Candida is a yeast that has around 150 species, one of them is C. Albicans which produces between 70 to 80% of all candida infections. Candida lives harmlessly on the skin and mucous membranes until certain factors like heat, humidity and an impaired systemic defence create an environment for Candida to grow.

The candida infections are more common in the skin and mucous membranes, the invasive candidiasis is common in immunosuppressed patients and can be life-threatening.

Risk factors:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Hot weather
  • Restrictive clothing
  • In children or elderly: infrequent diaper or undergarment changes
  • Altered flora from antibiotics use or other cause.
  • Inflammation that occurs in skinfolds
  • Medications: corticosteroids (Stuck AE, 1989), immunosuppressive drugs (Lortholary O. 2013).
  • Diabetes, hypothyroidism, anemias, immunosuppressed disorders.


Fresh vegetables


  1. Avoid all yeast products.
  2. Eat no refined carbohydrates. This means no white flour, no white or brown sugar, or foods or drinks containing these.
  3. Eat foods containing antifungal properties. These include garlic, onions, and fresh green leafy vegetables. Eat plenty of these.
  4. A total vegetarian diet is advisable with strict avoidance of milk.
  5. Eat a handful of pumpkin and sunflower seeds with each meal.


Avoid all drugs that promote growth of Candida; i.e. Antibiotics, birth control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs such as Cortisone and Prednisone, and anti-immunosuppressive drugs such as Imuran.

Healing of gut mucosa

  1. Restoration of normal gut content using Lactobacillus acidophilus.
  2. Avoid ALL gastric irritants such as vinegar, hot spices, black pepper, curry, etc.
  3. Before each meal, take:
    1. ¼ glass of carrot juice per day (optional)
    2. Aloe Vera juice, 2 oz (¼ cup) three times per day 15 minutes before each meal
    3. Evening Primrose oil, 4 capsules (500 mg) two times per day, with meals, or ground flaxseed 1 Tbsp 2 times per day with meals


Stuck AE, Minder CE, Frey FJ. Risk of infectious complications in patients taking glucocorticosteroids. Rev Infect Dis. 1989 Nov-Dec;11(6):954-63. doi: 10.1093/clinids/11.6.954. PMID: 2690289.

Lortholary O, Charlier C, Lebeaux D, Lecuit M, Consigny PH. Fungal infections in immunocompromised travelers. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Mar.


For more information contact: 

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N.D., M.M.P., Health & Life Coach
 (Lifestyle Medicine, Harvard)

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