Candida infection is a growing health problem and has increased significantly over the past 20 years. People with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to Candida overgrowth. (1)
Candidiasis is an even more severe form where Candida has infected the bloodstream. It's critical to recognize and engage in Candida treatment before the overgrowth gets to such a serious point. That, combined with the fact that Candida has grown resistant to treatment with drugs, may make someone with Candida wonder, “How do I get rid of Candida naturally?”
Candida can be a stubborn fungal infection, but that doesn’t mean we can’t treat it and regain our health. Taking diligent action with Candida support will help you reestablish your gut health as well as any other body system that has been negatively affected by Candida.
Step 1: Stop Feeding the Candida
A fire cannot spread or even maintain its heat without fuel. Remove the fuel, and the fire will naturally die down.
Here's a quick snapshot of food categories to avoid as part of this process:
- Grains and starches
As revealed in 8 Signs you Have A Candida Infection, Candida absolutely loves sugar. If you are familiar with how bread is made, you know that adding sugar is a must for the yeast to eat and grow; otherwise, your bread will not rise at all. Candida yeast is no different. If it senses sugar, it thinks it is time to grow and multiply. (2)
Be honest with yourself, and examine your eating habits. Eliminate all simple sugars. If you’ve been suffering from Candida for a long time, it is also wise to avoid fruit during a Candida cleanse. Fruit can be a valuable source of nutrients. But in the beginning, we are extinguishing the fire, not rebuilding the house.
Fruit has a high sugar content, so avoiding it until you’ve gotten control over the Candida is best. Doing this will help starve the Candida while giving your gut microbiome the advantage to take back territory it lost to the Candida over time.
Avoid grains and starchy foods like potatoes. These are too quickly digested and can act like sugar in the body and to the Candida. Also avoid beans, soy, and legumes. These can be gut-irritating foods, and we do not want to add any extra stress to the digestive tract.
Remove or severely limit dairy products. Dairy is still a source of easy sugar fuel for Candida. A cup of milk has approximately 13 grams of lactose, the naturally occurring sugar in milk. Besides the sugar issue, it is estimated that 3 out of 4 adults can’t digest lactose. In fact, in some populations, it is as high as 90%. Due to this, dairy is often a source of inflammation in the gut. (3)
Candida thrives in environments with inflammation as well as producing their inflammation. So removal of dairy, especially at the beginning of any Candida cleanse, is essential. Dairy can also be a source of residual antibiotics which weaken your gut flora, but Candida is resistant to. The exception to this would possibly be some organic butter since it has properties that could help kill Candida.
Avoidance of alcohol is also imperative to any Candida cleanse. Candida also uses ethanol as a quick fuel source, and they create toxic metabolites when they use it.
Remember, you want to put out the fire, not fuel it.
Step 2: Support Drainage
As a Candida cleanse progresses, the dying Candida organisms have to go somewhere. If you do not detox them from your body quickly, you can experience what is known as a Herxheimer reaction.
A Herxheimer reaction (or more commonly known as just Herx reaction) is when microorganisms release toxins when they die, and the body reacts to this sudden release of toxins. This release of toxins causes the host to feel ill. The symptoms can be flu-like, ranging from a slight fever with alternating chills, fatigue, and brain fog. If the die-off process is faster than the body can properly dispose of these toxins, the symptoms can spread to a congested nose, headaches, and skin eruptions.
Making sure all drainage pathways are flowing well before and during the die-off process is critical in avoiding and lessening the chance of Herx reactions. If the Herx symptoms get too severe, you may have the urge to quit your Candida cleanse. So you must aggressively support drainage to avoid the negative Herx symptom.
During your Candida cleanse, be sure to include products that help liver and kidney drainage. Candida damages the liver and suppresses it from functioning normally. The liver plays a big role in toxin removal. If it isn’t operating well, these endotoxins will get backed up and stagnate, causing the Herx reaction. (4, 5, 6)
In addition to the liver and kidney drainage pathways, certain herbs can help assist your lymphatic drainage. Candida can block your lymph pathways, as well as lead to swelling in your lymph nodes. Look to support your lymphatic system to also lessen die-off symptoms. (7)
Finally, make sure that your intestines are moving and you have regular bowel movements. The rule to go by here is you should have one bowel movement per meal you eat minimum. Natural herbs can come in handy if you are not having consistent bowel movements.
Step 3: Eat in a Way that Supports You But Kills Candida
In step 1, we looked at foods to avoid, and now it's time to look at foods you should add to your diet. The good news is there are some tasty foods that will support your body and immune system that will also help kill Candida.
First, eat organic fresh meats and vegetables. Residual pesticides and herbicides sprayed on non-organic foods can clog up your drainage pathways. This creates toxic stagnation, a great place for the yeastto still thrive and derive fuel from.
Second, choose foods that are high in nutrients since Candida can lead to several nutrient deficiencies. Avoid processed foods and instead choose whole foods that are high in omega 3, such as grass-fed beef or wild salmon. Look for organic vegetables like leafy greens, and cruciferous vegetables like kale, cauliflower, and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables have been shown to inhibit Candida growth. (8)
Third, make sure you reach your daily fiber intake. Fiber will help to remove toxins and Candida in your stools. Fiber helps your good gut microbes produce short-chain fatty acids, which also helps to lower inflammation and kill Candida.
When you do eat with this Candida diet, eat at a comfortable pace, without stress. Eating fast does not allow food to be digested properly and generates stomach and intestinal issues. Consider digestive enzymes or HCL to raise stomach acid to ensure your food is well digested.
What Foods Kill Candida?
Apple cider vinegar has significant anti-Candida properties. Use it in your salad dressing or if you marinade meat as a delicious Candida fighter. (9)
Bone broth helps the growth of good bacteria (see step 4 with probiotics) in the gut and supports a healthy digestive system. Candida overgrowth can happen when there is an imbalance in your gut microbiota. Bone broth is naturally rich in calcium and other fat soluble vitamins like A,D, and K2. It’s also an excellent source of collagen, which can help protect against gut permeability or “leaky gut.” Because of these many benefits, this is a great food to consume because it supports gut health. (10, 11)
Coconut oil is a potent Candida killer and should be used liberally during your Candida treatment. It contains the short-chain fatty acids that are extremely effective fungal killers. When tested against 52 kinds of Candida, coconut oil showed antifungal activity against all of them. Consider making coconut oil a regular pantry item to not only help you kill Candida now but to keep it from coming back. MCT oil can do this as well. Just be sure to start with MCT oil slowly, as it can create digestive discomfort at first for some people. (12, 13)
Omega 3 fatty acids have long been known to reduce inflammation in the body. But they have also shown to have antifungal properties and prevent the formation of biofilm by Candida. Loading up on omega 3-rich foods — such as anchovies, sardines, and wild-caught salmon — is important in any Candida cleanse. If these foods are not an option for you, consider adding a high-quality omega 3 dietary support to your Candida cleanse. (14, 15)
Organic clarified butter (ghee), as previously mentioned, can be a healthy and tasty addition to your meals. This is because it's a source of short-chain fatty acids called butyrate. Butyrate is typically produced by our healthy gut bacteria, keeping Candida at bay. But if Candida has grown out of control, you may not be producing enough of this valuable short-chain fatty acid. Butyrate strongly inhibits the growth of Candida and also its ability to form biofilm. (16)
Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of easily digested protein and healthy fats. They also have shown to have antifungal activity against Candida. Sprinkle them on salads, or eat them by the handful as a snack. There are also delicious pumpkin seed butters available in health food stores. Plus, the oil from pumpkin seeds makes an excellent addition to any savory salad dressing. (17)
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is shown to cause damage to the cell wall of Candida. So if tomatoes are a food that you tolerate well, eat them liberally. (18)
There is no need for food to be boring during your Candida treatment. Several spices and herbs have terrific antifungal benefits:
- Cinnamon and olive oil also help you fight Candida (19)
- Curcumin or turmeric was tested against 14 strains of Candida and had significant activity against all of them (21)
- Oregano is an excellent fungicide (22)
- Rosemary was found to be effective against drug-resistant Candida (23)
Almost all spices and herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that will increase your health, so use them liberally when preparing your food. You can also consume these as high-quality essential oils.
While sugar needs to be avoided during your Candida cleanse, some natural sweeteners are allowed. Stevia and xylitol are safe sweeteners, with xylitol even helping to fight Candida. (24)
Step 4: Incorporate Additional Strategies
Add Candida-killing herbs
Look to add candida-killing herbs, including berberine, oregano oil, and Pau D’arco. Berberine has strong antifungal properties, as well as helps prevent biofilm formation. Oregano oil is another powerful Candida killer. A word of caution: this is a strong oil. Use only a few drops and take with food. Oregano can also disrupt good bacteria, so although this is a great natural remedy for Candida, it should not be taken long term. Pau D’arco has also been a traditional herb to support people going through a Candida cleanse. (22, 25, 26)
Once Candida has started to die, there is “space for rent” so to speak in your gut microbiome. We do not want to leave this open to other opportunistic bacteria or pathogens. During the first few weeks of your Candida cleanse, this may not be needed at first. But if you have been eating Candida-fighting foods and supporting drainage, enough of the Candida will have died to create room in your microbiome for healthy bacteria. Healthy bacteria will help ensure the Candida doesn't have room to return. (27)
Some specific strains of probiotics to look for are B. Longum, Rhamnosus GG, and Saccharomyces boulardii. Saccharomyces boulardii is a species of yeast that is antagonistic to Candida but safe to you. They prevent the Candida from adhering to the intestinal wall, as well as preventing them from creating biofilm. This can be a valuable addition to your Candida treatment. (28, 29, 30)
Consider intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting, or time-restricted eating, involves shortening the window in which you consume calories. You may start eating later in the day and end earlier at night. Or some people choose to do this by skipping a meal altogether, either breakfast or dinner.
This shortens the time frame in which we demand our digestive system to work, allowing our bodies to focus on other processes. In this case, those bodily processes would be to clean house from the Candida. It also can help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Roller coaster blood sugar levels can contribute to Candida growth, so fewer spikes in blood sugar work in your favor. (31, 32)
Drink plenty of fresh water, preferably water free of chlorine and fluoride since those chemicals create an extra burden on your drainage pathways. They also weaken your immune system, but the Candida are resistant, allowing the Candida to still thrive. (33)
Lastly, consider using binders. When Candida starts to die off, they can release dangerous endotoxins. Binders can work to grab and pull these unwanted toxins out of the body through your stools. This may help mitigate die-off symptoms and reactions during the Candida cleanse, plus help you avoid reabsorbing toxins. (34, 35)
How Long Does It Take to Get Rid of Candida?
This is not an easy question, and the answer will be different for everyone. It depends on how long you’ve had Candida overgrowth, how much it has spread throughout the body, and how aggressively you choose to treat it.
For example, if you stick to a no sugar diet during the week but eat anything on the weekends, it will be difficult to ever get the upper hand on Candida. If you don’t diligently support drainage, any Candida that do die during your Candida cleanse will not be quickly removed, creating a Herx reaction. This will clog drainage pathways and slow your progress.
If you faithfully follow the diet and actively support drainage, most people with only a moderate case of Candida can start to feel relief in less than a month. Some can feel better in as little as two weeks.
However, feeling a lessening of symptoms does not mean to entirely stop the Candida treatment. Candida can hide anywhere in the body, and thrive on toxins and inflammation. True recovery from Candida can take 3-6 months, and for some, it can take a year. Be patient. Your body can heal itself if you give it the right tools and time to do so.
After removing the toxins from the die-off, consider targeting heavy metals. Heavy metals are the upstream source of toxins and inflammation that contribute to the conditions for Candida overgrowth in the first place. Clearing heavy metals is the final phase in eliminating Candida.
Candida can be a frustrating health problem generating many other health issues as it grows. But it can be treated, no matter how long you have suffered. With diligent adherence to this Candida cleanse and patience to persevere, you can eliminate Candida. You can regain your health, establish new habits, and be Candida free.
- Caprylic Acid. Coconut oil is made up of three fatty acids: caprylic acid capric acid and lauric. ...
- Undecylenic Acid. ...
- Oregano Leaf Extract. ...
- Berberine. ...
- Betaine HCl. ...
- Garlic Extract. ...
- Olive Leaf Extract.
Most mild to moderate cases of candidiasis will clear up in two to three days after you complete treatment. More severe cases of candidiasis may take a couple of weeks to clear up completely after treatment.How long does a Candida cleanse take to work? ›
Using diet alone it could take three to six months before the candida is back under control. Your doctor may also suggest the use of an anti-fungal medication such as Diflucan or Nyastatin for a month or longer to speed up the process.What can I drink to kill Candida? ›
- Drinking only fluids, such as lemon water or bone broth.
- Eating mainly vegetables, such as salads and steamed vegetables, alongside a small amount of protein throughout the day.
Vitamin C can boost your immune system
Taking a good Vitamin C supplement will restore your adrenal glands to health, build up your immune system and allow your body to fight off the Candida.
According to research ACV has benefits as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. A 2018 study found that undiluted (or mildly diluted) ACV can prevent the growth of candida. The researchers discovered this effect in a candida culture, which is a small sample of these organisms.What gets rid of Candida naturally? ›
COCONUT OIL: Contains caprylic acid (mentioned above), which kills yeast cells. OLIVE OIL: The antioxidants in olive oil help your body get rid of Candida. GARLIC: Contains allicin, a sulphur-containing compound with specific-to-Candida anti-fungal properties. CINNAMON: Has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory benefits.How do you know when Candida infection is gone? ›
When will I feel better? — Most yeast infections go away within a few days of starting treatment. However, you may continue to feel itchy and irritated, even after the infection is gone. If you do not get better within a few days after finishing treatment, call your doctor or nurse for advice.Can you starve Candida? ›
The intent of the Candida Diet is to starve off the Candida and nourish the good bacteria in your microbiome instead. We recommend omitting sugar, grains, dairy, fermented foods, and alcohol from your diet completely, as well as avoiding all fruit for the first 2-4 weeks.How do I get rid of Candida once and for all? ›
- Eliminate your sugar intake. ...
- Cut down on carbs. ...
- Stay away from high-lactose dairy products. ...
- Go for gluten-free products. ...
- Reduce alcohol intake.
When candida yeast cells die, they release a noxious (harmful) substance that contains roughly 79 different toxins. When large numbers of these pathogenic (disease-causing) micro-organisms are killed off quickly, the cell death that occurs leads to a simultaneous release of toxins.What happens after Candida is gone? ›
Candida die-off may cause symptoms of a yeast infection to temporarily worsen, or it may even cause new symptoms, such as a fever or stomach pain. Treatment of viruses, bacteria, and fungi such as candida can cause temporary inflammation in the body.What foods kill yeast in the gut? ›
- Coconut oil. This oil is high in caprylic acid, which works to break down the cell walls of yeast. ...
- Garlic. ...
- Cruciferous Vegetables & Greens. ...
- Ginger. ...
- Apple Cider Vinegar & Lemon Juice. ...
- Wild Caught Salmon. ...
- Probiotics, of course!
While lemons carry some anti-fungal properties, they primarily work by detoxing the liver as it fights off candida. Lemon juice also stimulates the peristaltic action of the colon, boosting its efficiency.
Caffeine is one of the items that you definitely should cut back on during your Candida diet. As you know, sugar is the one thing especially to avoid on the Candida Diet – it feeds the yeast in your gut and contributes to Candida overgrowth.What probiotic kills Candida? ›
Certain probiotic strains, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus and lactobacillus acidophilus have the ability to fight Candida. A high quality probiotic also helps restore the healthy diversity of good bacteria in your intestine.Does zinc help get rid of Candida? ›
Zinc status has been shown to influence various cell-mediated immunologic mechanisms. These cell-mediated mechanisms are important in preventing mucocutaneous infections caused by Candida albicans.Does B12 feed Candida? ›
It is concluded that deficiency of iron, folic acid or vitamin B12 alone does not promote growth of Candida albicans on the oral mucous membrane but that in some susceptible individuals, iron or folic deficiency may facilitate epithelial invasion by hyphae of Candida albicans.What causes too much yeast in your body? ›
Yeast can also “overgrow” in warm or humid conditions. An infection can also happen if you have a weak immune system. Taking antibiotics can also cause an overgrowth of yeast. That's because antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria in your body that normally keep the yeast in balance.What causes Candida overgrowth? ›
Overgrowth is caused by the introduction of a foreign chemical into a patient's body. Steroids, antibiotics, and alcohol have all been known to cause candida syndrome. Other causes include birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy, acute and chronic stress, recreational drugs, chemotherapy, and a poor diet.
Some common symptoms include:
- Asthma-like symptoms.
- Muscle aches or joint pain.
- Night sweats.
- Weight loss.
- Chest pain.
- Itchy or scaly skin.
A Candida infection on or inside the vagina is called a vaginal yeast infection or “vaginal candidiasis.” These infections are common. Some possible symptoms of vaginal candidiasis include: white, clumpy vaginal discharge. vaginal itching or soreness.What kills fungus in the body? ›
Antifungal medications work to treat fungal infections. They can either kill fungi directly or prevent them from growing and thriving. Antifungal drugs are available as OTC treatments or prescription medications, and come in a variety of forms, including: creams or ointments.How long does it take to heal Candida naturally? ›
Some dieters might find permanent relief from their Candida symptoms within a few weeks or months. Others might take 6 months or more, and may even need to eliminate white carbs, sugary foods and alcohol permanently to prevent the overgrowth from returning.Can candidiasis be cured permanently? ›
Prognosis. Typically, in otherwise healthy people with superficial candidiasis, a properly treated infection goes away without leaving permanent damage. Superficial candidiasis may take longer to treat and is more likely to recur in people that need long courses of antibiotics.What is the number one food to avoid candida? ›
Foods to avoid
While on the candida diet, people should avoid the following foods: Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn, beans, and peas. High sugar fruits, which include bananas, mangoes, figs, and raisins. Certain meats, such as processed meats and farm-raised fish.
Protein: Lean protein, such as eggs and skinless poultry, are usually allowed on the Candida diet, as are bone broth and certain fatty fish. Low-mold nuts and seeds are also approved. The Candida diet also excludes red, organ, and processed meats.What fruit is allowed on Candida Diet? ›
Foods to eat on a candida diet:
Healthy fats like avocado, eggs, nuts and extra virgin olive oil. Fermented foods such as yoghurt and sauerkraut. Low-sugar fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, grapefruit and watermelon.
The presence of Candida spp. such as C. albicans in the urine is known as candiduria. Candiduria is categorized into asymptomatic (in healthy people or patients) and symptomatic forms.How long do Candida detox symptoms last? ›
These unpleasant side effects from an elimination diet or other candida remedies usually resolve after a week or two.
People get meningitis if the fungal infection spreads from the lungs to the brain or spinal cord. Fungal meningitis does not spread between people. The fungus Candida can also cause meningitis. Candida normally lives inside the body and on the skin without causing any problems.Does turmeric kill Candida? ›
Curcumin. Curcumin is one of the main active components of turmeric, a popular Indian spice ( 31 ). Test-tube research indicates that curcumin may kill Candida yeasts — or at least reduce their growth ( 32 , 33 , 34 , 35 ).What foods make yeast worse? ›
- In vegetables: Potatoes, corn, beans, and peas.
- In fruits: High-sugar fruits like bananas, mangoes, figs, and raisins.
- Caffeinated coffee and tea, sugar-sweetened beverages, and alcohol-type beverages.
- Processed meats and farm-raised fish.
Also, Green Tea is a powerful antibacterial agent, which makes it an efficacious cure against yeast infections. A study published in the Canadian Journal of Microbiology established Green Tea's efficiency in treating yeast infections. According to the study - 'Green Tea disrupts the establishment of Candida Albicans.Is Cranberry Juice Good for candidiasis? ›
Cranberry juice may help cure yeast infections. When taken regularly, it's said to prevent recurrent yeast infections. The high levels of vitamin C in cranberry juice may aid in upper respiratory infections. It may reduce the frequency and severity of these infections.What tea can I drink with candida? ›
Teas like dandelion and nettle leaf can support your liver function, while cinnamon tea, camomile tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea and licorice tea all have antifungal properties. Green tea and high quality decaf coffee (made using the 'Swiss Water' method) are generally OK.How can I naturally fight candida? ›
- Coconut oil. Candida yeasts are microscopic fungi found around the skin, mouth, or gut ( 2 ). ...
- Probiotics. Several factors may make some people more prone to Candida infections, including diabetes and a weakened or suppressed immune system. ...
- A low-sugar diet. ...
- Garlic. ...
The candida diet requires people to avoid foods and drinks that could increase the risk of Candida overgrowth. These include gluten, sugar, alcohol products, and certain types of dairy. The diet focuses instead on eating lean proteins, healthful fats, nonstarchy vegetables, and probiotics.How do you calm down candida? ›
- Eliminate your sugar intake. ...
- Cut down on carbs. ...
- Stay away from high-lactose dairy products. ...
- Go for gluten-free products. ...
- Reduce alcohol intake.
Protein: Lean protein, such as eggs and skinless poultry, are usually allowed on the Candida diet, as are bone broth and certain fatty fish. Low-mold nuts and seeds are also approved. The Candida diet also excludes red, organ, and processed meats.
Firstly, caffeine's detrimental effect on your immune system reduces your ability to fight Candida overgrowth. This will not only worsen your Candida symptoms; it will compromise your health in the long run. Secondly, caffeine can cause spikes in your blood sugar that feed your Candida overgrowth.