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The Candida Diet

This is the very strict regime, largely based on Dr Crook’s recommendations. The following is reproduced here for information.   It is fairly typical in its general recommendations of Candida diets found within the complementary health field, though this version is very strict. The idea is to follow this regime religiously for about four weeks and then gradually begin to introduce more foods.

Banned Foods

  • Refined sugars, including those in manufactured goods. These include white sugar, brown sugar, demerara, honey, maple syrup, and molasses. In manufactured good avoid products containing sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose, glycogen, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, monosaccharides, polysaccharides.
  •  All fruit; fresh, frozen, canned or juice.
  • All products containing yeast.  These include bread, cakes, muffins and pastries and also anything containing brewer’s yeast such as beer, Marmite, Oxo, Bovril, Bisto gravy granules
  • Foods containing gluten, such as wheat, barley and rye (eg pasta, bread, pizza) and any kind of refined white flour
  • Vinegar of any kind, or anything containing vinegar. Wine, cider and balsamic vinegar etc., salad dressing, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, shrimp sauce, soy sauce, mustard, pickles, pickled vegetables, green olives, relishes, horseradish, mincemeat, and chili sauce.
  • Mushrooms
  • All alcohol
  • All tea and coffee and anything containing malt
  • Blue cheeses and processed cheese
  • Processed, dried, smoked, and pickled meats including smoked salmon, pickled herring, sausages, bacon, hot dogs, pastrami, bologna, sandwich meats, salami, corned beef and pickled tongue
  • All processed and refined foods

Foods to Limit

  • Dairy products

A More Liberal Candida Diet

Some practitioners believe that a more moderate approach to a Candida diet may work just as well. Patients are encouraged to substantially reduce carbohydrates and to sharply restrict refined sugar, grains and alcoholic beverages. They often also recommend restricting foods high in yeast, such as vinegar and pickles. Mushrooms are usually a no go area.

A moderate intake of fruit and berries may be allowed and lots of vegetables are encouraged. Cottage cheese, plain cheese and natural yoghurt are also allowed. A limited amount of sugar free breakfast cereal and the odd slice of bread or a small serving of pasta can also be included. Unprocessed meat, and fish and eggs can also form part of the diet.

The key is to cut out junk food, highly processed food and refined sugar.

 If nothing else you will lose weight! 

Other things you could do

  • Kill the Yeast

Nystatin is common prescription drug for yeast infections.

There are a number of natural  anti fungal alternatives out there too, for example Caprylic Acid in a range of different manaufactured formats which encourage the Caprylic Acid to reach the gut where it is needed.
You can also chew fresh garlic

Eat live yoghurt every day
Take probiotic supplements

  • Replace Nutrients

Take a good vitamin and mineral supplement
Consider the ‘superfoods’ such as Spirulina and Chlorella

  • Recover Gastrointestinal health

Consider colon cleansing and/or an enema.

You may well feel worse before you feel better, but following the guidelines above and using some dietary supplements may help to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Candida ‘die back’ and help you return to full health.