Although alternative medicine physicians sometimes include conventional or natural antifungal medications in severe cases of candidiasis, diet is always an important part of the cure. While diet dose not get rid of yeast, it does make it harder for the unfriendly bacteria to thrive.
Traditionally, anti-Candida diets are based on avoidance of all sugar products since yeast thrives on sugar, alcohol (composed of fermented and refined sugar), white flour, fermented and aged food products, and anything containing yeast. As meat, poultry, and milk products may contain traces of the antibiotics routinely fed to conventionally raised farm animals, the consumption of organic meat and poultry (without antibiotics or hormones) is recommended. For allergy sufferers, it is prudent to avoid foods with yeast-stimulating molds (cheeses grapes, fermented foods, and mushrooms), as well as environmental molds to which you may now be more susceptible.
The following program has been useful for treating candidiasis and easier for patients to follow than some of the more restrictive diets.
Beneficial Foods – Chicken, turkey, lamb, cold-water fish such as salmon, halibut, and mackerel; all types of beans, lentils, and dried peas; unsweetened live-culture yogurt, milk substitutes such as rice milk, nut milk, and soy beverages; white potatoes, sweet potatoes; brown rice, tapioca, buckwheat, gluten-free products made with millet, corn, soy, and arrowroot; unsweetened fresh or frozen fruits, canned fruits packed in water; almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts and butters made from these nuts; pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, and squash seeds and spreads made from these seeds; expeller-pressed, unrefined canola, flaxseed, and olive oils; all vegetables, and freshly prepared vegetable juices.
Foods to Avoid – Beef, pork, cold cuts, frankfurters, sausage, canned meats; eggs; milk, cream, cheese, ice cream, nondairy creamers; all products made with wheat, wheat gluten, wheat flour, oats, spelt, kamut, rye, barley, amaranth, quinoa; coffee, black teas, cocoa, Postum, soda, alcoholic beverages, citrus juices, sweetened fruit juices, strawberries, dried fruit, citrus fruits; peanuts; margarine, shortening, refined oils; bottled salad dressings and spreads and spreads, butter (unless clarified); canned or creamed soups and vegetables; and fried foods.
Herbal Adjuncts – Also helpful for removing yeast is a formula called Candacin, containing grapefruit seed extract, black walnut, goldenseal, and bear berry leaf. Chlorophyll tablets can chemically create an internal environment that is not conducive to Candida growth. The herb pau d’arco has also proven helpful in fighting Candida, as have aloe vera and biotin, a B vitamin (take with the other B-complex vitamins).
Some doctors give their candidiasis patients caprylic acid, a fatty acid found in coconut oil, before relying on conventional antifungal medications. However, many alternative medicine physicians find that pharmaceuticals such as Diflucan are the best treatment for primary overgrowth. If you are taking antifungal drugs, supplementing with the probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium befidum cultures is recommended.