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Commonly Asked Candida Diet Questions

Updated 7/30/2021

Written by Dan Jackowiak Nc, HHP


This page has been set up to address some of the Candida diet questions that we have been asked over the years. It is also a work in progress with constant updates added all the time as we get the pages written up. So if you have a question, please feel free to use the form at the bottom of this page and we will get back to as soon as possible.


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A Brief Review of What Candida Yeast Needs to Grow

  • Candida yeast needs various vitamins and minerals for growth. Such as biotin, zinc, various B vitamins, and most importantly sugar.
  • All species of Candida can survive comfortably in a pH range of 2.5 to 8.0 so an alkaline diet is not going to help.

  • An acidic diet is not going to help either because a ph of 2.5 is so low your body will compensate by stealing minerals from your bones to offset the acidity.

  • You are better off eating a diet that is more neutral ph so you can maintain good health.

  • Candida yeast 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.
  • 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.
  • We know that Candida uses glucose (sugar and fructose) as a carbon source for growth; so an effective Candida diet must limit sugar from all sources.
  • 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. So shutting down your immune system by eliminating all carbs is not a good idea!


In addition to the questions below, here are overall pages on the Candida Diet.

Candida Diet Good Foods

Candida Diet Bad Foods


Candida Diet Questions

Questions About Dairy Foods

Are dairy foods allowed on the candida diet?  Is Cheese Ok on The Candida Diet?

Is Goat Cheese Ok on The Candida Diet?


Questions About Grains & Seeds

Facts About Wheat and Roundup.              What You Need to Know About Grains.

Is Corn Allowed on The Candida diet?         Are Oats ok on The Candida diet?

Is Buckwheat Ok on The Candida Diet?      Is Brown Rice Ok on The Candida Diet?

Is Quinoa Ok on The Candida Diet?           Almonds, Almond Flour & Milk on The Diet

Are Walnuts Ok on The Candida Diet?        Is Amaranth Ok on The Candida Diet?

Are Cashews Ok on The Candida Diet?


Questions About Legumes

Are Peas Ok on The Candida diet?             Are Beans Ok on The Candida Diet?

Are Chickpeas Ok on The Candida Diet?     Is Tempeh Ok on The Candida Diet?


Questions About Drinks

Is Coconut Milk Ok on The Candida Diet?     Is Coffee Ok on The Candida Diet?

Is Kombucha Ok on The Candida Diet?


Questions About Fruits

Is Papaya Ok on The Candida Diet?             Are Bananas Ok on The Candida Diet?

Are Apples Ok on The Candida Diet?            Is Jackfruit Ok on The Candida Diet?

Are Oranges Ok on The Candida Diet?        Are Blueberries Ok on The Candida Diet

Is Grapefruit Ok on The Candida Diet?          Are Strawberries Ok on The Candida Diet?

Are Lemons Ok on The Candida Diet?


Treats

Is Carob Ok on The Candida Diet?                Is Popcorn Ok on The Candida Diet?


Miscellaneous

Is Sauerkraut Ok on The Candida Diet?       Are Carrots Ok on The Candida Diet?

Is Agave Nectar Ok on The Candida Diet?     Is Pesto Ok on The Candida Diet?

Is Brewer's Yeast Ok on The Candida Diet?


More coming soon!

Candida Diet Recipes

I thought these recipes would be helpful.

Candida Diet Vegetable Recipes                  Candida Diet Chicken Recipes

Candida Diet Beef Recipes                          Candida Diet Fish Recipes

Candida Diet Desert Recipes


Have Any Questions About The Candida Diet?

Do you have any questions about the Candida diet or yeast infections in general? Ask your question here or contact us using the contact page of this website. It is also always a good idea to talk to your doctor as well.


Questions From Other Visitors

Click below to see questions from other visitors to this page...

Colonoscopy and Candida Diet 
I have to have an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Will the prep mess up my diet? And how do I replenish after procedure? I am staying away from the sugar and …

Will stool test show if I have the fat-feeding candida? 
I've been doing the carnivore diet for about 2 weeks. Is that long enough for the candida to turn into the more dangerous fat-feeding form? Would stool …

Stool testing when changing diet? 
Hi Dan, I got a stool microbiome test kit, but I just started binge eating again and ruined my 3 month streak of eating a regular diet. Will eating …

How long does it take Candida to begin feeding off of Ketones and/or Fat? 
I only just started this diet, so I'm still adjusting things. But, I'm having a hard time getting much carbs, I can only seem to manage 30-45g per day. …

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A Few Candida Diet Testimonials

Hi Dan,

I just wanted to thank you SO much for all your hard work in helping others work through what, for me, has been debilitating health issues connected to candida. I am 63 years old and have been dealing with this for well over 15 years. And even though I go to a "Wholistic" doctor, I still feel I am on my own.

Four years ago, a stool test I had done showed systemic candida and yet the nurse practitioner I was seeing failed to mention it! Then, when I went back to another nurse-practitioner a few months ago, she saw the test results but only offered a prescription for Nystatin and sent me on my way. I was taking it along with the protocol you recommended until I went to renew it on Friday and she changed it to Fluconazole without talking to me about it. And I will not take that.

I became a vegetarian 15 years ago because I was having so many health issues, not knowing of course, that I was making my symptoms worse. Then after visiting our son for a month last year he introduced me to the Paleo Diet he was following. While I was there, and for a month afterwards, while following the diet, I felt so much better.

Then the candida discovery, then coming across your Website, then beginning the candida diet and protocol you recommended....AMAZING!!!!!!!! I know I have a long way to go. But I have lost 20 pounds, am nearly symptom free (except for days I eat poorly), and I feel fantastic! Dan, I know you know this, or I believe, you would not be doing what you are doing.

It is SUCH A RELIEF to have the support I need to be in control of my health and feel I am doing the right thing (even though my family, especially my PA daughter-in-law and my Nurse daughter-in-law, worry that I should be under a doctor's care. *RIGHT!  *The key word here being "care."

Sorry, I'm rambling now. Again, I can't thank you enough for your "care."

Kind Regards,
Linda

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Hi Dan,
 
I just wanted to give you some more feedback regarding adhering to the diet on your website.
 
A couple of weeks ago I went to have my annual routine checkups with my doctors. I go to a cardiologist, an internist, and a doctor of Oriental medicine.  Because I have been on a strict disciple of your website and diet, my doctors said I am now the "poster child for perfect blood work." I have fallen out of the danger zone for several of the categories.  I have also now lost 96 pounds.  This has been the easiest diet I have ever been on.  I have no more nasty food cravings for carbs.

Thank you so much for introducing me to this diet.
 
Rose Rajkovic

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Dan,

Thank you for the series. Even though I think of myself as pretty well educated about health and nutrition I have learned a lot from your newsletters and other research I have done in the last month. I really looked forward to getting the newsletters everyday. I've lost 17 pounds and all of the symptoms I had a month ago are gone. My blood pressure is the lowest it has been in years. I am getting bloodwork this week and will know more about my cholesterol, etc. after that.

I can look at the junk that most people eat now and realize what it will do to my body and how it will make me feel and I am able to resist. I've added foods I never thought of eating-buffalo and pumpkin seeds and have come up with combinations that I would have never thought of. I also am realizing that I don't need bread, potatoes, pasta or chips to eat the foods I really love like humus, pico and guacamole. I'm making my own sauces and dressings out of plain yogurt, vegetables and spices. I saw a dramatic example of what food can do to your body when my friend went into anaphylaxis last night during dinner. She was rushed to the ER by ambulance within 30 minutes of eating. It was very scary.

I plan to order the cookbook since eating is getting a little boring and I would like to get a little more pleasure from it than I do now.

Manuela

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Hi Dan,

I'm definitely a believer! Today was one month for me on the diet, I feel amazing! Tomorrow I start day 6 on the ultimate cleanse and in a few days I'll start cleansing myself from mercury. I haven't felt this good for years, I was actually almost in a non functioning state. I was missing a lot of work I had zero energy and no motivation. I could not get out of bed, I felt like I had no blood in my veins. I was so discouraged, I felt like death warmed over me and I couldn't get any answers from doctors. I'm so grateful that I found your site and for all the information I've been learning. I also wanted to let you know that my skin is feeling more hydrated since I stopped taking the evening primrose oil. Thank you for sharing your story and helping thousands of people.

Lisa

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Hi Dan!

I have to tell you that this is the easiest diet ever! After 35 years of yo yo dieting and finding the most success with the Atkins diet I have now found the answer to breaking the cycle. With Atkins I always hit a brick wall at about 25lbs. lost not knowing that the foods I was eating such as hard cheese and vinegar and pickles we adding to my problem. Knowing what these and all the carb foods do to my digestive systems makes it a 'piece of cake'(sorry about that) to stay with this and eat healthy. I eat so many vegetables now, chicken, fish and organic egg omellettes. In the last two weeks I have lost just over 10 lbs and have 30 to go.

Mary Lou

*****

Hi Dan,

I've been struggling with (what I've self diagnosed as) systemic candida for likely over 15 years (since I got Mono my freshman year in high school). After years and years of self research I've recently dedicated myself to a changed lifestyle. I've been on the candida diet for just over 3 weeks now and can see that my body already has started reacting to the lifestyle change. I'm taking things slow and eager to learn more about what I can do to properly care for my body as I continue my journey. I signed up for your newsletter about a week or so ago and just wanted to thank you for sharing your knowledge. I really enjoy the newsletters and the influx of new information. I've found several (much more than less) resources that seem to see their profit to share information as more valuable than actually helping those out there that struggle with candida. I'm so glad to have found that you're a resource that cares more to help than to profit and sincerely appreciate that your informative newsletters are free. Many thanks!

Be well,
Nancy

*****

Hi Dan

I have given up all grains and really limited my sugar for 9 months now.  I have Osteoporosis and haven't had that checked but I can tell you my joints don't hurt any more and I feel great.  Allergies are almost all gone.

I went to a naturopathic doctor and she did a lot of tests and found out I had not only the Candida, but two other bacteria's in my gut that was helping the Candida grow.   I was put on Enzymes and ProEnt2 and it has cleared up so much of my Candida and other gut problems I am amazed.  My daughter and son-in-law are gluten free and can't believe the difference in their joints and allergies.  I am 75 and still riding my horse 3-4 times a week and taking care of my farm with 11 head of horses.  Keep up the good work Dan I love the letters and info.

Barb

*****

Hi Dan,

You and your website and newsletters have helped me in many ways but mainly it was your strong urging for me to start eating red meat that has helped me best in my journey to better health. I eat it most days now- grass fed bison and beef. Your information on hormones helped me also. I've decided, even though I was in denial about it, that I'm estrogen dominant. Thus the persistent food allergies. Another contributor to my bad allergies is my adrenal fatigue. I feel the high estrogen level is a contributor to the adrenal fatigue and thus these darn food allergies. I'm getting better and the step into paleo has also helped along with expelling of all the microbe parasites that have been living in my guts. I've read all of your newsletters and each one has helped in one way or the other on this 4 month journey in healing. I will continue to get better now that I have more tools. I won't give up.

Thanks again for all your personal attention and your wonderfully researched newsletters.

Layna

*****

Hi Dan,

It's been six months without a yeast infection. More than that, this month I only had one migraine attack, comparing to five a week as I used to. A day like today, my diet has been 80% greens, most of it raw, either in juice or cold soup. My boyfriend swears he would have never believed it if he was told a year ago.

I stick to your diet, although occasionally I drink a scotch or two, about once a month. I have added fresh fruit to my diet and my only grains are oat and spelt. No processed food, no cow milk, and no added sugar. I check carefully the ingredients label of anything I buy looking for any vinegar, cornstarch, or any weird thing. I buy mostly organic -my shopping costs have gone sky high but it's all worth it.

I hope everything is going well for you. Wish everybody knew about this diet. There are so many hopeless women out there with yeast infections. I cross my fingers to never have it back.

Best,

Mercedes


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