Dietary treatment is usually long term. Three months to one year is usually needed depending on the time necessary to establish the normal bacterial fungal symbiotic relationship in your GI tract. The anticandidal or antiyeast diet can be combined with various products which hinder the growth of yeast. These are readily available in most health food stores.
Diet: Candida lives on sugars and starches therefore the most important dietary change is to eliminate these as much as possible. Eliminate:
- All forms of sugar: sucrose (beet & cane sugar), turbinado sugar, fructose, malt sugar, honey, date sugar, maple sugar, maltose, molasses, turbinado sugar.
- Reduce starchy foods such as grains, bread & potatoes.
- Yeast, molds and fungi cross-react in the allergic response. So to avoid allergic reactions to yeast and molds these must be eliminated from the diet to control the symptoms. Eating these foods wouldn't undermine your efforts to eliminate the candida, but they could make you feel poorly. Avoid:
- All yeast products, including bread with yeast & crackers.
- Oranges, orange juice and other canned or frozen juices. Oranges tend to be moldy, particularly the ones they use for juice.
- Vinegar, hops, malt and other fermented products, beer and wine
- Peanuts, peanut butter and pistachio due to mold contamination
- Brewers yeast