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The Candida Diet

August 16, 2019

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of In this video I’m going to share with you The Candida
Diet and my top tips to cure candida fast. I can tell you from working with thousands
of patients. I’m going to go through the exact diet, the supplements, and a few treatment
tips that I can tell you, just within 24 hours you can start seeing incredible results in
eliminating candida. So let’s start with number one, the foods
you’ve got to get out of your diet. It’s going to be sugar, grains, and surprisingly foods
that are cold. Now, that’s part of Chinese medicine which I’ll share more in a minute.
But for starting out, if you have candida, you obviously . . . I think you know this,
but you want to get rid of sugar. You know, any time you have that white thrush on your
tongue, that’s a sign that yeast is feeding on sugar within your body. We want to start eliminating yeast. We want
to stop feeding that candida albicans. And so, in order to do that, you’ve got to eliminate
all sugar from your diet, and then also eliminate grains because grains are breaking down into
sugar very quickly and even fruit at first. Now, listen, long-term, you’re going to add
some grains back in after a few days and even fruit later on. But again, to start those
are the biggest culprits that are causing candida to grow. And last but not least, this is really important.
If you’re over consuming cold foods, ice water, ice cream, cold smoothies. According to Chinese
medicine, your spleen and pancreas and these areas in your body that are responsible for
eliminating candida, they get over burdened by cold foods. And so rather than having a
cold smoothie, have a warm bowl of broth or rather than doing ice cream, have something
warm. Again, you want things that are warming to your body and drying. That’s the key to
killing candida. Number two is doing a candida cleanse. Before
you go on my candida diet, what I recommend the first thing you do is do a three day cleanse
where you’re only consuming bone broth and vegetables, and that’s really it for three
days. So again, bone broth, vegetables. You could do a little chicken in there as well. Basically you want to get a big crock pot.
You want to do some chicken broth along with vegetables, including onions, celery, garlic,
and a little bit of kale and sea salt. And basically you’re going to do that soup with
basically vegetables. You can also throw in things, like cauliflower and broccoli. And
you’re going to do that bone broth soup with a little bit of chicken and just consume that
for three days. I’ve had people do that two weeks to see even faster results. That’s where
you want to start, in terms of doing a candida cleanse. It’s mostly bone broth for a few
days with a little bit of vegetables and sometimes a little bit of chicken. Step three is doing the candida diet, and
here are the best foods for helping you cure candida. Number one, it’s going to be steamed
vegetables, okay? Vegetables are the easiest thing for your body to digest. That’s the
first food. The second food is going to be fermented vegetables, like sauerkraut. Now,
typically you don’t want to eat the sauerkraut cold, but sauerkraut and kimchi are warming
to the body. They actually also help your body get more good bacteria in its probiotics
which will help crowd out the yeast and bad bacteria that’s built up within your system. The number three food is going to be bone
broth. Bone broth is incredible because it contains the amino acid, glycine, which supports
the liver and helps your body clear candida. The fourth food is going to be organic meat,
like wild caught salmon, organic chicken and turkey, lamb and grass fed beef. Those are
some other great options of foods that can help eliminate candida. And last but not least, it’s going to be starchy
vegetables, specifically things like butternut squash, spaghetti squash, and pumpkin. Doing
a little bit of starchy vegetables. Now, you don’t want to overboard with those, but one
to two servings a day, earlier in the day, rather than doing grains and sugars, you do
starchy vegetables which are a little bit sweet. According to Chinese medicine, those
foods help nourish the spleen. They help nourish the body so your body can actually start to
build up the strength of those organs which are responsible for eliminating candida from
the body. By the way, if you want to a full report on
this on all of the foods that are best, I’ve got an article on So you can go
to, look up candida diet, and I’ve got a diet on there for you on my website. Step number four is take the right supplements.
By far, the number one supplement for killing candida is actually not just a supplement,
it’s a tea. It’s called Pau d’Arco. Now, you can take Pau d’Arco as a supplement, but I
recommend it in a tea form drinking three glasses of Pau d’Arco tea a day. And Pau d’Arco,
that’s spelled P-A-U d’Arco, D-A-R-C-O tea, and you can order this simply online very
easily. But I’m telling you the number one supplement for killing candida is Pau d’Arco
tea. It works very effectively. A few other things that really help are essential
oils, specifically essential oils of clove, oil of oregano, and myrrh essential oil. Those
three oils help eliminate pathogenic bacteria from the body. And the way that I recommend
you use those is simply rubbing those on your abdomen, rubbing those on your neck, diffusing
them in your home. Simply breathing those in on a regular basis but those essential
oils are effective. A few other things that are effective at candida
are taking capric acids, a caprylic acid supplement, taking a berberine supplement, and then also
using coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil has anti-microbial benefits at killing off candida. And last step but not least in the candida
diet is actually has to do with lifestyle. If you want to overcome candida, you’ve got
to reduce stress, and exercise can help in eliminating candida, specifically anything
that’s really getting the body warm. So whether that’s weight training, whether that’s any
form of cardio, actually typically weight training or burst training is the best thing
to do. And you can do a Google search for burst training online, but that’s going to
be the most effective type of exercise to clear candida completely from the body. And
so, again, if you want to clear candida, you’ve got to do that. And here’s something else I want you to think
about. With the Chinese diet, if you look at Chinese medicine, what happens, your body,
when you have candida, it’s typically damp and cold, okay? So think about that. That’s
where mold and fungus and things grow. If you want to get rid of candida, you have got
to consume a diet that is drying and warmer. And so foods that are very drying in nature
are going to be vegetables that’s going to be warm foods, like garlic and onions. It’s
going to be actually if you’re going to do one grain corn and then amaranth are two of
the best because they’re drying to the body. You really want to dry the body out, and that’s
why Paul d’Arco tea is so great as well. So again, guys hey I want to say thank you
for watching. If you want to get my full guide on the candida diet, make sure you go to
or just do a Google search for Dr. Axe Candida Diet, and you’ll find my article right there.
Also, if you want to learn more natural remedies, make sure you subscribe here to my YouTube
page. I want to say, hey, thanks for watching this. This has been myself, Dr. Axe, talking
about the candida diet.


  • Reply jasveen shilpy August 11, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Hello Dr Axe I really appreciate what you are doing for worlds health I am a Candida patient suffering from 10 yrs it was discovered in Allergy test I tried following you deit which is sugar free but when I quit sugar It lower my body's sugar level what should i do?

  • Reply Christian Collins August 16, 2017 at 11:23 am

    What you do with your life and your story means the world to me and others around the world. Just wanted to say thank you so much for the information you share and I have an extreme level of respect for all that you do!

  • Reply Yave Distancia September 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Will this help with candida nail fungus?

  • Reply RK Brown October 13, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    can you please do a video on candida that does not include meat many thanks Dr Axe

  • Reply Kim Mara October 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    so doing Keto diet… good I am doing this for 3 years
    I think I dont have candida

  • Reply Maureen Buggy October 27, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    What about for vegetarians

  • Reply Gloria November 16, 2017 at 12:02 am

    thank you

  • Reply Tc Campodonico November 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Ok, thank you but please why is not more specific, this is for regular people what about a mother or babies. Specially breast feeding. Please someone has an answer. Or you Dr. please please and thank you. Have a blessed day.

  • Reply Cynthia Beckett November 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Also vegetables are not easy for us to digest in raw form! they should be cooked most of the time before eaten however fruits are wonderful and easy on my sensitive digestive track.

  • Reply Cheryl Ferry November 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I thought candida grew in moist warm environments

  • Reply Thea B December 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    No ice water: DO you recommend ACV drink added to help with Candida?

  • Reply Dev Del December 13, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Being a vegan can I use mushroom instead of chicken in broth at cleansing period?

  • Reply Armando Zessar December 20, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    People's with low immunitary sistem's,soffering from Candida (a saccharomyces)are in danger regarding health.This are acting inside the body just like a pathogens bacteria's.Prebiotics food are both nourishing .It's very difficult to get out,and I suggesting to buy yourself a nice books regarding this pathology,because remember no Doctors can stay along with you 24 hour's daily.And remember that this pathology are totally related on what's you eat and what's you drink.Firstly eliminate all carbohydrates from your diet's,eat greens leaves and meat ( not poultry because of estrogens)Not even organics because they may containing aflatoxin (a mould).

  • Reply Sasha Purple December 30, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    it not there anymore

  • Reply Didi Khamash January 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Is this diet temporary or is it a life style kind of diet? Because I’m addicted to sugar. I try to healthy food but if I don’t eat something sweet it is a disaster to me

  • Reply ARCHANGEL OF LIGHT January 6, 2018 at 11:37 am

    Simply: Organic Uva Ursi or plant tannins (Viracin) kills all Candida types quickly. C.Albicans, C. Parapsilosis, C. Glabrata etc..ALL!
    Course treatments only, not long term use along with dietary shifts.
    Proven by Genova Diagnostics CDSA 2.0 stool testing.

    Garlic or Berberine work but not as well as either Uva Ursi or plant tannins (Viracin).

    Not sure why I would want to use BONE broth when bones contain highest metal/toxins residues…

    Binaural beats also work very well.
    This is part 1 of 3…

  • Reply Cuziv Qohos January 7, 2018 at 6:52 am

    worked for me! I worked just like I thought it would. It was easy enough and I just want others to know when something works. Check out it on this blog

  • Reply l h e s l i e January 7, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    What kind of grains? Rice…???

  • Reply rachel marie January 20, 2018 at 1:32 am

    I think candida is trying to kill me.. ive never felt so bad in all my life. Thanks for the videos

  • Reply Tyra Haven January 25, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    What are grains sorry I'm confused is grains also wheat?

  • Reply Kimberley Chaussee January 27, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Is walking okay?

  • Reply abrar hasnat February 1, 2018 at 1:10 am

    thank you!

  • Reply Michael R February 9, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Eating steam is healthy.

  • Reply Chele P February 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    The body is Amazing. All I've wanted was broth and veggies to eat once I started my research. Thank Dr. Ax.❤

  • Reply Iwillsucceed4sure February 12, 2018 at 2:01 am

    So if one wants to do the Keto diet one must wait until clearing the candida? Because I don't see how I can do keto and the candida diet at the same time.

  • Reply 99wins February 14, 2018 at 9:47 am

    For the bone broth cleanse Inhave a problem because I am a vegan. However I think that using the vegetables in a broth cleanse for 3 days maybe very effective in the same way without the chicken and bone broth.

  • Reply Amanda Jean Pape February 14, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    What if you have SIBO, Leaky Gut Syndrome & Candida ??? Which diet do I follow??? I seem to be getting overwhelmed…

  • Reply Kay Perez February 15, 2018 at 11:01 am

    How do you get tested for candida

  • Reply ArtByEdna February 17, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Please create a Vegan version.

  • Reply cassiopeie February 22, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    What have you to say to the 80/10/10 diet to cure candida?

  • Reply Nancy Lynn February 25, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Your other video with your new partner says low starch, this one says eat starchy foods… please tell me which is it?

  • Reply Alison Hasselquist February 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    It seems odd that foods should be warm, because on the body, isn't it warmth that aggrevate rashes from candida? I do a candida diet that allows fruits from the beginning. Of course, it is best with the full program and the supplements from the program, but am unable to afford the supplements currently.

  • Reply MrStibaer March 2, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Really nice and helpful video! But i've got one question. What about the Herxheimer reaction? I had to go to the hospital because of massive die-off symptoms like a racing heart and a burning feeling in the whole body.

  • Reply CHITO2800 March 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I did this diet it ended up giving me acid reflux. Now when I eat certain foods like pizza I get acid reflex. Be careful ya .

  • Reply MAY March 10, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Anybody know if Veggie Burgers are okay?

  • Reply Ping Carlson March 14, 2018 at 3:41 am


  • Reply Kimberly Panfil March 14, 2018 at 4:27 am

    The best way to think about doing the Candida Diet is, 'DO NOT EAT ANYTHING OUT OF A BOTTLE, BOX, JAR or CAN'….Plus, NO SUGAR, NO FERMENTAION, NO CARBINATION, NO ALCOHOL. Everything to eat and drink needs to be FRESH and CLEAN to kill Candida. Drink tons of water and Green Tea.

  • Reply SlurpmyButt March 21, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    I did a candida diet for 2 months and it was absolute hell, and when the diet was done, on the first day I went all out cookies with pancakes and nutella and candida came back with full force like surprize motherfucker. All that hard dieting for nothing 🙁 Now I am on my 2nd try and i am finished with this damn diët in 1 week and I will consume healthy carbs slowly for the short period of time

  • Reply Sage Gibson March 25, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    My child has candida. Is this diet safe for my child or is there a modified version I can follow for him?

  • Reply Uncanny Caveman333 April 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    The only diet that keeps my skin clear is meat (not processed) and steamed green leafy vegetables. This diet works for me but it is very rigid. Why do I have to be like this? Why can I not eat fruit without getting acne?

  • Reply Cassidy Hawk April 10, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Hey Dr. Axe! Can I do this while breastfeeding my toddler? Really need to do this!

  • Reply SantiKaur April 11, 2018 at 4:32 am

    The diet you talk about in this video is completely different from the diet you prescribe on your website. No wonder there's so much confusion.

  • Reply Kitty Nikolai April 12, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Is there ANYTHING else I can eat in the 1st 3 days? I'm starving! Soup for every meal, omg. Can I eat non fat greek yogurt?

  • Reply Sarita Singh April 15, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you for your great advice. I do have candida and with it digestive issues like bloating etc., however no doctor ever told me that candida could be the cause of my problems. I will be trying your cleansing and following the diet hopefully it solves my bloating and indigestion. I'm a vegetarian so what would be an appropriate broth for me. Thanking you.

  • Reply Grandiose Pte Ltd April 16, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Wow starchy VG

  • Reply wallisar May 4, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Thank you! This is the most straight forward video I've seen in my search on how to cleanse my body of candida. Every other video has been all over the place and not focused on what exactly to do. Looking forward to trying this!

  • Reply Christian Dawson May 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    You can't add fruit & grains back in!

  • Reply Nicole Scarberry May 22, 2018 at 2:13 am

    Is regular fasting effective in eliminating candida? Or is the fast using the broth much better?

  • Reply kris User May 26, 2018 at 11:28 am

    What do you think or know of Organic Olivia Parapro Formula? I don’t see clove as an ingredient, is it really effective in killing parasites for good? You have great products btw ?

  • Reply Myriam Thibault June 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Candida and leaky gut syndrome aren't related?

  • Reply Elizabeth Bazan Avila July 15, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    I am vegan and gluten free, would u recommend a vegetable broth instead of bone broth?

  • Reply Remy July 17, 2018 at 1:39 am

    How about dates? Is that okay? I’m a vegan. Bone broth won’t work for me? What other suggestions?

  • Reply Amanda Warren July 21, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Awesomeness! Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Fashion Hunter August 10, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Can I take bone broth protein supplement on the candida diet??

  • Reply CakeAngel August 12, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    is ghee (clarified butter) considered dairy? is it allowed on candida diet? how about homemade kefir?

  • Reply Captain Planet August 17, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    i'm just gonna eat oxygen

  • Reply madalsa bhartiya August 18, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    what is the effect of exercising(if done in excess), on growth of candida, sir?

  • Reply Danielle Lahdenranta August 18, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    I'm breastfeeding my 5month old, can I still do the cleanse?

  • Reply 1994abbygirl August 30, 2018 at 12:41 am

    I have grass fed beef bones, no chicken. Is that okay with the bone broth instead of chicken??

  • Reply Nouha Nefari August 31, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I am only 54 kgs for 171 cms and I have candida but I don't want to lose weight….

  • Reply Lexi August 31, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Can coconut oil or grass fed butter be used in the cleanse with steamed vegetables?

  • Reply Carlos vlogs September 5, 2018 at 12:37 am

    How about bread?

  • Reply Leah DuBois September 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    You are so helpful! Thank you for your knowledge.

  • Reply Mary DidYouKnow October 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    So why are there people who heal from candida on a raw food diet that's high fruit?

  • Reply waqar a October 13, 2018 at 8:22 am

    how many days all this activity i have to follow to completely eliminate candida

  • Reply Noelkinz G.Roman October 22, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    4:14 do you ate a goat? :O

  • Reply Hank Dyck November 15, 2018 at 12:14 am

    I'm glad U mentioned "grass fed" beef.

  • Reply Bob Digi November 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Dr Dre is more of a Dr than this bozo

  • Reply Shauntesia Haggerty November 26, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Are beans okay?

  • Reply Nicola Brocklehurst December 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I see a lot of comments about how restrictive the diet it. It can be a hard one to follow but building up your knowledge on the diet and meal ideas over time help. I have a candida diet group on facebook where I share meal ideas to help people get to grips with it


  • Reply Tammi Cottingham December 10, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    I find you very personable, extremely easy to watch and informative…thank you for the videos

  • Reply Weinmonster Chicago December 13, 2018 at 8:05 am

    “According to Chinese medicine-“

    Is there evidence that confirms Chinese medicine is the best to follow? How do we know butternut squash helps the spleen?

  • Reply Sophia Herley December 17, 2018 at 5:55 am

    I thought starchy vegetables are bad for candida diet…

  • Reply cdiddy 999 January 3, 2019 at 12:44 am

    I need a step by step guide on how to do the cleanse, then the diet. I’m clueless on recipes and meals to eat for the whole cleanse and diet. As well as not knowing how long I need to do the diet

  • Reply Andrea Pyne January 3, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    So you can’t have ice water ?

  • Reply baska Ahmad January 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Great help thanks. Dr You are amazing .

  • Reply Aubrianne Marie January 19, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Avoid the meat that will add too

  • Reply kristina Labra February 20, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    For Any one suffering from candida should consume full spectrum cbd over antifungal medicine that destroy the liver

  • Reply Mae Hedding March 13, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Red Miso soup ok?

  • Reply cooltejanoboy March 21, 2019 at 3:58 am

    Can I eat brown rice on this diet?

  • Reply TBnMe2013 March 22, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    I'm here because I developed hand eczema over a year ago, my skin on my feet is peeling and now my scalp is peeling. Time to make some life changes!! Ughhhhh

  • Reply Frogs David April 17, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    How to get rid of the white thrush on tongue

  • Reply Danah D. April 24, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Idk if I have candida or IBS and the Doctor is no help sighhhhhhhh….

  • Reply Geofrey Sapio May 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Is papaya ok to eat?

  • Reply Deb Jones May 28, 2019 at 10:30 am

    What about kombucha?

  • Reply Jeff Hilliard May 28, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    what type of training? did you say burst training??

  • Reply Crab Out The Bucket June 1, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    So what about workout supplements like creatine or BCAAs?

  • Reply Alika McCoy June 1, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    What about subs tuna salad chicken salad salads

  • Reply Christen Lorens June 2, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I got candida I gave up Sugar and now I feel better… don' t eat sugar but eat garlic yogurt baked soda onion purple one broccoli chicken and rice

  • Reply Christen Lorens June 2, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Avoid Junk foods spicy sauce use a lot of oregano and apple vinagre and the candida will dissappear like it happens to me…Trust me ???

  • Reply I AM Enough July 2, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    What about fungal infection problems and candida??? So bad, my skin and breasts itches!!! Nothing has helped!!! Tried the best recommended herbs, didn't work. Might be resistant!

  • Reply alyssa castillo July 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    My question is: during the cleanse, are you supposed to take the supplements or is that after the cleanse?

  • Reply moonbabe July 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you! You're so awesome!

  • Reply Ness Lock July 7, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I read Pau Darco tea should not be taken internally. Due to it being dangerous.

  • Reply Kayalicious Joseph July 7, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    But your body needs sugar to function

  • Reply 1mom4Him July 15, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Where can I find the tea ?

  • Reply MaŁiK Šmïth July 23, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Wait so can I eat corn because you said starches but corn is high in carbs smh

  • Reply Pocket Man July 27, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Needs more intensity man
    Just fucking tell me jesus

  • Reply Neftali August 9, 2019 at 5:30 am

    You’re recommending to keep the body dry, does that mean we have to limit drinking a lot of water?? Thanks @Dr

  • Reply White Van Man August 9, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    This Guy cured my Duodenitis within 2 weeks buy giving me advice on YouTube with Manuka Honey and apple cider vinegar. I have a before and after hospital report to prove it.
    So I slapped some on my…Thrush, and it's killing that off too.

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