Candida Cleanse

Candida Diet Guidelines

Anti Candida Diet


A candida cleanse begins with the elimination of all sugar and starches from your diet.

Candida feeds on sugar, proliferates and creates more and more cravings. Cut off the food supply and begin to introduce anti-fungal options slowly and consistently rotating every few weeks.

There is a specific list of foods you must eliminate from your diet temporarily until you are balanced. Some sites will differ with food recommendations and I believe mine is the most severe. However, it works and it works efficiently.

Food to Avoid

  • Sugar and Flour in all forms
  • Mushrooms
  • Starchy Vegetables
  • Peas & Corn
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee & Black Tea
  • You will be allowed herbal teas
  • Vinegars
  • other than Braggs raw apple cider vinegar which is helpful to digestion and the candida cleanse
  • Dairy
  • This includes all milk, cheeses, creams, yogurt and butter....we'll add yogurt in 2-3 weeks
  • Yeast
  • other than nutritional yeast
  • Fermented Foods
  • homemade raw kimchi and saurkraut are acceptable
  • Peanuts, Pistachios, Cashews
  • you will be allowed some nuts in moderation
  • Potatoes, Pasta, Breads, Beans and Grains

You are following the restricted portion of Phase I

While the above restrictions seem severe, this is the beginning of your candida cleanse and can last from 2 weeks to 6 months if practiced with diligence. Let's face it, life happens and should you slip, all is not lost just return to your plan with the very next meal

We'll add some of these foods back as you begin to gain more energy and feel like your flora is back in control.

Acceptable Candida Diet Guidelines Food Options

  • Animal Proteins
  • Beef, Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Wild Game
  • All Vegetables
  • Other than starchy as listed above
  • Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Ghee
  • Ghee is an acceptable fat for anyone who cannot tolerate dairy and enjoys butter
  • Almonds, Macadamia, Brazil Nuts & said Nut Butters
  • A very small amount combined with coconut milk for smoothies or to munch as a snack
  • Raw Seeds, Sesame, Pumpkin and Sunflower
  • Herbs and spices that do not contain sugars


  • Water with Lemon
  • Lemon is the only acceptable fruit for the first 2 weeks
  • Almond Milk
  • Herbal Teas Iced and Hot


Other pages will restrict xylitol as it is a sugar alcohol. However, xylitol is also an anti-bacterial so I allow it in moderation

The following foods are encouraged in abundance and are natural candida cleanse foods

Supplements for Starvation

Starvation of the yeast that is! The following anti-fungals will assist you in eradicating this yeast as quickly as possible so you don't have to live on such a restrictive diet for too long. You won't be starving as long as you consume adequate amounts of fat and animal protein on your candida cleanse.

  • Probiotics
  • You want heavy hitters for this one. Don't mess around with a wimpy probiotic!
  • Coconut Oil
  • This anti-viral, anti-fungal will not only assist in candida cleanse but will assist in repairing the gut in preparation for the uptake of nutrients. You've more than likely got a bit of dysbiosis that the coconut oil can help correct.

    Begin with 1 tbs. of coconut oil and probiotics and your Phase I diet. In 3 days, begin to add an additional 1-2 tsp. of coconut oil every 2-3 days until you have reached a maximum of 3 tbs. daily. Add the coconut oil to your cooking, put a spoonful in your hot tea or blend in a smoothie.

    The following anti-fungals should be rotated every week. Begin with one, use for one week and alternate again, rotating to keep the candida guessing

  • Pau D'arco
  • This is a strong anti fungal remedy. Use caution and introduce slowly. You can make tea or just take the capsules

  • Oil of Oregano
  • A natural anti-fungal herb that is found in tincture form

  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Grapefruit seed extract is being used successfully in humans and animals alike to eliminate many types of internal and external infections caused from many types of parasites (single and multi-celled), viruses, bacteria's, fungus and more! This is an incredibly bitter substance so be prepared.

  • Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 (non-flushing)has shown successful yeast die off with doses betweeen 100-500mg. daily. In my practice, 500mg has proven beneficial for the relief of vaginal yeast infections.
  • Last but not least, something I have used successfully with my clients is that of Colloidal Silver. While many claim it an unsafe substance, I have a variety of clinicians that utilize a high quality silver temporarily with great success. It's controversial and that is only because the FDA cannot regulate it. The EPA states that up to 15 tsp. of silver daily is a safe amount for internal use.

    When my clients utilize silver they can feel the effects immediately of what we call "die off".


    Die Off also known as Herxheimer Reaction

    The die off process as mentioned in one of the other pages can be a roller coaster of emotion. Now is the time to take gentle care of yourself. Drink plenty of lemon water, relax, take an afternoon nap and try to get into a sauna for detoxification.

    You might feel like you have been hit by a truck and then came down with the flu all at the same time.

    An interesting concept of the die off process is what we refer to as the Herxheimer reaction where as the body will remind you of old surgeries, injuries and wounds. You may have broken your ankle or had a back surgery and the Herxheimer reaction might just cause achiness in those areas. Don't be alarmed, it is a natural healing process and the body has a great capacity to do this with correct assistance.

    The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.

    The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment in question; in fact, usually just the opposite.

    Keep your fat very high on this plan and your bowel movements will happen with great ease. Higher fat and plenty of good probiotics will keep your bowels moving daily.

    A ratio of approximately 65% fat, 20% Protein and 15% carbohydrate will work very well for this phase of your life and even beyond.

    I wish you much success and more than anything, I wish you health and wellness with your candida cleanse. Don't hesitate to contact me should you have a question.

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