Candida Detox Diet

Candida, also known commonly as yeast, is a type of fungus that exists as part of a huge number of other micro-organisms in the human body. Normally, in a healthy body, Candida does not cause any problem. However, when the bio-balance is upset by factors such as unhealthy lifestyle, stress, excessive consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates, chronic use of medications such as antibiotics, cortisone, or birth control, an overgrowth of Candida can occur in the body.

This can result in toxins being released into the bloodstream that can have many adverse effects on the functioning of the body. The immune system is unable to cope with the continuous release of toxins, leading to disease. Symptoms can include depression, mood swings, sinusitis, headaches, chronic fatigue, joint pain, stomach pain, indigestion, vaginal thrush and other fungal infections, skin rashes, eczema and many others.

Fortunately, Candida can be controlled by means of a balanced diet and by the elimination of certain foods in order to create an internal environment in which the yeast cannot survive. An initial detox diet will ensure that the levels of systemic Candida are significantly reduced. Thereafter, a maintenance program should be followed to keep Candida permanently at bay. Remember that Candida thrives on all sugars and refined carbohydrates and it is only by controlling your intake of these foods that you will beat systemic Candida. By following this diet, you will not only be able to control Candida levels in your body, but you will also be amazed at the amount of energy you have. Your skin will clear, your eyes will sparkle and you will even lose weight, despite the fact that you need never go hungry! Many people find that the Candida diet helps to clear joint and back pain, balance sugar levels and blood pressure, control cholesterol and relieve symptoms of depression – all without medication! This is because by reducing Candida overgrowth in the body, the immune system is able to function properly for the first time in years, allowing the body to heal itself!

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Some Important Points

When following the Candida diet, you must make sure that your blood sugar levels are kept at an acceptable level by eating a substantial breakfast, lunch and supper. If you find that your energy level is low or you are experiencing dizziness while on the diet, it is probably due to low blood sugar. If this happens, simply add a mid-morning and mid afternoon snack. Please remember to drink lots of water in order to assist with the elimination of toxins from your body. After a few days of detoxifying, some of your symptoms may become worse and you could also experience headaches. This is quite normal and part of the detoxification process. It will improve after a few days and you will begin to feel healthier than you have felt for years! The Candida diet should be followed for 4 weeks, followed by a maintenance program as outlined.

You may not use sugar in any form. This includes sucrose (cane sugar), glucose and fructose (fruit sugar). Lactose (milk sugar) must be kept to a minimum.

Candida Diet

Foods Allowed

  • Rye Vita (contains no yeast)
  • Rye Bread (no yeast or wheat)
  • Rice Cakes
  • Rice, Potato or Rye Flour
  • Corn or Soy Flour
  • Oats, Corn Meal, Maltabella
  • Milk (125ml per day)
  • Plain Bulgarian Yogurt (125ml, no sugar)
  • Low-fat Cottage Cheese (no sugar)
  • Soy/Rice Milk
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Potato Chips (no MSG)
  • One Fruit per Day (no melons or grapes, make sure fruit is not bruised)
  • Herbs
  • Chicken, Fish or Meat (preferably grilled, roasted or steamed)
  • Sunflower or Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice (30ml per day)
  • All vegetables must be fresh or frozen, nothing canned or tinned.
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Potatoes or Normal Potatoes
  • Brown Rice (no white rice)
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Walnuts, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Macadamia, Nuts, Pecans, Coconuts
  • Plain Popcorn (homemade)
  • Hummus
  • Herbal Teas (Rooibos, Chamomile, etc.)
  • Tomatoes
  • Lipton Herbal Teas
  • Mineral Water
  • Artificial Sweeteners (Advantage, Equal, etc.)
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Foods Allowed Weekly

  • Whole-Wheat Pasta
  • Wheatbix (no sugar)
  • Soft Goat Cheeses (Camembert, Feta, Chevre)
  • 1 rice cake with carob or yogurt topping
  • Tomato Paste

Foods Allowed Twice a Week

  • Canned Salmon or Tuna in Spring Water
  • Spices (curries, chilies, etc.)

Foods to Avoid

  • Anything containing Yeast
  • Breads, Marmite, Provita, Bovril, etc.
  • White Wheat flour or Pastry flour
  • Gluten Flour
  • Flake Cereals
  • Semolina, Cream of Wheat
  • White Pasta
  • Fermented or Processed Cheeses (Cheddar, feta from dairy, or hard cheeses)
  • Mushrooms
  • Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Pistachios
  • All Fruit Juices
  • Pickled, Smoked or Processed Meats or Fish
  • All Vinegars and Vinegar-based Products (dressings, chutney, mayonnaise, etc.)
  • All forms of Alcohol
  • Honey and other Natural Sweeteners
  • Sugar or any product containing Sugar
  • All Non-Herbal Teas and Coffees
  • Bruised Fruits or Vegetables, Melons or Grapes

Typical Meals (Omit foods to which you are allergic.)


  • 1 Serving of Fruit
  • Porridge (Oats, Maltabella, Corn Meal)
  • Rice Cereal (Good for Infants)
  • Rye Vita, Yeast-Free Bread, Rice Cakes
  • Avocado with Cottage Cheese
  • Eggs and Tomato
  • Baked Haddock


  • Salads (add potatoes, greens, rice, beans; the more ingredients, the better.)
  • Meat, Fish or Chicken (grilled or steamed)
  • Soups or Bakes of Lentils, Pulses, Legumes
  • Steamed Vegetables


  • Meat, Fish or Chicken (grilled, steamed or roasted)
  • Pumpkin or Squash
  • Brown Rice
  • Salads, Stir Fries or Soups (chicken, veggies)
  • Yeast-Free Bread, Rye Vita, Rice Cakes
  • Avocado, Tomato, Cottage Cheese, Tuna/Cold chicken

Maintenance Program

After the initial four weeks of detox, you can slowly re-introduce foods from the “Foods to Avoid” list, but please remember to use them in moderation. Foods to still avoid or use with special caution even after four weeks are: sugars, white flour, fruit juices, dried fruits, prepared breakfast flakes (including muesli), alcohol, vinegar and foods containing yeast.

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5 Responses

  1. The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
    – white cottage cheese-like discharge
    – some odor
    – dryness (can cause bleeding)
    – digestive problems
    – itchiness
    – burning urination
    – painful intercourse
    – a feeling of just not being “normal”

    Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

    – avoid scented soaps
    – avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week
    – air out the infected area while you’re sleeping at night
    – add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (balances hormones)
    – eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt
    – shower frequently
    -drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection

  2. What? says:

    What?! vaginal yeast infections (and jock itch) are child’s play compared to what this article is trying to address. An insidious candida infection will eventually kill you because it shuts down your internal organs.

    Vaginal yeast infection… wow…

  3. Carla Glowacki says:

    i have been researching this condition like crazy. and have been depressed to the suicidal level coping with it.
    there are differences in what is allowed and not so am digging through to see what gives best results. Have found even a tiny bit of offensive food causes major discomfort. ate ice cream and spent one day and night vomiting. Am learning discipline. also have found affirmation “every day in every way i am getting better and better.” to be of assistance. i dont have a natural doctor affirmation of this but tried saliva test(positive) and symptoms seem to match all of mine.
    So i think im on right track but need help in finding natural substances that help in the fight. there are so many and cant afford to try them all. if anyone has had success with “cures” to add to diet please let me know.
    i remain stunned but clumsily hopeful!

  4. alex says:

    I have been so so so sick for the last three year.
    Constant nausea
    Face swelling to the point where I started not to recognise my self
    Lost weight
    no sleep
    bad temper
    hair loss
    unhappy and the list continues.
    Been to so many doctors, brain scan stomach checks and more NOTHING.
    Then I started having serious food intolerences and now FINALLY I know its candida…
    The question I have is can I eat yougurt plain offcourse it almost feels like no matter which brand they always feel sweet.
    Well good luck to all of you that have this it is a terrible condition really.

  5. ka says:

    The only way is by changing your diet, we all want quick fixes today, including myself, but antibiotics, canesten etc. only make things a lot worse in the long run!
    Number one rule is cut out sugar and wheat!
    Teatree oil and garlic are both very antifungal, but be carefull to apply directy; teetree oil can be mixed with olive, almond or coconut oils (cold pressed) and garlic can be eaten raw (try spanish gazpacho soup, its all raw, includes garlic but isnt too strong, really yummy), personally I introduced a whole uncut garlic”boat” in my vagina when I had a bad outbreak and this worked for me, some people say it´s not a good idea because it can burn mucus, to avoid that, just wrap it up in a steril cloth, tie a little string so you can easily get it out again, and leave it in over night. Eat lots of raw food, avoid processed stuff, white bread etc. as they say above, and alcohol.. It´s hard, but it is sooooo worth it!! for instant relief; aloe vera with a few drops of teatree oil mixed in it – heaven:) love and peace

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