Candida Diet

PhotobucketIf your doctor tells you that your symptoms are caused by the common yeast germ, Candida albicans, then there are changes you can make in your diet that will improve your symptoms. Diet plays a major role in the successful management of yeast-connected illnesses.
The first step is to find out if you are allergic to foods by doing an elimination diet for 2 – 3 weeks. It is recommended that you see a nutritionist to assist you with this process. The most frequent food offenders in individuals with candida are milk, corn, wheat, yeast, eggs, citrus fruit, and sugar. However, any food may cause an adverse reaction.
To control candida through diet, follow the dietary guidelines listed on this handout. Be sure to avoid foods that cause allergic reactions. If you find you have multiple food allergies, then you may want to try rotating foods in your diet. In rotating your diet, you eat an offending food only once every 3 – 7 days. For example, if you find that you are allergic to dairy, yeast, and corn, then you may be able to tolerate eating dairy on Monday, yeast on Tuesday, and corn on Wednesday. Then on Thursday you can eat dairy again.
Most individuals with candida-related illness find that as they improve, they can follow a less rigid diet, especially if they are following other measures to regain their health. Included are the use of medications (prescribed by your doctor), taking nutritional supplements, exercise, and avoiding exposure to environmental chemicals and mold spores.
Foods you can eat freely . . .
Low-carbohydrate vegetables
asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green pepper, greens (spinach, mustard, beet, collard and kale), lettuce, okra, onions, parsley, radishes, soybeans, string beans, tomatoes (fresh) and turnips
Protein foods
chicken, turkey, beef, pork, lamb, fish, shellfish and eggs
Unprocessed nuts, seeds and oils
almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, linseed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soy oil, walnut oil, corn oil
Foods you can eat moderately . . .
High-carbohydrate vegetables
corn, lima beans, English peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, winter squash, acorn squash and butternut squash
Whole grains
amaranth, barley, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, teff, rye and wheat
Protein foods
beans and legumes
fresh, whole fruits and freshly prepared juices
Foods you must avoid . . .
Sugar and sugar-containing foods
sugar includes sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose, glucose, galactose, mannitol, sorbitol, honey, molasses, maple syrup, maple-sugar, date sugar, turbinado sugar, and corn syrup
Packaged and processed foods
most canned, bottled, boxed, packaged and processed foods contain refined sugar and other hidden ingredients
If you are allergic to yeast, you must avoid all foods that contain yeast or molds. . .
• Brewer’s yeast
• Breads, pastries and other raised bakery goods
• Cheeses and prepared foods that contain cheese
• Milk, buttermilk, sour cream, and sour milk products (some individuals tolerate fruit-free, sugar-free yogurt)
• Condiments, sauces and vinegar-containing foods (mustard, ketchup, monosodium glutamate; steak, barbecue, chili, shrimp and soy sauces; pickles, pickled vegetables, relishes, green olives, sauerkraut, horseradish, mince meat and tamari; vinegar and vinegar-containing foods such as mayonnaise and salad dressing)
• Malt products (malted milk drinks, cereals and candy)
• Processed and smoked meats (sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, pastrami, smoked fish)
• Mushrooms and other edible fungi
• Peanuts and pistachios
• Dried and candied fruit
• Melons (watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe are prone to being contaminated with mold)
• Fruit juices (canned, bottled or frozen)
• Fermented beverages (alcohol, root beer and cider)
• Coffee and tea
• Leftovers
Source: The Yeast Connection, by W. Crook, M.D. (1994)
Candida Questionnaire Copyright ? 1989 Pizzorno & Murray
History Point Score
1. Have you ever taken tetracyclines (Panmycin®, Sumycin®, Minocin®, vibramycin®, etc.) or other antibiotics
for acne for one month or longer? 25
2. Have you at any time in your life, taken other “broad spectrum” antibiotics (ampicillin, amoxicillin, Ceclo®,
Bactrim®, Keflex®, Septra®, etc.) for respitory, urinary or other infections for two months or longer, or in short
courses four or more times in a one-year period? 20
3. Have you ever taken a broad spectrum antibiotic – even a single course? 6

4. Have you, at any time in your life, been bothered by persistant prostatitis, vaginitis, or other problems
affecting your reproductive organs? 25
5. Have you been pregnant…
One time? 3
Two or more times? 5

6. Have you taken birth control pills…
For six months to two years? 8
For more than two years? 15

7. Have you taken prednisone, Decadron®, or other cortisone-type drugs…
For two weeks or less? 6
For more than two weeks? 15

8. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors, and other chemicals provoke…
Mild symptoms? 5
Moderate to severe symptoms? 20

9. Are your symptoms worse on damp, muggy days or in moldy places? 20

10. Have you had athlete’s foot, ring worm, “jock itch,” or other chronic infections of the skin or nails?
Mild to moderate? 10
Severe or persistent? 20

11. Do you crave sugar? 10

12. Do you crave breads? 10

13. Do you crave alcoholic beverages? 10

14. Does tobacco smoke really bother you? 10
Total Score _____
For each of your symptoms, enter the appropriate figure in the Point Score column.
Score column:
If a symptom is occasional or mild Score 3 points
If a symptom is frequent and/or moderately severe Score 6 points
If a symptom is severe and/or disabling Score 9 points
1. Fatigue or lethargy
2. Feeling of being “drained”
3. Poor memory
4. Feeling “spacy” or “unreal”
5. Depression
6. Numbness, burning or tingling
7. Muscle aches
8. Muscle weakness or paralysis
9. Pain and/or swelling in joints
10. Abdominal pain
11. Constipation
12. Diarrhea
13. Bloating
14. Persistent vaginal itch
15. Persistent vaginal burning
16. Prostatitis
17. Impotence
18. Loss of sexual desire
19. Endometriosis
20. Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities
21. Premenstrual tension
22. Spots in front of eyes
23. Erratic vision

1. Drowsiness
2. Irritability
3. Incoordination
4. Inability to concentrate
5. Frequent mood swings
6. Headache
7. Dizziness/loss of balance
8. Pressure above ears, feeling of head swelling and tingling
9. Itching
10. Other rashes
11. Heartburn
12. Indigestion
13. Belching and intestinal gas
14. Mucus in stools
15. Hemorrhoids
16. Dry mouth
17. Rash or blisters in mouth
18. Bad breath
19. Joint swelling or arthritis
20. Nasal congestion or discharge
21. Postnasal drip
22. Nasal itching
23. Sore or dry throat
24. Cough
25. Pain or tightness in chest
26. Wheezing or shortness of breath
27. Urinary urgency or frequency
28. Burning on urination
29. Failing vision
30. Burning or tearing of eyes
31. Recurrent infections or fluid in ears
32. Ear pain or deafness
Total Score ______
Add the two scores together to reach the final score______

Yeast-connected health problems are almost certainly present… Women: >180 Men: >140
Yeast-connected health problems are probably present… Women: 120 – 180 Men: 90 – 140
Yeast-connected health problems are possibly present… Women: 60 – 119 Men: 40 – 89
Yeast-connected health problems are less likely present… Women: <60 Men: <40
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