Table of ContentsDoes The Candida Diet Really Work? | Candida Requirements for Growth | Candida Diet Food Lists | Candida Diet Questions | Candida Diet Testimonials
Written by Dan Jackowiak Nc, HHP and Dr. Atmika Paudel, PhD
The Candida diet is a low-sugar, low carbohydrate, anti-inflammatory diet that promotes gut health and immune function while eliminating the sugars that fuel Candida overgrowth. Meats, fish, non-starchy vegetables, non-glutinous low carbohydrate grains, nuts and seeds, low-sugar fruits, some dairy products, and some fermented foods are all part of the diet.
The correlation of diet
and Candida growth inside the human gut has been an issue of research
ever since microbiome research has been on the rise. Scientists know that sugar and carbohydrates feed Candida yeasts and by limiting their intake through diet, treatment outcomes are improved.
U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention has never developed a diet for Candida yeast infections. This is why
there are so many different yeast diets and ideas on how to treat Candida yeast on the Internet. As evidenced by the studies below, diet definitely helps when treating yeast infections.
A clinical study that was performed by S Otašević et. al and published at the National Library of Medicine in 2018 found that diet definitely had an influence on treatment success. 120 participants that all tested positive for intestinal Candida took part in the study. 80 of them followed the Candida diet while 40 of them did not. All were given the prescription anti-fungal Nystatin. The participants were stool tested at 10 days and at 90 days. There was no significant difference at 10 days but at 90 days those following the diet had an 85% cure rate. Those that did not follow the diet only achieved a success rate of 42.5%.
Another study that was performed by M. Jeziorek et. al was published at the N M. Jeziorek et. al was published at the National Library of Medicine in 2019 took a look at dietary effects on intestinal Candida presence. It was found that the participants who consumed high amounts of wheat products generally had Candida present in their intestines. Those that substituted low carb foods such as cheese in place of wheat products did not have Candida present.
In 2017 a study was performed by
A. Man et. al and was published at the National
Library of Medicine looked at the nutritional
factors influencing the growth rate of Candida albicans in diabetics. It was found that glucose concentration in the body is directly related to the presence of C. albicans. The higher the glucose levels, the more likely you are to have recurrent infections.
Another study that was published in Frontiers of Microbiology in 2015 suggests
refined sugars and lactose-rich dairy products may promote yeast growth by lowering pH levels in the digestive tract.
The study these authors quote was originally published in 2014
on Springer Link.
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 generally agree with this statement, and our Candida diet minimizes carbs and sugars to certain foods that are required to maintain immune function.
Dr. Atmika Paudel, PhD says...
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 a 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 by simply controlling our diet, all we need to follow is the right kind of diet.
It is a medically recognized fact that Candida yeast species all assimilate and ferment glucose as a carbon source for growth. So obviously you need to limit sugar and simple carbohydrates while following the Candida diet.
Vitamins Needed for Growth
Candida ablicans, Candida tropicalis and Candida parapsilosis need biotin to grow.
Candida albicans also likes thiamine, pantothenate, nicotinic acid, p-aminobenzoic acid and vitamin b12.
Candida glabrata needs niacin and pyridoxine, Candida kefyr needs biotin
and niacin pantothenate, and Candida krusei doesn't need any vitamins
The biotin requirement was confirmed by medical scientists Meyer SA, Ahearn DG, Yarrow DG in 1984 and re-confirmed in 2011 by Gaby Tiemi Suzuki, Juliana Alves Macedo, and Gabriela Alves Macedo and published in the Brazilian Journal of Microbiology. Knowing this, suggesting biotin as a way to control Candida except in very rare cases is giving you bad information.
Dr. Shalaka Samant has written a very good article on biotin's role in candida yeast infections that you can read here.
However, a study performed in 1988 by Vidotto V, Picerno G, Caramello S, Paniate G. with the National
Ciudad University in Peru, and published in Mycopathologia in Dec 1998 , 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
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, et al in a study done in 2004 and subsequently published at National Library of Medicine.
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 that 98.6°F is the optimum temperature for Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis.
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. As a matter of fact, as S. Anand and R. Prasad found, under aerobic conditions candida yeast doubles its population in 2 hours.
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.
Numerous publications also report that given the right conditions, C. albicans, C. tropicalis, and C. glabrata can double their population in an hour. Part of that doubling equation can be credited to an abundant food supply.
Should You Eliminate All Carbohydrates?
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 high carbohydrate 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.(National Library of Medicine - Clin Exp Immunol . 1986)(National Library of Internal Medicine – Arch Intern Med . 1989)
According to this study that was published in The
American Journal of the Medical Sciences in 1990, fasting does not work either. 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 neutral sugar substitutes like Stevia, which is actually an herb.
A Few Candida Diet Conclusions
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.
It is also not a good idea to not eat any carbohydrates. Doing so suppresses your immune function which you need to help you get this under control. We suggest 50 to 60 grams a day but they must come from the right sources to avoid blood sugar spikes.
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 moderate to severe 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.
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 mice intestine. 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.(1)
In another study by Hoffmann et al., colonization of Candida
was prevalent in people consuming diets rich in carbohydrates, while
Candida colonization was reduced in the diets rich in amino acids,
proteins and fatty acids.(2)
Therefore, keeping a balanced 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.
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.
The Basic Candida Diet Do's and Don'ts
Expanded List of Candida Yeast Diet Good Foods
Expanded List of Candida Diet Foods to Avoid
Candida Diet Vegetable Recipes
Vegetarian Candida Diet, Food Lists & Benefits & Risks
Commonly Asked Candida Diet Questions About Foods
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