My First Introduction to the Subject
For several years I worked as a diet coach in a big weight loss company and helped people lose weight.
During my work I encountered a strange phenomenon:
The person does everything right, doesn’t cheat, and still doesn’t lose weight.
After a long research online I discovered the candida infection.
Before I start telling people off the cuff “I think you have candida, go get tested,” I decided to learn a little more about the subject.
The next thing I did was to read 7-8 books on the subject by conventional doctors, alternative doctors, and nutritionists.
If you want to read more about the topic, I recommend the following books:
After I felt I understood the subject quite well, I had a long talk about it with a charming doctor named Alex Arditi who was the attending physician at the weight loss company I was working at. Dr. Arditi is an amazing doctor who at the time (that was almost 10 years ago) was in his late 60s, with 40! Years of experience as a physician. The amount of knowledge that he has on everything in the human body is staggering.
I asked him a long list of questions I prepared. He explained things to me more thoroughly, sharpened things, and on the other hand, said that certain things I wrote were not true. In fact, you could say that he did a medical quality check of the material.
When I felt that I’m versed enough in the subject, I made a list of questions/symptoms to ask the person.
People who answered yes to some of the symptoms I would send to do a test to see if they actually had candida.
90% came back to me and said, “I have candida, what do I do?”
I didn’t want to spend hours on the phone explaining to them what it is, how it develops, explaining treatment options and diet restrictions, etc. So I sat down and wrote a guide on the subject in a language that I believed would be understandable to a person without any prior knowledge of medicine or biology.
The responses were amazing and I helped quite a lot people to treat candida and get rid of it completely. As a result, they were able to lose weight at a healthy and correct pace without any interruptions in weight loss, or other problems.
I also Benefited from This Project
After all the work I’ve invested in this project, I got curious “maybe I have candida too?”
I did the self-test, and as I suspected, I did have candida! To ensure that the self-test findings were correct, I also did a lab test, and the answer was the same – I had candida.
I treated myself with the data that appears in this article and healed myself. I even did a lab test after that to make sure I had no candida, and I was healthy.
Since then I have been continuing with the nutritional restrictions (most of the time), and the candida did not return for 4 years. (This is the original text of the post. I edited it recently and I’m still without candida – 7 years later).
So here it is. Except for some editing corrections to make the article easier to read on the web, and some additions of things I found out later, this is the article I used to send to my “kids” to help them treat candida, and this is the article with which I treated myself.
Candida infection is an interesting phenomenon.
From the experience of the people I worked with, I discovered that doctors divide into three categories:
- Some doctors are aware of the problem, recommend that people get tested, and even recommend treatment. And there is indeed a medication for the problem, not just an alternative treatment.
- The second type is willing to admit that yeast infection is indeed candida and treatable, but strongly claim that candida can’t develop anywhere else in the body. One of the clients I worked with was a man and he met that kind of doctor. Today, in retrospect, this customer’s response is very amusing (he strongly stressed the fact that he doesn’t have a vagina, and therefore doesn’t have candida). Then it was less funny.
- The third type denies the existence of the problem and says it is a fiction/invention of alternative doctors/invention of hippies and some other interesting comments I heard from people.
On the other hand, brief research on the Internet and the amount of literature written on the subject, including professional sites in the field of medicine, clearly proves that this is a problem that actually exists and is getting worse. That is, more and more people suffer from the problem, or maybe they have always suffered from it, and today are becoming more aware of it.
The extensive consumption of antibiotics, the changes in the food industry that led to processed food full of chemicals, widespread air pollution, and a few other things cause the problem to be more and more common.
If it’s not handled, a situation can arise when most of the population will suffer from candida without even being aware of it. It’s already estimated that the numbers are around 70%.
If you want to find out if you have candida, I recommend first going through the list of symptoms, and if you have 5 or more symptoms go to the part of the self-test and check.
If you find that there is indeed a chance that you have candida, read the article to understand what it is, how it develops and what are the treatment options.
If you’re like me and want to verify the findings of the self-test, ask your doctor to give you a referral to a lab test.
Important to note: There were quite a few people I worked with that there was a chance they had candida. I sent them to the doctor to request a lab test. The doctor refused, claiming that there is no such thing as candida and it’s a “hippies” fiction, an invention of “New Agers” and all sorts of variations on this idea. In case you are encountering such a situation, there are private lab tests that can be done. do a Google search.
And if that is the case, I recommend that you reconsider your doctor. If the doctor who is supposed to be your first stop for any problem does not cooperate with you, perhaps it is worth thinking about another doctor.
First of All, What is Candida Anyway
Candida begins its life as a rather boring organism resembling a fungus that has a very important function: it helps the body absorb important nutrients from the digestive system. It doesn’t do it alone but with some other good bacteria.
I’m so boring
It lives in various places in the body:
- In the digestive tract.
- On mucous membranes (such as women’s vagina).
- On the skin.
- In the mouth.
... And in a few other places.
A healthy person has millions of candida microorganisms and at first, it’s a good bacteria.
The good bacteria – which the candida is a part of – has an important role as part of the immune system. Its job is to kill the various negative bacteria, viruses, and fungi to make sure that the body remains healthy and strong.
Where are the criminals?
I’ll kick their butt!
It is a scientific fact that 85% of the body’s bacteria colonies consist of good bacteria and 15% of the negative bacteria that harm the body. This ratio of 85/15 is the right balance that the body needs to stay healthy and function correctly.
The problem with the good bacteria is that it dies very easily. The only thing that makes up for it is the fact that it also multiplies very quickly. As long as everything goes well, it’s not a problem yet.
When everything works properly, there are always new bacteria that replace the dead ones. But poor nutrition and various toxins that enter the body damage this mechanism. The good ones die too quickly before the body produces new ones.
The Main Reasons for the Candida Infection
Drinking water contains tiny quantities of chemicals (e.g. fluoride or purifying materials). You can’t see it, but it definitely affects the inner balance of the body.
The air is polluted.
Meat, poultry, and fish contain antibiotics and hormones.
When we were little we ate right and healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables. These foods contain nutrients and dietary fibers that helped the body to produce good bacteria.
We grew up, and we don’t live anymore with our mother that is bugging us to eat healthy. So today we eat a lot of fast food and a junk food. These foods kill good bacteria and encourage the growth of negative bacteria.
Various medications prescribed to treat various problems in the body often affect the acidity in the body. That harms the good bacteria even more and give power to the negative.
The combination of these things can seriously damage the bacteria balance in the body in two-three months.
And now our body has reached a state with more negative bacteria than good bacteria.
The candida, which once belonged to the good guys, switched to the enemy’s camp. Now it became an aggressive fungus that causes infections, and it reproduces more and more because of the sugars and carbohydrates we eat.
It’s in heaven and busy establishing new colonies all over our body.
The gooood Liiiiiife!
The acidic environment of the intestines is the perfect breeding ground for candida. There is plenty of sugar and carbohydrates, mercury, aluminum, and lead.
And now the innocent fungus has become a monster that systematically destroys different systems in our body.
And the result…
All of these factors are very common today. As a result, today it’s estimated that around 70% of the population suffers from candida infection at varying levels of severity.
What’s changed and caused this?
What should be changed back to prevent it/treat it?
Good bacteria are very delicate and die on a daily basis. They divide (multiply) at a good fast pace. When we were kids, our mother made sure that we eat healthy food, rich in nutrients. With such food, they were rapidly multiplying and there was never a shortage of them.
Today the food that most of us eat is so processed that the body no longer receives the good bacteria that is found in raw and non-processed foods. Imbalance and destruction are the only reason for the candida infection.
Our modern nutrition consists mainly of processed or partially processed foods that contain a very small amount of nutrients and dietary fibers.
This lack of fibers causes the food to remain much longer in the digestive track, sometimes even up to 100 hours.
The healthy time for food to remain in the digestive system is 40-60 hours max,
the less the better
the longer food stays in the digestive system, the more it ferments and creates alcohol and toxins that kill the good bacteria even more.
And the result…
Now the fieldwork is ready. The lack of balance in the body takes the immune system out of balance and therefore the body is more exposed to diseases.
The body is infected with something that requires medicine. Now antibiotics are added to the mix. Antibiotics that kill the disease but also the good bacteria. The candida begins to reproduce without any internal balancing or supervision.
The first change that needs to be made is eating foods that are rich in nutrients and dietary fibers. Foods such as meat and poultry without antibiotics (organic), fruits, vegetables, and sources of good oil (tahini, nuts, avocado, etc.) can delay the spread of candida. These foods encourage the reproduction of the good bacteria that will make it possible to bring the candida under control.
It keeps the body healthy and brings the good bacteria back to the 85/15 balance. The imbalance is what causes candida infection.
At some point during the deterioration of the body’s balance, the good one-cell fungus mutated into the multi-cell aggressive candida, and it begins to spread in the body in search of food.
If our diet is rich in sugars and simple carbohydrates, it has enough food to grow and multiply, and it spreads further in the body and even (in very rare cases) can reach the bloodstream. Then the real problem begins because from the bloodstream it reaches the kidneys, and can lead to kidney failure or even death. Again, these are very very, very rare cases. Don’t panic!!!
Now if you add more sugars to the equation, it gets even worse. Eating high-sugar foods or simple carbohydrates (white flour, potatoes, starches, etc.) is like inviting the candida to ‘all you can eat’ buffet. If you add coffee to this equation it’s even worse as the coffee causes blood sugar levels to rise even faster, and then the candida can have a party and multiply more and more.
Now the candida is established in the body and you begin to feel it. It usually begins with unexplained weight gain and a yeast infection that repeatedly comes back, no matter how you treat it.
The description above is the most common sequence of events leading to the development of candida infection, but there are a few more reasons that can lead to it.
- Antibiotics found in meat and poultry
- Birth control pills
- Accumulation of toxins in the body
- Hormonal imbalance
- Imbalance of blood sugar levels
- A surplus of acidity in the digestive tract
- Swallowing chemicals (processed food, pesticides, etc.)
- Exposure to chemicals through the skin – through toiletries, or chemicals in the air due to industrial air pollution
- Weakened immune system
- Prescription/over the counter drugs
- Excessive consumption of fermented alcoholic beverages (e.g., beer).
Symptoms That Need to Be Checked
To Know if There’s a Candida Infection
The following diseases can attack the body if there is an aggressive candida:
- Yeast infection
- Vaginal infection
- Irritable Bowel syndrome
- Urinary tract Infections
- Crohn’s Disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Breast cancer
- Ear infections
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
So if you have one or more of the above-mentioned problems, do the self-test to check if you have candida.
*Most people have at least two or three of the following symptoms regardless of candida. But the likelihood of candida infection rises parallel to the number of symptoms you have.
- Memory loss
- Impotence in men
- Acne and hormonal imbalance
- Respiratory problems
- Digestive problems that manifest by alternating between diarrhea and constipation
- Sinus and ear problems
- Problems with sight (in advanced stages of infection)
- Menstrual problems
- Frequent gases in the digestive track
- Itching sensation in the ears and the skin between the toes
- Depression and anxieties
- Urinary tract Infections
- Recurring vaginal infections
- Renal infection
- Tingling or itching in the vaginal area
- Worsening of the Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Vaginal secretion with a bad odor
- Irregular menstruation
- Hormonal imbalance
- A lack of sex drive
- Intense desire (almost uncontrollable) for sweet foods and carbohydrates
- Hemorrhoids or itching in the anus
- Dry mouth
- Intestinal pain
- Uterine pain similar to menstrual pains
- Stomach ulcers
- Aphthous ulcers
- Constantly tense shoulders
- Pressure in the head
- Phlegm in the throat (not in smokers, there the reason is different)
- Pus in your eyes when you wake up
- Iron deficiency
- Bad mood and lack of energy
- Periodontal Retreat
- Swelling and digestive problems
- Hair loss (in advanced stages of infection)
- Symptoms of allergy in a non-allergic person (in advanced stages of infection)
- Symptoms of Sclerosis
- Dry, cracked or peeling skin
- Muscle fatigue and pains
- Chronic fatigue
- Unexplained weight gain
- Unexplained nerves and irritation
- Foot fungus, nail fungus
- Lack of focus
- Frequent recurring rashes
- Learning disabilities
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivities to food
- Bad breath
- Low levels of blood sugar
- Extreme Mood Swings
- A general sensation of being bloated
- Low appetite
Now that you’ve gone over the list of symptoms, you have a better idea if there is a chance that you have candida. Do the self-test (bellow, after the explanation of specific candida types) and check yourself.
Specific Types of Candida
There are some very specific types of candida that develop in one particular area and have very specific symptoms.
I recommend that you go through the list just in case, to eliminate the possibility of the existence of this particular type.
Candida in the mouth
There is a specific kind of candida that can develop in the mouth. This is a specific type that usually affects people with a very weak immune system, or people who have taken antibiotics for a long time. Otherwise, it’s a pretty rare infection.
The diagnosis of this candida is also very specific:
- White or yellow spots in various areas of the mouth: tongue, lips, gums, the inner part of the cheeks, below the tongue, and the upper part of the mouth.
- Constant dryness and cracks in the corners of the mouth. It’s not a dryness we all have every now and then. This is a constant dryness.
- A constant sensation of itching, tingling, and discomfort in the throat as if you are going to be sick. It feels like you swallowed a porcupine. In this case, the cold never develops, and the feeling of itching and discomfort doesn’t disappear.
- Sometimes there is also pain during swallowing.
Candida in the vagina
When there is a serious candida infection, there is a feeling of itching in the anus. In women, it can get worse because the candida can easily pass into the vagina and cause a yeast infection.
If a woman doesn’t wipe from the vagina toward the buttocks and not the other way around, the candida can reach the vagina. If the levels of the good bacteria in the vagina are low, the candida establishes in the vagina and begins to reproduce. Since it’s diet is glucose (sugars) that are not plentiful in the vaginal area, it begins to send chains of roots in search for carbohydrates and sugars in other parts of the body.
It settles in the soft tissues of the vagina, and receives food from the sugars in the bloodstream. And if it has enough food it begins to reproduce quickly, and this the origin of the yeast infection.
Again, this candida has very specific symptoms:
- Swelling and redness in the vagina.
- Discomfort during intercourse.
- Severe itching inside the vagina and on the outer sides of the vagina.
- Thick secretion from the vagina with a texture resembling white cheese.
Women suffering from yeast infection have candida, and it requires immediate treatment.
Candida that goes with diaper rash
As mentioned above, all of us have candida in our bodies. Only when it develops too much and becomes aggressive, it begins to be a problem.
Babies also have good candida bacteria in their digestive tract. Sometimes, if the baby stays too long with a diaper with feces, the candida bacteria can start reproducing in the diaper. And if his skin is already red because of a diaper rash, the candida can penetrate under the skin and exacerbate the problem.
The way to identify it is to examine closely the diaper rash. If it’s just red and irritated skin then it’s enough to wash the baby only with water and not use baby wipes, change the diaper more often and apply a good cream. But if the outer edges of the red area look like they’re a little elevated, and when you run your finger on them, you really feel a border between the healthy area and the red areas, it’s a good idea to go to a pediatrician and ask him to check that there’s no fungal infection.
There are several ways to diagnose if you have candida:
There are a number of self-tests that can be done to check for candida. For most people, it is enough to do the saliva test to check for candida. But if the result is inconclusive, or the saliva test shows that you don’t have candida, but the symptoms show that you do have it, there are more tests you can do.
The first and most popular test is the saliva test.
The best time to do this test is first thing in the morning before you wash your mouth, spit, or drink any thing. If you do it at another time it’s inaccurate.
First, you have to fill a clear glass with water. Now fill your mouth with saliva (just saliva, don’t cough or clear your throat) and spit into the water. See what happens.
The saliva will float on the surface of the water, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.
Put the glass aside and return after 15 minutes.
If after fifteen minutes you see a kind of strings or hairs that go down from the saliva into the water, it’s a sure sign of candida. These hairs usually look like spider legs or a very thin jellyfish legs that just descend into the water from the saliva that floats above. Other signs that show the presence of candida are a very “cloudy” saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass in a few minutes, or cloudy particles that sink slowly but continue to float under the saliva.
There are also tests that can be done online at the “National Candida Center” website. This is an American site about candida and you can do the self-tests here.
Medical Examinations/Laboratory Test
If you suspect that you might have candida, you can ask the family doctor to send for a lab test to check if you have candida. Some doctors would agree to do the test, and others would say that it’s fiction.
The third and last option is a private lab test. Google the words “candida test” and go through the results to find the most suitable result in terms of price/location.
If it turns out you have candida, read the rest of the post to find out:
- What is candida?
- How does candida develop?
- How to treat candida?
- What should you eat on the candida diet?
You can skip the symptoms and diagnosis.
I recommend reading the whole article because only if you have the full data about candida, you can prevent its return in the future.
Most important thing: Taking Probiotics
Probiotics can cleanse the candida from the intestines, mouth, and vagina if the infection is not severe, and in case of a severe infection, it helps the more intense treatment be more effective. In addition, the probiotics balance the PH levels in the body, thereby supporting the immune system, which in turn slowly restores the correct levels of good/negative bacteria (85/15).
Therefore, the first and most important treatment for candida is to take probiotics twice a day – morning and evening. The formula of Jarro-Dophilus is the most suitable and recommended for this particular treatment. No matter what other treatment you choose, it should be accompanied by probiotics.
Alternative treatments for candida are very popular because they can penetrate the bloodstream when the probiotics can’t penetrate it. It is very helpful in treating chronic candida infection, especially if the fungus has spread to more than one place.
Why alternative treatment?
No chance of overdose. Even if the person is unsure if he has taken the treatment and, to be sure, takes it again, there are no side effects, which can happen with conventional medicine.
Cheaper costs of treatment.
Natural mixture for the treatment of Candida
There are a variety of special blends for treating candida. Even if the blends themselves can change to a certain extent in terms of the ingredients and the ratio of quantities of various plants, their effects are similar if not identical. Those are plants that can kill the candida fungus, reinforce the walls of the intestines, and restore the balance in the digestive tract.
Natural, very strong anti-fungal substance.
For the treatment of a Yeast infection, you can make a kind of a tampon with a piece of a cloth diaper, soak it in olive oil, squeeze well and then rub all over with a cut garlic clove, and insert into the vagina. It immediately helps to relieve the itching and prevents the spread of the infection.
Eating of two fresh cloves of garlic in the morning and evening every day for at least a month kills the existing candida. And if you continue with the garlic It also prevents the growth of new candida.
The same effect can also be obtained with garlic powder capsules, but then the treatment is longer because during the processing of the garlic into capsules it losses some of its efficiency. Therefore, with the capsules the length of the treatment is three months.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid and caprylic acid – two acids known as only negative fungus slayers (don’t harm the good bacteria in the body). The oil must be cold-pressed and preferably organic.
During the next three months, use only this oil, whether in seasoning, cooking, baking, or frying.
On the internet, you can buy coconut oil capsules. The common dosage is 8 capsules with breakfast and dinner, but check the instructions on the package.
Cinnamon is one of the most effective treatments for treating candida in the mouth.
It’s recommended to take the cinnamon oil, in the form of pure oil/cinnamon essential oil, only under the supervision of an alternative physician or healer who has experience with essential oils.
To get the benefit of the oil, you can drip 2 drops on the pillow at night and breathe it in, or mix 10 drops in 10 ml. of carrier oil and rub it on your stomach and neck. Another option for cinnamon consumption is to make infusions from cinnamon sticks.
Boil water, pour a cup, and put a cinnamon stick inside.
Wait until the water is lukewarm or even cold and then drink it.
You can use the same stick 2-4 times.
Do not boil the water with the stick because it kills some of the active substances in cinnamon and you need all of them.
You can also buy cinnamon capsules and swallow them. Treatment time with cinnamon varies from person to person. The treatment with the oil (again – only under supervision and with an expert recommendation on the right dosage) is the most effective, capsules in second place, and the cinnamon infusion can take the longest.
Oregano Oil/Wild Oregano Oil is one of the strongest medications against candida because the oil quickly entered the bloodstream. Enough a few drops to get a maximum killing result. You can put a few drops under the tongue, mix in a lukewarm herbal tea or mix with coconut oil as seasoning. Another option is capsules of oregano oil, which is also the most convenient treatment in terms of consumption.
Extract of grapefruit seeds
The extract of grapefruit seeds is an antiseptic, antiparasitic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. Comes in the form of drops or capsules and the dosages appear on the packaging.
The Xylitol is a natural sweetener (it is found in fruits, tree bark, and even our body produces a bit of it) which is not sugar. Because of its “sugar-like” properties, the candida feeds on it and dies from the experience.
A lot of the Xylitol products also contain other synthetic substances that are unhealthy. I know you can find pure Xylitol if you really search, but you need to look for it, I just ordered from Amazon the product that the link leads to.
During the treatment that lasted three months, I used 2.5 such packages, but it was in the winter, and I drank tea all the time. If you use less sweetener, it lasts longer. The Xylitol is recommended as a healthy sugar substitute not only for the treatment of candida but also as a prevention of tooth decay – there are a lot of kinds of toothpaste with Xylitol, in cases of diabetes or hypoglycemia, and during a diet.
But there are some things that are important to know about xylitol:
- Many studies have been conducted on the use of xylitol and the conclusion of all these studies is the same – it is a safe sweetener for use if you don’t exaggerate in quantities. Too large quantities are causing problems in the digestive system such as gases and diarrhea. I personally drank quite a lot of green tea during the treatment and had no phenomena, but to balance the amount I almost didn’t eat other sweet foods that had to be prepared with xylitol.
- When start using xylitol about 30% of people (which is a pretty high percentage), get side effects from it in the digestive tract. Again, it’s mostly gas and diarrhea. In such cases, the recommendation is to start with small quantities in order to let the body get used to it and increase the amount gradually. Usually, after a few days, the body gets used to it and the phenomena disappear.
If you really don’t want to experience these phenomena, the only other sweetener allowed during the treatment of candida is Stevia. It does not have the quality of the xylitol that in addition to the sweetness also kills the candida – which makes it not only a safe sweetener but part of the treatment – but you can still sweeten the tea and occasionally eat a sweet dessert.
If you decide to skip the xylitol and use stevia, go to the post “First steps towards a healthy kitchen”, and read the part about Stevia. There is an explanation there which type of stevia to use and which not. The type that has any additions beyond 100% stevia is not allowed use because the add-ins will escalate the problem.
Very Important: Xlitol is really harmful for dogs and can be even lethal. I have not been able to find an unequivocal answer to why dogs. There are a lot of articles about the specific reaction that occurs in their body that causes the problem, but I have found no explanation for why dogs. I’ve read a lot of scientific explanations with very long words that I had to look up in a dictionary, and what I understood is that specific to the biological structure of dogs, and dogs only, this stuff is harmful. So if you have a dog at home, please make sure there’s no way it can get to Xylitol..
The Colostrum is a substance that is found in breast milk and provides protection against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Can be obtained in the form of capsules.
Lactoferrin is the active protein in the Colostrum found in breast milk. It is very effective as an antifungal and antibacterial substance. It can be found today in the form of capsules but should not be consumed during pregnancy in order not to harm the fetus.
The kind to use is an unsweetened yogurt, and preferably BIO. Helps build the right balance in the intestines.
Excellent local treatment for yeast infection is to dip a tampon in the yogurt, open a capsule of probiotics, spread over the tampon, and insert the vagina (you must use a non-perfumed tampon). The tampon must be replaced three times a day.
How to combine treatments
The best course of action is to use several types of treatment at the same time so they’ll attack the candida from several fronts.
UseXylitol as the only sweetener during treatment.
Take Jarro Dophilus in the morning and evening.
Take 2 garlic capsules a day, morning and evening, or eat a lot of fresh garlic.
Choose one more treatment from the list above and take it as well as the listed on the package.
No matter what treatment you choose, add these three things: Jarro Dophilus, Xylitol andgarlic. All three combine and work great with each other and bring much better and faster results. If you add the coconut oil as the only oil during treatment, it’s even better.
These three can be used without further treatment, but the results will be slower.
I personally worked with the starting quartet – Xylitol, Jarro Dophilus, garlic and coconut oil and combined them with wild oregano oil.
When you fight candida, there is a list of recommended foods and especially a list of foods that should be avoided. It’s not a menu that meant for weight loss or is switch to a healthy diet, but simply a menu that aims to support the treatment of candida to expedite the results and facilitate treatment.
General menu Structure
Dairy products such as white cheese, yogurt, etc. from goat’s milk for people that don’t eat eggs or tuna
A variety of vegetables
Drinking: Herbal tea without caffeine or water.
Fish or poultry
No simple carbohydrates, such as rice, potato, or pasta.
Drinks like in the morning.
Like lunch or Breakfast.
Foods permitted at the candida treatment stage
All types of poultry. It is highly recommended to buy organic or at least without antibiotics. This is also recommended after the treatment is done, to prevent candida from returning.
During treatment, it is advisable to reduce the consumption of red meat such as beef or lamb. It is not forbidden, just reduce quantities and focus more on poultry and fish.
All types, fish is an excellent source of protein.
All types of nuts except peanuts and pistachios. Peanuts and pistachios encourage the growth of candida and therefore should be avoided completely.
Herbs and Spices
All kinds of herbs and spices, but the following are recommended because of their anti-fungal properties:
All types of oil can be used. The recommended oils are:
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
Water (preferably mineral or filtered)
Herbal tea without caffeine with an emphasis on mint tea, ginger, lemon, and cinnamon because of their fighting candida attributes.
Don’t touch!!! coffee.
- Coconut flour
- Almond flour
- Lentils of all colors – red, green, black
- Beans of all kinds
For a three months duration, during the candida treatment, there is a defined list of foods that should be avoided. The three-month period will ensure that the candida is completely gone, and more importantly, that it won’t return.
Foods that need to be avoided
- Alcohol including beer and wine
- All types of foods that contain yeast
- All types of bread (no matter how diet, light, etc. they are – they are not prohibited because of weight gain, but because of the flour itself).
- Sweet Pastries (here the prohibition is double, both flour and sugar)
- Sugar on all its forms, including fruits
- It is advisable not to eat dairy products because of the high level of lactose (sugar). The only exception is the BIO yogurt because it balances the digestive system. Vegetarians and people who cannot be without dairy products, can eat goat and sheep dairy products, but as little as possible.
- Fast food, junk food and ready-made food that you need only to heat at home.
Processed sugar is the favorite food of the candida, and it encourages its growth, so it is necessary to refrain from processed sugar on all its forms and from products that contain processed sugar.
Products containing processed sugar
- White sugar
- Brown sugar
- Maple syrup
- Corn syrup
- Maple sugar
- Date Sugar
- Cane sugar (even if organic)
- Grapes Sugar
- Demerara sugar
- Rice syrup or rice sugar
- Palm sugar
- Coconut sugar
It is also necessary to remember that many foods or food products contain secret sugar. For example, mayonnaise, pastrami! ketchup, certain types of soup powders etc. You must check the list of ingredients on the back of the packaging to ensure that the product does not contain sugar.
There are different names of additives that don’t sound like sugar, but they are sugar. Aside from checking if the product contains sugar (when it specifically says sugar), you should also check the following things:
Other sweeteners are prohibited even if they do not contain sugar because they consist of substances that the body recognizes as toxins that disrupt the balance of good/negative bacteria (85/15) even more.
Also, starch is actually sugar. The difference is that the body needs something like half an hour to prosses the starch into pure sugar. Unfortunately, this delay really does not affect the candida. Therefore, you should avoid anything that contains starch. The most common starch types are cornstarch, potato starch, tapioca starch etc. Also, there are a few types of starch that are produced from things that are not considered to be starchy foods, such as Bean starch (mainly in shops that specialize in products from the Far East), rice starch etc. Simply check that the product is not starch or does not contain starch in all its forms and sources, and no matter how naïve they sound.
During this period you are not allowed to eat potato, rice, and corn because of the high starch content in these foods.
The natural sugar in fruit is one of the most favorite foods of the candida (after glucose/sugar and gluten) and therefore it is advisable to avoid fruits during treatment, and if it is really not possible then eat as little as possible. A fruit once in two days is already too much. Really cut back their consumption.
Vegetables can be eaten freely, but it is advisable to reduce the consumption of vegetables with a high sugar content such as carrots, tomatoes, and beets.
Yeast, mold, and fungi
Yeast and fungi actually belong to the same family from which the candida comes from. Therefore, they should not be completely avoided. Otherwise, it’s cousins who came to visit and everyone’s having a party together.
In addition, because often peanuts and pistachios come up with certain types of mold on the shell (which is not necessarily harmful at another time), you should now avoid peanuts, roasted or not, peanut butter and pistachio.
The process of ripening of cheese requires different types of fungi. Again, cousins coming to visit and having a party.
The other food that is beloved by the candida is gluten. Therefore, again, it must be avoided. Everyone knows that wheat contains gluten and therefore it is clear that you should avoid products containing wheat flour, wheat grains, and products made of wheat such as bulgur and Semolina. But there are other products that contain gluten:
- Groats (peeled barley)
- And, of course, everything that contains one of them
You can eat pastries made from coconut flour, almond flour, oat flour, flax, chick-peas, lentils, buckwheat, etc.
In this period, you should avoid vinegar as well. Popular and common types are:
- White wine vinegar
- Red wine vinegar
- Rice vinegar
- Balsamic vinegar
- Hot /Sweet Chili sauce
- Store-bought salad dressing
- Store-bought Steak Sauces
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soy sauce
- Barbecue sauce
- Shrimp/Shellfish sauce
All kinds of pickles include vinegar:
- Pickled Eggplant etc.
The only type allowed is Apple vinegar
Pickled foods, which are not vegetables, always contain a certain amount of vinegar and therefore are prohibited. Examples are:
- Smoked salmon
- Cold cuts
- Sausages, etc.
During the treatment, you should avoid all types of alcohol, whether it is wine (white or red), beer, alcoholic cider, or stronger alcoholic beverages such as vodka, whiskey, etc. Simply no alcohol at all. This group also includes root beer that is without alcohol, but it is prepared by fermentation like white beer.
The next thing is coffee because it causes a sharp rise in blood sugar. Black, espresso, instant, or even decaf coffee currently is not allowed.
It is also forbidden to drink black tea, even if it comes with fruits or herbs – same reason as the coffee – high caffeine content.
Green tea is allowed.
Cider is also forbidden, whether it’s a bought cider, homemade from syrup, or hot cider with wine or cinnamon.
Strengthening the immune system
A strong immune system is the first line of defense against candida. Unfortunately, it is also the first thing that candida destroys. As a result, any treatment program, in addition to the actual treatment of candida and proper nutrition, should include the ingredient for building and strengthening the immune system.
Of course, the first and most important thing in this situation is to take probiotics every day, even after the completion of the actual treatment, to build the flora of the intestines and keep it balanced. In addition, there are several things that can be done to improve the situation and also to prevent the return of the candida.
How to strengthen the immune system
Regular change in diet
Don’t touch yeast, mushrooms and things with mold (such as ripe cheeses)
Take dietary supplements regularly.
Proper nutrition is the best way to build the immune system and protect the body. Proper nutrition after candida attack should be rich in proteins, fresh vegetables and good oils. Avoid carbohydrates and grains containing gluten, sugar, and processed food. If you really want to take care of the immune system and build it, you have to eat mainly fresh, natural food that contains as few food additives as possible.
If you can switch to organic nutrition, the chances to rehabilitate the immune system become much better.
Few ways to strengthen the immune system
Take coffee off the menu
Coffee is known as the first offender that causes impaired functioning of the thyroid gland and as a result a weakened immune system. If you are accustomed to drinking a few cups of coffee a day, it is advisable to start lowering them gradually until you stop drinking coffee at all. You can also drink chicory coffee that has the added value that it contains, probiotic bacteria that help cure candida in the stomach and intestines. Chicory Coffee also encourages the secretion of digestive enzymes that the candida has destroyed.
Not only during the candida treatment but also as a preventive treatment. Coconut oil contains saturated oils that are useful for people who suffer or have suffered from candida. It contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal substances, which makes it the best oil to build the immune system. Coconut oil also prevents fungal growth in the body and provides essential nutrients that help digest food.
Preferably BIO but the regular kind is good as well. Yogurt helps restore the balance of the good bacteria to all of the digestive system and builds back the immune system in the digestive system.
A good multi-vitamin and multi-mineral every day
One of the most important things to a well-balanced immune system is the correct amount of vitamins according to the requirements of the body. The vitamins and minerals are the cornerstones from which the body will build and rebuild the system. Therefore, it is a must to take a good multi-vitamin and a good multi-mineral every day.
Additional Dietary Supplements
In addition, it is advisable to add omega-3, Aloe Vera capsules, and turmeric capsules or turmeric drops. The combination of all these things shortens the time of the body’s rehabilitation from months to weeks. Of course, it is advisable to continue taking them on a regular basis to prevent the recurrence of the problem and also to maintain the health of the body in general.
Probiotics are important not only as part of the treatment but also to build a healthy balance in the digestive system after treatment. Continue taking Jarrow-Dophilus on a daily basis, but now you can go down to one capsule a day.
Conventional medicine also has anti-candida medications. I’m not going to elaborate on them here because I’m not a doctor.
If you choose this course of action, consult with the family doctor, and he will recommend a treatment.
In any case, even during a medical treatment, the forbidden/permitted foods should be observed.
It is necessary to take probiotics to support the treatment, and to reduce the possibility that the medication will damage something else in the body (see the explanation about antibiotics).
Last Instructions Regarding Treatment
Continue with the treatment for three months. Even if you are sure you’re healthy, don’t stop before it’s been three months.
After three months do the self-test again to make sure your body is free of candida. You can also do a lab test to confirm.
Gradual Return to a Full Menu
You finished the treatment. You did the test and don’t have any candida in your body. Well done for persisting!!
Do you go back to eating everything as usual?
Not at all!
If you go back to doing everything you’ve done before, You’il get exactly the same result!
A wise man once defined insanity as “doing the same action over and over and expecting to get a different outcome.”
In order not to get the same negative result in the future you should do a few things:
1. Gradually, bring back the less problematic foods to the menu in limited quantities
In order for this step to pass safely and to make sure that the candida doesn’t return, continue taking probiotics every day to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the digestive tract.
In addition, you need to add foods that are rich in dietary fibers:
Add plenty of fresh vegetables to the menu
Add some fruit
Eat more “full” foods that were not “undresses” from all the good stuff. For example, whole rice instead of white rice, whole flour, or spelt flour instead of white flour.
Continue to eat plenty of legumes
Then you can begin to return the “problematic” foods:
The first and best stage is the return of the sweet vegetables that were forbidden. You can simply add carrots, beets, and tomatoes to the menu.
After that start eating some more fruit. It doesn’t mean 3 fruits every day, but you can have one fruit every day, but do it gradually. For example, start with bananas for a few days, after that you can add apples, then pears etc. Simply do everything in stages.
For the next step, you can start adding starchy foods in limited quantities. Eat a couple of tablespoons of rice for lunch (whole rice, not white rice). Two days later, you can have half a potato. Another time perhaps boiled corn. Again, small amounts gradually.
In the next step, you can start adding healthy pastries. And the emphasis here is on healthy pastries. You can start with a slice a day of rye bread or seven grains bread. After some time add a piece of cake from spelt flour and the sugar is not white sugar but healthier sugar, for example, agave syrope, honey etc. For the article about healthy sugars, read the post “First steps towards healthy kitchen”. It has a more in dept explanation of healthy sugars.
After that, you can occasionally have a pastry from whole wheat flour. After a while you can have a cookie or two and even a piece of cake.
Or in simple terms:
Add one group of foods. Gradually add the foods that comprise this group.
After a while, when the body gets used agin to those foods and re-learns to work with them, add the next group.
Again, the emphasis here is on gradation and there is a good reason:
These things are somewhat problematic as far as the candida is concerned. If you add them gradually combined with probiotics and plenty of dietary fibers, the body learns to work with them and cope with them without the system getting crazy. If you bring all of them back right of the bat, there’s a pretty good chance that the candida will return pretty quickly. The fact that the body gets them in a small amounts together with substances that help keep the balance of bacteria 85/15, helps it develop resistance and cope with foods that are less healthy without having any adverse effects. And it’s important!!
2. Avoiding particularly problematic foods or substances
There are foods and substances that are very problematic as it comes to candida.
The notable ones are the antibiotics. Of course, if there is an infection in the body you should take antibiotics. Otherwise the situation gets worse. There’s no argument here. But in such a situation, raise the probiotics consumption back to 2 capsules per day, morning and evening, and really increase the consumption of vegetables and foods that are rich in dietary fibers to counter the damage of the antibiotics. And to give the good bacteria the tools it needs to multiply quickly and maintain the balance of 85/15.
In addition to antibiotics there are a few other things that are a pretty sure bett for the repet of the candida, especially in a body that has already suffered from it once before. And it’s recommended to avoid these foods as much as you can. In this case, the avoidance is not a month or two, but for the rest of your life. Here you need awareness that these things are not good for you and may cause the candida to return. It is therefore recommended to consume them as little as possible, or avoid them completelly. And if you do consume them, balance them with increased probiotics as well as increase the amount of fresh vegetables and foods that contain dietary fibers.
List of “banned” foods:
Foods that contain mold – such as ripe cheeses.
Fermented drinks – e.g. beer. Any drink thet it’s preparation process involves fermentation. As I said beer (root beer as well), champagne, etc.
White sugar in all its variations – brown sugar, demerara sugar etc. Candida is crazy about sugar and it really encourages its growth.
Foods that contain gluten – that is, anything made from flour, including whole flour. This is where bread, pastries, pizzas, pasta, etc. come in.
I know that the list of banned foods is a bit intimidating, but as I said above: You need awareness of the mater and it is preferable to avoid those foods. But if it’s to difficult for you, it is not possible, it is punishment, etc. Be sure to take probiotics twice a day, eat plenty of fresh vegetables and foods that are rich in dietary fibers like whole rice, flax, oat bran, buckwheat etc.
Question: what is better, treating candida every two or three years, or getting rid of it once and for all, and feeling and looking good on a regular basis?
Good luck with the treatment and tell me in the comments how it goes.