20 Common Candida Yeast Overgrowth Questions

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From Lauren: Today’s post is by Candida expert Dr. Eric Bakker, who has studied Candida for more than 20 years. He introduced himself to me through my recent post, Busted: Candida Myths where I share the dietary principles that I am using to address my Candida overgrowth.

FAQs about Candida Yeast Infections

I’ve been studying Candida albicans for the past 20+ years of my career. While the fungal yeast organism seems like an old friend to me, this nuisance is not very well understood by the majority of the population, including those within the medical community. When I start to talk about Candida overgrowth and Candida yeast infections with my patients, I’m often met with a litany of questions. The following are some of the most common, along with their answers.

1. What exactly is Candida?

Candida, or Candida albicans, is a yeast/fungal organism that lives naturally within the human body. It doesn’t matter if you’re a woman, man, or child. The Candida organism’s levels of existence are kept in check by the good bacteria in your body.

2. Aren’t Candida yeast infections only a female problem?

That’s a common misconception. While the vaginal Candida yeast infection is very common in women, that’s not the only form of yeast infection out there. Other very common forms of Candida yeast infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm, oral thrush, jock itch, and other fungal skin irritations.

3.  Why do antibiotics cause Candida infections?

Antibiotics attack bacteria in the body, but they don’t know the difference between the good flora and the bad. They end up destroying all of the bacteria in your intestines, and then there is not enough good bacteria to keep the Candida organism under control. When this happens, Candida yeast infections develop.

4. How long will it take for the Candida yeast infection to go away?

It depends on the type you end up with. If you rarely take antibiotics, you’ll likely be able to use OTC medications to treat whatever variety of yeast infection you end up with. That could take up to a week, depending on what you’re dealing with. If you take antibiotics regularly, you are constantly beating down your immune system while allowing the levels of Candida in your body to rise. This may lead to a chronic Candida yeast infection and the treatments are much different.

5. What are the symptoms of a chronic Candida overgrowth?

Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of a chronic Candida yeast condition are often hard to detect. Some people simply have recurring and worsening symptoms of the more identifiable infections – like oral or vaginal thrush. Problems occur when the Candida overgrowth has had a great deal of time to impact the body. People begin to experience symptoms that mimic other conditions. These include but aren’t limited to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, urinary tract infections (UTI), trouble concentrating, heart palpitations, diarrhea, constipation, and so much more. Children may even appear to have ADD or ADHD. You can see a more extensive list here.

6. Why are Candida yeast infections so often misdiagnosed?

There are two reasons, really. The first, like I noted above, is that the symptoms mimic other conditions. Ultimately, your doctor will continue to diagnose you incorrectly and prescribe medications, like antibiotics or steroids, that will make the condition worse. The second reason is that the mainstream medical community still balks at the idea that Candida can impact the body the way I’ve described. It’s ultimately up to you to find an open-minded doctor or naturopath who is willing to look at your whole body and medical history and not just your acute symptoms.

7.  How can I tell if I have a Candida problem?

There are several great tests you can use to diagnose yourself initially. The itch test forces you to track how often you touch yourself to itch or scratch daily, making you aware of a potential problem. The craving tests deals with your ability to stay away from sugars and carbs. The spit test, which I love, asks you to spit into a clean glass of water in the morning. If your spit is cloudy and forms tendrils, suspends in the water in specks, or sinks, you may have a problem. There are also blood, urine, and stool sample tests that can be done as well, but you’ll need to see a doctor for those labs.

8. Is Candida overgrowth deadly?

Yes and no. The short answer is no. Candida, for most people, can cause a lot of medical complications until it is treated, but acute and chronic forms of Candidiasis aren’t deadly. There is a Candida infection, known as Candidemia, which occurs when the Candida organism enters the bloodstream. This type can be deadly if not caught and treated. It usually occurs in those with severely compromised immune systems – like cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy or those who have HIV/AIDS.

9.  Can I completely eliminate Candida from my body?

No, and you actually don’t want to. Remember, Candida lives naturally within your body. Your goal is to bring the level of Candida in your body back down to normal and then work to avoid doing things that will cause it to rise and take over again.

10.  Did my mercury fillings cause my Candida infection?

Mercury is a toxin and the CDC clearly mandates that no level of mercury consumption is acceptable. Those “silver” fillings you have are made with mercury. The ADA claims that the mercury from the fillings can’t enter your body, but other research indicates that it does leach into your bloodstream. Mercury doesn’t directly cause Candida overgrowth, but it can cause damage to your thyroid and your adrenal glands, thus causing immune dysfunction and, ultimately, Candida.

11. What type of diet do I need to follow to cure my Candida overgrowth?

There are tons of variations on the Candida diet out there, and my own is the Candida Crusher. I’m not saying that any are right or wrong; but some are more complex than others. It’s important to realize that  anyone promising a quick fix is likely offering you a hope and not a real cure. Curing a Candida yeast infection takes time and patience. You’ll have to follow a strict and healthy diet, modify your lifestyle, and take antifungals and probiotics. You may also need to take some additional herbal supplements to detoxify your body or strengthen your immune system. (Note from Lauren: I shared the dietary principles I’m using to treat my candida overgrowth here.)

12.  Can I use OTC antifungals to cure my Candida yeast infection?

Yes, you can. If you have an acute yeast infection, like a vaginal infection or athlete’s foot, you can find over the counter creams and powders that are often helpful (Note from Lauren: I recommend using anti-fungal essential oils diluted in a carrier oil for toenail fungus or athlete’s foot). They may be the only treatment you need. If you have a Candida overgrowth that is affecting you chronically, you’ll probably need to combine your medications with a total Candida diet plan.

13. Do I need to take oral antifungals to cure my Candida yeast overgrowth?

It depends on the severity of your symptoms, but some sort of oral antifungal should be incorporated in to your plan. The question will be whether or not you end up with a natural supplement that acts with antifungal properties or whether you have such a bad infection you need a chemical antifungal. We’d like to get you away from chemical medications during this process, but if you have a really bad infection, like leaky gut syndrome, you may need to take more drastic measures.

14. Why are probiotics so important to my Candida treatment plan?

I mentioned before that the good bacteria in your intestines helps to keep the bad bacteria and the Candida yeast organism under control. If you were on antibiotics, both the good and bad bacteria were destroyed. Probiotic supplements can help to speed up the repopulation of the good bacteria in your intestines, helping you to bring and keep your Candida problem under control.

15. Why can’t I have alcohol with Candida overgrowth?

Alcohol is a tough one for a lot of patients and I’m going to be upfront right now – you absolutely must give up alcohol in order to treat your Candida overgrowth. Alcohol contains fermented yeast and sugars – both ingredients that will fuel and feed the Candida already living in your body.

16. Can I treat my vaginal Candida yeast infection with yogurt?

Eating yogurt is a great way to get more probiotics into your diet naturally. Yogurt has a chemical called lactic acid that helps to convert lactose (which is sugary) into lactic acid, which Candida hates. A lot of women will not only eat yogurt, but use it as a douche as well. This is the only case in which I justify the use of any sort of “douche” to treat the female vaginal infection – yogurt only. The yogurt douche won’t work if you use anything other than high-quality, organic, plain yogurt – left out until it reaches room temperature.

17. What lifestyle changes do I need to make to cure my Candida yeast infection?

You need to get your stress levels under control. When you are stressed, your body creates a chemical called cortisol. Cortisol causes belly fat and it suppresses your immune system. When your immune system is depleted, it is easier for the Candida albicans organism to grow and thrive. Learn to mediate, try to exercise more, and create a healthier living environment overall.

18. What is Candida die-off?

When the Candida organisms begin to die, you may experience something known as “die-off.” When Candida yeast dies off at a fast rate, you can experience some side effects as the toxins from the dead organisms enter your body. Many people mistakenly believe their condition is getting worse when it is actually getting better. You’ll want to talk to a naturopath about some additional supplements you can take to deal with the die-off symptoms. These might include caprylic acid, colloidal silver, or Pau d’arco tea.

19. What foods are allowed while I’m on the Candida diet?

In the beginning, your diet will be very limited. As you progress, you’ll slowly add foods back to your diet so that you can determine which ones are causing your Candida overgrowth symptoms – foods you may need to consciously avoid forever. In general, though, you’ll be allowed to eat a wide variety of vegetables (avoiding starchy veggies), live yogurt cultures, fresh meats, select nuts and seeds, grains that do not contain gluten, and a wide variety of herbs and spices which are not only healthy but will help you adjust to your new diet. Certain oils, like coconut oil, are great as well.

20. What others factors are contributing to my illness?

We talk a lot about antibiotics, but they’re not the only culprit. Other immune suppressing drugs, like cortisone and prednisone, or birth control pills can have an impact on your flora as well. The truth is that it isn’t just medications you have to worry about, either. The animals we eat are pumped full of antibiotics and we’re getting additional dosages through their meat – another great reason to eat organic if you can. You’ll want to stay away from preservatives, chemicals, pollutants, insecticides, and even mold spores (especially if you live in an environment that is always damp).

BONUS: What are some of the herbs I can use to treat Candida overgrowth?

There are so many I couldn’t possibly list them all here right now. I’ll start you with 10:

  1. Cantron is a blend of different plants and is a great antioxidant. It will act as a detoxifier.
  2. Shilajit is used in Auyrvedic medicine and is known to detox mercury from the body.
  3. Chorella and Cilantro are two separate herbs but in this instance should be used together to detoxify the body, especially of mercury.
  4. Chaga is actually a mushroom but when taken as an herb can help to boost the immune system.
  5. Ginseng will help you to increase your energy levels. It’s got some antifungal properties and is also great for boosting your adrenal glands.
  6. Coconut oil isn’t an herb, but it is quite possibly the healthiest fat you can put into your body today. It helps with cholesterol and offers energy to those who can’t have sugars. It also contains caprylic acid, which Candida hates.
  7. Pau D’Arco  has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It’ll strengthen your immune system while helping to kill off some of the yeast.
  8. White peony is great for supporting digestive health.
  9. Aloe vera is great for your immune system and has been proven to slow the growth of Candida.
  10. Reishi is also a great antifungal and will support your immune system.

There is a lot to learn about Candida yeast infections. If you suspect you have a Candida overgrowth, seek out the advice of a doctor or naturopath who can help you to make the right diagnosis. The sooner you are diagnosed, the faster you can begin Candida treatment.

About the Author: Dr. Eric Bakker

Dr. Eric Bakker, ND has been studying the Candida albicans organism for more than 25 years & writes on his personal blog at Yeastinfection.Org. Feel free to visit him at the Ask Dr. Eric Bakker CureZone forum to ask your own questions. He’s always happy to help.

 Do you struggle with Candida overgrowth or Candida yeast infections? Have you found success through herbs or diet?

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Comments

  1. says

    I think you offer some good advice, but I no longer agree that you need to follow a strict no sugar and starch diet. I actually think it may do more harm than good. I tried it for a year and didn’t see much improvement. I recently came across several articles stating that when you take try to starve the candida, it actually goes “crazy” and spreads through your digestive system looking for sugar. I found that interesting so I have been eating natural carbs at every meal. One thing I have learned for sure is that eating low carb ruined my metabolism and affected my thyroid and hormones. It’s been about a month and my temps have already stabilized.

  2. says

    Hi there, thanks for your valid comments. You may like to purchase a copy of Candida Crusher, because you will find that I feel the same way. It is NOT good to with hold ALL carbs, and the only reason I with hold starchy carbohydrates during the initial induction phase of my diet plan is because I want to lessen a person’s aggravations, reduce their carb cravings, get a better handle of hypoglycaemia, and begin working on getting a better balance between the dysbiotic bacteria, the commensals and the beneficials – at an early stage of the diet. A highly experienced author and clinical Elaine Gottschall explains this kind of approach in her book “Breaking The Vicious Cycle”, a book which has helped millions just like you, the world’s best book on how to select the correct carbohydrates in one’s diet. This book spawned many diet approaches like FODMAP, etc.

    Only a fool would allow refined refined carbs in the diet of a candida patient. Have you personally treated thousands of patients with a yeast infection and worked out their carb choices to see how they fare? You are quoting your own personal experiences, based on your individual case, and I can assure you, my program works because it has successfully helped thousands of folks with yeast infections and has been fine-tuned over the years. The Candida Crusher Program was designed to have the flexibility to ALLOW a person to even eat five or even six pieces of fruit a day, providing that they do not aggravate. Heck, some patients even drink cow’s milk and eat bread on my program – it they do NOT aggravate and improve in the digestive function. True. It’s in the book.

    In fact, my book is the only one of it’s kind that recommends this kind of experimentation and dietary flexibility, so until you read it right through, I don’t think it’s fair to comment “You recommend a strict dietary regime”. It sounds like your diet regime was extreme, and not strict, and there is a big difference. I write in fact a lot about “extremism” and “fanaticism”, because these are precisely the kind of patients who develop yeast infections. Don’t worry, in my book I explain how you can recognise this behavioural pattern in yourself and what to do about it. It could be the ONE thing in your way of recovery, and you may find that by relaxing, your cortisol levels will drop and so will your reaction to foods. Such fanatical behavioural patterns typically underpin thyroid dysfunction too, and that probably explains why your thyroid went off the rails a lot more than due a dietary cause. I have specialised in thyroid and adrenal cases and have excellent mentors, Dr. James Wilson PhD (adrenal expert) and Dr. John Lee PhD (thyroid expert).

    And lastly, may I suggest you check out your adrenal & thyroid function, they typically underpin a lot of cases of yeast infection, especially the ones who relapse or recover poorly. BTW, my book covers this in great detail, and I’m sure if you follow the advice you will no longer have to worry about your carb choice within 6 – 12 months. Feel free to email me, or ask me a question I can respond to on my You Tube channel. Kindest Regards, Eric.

    • says

      Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of Candida and your experience treating patients! Thank you also for expanding here in the comments more about the dietary approach you take with your patients. It sounds like your book is a great resource and I love that you explain that the diet can be tailored to the individual.

      I am a fan of The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, too! And I couldn’t agree with you more about the dangers of an extreme diet. I had been following an extremely low carb diet and, like you mentioned, it did impair my thyroid and adrenal function. I also appreciate your differentiation of a strict vs. extreme diet.

      Thank you again for sharing all your experience with helping your patients overcome candida issues!

      • Dannette says

        Dr. Baker you are absolutely correct..I never listen to advice from random folks speaking in general about personal experiences….I HAVE experienced candida and found the much sought after relief you spoke of by tailoring the treatments, diets and attention to those things that are right for me..Thank you for your time and expertise!!!!

    • Deb D'Andrea says

      Really? It’s all in my book – I am so all over it. Read my book – I said it, I wrote it, I read it, it’s fact!

  3. says

    The problem I see everywhere is that a lot of random information is being shared. If it worked for me or you or someone else it doesn’t mean it will work for everyone else. Everything I lay out in every post I publish is based on over 15000 cases of candida. What I see happen to most significant amount of patients.

    I have heard dozens of success stories with probiotics but guess what I have had dozens of patients that had serious symptoms due to ThreeLac.

    I am not saying my diet/program is the only solution however its based on testing and not something what worked for me or two-three patients.

    I have written a whole chapter about a typical candida patient and different recovery cases.

    Thank you
    Eric Bakker

  4. Molly Painter says

    After battling multiple candida outbreaks requiring fluconazole treatments (with symptoms like chronic leaky gut and painful skin irritations), I’ve found an effective daily maintenance plan to keep my candida in balance – I take Now Foods Candida Clear (with caprylic acid, Pau D’ Arco, black walnut, and oregano oil) and Ortho Biotic, a potent 20 billion CFU probiotic (which contains Saccharomyces boulardi). This combo seems to help, and if I notice the tell-tale signs like itching and fluid in my ears, I take an extra dose of these things for several days and it seems to stop the outbreak. I also have a prescription antifungal cream for skin irritations that I use as needed.

    I also agree with the above comments about keeping healthy carbs in the mix, especially root vegetables like parsnips, sweet potato, blue potoato, etc. to maintain energy and metabolism. I personally follow a Paleo plan to balance protein with carbs and healthy fats. Protein is key for me to maintaining energy. And if I have enough protein, the carbs don’t give me problems.

    • says

      Hi Molly,
      It sounds like you are on the right track, but it would be great to see you get away from that prescription cream you use as required. If you are requiring a cream for skin irritations, you may like to dig a bit deeper when it comes to the digestive system (dysbosis), and especially your liver and kidneys in terms of cleansing. Many skin irritations can be cleared up by way of deep liver/kidney cleansing, especially if the skin flares pre-menstrually. It’s hard to give advice on a skin complaint unless I can see it close up and know of its history. A prescribed cream for a skin condition will be either an antifungal, antibacterial or a hydrocortisone (steroid) cream, and all three will be found unnecessary if the cause has been adequately treated. For the ear problems, consider an IgE/IgG food allergy test.

  5. Mrs.G says

    Great post! I would love to hear your thoughts on fermented foods such as pickles,cabbage &kimchi for& healing candida. I recently started eating fermented foods after learning of the benefits. I am trying to heal both leaky gut & candida. I have read so much conflicting info! I’ve read fermented foods are great for healing leaky gut but that you should avoid fermented foods for healing candida. I have also read that fermented foods are beneficial for healing candida! I am so confused….please tell me your thoughts!

    • says

      Hi Mrs. G,
      I’m a huge fan of sauerkraut and have been long before all this “health food” long before the diet books like Nourishing Traditions and the Body Ecology Diet were released. My Dutch grandma used to make sauerkraut all her life, just like her mother did. European families, especially Germans, Swiss and the Dutch have long consumed sauerkraut as it was the only way to preserve cabbage over the long and freezing winter months. Most countries with some history dating back several centuries have consumed cultured and fermented foods. My grandad used to make and eat yogurt and consume sprouts in the 50’s and was seen as a “weird” for doing these “crazy wacko things” which today are – mainstream.
      Here’s the problem, if your digestive system is NOT used to foods that are rich in lactic acid, you need to go real easy at first. Folks who eat kefir may remember what happened when they ate too much too soon! I’ve had many a patient tell me how sick and nauseous they became when they went crazy on fermented and cultured foods without first starting slowly, and allowing the GI tract get used to this food. Kimchi and kefir are two that come to mind, I find tempeh and natto a little easier to introduce, and yogurt is the easiest one to introduce. I don’t tend to recommend kombucha culture anymore for those with a chronic yeast infection, it can have the potential to cause severe aggravation. It can be introduced as the Candida population is in decline.
      So, the long and short of it is this:
      – Fermented and cultured foods are OK with candida, BUT, go slow and introduce one at a time, don’t go crazy!
      – Pick your favorite one, you will soon discover which one stands out for you. Then consume it regularly for several weeks before you add other similar cultured or fermented foods. Take your time.
      – Avoid prebiotics (which you will often find in with probiotics) if you have a chronic yeast infection and want to introduce ferments and cultured foods. They are safer once your gut improvs significantly, and have much less potential at this stage to cause you much aggravation.

  6. Debra Marie says

    I love this article – tons of great information. I’m going to bookmark it to share with those I know who truly believe that yeast is just a “girl problem.”

    A few years ago, a friend of ours told us his daughter (probably about 12 at the time) had oral thrush. I had no idea how many misconceptions there are about oral thrush and how it is transmitted. It was awful to hear this obviously uneducated man talk about his daughter and her condition. Embarrassing, to say the least.

    I used to get chronic vaginal infections and have found dietary changes to be huge in my recovery, and I don’t feel as though I had a “systemic” problem. I’ve cut out all processed foods and I focus a lot more on eating herbs and spices that will benefit my health. Your list of herbs is stellar. I’m a huge advocate of coconut oil, Pau D’Arco, shilajit, especially.

    Like some of the comments above noted, it’s important to remember that there is no one-sized-fits-all approach to any sort of medical treatment. It’s refreshing to see someone in the medical profession who not only understands this, but embraces it as he tries to find treatments for his patients.

  7. Beth says

    I can’t figure out if I have candida. I have gotten chronic vaginal infections since I was a teenager, and in the last year and a half developed a lot of bloat that won’t go away, and has only gotten worse. I have since also developed a stubborn case of dandruff and an itchy scalp. I was pretty sure that I had candida and did an anti-candida diet for awhile. But I’ve done some testing, like the Metametrix GI Stool Effects and the ALCAT food intolerance test, and both showed negative for candida. I’m not sure if they are accurate measures though. My symptoms seem to be screaming candida, though my tongue is very pink and healthy looking. I got a negative for the spit test, but I’ve heard mixed reviews on the accuracy of that.
    I know that I have leaky gut, as I got the gold standard test for that (Cyrex Array II), but all of my attempts to heal it have amounted to absolutely nothing, so I think that there must be an underlying issue that I’m not aware of yet. Maybe it IS candida? In the meantime, I’m testing for parasites and SIBO.
    I’ve taken lots of natural anti-fungals – LOTS of coconut oil, Candida Clear, oil of oregano, grapefruit seed extract, caprylic acid, but none of them caused any die off symptoms. The only thing that did was colostrum. I thought I was onto something and supplemented with it for a few months, along with glutamine and a very clean paleo diet (and no alcohol), which all amounted to nothing. I’m still searching for the cause.
    A note for any who suffer with chronic vaginal yeast infections – saccharomyces boulardii cleared mine up! After the bloat began, I started getting yeast infections every month after my period. After I started supplementing with s. boulardii, they stopped!

    • says

      Hi Beth,

      When you do a stool test, be sure to STOP all dietary supplements for at least a week before the test, or you’ll end up with a false-negative result. When it comes to candida in the stool, it can be assayed both microscopically and cultured – BOTH should be done. I know that Doctors Data in Chicago do this test, and they are my preferred lab. Be sure to eat the foods you love also a week before the test, i.e; go back onto the diet you were on when you felt at your worst. That is how I uncover what is really going on in a person’s GI tract. Am I crazy? Nope, and I do at times get some pretty impressive results with seemingly “hopeless” candida cases that have long been discarded by most docs, many of whom go onto easier pickings. The CDSA x 3 stool test is THE gold standard, but it must be done correctly. You will also be able to tell from teh results what is going on with your digestive function, immune function, and inflammation, and much more.

      I agree, S. boulardii is brilliant, but unfortunately everybody gets the results you have, some aggravate pretty bad on it and get better results with Bifido bacterium, or Lacto. rhamnosus. L-glutamine is one of the best with LGS, and be sure to have a heaped teaspoon of psyllium per day as well.

  8. says

    A person usually experiences a feeling of embarrassment when he is facing a yeast infection. Prevent is always better than cure, if you are able to prevent yeast infection before you are infected or when your condition is still mild, do not let it worsen. What you must do is to know how to diagnose the infection yourself and take precautions to stop the yeast infection to further widespread on other body parts. Natural remedy yeast infection cures are the best cures for yeast infections considering the zero side effects and quick positive effects.

  9. says

    This site has been really helpful. I have been battling yeast issues for close to 8yrs now. It all started with a vaginal discharge that never seem to go. Even when anti fungal drugs were administered the symptoms just seem to reduce but never go away. I took lot of antifungals like fluconazale ,diflucan. I also had antibiotics all these where given to me by my doctor. Whereas nothing changed the discharge continued. I also had this shock that comes with time and difficulty breathing during sleep. Then in the 6th year symtoms became even worst ,started having serious headaches, fatugue, feeling weak. Most times I feel like I want to die. Havin gone through this page realized other people suffer what am goin through. Av bn on candigest plus d symptoms have reduced but then I got really sick with flu and body weakness. So I haven’t taken it in a while. Has anyone heard about syntol and NOW foods candida clear?

  10. says

    Hi Edna,
    It can take a year (on average) to clear a chronic vaginal infection, particularly one that has ben treated with Fluconazole for some time. Candida can become quite resistant and much more difficult to eradicate in those who have relied on drugs, so it pays to be patient. Syntol is a good product, but any really good probiotic and enzyme combination is going to work. Persistence breaks resistance, just stay with treatment and never give up. You will find a large amount of the most useful information on how to cure your vaginal yeast infection on my informative website http://www.yeastinfection.org Go to the Home Page, scroll down and click on the links pertaining to vaginal yeast infections. I have treated countless females with bad vaginal infections, some had them for 20 or even more years. You CAN get rid of it, I’ve not seen a case yet that is “impossible”.
    All the best to you, Eric

  11. Lindsay says

    After being incredibly sick for two months, and getting no where with my family doctor, I went to a naturopath and was diagnosed with candida overgrowth. My symptoms were: weakness, lethargic, fatigue, brain fog, constant and sometimes extreme nausea. Once I began reading more about it, I realized that my problems started over a year ago, and slowly got worse. I have been taking oil of oregano (140mg x 3 per day) for 12 days and have improved so much. I also cut processed sugars and 99% of processed foods out of my diet. I experienced terrible “die-off” and beleive I am through the worst of it. I am finding it really hard to reshape my diet and I still get nauseous when I eat. How long does it usually take to get back to normal? This is/has ruined my life!

    • says

      Lyndsay, there is a probiotic called ProBio5, which features five extra strength probiotics, added enzymes, intestinal flora, B6 and Grape Seed extract — all in one effective delivery system — that supports the breaking down of hostile organisms (Candida Overgrowth). Yeast and fungal organisms are comprised of proteins, chitin, and cellulose structures. Proteins are broken down by protease enzymes, and cellulose is broken down by cellulase. The chitin structure can only be processed in the presence of the chitinase (chitosinase) enzyme. The enzyme profile in ProBio5, which is micro encapsulated, is designed to process away the protein-based outer layer of yeast and fungal organisms. This then exposes the interior of these organisms to the cellulose of the chitosinase in the ProBio5. Enzymes are efficient and effective in the destruction of yeast and fungi.

      You might look into the Probio5 combined with a diet like Dr. Bakker suggested. I know lots of people that have seen amazing results with this. But, like Dr. Bakker said…it will take time, so patience is a virtue. If you would like more info, feel free to email me yourhairstylist@rocketmail.com.

  12. Caroline says

    Hello,
    I was wondering, why bread is so bad for us. Of course, the flour feeds the yeast. But the yeast in the bread will die during the baking process, right? So…if I decide to eat bread – does it matter if i was baked with or without yeast?

  13. Anette says

    Dr Bakker, do you recommend that women who are on the birth control pill get off it if they’re facing candida overgrowth? Is it possible to treat candida overgrowth while remaining on oral contraceptives?

    Lauren, do you mind my asking if you were/are on birth control pills? If so, have you been able to treat yourself while remaining on them? Also, have you noticed your hair loss resolving? The hair loss has been a major issue for me– it may be from birth control or an iron deficiency I am fighting (or both). I work as a model and TV host and it is devastating, I have been under the care of a naturopath for 2 months with no improvement– in fact more hair loss has resulted! Please help, I’d appreciate any advice or personal experiences.

    Thank you.

    • says

      Oral contraceptives rob the body of numerous vitamins and throw the gut flora out of whack. I discuss the dangers of them in my book Quit PMS. Thankfully I have never been on birth control pills, although when I was younger a doctor suggested I take them because I had such painful periods. I’m sorry to hear about your hair loss and I’m still really struggling with my own hair loss… natural treatment of hair loss is difficult because the causes vary so much from person to person.

  14. says

    I took antibiotics for 15 years straight (for acne) and birth control for 20 (since age 12 for pcos related irregularity). I have not taken either for 10 years, in an attempt to improve my digestive health (I have ibs, not surprisingly). I have taken a probiotic for the last 3 years and wanted to add s. Boulardii to dimnish candida overgrowth, which I suspect I have, although I do not suffer from recurrent yeast infections. Interestingly, after using s. Boulardii for one week, I got my first yeast infection in years. What happened? Is the yeast on it’s way out? I am concerned about continuing the supplement. Otherwise, I feel pretty good.

  15. says

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to
    her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  16. says

    I Am Mrs lara, i live in Texas (USA). [READ MY STORY. ON HOW I GOT MY AIDS CURED]. Truthfully, i was tested HIV + positive last 3years. I keep on managing the drugs i usually purchase from the health care agency to keep me healthy and strenghtful, i tried all i can too make this disease leave me alone, but unfortunately, it keep on eating up my life, this is what i caused myself, for allowing my fiance make sex to me unsecurely without protection, although i never knew he is HIV positive. So last few 4days i came in contact with a lively article on the internet on how this Powerful Herb Healer get her well and healed. So as a patient i knew this will took my life 1 day, and i need to live with other friends and relatives too. So i copied out the Dr OKPOKO the traditional healer’s email id:
    DR.OKPOKOSPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM and i mailed him immediately, in a little while he mail me back that i was welcome to his temple home wereby all what i seek for are granted. I was please at that time. And i continue with him, he took some few details from me and told me that he shall get back to me as soon as he is through with my work. I was very happy as heard that from him. So Yesterday, as i was just coming from my friends house, Dr OKPOKO called me to go for checkup in the hospital and see his marvelous work that it is now HIV negative, i was very glad to hear that from him, so i quickly rush down to the nearest hospital to found out, only to hear from my hospital doctor called Browning Lewis that i am now HIV NEGATIVE. I jump up at him with the test note, he ask me how does it happen and i recide to him all i went through with Dr . I am now glad, so i am a gentle type of person that need to share this testimonies to everyone who seek for healings, because once you get calm and quiet, so the disease get to finish your life off. So iwill advice you contact him today for your healing at the above details: Email ID:DR.OKPOKOSPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM

  17. Jenna says

    I wanted to add a wonderful thing that has happened for me. I have osteoarthritis and fibromyagia and I am obviously in severe pain. Recently I suffered an abscessed tooth and had to take a strong antibiotic. The day I finished it was my birthday and I was given my favorite candies as a present from my daughter. They were cinnamon sugar candies. The very next day I awoke to have a cottage cheese looking coated tongue with ichiness. Not wanting to go to the doctor I tried every home remedy I could find. And it was working to an extent. When I went to the doctor 2 weeks later with pain down my esophogus and my lungs, she basically said whatever I was doing was working (hydrogen pyroxide rinses and sea salt rinses different times throughout the day and complete avoidance of sugar) and she didn’t see the need to give me anything. Upon my insistence gave me some nystatin. Well, that didn’t work. And my mouth was just a light grey coating even with avoiding sugar, sugar by-products, bread and anything remotely yeasty. I didn’t go back to the doctor for fear of them thinking I was crazy who must’ve read one too many magazines or books on yeast. Many doctors don’t believe it is a problem, mine included.

    So, I began eating a completely organic, bland, no sugar diet and looking into recipes online to try and spice up my diet…I did lose 15 lbs, but on top of being in pain, my life now took on a new meaning of sucking. I was reading online about how yeast overproduction can cause many skin disorders and medical conditions with fibromyalgia believed to be one of them. (Before all of this happened to me) My arthritis pain was so bad that my family got together, pooled their money and got me a hot tub for my birthday. The sales person told me that he sells a lot of hot tubs to people with fibromyalgia and that they are instucted by their doctor to use it at 105 degrees for 10 minutes 2x a day, morning and night. Funny thing was…I didn’t tell him I had fibromyalgia. His wife had it and that is what she did for relief. I was getting in it some, but not as often as I should. Only when my pain was unbearable (my osteoarthritis is in my lower back and getting in and out of it can be an inconvenience). Then I read that yeast likes temperatures between I think it was 80 degrees and 98 degrees (don’t quote me on the exact temps, but I know the later is definitely correct) in the body to thrive.

    Upon doing my research I have been taking supplements I have found online that have been said help, I take homeopathic fungicides like garlic and caprylic acid and I am taking a probiotic cleanse that has 400 billion probiotics with over 30 strains, as well as my hydrogen pyroxide rinse and sea salt water rince. I also eat raw onion with every meal. Basically, it kept it at bay, but I could not eat anything with yeast or sugar or my mouth would be itchy and my eyes would be dry. After reading the temperature that yeast likes I got the idea to get in the hot tub, surely after 10 minutes your body temp would spike up higher than what yeast would find comfortable.

    Within 2 days of getting in the hot tub, I am now able to eat sugar, bread, you name it. I do however eat it sparingly as I am not going to push my luck. I was able to have sugar free ice cream (as well as full sugar ice cream) which I couldn’t have before because of all of the chemical sugar and sugar alcohol that was in them that actually feeds the yeast. The only sugar I have been having is Pure Stevia and Xylitol. I haven’t had caffiene, no coffee, no tea, just herbal tea and only the herbal tea that fight yeast like Pau d’arco, lemon grass, peppermint and ginger. I even drink camomile, not sure if it fights it or not, but I do like the way it tastes and it doesn’t bother me. I am also taking a multi-vitamin and alpha lipid acid which is supposed to help with dry mouth and actually does…for me anyway. I drink water like it’s going out of style and take an organic fiber drink to push out the dead yeast since the byproduct they produce after they die can be uncomfortable for you. My pain has never been better and I have never been happier (considering my circumstances). I don’t think yeast will ever completely go away since I inadvertantly I killed off many good bacteria strains over the years by taking antibiotics, some that may never be able to come back. I have read about a garlic derived antibiotic called Allicin. I’m going to start looking into that, as well as other natural antifungal products that are on the market. They say you should take at least 3 different ones at the same time and that you may need to switch them around to find out what works for you. I’m writing this to give others who may have lost hope. That with perserverence and research you may find what works for you. Don’t give up. You can take my suggestions or not, that is up to you. Everything I learned I learned by going to reputable sites like this one and getting as much info as I could to end my suffering since my doctor who like most thinks she knows everything and is not open minded about anything that she can’t read in a journal…I’m not saying not to go to your doctor, sometimes you need to, but homeopaths might also be helpful too and very few doctors would ever admit that!

    I am not a doctor, I am just telling you what works for me. Anytime I feel that slight itch in my mouth I get in the hot tub for 10 minutes. I know I am not cured by any means, but this has given me a huge defense again yeast overgrowth. I know not everyone has access to a hot tub, but perhaps you could warm up some water and take a hot bath. You’d probably have to warm some hot water and keep pouring it in, but it would only be for 10 minutes. You could temporarily turn your water heater up (then turning it down when you’re done) but I’m not sure how high they actually go up to. This might be a good reason to join a gym that has a hot tub. I’m telling you, I have tried sooooo many things and this was the kicker that put a huge damper on the problem. Within minutes I feel a lot better.

    I couldn’t afford to keep buying completely organic foods and supplement after supplement looking for the magic bullet. I am going to continue to eat healthier, some organic, but I’m going to eat Perdue chicken which promises that its farmers don’t use hormones or antibiotics and drink Dean milk which does the same. My teen kids used to have a horrible time with acne and I read that the hormones in the milk was the cause. I first switched to organic which was $8 a gal. and I couldn’t afford it, so I decided to try Deans. The kids complections were the same as with organic. Not that they don’t still break out, their kids, but they aren’t completely covered and having it all over their body. They are happier.

    I really feel the food industry is the cause for many major illnesses and no one holds them accountable which is why yeast overproduction is ‘just a myth’. One of these days someone will take them on like they did with tobacco. Companies are putting things in our food that is not good and is responsible for obesity in the world. You know they add addictive food by products so people will keep buying and eating their food, just like the tabacco companies did. It’s funny, that until box foods with over processed crap in them were made that everyone got obese. Before that and people just went to the store and made everything from scratch their wasn’t widespread obesity. Getting off my soap box now…Good luck to anyone suffering from this awful thing and I hope that anything I have said will help at least one of you! Don’t give up, you’ll find what works for you, just keep trying!

    Good Luck to you all!

    • says

      great story Jenna, I recently was told by a healer that I was in the early stages of MS & that all he could do for me was slow it down. Well I couldn’t accept that so I called a friend of mine who is also a healer & told her what he said. She told me to go on a candida diet & I would be able to reverse the MS. So I done alot of research & have been on this diet for 4 months now & I DO feel better. I never thought to “burn” the yeast out but will try it. I read somewhere that you should stay on the candida diet one month for every yr you have been in overgrowth. I’m thinking my problems started in 1997 when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have too many issues to post here but I have alot of problems. So that was 16yrs ago which means I should stay yeast & sugar free for 16 months. Then a friend told me about UBI treatments. He took 5 of them & it cured his mrsa. I had my second one today. The Dr is recommending 10 of them, then maintenance every month or 2. I’m really excited about this. It will mean no more diet although I’m in the habit of eating healthy & organic now but I will be able to indulge in sweets from time to time. UBI is ultraviolet blood irrigation…google & research it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to return to work someday. I’ve been on disability for 12 yrs now & absolutely hate it! Well, I wish nothing but the best for all of you and lets get ourselves WELL…ty, marcie

  18. says

    Hi Dr. Bakker,

    Need your advise, is it true that flare-ups due to seborrhic dermatitis could be a reaction on my body because of bad flora in my gut or candida overgrowth? What specific test or tests would you recommend to help me identify if I have a candida yeast infection? Do you think if the candida infection will be treated my dermatitis problem will also be gone? I am planning to go to the doctor but I don’t know which one should I go to and ask for help. Been having bad flare ups (redness, swelling and itchiness) and it never goes away :(

    I hope you can help me on this.

    Thank you :)

    • tolu says

      Your case is similar to mine Katy except that i also have bad breath and a smelly vaginal discharge added to mine. please what do i do?

  19. says

    The problem with male yeast infections, though, is that the symptoms can take a good time to show up so that, by the time they do, the infections can be well advanced, making them much harder to eliminate.
    And since the symptoms of yeast infections can also be similar to other problems it means that these, perhaps more serious, problems are not being properly treated.

  20. says

    Foods are one of the major factors that influence yeast infection. There are foods that trigger it altogether and ones with the power to prevent its occurrence. The Candida diet has proven to be very helpful in treating the condition. There are certain foods that help control fungal overgrowth, but there are also those which trigger it.

  21. Rose Maria says

    I have been suffering hardship from HIV/AIDS since 7yrs now, and i happen to have 2 kids for my husband, and now we cannot proceed to have another kids all because of my disease and now i have do all what a human like i and my husband can do just to get my disease healed, i have went to several places to seek for help not even one person could ever help, until i melt a comment on the daily news paper that was commented by Desmond about how this powerful traditional doctor help him get cured of the disease (HIV-AIDS) ” my fellow beloved” i firstly taught having a help from a spiritual traditional healer was a wrong idea, but i think of these, will i continue to stress on these disease all day when i have someone to help me save my life?” so i gather all my faiths and put in all interest to contact him through his Email address at salamispiritualspelltemple@gmail.com so after i have mailed him of helping get my disease cured, he respond to me fast as possible that i should not be afraid, that he is a truthful and powerful doctor which i firstly claimed him to be. So after all set has been done, he promise me that i will be healed but on a condition that i provide him some items and obeyed all his oracle said. I did all by accepting his oracles fact and only to see that after some weeks of taking his herbal medicine i notice some changes in my body system and i went for check up the day he ask me to go for check up to confirm if the sickness was still there,to my greatest surprise i could not find any sickness in my body i was first shocked and later arise to be the happiest woman on earth after i have concluded my final test on the hospital by my doctor that i am now HIV- Negative. My papers for check are with me and now i am happy and glad for his miraculous help and power. With these i must tell everyone who might seek for any help, either for HIV cure or much more to contact him now at these following email now, Email: salamispiritualspelltemple@gmail.com” sir thank you so much for your immediate cure of my disease, i must say a big thanks for curing my disease, i owe you in return. you can contact his phone number +2347056024545 Thanks and be blessed sir. Rose Maria

  22. says

    maria….you sound very much like mrs lara…she too had hiv+ and was cured by a healer but different email…similar, but different. Glad you both got good results. Does this healer cost alot of money? Just curious…

  23. says

    Hi Lauren, great article! I’m surprised, however, to see an entire article about Candida Overgrowth with no mention of Plexus ProBio5 and BioCleanse. ProBio5 was specifically created to combat Candida overgrowth and its associated symptoms. Like many other brands on the market, it contains 5 powerful probiotics that help repopulate the Natural Flora in our gastrointestinal tracts (Lactobacillus Sporogenes, L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, B. Longum and S. Boulardii) killed by antibiotics and exacerbated by illness or poor diet. Unlike other brands, though, it also contains 3 scientifically chosen enzymes that target and kill Candida fungus (protease, cellulase and chitinase).

    Yeast and fungal organisms are comprised of proteins, chitin, and cellulose structures. Proteins are broken down by protease enzymes, and cellulose is broken down by cellulase. The chitin structure can only be processed in the presence of the chitinase (chitosinase) enzyme. The enzyme profile in ProBio5, which is micro encapsulated, is designed to process away the protein-based outer layer of yeast and fungal organisms. This then exposes the interior of these organisms to the cellulose of the chitosinase in the ProBio5. Enzymes are efficient and effective in the destruction of yeast and fungi.

    It also contains Vitamin B6 and antioxidants like grape seed extract that acts as fuel for these chemical processes. The combination of these specific probiotics to repopulate the Good Bacteria and the enzymes to kill the Bad Fungus is the most powerful and effective Candida killer you can buy. There are literally tens of thousands of positive testimonials on facebook showing its effectiveness.

    Finally, once ProBio5 has done its job, BioCleanse is an all natural detoxifer designed to remove the dead matter and toxins left over from Candida Die Off out of your system while oxygenating your bloodstream, since systemic Candida can’t live in a high oxygen environment.

    It’s safe, effective and backed by an unconditional 60 day money back guarantee. Read more about both products at VirginiaPlexus.com/detoxification

  24. notadoctor says

    #15 Alcohol. Distilled Spirits (vodka, run, whiskey) do not contain yeast or sugar. The distillation process removes the residues of both (and also gluten).

    Studies that have shown that ethyl alcohol (spirits) hinders the production of Candida biofilm. Not a medicine, but errs on the side of helping, not hurting. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21605190

  25. Rebecca Kizer says

    Yeast is in my babies throat and intestines my heart phase palpitations bad I am currently treating and trying to knock this out but fear of death bc of myocarditis. A boy recently died in our town bc of this affect from candida ( he was only 13)

    • Rebecca Kizer says

      Sorry my question is: how long before my heart is ok again? Does it have permanent damage? What about my babies? Should I have a heart doc check them out?

  26. Nicolette says

    Hello, I feel the need to respond to the answer provided for Question 16. “Can I treat my vaginal Candida yeast infection with yogurt?”

    This is your answer:”Eating yogurt is a great way to get more probiotics into your diet naturally. Yogurt has a chemical called lactic acid that helps to convert lactose (which is sugary) into lactic acid, which Candida hates. A lot of women will not only eat yogurt, but use it as a douche as well. This is the only case in which I justify the use of any sort of “douche” to treat the female vaginal infection – yogurt only. The yogurt douche won’t work if you use anything other than high-quality, organic, plain yogurt – left out until it reaches room temperature.”

    The first part of the answer I can agree with because it can be verified by the medical community. But, the second part of the answer, the recommendation that females douche with room temperature yogurt is MEDICALLY UNSOUND. I am a health educator with a Master’s in Health Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College and would NEVER, EVER recommend females douche with yogurt. There are other bacteria – especially in room temperature yogurt – which could be introduced into the vagina. This would throw off – even further – the chemical balance or PH levels of the vagina and cause more harm. I feel the need to correct this misinformation. Additionally, I care not who you have helped using this method unless you have documented the information in a medical journal. Unless you have documented the results of a study “The use of yogurt douche’s to help cure yeast infections” in a medical journal – then – please do us all a favor and delete the completely irresponsible, medically unsound advice from this site. Douching with yogurt or any other product does nothing to cure or treat yeast infections.

  27. Kyoung11 says

    I had felt before as if I could die! Multiple symptoms including brain fog, foul smelling urine, abdominal pain, bowel problems, insomnia, bad breath, fatigue, joint pain, hunger pain followed by pain after eating, ETC! After reading that untreated Candida is life-threatening, I am especially pleased to be on the road to recovery. Very thankful my gyno recommended the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse! And a nice by-product of taking the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse capsules is losing 6 pounds of stubborn belly fat and getting back to my high school weight at age 53!!

  28. Joye says

    I apologize if this was already covered and I missed it, but is raw goat milk kefir recommended? It has all the great probiotics for your gut, but also is fermented and has yeast, so I wasn’t sure.

  29. James says

    DR MIRACLE CURE HIV
    i am James Williams from Houston Texas. i want to share my testimony with you In 1985, at the age of 25, having heard so much about the ‘HIV epidemic,’ I decided to take the test. I tested positive. I went for a second opinion and again the result was positive. Since I had heard and read that the virus could be dormant for a long time, I opted to eat well, exercise, take high quality vitamins and limit ‘risky sex.’ However, my gut feeling was that something wasn’t adding up with HIV, and I almost immediately chose not to accept the virus as a detriment to my health. “Throughout the years I’ve lived my life almost as if HIV didn’t exist but still gathered information from various sources. then i saw this great Dr Miracle and contacted him with his emaill address drmiraclespellcaster@yahoo.com Tel : and i told him the problem i was facing and i know he can help because i have heard so much about him so he gave me some instruction to follow which i followed accurately and he assured me that once he help me to cast a spiritual spell on my sickness that i will healed with 48hours and i had so much faith on him, he actually caste the spell on me and today i am back to my normal health i was tested and the prove it that i am HIV negative all thanks and appreciation goes to Dr Miracle for helping me to cast away my HIV virus. i would like all of you who have similar problem to contact DR Miracle today with his email address drmiraclespellcaster@yahoo.com,drmiraclespellcast@gmail.com or phone +2348126076072 so that he can help you to Restore your health back .

  30. Oxana says

    I have leaky gut that I suspect is due to Candida overgrowth that I have been trying to treat unsuccessfully with herbs and probiotics, and diet. In #13 you mentioned that chemical antifungal might be needed in serious cases of Candida. Are there a specific medications that you might suggest?

    Thank you.

  31. says

    Hi Lauren, your blog has had a huge impact on my life. I have suffered with mono, interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia and now chronic yeast infections since the birth of my son. I have introduced real, nutrient-dense food and supplements but still feel underwater all the time with terrible sleep and PMS. (love your eBook!) I am gluten and dairy intolerant for sure, but suspect I have leaky gut which is holding me back.

    I have read about GAPS, Autoimmune Protocol, SCD, FODMAP and this Candida Crusher approach, which have some conflicting however, I’m not sure what diet to approach first to address either/both issues. My head is spinning! Do you have any recommendations, or recommended testing my integrative physician might not have checked to better decide which approach to tackle first? Many thanks for all you do!

    • says

      Hi Lauren, your blog has had a huge impact on my life. I have suffered with mono, interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia and now chronic yeast infections since the birth of my son. I have introduced real, nutrient-dense food and supplements but still feel underwater all the time with terrible sleep and PMS. (love your eBook!) I am gluten and dairy intolerant for sure, possibly nightshade, egg and onion as well. I suspect I have leaky gut which is holding me back from allowing the real food diet to benefit me.

      I have read about GAPS, Autoimmune Protocol, SCD, FODMAP and this Candida Crusher approach, which have some conflicting principles regarding starches such as sweet potatoes, raw honey, etc. However, I’m not sure what diet to approach first to address either/both issues. My head is spinning! Do you have any recommendations, or recommended testing my integrative physician might not have checked to better decide which approach to tackle first? Many thanks for all you do!

  32. raquel says

    Im currently under Candida attack due to stress. I have a 5 month old baby that i am exclusively breast-feeding and 3 other little ones. is been so difficult to find a balance with some sleepless nights and organizing the house for homeschooling. I have beginning of thrush in one boob, have 4 cold sores on my mouth(hurt like ^&#$#) and vaginal itch. I started doing enemas, juicing,taking raw garlic and supplements,etc. My question is, if this will affect my baby?

  33. says

    I want to say hello to the world at large, I am very grateful for the good deeds DR. AIRHOHO did for me, I was a HIV patient, everything went bad for me, I couldn’t do things with my friends anymore, I loosed my job, I loosed everything, I was even waiting for death itself, I went searching on the internet I saw many testimonies on how different spell casters helped people in curing their deadly diseases, I collected one spell caster’s email, which DR. AIRHOHO I emailed him and he answered me, I told him all problems, he ask me not to worry, that I will be free from the deadly disease, which I did, he casted the spell, and told me that he will send a holy water to me through courier services, I was surprised, because he did not mention it to me before, I paid for the courier delivery service, I got a holy water, he asked me to drink it which I did and he asked me to go for a medical check-up in a hospital, I went to the hospital I went for a HIV test, I was tested HIV negative, I was shocked, I asked myself, “is there still good helpers out there”? I promised to share my testimony to the whole world, I’m now free, I have a better job, if you are passing through pains you need help you can share your problems to DR. AIRHOHO through airhohobreezspellcaster@gmail.com +2348155166695

  34. Shannon Ryan says

    Hi Lauren!
    Thank you for this good information! I’ve been doing the typical candida diet for two weeks now, and was dying without any fruit or honey so I’m happy to add in the good sugars. I’m curious to know your take on coffee and dark chocolate. I am still experiencing some immediate symptoms of my candida overgrowth, but if I am dieting and aggressively taking probiotics, when is a good time to introduce small amounts of caffeine back into my diet?
    Thank you!
    Shannon

  35. Alycia says

    Hello Doctor,
    I wanted to share my experience with you and see what you think… I’m a college kid and last year I was in an apartment that got me sick from mold. First semester I was fine, but when second semester came around I was getting bloody noses everyday. Soon enough, I found out that I had asthmatic bronchitis and was treated with antibiotics TWICE. I had never experienced asthma before so I didn’t know what chest tightness felt like. On top of that I was on birth control and unfortunately I was stupid enough to drink alcohol on the weekends. So…near the end of the semester I started to sleep on the couch away from my basement apartment and my lungs got better weekly and my bloody noses went away. I was taking albuterol sulfate to alleviate my symptoms, but I got nasty temors from albuterol. (health services at my school told me to ignore the jitteriness so I did. The last two times I tried albuterol my hands and lips got numb. After that, I stopped taking albuterol. When I came home from college, I had a bacterial infection and once again was on another round of antibiotics. I must have put my body through hell!. I am 21 years old right now turning 22 and it has been about 3 and a half months since I left that apartment. When I was treated for the bacterial infection I also had fibromyalgia out of no where, and the weirdest stuff like numbness, tingling, pains on my head, crazy pressure on my forehead, tightness on top of my head etc. I was bugging out and no doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. I got an mri of my brain, chest x-rays, and a cat scan of my brain as well! The only thing found was excess mucus in my nose, but the ear nose and throat doctor told me it was fine. Then it gets even better. My new primary care doctor thought I probably had anxiety! In reality my symptoms gave me anxiety. Awful. I felt so hopeless, but then a few weeks ago I came across candida somehow. I thought I had lyme at first but when I thought about my reappearing and disappearing rashes and developing acid reflux, I knew it had to do with something from the apartment. That is when I found all about candida and the diet. I’ve been on the candida diet for about a little more than two weeks and I can’t believe the amount of symptoms that have been alleviated. I hardly have fibromyalgia anymore, but all of a sudden I got thrush on my tongue and the one thing that still bothers me is my chest. My sternum hurts and when I breathe in I hear a crack. My main question is: DO YOU THINK THIS IS ALL CANDIDA SUCH AS THE BREATHING DISCOMFORT?

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