The Anti-Candida Diet

Candida albicans is a type of yeast that is normally present in our intestines in small numbers. The presence of large amounts can cause a wide range of symptoms. There are drugs than help eradicate Candida, but no drug will solve the problem unless you also follow an anti-Candida diet. About 25 years ago, I heard Dr. William Crook speak in Boulder, Colorado and he said, "No amount of DiflucanTM will get rid of yeast if you keep eating sugar."

Diets for Candida control vary in their strictness. Initially, you may be required to follow a low-carbohydrate diet that permits unprocessed meat, fish, non-starchy vegetables, nuts and oils in quantities sufficient to satisfy hunger. Some fruits, some starchy vegetables, milk, and non-yeast baked goods may be allowed in very small quantities. As your health improves, you may be able to add more fruit, starchy vegetables and grains. Foods that are strictly prohibited on Candida control diets include all sugar and sweeteners (except stevia), processed foods, yeast-containing baked goods, long-aged cheese (farmer's or pot cheese is allowed), vinegar, dried fruit, fruit juices, melons, mushrooms, malted products, coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages.

The reason for avoiding foods like mushrooms, tea, and coffee is not because these foods will stimulate the growth of Candida in your body, but that you may have an allergic cross-reaction to them if you have a Candida problem. As your health improves, you may be able to enjoy them occasionally. Sugar does stimulate yeast growth and must be avoided entirely.

A final suggestion for overcoming Candida permanently is to have your thyroid function checked and treated correctly. Although conventional medicine does not concur, it has long been suspected that there is a connection between thyroid problems and Candida overgrowth. I struggled with yeast related intestinal problems for decades and was treated with drugs off-and-on and herbs and diet continuously. I never really felt the problem was solved until I had been on thyroid replacement medication for about a year. To read more about correct treatment for thyroid problems, click here.


[1] Crook, William G., MD. The Yeast Connection, 2nd Edition. (Jackson, TN, Professional Books, 1984), 75-78, 95-100.
[2] Crook, 94.
[3] Shomon, Mary. "Yeast Overgrowth, Candidiasis, and Thyroid Disease: Is There a Relationship Between Yeast and Your Thyroid?" July 17, 2017.