Anti-Candida Food Plan

The Anti-Candida Food Plan is a type of elimination diet which has been used by functional medicine practitioners for many years to address symptoms of intestinal candida overgrowth or recurring yeast infections of the skin, mouth, or genital area.

Candida is a species of yeast which normally live in balance with bacteria on our skin and in our digestive tract. In some people, yeast can grow in excess, particularly in the digestive tract. This is often called intestinal candida overgrowth, or intestinal candidiasis. Some of the risk factors for candida overgrowth include:

  • Antibiotics, particularly broad-spectrum
  • HIV positive
  • Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI’s)
  • Birth control pills or having an IUD
  • Steroid medications
  • Chemotherapy treatment
  • Diabetes
  • A diet that is high in sugars
  • Smoking
  • An immunodeficiency, or weakened immune system

The Anti-Candida Food Plan aims to limit food sources for yeast growth, namely carbohydrates, and specifically, simple sugars.

Because of the restrictive nature of this food plan, you are strongly advised to work with an experienced functional medicine practitioner who can diagnose and provide additional treatment when following the Anti-Candida Food Plan.

Currently, our medical food plans are only available to RIFM members through our patient portal (Elation).