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  1. This is very interesting as I’ve been told that I probably have candida. I’ve been following GAPS for the past four months and just can’t make any progress past the first stage (soup just gets a little boring after awhile, you know? 😉 ).

    What are some of the further symptoms of, using your words, “…candida will project invasive filaments into the intestinal wall, pass into the bloodstream, and – if not quickly destroyed by white blood cells – become systemic.” That makes a lot of sense, but how can you recognize that happening if it’s all internal?

      • I think that her diet advice is overall good diet advice for the average person, but a lot of this advice is put way too simply. Also no one needs “generous amounts of sea salt” in their diet. Almost anyone living in the U.S. gets too much sodium. If you truly are on a paleo diet with zero processed food yes use salt, but do your health a favor and use it very moderately.
        Eatingforbalance I know this is a pretty old post but if you’re still having issues I recommend you google SIBO it’s a bacterial infection in your lower intestines that can cause very similar issues to yeast overgrowth or you could possibly have both problems.
        The gaps diet is not bad, the selective carbohydrate diet is even better.
        Anyone with a yeast overgrowth I don’t you’re going to be able to kick it alone with something like raw goat milk and apple cider vinegar.
        Most people I’ve encountered have to make dramatic diet change for the rest of their life. I recommend enteric coated oregano oil capsules just because it’s a pretty harsh oil. And this way it’ll make it to your lower intestines. Garlic pills with real allicin in them, so they should smell pungent. Caprylic acid capsules are great, it’s the part in coconut oil that has strong anti-fungal properties. If you go to a health food store and look at their section for yeast overgrowth most places have a lot of good products that help that are specifically tailored. Candex works pretty well, but is pretty expensive unfortunately.

          • Yes i second the Candex comment. It keeps my candida at bay and i still be able to eat out and not having my allergy symptoms back! Of course i have to keep my sugar intake in moderation (but not zero). If you take caprylic you should take some active charcoal to bind the toxins, otherwise it’ll hurt your liver. Best of luck!

          • Douglas Labs – Molybdenum (Glycinate) 250 mcg, 100 Tablets by Douglas Labs


            Helps to eliminate the die off. Also drink LOTS of water (also eliminates through urine AND helps to eliminate through bowels. Alternatively Diclofenac does the same thing but you must have a doctor’s prescription, that I know of.

          • Use milk thistle seed (organic ground;or whole seed and grind yourself-I use Star West ground) to cleanse the liver of toxins from die-off or anything else. And use molybdenum, (500 mcg caps.-I have used up to 2500 mcg in 1 day with no ill effects) to clear the die-off/brain fog. And continue to use the coconut oil. I have truly never seen anything better at killing candida and it can be taken with probiotics without having to worry about timing/spacing because it does not harm good bacteria. (Research all of this-don’t just take my word for it.) I don’t usually comment on anything but I felt this might help someone.

            • I really need some advice if anyone can give? My son has leaky gut and overgrowth of yeast, but I cannot afford a homepathic doctor and he has dairy allergies. I am trying to figure this out on my own and it is very hard because most things I read is for adults, and then when I find info for children, it involves some sort of dairy. My son is horribly sick. He is almost 12. He is a Vegan also so no meat or meat by-products. I just don’t know what to do. He missed 35 days of school last year.

            • Dear Fred, thank you for your comment. I also never write them and hardly ever read them but this one really “jumped” at me and I’m so glad you took the time to write it. I’m currently looking for cure for my 15 years old son’s acne. I’d like to use milk thistle ground, preferably in capsules but can you please advice how much of it per day and if it’s in conjunction with a special diet? Also, do you mean it can cause die off of toxins and that’s why you take molybdenum? Would it be safe and advisable for a young person (he is 6 foot though)? I don’t see Star West supplying to UK unfortunately.
              Many thanks

            • Krystal – My 16 y/o son was dealing with horrible acne. He decided to cut out dairy, drastically reduced sugar, and started drinking a ton of water. This was all his doing, as he was mentally fed up with the acne. After 4 days, the breakouts subsided. It’s been 2.5 months and his face is completely clear. His friends have started doing the same thing, as they witnessed the “before” and “after” of my son’s skin. (He also uses R+F “Unblemished” face routine. However, this routine did not work in the least until he made the diet change. We tried removing the R+F products after the diet change, and he had a few small outbreaks. The R+F seems to keep his skin balanced). I hope this helps. Teenagers and acne is a tough road.

        • Natural Sea Salt, such as Celtic Sea Salt is minimally processed and contains over 80 trace minerals. What American diets have too much of is processed, worthless table salt that does more harm and zero good. Our bodies are primarily made up of water and salt. We need salt to live and our bodies have been denied real salt in our culture. I highly recommend reading Dr Brownstein’s ‘Salt Your Way To Health”.

          • Hi. I just think that the vilification of salt is a little overwrought here. Of course, we know that salt, particularly of the sodium derivation, should be moderated if one has hypertension but the presence of table salt / sea salt in the diet and its amount shouldn’t really be a concern, should it? I mean, here is yet another blog regarding alternative health measures and much of what is discussed is on the cutting edge of what we know about things like lyme disease, candidiasis, leaky gut, etc. but we still are witch hunting things like the “salt is bad,” paradigm?

            When the old adage goes, “the human body is 70% water,” what is always left out is that it is salt water. We are 70% salt water. I understand the idea of balance but it stands to reason that over the eons, since we have come from the ocean, that we have adapted to being able to shed excess salt, especially if too much was problematic.

          • I have Fleur de Sel , Himalayan Pink Salt and Smoked Maldon Sea Salt in my cupboard. I am a bit of a Foodie so this diet scares me, because I love everything and it just cuts out WAY too many of the things I love. Surely improving or embracing a part of it can’t hurt?
            I don’t even know for sure if I have this problem. I just got over the flu, with post-nasal and a cough that’s lasted forever when hives popped up which I have had rarely over the years, but these came with a rash and a boil ascwell so I aas treating myself for MRSA. Boil gone. Rash almost gone. Skin still itchy. I’ve also been stressed with doing OT at work after my Mum’s passing and having to deal with a houseful of stuff and all her finances…getting the place ready for sale and my own home suffering now from lack of attention because I just don’t seem to have time….love cooking and can make lovely home meals even just using the allowed ingredients here, but when hubby said let’s just throw in a frozen pizza last night I agreed. Oh… I will definitely get some Celtic sea salt, but will the ones I have work in the meantime? How about Hawaiin volcanic salts? Obviously the regular boxed table salt (Sifto, Morton’s, Windsor-i am in Canada) is no good. How about Kosher salt? I’ve been drinking lots of herbal teas and water. Is club soda ok? We’ve had heavy rain and our tap water is a bit cloudy and I like the bubbles. I like wine with dinner and admit to the occaisional cola…diet and regular. I have cut all that out as well as coffee and black tea. Is green tea ok? I have some really high quality Matcha and Sencha… I have been drinking those because they are ok for staph… I do feel better already. How extreme do I need to go here? Thank-you ! Susan. I am 53.

        • She was not talking about sodium chloride – commercially produced table salt, also marketed as sea salt. That is a complete toxin akin to white sugar. It is completely adulterated through bleaching, super heating, and rough processing methods which are designed to strip the sea salt of its bioconstuent minerals, rendering it absolutely toxic in any amount. She was, I believe, referring to Celtic sea salt, a raw salt harvested from pristine waters and dried using age-old methods in evaporative ponds in the sun. It is a living food, a superfood, and you literally need it every day and cannot ever have too much of it. This form of salt is incredibly healing and will balance high blood pressure, not raise it. It contains many important trace elements and behaves in a completely different way in the body compared to commercial salt. Visit the Celtic sea salt website to learn the difference. It comes packaged in moist grey corse one pound bags. I use a mortar to get a fine grind. It must be moist and grey. They sell a fine grind,coo, but it looks white and dry, I would stick with the corse version. It is essential for good health!

          • Look, I can appreciate your enthusiasm, but salt is a simple mineral. “Living food?” It is inert. I would agree that not all salt is derived equally, but salt in any form isn’t the volatile and oxidative force that sugar is known to be. I am saying that to use the word, “toxin” to describe salt is quite hyperbolic. I would really need to see any studies regarding the same thing that you are asserting. Clearly, this Celtic salt, while I’m sure it’s of high quality, can not be “essential” for good health based upon the fact that there are a legion of significantly healthy folks who have never been exposed to it. I might agree that it is a great supplementary mineral to augment our health but to call it, “essential,” is another extreme claim.

            • Actually true sea salt acts VERY differently in your body than table salt does, VERY differently. Salt’s actual function in the body is supposed to be regulating blood pressure and water. That is true of natural salt which is composed of anywhere from 2 to 8% minerals. But when the minerals are removed, as in table salt, the body does not recognize it fully and reacts by doing the opposite: that is creating water retention and high blood pressure. Believe it or not, sea salt does not do that and actually solves those things. That is the difference.

          • Celtic sea salt..Mediterranean etc. First,know that the ‘old world system of processing these type salt is as old as man’s needs to flavour his food. In Medieval Japan salt was more precious than life itself. It holds a high place in it’s history. So, what is all the noise, really? I came from a place where the old folks used this old eworld method. I was in my very young teens, and I still see in my mind how the salt folks prepare And harvest the salts, all of which ends up in our towns market. The cleansed white salts would cost more, naturally, while the mentioned ‘grey’ variety could be had for pennies(uses: salting freshlky skinned cow hides, still wet w/blood, to head off bacteria and prepare for the long trip to the tanners, for instance.) I personally know of this ‘grey’ variety., I know of the salt farms and their close proximity to the ditch that lined the highly dusty, unpaved roadways .-the grey,therefore, in this salt from my country is plain old dirt. I cannot compare this country salt w/Med.salt where, even the mud that comes from the volcanic sources are exalted, with healing properties and such. In short, w/0 ever seeing this Celtic Sea Salt I could imagine its qualities and properties. I UST thought I would add a little input about the salt talk. I have the fastest metabolism of a person that I’ve ever encountered. But I widen up, moderated salt and no white sugar( disgusting taste after coming off it. Am noiw too sensitive to salt in my food that it stays out of my cooking and on the table instead. I have been using Demerara sugar since 1999,the time I discovered the Brit.import in the store shelves.Costly. Then, sure enough, Domino did what they do best-make sugar. Now, for just a little over $2. a bag, I need not deal w/ the imports. Florida Crystals makes a terrific Demerara.,comes in a clear plastic jug.And thank you ever so much for the space. Sincerely.

        • Refined Sodium Chloride, our common table salt, has aluminum, ferro cyanide, and chlorine added to it during the refining process. It is not the same as an unrefined sea salt such as himalayan pink salt. Sodium chloride is poison and the natural response of the body is to increase blood pressure to battle that poison. The unrefined pink salt can lower blood pressure. After making that switch, my blood pressure was normalized. The solution is not “less salt”. The solution is “no poison”.

          Fyi: The USDA approves refined Sea salts in organic products.

        • hi Kell I know your post is over a year old but as we’re all chipping in SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (small intestine is just below the stomach not the large/lower intestine where the majority of our vital populations of bacteria live).

      • I take red yeast rice to naturally keep my cholesterol down. High cholesterol is hereditary in my family.
        I believe I have a candida over growth and wonder if I should stop taking this product?

        • Bad eating habits are heredetery, take matters in your hands, increase fats in your diet, include probiotic foods, fruits and honey in small quantities daily, soaked (and sprouted) nuts, seeds and legumes, eggs, dairy in all forms – preferably raw(and fermented to yogurt, kefir, cheese), meat from time to time and EXERCISE. Hire a personal trainer to teach you the basics of proper functional training using all the tools available. Include cardiovascular training, a known stress reliever when not done excesively and not always using the HIIT protocol.

        • I have read that Red Rice Yeast is quite similar to statin drugs (same active ingredient) so you may want to hold on that stuff as it can deplete CoQ10, cause muscle ache/weakness. Also, why are you trying to lower your cholesterol.? Many people don’t need any tampering with their cholesterol levels despite Dr’s advice. A rather low target number ( I believe it’s 200, maybe lower now) was decided upon by the statin makers. The lower the number, the more statin customers. The cholesterol heart disease link was long ago disproven.

        • Don’t lower your cholesterol! That is a dangerous myth promoted by the AMA and there is zero good science to support it. Your body and brain need cholesterol to function. Now your blood pressure on the other hand, lol….that’s quite a different story. Please read up on the dangerous cholesterol lies promoted by the AMA and learn why full fat, including organic raw whole milk, organic raw ghee and even lard and tallow from grass pastured organic livestock can be super healthy and why you need them every day. After decades of disinformation to keep us sick and confused, the real science is now emerging. Go Paleo!

    • I have just realized I am having issues with this. I developed a rash a few months ago, it comes and goes and is consistent with candida rash images. I have had ongoing yeast issues throughout my life as well as psoriosis, eczema, thyroid issues (cancer actually, my thyroid has been removed), and anemia. I’m very concerned about the possibility that this is in my blood (which would be why I have gotten this on my skin on my torso I am assuming). Can you direct me to more information about this? I’m a bit bummed that I have to give up bread, would making bread with other types of flour be effective or am I supposed to give up all flour?

      • Take caprylic acid pills and eat extra virgin coconut oil. If you have it bad gradually increase your in take, you don’t want to kill a lot all at once. Believe me that stuff works, you will see transformation within days. Also its OK to spread the coconut oil on your rash. The candida is going to fight back a bit once you start killing them off, if you get sore throat its them. Most of the mornings you will have the sore throat. Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning by lunch time it will go away. Do not take antibiotics!

            • Thank you for these simple basic solutions! We are using rx Griseofulvin for husbands systemic yeast plus coconut oil and other diet solutions . We want to share that organic potatoes absorb toxins farmers use regular potatoes in rotation to remove toxins from soil . Here is where the nuances lie. Also people from colder countries do not use hot spices but warm moldy climates do – simple evolution so body protects itself. Thank you all for your insights!!

        • You know, that sore throat, which I get, could also just be the post nasal drip from your sinuses which are one of the vehicles for lymphatic elimination…as you probably know, there are many ways that the body tries to rid itself of nuisances and dead candida certainly qualify as such. One is through the mucus that the sinus put out. An over production of mucus is probably what makes the throat sore. I’ve always taken it as a positive sign of healing; like the dreaded herx, annoying but much less drastic. I have particularly noticed this after drinking green or black tea as both are known to be substances that compromise yeast biofilm. I also have noticed that I need to take no extra measures to prevent the sore throat from getting worse…it always abates on its own.

          My 2 cents and I feel that its worth considering.

      • I will put stabilized aloe Vera (or you could use fresh cut if available) on the rash. Wait for it to dry, then rub coconut oil on the rash. Many times this causes an exfoliating effect and relief from the itching. If it doesn’t exfoliate the first time, don’t give up. This helps for sunburn also.

  2. Totally rid myself of yeast overgrowth, healed my gut and have positively impacted many clients (cleared bladder infections, yeast overgrowth, etc..) with donna gate’s bodyecology…

      • What were the cons? I have a lot of health issues and would like to hear your opinion as people keep telling me how great the BED is, but I haven’t jumped on the wagon. If you already have an article, do you think you could reply and post the link to this comment? Really appreciative it, love your site.

        • The cons are what I was referring to in this article– BED includes gluten free grains and eliminates fruit/healthy sugars. So that is why I don’t like it. I hope that clears up my previous comment!

          • I guess you haven’t carefully read the BED book. The Body Ecology diet does NOT include grains but only grain-like seeds, particularly quinoa, buckwheat, millet and amaranth. I’ve been on the diet for almost 6 months and I’ve seen great improvements in my health.

            Your second point looks like wild speculation! Is there any science to support that candida “travels” in search for sugar? You only provide a link of just another site that no longer exists! Besides what you suggest is counter-intuitive. Common sense says that if we don’t feed candida or any other pathogen with sugar it will soon die…

            On your third point you don’t explain the reason why sugar free diet elevates stress hormones and exhausts the adrenals.

            • I have to agree with Kostas here. This is an inaccurate depiction of BED. It does not include grains but encourages the consumption of sprouted seeds like quinoa. It also does not totally eliminate fruit. The very ingredients I use from her cultured veggie recipes include apples. She discourages fruit, only during treatment of Candida…as it would be counter-productive to feed the Candida fructose, while trying to starve it out of your system at the same time. Fruit is fine in moderation after Candida is under control. She is a pioneer & world renowned for treating leaky gut.

            • I’ve been well aware and knowledgeable about Candida all my life and this is very interesting about good sugars. The science says clearly Candida survives on sugar, but stops there. In all science, a point always keeps going, and in this case why does good sugars not cause a full blown fungal infection. Candida is a fungus. Without getting going, I just wanted to say quinoa has a Glycemic Index of 53, which is high. Yes quinoa is a seed, but a seed with a high GI, but it is in the internediate range of slow digesters, but awlful close to the border, or cusp, so even though Candida digests a tiny bit more slowly than a grain, like wheat, which has a GI of 58, there pretty darn close and is why I’m playing with wild rice, which is great and down around 45, and barley is way down to 25.

            • Thank you, Kostas, for pointing out one of the more surprising errors in this article regarding the BED diet – that it allows grains. As you said, it does not; it allows only the grain-like seeds (buckwheat, millet, amaranth & quinoa), which do not “feed yeast,” despite the glycemic index of some, as pointed out by another commenter. The glycemic index, I believe, has more to do with the production of insulin than candida.
              I would also like to point out another error as well. The article states, “These anti-candida protocols all eliminate natural sugars like honey and fruit as well as starchy vegetables like winter squash and carrots.” However, the BED diet DOES allow winter squashes, as well as red potatoes, bcz apparently they also do not “feed yeast.” These are, in fact, the only two high-carb vegetables that are allowed (I forget her position with regard to carrots but think that thin, non-starchy carrots may also be allowed).
              Finally, I wish to comment on the suggestion – threat, really – that eliminating all foods that feed yeast could cause candida to become “systemic.” I find this very confusing, since it was my understanding that the BED diet, and others like it, are primarily for those whose candida is already systemic (all people have some candida in their gut). Certainly, if one scores high on Donna Gates’ initial tests to determine whether one needs the diet, then one IS suffering from systemic candida, as was I after many rounds of antibiotics in my youth, as well as years of high carb eating, especially sugar. The BED diet is specifically FOR systemic candida, with the goal of starving it out of the body,wherever it may be hiding.
              Lastly, I wish to weigh in with my own experience on the BED diet, which was nothing short of wonderful! Fifteen years ago, I was on the diet for approx 8 months, during which time I very easily lost 70 pounds; cleared up all symptoms of candida “overgrowth” (which had been MANY); was never hungry; never had any desire whatsoever for carbs (the desire left after the first 3 to 4 days) and actually had to force myself to eat a little red potato, winter squash or grain-like seeds daily bcz the desire was never there (and prior to the diet, I had been a carb addict). Finally, while on the diet, I never felt better in my life!
              I did eventually add some fruit back into my diet, and to my great regret, grains and sugar as well (altho’ I have continued to use Stevia as my primary personal sweetener); and after moving in with my daughter and young granddaughter, I slowly began to slip back into old unhealthy eating patterns and carb cravings. And within 4-5 years, I had begun to put the weight back on, and more recently, to re-experience a few of the old candida overgrowth symptoms (mostly rashes).
              Last year, just before the holidays, I tried the Furhman “Eat to Live Diet” (which is excellent and allows only 1/2 cup of either grains or high-carb veggies a day) and did lose the 30 lbs in 6 weeks, as advertised. However, I did not find it to be as easy to stick with or satisfying as the BED diet (all phases), nor did it make me feel as nourished and healthy. And so, when the initial 6 weeks was over and the holidays began, I easily slipped back into carb addiction. Clearly, the BED diet is the diet I need to return to, lol!
              As a final note, I would like to mention that for 7 years after the birth of my daughter (33 years ago), I eliminated all natural & refined sugars, including honey & maple syrup, from my home and diet, in order that she would not develop a taste for them (it backfired, btw). Yet, during those years, I never noticed the slightest detriment to my health, energy level, etc. from doing so. My candida issues developed much, much later, after several years of eating predominantly fast-foods and sugary sweets while working long hours at a high-stress job.
              Anyway, thank you, Lauren, for this interesting article. I do appreciate your intention to be of service to others, as well as all the work you have clearly done in that regard. I just wish your article had been a little better researched, as it has left me highly skeptical of the rest of what you have offer.

            • This is quite interesting that she has not answered these questions and causes me to wonder if I should regard everything else with a grain of salt. I find it hardly credible to not educate those who are asking questions when claiming such a different viewpoint on curing Candida. Thank you to everyone for the input. I do believe I’ll try the BED regimen.

            • Your post is interesting to me for many reasons. Firstly, because you touch or rather, inquire about the same things that I wish to understand more about. Secondly, because I find myself agreeing with some of your lines of thought and agreeing with others.

              I must tell you that what seems like “common sense” in one are needn’t necessarily appear to other areas. This is regarding your supposition that candida won’t proliferate in order to find food, the dearth of which causes the organism to starve. Well “yes” and “no.” Starvation obviously causes the dwindling and weakening of an organism’s vitality but as we have found out with “caloric restriction,” most organisms that have ever been studied, will live longer through it. However, it is murky as most of these organisms, including human beings, will experience less vitality in doing so. However once more, yeasts aren’t “most organisms” and how do we know that they WOULDN’T be able to tap into a genetic directive that would allow them to momentarily proliferate in order to save themselves?

              Also, I too wondered about the claim that a sugar barren diet will necessarily create an adrenal burnout situation. This is hardly the first place that I’ve heard this phenomenon and actually, I believe that I’ve experienced it myself and it is a very disconcerting feeling. When someone mentions one of these important side effects of any kind of diet change, I always appreciate it if they also explain why they make such assertions.

    • I have to agree with LCP. The BED rid me of my candida symptoms that I struggled with on and off for a year. It only took a month on the diet to get rid of my overgrowth. After that I was able to transition back to a more well-rounded diet. Moreover the books I’ve read on digestive health puts leaky gut as a SYMPTOM of dysbiosis not a cause. Don’t know where she’s getting her information

  3. You are amazing, so young and knowlegable!

    This is spot on with what my Naturopath said when I started seeing her for Candida about six months ago. I had like 26 of the 28 symptoms, she said I was the worst case she has ever seen! She did not guide me to a specific diet so I struggled for awhile until I discovered that Paleo pretty much fit in with the restrictions she had me on. Six months later I do still get flare ups when I’ve accidently eaten something “bad” but they are not nearly as bad as the first couple that sent me searching for help.

    I am gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, peanut, yeast, citrus fruit and banana free. I supplament with probiotics, oregano oil, and a gut flora. I do eat berries, apples and a little bit of honey!

      • I recently discovered that oregano oil (which i used to take frequently) can also kill the good bacteria in your gut, so I was advised to be careful when using it to kill candida too. There are so many opinions out is hard to trust anything at this point. Lauren, please explain how the candida travels through the rest of the body in search of food if sugar is completely removed. I only eat berries and I’ve been struggling for a while on and off. Currently in a bout and want to clear for good.

        I take a strong probiotic, of course. I avoid all grains, even non-glutenous grains. How do you know when you have cleared the candida?

        thank you!

      • My husband found candida in his stool test and it was high. His Nutritional Therapist muscle tested oil of oregano and said NO…no this makes no sense to me! I took oil of oregano and it really helps.

        • It is possible to get tested for what will work and will not work or do it by trial and error. I also found that many really good things that should work were not for me. There are many other options available.

        • If he was muscled tested then something in his body will not agree with it. It may help with one thing but cause other issues. Like for example, I have Candida but I also have Epilespy and Oregano oil seems to set off my epilepsy syptoms. Muscle testing is pretty accurate and you can find out the root problem with it, so long as you know how to approach it right. I studied Health Kinesiology and it is amazing! Dead on and finding solutions to all issues!

    • I didn’t realize that a number of my niggling symptoms were probably candida overgrowth until after I switched onto a paleo diet, LOL. It’s especially relieving to no longer need to drink a gallon of water a day to keep UTI symptoms at bay!

        • I LOVE oregano. It may be my favourite herb, although basil and thyme and rosemary and dill and tarragon and sage…lets say I LOVE all herbs. Could just cooking with oregano help? I do have the oil and tried drinking plain water with a dropper full or may be it was 2 drops? And I found it a bit much that way. I did find a couple of drops in a homemade olive oil, heavy on the raw garlic, apple cider vinegar and herbes de province dressing was very tasty over a salad of baby kale, arugula, fresh basil, orange peppers with avocado and raw red onion quite delicious. I like food as food…I like to cook. I don’t like pills or supplements…although I am taking garlic seed extract, milk thistle, olive leaf extract, vitamins c, d and b12. This because I had a small boil which was getting angry looking, and since they told me before my Mum died she was colonised but not infected with MRSA I was afraid I might have picked it up while visiting in hospital. I only found this because I was gerting hives as well and an itchy rash. Boil is gone… hives gone…I think, and the rash seems to be lessening as well. For that I thank Aloe gel. What I am hoping is I don’t really have anything just regular staph and the hives and rash from stress and lack of sleep. I got a doc’s note for a week off and I am thinking that is why I am feeling better. I have been eating fruit…lots of it because I assumed it was good for me, and eating manuka honey and raw garlic… no hardship for me. I love garlic. Bathing with the oregano oil added to some manuka honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil, lavender…etc…even had a couple of garlic water baths…I do get migraines though… maybe I will just keep experimenting since I do feel better and I had frozen pizza and a glass of red wine last night and it didn’t kill me. Interesting stuff. I am glad this info is out there on the net because my regular dr retired so I’ve been dealing with walk-in clinic Drs and they really just don’t have time for patients…thanks… Susan

      • I also take oregano oil capsules for Candida overgrowth. I think you have to personally experiment. You may experience die off symptoms like severe headaches. Start with one capsule / day and then gradually increase based on your personal tolerance. I now take two in AM and two in PM. Also, I have heard that Candida can acclimate, so you may want to alternat and introduce other anti-fungals like cococnut oil. Good luck!

  4. Great article…you made simple to understand and made some great points. I too have been on the gaps diet since xmas and have made minor progress with fats and broths/soups. Its a bit like a merry go round but one day i am going to get off..until then thanks for the great posts!

  5. I’ve been on the GAPS diet, but I had a “thyroid storm,” due to getting a little hasty with a healing step (lack of total understanding, really). That put my gut flora way out of whack and brought on what I believe is candida. I’ve been trying to start incorporating more cultured foods/drinks, but the biggest improvements (though somewhat slow) have been since I recently started oil pulling consistently.

  6. Good article I have been fighting candida for years and all three of my girls have it also and now my grandson. I have done 3 months on the candida diet. I have also done 1 month raw. They both helped in their own ways, and I have definitely learned a lot over the years. I also have adrenal fatigue and Raynaud’s syndrome. Some days I am ready to conquer the world as far as figuring out the “right” way to eat and then there are those days where it is all to overwhelming. I have been through so many transformations and misleadings. Can’t get enough of the health articles though. Thank you for all the info. It is greatly appreciated by many.

      • I am so excited to read this article. I have tried candida diets in the past and always have so many cravings, rash breakouts and other yucky side-effects from it that I have never been able to stay on it through the symptoms. The last time I went so low on carbs I felt SO horrible I decided I’d just have to live with candida overgrowth and also with the guilt that I wasn’t “strong enough” to power through. Your article gives me hope that I can conquer this issue and still enjoy eating. I’m really enjoying the Metabolism book you suggest. I started reading it last night. I have hope again!

  7. Thanks for writing this one Lauren, I thought I will jump in and leave a comment.

    1. Candida Diet -> Is not the only thing that can help you get rid of candida. There is a lot more to getting rid of candida than sticking to some magic diet or some miracle pill (probiotic etc)

    2. What Works For One Person Doesnt Mean It Will Work For Ya -> Another thing I see is that people say how probiotic is good, how its been the next best thing but I have 100s of cases where probiotics such as ThreeLac/FiveLac has ruined people’s life because of major side-effects. And I am not suggesting that your grain free diet such as the Paleo diet or the GAPS diet is not very effective but I have about 50+ cases of patients that tried my friend Dr. Natasha’s diet and it just didn’t work for them, there could be many other cases. Even my own diet which I have worked on for past twenty-five years have not worked for certain individuals.

    3. Going After Symptoms Not Root Cause -> Many people try to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause.

    In order to get rid of candida, it has to be attacked from various angles, just having the best anti candida diet doesn’t mean you will cure your candida. I talked to my friend Sarah a while ago who runs and she had similar concerns that candida diet doesnt work and I had to go through various emails to convey my message.

    4. Internet Is A Mess -> When it comes to candida, I have found out that the internet is a mess, everyone has their own opinion and lots of bogus stuff ranks that shouldn’t be even there. I have also seen some so called candida experts claim 12-24 hours cure candida miracle. I have yet to find anything as such in my experience it takes average 3-4 months to see any significant health changes but who could control the claims of these people.

    kindest regards
    Eric Bakker

    • Thanks for your detailed and thoughtful comment! You have such good points. LOL at the “internet is a mess”–how true! Yes, I think it is crazy to claim that candida overgrowth can be cured in 12-24 hours. It does take months, and a diet has to be tailored for every individual.

    • Agreed with you here. One point to highlight is…. Probiotics in pill form are a terrible gauge for the benefits of probiotics. People need to stop buying the pill form, which will come with problems because of what’s in the gelatin capsules, and the man-made formulations. Home-made fermented food is FAR superior and rarely are there any reported issues. It’s very important to make this clear to those who really need the help that these foods can provide.

      • I wanted to say that I got a mega yeast infection from drinking kefir (I really had not had a lot of yeast infections prior to that in my life). The kefir was homemade from grains during the summer. It was “yeasty” smelling. I’m not sure if the kefir would have been lower yeast in the winter (probably). But even so, I am not the only one who has reported getting yeast infections from kefir. I am pretty afraid to eat anything home- fermented now. At least a store bought probiotic is all good bacteria.

        • A simple fix might be the simple information that there can be yeast fermentation items and also bacterial fermentation items. I am only familiar with the dairy form of kefir, which is lactobacterial in nature, but perhaps “kefir” refers to certain items that are fermented, bacterial or yeasty in nature…

          I would think that if you were consuming lactobacterial kefir that you wouldn’t have experienced the yeast infection. I’m not a doctor or a naturopath but I have done a ton of research on this subject.

  8. Hi Lauren!
    I am very grateful that I have found your blog. In relation to this post and the E-book “I didn’t quit sugar,” which I just finished reading, I have a few questions/concerns. I am working on gut healing and autoimmune issues. Would you advise keeping out potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams and white rice as is recommended in the SCD and GAPS diet? In the E-book, they recommend those as good sources of sugar. Also, how do you feel about including dairy if your goal is to heal the gut and digestion? Thanks so much!

      • How does one know when the gut is sealed? For that matter when does one know when candida has been eliminated? I’ve seen so many stories throughout the web where some “cheats” on “bad” food and the symptoms return, thus my thinking is that aren’t rid of candida yet.

        • I was going to ask the very same thing. How does one KNOW? I’d be interested in a reply or post on this topic as well, especially if symptoms are there but not easily seen or felt.

          • I am wondering the same thing about how you know you don’t have a problem anymore (also you will always have low levels of it – I don’t think you’re supposed to get rid of it completely). I’ve done some treatment for candida (low sugar diet, the clean program cleanse, and anti-microbial supplements) and my stomach feels a lot better and I can tolerate sugar better ( I used to have food poisoning symptoms if I had too much sugar). I still have some white spots on my skin though from the candida – I’ve been using tea tree oil on it but does anyone have experience with this?

            • People, you never GET RID of Candida. You control it with balance good/bad organisms. Candida exists to eat the body after death. It does not need to thrive on live humans. It will eat u from the inside out.

          • For those of you who are interested, there’s a test know as LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS which shows if you have Candida. Try to locate one ,as there may be not only Candida in your blood stream but also other pathogens. Only then can a appropriate cleansing PROGRAM be administered.

      • The GAPS Diet is the most dangerous diet I have ever tried. I lost 10 kilograms, most of it muscle, as I couldn’t handle most of the foods in that diet. My naturopath insisted I keep going with the foods that were triggering all my allergies. In the end I just walked away. The severe Candida and even worse food allergies I now have are a direct result of the GAPS diet. That is also why I can’t/won’t do any more extreme dieting to fix my Candida problem. I just wish I could find someone who would listen to me as an individual and help me heal as an individual, not by following some generic diet.

        • You need to decongest your lymphatic system. Liver, spleen, kidneys… try getting a mini trampoline and drink plenty of lemon water and detox teas. Take herbal supplements to help! You will see a great improvement in your allergies. Good luck!:)

      • I have no difficulty digesting food. I’ve lived life without stomach issues. Does this mean I probably don’t have “leaky gut”? Even with the skin eruptions of late? Might they just be due to stress?

  9. Hello!
    This is really amazing! I’m so glad I found your blog and this post. I myself have been struggling with Candida. I explain my whole story on my blog. But I cut out sugar, completely! It was the worst month of my life. For some reason I always knew that good sugar would be okay. But I kept getting told that it’s off limits. So THANK YOU for providing such good information! Also, I’ve been following the candida diet, but I still haven’t felt any better. I think it’s time for a switch to the GAPS diet.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • Have you perhaps considered how you got candida overgrowth in the first place? I was the worst case my two naturopaths and kinesiologist had seen. I tried every detox, diet, pharmaceutical, home remedy, herbs, you name it. After flicking the two naturopaths by the time I reached constant thrush (nothing would get rid of it) I found the kinesiologist found it was due to heavy metals. Look up candida and heavy metals, particularly mercury. You may find you can get rid of the candida AND the diet and have a better quality of life. A combination of zeolite liquid crystal and another supplement to bind the heavy metals and excrete them changed my life. Sadly this article is lacking a lot of information 🙁 good luck.

        • You can just use cilantro essential oil to do your heavy metal cleanse! 🙂 You should also have any mercury fillings removed and replaced with the white colored fillings. And make sure to drink lots of water (take your body weight in lbs and divide it by 2 and the # you get is the # of oz of water you should be drinking every day, at least, but not to exceed 128 oz).

  10. Hi Lauren, I recently had live blood analysis done & was told my body is full of candida (it presented as bright white dots around my cells). I have none of the typical symptoms (thrush etc) but I do have shocking long & short term memory & fatigue. I eat extremely well & have done for years. No processed sugars, bread, soft drinks etc etc & eat a diet high in raw foods including daily green
    smoothies, regular intake of ACV, lemon juice & coconut oil. Would love to know your thoughts on this please. I am rarely sick, never take antibiotics although I am on the pill. My naturopath prescribed a parasite spray & powder/tablets for liver/kidney detox all from Metagenics to help clean out my system.

  11. Hi Lauren – this is a very interesting post. I thought I had candida but when tested I had gluten intolerance, parasites and yeast (non specific) Apart from constant gut rumblings my main symptom was fungal toenails and adrenal fatigue after years of chronic stress

    I am a trained nutritionist – but trained in the 1980’s and so much has changed since then. The candida diet advocated then was very strict and probably,as you and not particularly healthy.

    I have done the GAPS diet – though not the intro diet and stuck to that (90%) for about 2 years – but my toenails showed no improvement. I know that my digestive system isn’t functioning optimally so I think I need to do more research and will certainly be reading some of the sources you recommend to see if I can get any nearer a solution

    • Speaking to toenail fungus – try using Tea tree oil on it. It might take a month or so but it WILL get rid of it. Can’t speak to the rest though as I’m struggling myself. I suggest Young Living or Native American Nutritionals for essential oils so you know you are getting the best thing. I know others recommend doTerra and/or Spark but I haven’t used them so can’t speak to that. Good luck!

    • Janet,
      How did they test for the parasites? I’ve heard that the traditional way of testing (fecal sample) is very inaccurate since a person will only test positive if actively shedding the parasites.; otherwise, the parasites may live in a person undetected.

      • Janet, you can have your blood tested by a holistic doctor who uses a dark field microscope. I had mine tested by an MD who has one of the best microscopes out there. You can see EVERYTHING in your blood. Helped diagnose co-infections from the Lyme disease also.

    • You might need to do a heavy metal cleanse. You can use cilantro essential oil for that, but make sure to drink lots of water!. I 100% recommend doTERRA essential oils. They are the ONLY essential oil company that uses a 3rd party to test each batch (at each stage of the process). If it is not the highest quality, that oil will NOT go to doTERRA (it will go to some other company). (There can be weeds that were harvested with the plants and that can mess with the oil. The oils need to be separated from the plants in a very gentle manner as well. There are lots of things that go into getting the highest quality of oils.)

    • Janet I am no expert on the fungal toenail. But I can tell you what worked for me.
      This is a hand me down recipe from my grandmother to mother. I was told to apply
      chest rub to the nail. Not sure if it was just coincidence, but I no longer have a fungal nail problem.

      • I’ve been very successful in treating toenail fungus, easily and cheaply. You need Q-tips, a small bottle of mentholatum, and a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide. Paint – (Q-tip) – the nails with one in the morning and the other in the evening. In a couple of weeks you will see a thin slice of regular-looking nail growing out of the cuticle which then will continue to increase and the yellow nail will move on up. BYW – I got this treatment from the web.

  12. Hello, Thanks for your concern for others and sharing your knowledge. I have systemic fungal condition. Have had IV antifungal meds taken Nystatin, No sugar ect. Have leaky gut… Working on it long time feel like giving up! What do you suggest when fungus has gone systemic?


  13. I am so glad I stumbled upon your article on this. It is so interesting as I too have struggled with Candida and have done a yeast free cleanse, etc. and I dont feel that it has ever really gone away totally. I know all about GAPS, but it seems so endearing to me and I have yet to ever truly plunge into it. I am also now 14 weeks pregant so I keep wondering how I can best eat for that as well as not suffer adrenal fatigue during it. Do you know what supplements may be ok for pregnancy? I have done oil of oregano, olive leaf, caprylic acid, biotin, etc type of regimens in the past but I assume those may not be ok for pregnancy. Im really trying to set myself up for a healthy postpartum and baby this time around as my first daughter had gut issues and still does and I had the worst bout with adrenal fatigue after having her.

    Thanks so much for your research!!


  14. Everyone has Candida,always. “Over growth” is a much more useful term than “infection”. We have an innate system that normally keeps Candida from overgrowing. Body temperature,hydrochloric acid and halogenation are key. Candida thrives at a temperature lower than 98.6. With age and pregnancies,declining thyroid levels cause body temperatures to drop. This can’t be assessed solely by measuring under tongue temps. I see 30 degree variances in temperatures measured under tongue vs under the big toe. Temps decline as you get further from the heart. The thyroid connection was presented to me by William Crook MD who wrote the book “The Yeast Connection and the Woman”. Jonathan Wright’s book “Why Stomach acid is Good for You” explains why a deficiency in the production of hydrochloric acid by stomach cells results not only in Candida overgrowth,but multiple vitamin/amino acid/mineral deficiencies. Hydrochloric acid production declines with age,but many are born not producing enough of the body’s most powerful antiseptic. These children will have gut/skin/allergy/asthma/recurrent ENT episodes as red flags. The low stomach pH of the stomach achieved with hydrochloric acid allows for the survival of acid loving(acidophilous-philo=”love”) bacteria. Makes little sense to shove in probiotics into a system that will not sustain their growth. Normally,we should maintain a population of “good bacteria” without supplementation. The halogen analogues ioDine and ioDide have receptor sites on all human cells membranes. When adequately halogenated,the blood stream prevents germ overgrowth similar to what we see when the halogen chlorine is put in swimming pools. You shouldn’t have to live in a nutritional/ecological bubble in order to maintain your health. Most people have horrible eating habits yet don’t get the problems we see in so called “canaries”. Canaries usually have one or more deficiencies in the fundamental factors that protect from critter overgrowth. Canaries are out in the cold with no coat on.

    • Yes, low stomach acid plays such a huge role in candida overgrowth! I’m planning a post on that soon. And it is interesting that candida thrives in a low body temperature… that is just another reason why the typical “candida diet” is a poor choice, because (with the lack of carbs and natural sugars) it will lower the body temperature and suppress the thyroid.

      • I don’t own a thermometer other than the one outside on the porch which wouldn’t fit anywhere I’d be comfortable with LOL. I rather think I’m on the warm side. I’m starting to think maybe I was just stressed and should just eat regular healthy. Even indulge in the occaisionally unhealthy and enjoy life…Maybe all this worry about food is stressing everyone out and making them sick? I don’t know. I know I wasn’t feeling well and did alter my diet and I do feel better, but I also got time off work for stress. Was it the change in diet that helped? Or the extra time to take care of the stresses? Or a combo of both?

    • Thank you, Lauren and Dr. Mitchell. This is very frustrating (to have yeast overgrowth) because I often read of people who still aren’t fully healed after implementing very strict eating standards and regimens. I tried GAPS intro but only for two weeks – in hindsight, I think it was the closest I’ve come to any sort of healing but I was so weak and disoriented from eating so little (one can only eat *so* much soup) that I felt awful. Not only that, I suffered from the worst yeast flare-up I’ve ever had and now I understand why. I may try it again sometime but only in a modified format with good sugars incorporated. In the meantime, I’m searching for the answers to my own bioidentity and hoping I can avoid GAPS intro – so tough!

      I write because Dr. Mitchell mentions that it doesn’t make sense add probiotics to an environment which cannot sustain them (if I understood correctly). Can you elaborate or offer an alternative?

      Also, I too find it interesting that some can eat garbage and have no (visible) signs of any issues (sorry, I’m not familiar with the “canaries” reference). Are we just the (un)lucky ones?

      Lastly, Lauren, I would like to commend you – I know you started very young (and are still so young!) and are giving this your all so that you can fully heal – I KNOW you will do it. The information you provide is so helpful and I’ve come to trust your findings above many others (though I know every “body” is different). Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us!

      • Just adding a bit to Dr. Mitchell’s comment. As he says, acid-loving acidophilus bacteria need an acidic environment to thrive. If stomach acid levels (and consequently acid levels in the upper part of the intestinal tract) are inadequate, acidophilus will suffer. This lack of acidity can also come about due to acid-reducing medications like Proton-Pump Inhibitors. With an inhospitable environment, you won’t get full value from probiotic supplementation with acidophilus.

    • Roby, this speaks to me. My 2 youngest children have been battling yeast/eczema since birth. I can’t quite figure out how they could have such damaged guts as newborns, exclusively breastfed- so does this point to low stomach acid? Can that be genetic? I don’t know where to go with this information, or how to help my baby.

  15. Hi, I have a candida overgrowth and mold allergy. I am currently on an Alcat rotation diet and have been for the past month or so. I am not very patient but sticking to the diet is not hard for me except that I should drink coffee only once a week instead of one cup a day…. Do you think there is a larger chance for molds on organic coffee and raw cacoa or the other way around? Would you recommend fermented foods and kombocha for a person with candida? Or is that further down the road on my gut healing process? Thanks 🙂

  16. I cut refined sugar out of my diet about 3 years ago, and it has been wonderful. I eat plenty of fruit and whole grains (minus wheat, barley and rye as I’m gluten intolerant.) I also drink a glass of alcohol every day. Raisins are one of my favorite snacks.

    I do NOT use sugar substitutes, I just stick with natural sugars. If I get a craving for sugar, a spoonful of real honey will satisfy it. I buy local honey; it is SO GOOD!

    Here are my results: I lost weight, my moods stabilized, I sleep better, my body odor decreased, I scarcely have any morning breath, and best of all: every single PMS symptom I had just vanished. No cramps! No mood swings! No bloating! In fact, it’s a little inconvenient because my period can sneak up on me now. Also, my period lasts 2-3 days now instead of 5-6 days.

    I do indulge one day a year for my birthday and go hog-wild on GF cake, chocolates and sweetened drinks. 🙂 I go back on the wagon the next day.

  17. Hey! Thanks for the great article. My Son (4) has what i think is candida overgrowth. He’s been gluten free for months, at first we went grain free, but he is extremely picky eater so it’s very difficult. he has a terrible rash and it was better for a bit and is now back. I’m looking into the gaps diet and am wondering about the oregano oil protocol..can’t see it without purchase, which I can do. But in you opinion is it something i can do with him? I had great success for myself on the paleo diet last year!



    I have thought, said, and experienced all of these things before!! I will definitely start referring people to your page, as you outlined it so very well! For me, it was all about:
    1. Giving up all grains
    2. Only eating natural sugars, honey, dates, maple syrup
    3. Proper food combining. Not eating sugars with big meals or heavy fats & proteins. Always eating fruit the 1st have of the day, and usually eat fruits alone, with other fruits or in green smoothies. And always eating “dessert first” so sugars don’t ferment with a heavier dinner.

    “Betty Rawker”

  19. My husband has healed his terrible acid reflux/gastritis with the help of a great nutritionist. She had him (us) eliminate all processed/refined foods and eat real, whole foods as close to their original state as possible. This was back in October 2012. When I saw how much just eliminating the processed/refined food helped me, I decided to enlist her to also help wiht all of my own symptoms – everything from chronic fatigue, insomnia, acne, (I’m in the 2nd half of my 40s!!) PMS, weight gain around the middle, etc. The first thing she had me do was a three week purification which was to help really clean out my liver (the Standard Process purification). It was NOT easy, but I did it. Now I’m on the specific carbohydrate diet for one month and am feeling great! I have had a few die off symptoms (sore joints in my fingers, itchy skin) but nothing outrageous. I’m eating NO sugars (other than honey, fruits) – making my own mayo, etc to ensure I don’t eat something that could feed the yeast, and I’m alternating every two weeks between oregano oil and garlic pills (and the nutritionist said we’ll add cats claw at some point). HOPEFULLY in a few months I can at least have some hummus! I miss that. But I’m certain (based upon my symptoms that my regular doctor just wants to throw scripts at) that I have an overgrowth. I’m already feeling SO much better. More energy. I’ve lost a total of 14 lbs and I’m never hungry because I actually eat ALOT. Coconut oil, real butter, good meats, fresh eggs, nuts, veggies etc. I wish my doctor told me this years ago!!! I’ll tell anyone who will listen – that even just eliminating processed/refined foods and all the chemicals and preservatives – you’ll do your body a HUGE favor.

  20. I think you ought to clarify you’re referring to the basic type of candida, a temporary imbalance in the intestines. Not candidiasis which is systemic. The candida can and will perforate your intestinal lining with or without eating sugar. It will go through your blood stream and take up residence in your organs like your liver and brain. It does in fact make a gigantic difference whether you eat sugar or not. I was on a strict no sugar diet, no fruit, no honey, no starches, etc. I felt quite well. (I then read the book Breaking The Vicious Cycle. Incidentially, The Gut and Psychology Syndrome book is based almost entirely on this book. has information on what is allowed and disallowed on this diet.) After embarking on eating fruit and honey I quickly felt worse, I was even affected by eating grilled onions. Upon cutting onions, and everything else sweet allowed in those two books, Breaking The Vicious Cycle and The Gut and Psychology Syndrome, I started finding relief. There is a difference between candida and candidiasis and people should know the difference.

    • I’m confused… are you recommending those two books, or not? Are you saying you disagree with eating the natural fruit and honey, etc? What DO recommend for candidiasis and what did you find helpful in terms of resources? Thanks!

  21. Great article — someone retweeting you on twitter, which is how I found it. 🙂 I was diagnosed with candida, and after two months of Doug Kauffman’s sugar free grain free approach didn’t work, I started experimenting. I have no doubt I had a lot of gut issues going on. It’s been in large part increasing the protein and carbs in my diet, keeping fat slightly lower (not a lot, as I follow a Paleo-ish protocol), and overall paying attention to my poop that has helped. 😀 I am on a super strong probiotic as well. It’s definitely an individual thing, but I can eat sugar now as often as I want (which I try not to overdo in the first place) without issue. Definitely bio-individual. Great thoughts — thanks for sharing!

  22. hi,
    and disaccarides are only in grains, potatoes and table sugar? I think they are also in fruits and veggies… what exactly is the problem with pseudo grains? your text lacks explanation why they prevent gut healing…

  23. I have been trying all last night and this morning, but every link of yours I click on, google search I do, etc. for “I Didn’t Quit Sugar” leads me to dead ends. I click on the Facebook link and it just takes me to my news feed and not their page. I click on links in Cassie’s website, and it goes to a dead page. I’d really like to get and read this book, but I’m getting nowhere in locating it! Are you aware if the author’s are reorganizing or something that their product is temporarily unavailable perhaps? Thanks.

  24. Hi Lauren. Thank you for this extremely informative article! Great information. In all my years learning about Candida, I never knew that eating honey and fruit is okay. That is so liberating. And I agree, we need to focus on the root-cause!


  25. It took me 4 years to recover from a debilitating case of systemic candida made worse by antibiotics. There is no way I was able to have any sugar or dairy (even in the form of kefir) or my symptoms would be worse. My symptoms were also made very visible in a skin condition so it was something I couldn’t deny. I 100% agree that sugar is not the cause, in my case the cause was heavy metals which had to be addressed. At the stage I am now with my health adding in berries, goat kefir and ACV has been very beneficial. In the begging stages of the candida though, doing these detoxing things too quickly would be counterproductive because it kills the candida too fast, which in turns weakens the immune system and inversely make the candida stronger. What I am trying to say is that every case is different and many people can be diagnosed with candida wrongly. But for those who do have it sometimes it is crucial to stay away from triggers like dairy and all forms of sugar for a period of time. Not forever of course and at the same time you do have to address the root cause which is always toxicity and many times I learned heavy metals.

  26. Hi Lauren,
    I just happened upon your blog and am impressed by your research, your writing, and your knowledge-base. I’ll definitely continue to read through and to follow it.

    I’m wondering your thoughts on fermented grain, like in the style of Weston A. Price/Sally Fallon/Nourishing Traditions fermented sourdough, for example. Do you think soaking/sprouting/fermenting makes grains more digestible and less disruptive to gut health? And in turn, less problematic for those dealing with gut dysbiosis, candida, etc.?

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

    • Thanks for the encouraging words, Jess!

      As for grains, I think it is very individual. I think that properly prepared grains (soaked/fermented) absolutely can be a healthy and nutrient-dense diet. But those with damaged digestive tracts and leaky guts may need to go grain free for a period of years (1-5 years) to allow the gut to heal. I think that even properly prepared grains should be enjoyed in moderation. Anyways, that’s my two cents 🙂

  27. If I can also jump in, I would add that no matter what works for people in the battle against candida, that alkalizing the body is pretty key to healing. That said, I think if one focus is on creating a less acidic (thus less friendly for the perpetuation of further yeast growth) gut, much healing can be achieved!

    • alkalinity is a myth. The body needs to be both acid and alkaline. Guts that don’t have enough ACID play a major role in candida overgrowth, and many other digestive issues. The skin also needs to be acid. Chlorophyll and mineralization are essential to health – and chlorophyll helps to oxygenate the gut, but alkalinity has nothing to do with health.

      • This is true. Different parts of the body naturally have differing levels of acidity or alkalinity. The stomach should be acidic, but the mouth (where digestion starts, especially of starches) is more alkaline. And the body has many mechanisms for tightly controlling acid/alkaline levels to where they should be. Eat a proper diet and let the body manage those details.

        I had chronic systemic candidiasis for many years, and it was at times excruciating. I tried all kinds of prescription antifungals, candida diets, supplements such as caprylic acid, probiotics, etc., and progress was spotty and agonizingly slow. The biggest improvements didn’t come until I started adding more animal fats and protein back to my diet, added coconut oil as well, and started taking betaine hydrochloride (Hcl) for better digestion. And, I started eating lacto-fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut, making and drinking kombucha, etc. Yogurt and kefir never seemed that helpful for me. I didn’t take probiotic pills with any consistency as I could never tell they had any effect, and they’re expensive. I know many people swear by them and I do think they are helpful if you get good ones. But getting cultured foods in the diet, lots of naturally saturated fat, and betaine Hcl are probably what made the biggest difference to me. Rather than things like olive leaf extract (which I took tons of) to *kill* candida, I ate probiotic foods that naturally outcompeted candida. The goal is balance, not elimination of candida. It’s naturally part of healthy stomach flora. We may not know what helpful role it plays, but it is probably there for a reason.

        Great post, by the way!

  28. Hi Lauren!!!

    I have been following your blog for the past few months, when I started GAPS in February, and I have been so blessed to read your posts. I do have one question for you, have you read about heavy metals and yeast overgrowth? I have heavy metal fillings and my GAPS nutritionist said I have to stay off all sugar until I get those removed, because apparently heavy metals feed yeast. What are your thoughts on that? I know I certainly feel better mood wise when I can eat my raw honey!!

    Thanks! <3

  29. As one who had candida in almost every part on my system including head, i just would love to help people out here. Anti-candida diet don’t work and you will loose some vital nutrients if you follow that. Candida is a ph disorder in the body. Call me crazy but i used normal salt to work on my 7 months candida and go it to work in 4 days. just a quarter tea spoon to one glass of water twice daily. Even in fish ponds, they do the same. You’ve got nothing to loose,right? Lemon also does the same. Just drop a segment lemon in your drinking water. Don’t squeeze, just let it sit in the glass and drink your water like they do in restaurants

    • Hey jay I’m going through the same thing and I heard similar things work. Like baking soda. This Candida is really anyone and messing up things in my life. I got rid of all the root causes (Mercury from braces and toxic environment, etc.) Did the the salt and water really work? This has been like a 6 month problem and its also affecting my neurological problems to?

  30. I do not know if it’s just me or if everybody else encountering issues with your site. It appears as though some of the text on your content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them too? This could be a issue with my internet browser because I’ve had this
    happen previously. Many thanks

  31. Hi Lauren. I’ve been reading you for some months now and think of you as one of my very bright grandchildren. I’ve been paleo for about 2 years now and a couple of months ago I became convinced that, besides leaky gut, I may be dealing with a candida overgrowth. I took out all sugar for a time and then added back berries and sometimes bananas (I was getting muscle cramps again, which bananas stop). I have evidence that this has improved my health to a greater degree than the paleo had alone. I lost the last few pounds I needed to (back in my old size 4’s) and my joint swelling has completely gone, having gotten much better on paleo alone. I’m drinking water exclusively, sometimes with lemon but I certainly miss my tea, which I can’t abide without sweetener sooooo, I’m going to try drinking my beloved red raspberry tea with a little monukkah honey. I’m thinking about trying the apple cider vinegar as well. I’m trying to overcome an incurable disorder called lichen planopilaris which is a scarring alopecia causing permanent hair loss as well as horrible scalp itching and burning. So far, paleo has helped, and the candida concerns, for which I take Fungal Defense and Threelac, has also been helpful. Still no cure but I’m trying to be patient.

    • Ellen,
      I am so sorry you are dealing with horrible scalp burning. I have had lots of tongue burning and burning in my nether regions- it has been truly torturous. I would recommend adding in a spiritual approach to your regime. For me, praying has been essential in allowing God to help me heal through whatever I’ve been going through. May Jesus bless you and heal you.


  32. This is very enlightening. I started GAPS diet almost a year ago. I initially lost about 10 pounds that I could stand to lose. I then did Intro and lost another 5 to 6 pounds (that I couldn’t stand to lose). As I started to eat more variety, I gained back the 5 to 6 pounds. But then I still have a lot of yeast overgrowth, thick thrush on my tongue that I’m constantly swallowing (blech) and I eliminated the honey, fruit, and severely cut back on any sweet veggies. In the past 2 months, I’ve gained back all the weight I lost when I first started GAPS and am struggling not to continue to gain. Yet when I first started GAPS, I was eating lots of fruit and lots of honey and GAPS treats. I don’t eat any of that and I’m struggling with weight. And still having yeast issues as well. I’ve had adrenals tested though and tests come back “fine”. But possibly one of those things that the tests aren’t always accurate. I’m wondering if I need to eat more fruit/honey/sweet veggies!?!?!

  33. Hello, I have been doing so much research on candida for about 7 months now and I am almost positive I have this issue of overgrowth. I am 21 and when I was 15 diagnosed with graves, then hypothyroid after I had a radiation treatment every since I feel totally out of whack. I started having digestive issues when I left for college. I think this has to do with stress, hormone imbalance as thyroid patients deal with this so much, and also a poor diet, as a college student I used to eat so much junk foods and noodles and processed foods and I started doing research on the gut and saw what I was doing to myself I was adding on to a disaster because being hypothyroid has mimic symptoms of candida overgrowth and I now suffer with hives that have subsided some and rashes, wanting sweets more than before, thrush and so on. I ignored thrush when it first began which was in 2011 I thought it would go away. but it did not it got worse I would try vinegar cider and stop when I quit it it would come back in a few days. I don’t want to think my case is so bad and I dont want to do the strick diet because I don’t need to lose weight I need to restore my gut, now doctor thinks I have leaky gut. So I figured all of this is tied in somewhere. Do you have a suggestion that could help me get this yeast under control? I know it is supposed to be yeast there but in healthy amounts. I want that back again to have a healthy gut. I recently was gonna go cold turkey on the candida flush diet but I read up some more and I see it makes people miserable and lose weight I don’t need that because I am not overweight I just want a healthy colon, and body overall I would like to cut down on sweets and drink more water I don’t mind a diet either just not one that makes me shed 22 to 30 pounds I wouldn’t look right that small with a big head! (LOL)! but, seriously though, I appreciate any advice. I have purchased some supplements, Caprylic Acid 600mg. Grapefruit seedextract capsules 125mg, and also oregano oil 181mg. I didn’t think it would be smart to just start on those plus I have probiotics and vitamin c also. I just don’t want to rush those and put my body under stress and do it the wrong way. Any thoughts on how I should start to cleanse my system and get rid of thrush?

  34. I have read a lot of the posts above (not all of them) and can commiserate with many of you regards symptoms & suffering. I have suffered with IBS for many years and although it’s not candida I do believe candida is what is causing it. I have tried many things over the years to rid myself of candida and ultimately IBS I’ve not been successful. I have been on the FODMAP diet for the past year and that has helped me immensely however it’s not really fixing the problem. I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I’m always searching for a cure for this ghastly problem that started after a bout of severe food poisioning. Recently I clicked on a webpage that caught my eye so I investigated further. I’m not advocating this at all but I’m prepared to give it a try, believe me I’ve tried everything. I’ve been tuning into video updates from other people taking this product and it seems to be giving relief to many people. I started my regime today so I’ve nothing to report as yet but I’m happy to keep in touch with any of you if you wish to follow my progress. The webpage is and again, I’m not in any way connected to this product not do I receive any sort of payment, I’m just passing it on to you in the hope it may help. After reading the information it makes total sense to me now.

    • “candida cleaner” is just lufenuron. Their site didn’t show their ingredient, I had to go google it. lufenuron has hit and miss results, per people posting on various internet forums.

      Now that you know what their ingredient is, you can go compare prices with other seller of the same ingredient.

  35. I just wanted to say that we have been battling Candida for about 2 years now, off and on. When my son was born, he would projectile vomit when he nursed after I ate gluten. My sister-in-law told me to get off gluten. Well, I did and it stopped the vomiting. He did not even spit up or slobber, even when he was teething. Well, he now can’t eat hardly anything because of eczema. We recently found a therapy that has worked for over 70 years that seems to be working now for him. This therapy has been used to get rid of Candida, cancer, and evens AIDS. it is called The Gerson Therapy. It would be good to at least look into for people suffering from different diseases. It is designed specifically for cancer and other degenerative diseases. I thought I would share this because I have become a firm believer that it works.

  36. Hello thanks for sharing this info, I just wanted to add something I’ve learned, I started taking raw organic ACV( raw very important) about a year ago for heartburn (it worked plus healed an ulcer I’ve had for over 10 years) then in an effort to help a family member with rheumatoid arthritis I decided to be a lab rat and started taking MSM sulfur.
    Little did I know mercury binds to MSM, I have a mouthful of Amalgams so no surprise it made a big difference from the start.

    it’s taken almost a year but I didn’t change my diet until last week. I quit eating processed sugar all grain and dairy with the exception of real yogurt. (and stopped eating fruit that’s how I landed here, it just doesn’t make sense to me)
    I can’t remember ever feeling this good, I’m reasonably sure I got my candida overgrowth under control as far as my gut but I’m still working on a patch at the back of my tongue, using baking soda exclusively for toothpaste has removed all of it from the front 3/4’s.
    I found when taking the ACV it works awesome after meals but I drink it all the time anyway, as far as MSM sulfur, the Quality is the most important factor, I’ve tried a few different brands but the important thing is get powder or capsules don’t waste time/money on the compressed pill form or any with aditives.
    MSM is truly amazing in it’s own right, I look 10 years younger(constantly asked what I’m doing) and previous knee aches and minor lower back aches have completely vanished.

    (I hope this post is understandable Writing is my weakest point)

    I sincerely hope this helps someone

  37. I was led to this page by a client of mine (thanks Nicola!). I think your argument is well thought out and I’d agree wholeheartedly that there is far too much misinformation and guesswork-masquerading-as-science on the web.

    I also take your primary point i.e. gut healing is more important, but I’m not sure I’d be so generous with sugar. It is, let’s face it, addictive. So I’d first treat that problem with 12-week Elimination followed by Re-Challenge. This is the accepted protocol for most food intolerances too. Based on the very limited studies available (and I’d prefer far more), I’d accompany sugar elimination with supplementation with Sacharomyces Boulardii (available here in Ireland as Optibac Diarrsafe), which helps suppress the invasive candida effects you mention. The point of Re-Challenge is to learn how much is too much i.e. not so much that it fuels sugar cravings. And for some people, this means very little sugar indeed.

    I’ll give an example. I’m a pharmacist. Every year at Lent, we get people who give up cakes and biscuits. The cravings lead them to drag the juicer, an almost forgotten wedding gift, from the attic, and to cram a bucketful of sweet juicy fruit into it. A few days of drinking high sugar juices (or smoothies), and feeling good that they’re being so healthy, we start to see flare-ups of gout. As you’d guess this is because the juices (in large amounts) provide even more bio-available (starts to get absorbed in the mouth already) sugar that the things they’re giving up. Sugar is a drug.

    I’d agree with you that a small amount of honey or fruit a couple of times weekly is fine, but sugar has so many guises it’s vital to mentally tot up the spoonfuls or cubes you consume (all forms, juices, honey, jam, marmalade, commercial yoghurts, soft drinks, cider, in coffee, cakes, sweets, biscuits, apple tart, custard, ‘artisan’ food sauces and relishes and so on) and to make conscious choices.

    Keep up your good work Lauren! It’ a helpful discussion.

    • You bring up some great points, too! I think juicing is great when done right, but it can wreak absolute havoc on blood sugar when done wrong. Gulping a big glass of juice alone quickly spikes blood sugar. I think it is best to do a little bit of fresh juice and add in some coconut oil and a bit of the pulp to slow the absorption of sugar. Supplementation is key in candida treatment, especially rotating anti-fungals. It is certainly best to work with a practitioner for a personalized supplement protocol.

  38. So…the roller coaster ride…the healing journey…the vast amount of learning that goes along with having health issues…how for ever grateful i am. The persistence and determination that goes along with it. Pfff…wow…Tell ya what…we are survival organisms,…thats for sure. Programmed to survive…anyways…So its a bit tricky…because along with candida…that isnt the only issue…So we should def be weary and aware of the other health conditions that go along with candida that prevent healing and contribute to the candida. Leaky gut as mentioned…LOW HCL…crucial…gastritis…parasites. Now…one of the major challenges is having all of these while coping with this pretty difficult world we live in…while mustering up enough motivation and energy while being competent enough to learn and absorb information to be able to effectively apply the information to your life…its so HARD!..but that doesnt stop us. Thanks to the communities for disecting and breaking things down in simple easy to understand ways…so im curious…since i am dealing with the above mentioned ailments…what to do? If you have food particles leaking out your gut…you have gastritis which has your stomach lining flarrrringgg up…you have candida…with parasites…quiet tricky…it eliminates most foods…So maybe we should hold off on solid foods for a little while while nourishing on liquids/powders? Give the stomach a rest while sending in the emergency team to the gut for emergency patch up repairs with aloe/glutamine/licorice root/marshmellow/slippery elm/lots of GLA’s…zinc carnosine…grrrr…on top of that..interpreting whether something is good for ya or bad…cause sometimes healing foods for these conditions give you very tricky signals to intrepret in a state thats so challenging to do and understand the most simplest of things. I just had raw green fed yogurt with hemp seed oil…some hemp seeds pre biotics cinnamon…stomach is a bit bloated. grrr….question is why???? im guessing the yogurt? who knows. thats the question. So frustrating. Would love some ideas. You guys are great. keep up the great work…were getting to the bottom of it…i tell ya. when i am healed…as i am healing im going to dedicate my life to helping everyone out there dealing with these similar conditions…its the compassion…the empathy that this creates within you to appreciate and understand the pain…and the struggle of this healing journey that the majority of the world is dealing with. 1 Love. Maybe the force be with you all. Never give up! btw…answering that bot detection question took about 6 eternal seconds…ha. thats a great indicator of health concerns.

  39. Fantastic well thought out natural intuitive approach. I learned a lot from you intuitively speaking in just five minutes. So here’s my micro story I’d like some help with if you have time.

    I have gluten issues since I contracted adult gluten disease after a long high stress period, at this point I lacked vit k. After three weeks recovery in hospital due to cardiac arythimias found out I am gluten intolerant. During this time I consumed lots of fats and oils in china and felt great for it, bones and joints wise.

    Giardia and candida were issues. I am and always have been a very stable fixed 60kg and I’d like to be a bit more. I always had dry skin on my face and head, which is worse when I don’t sleep much or eat a lot of sugar or beer. My adrenals were burned out after all my stress.

    But still I can’t put weight on and I suspect I can’t digest fat very well. I wanted to go down the gaps route to repair my gut and I think sleep plays a major role in healing the gut also. I’d love to eliminate dry skin, this is most troublesome and aggravates me a bit. So is there much else apart from sleep and gaps I can do to gain weight and stop my dry head? I guess I need to slow my metabolism? But I feel sugar salt and oil is good for me.

    Will start my own health blog and business soon and have a lot of knowledge to share. Thanks for listening.

  40. I want to introduce a little bit of a side bar that I found most potent… I stumbled across this approach when reading a Traditional Chinese Medicine textbook and it resurfaced in altmed journal. The alt path (in conjunction with probiotics/diet) was using food grade hydrogen peroxide. i am always and original skeptic but the evidence is there.

  41. I have been on the candida diet for 7 months now and feel no change. I have leaky gut parasites, Helicobator and am sure I have candida overgrowth. Ive been working all year with a naturopath and integrative Dr and I still feel no different.

    7months without an ounce of sugar and not one bit of fruit or sweet potato has been a real struggle when Im out. Ive now become so scared of eating fruit. Im terrified to come off this diet. 7 months is a long time and now I have become used to eating this way.
    I was encouraged with your post and thought id check out the GAPS diet. Now I feel very depressed as I am a vegetarian and that diet seems way too restriced for me. All that meat eating and raw eggs etc sounds awful to me.

    Whats a girl to do???? Im so so confused. I feel like Ive given it my all and tried everything and nothing has healed me.
    I take 3 probiotics pills a day. I eat raw milk kefir daily. I make sauerkraut and eat that at least every second day.
    I take 7.5ml of olive leaf extract 3 times a day and I have 5 drops of oregano oil up to 3 times a day.

    I eat a high raw diet and have had to learn to introduce more cooked foods into my diet to make it easier on my digestion.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I feel like Im not stuck.

    • Hi Sienna,
      I am on the strict candida diet -no grains, no dairy and no fuit. I was losing alot of weight so I added dairy and Kefir to see if it would help-big mistake! If you have candida that is systemic dairy/kefir will just make you more acidic which candida loves. Dairy /Kefir may help some but if your already acidic then it will only make things worse. If your having no progress and you are using antifungals then you may have biofilms-candida/parasites hide underneath these biofilms as thier defence in the gut so you can throw an arsenal of antifungals and it won’t make a difference. You have to address the biofilms and also by getting more alkaline your body will start to detox. You will also need good supplements to mop up these biofilms/toxins as you start to get rid of them as the toxins can make you very ill and acidic and it can become a viscious cycle. The biofilms also contain heavy metals so you need to mop these up also. Check out Earth clinic for their protocol. Or the guy who blogs about his own battle with systemic Candida and who beat it with the protocol he recommends on Earth Clinic has a book available I am not selling anything or am no where connected to Earth Clinic site. The reason I have lost so much weight is because of dyobsis and lack of stomach acid- I am taking Betaine Hydrochloride, digestive enzymes, Magnesium Chloride, Sea Salt and Iodine to help with this. Also Iodine is one supplement I would definately reccomend. “Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral, and antiseptic of all time. Iodine Therapy is effective in killing Candida, other fungi and microbes. Iodine and microbes have an affinity for the mucus membranes. Iodine clears out excess mucus. By keeping the mucus membranes healthy, iodine greatly helps to overcome autoimmune diseases, sinus problems, asthma, lung cancer, and other lung problems, and also intestinal diseases, including inflammatory conditions and cancers.” You can monitor your thyroid function by checking your temperature before getting up in the morning with Basal Temperature Test.
      Your immune system will respond if you provide the right conditions. You don’t want to just kill candida as you will never beat it. You have to change the environment in which it lives and thrives-acid usually. So becoming more alkaline will do this – the alkalizing protocols will help immensely. Many people think they have gotten rid of candida only to eat something sweet again or some bread to find the symptoms return. Thats because they have not treated the whole body(alkalizing blood and cells). If there is candida still lurking in an organ somewhere then it will just return when you try to re introduce these foods. Don’t give up on this fight – candida is supremely opportunistic. It will do anything to survive. Its like you have to prepare for a battle – its that strong. Dairy/kefir have their place don’t get me wrong but when you are seeing no results – then your immune system is stuggling and you need to take a whole body approch rather than just attack the gut with anti fungals. You will know if its starting to work – Your immune system will start to work with you! The problem when we get so toxic is our detoxification pathways become blocked-they need to be cleared and supplements like ala and selenium will help with that. Good luck everybody!

  42. Lauren,

    I am currently experimenting with the anti-candida diet, am almost a month in and have been having very bad symptoms the last 10 days as you described… my nutritionist says its just yeast die off, but after reading your blog, I am concerned that it could be something worse. Where does the information you claim about thryoids and stress hormones being unhealthy due to sugar deprivation? I see the “I didn’t quit sugar” referenced but can’t find that book and only the authors blog and introduction to it. Do you know the source of all these intricate medical claims in the book

  43. I am torn with what diet to choose, currently im on the candida diet that my naturopath suggested with a ton of herbal supplements. i can have yeast and sugar free bread and fruit twice a day and any veg including carrots and squash. but i still have chronic diarrhea. I’ve only been on the diet for just over a month. It feels very overwhelming when in april i could eat like a normal person. thanks to the walk in clinic doctors who gave me about 5 rounds of antibiotics in 9 months. 🙁 …. still searching for a fix for my health issues.

  44. How do I know if my gut has been damaged or not? Could you even get candida if it isn’t?

    How long will it take before a grain free diet restores my gut? How will I know it’s improving?

  45. Interesting post! I am not sure what to think. I am not completely adhering to the candida diet, but I did stop eating almost all sugars including honey and fruit, except on very rare occasion. I am recovering from leaky gut and have been eating a very clean Paleo since the summer, but I have had two terrible candida flare ups this fall. Since I was already completely off grains, dairy except pastured butter, and all processed sugars, I didn’t know what else I could do as far as my diet to help heal. It kicked most of my sugar cravings, but with my health issues I find myself nervous about eating for fear of candida flares or just more pain, and I know that stress or concern is not good for my body either. This is a hard road to navigate.

  46. I also recommend Saccharomyces Boulardii (aka: ‘baker’s yeast’). You can purchase it at most health food stores and, of course, online. Jarrows brand makes the best… Whole Foods often refrigerates them, which would slow down their metabolic rate while on the shelf and all but guarantee a higher potency per pill. My favorite thing is how anti-candida they are. The idea of basically ‘fighting life with life’ carries over from other probiotics, of course, but this one in particular is esp a candida killer. It has many modes of action that specifically will keep it going after the resources candida goes for (passively ‘attacking’ it) as well actively attacking it via many modes of action. The best part, unlike Apple Cider Vinegar’s Mother of Vinegar (ACV’s MOV, in short), which also will establish itself in the body and produce the acetic acid (ie, vinegar) inside the body, continually helping to fight back candida (candida doesn’t grow under ph’s of ~6. ACV’s acetic acid producing bacteria will produce acids as low as 4 or below on the ph scale.. killing candida, as well as eating the food and growing more while… in turn, producing more candida killing acetic acid (ie, vinegar).) but, S.Boulardii goes the same and farther… it is a fungus, like candida, but a probiotic one, and it will very aggressively attack candida. It will go to where the candida is, for the same reason the candida is there, and start eating away.. but with *out* the aggressive, problem-causing ways candida creates. Better still, it will evolve with candida. Assuming you continue to take it, it will evolve as the candida evolves. If the candida evolves a defense mechanism, so with the s.boulardii at figuring out how to overcome it. And, possibly the best of all, it is a fungus (but a good one!), so if you absolutely must take antibiotics (avoid at all costs!, but sometimes, unfortunately, they’re needed), the s.boulardii will *not* be killed off by the antibiotics, this will help to keep the candida in check. As well, being probiotics, they will work with the probiotics, as well the beneficial biota you consume via your diet to help to repopulate after the antibiotics have worn off.

    Along with proper exercise, diet, and other approachs, S.boulardii may be the single best candida-killer out there. A simple google search for the phrase: ‘saccharomyces boulardii candida’ will yield a plethora of excellent articles providing more information on this.

  47. Hi, I really enjoy reading your blog and I 100% agree with your points. But I was wondering if excessive fat consumption causes candida; how many fat grams a day am I allowed to have if I am trying to beat candida? 4 grams? Thank you in advance. It would really help me. I have searched on the internet for the longest time but no one can give me an answer.

  48. Hi Lauren,

    I am new to this candida diet and need some major help. I have suffered from many digestive issues (bloating, indigestion/acid reflux, gas, etc) and non-digestive issues for three years. I figured out last year I have a gluten intolerance and thought I could just eat whatever I want as long as it was gluten free….I was wrong. I feel very limited in what I can eat. I feel like I am not getting enough carbs. Are there any candida friendly foods that have more carbs? All the veggies I eat have little carbs. I do eat a sweet potato every couple of days. Is that bad? I am afraid one little bit of sugar is going to make things worse. I feel like I am going crazy lol. I have started on a highly recommended probiotic on Thursday so I know that will start helping. Any helpful advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂

  49. Thank you for this blog. I find that the knee jerk reaction to health problems is to go from one extreme to another, usually in the form of a diet loaded with refined sugars and processed foods to no sugars including fruit. This clearly explains the beautiful benefit of moderation, so people can heal and actually enjoy the process.

  50. Thank you, I’ve just been diagnosed with candida and am scared. I have been GF for 4 years and on and off dairy. I started itching and finally saw a natropath. I have been a GAPS advocate for years but have trouble following the diet. I delink my broth daily though. I am thankful to have found your site and will follow A grain and dairy free Gaps and Paleo diet to rid this! I also have sups from my natropath.

    Lastly, I want to remove my mercury fillings but not sure “when” to do this. Any suggestions?

    • I would do that ASAP!!! You will not be able to get rid of your Candida overgrowth with heavy metals in your system. Candida thrives off of them, as well as sugar.

  51. Hello Lauren! I love your website and your cookbooks! I made a cookie recipe today and it was great! Quick question for you. My candida diet is very strict. I suffer from chronic vaginal yeast infections. The diet worked wonders in the past, but took a while to cure them. Seven years later, they are back. I have not followed a proper eating plan and I am back where I started from. Cutting the sugar and fruit out is killing me. I am cheating here and there and am suffering for it. How much raw honey and fruit did you eat on your candida diet? Did it delay healing or help facilitate it? Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much and I look forward to your reply. Have a great day.

    Best regards,

    • Hi Michelle,

      I also suffered from the same thing 16 years ago and after getting no where with health store remedies and even conventional treatments (Dyflucan, Nystatin, etc), because I was desperate, I dove into research and read many books on the subjects such as ‘The Yeast Connection’ by William Crook MD, ‘Get The Sugar Out’. by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, Conquering Yeast Infections by Colet Lahoz, RN, MS, LAc, and a handful more, as well as online research. Nothing worked until I stumbled upon Colet Lahoz’ book and The Whole Approach website and their Attogram protocol. That’s when things really clicked for me. I followed their very strict diet and took the supplements for 4-5 months and got my candida levels within normal range and no longer suffered from recurrent yeast infections. Eliminating fruit and natural sugars did not increase my candida levels and make them systemic (as Point #2 in this post suggests), it brought my body into balance. The Whole Approach diet is very restrictive of natural sugars, including fruit. I didn’t have any fruit for the first 3 months and things started to improve very quickly.

      Fast forward to recent years when I fell off the healthy eating wagon and candida issues resurfaced. Sugar, natural or not, always triggers my symptoms and makes things worse, which is the part of the post I don’t agree with after much research and my own personal experience. I recently read The Candida Cure by Ann Boroch, CNC. I highly recommend you read it. She is an insightful Naturopath with extensive personal and clinic experience with candida overgrowth. (She healed her own candida overgrowth and Multiple Sclerosis – they are linked). It is also very restrictive of all sugars. She also has a supplement protocol in her book which is helpful.

      I think the missing link to this post is the part about the targeted candida-specific supplements that needs to accompany a candida-reducing diet in order to bring the body back into balance. Diet alone may not be enough to get things back on track which is why many people may not be improving on the Candida Diet with diet alone.

      I am now a recovering sugar addict so I know it is very difficult to give up any sugar, much less fruit and honey. You can do it. Organic berries and green apples are my main fruit staples – low sugar fruits. I think adding sugar, even natural sugar, to a body with candida overgrowth is adding fuel to the fire.

      Wishing you well on your healing journey.

  52. the best results in fixing your Candida problems you get from using SF722. It takes time, should be combined with the proper diet but works like a charm. Tried it myself and suggest to everyone.
    Please note: I am not selling it no do I for the company which makes it. I work in IT 🙂

  53. Hi,
    Thank you so much for writing a down-to-earth article about healing from candida! I was beginning to go crazy from reading endless books and articles, all in direct conflict with each other, all touting extreme diets that may or may not work. I’ve been following the usual strict anti-candida diet, since that’s the most common answer – with some small modifications, since I’m vegan – but the lack of fruit struck me as not right from the start. Balance always seems key in any aspect of life, so extreme anything never sits well with me.. and I am so stoked to eat fruit again!!

    And also: thanks for bringing up the link between hypothyroidism, leaky gut, and candida. I’m suffering from all three, and it took quite awhile and many visits to a naturopath to find that out.. and then it took a LOT of reading to find out how interconnected all of it really is. And I speak as a bookworm, too! I was beginning to wonder what on earth I did wrong to get all of these conditions, but now it makes sense, and that (to me) will make getting better a little easier.. (I hope.)

    Anyway – thanks. This is the first I’ve seen of your site, and now I’ll look into the rest of it.

  54. I don’t understand your direct dismissal of the candida diet website. You cannot follow the diet fully without getting the book which if you read it from cover to cover, you would see that the diet includes and in fact follows much of the same recommendations you make. After reading this article and having read the guide book for the candida diet, I feel you have misrepresented the information provided by the site/book.

  55. Hi,

    First of all, thank you for your well researched, well educated post!

    Couple of questions…

    1) what are your thoughts on beans as it relates to candida friendly “diet”- I do paleo for the most part but I do eat some beans hear and there. Mostly pinto or garbanzo.

    2) There are SO many conflicting arguements on mushrooms as it relates to candida overgrowth. My “gut” tells me that despite them being a fungi, they are compress different species and therefore would not feed Candida albicans – but I still have a fear of eating them because of what I have read. Thoughts?


  56. I took the spit test and saw it grew “legs” that was back in January, I have sorta started my road of recovery I have been struggling with struggle with cutting out some foods such as chocolate, and some dairy. I know I have to do it if I want to get better …. Reading all the information there is about Candida can make one go crazy! I’m feeling a little overwhelmed thinking about everything I Have to do. I am getting Oregano oil and a High probiotic next month…
    So if I understand this right I have to go make some serious Life style changes in order to heal my body for good, Meaning I can not longer enjoy my favorite foods… I have to stick to strict diet plan with out cheating for the rest of my life?

    • It does NOT have to be for the rest of your life. You just need to do it until you don’t have the overgrowth anymore. I would highly recommend taking a high quality probiotic for the rest of your life, though ( and continue to not eat very much sugar).

  57. Here’s another possible factor in healing stubborn candida: years ago I met a lady who worked at an integrative medicine office and she told me the doc had discovered that most of his difficult candida cases also had high levels of heavy metals in their bodies but when they cleared the metals, the candida was a cinch to get rid of.

    Metals can suppress proper immune function, so it makes sense that their immune systems would finally be working properly enough to balance their candida levels.

  58. Hi Lauren,
    I love your blog – thanks so much for all the helpful info!
    I am planning to start the gaps diet and would like to know your take on sugar in the beginning gaps stages. For example, do you think it’s a good idea to avoid sugar during the intro gaps diet?
    Thanks 🙂

  59. I did a very strict candida cleanse, as instructed by a natuorpath, for six weeks. It felt great losing about 25 pounds. Did have sugar cravings at all until I tried a recipe with honey in it and even that made me crave sweets.

    After the six weeks I started adding back the foods I had dropped. It has been 15 months now and I have gained 60 pounds!

    Should I do the candida diet again? I have never had blood pressure issues but just found out I am now at 160 over 100. I also fell and landed on my knees and it doesn’t seem to want to heal. It’s been three months now. xray verified there are no abnormalities to the bone or joints. I’m an avid tennis player but haven’t been able to play because of my knee.

    I read through everything on this post and will check out some of the suggestions. Just wondering if anyone else experienced quick weight gain the way I did after doing a candida cleanse.

    • Hi Sarah ! I actually had similar results. Last June I did a 4 weeks candida cleanse. I was already at a healthy weight, but this helped me get down to around 160 lbs, which was perfect for me! However, as soon as the cleanse ended, I felt ravenous and I don’t know if it was physical or mental (or both!) but I started gaining weight after and 11 months later I am 30 lbs heavier.

      I DID stop journaling all of my foods and have only been on the GAPS -type diet about 30% of the time since September as well. It felt too stressful to have to be perfect.. however, my candida-like symptoms (sinuses, lethargy, bloat, weight gain, diarehha, yeast infections, lower tolerance for stress) have returned with a vengeance. I LOVED how I felt on the cleanse, but my mind has been stressed by the idea of spending hours every day preparing fresh meals and smoothies and eating so many greens shakes. My current plan (i have not fully gotten off the ground yet!) is to go back to a GAPS diet and work on healing my gut lining again. I am also taking probiotics and I’m buying some oregano oil and garlic oil supplements to help with the flora hopefully. I’ve also been using Yeast Arrest products to try to attack the yeast infections I’ve been getting, but my dietary habits still include grains and sugar so they haven’t been fully successful. (This is after several unsuccessful Monistat Treatments). All of this is expensive and time consuming, but I think that I would rather be annoyed by a strict diet and more time spent cooking etc. is going to be much better for me as I can’t deal with the candidia anymore :(. ALSO – I refuse to keep getting heavier, so this will allow me to wear my current clothes again. (I cannot afford to go to my Naturopath anymore – so doing all of this on my own now, which I think is tougher but possible!.)

      Sorry this was long, but thought it was relevant to your post! Best wishes to you for your ideal health :-). – Betty

  60. I wanted to check out that “I Didn’t Quit Sugar” source (from one of the quotes in your post) but the link leads to an uninhabited website (broken link, put simply) – I’d love to read more because this topic has me a little disoriented! Thanks!

  61. Thank you SOOOOO much for this info !! I have been struggling for a year and a half with different doctors and protocols and steadily getting WORSE 🙁 The latest was the candida diet. (I’ve been doing that for almost 2 months. The first month I did feel better, but the second month I feel HORRIBLE ! Now I know why ! Thank you SO much for setting me straight ! I am so glad I found some different advice that sounds credible and makes sense. Not to mention it will be nice to eat fruit again 🙂 I had just just decided to actually start adding foods back in, and your wonderful knowledge gave me the reassurance that this was the right decision. I think you may have just giving me the “cure” that I’ve been looking for for the last year and a half. I wish I would’ve stumbled on this site over a year ago. But hey, at least I can say I appreciate your information that much more .

  62. Hi Lauren,

    I value a lot of the information you share on your site and commend you for diving deep into the topic of wellness in order to heal yourself. I’m so glad you found what works for you. I’m on a similar type of journey. Some of this post leaves me a bit conflicted. I agree with your point #1, but am having a difficult time with #2. Would you be so kind as to provide some evidence and/or reputable source for the following statement:

    “#2. Sugar-free may equal systemic candida overgrowth…Starved candida needs sugar and so will travel upwards through the intestines in search of it. If no sugar is found, candida will project invasive filaments into the intestinal wall, pass into the bloodstream, and – if not quickly destroyed by white blood cells – become systemic.”

    The source link you provide doesn’t work (it just goes to an e-junkie site with no info) and I am interested in reading about this concept further from qualified sources who have experience with this concept. After 16 years of much research on this topic I’m still learning however I’m not on board with the idea that those who suffer with candida overgrowth should consume honey, maple syrup or sugar-rich fruits. I need some more evidence/proof as this notion directly conflicts with dozens of books I’ve read by experts on the topic (in addition to hundreds of hours of online research), those who’ve treated thousands of patients with candida overgrowth in a clinical setting. It also contradicts my personal experience with candida. I believe in the concept of bio-individuality and know that what works for one may not work for another. I did not following “The Candida Diet” per se but I did follow a regimen that was similar in that it restricted most sugar, including most natural sugar, except organic granny smith apples and berries as they are low in sugar content.

    I’m definitely not opposed to changing my mind or being proved wrong, I’d just like to read some more hard info about your point #2 so I can dig further into this concept. Everything I have researched indicates adding much sugar (natural or refined) to a candida-infested body is like pouring gasoline on a simmering fire. The other issue with candida sufferers is that many are sugar addicts and sugar addicts cannot just have a “little bit” of sugar, just like alcoholics cannot have a little bit of alcohol. The idea of “detoxing” from heavy sugar consumption is also about breaking the addiction, which is likely one of the many reasons for the candida overgrowth in the first place. The addiction isn’t usually broken for at least a few months, so I can see perhaps adding in a very limited amount of healthy, natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup) after that point but doing so beforehand seems very risky. I’m worried those suffering with candida overgrowth will use your post as a free pass to consume sugars that may be harmful to their body.

    Thank you for your time, Lauren. I appreciate the work you do and your desire to dig deeper and share with others and welcome your thoughts on this important topic.

  63. I appreciate your discussion on this topic. I plan to incorporate your suggestions to drink water with ACV and eat goat milk yogurt. I went on the GAPS diet about a year and a half ago to address IBS. But after 8 months on the diet, I had to stop because of my low energy levels. I could barely make it up the flight of stairs in our house. Also, I noticed more gas than I had ever experienced before going on the GAPS diet. After having a baby last fall and experiencing very low energy levels, I read Matt Stone’s book Diet Recovery, and started eating lots of sugars, salts and starches to increase my metabolism. After a few weeks of that, I started having horrible symptoms (all related to Candida as I now realize) such as severe itching/rash at the crease of my right arm, horrible dandruff, eczema, as well as GI issues. I decided to try the GAPS diet again, but experienced bloating, gas, abdominal pain, and adrenal fatigue, so I stopped after only about a week. I went to see a Naturopath, and my suspicions were confirmed that I had a Candida overgrowth. He also pointed out that my body was very acidic, an environment that Candida thrives in. He suggested that I go on the typical Candida Diet, but I was discouraged because I had gone on that diet years ago with no success. Then I stumbled upon this article: Donna Gates discusses the differences between the Body Ecology Diet and the GAPS diet. The main things that jumped out at me and made a whole lot of sense were the following:
    1. “Gut and Psychology Syndrome discusses pathogens in the gut, including the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans, but Campbell-McBride does not have a clear understanding of how to eat if you have a systemic yeast infection in your bloodstream.”
    2. “Many foods on the GAPS diet, however, do feed yeast. They include high-sugar foods, such as fresh and dried fruits, honey, and fresh whey. Too many acidic foods, including meats and nut flour pancakes, cookies, breads, etc. (especially when they are sweetened with dried fruit, as recommended) simply serve as fuel for a systemic or gut infection.”
    3. “GAPS says that ‘Homemade meat stocks, soups, stews and natural fat are not optional— they should be your patient’s staples.’ (p. 144) From the Body Ecology standpoint, this is a lot of acidic animal protein and fat to digest when one has problems in the gut, and it is too acid forming if one is battling a systemic yeast infection and their body needs alkalizing.” This explained to me why my body was so acidic after following the GAPS diet. There are too many acid-forming foods on the diet. And Candida thrives in an acidic environment.
    4. “one very important reason for keeping acid-forming protein within reasonable limits and balancing it with larger amounts of alkaline-forming plant foods (The Principle of Acid/Alkaline and The Principle of Balance) is that most people today have overworked and burned out adrenals—a condition called adrenal insufficiency. Your adrenals do need some animal protein foods for energy, but not much. Eating too much or too little protein is not wise when your adrenals are in need of rejuvenating. The 80/20 Rule is just the right amount.” I believe this explains the Adrenal Fatigue I experienced while on the GAPS diet.
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    5. GAPS Introduction Diet removes all raw vegetables when diarrhea is present but does allow fresh fruits, well-cooked vegetables, and dried and cooked fruits.

    It is true that people with gut dysbiosis have trouble digesting raw vegetables. But on the BED, you can enjoy the benefits of raw vegetables even if you have a sensitive gut condition. Indeed, they are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. You would simply make them more digestible by puréeing them to create a raw veggie soup or a green smoothie. You can also blend them into a vegetable paté.

    6. It is very important to note that the GAPS diet allows foods that, when eaten together, create glycoprotein—a slimy, glue-like substance that accumulates on the walls of the intestines. Glycoproteins are formed whenever you eat a sugar with a protein: yogurt with fruit, ice cream (milk protein with sugars), turkey and pumpkin pie, etc. A lifetime accumulation of glycoprotein can prevent nutrient assimilation through the mucosal lining so that cells do not receive the nourishment they need from the gut—even if you are eating a healthy diet.
    On the GAPS diet, nuts and seed flours (these are proteins) are made into muffins, pancakes, and cookies and sweetened with honey and dried fruits—creating a very high glycoprotein-rich food that harms the gut—certainly not a good choice if you have a digestive disorder.
    7. As far as the “grains” that are allowed on the diet, “Grains or complex carbohydrates (rice, wheat, oats) are not eaten on the Body Ecology Diet; however, you can eat grain-like seeds: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth. These grain-like seeds are gluten-free, high in protein, and contain important B vitamins and minerals—nutrients very much needed by anyone with a “gut and psychology syndrome.” Highly nutritious superfoods, these grain-like seeds do not feed yeast because they don’t contain the sugars found in the glutinous grains. They are also a very important source of fiber—a vital component of a healthy gut for several reasons” She also goes on to say that if these grain-like seeds are troublesome to your body, to eliminate them.
    There is much more to the article, but after reading it, it made sense to me and I decided to try it. I’ve been on the BED diet for a couple of weeks now, and I have the best digestion I’ve had in YEARS. My candida symptoms (eczema, itching rash, dandruff) have significantly improved. Best of all, I have energy! Now, I know I haven’t been on this diet long enough to be able to fully endorse it, but I am impressed so far and excited about the health I hope to achieve by following the BED program.
    Also, I wanted to point out that contrary to what your article says, the Body Ecology Diet does NOT exclude carrots or winter squash.
    I agree with you and the others who have asserted that everyone must pursue the path of healing that works best for them. In my case, the BED seems to be a better option for me than GAPS.

  64. Thank you. You are right-on. I am working on my registered holistic nutritionist’s diploma as I struggle with a faulty gut, and your info is accurate and cutting edge.

    The candida diet doesn’t work. I know, I’ve been starving on it for 10 years, and still, it is a problem. However, adhering to the GAPS protocol and not limiting gaps-approved starches has helped tremendously, so once again, I think you’re bang-on.

    I have your site flagged and will be visiting on a regular basis.

  65. What protocol would be suggested besides the GAPS diet for a breastfeeding mama (I practice child-led weaning, so who knows when my youngest-11 weeks- will wean in the upcoming years) who needs to detox mercury and candida but does not want to dump into her child?

  66. I’ve been to see Dr Ray Choy in. Winpole St London. I travel for my 3rd and probably final appointment tomorrow and he has been amazing. I have suffered with Candida for almost 6 years it has been so debilitating it’s had the doctors and hospitals baffled! A friend who had candida recommended Dr Choy, he is an allergy specialist and treats candida. I’ve had no special diets to follow just his prescription of natural supplements to boost my immune and kill the candida and a tincture & I’ve not felt this well in years. I’m not 100% yet but I’m 80% and still have more treatment left. I’d really recommend him, it’s not too expensive I’ve spent £400-£500 so far but it’s been worth every single penny. So pleased I’ve almost got my life back!

  67. Well im at the bottom of the page, and am more confused then when I arrived here. So many conflicting views. We live roughly 80 to 90 years. Is it worth giving up the things we enjoy in life? This last week has seen me give up household sugar. Have increased my milk intake. Added a bannana a day,some yogurt and increased my water intake. Still have brown sugar and cream on my oats. No milk or sugar in my green tea. No sugar or sweetener on my cereal. Without a special diet my candida (on my tongue) is almost non detectable. This is after 2 weeks. I will gladly post an update in another 2 weeks.

    • Exactly. I used to be so active, but did have sugar cravings. Lived with sinus drip and finally at 65, arrived at candidasis. I have put on 30 or so extra pounds, and have low energy. I do supplements, coq10, NAC, and take a porcine thyroid as had deduced from facial hair growth, my thyroid was crushed. Much better now. But I think that the mild outgrowth of candida I had 25 years ago has continued and is now ruling my body.
      I too, have tried to find the happy medium of living and being in fear of eating/not eating this, that, the other.
      Have basically done without sugar for a year except for fruit. Recently returned to raw sugar sweetened lemonade. Wondered if the morning orange juice that seemed to precipitate bloating was something I would have to give up also. After 2 years of steadily increasing my stomach bloat is almost constant.
      I finally gave in and took the herbal I ordered off the internet but put aside. It is what vets use for internal flea control for animals. It forces the bacteria to ‘shell up’ and hibernate. Using it now. Immediate improvement. But as for the return of candidasis, who knows? I also took daily yogurt infused with good bacteria during the year of no sugar but no improvement. i think the wearing down of your immune system for decades is hard to overcome. Wiki candidasis says the end stage fungal has 50% fatality. Why is our medical system so ineffective against this long distance killer?

  68. PS:- this is an extract from I DIDN’T QUIT SUGAR found at

    In writing I Didn’t Quit Sugar, we thought it critical to publicize the very real and serious perils of sugar restriction, particularly with regards to long-term health.

    What did we find out?

    It’s actually pretty simple. Good health hinges on us tuning in and l-i-s-t-e-n-i-n-g to our bodies. Sugar cravings? Signs of imbalance? Don’t ignore them! Give the body the credit it’s due.
    When we lay aside dogma, pre-conceptions and ego and instead focus on physiology, the essentiality of sugar becomes self-evident. Natural, whole, unprocessed sugars, in the context of a balanced diet, digest easily, fuel our cells, facilitate growth and repair, and promote peak physical, mental and metabolic function day in and day out. That’s a damn fine résumé.

    Know this: Food – and especially sugar – is your tool. Utilized correctly, it can fuel and support whole-body health for a lifetime.


  69. Hey, I just wanted to interject an often forgotten piece of information. A deficiency in biotin- even a mild one- allows candida to grow into the virulent systemic form that can spread throughout the body. This holds true for other fungal infections as well, so anyone with nail infections or cracking heels (both often caused by fungi), can benefit from supplementation as well. Just food for thought!

  70. dear Lauren, thank you fot this useful article. my question is: what would you suggest for treating skin severly demaged by candida. There is no chemical treatment (proscribed by my dr.) which helps, I tried origano oil but unsuccessfuly. My skin is itchy, covered by huge amount of white layers, very sensitive and irritating what disturb by normal life. please help !

  71. Does this also apply to general fungal overgrowth? Along with candida albicans and candida dubliniensis, I have a rhodotorula overgrowth, along with negligible amounts of lactobacillus and the good strain of e. coli.

    I have been off grains and nearly all carbs for a few days now, along with taking Nystatin. I believe some of my energy loss is from die-off, but I’m afraid I’m not getting enough carbs, hence how I ended up here. I am going to try amaranth and quinoa and see how my body handles that. My head feels like it’s in a cloud, and I don’t want to have a slow metabolism, especially as a runner. What is your take on beans like black turtle beans and navy beans?

  72. What is your opinion on treatments/products like “paragone” and other “cleanses” to rid the system and digestive tract of parasites and candida/fungus? Do you suggest he enema over this ?

  73. I don’t understand how anyone can be successful on Gaps…I can barely stick with any type of highly restrictive diet for more than a week….especially when you have to cook and plan all the time. i guess I’m not desperate enough yet. Two years on anything like this seems impossible.

  74. “..candida overgrowth results from poor digestion and a leaky gut… not simply the consumption of sugar”

    This is certainly true in my case, as I have had food allergies most of my life. Which seems to suggest insufficient enzyme production and a leaky gut.

    However I also developed Type 2 Diabetes, so the consumption of high glycemic foods impairs my immune system and allows fungal Candida to thrive.

    Here’s 3 things that made a huge difference in recovering from Candida (and even Type 2 Diabetes):

    1. LOTS of high intensity exercise, especially anaerobic. This produces a lot of lactic acid which fungal Candida hates! Perhaps more importantly, IT STIMULATES AND FLUSHES THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM, which absorbs a lot of the toxins we put into the body, or from what the body creates!

    2. REDUCE or eliminate high stress! I used to work 40-60 hours in a very high stress environment. This led to problems with my left foot and knees, which added constant excruciating pain while standing 8-12 hours a day. Which in turn, caused CORTISOL levels to skyrocket. Cortisol IMPAIRS the immune system! This allows Candida to mutate into its fungal form and flourish, “unchecked”!

    3. This part is optional depending on your body’s needs. I found that taking a digestive enzyme supplement and HCL/Pepsin, eliminated constipation and most if not all Candida symptoms. The biggest problem I had was that food remained too long in the gut, putrifying/rotting, which is exactly what Candida is there for. It consumes the dead, toxic, material.

    I also take the following supplements to combat the toxicity of Candida:
    NOW® Liver Detoxifier & Regenerator
    NOW® NAC 600mg
    NOW®Panthethine 600mg
    NOW® MSM (joint health) 1500mg
    NOW® Kelp caps (thyroid health) 325mcg
    Jarrow Formulas® Glutathione Reduced 500mg
    Solgar® Magnesium Citrate (facilitates bowel movements and helps stabilize blood sugar levels, many other benefits including possible elimination of water retention/issues) 400mg*
    Solgar® Chelated Molybdenum 150mcg (Removes Acetaldehyde toxicity from Candida; die off toxins)

    *NOW® Magtein™ is more efficient but Magnesium Citrate has been working fine for me.

    (These are for digestion)
    NOW® Betaine HCL 648 mg w/150 mg Pepsin
    Doctor’s Best® Best Digestive Enzymes 90 capsules (more comprehensive list of enzymes than other products)
    NOW® Cayenne (aids digestion) 500mg

    (The following are primarily for Diabetic reasons)
    Solgar® Alpha Lipoic Acid 600mg (prevents neuropathy effects in my left foot/toe)
    Solgar® Chromium Polynicotinate 200mcg
    Solgar® Cinnamon 500mg

  75. I did notice that stress seems to enable all kinds of bad things. The answer for that is what I had. My husband. When he died I lived in my car for a while taking care of my grandchildren. I think my candida exponentially increased during the last 15 years he has been gone. The answer? Be sheltered and cared for and have a buffer between you and the stressful world.

  76. Speaking from my own clinical experience treating Candida (I am an Applied Kinesiologist and function much like a naturopath) I have to agree with much of the comments here in this thread, although I would like to shed some clarity on a variety of these issues.

    Treating candida should not take 6 months or a year (or longer). Many of us utilizing applied kinesiology techniques, particularly the techniques taught by Michael Lebowitz, have been whipping chronic candida infections in usually 10-20 days. This of course is dependent upon the patient’s ability to commit to treatment. Most people who have been suffering with severe cases of candida tend to be very committed to regaining their health in my experience (they’re usually tired of being miserable).

    I have to stress that candida overgrowth has more then one cause. In most cases there is multiple causation in each patient.

    We find in most cases of dysbiosis, candida is only one of many species of microbes that are opportunistic to the suffering individual. Candida is usually accompanied with other fungus, gram negative bacteria, parasites, viruses, and other microbes that sometimes have tick-borne vectors. We have found that all of the dysbiosis’s must be treated at the same time to get the patient well. We find that broad spectrum anti-microbial herbs work well for this. However, they are strong and need to be used under supervision. Personally I advise against oregano oil and olive leaf extract because these are too concentrated and too strong and can make the patient have a herxheimer reaction due to the liver overload during die off. You don’t want to jeopardize other parts of your health for the sake of killing candida, in my opinion.

    The dysbiosis can be caused by several factors. Antibiotics, eating of processed foods with preservatives (these are anti-bacterial), hypochlorohydria (decreases stomach ph), heavy metal burden (mercury is anti-bacterial, for example), and eating processed sugars (feeds microbes that utilize fermentation-Candida), and stress (lowers immunity). Anything that is disruptive to the health of your “healthy” flora can contribute to candida.

    I have to disagree with the author of this blog about allowing patients with severe candida infections to have natural forms of sugar. I have had patients who have been completely clear of candida return because they started eating grapes by the pound (making wine in their bellies!). I have had some patients with very severe cases have a complete return after adding berries to their smoothies. This shouldn’t be taken lightly.

    People with more mild forms of Candida may be able to clear themselves of candida while still consuming natural forms of sugar from whole foods. If your case is severe I can’t stress enough that these fruits must be avoided.

    How we are able to acheive such great results is… the patient is to be put on an anti-candida diet, given potent anti-microbial herbs to kill dysbiosis, pull food allergens out of diet, and chelate heavy metals, all simultaneously. Not every patient needs the heavy metal chelation, but for the ones that do, it needs to be done or results are minimal.

    • I am very tuned in to this discussion, especially the more recent comment by Dr Craig on July 8, 2014. I have not been diagnosed with candida, but I have a terrible itchy rash that I am treating as candida. I appreciate the caution against too-strong anti-fungal herbs, such as oregano oil, that may tax the liver too much while trying to heal the body.

      Dr Craig, if you can recommend someone with the experience you mention in your practice in helping to rid candida (either a naturopath or applied kinesiologist) who practices in the San Diego area, I would be most appreciative to know!

      Thank you for all the helpful information on this blog!

    • Hello Dr.

      I have worked with 2 Kinesiologists in the past and they were very helpful to my course of healing. I have systemic yeast overgrowth. It’s in my eyes, sinuses, ears, brain, and I think it remains in the gut as well. I have struggled for over 4 years and have spent money and time to try to solve it. I’d be interesting in talking with you about possible treatment if you are open to giving a consultation.


  77. I have been dx’d with SIBO and now multiple food allergies and the whopper allergy being dairy. Every time I stop eating my dairy kefir, I get thrush back on my tongue and get headaches. Now since I really can never have dairy again, I am desperate to find an alternative but I know of no probiotics that I can afford that is as good as dairy kefir.

  78. Lauren, I found you today while searchign for sugar free gluten free recipes due to my candida. I’ve been reading yoru site for an hour! This is a gold mine of information as well as very informed healers contributing to your site. I am going to shift my diet based on your site. Thank you so much!


  79. I’ve been suffering with candida and yeast imbalance for some time and have tried a number of remedies recommended by my Naturopath. I was keen to the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse, because it is an all in one candida cleanse, containing anti-fungals, enzymes and probiotics, so I only need to take one product, instead of a whole series of different formulations. I took the full dose to begin with, and was pleased with the results, which started to kick in within about a week. Now I just take 1 capsule per day of the Lady Soma pill as a maintenance dose and that seems to be keeping things under control for me. For the first time, I feel like I have found a simple long term solution to keeping my candida at bay.

  80. Hi,

    Re: “Grain free diet and – Undigested food particles cause injury to the small intestine”
    Are chia seeds ok? I read somehwere that they were supposed to be good for kicking Candida, and Psyllium?

    Thanks so much for writing this article!

    • Thats a good question. I’d like to know too. I don’t think they are allowed on GAPS/SCD, along with most other seeds. I think its hard for a person with leaky gut to digest, and most people with Candida have leaky gut. Candida loves undigested food particles.

  81. I am suffering from a wide range of symptoms that I believe is caused by candida overgrowth, and it seems to be systemic. I am reading about candida, and it all makes sense, now. My symptoms have exacerbated in the past year, and I feel I need to do something immediately. I suffer from chronic headaches, sore throat, swollen glands, extremely sensitive and itchy skin and extreme exhaustion. I have also been reading information on I plan to get on an antifungal, a probiotic and altering my diet to exclude sugar, processed foods and carbs, starchy veggies, etc. I wish I had someone to work with like Dr. Craig, but I am hoping to get to feeling better by working with all of the suggestions I find here.

    • More…I also have suffered from osteoarthritis and stomach acid problems for years and now find that the stomach acid reducer and the ibuprofen that I take regularly are just making things worse.

    • It wasn’t easy for me to change my diet. What I did first is eliminate breads, wheat and gluten. That had a major impact on the candida. I’ve also cut out refined sugars and corn syrup. I’ve eliminated just about every processed and packaged food out there. Also, I take probiotics, vitamins and other supplements such as kelp and B complex for a healthy body and a strong immune system. Honestly, you will have to do study, research and implementation to see what works and what does not. My diet works for me but not for my girlfriend because she takes thyroid meds, born with one kidney that moves around, and no uterus and other reproductive parts. However, I would start by eliminating breads and grains, then go from there.

  82. We are total vegetarians and do not eat eggs as well. Please suggest how to do the auto immune paleo diet? What can I eat everyday? I have thyroid, joint pains, white tongue, neck pain and exhaustion due to too much stress from having a special needs child

    Thanks so much for helping. I am so glad I found this site.


  83. Please HELP. I am so lost. I have been AIP to help with joint pain, fatigue and other issues from having leaky gut. My thyroid tanks on aip bc I cant do sweet potato and other starches. I have candida and am wanting to start GAPS. Can I get rid of candida through gaps and anti fungals ?? Or is SCD better?

    • Good news, you don’t have to choose, because they are pretty much the same thing since GAPS was derived from SCD. In my opinion I would say do GAPS but you could read both books and see for yourself. Best of luck!

  84. I’m trying to get a handle as to what modifications to the GAPS diet you recommend. I have had the blood test that showed a candida overgrowth and it’s something I’ve fought with off and on throughout my adult life. I really CAN’T stand to do that Candida diet again so was thrilled to see what you’re post said. However, I’m unclear on what to cut out of the GAPS as they have gin, wine and cheese in the list on the site at so I’m confused. Help? I would love to buy the GAPS book and follow it if I understood what was in and what was out.

  85. Very interesting article. I suffer with numerous candida symptoms and have been attempting to eradicate for 6 months. What is your view on the blood type diet? I was eating a lot of coconut oil but was not getting any positive effects, and it made me feel tired when I took it. I came to find out that as an A blood type, coconut acts as a toxin for me. It gets so confusing on what actually works. I also tried high levels of caprylic acid, oregano oil, and probiotics, but did not have any change in symptoms, nor any die off symptoms. I’m willing to try the modified GAPS diet, but I’m confused now after reading the blood type diet.

    • Sorry to be so late with a reply to your question re the blood type diet, but I’m very glad to finally be sharing my own experience with it – all positive – for the benefit of anyone reading this after me. I certainly have been thinking, as I’ve read through the comments here, that it could well explain why some do so well on the BED, a largely plant-based diet (myself included), while others seem to thrive best on GAPS (or Paleo, etc), an animal-protein heavy diet.
      For myself and my daughter, both of whom have had significant issues with uncontrollable weight gain not due to overeating, as well as systemic candida in my case, IBS in hers, it was quite a shock, when we first read the blood type book, to discover that we had both been eating diets that were the opposite of what was best for our blood types (me Type A and she Type O).
      In my case, my diet had always been what I thought was very healthy but also very high animal protein-based. But what I learned was that I need a plant-based diet. And as confirmation, when I did the Body Ecology Diet, the weight just fell off of me and I never felt better in my life (and I went from a carb-craving fool to someone who had to be reminded to eat some safe carbs regularly (red potatoes, winter squashes, & grain-like seeds) because all desire for both simple & complex carbs had left me! I’ve also tried the Fuhrman Eat to Live vegan diet with similar results, altho’ it is harder to adhere to & not as enjoyable or satisfying. And I’ve also had many other confirmations of the info in the blood type book as well, such as discovering, for instance, that it wasn’t beans in general that I could not digest but only specific ones (the ones I’d been trying to eat for years), whereas others that were listed as “very beneficial” to my system turned out not to bother me at all!
      My daughter, on the other hand, was just the opposite. She had been eating a largely carb & plant-based diet for years, with many digestive problems including IBS since childhood. And then she learned that for her blood type, she should be eating a diet heavy on animal proteins, like GAPS or the Paleo diet. And altho’ she hasn’t been willing yet to really put that to the test, she too has had many other confirmations of the accuracy of the blood type diet info with regard to individual foods.
      So my point here is that if you find you are not having success on BED, please check the blood type book and see whether you might really require a different type of diet; and ditto if you are not having success with GAPS. For myself, I know now that I would do very poorly on GAPS, whereas I thrive on BED.
      Hope this info is of some help to someone. 🙂

  86. “candida abhors a fast metabolism” not true. I, and several people I communicate regularly with on the topic, have a fast metabolism – can eat many more calories than other people my size, and I’m thin. But I have candida problems, positively tested and all the symptoms – have for years. Been eating real food, lots of calories of it, for 20 years. 25 years of candida symptoms.

    I eat real, whole foods, real meats, full fat animal protein, real starch, (yes, even grains), potatoes, butter, cheese, and oh yes, vegetables. The epitome of a fast metabolism, I only weigh 118.

    So much for the sentence “candida abhors a fast metabolism”.

    I know many people with slow metabolisms, who are overweight on fewer calories than I eat, who do not have any candida symptoms.

    Where do you get this idea from?

  87. HI, I am very ill and have a sever case of systemic candida and it has gotten life threatening.. I have tried to strave it, as they say, not eating fruits or to many complex carbs. I mean even the healty ones like root veggies. I’m reallhy scared because I’ve had no relief, just getting and feeling worse. NOw ahtiit is this bad should I eat fruits or complex strachy veggies? I’ve been given bad advice over and over.. I take anit fungal and probiotic and enzymes, but no relief. I was dianosed with having candida, but no one has been able to properly giude my effrots to be free form this horrbile monster and it is actually taking my life day by day.

    • Everything I have said below is from personal experience only and what has worked for me, EVERYONE is different and not one solution fits every one person.

      If it is systemic, you are best to be hospitalized. IMHO, I would not be eating any carbs or sugars AT ALL at the moment. It will do nothing but feed the yeast. eating raw garlic might give too much side-effects at the moment but it will help (you will get rashy and itchy)

      Drink some BRAGG’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, unfiltered and take it with the mother (that stuff that sits at the bottom of the bottle). Use 1-2tbsp in a large glass of water and drink throughout day just be sure to have moderate amounts of it throughout each day. Treating the yeast infection will produce die-off symptoms which suck but it is an indication that the methods you are using are working.

      Everyone is different so you may react different to a lot of treatments. Chewing raw parsley and sticking it underneath your tongue will help with detoxifying (you will feeling a tingly or stinging feeling much like eating raw garlic, this is an indicator that there is a reaction to it) this will also give you a good source of vitamin C and K

      onions are good anti-fungal they work like garlic… I have looked all over the internet and there is a lot of bullshit and a lot of conflicting answers and even more people trying to sell you shit. The truth is… you gotta figure out what works for you with your own trial and error.

      coconut oil: eat it. Just eat it plain as it is. Don’t cook it, you need all the nutrients in it. It will help with leaky gut, it is also anti-fungal.

      I found a decent youtube video of a webinar about yeast infections and some helpful treatments. Be aware that some of these herbal treatments will tax the liver so BE AWARE!

      (the audio in these videos are horrible butu if you turn it up loud you may be able to hear the presenter)
      One of a million bajillion ways to kill Candida
      PART ONE
      PART TWO

      the treatments in this video are as listed:
      Caprylic Acid (not soluble in water)
      Berberis Vulgaris (Barberry)
      Bereberis Aquifolium (Oregon Grape/Mahonia)
      Allium Sativum (Garlic)
      Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut)
      Olea Europeae (Olive Leaf)

      NOTE that these treatments in the video and in my paragraphs above may tax your liver so just beeee careful, you definitely don’t want to make things more difficult for yourself.

      The video also mentions taking probitics. Do it. I take Acidophilus and bifidus, these seem to work to help me digest my food properly and not have watery diahrea.

      Just relax, don’t stress, take it slooooooow. Stressing will make things worse! Treating candida is about finding the root cause of it and that is most likely from indigestion and leaky gut (particles of food not being digested properly and entering the bloodstream causing allergic reactions and blah blah blah). I developed it from taking anti-biotics which killed my good and bad bacteria leaving all the room in the world for yeast to grow and eat all those dead cells and whatnot (that is the reason why we have yeast strains in our bodies is to get rid of dead left over cells and food and whatnot.)

      II have sifted through so much bullshit on the internet and gathered as much true info as I can to help you, I hope you are okay, I know how you feel. Nobody wants to buy a damn cookbook, nobody wants to hear dumb testimonies, nobody wants to hear these people with degrees spout bullshit and sell you their products. People just want answers. I hope you are okay and that this information has helped a little bit. It’s gonna take time to heal-up and yer gonna feel like poop before you get better but you will slowly feel better. Just stay strong.

      • I am still dealing with having a yeast overgrowth so I am still suffering quite a bit but things have improved DEFINITELY. Treating the yeast will give off all sorts of chemicals in your body and mess with your neurological balances. Everytime I ate any carbs or sugars I would just get panic attacks and heightened anxiety, rapid heartbeats…. I stopped that and just ate mostly vegetables, some chicken… eggs are great for me, organic of course (without anti-biotics in them, this include the chicken.). Here’s a decent list of foods that are generally okay to eat, if you get a reaction from some of this stuff on this list you may still have leaky gut as the food particles are not being digested properly (bone broth helps to heal leaky gut)

        When doing the treatments you will most likely experience the hexheimer reaction (which includes the rapid heartbeats, anxiety attacks etc… as I mentioned above) which feels a lot like having the flu. A lot of people stop the treatment after experiencing this, but that is not good. Best thing to do is stick with it and through it if you want to feel better. If you are truly systemic (in your blood completely now) you should be hospitalized. Get an ultra-sound, get a stool test, get a culture test to figure out more about your condition.

        Also, eat garlic raw to get the full benefits of its anti-fungal properties. Eating meat which will increase stomach acidity should also be accompanied by veggies to neutralize that and create an alkaline environment in your gut (which is a bad environment for yeast to grow). Drinking the apple cider vinegar solution will help with alkalinity. You might have read that eating baking soda helps. It may help to change alkalinity in your stomach acid but remember that your stomach will try to produce more and more acid to even this reaction out naturally so it can break down food particles. Be aware that you do not want to have this happen, it may make things worse. It is best to balance your stomach and listen to your body.

        Take it easy.

  88. Is there a tried & true way to determine if this is your diagnosis? What type of doctor would determine this- family physician? Gastrointestinal?
    I wouldn’t want to start all these changes without confirmation that this is the problem?
    Thank you

  89. Should I first follow a strict candida diet or do the GAPS intro diet first. I’m 4 days into the intro diet and I have terrible acid reflux and I think it might be the salt that is allowed in the soups? I know that candida feeds on salt. The GAPS intro diet is so strict I don’t think I could handle removing salt too. I read that the GAPS diet won’t help your leaky gut until the candida is gone. So I’m confused. Do you think I should follow a candida protocal for a month or two then start the GAPS intro to heal my leaky gut? I really do not want to do the GAPS intro diet twice!!! Once it all I can

  90. I am so confused!!!!!! I have athletes foot and also recently had some skin peeling on my tongue. I’ve had gut issues for as long as I can remember and have started to avoid certain foods. My main symptoms are anxiety, mood swings, stiff joints, fluid retention, weight gain, adrenal fatigue, early menopause and fatigue. I went to a naturopath and she suggested starting with oil pooling, lemon water in the am. I have some homeopathic drops and suppositories- exmykehl. Also digestive enzymes to assist with digestion. Alkalinity powder twice a day. She also suggested the candida diet for 6-8 weeks which is actually the reason why I found this page as I was searching for menu plans. I have no clue what to do now. I know I have to change my diet and I know I have to do something but what? The information on this site overwhelms me and I don’t know where to start. I have such a busy life between work & kids and even though I’m lookingfor answers it all seems so conflicting.

    My question… Where do I start diet wise.. GAPS? Paleo? I need a gentle approach as I work and can’t afford to have time off if I’m sick from the side effects of coming off sugar.

    Please help?

    • How about starting with reading the Blood Type Diet book first, to see what type of diet is best for your blood type & metabolism. THEN choose accordingly between GAPS or The Body Ecology Diet (which I highly recommend, especially if you are a Type A, like myself). And maybe have a blood test done by someone reputable to see what food sensitivities or allergies your body may be struggling with & then avoiding those. And perhaps start on a heavy metal detox protocol (lots of good recommendations in this thread on how to do that). And then look into other approaches (supplements, herbs, etc); again, lots of good advice in this thread). After reading through all the comments on here, that is what I would do if I had to do it all over again.

  91. Great article!,
    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis about four years ago. Researching the condition, I stumbled across the Candida websites as it is (was) believed that Candida causes leaky gut allowing large starch molecules (gluten) into the blood stream. Once there, the molecules can lodge themselves in various locations of the body causing an auto-immune response. In my case, the anti-bodies were attacking the thyroid. My Endo prescribed Synthroid which made me feel much better, but I am the kind of person who wants to know WHY this condition started in the first place. I see the hypothyroidism as a symptom, not the root cause.
    To keep this short and to the point, I tried the Candida, highly restrictive diet with no results. I then went back to a standard diet including fruit as well as refined sugar. I also stopped my thyroid hormone treatments so I could test (by cause and effect) different supplements.
    I found in my research that the leading CAUSE of thyroid problems comes from an IODINE and SELENIUM deficiency. I began taking the supplements (Idoral and Selenium) and WOW, things started to happen! I did not know at the time everything that iodine did in the body. You can google it and find more than I could possibly post here. But one of the things it does is halogenate the blood as the Dr mentioned earlier in the comments as well as detox the kidneys and liver. The body needs iodine, iodide and selenium to produce thyroid hormone, which is used by all other glands in the body. But to my surprise is that iodine kills Candida and keeps it in check. I began seeing die off as never before. Also many of the symptoms associated with die off are actually the result of bromine detox.
    I urge anyone who has thyroid problems, breast, prostate or other cancer or Candida overgrowth to research the iodine and selenium supplement protocols. But be sure to work with your doctor before starting an iodine supplement regimen.

  92. I suggest you do some research into what sustains a healthy micro flora environment in your gut. Contrary to your theories, fermentable fibre and resistant starch are the probiotics that are fermented by probiotics to produce short chain fatty acids. I suggest you get on pubmed and look at some journal articles in Nature before read an “expert opinion” book.

  93. Hi, I am new to this site, but wanted to express how true your statements were about how candida affects our hormones and body functions. Other than synthetic antimicrobial drugs from doctors’ prescription, the only other product I know of that can produce die off (Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction; see wikipedia), is Lufenuron besides Candida Cleanse at This (also synthetic) product is sold off label and is known toxic to liver (see NIH report) whereas Candida Cleanse is made from kelp and shell fish. Both ingredients are listed in Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of United States (HPUS) which is required on FDA homeopathic listing and labels. An NDC number is displayed on the bottle.

    I have cleansed for 7 months with this product and have eliminated not only candida, but genital herpes, psoriasis, shingles (die off was very ugly with black colored lesions appearing on my shoulder), Malaria, IBS, Black toe nail fungus, worms, etc.

    All insects, worms, bacteria, fungi, virus, protozoa, and amoeba possess an exoskeleton made of chitin (pronounced kite-tin). The product (and Lufenuron) melts chitin meaning no resistance build up is possible. I highly suggest anyone suffering from candida or other health symptoms to cleanse with only natural materials so you do not damage your kidneys or liver. Namaste..

  94. Hi!

    I have been struggling with Candida for a few months now (since october – three week-long rounds of antibiotics later…) and I have been trying to wade through all the information online and find the most objective information to rely on. I have bought Eric Bakker’s book and its been an incredible resource for me, but I was wondering what yours and his take are on Candida biofilms? I am currently using a multispectrum natural antifungal supplement, lots of coconut oil and raw garlic, Pau D’ arco tea, Braggs apple cider vingear, internal bentonite clay, and 100 billion probiotics daily. Should I consider something like enzymes to break down the biofilm of the candida? I want to beat this in one go and I know itll take a couple months at least. Just wanted to know your thoughts. Thanks!

  95. The reason one shouldn’t completely cut all their carbs from their diet is because candida can feed on ketones as well as sugars. That’s why I try to stay within the 50-100 gram range.

  96. Hi,
    Very interesting your articles, I am reading everything.
    I am kind of confused, I am hoping that maybe you can give your opinion and/or guidance.
    I am a very healthy 46 years woman, a couple months ago I started getting irregular periods and also during night I felt really hot at different times. I thought “I am premenopausal”.
    Since I gain a lot of weight in a few days I also thought I was experiencing a hormonal imbalance I was reading a book about the power of metabolism and I read about Candida overgrowth… and although I didn’t have the symptoms I decided to take a supplement “candida go” which have many ingredients to kill Candida and I also followed the diet (very strict) I eliminated all the sugars, gluten etc.
    I have been in this for only one week and yesterday and today, I woke up with my ears clogged or at least with certain kind of buzzing (really annoying) I feel my throat a little bit swollen but not symptoms of flu at all.
    My question is this…
    Since I didn’t have the symptoms of candida overgrowth and I just started taking the supplement and followed the diet for one week… what are the risks of stop taking the supplements or gradually stop the diet and go back to normal or do both things at the same time?
    I JUST WANT THE BUZZING OF MY EARS TO STOP… It is too late or I still can do it?
    Any help will be really appreciated.

  97. I have thrush from a recent antibiotic use. I’m getting it to clear off my tongue but my tongue and mouth are very dry and burning. I eliminated all sugars and grains and I think this might be causing the very dry mouth. Is dry mouth / burning a die off symptom or is dry mouth / burning a sign that candida is flourishing?

  98. I’ve just come across this post. I struggled with candida for many many years and kicked it quite a while ago. I was really interested to see your comment about ‘warming’ foods because the thing that gave me the most success when I was desperately experimenting with all the options was eating hot spicy foods and food with warming and drying energy according to traditional chinese medicine, eg cayenne pepper. These seemed to instantly improve my symptoms so I stuck with them and eventually came right. Apparently this is because candida thrives in a cold damp body. I wish I had been able to access such good information as you have on your blog back when I struggled for years with problems. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  99. I agree – sticking with the Candida Diet is the best way to go. I wish I had that will power all the time! The Candida Diet def works, but i also keep a bottle of Lady Soma Candida Cleanse handy when I cant follow the diet – take a pill in the morning and at night for a couple days – and it will be gone…..get back on the diet when you can – but keep Lady Soma around when you cant

  100. Are some allergies connected to candida overgrowth? I suffered a breakout for the first time last year and while my skin healed I saw a few tiny white spots on my arms and my back. I didn’t think about them as anything at first because I thought they would just resolve themselves over time (they’re still there), but they don’t bother me or anything. My skin test showed that I was mildly allergic to dust mites and pollen from a few species of trees. I read about them being possible linked while scouring the internet for any possibility of getting rid of my allergy for good. Looking back, I think it was having so much processed meat that have sugar in them (like bacon and franks) and packaged snacks.

  101. Hi,

    Great post! Not sure if someone has already asked but is there any references you can provide that gives some good information regarding the lack of support for the Candida diet or anything with some scientific background? I want to pass on the information as I believe what you’re saying is correct but need a better reference 😉


  102. I have a question about curing leaky gut and food-grade diatomaceous earth;
    Some say that drinking a spoonful of diatomaceous earth in a glass of water regularly can help one get rid of intestinal parasites (prob. not fungus, though) and serve as a nutritional supplement for hair and nails. Would the diatomaceous earth damage one’s intestines (like grains), though? Would it make leaky gut worse, or would it be a safe or good thing to try?

    • Good question. I’ve been wondering this myself, and have been told it is helpful for candida… although that is all by word-of-mouth and not from a verifiable source. I used it for about a week, but I stopped when I stopped all my other antifungals and supplements (not a good thing to do but I just got burned out from being a 24-7 supplement receptacle).

      The DE didn’t give me any noticeable ill effects… maybe a slight increase in die-off symptoms the first day. Very mild. It made my bowel movements very regular within an hour of taking. I was only using a teaspoon a day upon waking (mixed in with warm water). I can’t say whether it’s a good idea or not, but I tried it!

  103. Wow! Thank you for this interesting new take on the candida diet issue. I have been following the candida diet for 3 months, and I feel DREADFUL! I have lost weight, but I’m exhausted, still have brain-fog, and just feel generally lousy. I have been feeling intuitively for some time that a diet that deprives me of so many colors and nutrients is not healthful, but all sources seem to agree that I can’t have these sweet vegetables and fruits. I’ll be reading more of your posts to become better informed of this appealing alternative – moderation and metabolic rebalancing. I know that grains are unhealthy, but I can’t imagine that a diet that keeps me from enjoying fruit, honey, carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets can be a diet that balances my body’s health. Thanks for this post, and I look forward to reading more.

  104. So I know I have candida I was told a long time ago as a child by my a doctor. He however moved away and when I mention it to my doctor they brushed me off or I was given steroids or anti fungals or antibiotics. I am now seeing a holistic dr who is putting me on a modified candida diet. Some non grain complex starches. As well as cuprilc acid, and neem extract. I have asthma, eczema and rashes, blood in my stool, diarrhea and then bouts of constipation, migraines, fatigue, allergies, endometriosis, and I recently suffered a miscarriage. Non of my regular doctors will help me and just give me different medications that don’t help. My homeopathic dr is trying his best but this diet is killing me.

  105. I think my post will bring alot of the discussion in to a heightened clarity. Sugar is natural and a perfect fuel for the human body. If abused without the lack of fiber it can cause insulin spikes. Candida is natural and has a perfect purpose for gut. However overgrowth of yeast is an imbalance due to poor nutrition and anti-biotics. Such as too much sugar can cause diabetes and too much fat even of the “healthy” kind can make you fat! That does not mean Candida is bad! It serves a purpose. The most overlooked reason there is Candida overgrowth is an also an imbalance of Estrogen! It has been documented that our bodies are full of chemicals and plastics which cause such an imbalance. I would recommend good old Broccoli! It removes excess estrogen from the body more then fruit or kale 🙂
    If you suspect candida overgrowth you should have a stool test from metametrics labs. They can tell you what parasites, protozoas, floras and good and bacteria are in the gut. As far as bacteria there is no real “bad” bacteria but rather an imbalance. Parasites however do not belong in our guts and they stem from eating things we should not eat and living in close quarters with animals. Now before commenting on my last statement I want to say I love animals. It is scientifically documented that parasites pass from an animal to human and even though I know you probably are gonna snuggle next to Fido tonight in the spooning position, it is important you understand the science.
    Another important note that is overlooked is that shellfish and pork both carry parasites more then beef, chicken and fish. Pork and Shellfish also have a longer transit time. (The time it takes to digest and leave the body). Eventhough pork and shellfish has protein and vitamins it does not make it healthy! To keep simple there are vitamins and protein in human flesh! Canabalism is not healthy! I think you get my point.
    So if you do have Candida Overgrowth?
    1. Do not eliminate sugar. Make fruit your first meal of the day. In a smoothie or whole food form. If you do like to use a juicer consider adding a fiber supplement but if you don’t like the fiber supplement just monitor the amount of sugar you are consuming. A small insulin spike jn the am is good! A big one is no good! Fruit and its fiber will smooth and ready the body for digestion it also controls insulin.
    Note: do not mix fruit with anything but vegetables. (See food combining diet)
    Also add coconut water if you can afford it. It is
    2. Repress. Sweep. Heal. Flood.
    You might of have heard a similar protocol.
    This is mine.
    Repress- the candida by purchasing a candida digesting enzyme. Also the use of herbs that are anti parasitic, anti viral and anti yeast in nature.
    Sweep- Fiber! Fiber! It is the broom to sweep out the intestines of the bugs, critters, plaque and yeast.
    Heal- you must heal the gut lining! Try glutamine, slippery elm and marshmallow root.
    Flood- give the yeast some company.
    Probiotics a broad spectrum, naturally fermented foods and Sacchromyces Boulardii! (It is actually what many call a “good” yeast. It has shown to reduce Candida!

    Thank you for reading and excuse my grammar for I was impelled to do this post on my iphone.

    PS: Since everyone is asking:
    “When yeast isn’t nourished they project invasive filaments into the wall of the intestine in search of sugar. These invasive filaments can cause perforations in the GI tract as they advance into the bloodstream and, if not quickly destroyed by white blood cells, grow exponentially and can overtake the system.” – detox diva
    I have read that also elsewhere.

    PPS Candida Lowers the amount of acids in the gut hampering digestion! Try a digestive enzyme with hydrochloric acid in it 🙂 🙂

  106. I know it’s been a while since you wrote this, but I am grateful. I’m not sure what will help me most, but I have been considering GAPS for a while, and I have Ballantynes’ book sitting on my shelf right now. Since I already know I have issues with egg yolks, night shades, dairy & grains, I think I’ll try the AIP protocol instead of GAPS. I believe I have candida issues and can’t handle the extremely low-carb anti-candida diet that I did before. What you described happened to me, my adrenals crashed, my period disappeared, my anxiety went through the roof, etc. I’m having a Candida flare-up again and was just so puzzled about what to do about it. Now I have an idea of what to try, and hey, if it doesn’t work, I’ll just keep looking. It’s a journey, that’s for sure!

  107. Hi!
    I read in one of the comments “I’m a little confused..” well, I’m more then a little confued by now 😉
    I tried to do the Candida diet before but never really for long enough so I decided, this time I’m gonna do it, for real! So I stopped eating any sugars and, after a couple of weeks of doing this and continuing my research online, I discovered that what I feared was true: it’s not enough to “just” quit sugar, you have to stop eating any grains, too….aaaaahhhhhh I wasn’t happy….but ok, I thought, I will bite the bullet and try it.
    Then, I read your article, Lauren, and I felt a little relieved but also, a little apprehensive….and the I read this!
    And now…I REALLY don’t know anymore…..
    What confused me as well is that you talk about how your Candida abhors a fast metabolism. Well, my metabolism is super fast…way too fast! So I don’t knowwhat to think about that…
    I am pretty sure I have a B12 deficiency so I also started taking B12 supplements (the good ones which melt under the tongue) and I guess this also influences the digestive system so I’m trying to “fix” things from all sides (also from the emotional, mental side) but I feel I’m getting kinda lost…..
    Can you please shed some light?
    Thank you!

  108. Hi Lauren

    Interesting post, than you.

    I’ve never had issues with Candida, thank goodness. But I recently assisted an elderly person who is loaded with Candida. She had a nasty rash on her back and asked me to help her apply lotion. Well, the next day I developed a nasty rash myself which has spread to different parts of my body. I’ve taking using the usual anti-Candida supplements, applying several anti-fungal essentials oils to my skin, and eating a very low sugar Paleo-type diet, with low-sugar fruit 1X a day and some starchy vegs. When the itching gets really bad, I apply an OTC anti-fungal cream. (sparingly.)

    It’s been 3 weeks and this rash is not going away. I have a doctor appointment and want to ask for a prescription anti-fungal tablet because I can’t deal with the itching anymore. What do you think of Diflucan?

  109. I can totally relate to this! For years i tried to combat candida leaving out ALL sugar and only eating 2-3 pieces of low glycemic fruit everyday. It didn’t get me anywhere and I hated the low carb lifestyle. We all NEED sugars.
    Healing came from healing my gut and “battling” my candida with a virtually sugar free diet and a zillion anti-fungals! Now i eat All the sugar i want (200-400g carbs a day) and i have NO candida.
    A low sugar diet is also impractical, our bodies ALWAYS prefer sugar over fat! (that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat fats off course!)

    • Please help. Where does my daughter start. Can you give me the most important tips you believe will help her. Food cravings are terrible. She has gained a tremendous amount of weight. 🙁

  110. Hello, I have read many of the posts here. I am trying to prioritize some basics. My 25 yr old daughter is suffering and needs help. Years of high gluten and sugar has caused havoc on her system. Please give me some of the most important advice you believe can help her. Where does she start? PLEASE help. The food cravings are taking her over. 🙁

  111. I suffered from Candida yeast overgrowth, which is the cause of my gluten intolerance. I followed the Candida Diet plan and tried most of the anti-fungals recommended against Candida. It was somehwat tiresome to take six anti-fungals three times a day though, so I am happy I found the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse.

    Not only is the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse more convenient, it is also far easier to ingest and safe for people who are sensitive to gluten like me.

  112. +1 for Dale above for mentioning the Iodine connection. Candida is never a cause, it’s only a symptom, in most cases of hypothyroid/hashimoto, even of a slight one. That’s why women are more likely to get candida because of a generally slower metabolism. The easiest way to test is to pop on 50-100mg of Lugols for a few months, during that increase selenium if you can’t sleep at night, decrease if you’re sleepy during the day and check curezone for any side effects you might experience. That’s all I’ve done with a beginning Hashi (after 6 months of investigating) and it worked flawlessly. I also went low carb/grain free but that’s just for an overall well being, since I didn’t have food intolerance symptoms therefore a leaky guy was not at play.

  113. I need scientific proof that potatoes(which are my main diet) shouldn’t be eaten to heal a leaky gut or sibo(small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)……………….. what scientific proof do you have? That says “in order to heal a leaky gut you MUST cut out potatoes completely”….. I do not believe your assertions especially because potatoes are my main diet and I have no bad reaction to them.

  114. I can’t tolerate any of the things that are recommended to kill candida. My gut usually just goes into spasm, I start getting nauseated and start getting sweating and palpitations. And Probiotics usually give me such bloating and trapped gas that I have to have a colonic just to remove some of it.

    Seem to be intolerant to everything food wise and medication wise

  115. I am kicking the higher fructose sugars. I have parasites and digestive disorders and symptoms that point to autoimmune diseases and much more. But I have been taking thyme lately and its helping . So I am going to focus on a diet in anti-microbial, anti-parasitic foods. This does include some fruits: like pineapple, citrus fruits, etc. I did this some years ago, dropped all other fruits and the citrus fruits actually helped me.

  116. The article makes an interesting case, but I’m still having trouble why temporarily eliminating all sugars/starches could make it worse.
    If you eliminate sugars and starches entirely, and the candida travels upwards and projects filaments into the intestines in search of nutrients it can live off of, won’t it still eventually die from starvation if you continue the diet for long enough? How would the candida and its filaments remain intact indefinitely without any sugars?

    Thanks for your help.

  117. Thank you thank you thank you. I KNEW this about my body. Candida diet sent me nowhere fast. I NEED foods to live, I exert alot of physical energy in my job and I was fading away. Again thank you- I will go forward more confidantly knowing more how to heal and thrive-truly grateful to read this (to affirm what my body has been screaming at me!! God bless you

  118. After reading all the posts, I noticed no one mentioned the different strains of oral thrush- There’s Candida Albicans and the one that I have is called Candida Dubliniensis.
    There’s almost nothing about it on the net and I wonder if the remedies and diets listed would help both types or just the more common one. I was run-down and used oral inhalers with cortisteroids (Dulera) and that’s how it developed. Mouth rinsing after use did not help. I’ve had it for over 2 years and I wake up after 3 hours because my tongue is like sandpaper. I have lost so much weight and am now down to 70 pounds. If anyone has any suggestions i would be more than grateful.

  119. I agree, I was on the candida diet for two years, along with anti fungals etc. It just came back as soon as I had a carbohydrate or any piece of fruit. Not a long term fix. It doesn’t address the underlying cause, neither does killing the candida with antifungals which I did for months on end. I also lost a lot of weight and looked very unhealthy.

    I finely got rid of candida after detoxing metals and improving the health of my body with mineral balancing. I did do a lot of gut healing but going grain free gave me constipation, I tried everything to get around this but it appears that my body is suited to some gluten free grains, I am blood type A. I don’t believe you have to be grain free to heal leaky gut. I did have a leaky gut when I tested a few years ago. I have just had a stool test done as I would like to know if my gut is still leaky or if I have healed it. If it is I will do more gut healing and cut down on grains as much as possible.

    One point id like to make is that if a person has candida, copper and mercury toxicity, it is hard to maintain a healthy gut lining until these issues have been addressed as all of these factors cause leaky gut.


    My experience of healing candida by doing HTMA/nutritional balancing is on my website:

  120. nice post
    I red you can’t eat fruit and starchy veggies but you can eat buckwheat/quinoa etc.

    I’m really nog feeling well at the moment, cutting out carbs but still eat the things I mentioned.

    My sleep is very bad (for a long time) and i have some diseases. How do I get enough intake?


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