cereal such as cornflakes and anything containing white flour. Instead, look for 100% whole wheat on the label. Refined grains create too much gluten in the body and their natural sugars feed the yeast.
All bread made using yeast is to be avoided. And do not forget foods that are coated in breadcrumbs, such as chicken nuggets. Bread items containing yeast include pizza crust, pita bread, bagels, French bread and just about any type of bread you find at the supermarket. At some bakeries you can get specially made breads that are yeast-free. Nutritional yeast is allowed.
Fruit is also to be avoided. Fruits are naturally sweet, but are still a source of sugar. Certain fruits are extremely high in fructose and can feed the candida. Your fruit intake needs to be controlled when you’re suffering from yeast overgrowth.
Fruit contains natural occurring sugars that should be avoided until the candida has cleared. The only fruit allowed at first in the diet are lemons, limes (can be eaten with any combination of food), blackberries, unsweetened black currant and pure cranberry juice (should be consumed away from other foods except green superfood powders and kefir). All other fruits are too sweet.
Eating fruit too soon often brings back candida symptoms. After your candida is under control and you start to introduce new foods into your diet, the first fruits to try are the sour fruits – grapefruit and kiwi. Remember to eat them alone or on an empty stomach. All dried fruit contains fast-acting sugar and should be avoided until the candida has cleared.
The milk sugar (lactose) in dairy foods feed the yeast. Therefore, dairy products are not allowed when you start the diet. Unfermented and pasteurized dairy products are mucus forming. Once your symptoms disappear, you may be able to tolerate small amounts of cultured dairy foods (kefir and natural unpasteurized organic plain yogurt, preferably made from goat’s milk). Yogurt and kefir have very little milk sugar and are usually safe if you are lactose intolerant.
Fruit Juices & Sodas
Common sense states that sodas and energy drinks are full of sugar, chemicals and carcinogenic substances. AVOID: Canned, bottled or frozen, including orange juice, grape juice, apple juice, tomato juice, pineapple juice, and all fizzy and “Energy” drinks.
These are just as bad for you as natural sugar as they still activate the yeast in the body. In fact, they are even worse than natural sugar because artificial sweeteners contain dangerous chemicals that can cause a host of disorders and illnesses in the body. The only sweetener allowed is Stevia. This shrub has a long history of safe and therapeutic use as an herbal sweetener and as an antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic agent. It’s also calorie-free.
Dried & Canned Fruit
Dried fruits are a no-go for yeast infections as they contain concentrated amounts of sugar. Avoid: Dried Apricots, Dates, Figs, Pineapple, Prunes, Raisins, etc.
Malted Products (Malt and malt extracts)
Malted products contain sugar and are processed, so definitely a no-go during your diet.
Alcohol is quite possibly one of the biggest contributing factors in the maintenance of male and female yeast infection. It is toxic and causes gastrointestinal dysbiosis, a major contributor to yeast infections. Candida loves to use alcohol as its energy source if you are running low on blood glucose.
Drinking causes a drop in blood sugar so even though you are consuming low amounts of sugar, candida will use the ethanol as an energy source. Alcohol is recognized as a carcinogenic agent by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). It causes various diseases and with regards to gastrointestinal health where it interferes with absorption of nutrients, damages the mucosal membrane and can reduce bowel function.
Avoid: Wine, beer, whiskey, brandy, gin, rum, vodka and other fermented liquors and beverages such as cider and ginger beer. No if’s, but’s or maybe’s – you must avoid alcohol.
Vinegar containing foods, Coffee & Black Tea
Avoid heated fermented foods: salted and pasteurized sauerkraut, (raw, organic, unpasteurized sauerkraut is fine), amazake, miso (at first), soy sauce, tamari, vinegar, soy sauce, pickles, sourdough bread, ginger ale, beer and wine, tempeh and rejuvelac.
Initially, you want to eliminate all mushrooms from your diet as they encourage allergic reactions (dried shitake is OK). Mushrooms are a fungus and contain mold and should be avoided in the first few weeks / months depending on the severity of yeast overgrowth.
Smoked / Cured Foods
This includes ham, bacon, sausages, smoked salmon, etc. Any smoked or cured food is a “no”.
The reason for removing spicy foods is that they can destroy the friendly bacteria in the gut.
The only thing a diet can do directly and by itself is not making the condition and symptoms worse. Diet and candida are related: A high sugar, high carb and unnatural diet can be a contributing cause of candidiasis. But diet alone can only indirectly contribute to a cure by strengthening the immune system and not promoting the candida. Candida is such a harmful organism and so hard to eradicate, that the strongest remedies, such as our Detox Program, have to be incorporated on top of any diets.