Candida detox diets attempt to lower the amount of candida fungus in your body by strictly limiting your intake of carbohydrates. Doing so will supposedly starve the candida of its primary food source -- sugar -- and alleviate symptoms including skin rashes, diarrhea, bloating, depression, headaches, trouble concentrating and muscle or joint pain. The diet is not based on scientific evidence and won't provide you with the nutrients the U.S. Department of Agriculture says you need for good health. Consult your doctor before beginning any form of candida detox.
Followers of candida detox diets are instructed to eat organic meat, seafood and poultry; eggs; unsweetened goat, sheep or cow's milk yogurt that contains live Lactobacillus acidophilus cultures; soy products like tofu or tempeh; nonstarchy vegetables; nuts; and seeds. Some soy milk, soy cheese and aged goat cheeses are permitted, but no other dairy products can be consumed. In addition, no grains or grain-based products can be eaten, and your intake of beans and legumes is limited to 1 cup per day. Small amounts of fresh, unsweetened fruit can be used in protein smoothies, but no fruit juice or dried fruit is allowed. Stevia is the only acceptable sweetener.
Sample Daily Menu
Breakfast on a candida detox diet might consist of an omelet filled with sauteed vegetables such as asparagus, onions, tomatoes and spinach or plain goat yogurt topped with toasted unsalted nuts like almonds or walnuts. Vegetable soup or a salad of leafy greens, raw vegetables and grilled chicken could serve as lunch, while dinner might be broiled fish and steamed vegetables, beef soup or a shrimp and vegetable stir-fry. Snacks throughout the day could be raw vegetable sticks paired with nut butter, salsa or homemade vinaigrette, nuts, seeds or yogurt.
Although candida detox diets aren't designed specifically for weight management, you'll probably lose weight on the plan, especially if your previous eating habits included plenty of refined grains and sources of added sugar. The diet's emphasis on unprocessed foods and fresh vegetables will lower your intake of sodium and hydrogenated fats and increase your intake of fiber and antioxidant phytochemicals; these changes may help prevent chronic medical problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says more research is needed before candida overgrowth, or candidiasis, can be considered a legitimate health condition; it does not recommend any form of candida detox diet. Because the diet eliminates all grains and nearly all dairy products, followers may be more likely to become deficient in essential nutrients such as calcium or the B family of vitamins. It may be too difficult for some people to adhere to the diet's restrictions, particularly if not everyone in the household is on the same plan.