The Candida Protocol Diet

The Candida Protocol

What is it & What Causes Candida?

Candida albicans is a yeast that we all naturally have in our digestive systems. A variety of different factors can cause an overgrowth of it such as antibiotic usage, birth control pills or devices, heavy metals (they disable the immune that controls candida), diets excessive in sugar, alcohol, hormone imbalance, environmental molds and chemicals, stress and even too much fermented foods can throw off the balance of bacteria in our systems and cause an overgrowth of Candida.

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

This overgrowth can lead to an endless array of symptoms such as chronic yeast infections, depression, bloating, gas, constipation, fatigue, joint pain, asthma, bronchitis, earaches, cystitis, diabetes, unexplained confusion or foggy feelings, Athletes’ foot, rash, jock itch, fungal infections on the skin or nails, abdominal distention bloating or pain, rectal itching or rash, oral thrush (white substance on tongue), and acne. Other indicators are getting sick all the time, always craving sugar or poor all around health. If you have any of these issues you should try the diet as it could help with any of those and more. Some research shows as much as 1 in 3 people have Candida overgrowth and as much as 70% of people have high amounts of it.

The point of the diet is to kill off bacteria by starving them, so don’t do this and cheat, even a little bit. If you feed them when they are starving they will multiply and regain their strength. Don’t do this when you are unprepared or about to go on a vacation or before an eating holiday, as you will have to start over. Timetables and helpful supplements are below.


  • Sugars – Sugar, honey, syrup, lactose, sucrose, fructose, chocolate, molasses, rice syrup, artificial sweeteners, agave nectar, coconut sugar, candy, cookies, snack foods (try xylitol or stevia instead if you must) (learn how to get off sugar here)
  • Alcohol – All types: wine, beer, spirits, liquors, cider.
  • Eggs – These feed all viruses and pathogens and need to be avoided
  • Coffee/Tea coffee, decaf coffee, black & green tea (or any caffeinated tea),
  • Sodas, sports drinks and fruit juice – diet & regular soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, coconut water, fruit juice, rice milk, kombucha (it has caffeine from the tea and sugar)
  • Conventional Meat & all pork products, cured meat (Salami, pepperoni, pastrami, hot dogs), processed meats (lunch meat, bacon, spam), smoked & vacuum packed meats. Pork has high levels of bacteria and conventional meat has GMO’s, hormones and antibiotics that will feed yeast and kill your good bacteria.
  • Grains / Glutinous foods – wheat, rye, corn, oats, barley, bread, enriched flour, white or wheat pasta, spelt products, corn, corn by-products, cereal (all feed the yeast directly)
  • Dairy – cheese, milk, cream, buttermilk, yogurt, butter, ice cream
  • Condiments – Ketchup, store-bought mayonnaise (homemade that you make yourself is ok), regular mustard, relish, horseradish, soy sauce, salad dressings, vinegars. In place of vinegars, you can use lemon and limes ONLY.
  • Fats / Oils – peanut oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, coconut oil, vegetable oils, canola oil, soy oil, margarine, shortening, lard
  • Mushrooms / Molds – mushrooms, truffles, imported teas, cheeses, even dried spices (fresh herbs are best)
  • Nuts – cashews, peanuts, pistachios and nut butters since they all have high levels of bacteria (see below for nuts that are okay)
  • All processed foods – Basically anything that is not fresh that comes in a bag.
  • Fermented foods – This is great for after you eliminate the overgrowth, but eating too much of these can be the cause of the overgrowth, so it should be stopped until the diet is finished. Exceptions are lacto-fermented sauerkraut (up to 2 tablespoons per day of each).


  • Vegetables – artichokes, asparagus, avocado, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, cucumber, dandelion greens, eggplant, endive, garlic, green beans, kale, kimchi (raw – with no sugar or vinegar), leeks, lettuce, okra, olives (as long as they are not in vinegar), onions, peppers, radish, rutabaga, sauerkraut (Lacto-fermented), snow pea pods, spinach, summer squash, swiss chard, turnip, zucchini
  • Non-glutinous Grains (keep at a minimum, only up to 25% of each meal and sprouted when possible) – amaranth, buckwheat, millet, canahua, oat bran, quinoa, wild and brown rice
  • Beans – Don’t eat these more than 1-2 times a week max. They are high in carbohydrates, which turn into sugar. If you want to be super conservative, don’t eat them at all.
  • Meats – (be sure to use organic, grass-fed, free-range hormone/antibiotic-free and pasture-raised when possible, and local products as much as possible otherwise you will be feeding the Candida and killing the bacteria that fights it.) – Beef (no more than 3 times per week), chicken, lamb, turkey, wild game.
  • Fish – anchovies, herring, sardines, wild salmon
  • Nuts & Seeds – almonds, almond milk (unsweetened), coconut milk, coconut cream (unsweetened), chia & flax seeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts
  • Oils / Fats – olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, pumpkin seed oil, macadamia oil, almond oil, flax oil, safflower, sunflower, ghee, organic butter. (Traditionally coconut oil and butter are allowed on the cleanse, but are not recommended for the acne-prone, so it’s best to avoid them)
  • Herbs & Spices – basil, black pepper, cayenne, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, curry, dill, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, oregano, paprika, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, turmeric (Organic & fresh is always best, to reduce the possible amount of mold dried herbs can harbor)
  • Seasoning – black pepper, sea salt, lemon juice, coconut aminos, mustard powder
  • Beverages – chicory root “coffee” (aka inka), herbal teas (meaning, non-caffeinated like chamomile, senna, peppermint, etc.), fresh vegetable juices (avoid the not-candida-safe veggies like carrots and beets, though – also no fruit). Paul d’arco tea is known for helping with rebalancing candida levels.
  • Sweeteners – stevia, xylitol

Adding Turpentine – I did this diet with Pure Gum Spirits of Turpentine. You can listen to a podcast with Dr. Jennifer Daniels about it in my blog here 

Typical Day on the Cleanse:

  • • Breakfast: greens (kale, collard greens, spinach) in olive oil, oat bran w/almond milk, cinnamon, and sliced almonds or coconut shreds (unsweetened), or even candida-safe grain porridge (you can eat this savory with leftover veggies and pasture-raised organic meat, or sweet with almond milk, cinnamon, and almonds or unsweetened coconut)
  • • Snack: celery/bell peppers w/hummus or almond butter, mixed nuts
  • • Lunch: salad w/avocado and quinoa & dressed w/olive oil, chicken
  • • Dinner: roasted brussels sprouts, Cajun spiced fish, millet/buckwheat
  • • All of these meals are super easy, economical, and easy to pack up and take to work or school.

How long should you do this?

To have success with the candida diet, it will take anywhere from a few weeks to several months depending on a few things:

  • – How strictly you follow this diet
  • – The intake and effectiveness of probiotics and antifungals
  • – The severity of your candida

Once you’re free of your candida symptoms (usually 2-4 weeks), going back to unhealthy eating habits will likely bring the candida back. In order to see if it’s gone, you can gradually reintroduce certain foods into your new candida diet. Low-sugar fruits like green apples are a great example. If the reintroduced foods don’t cause flare-ups of candida symptoms, you can move on to reintroducing more foods that you have been avoiding. I recommend doing this reintroduction slowly and one item at a time. If not then continue on the diet for another 2-3 weeks and try again. The supplements listed below can cut the time down to under 3 weeks and you can take them all together.

Here are a few tips while you’re on the cleanse:

  • – Drinking a lot of liquid is imperative on this diet to expel and flush all of the toxins, Candida, and byproducts away. A minimum of 72 ounces a day of water or vegetable broth if you want to make it more interesting is recommended.
  • – You may experience “die-off” symptoms, a.k.a.: sugar withdrawals. As you starve the yeast, it releases toxic byproducts into your system and this can cause symptoms ranging from sweating, rash, headaches to fatigue. If this happens, don’t stop. It simply means that the cleanse is working and your body is cleansing itself of the yeast. Just try to take it easy, and be gentle with yourself. Take extra time to rest, have relaxation time, take Epsom salt baths, take up a new hobby as a means to relax.
  • – Try not to eat out too much during this time, since there is not much on a menu for this and lots of additives in restaurant foods. If you do, a Mediterranean or Grass-fed beef or organic free-range chicken or wild fish, or vegetarian restaurant and ask that they prepare them with only olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic.
  • –Make Soup – This is the easiest and fastest way to do things and making a soup is a great way to make something easy, fast and economical. You can buy organic vegetables and make a soup that will last the week. This means no cooking every day, and super easy to reheat.
  • This ancient antibiotic tonic is helpful to kill off an overgrowth while on the cleanse

Important Supplements:

These supplements are necessary to create a balance of bacteria while you’re starving off the overgrowth. The first three will enhance the good bacteria while choking the bad. The next two will help the process, carry out the overgrowth and support your immunity against the healing crisis. (Further explanations below and products links beside)


  • – Astragalus – Not necessary but great for added immunity –
    (learn about it here – )
  • – Bentonite clay – – (learn about it here)
  • – Diatomaceous earth (use if bentonite claytastese too bad for you) – – recommended 1 TB in 10 oz water every night before bed for 1-3 months and up to 6 months (be careful not to inhale the powder or dust when preparing.

Added Oils

  • Lavender oil also inhibits the growth of candida and is effective at preventing the spread of the infection.
    By mixing a couple of drops of clove oil or lavender oil with coconut oil during your cleanse, you can help to kill off the offending candida. However, since these essential oils are powerful, they should only be taken internally for 10 days or less. For oral thrush, you can use three drops of clove oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish the mixture in your mouth for 20 minutes. This oil pulling is excellent for killing candida and overall detoxification of the body.

Supplements explained

CANSOL is an herbal tincture recommended by naturopath, dr. anstett, to be taken in conjunction with the diet. dr. anstett says there are a lot of candida cleanse kits on the market and most of them are garbage. The manufacturer of cansol, pure herbs, is the one he trusts and uses in his own practice. Oregano oil and lemon oil as a cleanse can help as well. 10 days 2-3 drops of oregano oil 3-4 times per day. You have to put it in vegi-caps yourself. Then 2-3 drops of lemon in pure water twice a day.

CANSOL INFORMATION from pure herbs, the manufacturer:
CAN.-SOL – (CANDIDA yeast – SOLOMON, formerly known as CAN. COMBINATION) Kills stubborn yeast infections. This unique Combination was designed and formulated by the much loved and admired, living, Amish Herbal Practitioner, Solomon Wickey, for severe cases of Candida and other persistent yeast infections. Part of Solomon’s wisdom in choosing two of the herbs in this combination was to observe Nature and note which plants can and do live in dark and moist or wet environments and never have problems with a fungus infection such as yeasts. The roots of Purple Loosestrife (loves to be near or in water) and the White Pond Lily fill these requirements exactly and lend their strength to us for protection against yeast and other fungus infections. Indiscriminate use of antibiotic treatments, which are in reality yeasts themselves, do kill bacteria, but, at the same time, encourage the growth of fellow yeasts and other types of fungus. Often, normal yeasts associated with the body, such as candida, are pushed to an overgrowth type of situation by the use of antibiotics and cause an even worse problem. Yeast infections can be sexually transmitted and traded back and forth between sexual partners. This must be guarded against while a person is using CAN.-SOL, so it can do its job properly.

COMBINATION: Greasewood, Purple Loosestrife, White Pond Lily.DOSE: take 3 dropperfuls, 3 times a day, in conjunction with the candida diet for the best results. Do not be alarmed if cleansing discharges occur.
VERY IMPORTANT: make sure you have 2-3 long and formed bowel movements a day, to flush the excess candida completely out of the gut. you can drink extra water, eat more fiber (psyllium husk, marshmallow and parsley teas, flax seed, fibrous veggies like celery, cauliflower, broccoli), eat more salad and raw veggies, do some digestive yoga poses.
dr. anstett also recommends you drink ONLY distilled water, and eat organic/locally sourced/antibiotic-free meat and produce.

Precautions: Possible Candida Die-Off Symptoms (healing crisis)

Rapidly killing off candida in your body creates a metabolic reaction that releases over 70 different toxins into your body. Sounds pretty intense, right? Well before you get scared off, what you may or may not have to deal with as a result of candida die-off is definitely preferable to what you have to deal with if you let the candida continue to internally flourish.

Symptoms that show the candida cleanse and the candida diet are working include:
Impaired brain function
• Headache
• Fatigue
• Dizziness
• Intestinal distress, including bloating, gas, constipation, and nausea
• Sweating and fever
• Sinus infection
• Skin breakouts (not limited to face)
• Typical flu-like symptoms

These symptoms usually clear up in seven to 10 days. The candida is leaving your body, and within just a few weeks, you will notice an increase in energy and focus, as well as relief from other symptoms you have experienced. So when you start to experience candida die-off symptoms, it’s time to celebrate because you are on your way to better health!

After your symptoms have subsided and you have completed the cleanse and the candida diet, you should continue eating a diet that’s high in protein and high-fiber vegetables, and limit grains, fruits, sugar and high-starch vegetables like white potatoes. Continue to consume fermented vegetables and kefir to help your body stay in balance and keep the candida at bay.

If you have chronic or unusually persistent candida infections, you should consult your healthcare provider. This could be a sign of an underlying illness, such as diabetes or immune system dysfunction, which makes for an environment more conducive to the growth of candida.

For a with herbs for a more extensive overgrowth problem see these top two links –


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mercola probiotic –

pure probitic –

bentonite clay –

astragalus root powder –

caprylic acid –


Note: If you are taking medication check with your doctor before making any changes or taking any herbs, essential oils or supplements. None of this is medical advice just my non-professional opinion as I am not a medical professional. Information from this blog is entirely for informational purposes only. Uses of this information are entirely the responsibility of those who choose to apply this information for their personal health and/or wellbeing. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. This information is not intended as medical advice, prescription, prognosis, treatment or diagnosis for any disease or illness, and should not be used as a replacement for any medical treatment you may currently be undergoing.

By utilizing the information presented on this site, you agree to and understand that author, Bill Farr is not a doctor or any other type of certified health care professional, and his opinion is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your doctor or your other health care providers concerning your symptoms and medical requirements before following any of the remedies or other suggestions he offers. His opinion is based on his own research and is to be used for educational purposes only. Bill Farr’s wellness plans and advice are meant to be used in conjunction with standard allopathic or osteopathic medical treatment and care.


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