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Tessa Chatham Registered Nurse

Tessa is a MSN prepared Registered Nurse with 10 years of critical care experience in healthcare. When not practicing clinical nursing, she enjoys academic writing and is passionate about helping those affected by medical aliments live healthy lives.

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May 20, 2021 Read Time - 7 minutes

What is a Candida Cleanse?

The Candida cleanse is the combination of the candida diet and probiotics. This cleanse eliminates Candida overgrowth by removing sugar, white flour, yeast, and certain cheeses from your diet.

Keep reading to learn more about the Candida cleanse, Candida diet, and probiotics to get answers to frequently asked questions about Candida.

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What is Candida?

Candida is a fungus associated with yeast infections. Candida albicans is the most common and invasive candida infection, as well as the most prevalent cause of fungal infections in humans.

Candida albicans is responsible for common fungal skin infections, such as athletes’ foot, oral thrush, nail fungus, and vaginal thrush. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Candida is the leading cause of healthcare-associated bloodstream infections in U.S. hospitals.

Symptoms of Candida overgrowth include:

  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Yeast infections
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Candida Infection Risk Factors

Factors that can increase an individual’s risk of developing Candida infections include:

  • Using antibiotics
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or cortisone-type drugs (such as prednisone)
  • Having a weakened immune system
  • Increased estrogen levels, such as during pregnancy
  • Having uncontrolled diabetes

According to the CDC, “because taking antibiotics can lead to vaginal candidiasis, take these medications only when prescribed and exactly as your healthcare provider tells you.”

What is the Candida Diet?

The Candida diet is a low-sugar, anti-inflammatory diet that promotes good gut health and eliminates sugars that feed Candida. This restores the balance of the bacteria and yeast that live inside your body.

Some types of diets can promote the overgrowth of Candida. For example, foods with sugar feed Candida organisms, allowing them to grow and sometimes overgrow. Eating a healthy diet can boost your gut flora (good bacteria), thus improving your overall health and wellness and supporting your immune and digestive systems.

Candida Cleanse Diet Food List

During the Candida cleanse, incorporating the following foods into your diet can help to reset your microbiome.

  • High-quality meat (wild fish, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised poultry)
  • Herbs and spices (turmeric, cumin, cilantro, oregano)
  • Non-starchy vegetables (dandelion, lettuce, kale)
  • Nuts and seeds low in mold (walnuts, almonds, chia seed, flaxseed)
  • Low-sugar fruits (berries, tomatoes)
  • Healthy fats (olive oil, avocado)

Candida Cleanse Foods To Avoid

During the Candida cleanse, avoid processed foods and junk foods. The Candida diet includes foods low in sugar and gluten and those that are inflammatory triggers.

The following foods are excluded from the Candida diet:

  • Starchy vegetables
  • High sugar fruits
  • Glutinous grains
  • Dairy products
  • Red meat and high-fat meats

How Long Should You Do a Candida Cleanse?

Generally, a standard Candida cleanse lasts 7–14 days. For individuals with more severe symptoms or recurring infections, a candida cleanse may last 6–12 weeks.

With that said, the length of a Candida cleanse will depend on your Candida symptoms and how long your symptoms have been present. Be sure to ask your doctor for guidance before starting the Candida overgrowth diet.

Does the Candida Overgrowth Diet Work?

Candida cleanses are thought to “reset” your system and gastrointestinal tract. They focus on healthy foods and are thought to reduce inflammation in the body. It is believed by some practitioners that the Candida diet can be beneficial for weight loss, heart health, gut function, and reduce total inflammation in your body.

If you are experiencing Candida infection or overgrowth symptoms, speak with a doctor to determine if a Candida cleanse may be the right treatment plan for you.


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Can Probiotics Kill Candida?

Probiotics may be an effective method in reversing candida overgrowth because they reproduce helpful bacteria in your body. Probiotics crowd out the Candida yeast, regulate stomach acidity, and boost your immune system.

Home remedies to prevent yeast infections include consuming probiotics. You can get the benefits of probiotics through the food you eat. Some common foods with probiotics include:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Essential oil of oregano
  • Coconut oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Fermented foods

Double-check the nutrition label for words such as “probiotic,” “live cultures,” and “fermented,” since some companies may falsely label foods as probiotics or fermented products.

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What is the Best Probiotic for Candida?

Top probiotics for candida include:

  • Lactobacillus helveticus
  • Saccharomyces boulardii (Brewer’s yeast)
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Bifidobacterium

Probiotics are live, “friendly” bacteria that reside in your gut. Good bacteria is a natural part of your body, and probiotics can help keep your body neutral and ready to help fight infections.

Talk with your doctor before beginning any new medication or treatment plan for Candida, including probiotics.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes Candida Overgrowth?

Candida infection is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast called Candida. Candida infections inside the mouth are also called oral thrush. Thrush symptoms can be mild or severe depending on the person and length of infection.

Candida overgrowth can also occur due to various medications (i.e., antibiotics) and a weakened immune system.

Some medications, such as steroid inhalers, can cause candida overgrowth. Steroids reduce the inflammatory response in your mouth and wipe out normal bacteria, making it a breeding ground for Candida. After the use of a steroid inhaler, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water to reduce the risk of Candida overgrowth. 

A weakened immune system can put a person more at risk to develop a Candida overgrowth. This is because there are fewer “good” bacteria to protect the body from infections. Your immune system may be weakened  for many reasons; the most common can be due to HIV, AIDS, uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

How Do You Cleanse Your Body of Candida?

Following the Candida diet can help cleanse the body of Candida and alleviate the symptoms of Candida infections. 

The Candida diet eliminates sugar, gluten, alcohol, certain dairy products, and additives in favor of low-sugar fruits, gluten-free products, and non-starchy vegetables. Overall, the Candida diet helps reduce inflammation by incorporating whole foods to reduce the risk of Candida.

In addition to eating non-processed foods, “wearing cotton underwear might help reduce the chances of getting a yeast infection,” according to the CDC.

What is Candida Auris?

According to the CDC, Candida auris is an emerging, multidrug resistant fungus that poses a serious global health threat. It has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings and causes severe illness. In some patients, this yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. 

People at risk to contract this yeast infection include those who:

  • Have been hospitalized long term
  • Have central venous catheters
  • Have lines or tubes entering the body
  • Have been previously treated with antibiotics or antifungal medications

What Are Candida Symptoms?

While some people do not exhibit any Candida symptoms, when symptoms do occur, they present as the following:

  • White patches lining the cheeks, tongue, and back of the throat
  • Redness inside the mouth without white patches (often seen in people who wear dentures)
  • Cottonmouth (the feeling of cotton filling your mouth)
  • Pain with eating
  • Pain with swallowing
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Get Candida Treatment Online

Having a Candida infection may lead to many disruptive symptoms. If Candida symptoms are impacting your daily life, schedule an appointment with PlushCare today to talk to an online doctor.

Through a virtual consultation, your PlushCare physician can help you determine the right Candida treatment plan for you. You can book your appointment here or by downloading the free PlushCare mobile app.


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Sources:

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United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Candidiasis. Accessed on December 12, 2020 at https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. General Information about Candida auris. Accessed on December 15, 2020 at https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/candida-auris/candida-auris-qanda.html

U.S. National Library of Medicine. The dietary modification and treatment of intestinal Candida overgrowth – a pilot study. Accessed on January 21, 2021 at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30166063/ 

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