Dr. Vibhuti Rana, PhD says... The information provided below about the Candida diet plan is medically correct.
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. Which is true, you will feel better but if you are a woman that suffers from chronic vaginal yeast infections, you KNOW that this problem exists!
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 and ideas on how to treat candida yeast on the Internet.
However, it only makes sense that we look at the existing research on what yeasts eat, and what they need to grow, to develop a candida yeast diet that actually helps you get it back into balance.
I do 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.
Dr. Atmika Paudel, PhD says...
As pointed in the article above, there are many clinical manifestations due to yeast infections. As Candida normally resides inside our gastrointestinal tract, an imbalance in our daily diet might be an opportunity for Candida to proliferate and cause diseases. Apart from the several clinical manifestations mentioned above, other clinical conditions have also been diagnosed such as urogenital candidiasis, Candida balanitis, mucocutaneous candidiasis, intertrigo, systemic candidiasis etc. (1)
With the advancement in science and technology, and awareness among people regarding infectious diseases, infections including candidiasis have been diagnosed and studies have focused on ways to treat such infections utilizing wide variety of interventions. As Candida is becoming a chronic problem worldwide, so are ways to treat and restrict them. The correlation of diet and candidiasis gives us a hope that we can fight against them naturally simply controlling our diet, all we need to know is the right kind of diet.
common candida species all assimilate and ferment glucose as a carbon source. The carbohydrate xylitol, however, suppresses its growth (1).
As medical scientists Meyer SA, Ahearn DG, Yarrow DG made an interesting finding in 1984. This was verified in 2011 by Gaby Tiemi Suzuki, Juliana Alves Macedo, and Gabriela Alves Macedo and published in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. Most of the Candida species require biotin for growth, although Candida krusei does not require any vitamins to grow. Knowing this, suggesting biotin as a way to control Candida except in very rare cases is giving you bad information.(2,3)
As a matter of fact, a study performed in 1988 by Vidotto V, Picerno G, Caramello S, Paniate G. with the Ciudad University in Peru, and published in Mycopathologia in Dec 1998;104(3):129-35, found that biotin, amino acids 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 concentration.(13)
Ph and Candida
All species of Candida can survive comfortably in a pH range of 2.5 to 8.0. The body maintains blood pH at 7.365, and the stomach has pH around 1.0 to 3.0. So Candida cannot survive in the stomach unless you suffer from a lack of stomach acid. The small intestine will run between pH 6 to 6.5, and the colon runs from pH 5.5 to 7.0. The body will do everything in its power to maintain the proper blood pH, so much that it is just about impossible to get the pH 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 "Amalgam Illness," suggests that increased alkalinity actually promotes yeast overgrowth. If we look at the average vaginal pH of 3.8 to 4.5, in addition to what’s available on WebMD, a vaginal pH over 4.5 promotes bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, atrophic vaginitis and vaginal yeast infections. Thus, 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 and published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology in Jun 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. While meat is acidic, the vegetables buffer that acidity and the meal will basically end up neutral.
Temperature Range & Oxygen Requirements for Growth
Candida grows in a temperature range of 68°F to 98.6°F. The body's normal temperature is 98.6°F 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 98.6°F is the optimum temperature for Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis.(4)
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.(5)(12)
a matter of fact, as S Anand and R. Prasad found, under aerobic conditions candida yeast doubles its
population in 2 hours. Under anaerobic conditions, it takes 20 hours to
double its population.(7)(12) However, as Microbiologists Raluca Dumitru, Jacob M. Hornby, Kenneth W. Nickerson from the American Society of Microbiology found that growth under anaerobic conditions resulted in enhanced resistance to antifungal medications.(7)
Numerous publications also report that given the right conditions, C. albicans, C. tropicalis, and C. glabrata can double their population in an hour. I understand that a part of that doubling equation can be credited to an abundant food supply.
A Few Candida Diet Conclussions
Taking into account all of the above facts that we now 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 supplements.
We know that Candida 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, end up inhibiting the neutrophil mediated immune response against Candida (8, 9, 10). Fasting does not work either.(10) The immune system requires some carbs to function correctly so don't cut off all carbs.
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.
Will the Candida Diet Cure Your Yeast Infection?
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 overgrowth. But that doesn't mean you would not want to follow the diet. If you are doing so, you are encouraging the yeast by giving it all that’s needed for maximizing its population with a doubling time of an 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.
Dr. Atmika Paudel, PhD says...
Candida is a part of normal flora in the human gastrointestinal tract. As it resides mainly in the GI tract, it has a direct relation with what we eat. In fact, the correlation of diet with colonization of Candida inside the gut has been scientifically recognized. In a study conducted by Gunsalus et al., it was found that diet directly affected the colonization of Candida in mouse gut (1). They found that when mice were fed coconut oil, not only the Candida was less able to colonize, but also the preexisting colonization was reduced. In another study by Hoffmann et al., colonization of Candida was prevalent in people consuming diets rich in carbohydrates, while Candida colonization reduced in the diets rich in amino acids, proteins and fatty acids (2).
Therefore, keeping a balance on diet and consuming appropriate diets that do not promote Candida proliferation in the gut and restrict their growth would be a great choice to get rid of the bug naturally.
Candida Diet Breakfast Ideas
Good Candida yeast diet foods for breakfast are eggs, cooked any style, occasionally with bacon, 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. If you don't normally eat breakfast you can skip it 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, along with feeding Candida and other yeasts.
Candida Diet Dinner Ideas
Just about anything goes on the Candida diet for dinner, as long as it is an allowed food. Beef, fish, poultry, wild game, and occasionally pork 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. Along with many others, this is definitely a large factor in the cause of this condition.
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.
While some people have still not accepted the concept of “yeast diet” till date, numerous reports prove otherwise. The book “The Yeast Connection”, first published in 1983 by William G. Crook, MD, listed several versions of “Candida Diet”.(1) Candida requires nutrients to grow and multiply successfully. In an article published in Food, Culture, and Society, Alissa Overend discussed the effect of food changes in 24 people living with the infection. She concluded that the Candida diet can provide productive possibilities in the regulation and maintenance of an illness not fully identified by medicinal science.(2)
It is the best alternative to taking drugs, i.e., a non drug approach for treatment of Candida infections. The diet plan starves the excess Candida from the host system by mainly restricting the intake of sugar sources. This, in turn, helps the gut microbiota to replenish by overpowering the bad bacteria.
Furthermore, a study conducted in mice models to check the reduction in colonization of gut C. albicans was conducted by Gunsalus et. al in 2015. It reported that coconut oil could become the first dietary intervention to reduce C. albicans GI colonization.(3) Similarly, many other alternatives to grains and sugar are available for the convenience of the diet-followers.
2. Alissa Overend (2013) Candida, Food Discipline and the Dietary Taming of Uncertainty, Food, Culture & Society, 16:1, 145-160, DOI: 10.2752/175174413X13500468045560.
3. Kearney T. W. Gunsalus, Stephanie N. Tornberg-Belanger, Nirupa R. Matthan, Alice H. Lichtenstein, Carol A. Kumamoto. Manipulation of Host Diet To Reduce Gastrointestinal Colonization by the Opportunistic Pathogen Candida albicans. mSphere Nov 2015, 1 (1) e00020-15; DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00020-15
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I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for about 20 years I am now 47. I have been following your anti yeast diet for 7 weeks, except I have been using spelt bread and I haven't completely given up caffeine. I started out with a Maximum Living chiropractor (they practice different than most chiropractors) He also put me on a regimen in the morning or 3 hours before you eat. The remedy consist of paleo green drink, Vit A,E,D, Flaxseed and Udo's choice probiotic. I have been off all medications for 7 weeks (the first few weeks were rough)
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Candida infection is 90% cured. I also forgot my headache which I had every Saturday. I learned a lot about the healthy nutrition and I have the feeling that I leave in different world.
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I followed your diet and now this candida thing is over. I did all the medical tests, including those to search for all types of candida and it's over :)
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Here are more Candida Diet testimonials if you care to read them.
1. Effect of xylitol on the growth of three oral strains of candida albicans. J. Dent. Res. 54, 1239, 1975
2. Meyer SA, Ahearn DG, Yarrow DG, published in Elsevier Science Publ. in 1984.
3 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. 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.
5. Iralu, Appl. Microbial 22, 1971 and CE Webster, FC Odds J. Med. Vet. Mycol. 25, 1987.
6. 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.
7. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. Jul 2004; 48(7): 2350–2354.doi: 10.1128/AAC.48.7.2350-2354.2004
8. Clin Exp Immunol. 1986 Feb;63(2):478-84. Neutrophil phagocytosis and killing in insulin-dependent diabetes. Wilson RM, Reeves WG.
9. Arch Intern Med. 1989 Apr;149(4):962-4. Candidal sinusitis and diabetic ketoacidosis. A brief report. Dooley DP1, McAllister CK.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Growth and Respiration Characteristics of Candida albicans. S. Anand, R. Prasad
13. 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.
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