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How to Treat Candida in 6 Steps | Dr. Josh Axe

August 13, 2019

Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, doctor of functional
medicine and founder of Today I’m going to share with you the exact diet, treatment
and supplements you need to take the clear Candida from your body. And this is what I
really consider to be my Six-Step Candida Cure Diet Protocol. And you’re going to see
amazing results with this protocol. And let me say this first, what is Candida?
Candida is the overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria in your body and it can cause some
major symptoms that you want to get rid of. And so some of the symptoms of Candida can
include any type of fatigue issue. If you struggle with chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue,
those can be related to Candida. Any type of leaky gut issue. Leaky gut is
intestinal permeability, where proteins like gluten can leak through your gut and cause
inflammation of your body. So if you have food sensitivities or if you have digestive
issues like gas and bloating, also if you have any problem related to the thyroid, those
can be warning signs you have Candida. Also if you get yeast in your body. If you
notice, let’s say, yeast or whiteness on your tongue or if you ever get chronic yeast infections
or coming down with the cold and flu often, those can be warning signs that you have Candida.
And, of course, also with Candida any sort of other digestive issues, like irritable
bowel syndrome or chronic diarrhea or constipation or even acid reflux, those are warning signs
that you might have Candida. And last but not least, is a sluggish metabolism.
If you aren’t losing weight and burning fat like you know you should be, those are warning
signs you could have Candida, along with actually even bad breath and lack of detoxification.
Those are some major warning signs. So here are the six things you need to do to eliminate
Candida fast. Number one, you need to stop consuming so
much sugar. Now, I know that’s obvious. That’s something that I think most of us realize
is that sugar feeds yeast in your body. But again, you have got to get rid of processed
sugar, fruit juices, any sort of added sugar to any sort of product sweetener. Even most
packaged products and fast foods are also high in sugar. Even things like pasta sauces
and crackers, you’d be surprised, but sugar is added to almost everything. So again, eliminate especially the processed
sugar out of your diet. As a replacement, I recommend using a little bit of Stevia,
which is a no-calorie natural sweetener and then about one to three teaspoons a day of
manuka honey. Okay? Those are the sweeteners you should be using if you have Candida. Number two. You need to eliminate grains from
your diet. Why? Because grains turn into sugar and they also tend to be more inflammatory.
And so again, getting those grains out of your diet, especially wheat products and gluten-containing
grains, that’s step number two. Instead, do a lot more vegetables and maybe some starchy
carbs. Number three thing you have to do to clear
Candida from you system, is support your spleen. Now, this is cutting-edge information that
a lot of people don’t realize. And this is a practice in Ancient China that is often
used by acupuncturists today. But they have found that the number one cause of Candida
is a weakened spleen. And so if you have spleen issues, and spleen is responsible for digestion
of the body, producing red blood cells in your system. And so the spleen is a very important
organ. In order to support the spleen, there are
a couple things you need to do. But really the spleen is supported by starchy foods,
especially squash, things like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and also even doing certain
types of beans like lentils and mung beans. So again, getting some of those good starchy
carbs. And that’s really where your sweetness should
come from. A little bit of butternut squash, acorn squash, foods like that that has that
mild sweetness. That’s the only sweet you should be really getting in your diet. Again,
with no processed sugar and, again, very low amount of fruit typically when you have that,
as well. But again, you want to support the spleen. Another great way to support the spleen is
by drinking barley tea. You can buy roast barley tea on And barley tea is
the number one herb really that helps support the spleen as well doing that as a tea. The next thing you want to do, number four,
is support the liver. The liver is crucial and supporting the liver in terms of detoxification
for getting rid of Candida in your body. And again, your liver is responsible for detoxification.
So for that reason you really want to support that area. And so really the foods that support the liver
are sour foods. And so doing a lot of probiotic-rich foods and sour foods, things like 24-29 hour
fermented kefir, also fermented vegetables, like sauerkraut and kimchi, and apple cider
vinegar. But getting those sour foods are great for supporting the liver and getting
rid of Candida. Number five thing you’ve got to do is you’ve
got to support your intestines, both your small and large intestine. And that really
comes down to bitter foods, foods that are bitter in nature, things like kale and arugula
are more bitter. Cinnamon and ginger and certain spices like turmeric are more bitter in nature.
But doing bitter foods and bitter herbs, those are very supportive of the digestive track.
Romaine lettuce is another one. So again, I would really suggest that you also get some
of those bitter foods in your diet. And last but not least, you’ve got to take
a probiotic supplement. One of the keys to overcoming Candida is eliminating and really
starving off the sugar and yeast in your body by eliminating sugar and grades. And then
at the same time as those bacteria or those yeast die off, loading up on good bacteria.
So again, making sure you’re getting some of those good quality probiotics in your diet.
I’d recommend typically taking a double or triple dose of probiotics while you’re doing
a Candida cleanse or while you’re doing this Candida protocol for at least 30 to probably
90 days of following this program. And the last sort of bonus tip I want to give
here is a lot of times people tend to go and get antifungals, whether it be a medication
or even supplements to eliminate Candida. And I want to say this, that really doesn’t
take care of the main cause of Candida. Typically when you have Candida, the thing you want
to do is follow those dietary protocols and support the organs I talked about in your
spleen, your liver and especially your small intestine. But again, in certain cases, for taking for
about a 10 to 14 day period you can take natural antifungals like oil of oregano, grape seed
extract, garlic, other essential oils as well can work. So you want to do those, but don’t
take those more than 10 to 14 days and make sure you’re following the diet with that.
If you can follow those tips, I guarantee you’re going to see great results in eliminating
Candida from your body. One more last tip. Don’t consume a lot of
cold foods. Cold foods actually tend to be hard on the spleen and can cause Candida to
grow in your system. You actually want to be doing a lot of warm foods like bone broth
soup, which is a great thing for getting rid of Candida as well. Guys, this has been Dr. Axe with my best tips
on how to clear Candida. And by the way, if you want to learn more tips and natural remedies
and natural cures, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube page and check out


  • Reply ورد الجوري January 13, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    دكتور اريد نظام غذائي لاني مصابة بالكانديدا ارجو الترجمة

  • Reply Bundeskanzler brat tack Biodeutscher January 14, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    7. 2x1g Vitamin C a day

  • Reply Ritah Nansubuga January 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Dr Are am badly off on that disease

  • Reply Anton Samokat - World January 16, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for the video! I'm also cleaning myself from Candida. Sharing about this experience on my channel.

  • Reply discoqueenmom January 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Too funny I have candida and ive been craving cold food , and iced drinks, time to avoid that.

  • Reply Arashiro Raser January 18, 2019 at 5:44 am

    I had yeast rash on different parts of my body together with intestinal problems. Then I discovered
    . The moment I used it, it immediately made a big difference! Now I can say that for almost a month of using it, my yeast issues in both external and internal are drastically improved.

  • Reply Elizabeth Wallander January 18, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Heard about you Dr.Axe at my friends birthday in S.A.And of course dear Dr Jordan.Bless you Dr.

  • Reply Hana Jovović January 22, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    interesting points ,if anyone else wants to uncover
    what is a yeast infection
    try Corbandy Candida Expert Crusher (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my co-worker got amazing success with it.

  • Reply Sam Lutfi January 23, 2019 at 9:37 am

    just buy a bottle of unsweetened kefir and a cheap enema bottle. fill it with 8 parts kefir and two parts bottled water, shove it into your fartbox and squeeze before bed and leave it all night. repeat every other night for a week and you'll be fine

  • Reply Virginia Buckles January 25, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Thank you Dr. Axe. 🌸

  • Reply naseem hany January 27, 2019 at 3:32 am

    No sugar
    No grains
    No starch
    No Fruits
    No dairy
    No gluten
    Treatment: starving you to starve candida
    in other words killing you first to make candida suffer😂

    folks: don't believe this non sense and think of millions who eat everything and don't have candidas.
    It's immune system malfunction and has nothing to do with diet

  • Reply The Bob Smith January 29, 2019 at 8:13 am


  • Reply Michael Mc Cormick January 31, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Can you use local honey?

  • Reply bibolcs February 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Systemic Candidiasis…

  • Reply King Philip February 12, 2019 at 3:21 am

    The only sweetener I use and very minimal is organic coconut sugar.

  • Reply ANT1714 February 12, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Can a general practitioner test for candita? Or does it have to be a natural pathic functional medicine doctor?

  • Reply ALIEN ALLEN February 23, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I have it in my beard and hair ( chin and scalp ). Is the hair triggering it or helping it to thrive. I really don't want to cut my hair or beard but it's getting to a stage where I don't think my skin is breathing

  • Reply Lewis von Kraine March 5, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Does yogurt helps?

  • Reply chase from earth March 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    What if I have no spleen? I do… But my brother doesn't lol.

  • Reply Pris Dre March 9, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Oregano oil for 2 weeks and then you give yourself a break and olive leaf tree extract antifungal and great at killing off candida as well. The olive leaf is more of a supplement so you can take that for a while just make sure you're taking healthy probiotics. And definitely follow his advice avoid anything processed that includes sugar it's going to probably give you a detox side effects but man is it worth it at the end to feel better

  • Reply Macgyver_the1 March 11, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Is it suger free soda like coca cola zero okay?

  • Reply Johnny Maldonado March 15, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    The only thing that helps my gas and bloating is fasting . Nothing else has helped. I can't live life like this anymore 😢

  • Reply Bernice C. Thomas March 16, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I confuses about the grains…I eat whole grain bread and pasta. Also I couldn't fine bone both…only organic chicken, beef, and vegetable. I will admit I went to my local market and not a while food store. Thanks for all the insight and important information.

  • Reply Margaret Jones March 20, 2019 at 2:09 am

    There are over 1000 different types of Candida that affects different organs & other parts of the body. Therefore one must know what type of Candida to treat.

  • Reply Pound 4 pound March 21, 2019 at 4:17 am

    How about digestive enzyme or probiotics?

  • Reply Etheric Zone 11:11 March 23, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Colloidal silver works great against candida

  • Reply John Pewzey March 28, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Thank you!! This really helps…

  • Reply Sabah Ali Khan March 28, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Hello sir I am very stressed because I am in big problem if any body help me or answer me plz…. I had a uraniry track infection .fungas infection and h pylori. Doctor prescribe me antibiotics but result was positive than again antibiotics but still postive…. Than I tried harbel remedies something Dr axe says about .oregano oil, olive leaf extract, turmeric and Ginger and d mannose, for 7 days … Now my results are nagtive but I have very bad acid reflux and indigestion….my doctor daignose me' "Gerd" and prescribe Omeprazole….. I don't know what is this and what can I do…

  • Reply Ab 9 March 31, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    I get apple cide vingar in my first day and i have rush

  • Reply Hina Fatima April 1, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Sir plz tell which probiotics to take for candida cleanse..and i lives in india so which one i should purchase?? And how to not get candida dieoff symptoms???

  • Reply SkyScarlett April 1, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    If I don’t eat rice and banana every day, I’ll get diarrhea…

  • Reply Bobo Jenkins April 2, 2019 at 12:04 am

    video starts at 1:47

  • Reply Placaso Wuicho April 2, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Thank you doc helped me a lot. Especially apple cider vinegar.

  • Reply Lesly Martinez April 2, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Also add dandelion root tea 🦋♥️

  • Reply Jakob P April 3, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you for the great information to Dr Axe. I’m new to your channel. How about water enemas I hear that is great to.

  • Reply daniel boguszewski April 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Candida overgrowth for years also. Thanks for the video DR.

  • Reply Baby Boy April 7, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Is quinoa considered a grain?

  • Reply Well Wisdom April 7, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Great info, thanks!!!

  • Reply Clint Hightower Clint Hightower April 8, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Excellent thank you so much, your recommendationsite make perfect sense.

  • Reply Antics of a Husky April 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    @Dr. Josh Axe. You probably have heard this before, but are you familiar with SIBO? I got it. and I know I have high Candida in my gut! but I can not eat a lot of the foods you suggest in your video because of the SIBO. So how else am I to kill of the yeast and over growth of bacteria?

  • Reply petrzalkai April 10, 2019 at 12:55 am

    I just learned about c.auris and it’s the best 3 am topic in my life so far

  • Reply ELAYNE SKALONE April 11, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I have it and plan of south too, but my medic are very floocks. Please i wanna to be volunteer for test and tratament. I open fand of all for the that the world be salve of this infection. I'm worman, 35age, brasilian. 2019/08 i complete 3years with chicungunya too and i not know where meet help.

  • Reply Serious Lee April 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Does cold water count as cold food?

  • Reply Net Sky Limit April 17, 2019 at 2:41 am

    dude you are great thank you

  • Reply Cherry Cab April 17, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Upon realizing I had issues with candida overgrowth, I completely changed my diet for almost 3 months. A few weeks in, I had no itching/rash and felt great. Out of nowhere the symptoms came back around the end of three months…and now i'm at a loss as to what to do.

  • Reply Crystal Sanders April 18, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    What about lactose intolerance? Is that also a sign of candida? I was raised on goats milk. And all my children are lactose intolerance.

  • Reply Crystal Sanders April 18, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Doctor I heard that probiotics can not by pass the acid in your stomach?

  • Reply Bert Huizr April 19, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge with us. Question: I’m I allowed to eat 1 or 2 grapefruits a day or what fruit do you recommend to be allowed to eat while treating Candida? Does Walmart sell barley tea? Does oregano tea work as well?🌸

  • Reply JazmineLAMBARCA April 20, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I don’t have a spleen. It was removed.

  • Reply sudeshna mondal April 20, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Cut your sugar out and grain = oh yeah keto diet it is

  • Reply bento boxofire April 21, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Breweries use sulphur to put the organism
    Into dormancy.
    Eggs are a high sulphur food.
    Especially boiled.
    no sugar
    No bread
    No beer
    No carbs or yeast fermenting foods.
    If you can make liquor from it its bad.
    Btw..vegable celulose+yeast=methanol
    Highly toxic.
    Reduce vegetable intake for first two weeks
    Eggs and meat for the first month.
    Nuts and seeds,hemp seed oil
    Oregano oil 1 drop a day to start.
    Avoid bread beer wine indefinitely.
    Doing this you can avoid toxic candida die off.

  • Reply Michael Mc Cormick April 22, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    What about local honey?

  • Reply Alex Aionesei April 30, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Coconut oil kills candida

  • Reply Joy M May 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I had vaginal candida overgrowth for years and the only thing that worked for me was boric acid suppositories, i bought it from Amazon and it was really wonderful! Healthfare Feminiva was the only brand that really worked for me, i was cured in the first 3 days of using it.

  • Reply Devika Prakash May 4, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Thank u dr

  • Reply TheMountainbobcat May 6, 2019 at 1:52 am

    I had gotten rid of sugars, no bread, pasta, drinks, juices, even fruits, and etc. Years worth of this, loose weight? get rid of candida? NO, absolutely no help. I feel that neither side of the medical fence know what they are talking about.

  • Reply Hallelujah 123 May 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Does candida cause gastritis? Help me I'm suffering

  • Reply Cicek Cicek May 8, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Thanks Dr Axe

  • Reply slipagent6 May 12, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Over the years ive struggled with a bunch of candida gut issues food reactions joint pain etc etc. after adjusting my diet to very minimal processed food sugar etc the things we should do anyway and trying various other things with no result I finally found something that seems to solve it and basically noone talks about it. Im sharing to help others. Msm powder. In fact the animed brand for horses is the same damn product as the expensive supplement. Its 99.9% pure msm with no fillers. It heals the gut and keeps candida where it should be. Watch “msm the forgotten mineral” its 100% accurate information. It takes awhile to do its thing, im on 3 weeks and its life changing.

  • Reply Jzues 3 May 17, 2019 at 3:31 am

    When you say grains, so no oats at all?

  • Reply Jzues 3 May 17, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Any probiotic supplements you recommend?

  • Reply Louisa Jaymie May 20, 2019 at 1:17 am

    What about pure pomegranate juice that has no refined sugar?

  • Reply Pika Bamboo May 22, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I wanted my doctor to test me to candida….she said that i should stop reading things on the internet…i was pissed bc she brushed it over like it does not exsist….so where should i get tested..can you buy home test kit?… I need help

  • Reply Mary Flores May 25, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Can I eat yogurt with probiotics to help it

  • Reply [email protected] din May 29, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Plzz will someone tell me how i treat my white tongue becouse my tongue become white very soon even i clear with tongue cleaner plzzz what should i do for white tougue n which doctor should i go for treat

  • Reply Advertisement Profile May 29, 2019 at 5:20 am

    Will vodka kill yeast.

  • Reply Dawn of Justice May 30, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I'll test this, Doc!

  • Reply Faye Watkins May 31, 2019 at 10:47 am

    What about angular chilis cold sores?

  • Reply Evan Jair Esqueda June 4, 2019 at 10:15 am

    How do I do this while body building? Do you guys recommend anything

  • Reply Cheff Hardwick June 6, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I'm a laymen, what is a probiotic supplement?

  • Reply عطر انفاسك June 6, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Can candida cause stomach ulcers

  • Reply iheartigloos June 7, 2019 at 4:11 am

    I've read that fermented foods make it worse but that is the opposite of what you say. Could anyone clarify or give some more detail if they know?

  • Reply Sikholiwe Ndlovu June 15, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Guys when u have this infection does that mean you have hiv ??😥😥

  • Reply tango tango June 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you💐

  • Reply Wendy Alien June 18, 2019 at 9:02 am

    is candida the same thing as Bacterial vaginosis

  • Reply C GC June 21, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Thank you for This Valuable and much needed information dr. Axe

  • Reply Trudy-Ann Whyte June 22, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I wish I could like this video 10 times

  • Reply Sarah June 24, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Basically eliminate everything….. he is saying things EVERYTHING IS MADE UP WITH. Why didn’t he just say what U CAN EAT NOT WHAT NOT LOL!!

  • Reply LoveToya June 28, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I just read on another site that had knowledge of Chinese medicine and it said that the spleen requires warm foods. So I'm glad that he said consume warm foods as a confirmation.

  • Reply Nancy Fahey July 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    You did mention oregano. I'd like to add leaves from the olive tree. Just chew a couple to a pulp. Guess you can add that to bitter foods that you mentioned.

  • Reply Ideoform Sun July 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Barley tea and sweet potatoes.

  • Reply Gina Land July 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I’ve been dealing with this for a couple of months! Ugh!🥴

    Nothing new. I’ve had it before but quite stubborn this one! Just fasted for 5 1/2 days and broke my fast with some bone broth & kimchi!

  • Reply 1mom4Him July 6, 2019 at 12:43 am

    Butter nut squash and sweet potatoes 🍠 and barley tea Kim chee apple cider vinegar kale 🥬 and NO SUGAR 1 GOT IT !!

  • Reply T.J. Sonic July 12, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Sugar is in Everything, you can't get around it

  • Reply california living July 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    I have every single sympton on here 🤣😂

  • Reply coltboy1987 July 17, 2019 at 2:36 am

    I can’t gain weight because of candida. Thank you Dr.Axe for your help. 😊

  • Reply Victorious Spirit July 17, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I have underweight issues. Candida diet takes so much weight off of me. Any suggestions to curb this while on a Candida diet?

  • Reply July 18, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Candida can be very serious. Recently, a “superbug” candida species known as Candida auris has emerged as a dangerous health threat in several countries and many health care facilities in the U.S. This version of candida — which often spreads through candida biofilms on surfaces such as catheters and bedrails — has proven resistant to multiple drugs, resulting in serious illness.

  • Reply Kim Ochoa July 21, 2019 at 5:35 am

    Love it!!!!

  • Reply Harvey Lee July 21, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Dr Axe is using some theories from Chinese Medical, yes , when u have eczema, Chinese believe it is because your digestive system is in trouble, Spleen and Liver are both important in digestive system. Spleen loves yellow colour foods. Liver love green color foods.

  • Reply Jack Jones July 24, 2019 at 7:52 am

    'Candida is the overgrowth of yeast and bad bacterias in the body, leading to fatigue, leaky gut and inflammations of all types.'

  • Reply oliverrando July 25, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    What the hell is candida

  • Reply Mike M July 29, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    what about nuts, seeds, nut milk? Should eliminate dairy?

  • Reply Mike M July 29, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    what about meat or meat broth?

  • Reply White Van Man August 1, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I've been eating sugar for 44 years and never had a single problem.
    Past 15 years I stopped eating meat, past few years stopped drinking fizzy drinks and now alcohol.
    Manuka honey is excellent and apple cider vinegar is good for acid reflux, few caps in a glass of water and curing Duedeanitus. I cured my Duedeanitus by eating manuka in a sandwich. It gets to the lower part of the guts in food like bread. Do it for a few weeks tho.

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  • Reply Devanha Seejiram August 6, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Thank you, Sir!

  • Reply Umoh Blessing August 9, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Pls how can I remove sugar from children and adult and type 1 and 2 which one is better

  • Reply Rachel Rosario August 9, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Thank you so much. What are your thoughts on dairy for candida?

  • Reply Alper Yılmaz August 10, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    When im on diet and using candida killer oils, i get rash. Same for prolonged fasting and ketogenic diet. Any suggestion?

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