An anti-Candida diet is the most effective treatment and will provide long lasting results for many people. The main point to this diet is to avoid sugars in its many forms: all junk food, all refined sugars and natural sugars such as honey, molasses and maple syrup, all fruit and fruit juices, and a reduced intake of carbohydrates, especially leavened breads. It is also important to rotate foods; eating the same food every day can create more cravings for foods that may be a problem.
Sugar is the primary food for yeast and fungus. If you can cut out sugars for 3 days, their ‘spell’ will be broken and you will have fewer cravings. Avoid white-starch foods, like white bread, cakes, cookies, white pasta, white rice, potatoes without their skins, and all refined flours, as they convert to sugar very easily in the body. Whole-grain four and whole grains may be eaten with caution. Quinoa is a very nice grain that is high in protein. Any breads or muffins should be made with baking powder or baking soda as a leavening agent.
Vegetables also can convert to sugar quite easily.Checking the glycemic index of a vegetable will allow you to see how much sugar it can make. Include as many vegetables in your diet as possible. Beneficial vegetables include: asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green peppers, dark leafy greens: spinach, mustard greens, collard, kale, beets greens, romaine lettuce and arugala; garlic, onions, radish, string beans, tomatoes, turnips and okra.
For more information read the glycemic index.
Dairy products are best completely avoided, but some sugar free yoghurt, buttermilk and butter are acceptable. Cheeses that contain mould are to be avoided. If consuming yogurt one should read the label to make sure it contains friendly probiotic bacteria.
Alcoholic beverages must be excluded, as not only are they made with yeast, and contain high amounts of sugars, but the alcohol is converted to more sugar in the body. Other fermented beverages such as cider and root beer should also be avoided.
Avoid foods made with a fungus or a fermentation process such as vinegar and foods that contain it: sauerkraut, green olives, pickled vegetables, and relishes; fermented soy products, and of course mushrooms.
As this diet can be quite stringent, it is important to avoid stressful situations and promote healthy eating habits.
Medication use that contributes to infection should be avoided. Oral steroid medication can be replaced with herbal anti-inflammatories such as Curcuma or omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil. Hormonal agents such as birth control pills may be harder to replace. It is advised to work with a complementary alternative practitioner to find an adequate replacement. Supporting the immune system with nutrition and reducing the toxic load from the Candida will naturally reduce the need for antibiotics.