Some medical professionals don't believe the candida diet works for treating yeast related health problems. Others, such as The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, don't believe yeast-related health problems even exist.
Dr. Brent A. Bauer of the Mayo Clinic, believes that there is very little evidence to support the diagnosis of yeast syndrome. He also states that "there are no clinical trials that document the efficacy of a candida cleanse diet for treating any recognized medical condition." He believes that as a result of following the diet and the removal of sugar and processed foods in favor of more fresh foods that naturally the person is going to feel better as a result.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control also does not recognize candida yeast as a health problem so they have never developed a diet. This is why there are so many different yeast diets on the Internet.
I find it a little amazing that so many doctors believe that yeast related problems don't exist when you consider this very short list of medical publications:
I can guarantee you that all the above discoveries concerning candida yeast-related disease have not gone away since they were discovered. They have all become more prevalent as a result of all the processed foods and antibiotics we use.
Others suggest that there is no way the candida diet would ever work as long as the patient follows diets that allow any grains. Dr. Natasha Campbell- McBride MD, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, suggests that people with an intestinal yeast issue lack the beneficial flora required to break down sugars. The result is a never ending food supply for the yeast. I agree with this statement, and my own candida diet minimizes carbs and sugars to certain foods that are required to maintain immune function.
The most common candida species all assimilate and ferment glucose (sugar and fructose) as a carbon source. The carbohydrate xylitol, however, suppresses its growth. Most of the candida species require biotin for growth, although candida krusei does not require any vitamins to grow. Knowing this, websites suggesting biotin as a way to control candida are giving you bad information. 1, 2
As a matter of fact, a study performed in 1988 and published in Mycopathologia in Dec;104(3):129-35, found that biotin, aminoacids and particularly pH are not important factors in the
dimorphism of C. albicans. The only factor of notable importance in the
passage of yeast form to mycelial form in C. albicans was glucose
All species of candida yeast can survive quite nicely in a ph range of 2.5 to 8.0. The body maintains blood ph at 7.365, and the stomach will be about 1 to 3 so candida yeast cannot survive in the stomach unless you suffer from a lack of stomach acid. The small intestine will run between 6 to 6.5, and the colon runs from 5.5 to 7.0. The body will do everything in its power to maintain the proper ph, so much that it is just about impossible to get above 8.0. It will dump minerals like crazy to drop alkalinity if needed to accomplish this. If you are too acidic, it will take calcium and other minerals from the bones and teeth to boost ph levels.
Andrew Cutler PHD PE, in his book "Amalgan Illness," suggests that increased alkalinity actually promotes yeast over growth. If we look at the average vaginal ph of 3.8 to 4.5, and according to WebMD, a vaginal ph over 4.5 promotes bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, atrophic vaginitis and vaginal yeast infections, then it is safe to assume Dr. Cutler is indeed correct. A high alkaline diet promotes yeast over growth. This has been proven further by C Monteagudo, A Viudes, A Lazzell, P Martinez, and J L Lopez-Ribot in a study done in 2004. 5
So the websites out there promoting the alkaline diet, or trying to sell you alkaline drops, are once again... giving you bad information.
I suggest you keep your meals neutral to the slightly acidic side. This
is very easy to do by having a fresh vegetable, such as a salad
followed by a cooked vegetable with a meat. The meat is acidic but the
vegetables buffer that acidity and the meal will basically end up
Candida yeast grows in a temperature range of 68 to 98.6F. The body's normal temperature is 98.6F with many people coming in slightly lower thus creating a perfect environment for yeast to grow. Evidence was also found in the above studies that 98.6F is the optimum temperature for candida albicans and candida tropicalis. 3.
All species of candida grow best under aerobic conditions, which means that they prefer oxygen. They will however grow under elevated conditions of carbon dioxide although that growth is slowed. 4,11.
As a matter of fact, under aerobic conditions candida yeast doubles its population in 2 hours. Under anaerobic conditions, it takes 20 hours to double its population. 6,11
So I would not be buying any oxygen drops because they promote candida yeast over growth!
Large numbers of publications also reported that under the right conditions, candida albicans, candida tropicalis, and candida glabrata can double their populations in an hour. I consider part of that doubling equation to be an abundant food supply.
Taking into account all of the above facts that we know about candida yeast, we can rule out an alkaline diet as being an effective candida diet. We can also rule out any product that contains biotin as an effective herbal treatment option. For the most part, alkaline water, ph drops, and sodium bicarbonate are also a complete waste of time, except in cases where you have very acidic water or overly acidic body ph caused by mineral deficiencies. I suggest a neutral ph of 7.0 for drinking water so it does not interfere with the digestive process. There isn't anything you can do about oxygen since you need it to survive but for goodness sakes, don't buy any oxygen drops.
We know that candida yeast uses glucose as a carbon source for growth, so an effective candida diet must limit sugar from all sources. This includes grains because they are easily converted to sugar during digestion. However, studies have shown that very low carb candida diets which result in low blood sugar, to the point of ketosis, inhibit neutrophil response against candida. 7, 8, 9. Fasting does not work either. 10. The immune system requires some carbs to function correctly, see the Good Food List.
We also know that we really should substitute sugar with xylitol where we can or use neutral sugars substitutes like Stevia, which is actually an herb.
Because we can only control one out of the five necessary requirements for yeast to grow, it is unrealistic to think that the candida diet alone will resolve any type of yeast over growth. But that doesn't mean you would want to not follow the diet. To do so would give it all it needed to achieve maximum population growth and double its population every hour. The bottom line is, you're going to need to take medically proven supplements to kill it and follow the diet if you want to get it under control.
Below are links to the candida diet Good Foods and Bad Foods lists followed by the basic do's and don'ts. After that list is a link to some Candida Diet Recipes and some suggestions on what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Below that are a couple of links to some very good cookbooks.
Candida Diet Breakfast Ideas
Good candida yeast diet foods for
breakfast are eggs, cooked any style, with bacon on occasion, ham,
steak, or chicken (not breaded). Grapefruit and vegetable juices are
good, especially fresh carrot juice with a clove of garlic. A person
could get tired of eating eggs, I must admit, on the yeast diet so just
treat breakfast as any other meal. Have chicken salad, raw nuts, or
yogurt. Just use a little imagination or skip breakfast entirely.
Candida Diet Lunch Ideas
For lunch, have chicken salad or chicken, fish, or beef patties with a vegetable basted in butter. Don't worry about fats on the anti-yeast diet since you need them for energy production for the body. That is how the body was originally designed to get its energy from. The body was never designed to use sugar from processed grains for fuel, and this is what makes most people fat, as well as feeding candida and other yeasts.
Candida Diet Dinner Ideas
about anything goes on the candida diet for dinner, as long as it is an
allowed food. Beef, fish, poultry, wild game, and pork occasionally are
all ok as the main dish. Raw or lightly steamed vegetables are the
best, not over done, but still crisp so you don't kill all the available
enzymes in these foods. Herbal teas or water are ok to drink.
I have further expanded upon diet and its affects upon the immune system as it relates to treating yeast infections and illness here. This is definitely a large factor in the cause of this condition along with many others.
People always ask me where can I get a candida diet cookbook?
They also tell me they're starving to death and don't know what to eat.
The diet is so boring, how did you do it for so long, can I have this or
that, and so on. I own and recommend these two cookbooks below.
The recipes are mostly candida yeast diet compliant. There are a few that aren't but then my diet is different from most candida yeast diets as well. So just pick and choose keeping the simple carb and sugar content low. There are also more recipes here.
Here are quite a few Candida Diet testimonials if you care to read them.
Have any questions about candida diet, the yeast infection diet, or about yeast infections in general? Just fill out the form on the contact page.
1. Meyer SA, Ahearn DG, Yarrow DG, published in Elsevier Science Publ. in 1984.
2. Braz J Microbiol. 2011 Jul-Sep; 42(3): 1093–1100. Introduction; Paragraph 2, first sentence: "Biotin is required by a variety of yeasts, fungi and bacteria, not only for growth but also for metabolite production".
3. A Watson in 1976, J. Bacteriol; M Lopez and C Silva in 1984, Z. Allg.
Mikrobiol 24; V. Uden and H. Buckley in 1970, The Yeasts; Lemos-Carolino
and Madeira-Lopes in 1984, Sabouraudia 22.
4. Iralu, Appl. Microbial 22, 1971 and CE Webster, FC Odds J. Med. Vet. Mycol. 25, 1987.
5. Tissue invasiveness and non-acidic pH in human candidiasis correlate with “in vivo” expression by Candida albicans of the carbohydrate epitope recognised by new monoclonal antibody 1H4. J Clin Pathol. Jun 2004; 57(6): 598–603.
6. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. Jul 2004; 48(7): 2350–2354.
7. Clin Exp Immunol. 1986 Feb;63(2):478-84. Neutrophil phagocytosis and killing in insulin-dependent diabetes. Wilson RM, Reeves WG.
8. Arch Intern Med. 1989 Apr;149(4):962-4. Candidal sinusitis and diabetic ketoacidosis. A brief report. Dooley DP1, McAllister CK.
9. Am J Med Sci. 1990 Jun;299(6):379-85. Effect of prolonged modified fasting in obese persons on in vitro markers of immunity: lymphocyte function and serum effects on normal neutrophils. McMurray RW1, Bradsher RW, Steele RW, Pilkington NS.
10. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1994 May;38(5):963-8.Influence of diet on experimental toxicity of amphotericin B deoxycholate. Chavanet P1, Joly V, Rigaud D, Bolard J, Carbon C, Yeni P.
11. Growth and Respiration Characteristics of Candida albicans. S. Anand, R. Prasad
12. Importance of some factors on the dimorphism of Candida albicans. Vidotto V1, Picerno G, Caramello S, Paniate G. Mycopathologia. 1988 Dec;104(3):129-35.
13. Effect of xylitol on the growth of three oral strains of candida albicans. J. Dent. Res. 54, 1239, 1975
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