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Can I Drink Coffee On The Candida Diet?

August 13, 2019

Greetings. Eric Bakker back to you again.
Naturopath from New Zealand. Thanks for tuning in. I hope you’re watching some of my videos
and getting some good information out of them. I’m going to talk about coffee today. A nice
cup of coffee. I’m just reading a Candida website, quite
a well-known one, here on my other computer. Do not drink coffee. Caffeine can cause your
blood sugar to rise, weakens your adrenals, and can impair your immune system. Coffee
contains molds. Even decaf coffee should be avoided because they contain residual levels
of caffeine. Well, I’ll drink to that. What a load of crap! There’s nothing wrong with
drinking coffee if you use your head. I have got no problem with most people drinking
one or two cups of coffee a day. But I’ll tell you the best time to drink coffee and
that’s in the morning. Why would that be? Why not drink it in the afternoon? Why not
drink it before bed? Why not drink pots of coffee all day? Well, coffee does contain
caffeine. There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a boost in the morning when your
cortisol levels are naturally high. Early coffee consumption is actually beneficial
for the body. It’s quite good to drink coffee. Not lots and lots of cups of coffee.
People who tell you to strictly avoid this and strictly avoid that. To me, they’re like
religious fanatics. Don’t listen to this crap. Coffee contains mold. For Christ sake, everything
contains mold. Probably sniffing my mobile phone contains mold. Don’t get fanatical about
things like this. Drinking coffee or tea using a sensible approach is perfectly fine because
it makes you feel good and it gives you a lift. However, drinking coffee throughout
the day because you’ve got weak adrenals is a sign often of adrenal fatigue.
I’ve been looking at adrenal fatigue now probably for about 10 years; I’ve studied it quite
well. I find that even people with severe burnout and fatigue can recover perfectly
okay if they keep their coffee consumption right down to a minimum and enjoy that one
nice cup of coffee in the morning. I personally believe the best time to drink coffee is before
11 o’clock in the morning. That’s a really good time to drink it. One cup maybe two,
but you don’t really want to go much beyond that.
Drink lemon grass tea or herb teas or green teas, things like that, if you’re going to
drink beverages continually. But this nonsense about “thou shalt not do this, thou shalt
not do that,” just be careful that you don’t fall into this religious fanatical trap where
you limit all caffeine in your life because you think it’ll make you better. I don’t think
it makes much difference at all. In fact, the more you limit these things and the less
you enjoy what you’re eating and drinking, the more prone you are to having outbreaks
of wanting lots of chocolate and lots of sweet foods and lots of alcohol. This creates a
binging situation for you. Allowing you small amounts of coffee continually
over a long period of time is generally okay. Don’t put sugar in your coffee. I just tend
to drink black coffee, so you need to be very cautious about you actually add into the coffee.
But don’t fall for the hype where you need to have strict pattern of avoidance because
it’s not going to make a lot of difference. Click on the link below for your free report
if you haven’t already got it. Thanks for tuning in.


  • Reply Health Reactor June 4, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Hi Eric I must comment some things. Objectively coffee is not a healthy drink because:

    1) makes the heart beat faster
    2) caffeine considered to be a toxin, dispite the fact that has some antioxidants
    3) even african people that harvest coffee… avoid it (smarter than us)
    4) western society has a major problem with weak adrenal glands (caused by caffeine)
    5) some part of stress definitely is caused by coffee and cafeine drinks
    6) and of course an addictive substance

    I remember that when I used to drink even 1 coffee in the morning, was so nervous, with insomnia and anger. And it's not just with me. In Greece we're sooooo addicted! Everyday I see people and my friends that are hooked with caffeine so much. They can't even imagine their daily routine without 1 coffee. This addiction with coffee is the new ''nicotine'' addiction.

  • Reply missyjj June 5, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Great news!!! Thanks

  • Reply generousg83 June 5, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    "I'll drink to that" lmao!!! Love it!

  • Reply Normajean Burns June 7, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Is it ok to have soy creamer in my coffee?

  • Reply Christopher L. June 8, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Have you looked at any relationship data between coffee consumption and homocysteine levels? Just curious on your thoughts.

  • Reply Suki Hitz June 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Dr. Bakker, your candor is so appreciated! Thank you for sharing your knowledge…I think a cup of coffee is in order???

  • Reply RZA June 25, 2016 at 6:40 am

    you are really an expert,thank you

  • Reply RZA June 25, 2016 at 6:41 am

    is it true camel milk is antifungal and probiotic?

  • Reply Moni Lai Storz July 11, 2016 at 2:38 am

    I love this video so now I can have a cup of coffee! TQ Dr Eric. you are a bloody gem!

  • Reply Anna July 21, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Dr. Bakker, I know you have good reasons for saying what you say in this video. But I am one of those people who cannot handle any amount of caffeine. Even a small cup of tea with milk makes me extremely hyper, my heart races, my hands are shaking, my brain is scrambled, I hyperventilate. Obviously I'm trying to avoid anything containing caffeine. Could this reaction be a sign of adrenal dysfunction? Could a leaky gut and candida be a contributing factor? I know my body is trying to tell me something isn't right, but I'm struggling to decode it's message…

  • Reply Eliina July 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks for making that clear.

  • Reply Beth Spangler September 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    What about decaffeinated coffee and tea?  I usually drink decaffeinated coffee in the morning and maybe a 1 to 2 glasses of decaffeinated iced tea throughout the day.  It is usually a decaffeinated black tea as opposed to an herbal tea.  Is this okay or should I limit decaffeinated coffee and teas as well?

  • Reply Sean Mcgarry December 20, 2016 at 1:42 am

    If the patient has a candida issue as well as a leaky gut issue does that make a difference when having a morning cup of coffe?

  • Reply mirasol pansoy December 22, 2016 at 12:06 am

    hello i just want to ask if the Yeast Infection is that dangerous ..i been in gynecologist two times because i feel not good in my vagina it feels itching and burning i take medicine and nothing cure ..its like always come back ..i dont know what to do ..please help me what is really yeast infection..i am from Philippines

  • Reply Reuben Hofer January 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I enjoy a good cup of coffee. but l have to drink it with cream. is goats milk ok?

  • Reply Abandoned Channel June 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Everything you said is correct. I had severe adrenal burnout to the point I was housebound. I was told not to drink tea or coffee. All that did was creat a binge cycle of alcohol and sugar and I was getting worse. I followed your advice on here. Drink a coffee before 11am after breakfast and now no longer want sugar or alcohol again. You saved my health Dr Bakker. Thankyou. Im now out of the house and picking up healthwise nicely.

  • Reply #TrainGirl July 6, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    i like your approach to your candida diet. I am going to switch my diet lifestyle to a more sugar free one. Out of all the youtube videos, yours seems more realistic and more geared to success. Thanks!

  • Reply Geo Knight July 21, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    So is stevia the only option for sweetening or no?

  • Reply Erin Coughlin July 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Are these allowed on the Leaky Gut Diet as well?

  • Reply Ella Wilde September 7, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I really like and appreciate your humour, Eric. And your videos totally rock!!!

  • Reply ComfortLifeChannel September 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    What would you say about adding almond, oat milk in your coffee?

  • Reply Jodie Nichols September 27, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Is there any way to sweeten coffee in a healthy way? Would stevia be ok? I just like to sweeten my coffee a little and am looking for a good alternative to sugar. Also is a little milk in it ok? I tried almond milk but it seems too watery to me. I'm slowly transitioning into black coffee. Until I transition I need ways to make it taste good without making it unhealthy. Thanks!

  • Reply Spencer Steele October 7, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks mate, all these quacks out here thinking they all have candida

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  • Reply B December 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    With BAD chronic candida that is in submission from correct diet, I would not recommend coffee. Small amounts may be ok on a super diet, but too much may put your body into acidity, BEST to have alkaline body when your trying to keep away candida, coffee is VERY acidic.

  • Reply Max R January 6, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Ive got say this time last year i was a mess having panick attacks,constant anxiety feeling ill Erics advice has pretty much got me back to normal. im even back to working out several times a week and able to put the time into my business it requires many thanks Eric you seem like such a nice fellow.

  • Reply Emily Grosvenor January 10, 2018 at 5:37 am

    This is the best of the Candida videos. Thank you!

  • Reply Sascha Hedjbeli February 6, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Greetings, from Chicago, Dr. Bakker!

    First of all, thank you SO MUCH for all the time and dedication you invest for improving our health!! 🙂

    Second, regarding coffee consumption, what's your opinion of having one Bulletproof coffee (e.g., coffee, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil) each day? I tolerate it very well, and it's been great for weight loss and mental clarity.

    I'm following your directives, and my gut (and overall) health has drastically improved over the past 2 months. I don't want anything to jeopardize my progress. You seem to be agreeable to caffeine for gut health, and research has shown good quality butter and MCT oils can also be anti-inflammatory and beneficial.

    Please advise, and many (chilly) thanks!! 🙂

  • Reply amanda walters February 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    how do you feel about unsweetened almond milk in coffee?

  • Reply Fasting Vegan February 15, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for the info!

  • Reply Johnny Limitless Sanchez April 1, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I drink about 1 and Half cup a Day…half Reg and Half Decaf…it keeps me from Going Nuts on people..
    thank you For This reassurance

  • Reply Y V May 11, 2018 at 7:22 am

    I like this balanced approach.

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  • Reply tony camponovo May 17, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    what are your opinions on yerba mate?

  • Reply Noname Someone June 30, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you Jesus!

  • Reply Saoirse Formidiblum July 1, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I have to say when my candida did get the worst and I was very depressed and felt extremely hopeless, I would drink tea, coffee, kombucha, and bai coconut beverages, and it gave me the motivation to fight for the betterment of my health. I had so much blind faith from the caffeine that gave me the energy to start again , not give, and daily it increases the quality of life. Its because of it, I'm better.

  • Reply Jordan Flower July 11, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Coffee helps stimulate a nice brown cable in the morning; and for that reason alone, I'd (unscientifically) conclude that if coffee does have a slight contribution to candida, having nice, solid, coffee-induced BMs in the morning cancels that out, because candida likes old, impacted, unpassed poo poo.

  • Reply donajor8 July 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I have question. Before I was able to tolerated much coffee, also caffeine. I had. I hadn’t drunk coffee and a month or more. This morning I had a cup and after drinking half I started having anxiety attacks and one eye twitching Also smoke now bothers me, even when I’m in another room. I know I’m battling Candida because I was one abt 3 times and I did the spit test. But are these things I’m experiencing related to Candida or maybe my liver

  • Reply Michelle Lamont July 30, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    You are a god send! I have become one of those diet dicks/religous like and appreciate your honesty, logical approach to healt. trying to heal my Hashimotos and gut issues has driven me to the point of insanity.. i am now sitting here enjoying a hot coffee wth soy milk….yummoooo…and will be absorbing alot more of your common sense advice.. thank you!

  • Reply pomegranateorange August 3, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Doc you are so godsent

  • Reply samantha swan August 25, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Coffee with sugar is suicide with candida

  • Reply Sara Rivera October 2, 2018 at 2:46 am

    I run for a coffee wiled I was looking at your video lol haven’t had coffee for 3 months..

  • Reply DGK 2JZ October 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Can I add one stevia?

  • Reply SKYESMOOTH October 31, 2018 at 9:08 am

    well you should wait 45min after waking up before drinking coffee!

  • Reply raisska92 February 21, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Can I eat back what prodacts if have candida

  • Reply Daljit Singh March 27, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    But sir you mentioned on your website if your on a candida diet avoid coffee and tea

  • Reply Robert Drozd June 20, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Eric, I respect your expertise and opinion but speaking from personal experience, there is no way that I can have any amount of coffee without worsening of symptoms. I have been struggling for many months to quit coffee completely and every time I start drinking it again, even one cup in the morning as you recommend, it always causes worsening of symptoms and I start back at square one. I think that you cannot say one cup of coffee is ok as a blanket statement for everyone as many people are more sensitive to coffee and it will truly impede their recovery. I know that has been the case with me, there is absolutely no doubt about it. Coffee is not good for any antifungal diet or in general in any amount and should be avoided to ensure complete recovery and optimal health. A big reason for this is every time you drink coffee, it causes the liver to dump large amounts or glycogen (sugar) into the bloodstream and also causes the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol which increase the stress response and lower immunity. This is the exact opposite of what you want when you are trying to get rid of a candida overgrowth.

  • Reply dym July 17, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    What's the reasoning and evidence behind morning (pre 11ish) being the best time to drink it? Geniune question. Thanks for your videos, by the way!

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