My Experience Clearing Candida Using Probiotics & Lifestyle

Having gone through this candida lifestyle/diet/probiotics program myself, I can speak from experience. It feels great to be candida free and not having burning toes, jock itch or the other candida symptoms! My sister also went through the same candida clearing process to cure her chronic yeast infections and low immunity.

I Also Got Rid Of My Severe Dandruff Too

I followed the diet/lifestyle 95% strictly for 3 months…and 99% of my severe dandruff disappeared. My dandruff was so bad that head and shoulders wouldn’t even stop it…my naturalpath doctor and I were floored to say the least. Goodbye candida!

Here Are The Probiotics I Used For Candida

The probiotic supplements began to take back my body’s ecological habitat and establish effective colonies while I was weakening the candida through lifestyle.

The probiotic B. bifidum is well researched and proven to fight candida. Ultimate Flora Critical Care was recommended by my doctor because it contains the Candida fighting probiotic B. Bifidum.

Remember, for the probiotics to defeat the candida, I needed to live a healthy lifestyle with a good diet to make it easier for probiotics to recolonize my body. Probiotics alone are a good first step, but my sister and I needed to take the probiotics AND improve our diets/lifestyle.

I Needed A Healthy Diet To Fight Candida

Taking probiotics was not the only step in fighting Candida. A vital step is to starve/weaken the Candida. This was accomplished by cutting out nearly all sugar, grains, alcohol and legumes from my diet for a period of exactly 105 days (for me). My sister saw results much faster, in about 60 days or so. But she can’t stray too far from the principles of the diet or the Candida can come back.

I Needed An Anti-Candida Lifestyle

Just as important, I also needed to live a most restful, less stressful and anti-candida lifestyle. Specifically:

  • I ate home-cooked meals as much as possible
  • I said no to extra projects, responsibilities, etc
  • I had 45 minutes of chill out time every day
  • I went to bed by 10pm
  • I exercised every day

Those aren’t easy changes to make, but it isn’t easy having candida either!

I didn’t follow the diet/lifestyle/probiotics program 100% (that is not realistic!). But, if you follow it 6 days a week you’ll be making great progress!

I believe candida is a symptom of a lifestyle that is not working for your body. Figure out a way to get more rest, reduce stress, eat whole foods and high quality meat. That is the path to resisting all disease – not just candida.

Great Candida Books

If you want to read up further on Candida, check out the book “The Fungal Link” by Doug Kaufmann. It has more details on diet recommendations, and shows how many diseases have been linked to fungal infections. The book “How To Eat, Move and Be Health” by Paul Chek also has GREAT info on a lifestyle that beats candida.

Lastly, I’d be weary of those candida cleanse kits (even if they have probiotics)…how can a 7 day cleanse fight 358 days of a candida creating lifestyle??

Do you know someone who needs this info?

Do you have a friend or know a mother who might be suffering from candida. Then they need this information! Please do them a favor and email them this article.

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  1. Stuart Little says:

    I had a question about eliminating the clearing the body of Candida before taking probiotics. You mention eliminating sugar…would you include natural sugars like apples, bananas, carrots, etc?


    • evan says:

      Yes you should remove most fruit sugar from your diet, but you shouldn’t remove it all.

      You gotta be realistic…such a diet can be a challenge to follow (since we’re wired to love sugar) biologically, and socially (food is a big part of many people’s social activities and social standing) and emotionally (I’ve had a bad day, I deserve some ice cream).

      That being said there are still fruits you can eat:
      green apploes (granny smith type)

      Starchy vegetables should be eliminated too (like potatoes).

      But red apples, papayas, oranges, Fuji applies, etc. should be avoided while you are starving the fungi. They can be reintroduced after the first 3+ months on the diet, depending on how your body responds.

      And if on a particular day, you *must* have icecream, then have it! Enjoy it and love it! Just do it then, don’t be shameful about it, and choose to do so, and get right back on the version of the diet you can handle.

      But you also have to be careful with this diet…all that dying fungus can be a lot to detoxify for you body, so you have to be sure you’re detoxification systems are as efficient as possible by:
      1) getting enough rest, in tune with the your circadian rhythm
      2) drinking plenty of clean water
      3) maybe doing a cleanse, with the direction of a holistic doctor.
      4) eating clean food (clean meat is the most important, next is oils, then next is fruits/veggies)

      The Fungus Link by Doug A Kaufmann will give you all you need to know, including sample recipes that will help you enjoy your time on the diet

  2. Stuart Little says:

    Thanks for the answer.

    • evan says:

      Please let me know if have any more questions

      Candida is very tricky…and is actually very important to our bodies. If Candida didn’t grow whenever we had excess sugar, our blood sugar control mechanisms would be overwhelmed. Nothing our body does is “random/wrong” (unless there’s a serious mutation) and we have relationships with all sorts of organisms that help us out!

      Evan Jerkunica

  3. Stuart Little says:

    One quick follow up question…so what can I eat? In looking at all that needs to be eliminated to starve Candida, what’s good to focus on?

    • evan says:

      Hahahhaha I had exactly the same reaction, what *can* i eat

      any kind of meats
      any kind of veggies (non-starchy)
      some fruits

      no grains
      no peanut butter

      The biggest things you want to work on are:
      1) adding good water to your diet
      2) removing the most processed/refined sugars, grains and dairy products (soda, cereal, bread, milk)

      I really like:
      Chinese stir fries
      deviled eggs
      bacon & eggs
      berries/apples, goat’s yogurt, grapefruits,
      meat + veggies on the side

      There are many tasty things to eat…after all, graphic designers and artists make some of their best work under specific constraints.

      Like I said before…you want to go easy on this, it has taken me 3 tries to get very close to the ideal…but it’s still really hard because it’s like your body is withdrawing from Rx drugs or something.

  4. Marji says:

    How would I know if I have Candida?

    • evan says:

      Hey Marji,

      Here’s a pretty good page on the symptoms and details about Candida:

      In my experience the main symptoms of Candida are:
      -skin rashes/acne
      -high body toxicity

      But really it’s simple to understand if you have Candida. Candida fungi have a symbiotic relationship with our body. If we are eating more sugar than our body can process, then we will have a Candida overgrowth (and are probably on your way to type two diabetes).

      So if you are drinking soda, or eating lots of grains (yes even brown rice or “whole grains”), and have taken antibiotics in your lifetime, then you probably have a Candida overgrowth. In America 7/10 people are estimated to have an Candida overgrowth (Rice University study).

      My personal feeling is that the number is closer to 95%, based on the way people eat and live.

      Hope that helps Please ask more questions below!

  5. Marji says:

    Thanks for the quick response.

    I am a mother of three (ages 5, 3, and 4 months). We run a tight budget, I really feel that probiotics would help me and my family but how can I make it more affordable?

    One bottle, 60 capsules, can go from $20 to $35 dollars. It is suggested to take 1-2 capsules a day and to rotate them. So if I have three different bottles, and I take 2 capsules a day, that gives me 180 capsules, 90 days worth at $60-$105 up front. And that is just for me. I have five people in my household. That is $300-$525 up front for 90 days. About $100-$175 a month. Yikes! Maybe I am wrong but I am having a hard time wrapping my head around that for pill when we only spend about $200-$250 on groceries each month.

    Any suggestion on who to buy from that is affordable but has trusted products?

    • evan says:

      I *totally* understand where you’re coming from. I would not recommend spending 2x your monthly food bill on probiotics

      You can make probiotics at home for much less money, it will just take a little bit of prep time. After all, probiotics weren’t invented by these probiotics companies.

      For about $60 worth of probiotics you could buy a starter culture for:
      a) a probiotics starter kit for kefir
      b) a probiotics starter kit for souerkraut

      The body ecology diet site probably has some recipes or you can google it.

      Then you will just be paying for yogurt ingredients (essentially just milk). And you will just be buying sauerkraut ingredients (essentially salad ingredients). And you can just add these cultured foods to your meals, or replace things you would normally eat with their probiotic equivalent.

      Cultured foods have a long history, so welcome!

      • evan says:

        Oh and you just reuse part of the last batch of cultured food to start the new batch, so you don’t have to buy the probiotics starter kits over and over.

  6. marji Crummett says:

    Awesome! Thanks. That is a great idea. I will check out that body ecology site more in depth. This would also be great because I can know for sure what is going in what I eat. I come from a family of farmers and I know how to make things from scratch and how to preserve food. And I actually like doing it. This is a good option for me.

    • Evan says:

      Beautiful Marji…as soon as more people are like you and care about what they are actually eating, our world will be a much better place :)

  7. tammy says:


    I have chronic yeast infections ever since I took birth control for a few months. I noticed when I eat sugar sweetened foods they come back.

    I have recently had one and took flucanazole. I started taking acidophilus the day after. I’m also using garlic. Do you think this will fight it off?

    Also, in regards to the diet I can’t eat a lot of meat because them I get constipation and then I have an infection all over again.

    I eat alot of fresh fruits and vegetables and dint get an infection. But as soon as I have too much chocolate or other sweet it comes back.

    I would really appreciate if you could email me some suggestions s.


    • evan says:

      Garlic is great for fighting it off. Just as fluconazole is antifungal, so is garlic :D

      Birth control, sugar sweetened food, sweets, chocolate, etc. are all things that energize candida.

      Ya if you get constipated eating a bunch of meat, then don’t eat too much. It could also be the case that your digestion is compromised and has trouble digesting meat.

      Ya, get off the birth control and stay off the sweets. That will keep you candida free. And supplementing with cultured probiotics & probiotics supplements will keep you strong.

      Oh and stay off the antibiotics if possible!

  8. Faby says:


    This was a great read. I have one question: how long should one stay in the cleanse? Is it a lifelong dedication?

    • evan says:

      That is a great question. I think that eating little sugar & starch with lots of high quality meat is a great way to feel healthy and slow down ageing.

      Depending on your body, following this diet 95% strictly for 3, 6, 9 or 12 months is sufficient. That will get you quite clean!! But it will depend on the person and their health.

      If you’ve got terminal cancer, probably 12 months would be necessary. If you’re a person under 30 with very very minor health issues, then 3 months would probably work, but like most truthful answers, it depends :)

      Now after that initial cleansing period, as long as you stay 85% or better on the diet and don’t take probiotics, you should not have to go through the strict cleanse for many years.

      Always remember that true health is not dogmatic – sometimes the emotional satisfaction you get by partying with old buddies and going off the diet far outweighs the benefit of eating well. Just be sure to go back on it the next morning :D

  9. J says:

    I have a question,

    I am currently taking a fungal cleanse but I was told that taking a probiotic one day on/one day off would help with the detox symptoms.

    If I do not mind spending the money, is that ok to do…I have been taking my fungal candida cleanse for 4 days now and I am getting really hot in my eyes and face from detox systems.

    Thank you again!

    • evan says:

      Yes my friend, I am glad you are seeing results from this cleanse.

      Ya try the probiotics & see if they help. My guess would be you’d be feeling about the same detoxwise, but you may notice a difference. Experiment!

      What will definately help with the detox symptoms is:
      Drink plenty of water, eliminate avoidable stressful things from your life, eat clean whole food, take some deep belly breaths every hour, do some taiqi/yoga and get 8+ hours of sleep by going to bed each night before 10pm :D

      Evan Jerkunica

  10. arthur says:

    I have been batteling candida for about three years. It has become so bad with bloting, gas lots of abdominal pain, sever sinus and prostate problems..I have tried a couple of products That have B subtilis as one of the ingreadents and enterococcus faecalis. I have learned that thies can cause secondary infections or make you worse if you have an impaired immune systme. When I take this product the dieoff becomes so severe I half to stop taking it and this last for almost a week after stopoing taking it.. I have just about given up on getting rid of the candida. It has made my life miserable. It is very hard to go anywhere because it is so hard to breath because of the sinus problem , bloting headach, blured vision, and weekness, itching, ringing ears, staggering when I walk. If I eat out befor I finnish eating my stomach is so bloted and haveing such pain and takes hours before stopping. Three years ago or so I had none of this. and than it slowly become to come on me and has steadely increased. My doctor told me I had somekind of a fungus but He did not seam to know much about it..What can I do…I stay with the diet except I do eat some brown rice daily.


    • Evan says:

      Hey Authur,

      Based on your severe die-off reaction, that likely means your body’s detoxification systems are overloaded. As you said you are likely immuno-compromised, and many of your organ systems are overloaded. You likely also have severe chronic fatigue and mal-nutrition.

      Given that you can only eat brown rice, I would STRONGLY advice you to contact the CHEK institute ( to find someone to help you through this. You will want to find someone who is HLC level 3 & Check Practitioner level 3+

      JP Sears might also be a good guy to talk to: he has those above qualifications.

      I do personally help people through candida problems, but your case is beyond my skill set. Good luck my friend, and thanks for the comment!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I’m 20 and believe I have been suffering from moderate systematic candida overgrowth for the past few years after being on antibiotics (bactrim ds) for acne on and off for 3-4 years during high school. I have had recurrent yeast infections for 2 years as well as acid reflux and oral thrush and just recently put all these issues together as one bigger problem, candida overgrowth. My doctor has prescribed me a longer-than-typical dose of diflucan, but I have read online that the yeast can mutate and actually get worse in the long run. What do you suggest? Also, I am on a pretty strict candida diet (I haven’t figured out how to have carbs in my diet without eating grains though) as of recently and do notice a difference just from the diet alone. I take vitamin c, omega-6 fish oil, vitamin d, and garlic supplements as well. Do you think the diflucan is necessary in my case in addition to the diet and supplements? Should I wait to take probiotics until 3-4 months of both diflucan and the diet? Would kefir be useful at this point or is it too early to get the benefits from it? Sorry for all the questions, I just feel very overwhelmed!

    • evan says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your problems. Sounds terrible :(

      A few things to mention:
      1) I would recommend you stay off dairy of any kind – even kefir. It can feed candida.
      2) If what you are eating doesn’t have “eyes”, then it is likely a carb. Most every veggie with the exception of nuts & avocado are carbs.
      3) I would recommend you start taking small amounts of probiotics now (say starting with a few billion a day, and then ramping up very slowly). If the probiotics you are taking make you feel worse, they are likely working because your body is going into a detox situation…it will likely get worse before it gets better. Be sure to accompany this with lots
      of water so you can help you body detox. Decrease the dose of probiotics if it gets too intense.
      I strongly recommend you start making some sauerkraut at home – its a great way to get some carbs, is very easy to digest, and has great probiotics!
      4) I have not used diflucan & have not studied it. My understanding of these issues is that candida is an opportunisitic organism & will not be eradicated by an anti-fungal – it ultimately has to be out-competed by your body’s probiotic organisms.
      5) As much as these problems seem purely physical, I encourage you to see how there are emotional components to your illness. Did candida coincide with an event in your life? Death of a loved one? Breakup? Loss of a friend?

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  12. Patricia says:

    Evan thanks for the information you’re providing . I have a question, once you are continuing the diet you said you don’t need to continue on probiotics? Please explained, I’m on steroids and have been for the last 20 years or more. I have been diagnose with Sarcordois. Thank you

    • evan says:

      Thank you for your question patricia.

      You asked:
      Once you are continuing the diet you said you don’t need to continue on probiotics? Please explain.

      Think of probiotics like seeds for a crop, and your body as the field. The first time you plant a new crop on the field, you need some seeds.

      But the second year you can save seeds from your old crop and you don’t need to buy more seeds.

      In the same way, you take probiotics to get your crop of probiotics started in your body. If your crop did well (and your probiotics flourished because of good lifestyle choices & good food), then your old probiotic colonies will make “seeds” for new one.

      But if your crop did poorly (eg. from antibiotic use, too much sugar and not enough plant based foods), you will have to reseed the field (and supplement with more probiotics).

      So that’s what I mean by how you wouldnt need to take supplements forever if you are maintaining your probiotic colonies with healthy habits!

      Sarcordois does not sounds fun. Probiotics may be able to help as they can help normalize immune function and reduce inflammation – though I do not recall any literature on this specifically.

      I would love for you to report back your experience to us all :D

      much love,
      Evan Jerkunica

  13. Patricia says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question. Yes I have been very ill. I initially was diagnosed while I was in a coma. It has caused other problems, ie with my heart. Do you think probiotics would help me.

    • evan says:

      I believe so.

      Ultimately our body is a tightly integrated system. If we can help one part of us (say feel happy about X), then our whole body feels better.

      Do your best to eat veggies & free range organic meat – those will likely help. Trust your body, and respond to it’s signals. It knows more than we can “know”.

  14. Shay says:

    Hello and please help. I have been suffering for almost two months. After i had an abortion and started taking birth control, i started feeling sick. Heavy head, white tongue, weak, malaise, condtipation, weight lose, depression, wake up early and sweat. I took so many blood tests that came back normal. Doctors cant understand. They took a throat culture that came back as candida albicans overgrowth. I cant seem to get riid of this. Im 27, healthy with a 5 and 6 yr old two boys. Im goin crazy. I did a 5 day detox, eatn yogurt, took diflucan. Things have gotten a little better but not much. I still have head tension constantly, constipation, fatigue. Ehat can i do? I been taking probiotics, garlic pills, vitamin c, one a day vitamins…please help. I cant keep feeling like this everyday. I want to just give up.

    • evan says:

      Hi Shay,

      Thank you for writing and I will do my best to help you out of your difficulties.

      Those sort of symptoms track closely with parasites, candida & adrenal burn out. This is a very serious condition that will generally spiral downward.

      I would recommend that you:
      1) cut out sugar, fruit, grains
      2) drink 10 8oz glasses of filtered water per day
      3) take 15 Billion probiotics per day together with food for 3 months
      4) take 5 billion probiotics per day after the initial 3 months for 1 year.

      A 5 day cleanse is a good start, but it took your body many years to reach this state – and it will take a minimum of a month to see significant recovery & a minimum of a year to reach full health again.
      you need to:

      REST – You need to find some time to recharge. Ideally, you would take 1 day a week to do nothing. I know you have a busy family, so at the very least you need to find a 5 days every week with a 90 minute pocket of relaxation. Take a bath, go for walk in nature, meditate, or very gentle yoga. You need to be fast asleep by 10pm every night, and wake no earlier than 6am.

      REMOVE – You are likely allergic to some things you are eating. Remove out sugar, fruit, grains & dairy from your diet for at least a month. Remove TV, news, browsing the internet – at least for a month. Limit your screen time. Remove activities & relationships that are stressing you out.

      REPLENTISH – Eat as much organic produce, grass fed meats & probiotic foods as you can. Maybe start juicing. Take probiotic supplements of around 15Billion/day with food. Consider getting whole food supplements like amazonian herbs or supplements from the North American Herbs & Spice company.

      But you need REST@!!@!@!@!@! If you are the SUN for your family, if you burn out, how will your family get the sunlight they need? Take time away either alone or with friends so you will be well for the long haul :D

  15. steph says:

    Hello I need some serious help and advice about my chronic yeast infection
    That I haven’t been able to get rid of for over 5 months! I have tried everything out there even probiotics I need a plan to get rid of this once and for good! Idk where to start!? I’m so aggravated with this infection! I’m a college student living w this monsterous condition but don’t know how to get rid of it step by step and for how long to do treatment for and with what kind of medicine natural things

    • evan says:

      Hi Steph,

      I pretty much laid it out above – read through the comments & you will see.

      If that still doesn’t work for you, buy The Fungal Link (link here).

      If you feel neither of those help, I can personally coach you to Candida free health :) Just contact me at and we can go over rates.

      good luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  16. Vanessa says:

    Hi Evan,
    My symptoms started two years ago. Did the norm, blood test and of course could not find anything. I was diagnosed with gastritis last year October. Had a sever attack last month and got two different types of antibiotics one for bacterial infection and other for fungal infection. Went again to swallow the wonderful camera and was diagnosed with eosphical candida. Did research on diet and it is a bit different to the gastritis diet. I am a bit scared to eat some veggies that the Candida allows. I generally am a healthy person and believe that breakfast is an important meal. Now that grains, sugar and milk is out of the question. Do you perhaps have any suggestions? Oh and yup as from tonight no more brown rice. Also hear fish is not a good option. If this is true please help.

    • evan says:

      Hi Vanessa,

      I applaud you in your courage to keep going to get rid of candida. Although you may feel your situation isn’t ideal, it is incredibly common – some estimates put Candida overgrowth present in more than 90% of the USA population!~

      You aren’t alone!@

      Also remember that you have to do only what you can do. Yes the ideal of the diet may be to eat zero grains, dairy or sugar. But maybe that’s too much for you right now. How about you do all you can right now, and not beat yourself up about it.

      Equally important, we need to consider the emotional and mental aspects of this condition. Some holistic minded health practitioners believe that candida is related to co-dependence issues in ones life. I am not saying that’s you – but it’s worth looking in to if you feel you are out of options.

      So Vanessa, would you like me to put together a menu for yourself and other candida sufferers?

  17. Yael Roy says:

    Hey everyone,
    Reading these posts has made me feel a lot better in spirit! My physical situation as a result of Candida feels out of control! I was traveling in India for 5 months, got quite ill and took antibiotics 3 times. I know it was excessive, but I was in a situation where I had no other choices. I think I contracted some kinds of parasites also because of information I have found about my symptoms. The problem right now is that I am always craving sugar, so much so that I sneak it so people, particularly co-workers and my partner, do not see me. It’s gotten so bad that I think of sugar all day long. I know its feeding the candida and it’s them asking for it, not me. I am back in Canada now, taking black walnut, chloryphyll , acidophilos-bifidus, mms…drinking lots of water (as I have always done) I make fenugreek , fennel, tarrot root tea.

    I have been eating a LOT of spinach, but havn’t even been able to get through a single day no sugar since I arrived home a month ago. I feel ashamed, embarrassed and depressed. I try to explain to my partner, but he thinks i’m over reacting and that my belly is “not that bloated”. When in fact its huge and into my pelvis area like a balloon. The doctors say all blood work is fine, but I have thrush in my mouth some mornings, thats when I know it’s really extreme.

    I was eating a lot of brown rice till I realized it was bad. Now I am trying lots of salads and drinking apple cider vinegar in water 3 times a day. I have also started experimenting with coffee enemas and they make me feel great but the bloating is still so big. The stomach pain has lessoned, after a 12 hour trip to emerge and getting a catscan… and OF COURSE…the results are GOOD. As per usual with this stuff, doctors really don’t know what’s up with Candida. I try to explain to my partner that it’s affecting our lives ( I know he has it too, but refuses to admit it) He seems to think I talk too much about my health problems but this is very real for me. Extreme ear ringing and humming, irritability, foggyness, forgetfulness (normally I have such a great memory) I’m not THAT tired, but I am very confused for no reason at times.

    Is is worth it to buy those “candida clear” packs? Does anyone think they are good, or just a waste of money that can be corrected by diet.

    Thanks for reading, sorry to write so very much! It’s just such a downer and has been for months now, and even more than that when I look back it’s been off and on for about 4 years. I am afraid of the stomach bloating, it looks like i’m pregnant really….


    • evan says:

      Hi Yael,

      Thank you so much for sharing and I am so sorry to hear about your struggle.

      Sugar cravings don’t only come from candida. They can also come from not having enough meat in your diet. Also adding more fat can help alleviate those cravings. Try playing with the ratio of fat/animal protein/carbohydrate ratio at meal time.

      Sugar triggers insulin release, and insulin efficiently shuttles meat to our cells – hence why sugar craving can be caused by lack of meat in some cases.

      If I could make a small suggestion, I would recommend that you do not feel guilty about eating sugar – it is quite all right my love! I know you are doing your best & just think of how much sugar you are *not* eating and saying no to. You could do a lot worse!~

      In my experience as a health practitioner, it’s extremely important that we do not expect people to make changes to their health (or any change at all) that they are not ready to make. As much as you are coming from a place of love about your husband’s candida, it is his body, and your suggestions out of love may be interpreted as nagging. And that’s the last way you’re going to get him to make changes! Once he sees the great changes in your body, he will become interested :D

      Also, be careful with taking the supplements for killing candida for too long a stretch (probiotics are okay every day). Ideally you take 1/2 of the supplements one week, and the other 1/2 the next week. This way our body gets a break from those harsh substances.

      Lastly, make sure you take a LARGE dose of probiotics. In many research studies on probiotics, more than 15 billion CFU are taken daily for a year.

      wishing you health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  18. Yael Roy says:

    WOW! Evan
    Your email really made me feel better in my spirit. I feel gentler with myself today. I really appreciate how you can see that I am “coming from a place of love” and I appreciate you being honest saying basically… work on you. I need to hear that. I cannot say enough how supportive your email was and how great I feel that you shared all you did with me.

    I have a few questions: I have started to take cod liver oil (liquid form) as well as grapefruit seed extract, drinking apple cider vinegar, chloryphyll and today I bought some miso to make soups. I have been eating VERY green and adding these things to my diet. I feel that I should take precaution not to hit it too hard, but by the same measure I want this to really start seeing some effects. The yeast is showing up a lot right now in my vaginal area, and the stomach bloating right down into my pelvis is extreme. I guess this could be die off to some extent, or I just have it really bad! Are these things I”m taking ok?

    thanks again


    • evan says:

      Hey Yael,

      Thank you so much. Your comment helped me a lot too. You have inspired me to put together a video series & a very complete book on how to deal with this issue! I want to be able to respond with people’s comments with just saying: check out this article or read this book! Exciting, huh?

      Those all sound like good supplements to me. Definitely eat plenty of below ground veggies (cooked & raw if possible), carrots are antifungal & beets are great prebiotics (food for your probiotics). Garlic, ginger, wasabi & onions will also help you on your quest. And rotate the “killing” supplements like GSE, etc…one week on, one off…give your body a rest :D

      As far as wanting to see effects immediately, great! In that case the most important thing is to get tons of rest, stay well hydrated on filtered water, & eat organic veggies & healthy animal meat. Eat some organ meats from a local farmer’s market if you can – very nutritious.

      The book How to Eat, Move & Be Healthy (by Paul Chek) is a must read to help you stay healthy now and onward :D

      And just remember that while your probiotic colonies can be destroyed quickly (3 rounds of antibiotics in a few months), it can take a year with heavy, regular supplementation to see significant effects from probiotics. But if you also rest, eat clean food, and do fun things…well you can get back to your previous self in 3-6 months in many cases.

      It sounds like you’re on your way :D

    • evan says:

      Oh & as far as short term relief for vaginosis, you can apply some acidophilus yogurt to your vagina or try douching.

      There was a University of Milan study (Drago et al. 2007) on 40 women with vaginosis. They took a douche with L. acidophilus for a week and 37/40 had their vaginosis cured.

      Being a man I can’t speak from experience, but next time I have jock itch I will give it a try.

      I saw an oral probiotic + probiotic douche kit in whole foods, but I don’t remember the name of it – looked very cool.

  19. Glenda says:

    I just watched an episode of Dr. Oz, where there were claims probiotics were good for fighting the yeast overload in our system. There was a woman claiming she had no energy and after going to doctors and doing blood work, they found nothing. She swears by taking probiotics to help rid the body of yeast that was the culprit of making her feel so tired all the time. Is this so because I have had blood work and a physical by my doc and was told my results were perfect. But I feel exhausted constantly. Could it be where there is just too much yeast in my body/system?

    • evan says:

      In my opinion blood work can only diagnose very serious, late stage illnesses. Your body has many chemical feedback systems to keep your blood a certain way…if your blood ph were to drop to around a ph of 7 (from a normal ph of around 7.4), then you would die!! If your blood sodium levels drop too much you’d die!

      Probiotics may have been JUST what she needed. Or she could be a paid spokeswoman since many of Dr. Oz products and shows have sponsorship behind them.

      Either way, if you have no energy, you need to try something. I personally would bet that long term lifestyle changes are a bigger factor in getting your energy back than probiotics. I would get the book “How To Eat, Move and Be Healthy” – it’s a great book for understanding how lifestyle factors affect your energy and general health.

      You could also try probiotics, but look at lifestyle first!!

  20. Jin says:

    Hi! Is it okay to start the probiotics right away? Or is it necessary to have a detox first?

  21. Mint says:

    Hi Jin,

    The doctor prescribed 10 days antibiotic treatment and Fluconazole pill for me to fight bacteria and yeast over-growth the same time. I am on treatment the 3rd day now. I have been sticking to no sugar food these past few days. What worry me is that I might not be able to stay on the strict anti-sugar candida diet as I will be traveling to a seminar tomorrow and stay there for a week. Would it help if I take probiotics 50 billions without staying on a strict no sugar food?

    • evan says:

      Hey Mint,

      I’d do your best. Just remember that it’s important to be realistic and not stress yourself out over these things.

      You’ll be fine if you go off it for a day or two…just make the best choices you can :)

  22. Mint says:

    Hi Evan,

    Sorry I misaddressed you as Jin!

  23. Momof2 says:

    Hi Evan!

    I’ve been having recurring vaginal yeast infection each month for 2 years now. I love sugary snacks. I took blood test before and my doc said my blood sugar is normal. I met a few gynecologist they gave me diflucan and vaginal pessaries. It worked for about a week or two but before my period I get yeast infection all over again. I have been inserting yogurt but it doesn’t die, I tried douching with teatree oil and it works great it starts to die and come off but the next day it’ll come back. so I have to repeat. Getting tired of this game.

    So now I’ve made a decision to try candida diet. It’s my 3rd day today and’s so haaaard to do. Today I had 2 cubes of cadbury almond chocolate bar. Hehe!
    I’ll go on with this die-t and see if it comes back after my period. My question is, do I need to take diflucan to help assist the killing of these buggers? Thank you :)

    • evan says:

      For me, I always get sugary cravings when I’m not eating right…generally not eating enough fat and meat at each meal.

      Also, if I skip meals or go too long without eating then I will get HEAVY sugar cravings.

      So try and look at WHY you get the cravings. Maybe when you’re stressed out? Perhaps when exhausted?

      I promise you…if I can kick my sugar cravings, so can you!

  24. Deena says:

    Hi I too am going through a cleanse I have only been on for 6 days bad it seemed the 4th day symptoms were some what improving but today on the 6 day it was horrible things came back worst than what I had begun. Skin and itchy ness my eyes red inflamed. I have read that you could it brown rice with moderation is that not true

    • evan says:

      I’m not sure what cleanse your doing and what your situation is. But sometimes these reactions can be part of the cleansing process, other times the cleanse isn’t the right thing. It’s hard to say.

  25. Nick says:

    Hey Evan,

    Thanks for putting together this forum for exchange. I personally have been dealing with athletes foot for 5 years and have treated it with OTC, and Terbinafine. However it has recently spread to my hands, my groin area, my nose, and ears. I’ve also had dandruff for several years as well. I use oregano oil, tea tree oil, bleach/Apple Cider Vinegar soaks and your typical OTC creams to mitigate itching/burning, however it never seems to go away. What is the efficacy of the candida holistic diet in eradicating all forms of external fungus? I don’t really have much sugar, exercise 5 days a week, and get 8 hours of sleep a night. I do have a lot of starches in the form of rice and potatoes so I may cut that out. I feel most hopeless about the fungus on my penis, because I feel that it will deter me from potential partners, since its contagious. Is there any hope that these external conditions can be eradicated? Or will this be life-long ?

    • Nick says:


      I forgot to mention I started taking 1 pill/day Acidophilus 1 billion cultures supplement last month. I also started eating 2 cloves of garlic per day as well(not on days I’m interacting with people since garlic breath is a BEAST!)

    • evan says:

      Ouch Nick – I’m sorry to hear about that. I have had my share of fungus and dandruff but it sounds like you have me beat on my worst day!

      I would not put much faith in external creams, soaks, etc. This problem is most likely coming from the inside. Applying creams to your whole body for the rest of your life is not a good option.

      I would strongly advise you to buy the book How To Eat Move And Be Healthy and follow it to the letter for 6 weeks and see what changes. Pay extra attention to the chapter on fungus and parasites and metabolic typing.

      I would consider removing starches, fruits and all sugar for 2 weeks and see what happens. You should also consider removing common allergens such as eggs, soy, gluten and dairy.

      As important as all of the above, you need to start a diary of your food and your symptoms. You may be surprised what you can find when you pay attention to what makes your symptoms better or worse. You should also check your carpet, house, floorboards, etc for mold because sitting in a room full of spores for years on end can exacerbate your symptoms.

      If you can afford it, you need to go see a CHEK practitioner (at least level 2). They can be pricey, but they will generally get results if you’re motivated to listen to what they say.

      Good luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  26. Now Foods says:

    Hi I too am going through a cleanse I have only been on for 6 days bad it seemed the 4th day symptoms were some what improving but today on the 6 day it was horrible things came back worst than what I had begun. Skin and itchy ness my eyes red inflamed. I have read that you could it brown rice with moderation is that not true

    • evan says:

      Hi William,

      If I were you I’d give the rice a try. Please be really careful with cleanses like this.

      Candida and digestive problems typically develop over years and years. If the cleanse is a week or two, do you think it is logical that most of the issues could be reversed that quickly? I think I’m better off doing small consistent changes for years at a time.

  27. sally says:

    I have diabetes and have had a terrible time with burning sensation, I went on a yeast free diet, I have blueberries yogurt
    , everyday,I eat turkey or chicken, brocilli, tomatos, I am always reading labels. the diet worked and I was burn free, but now its back, I’m still on the yeast free diet. my doctor says my sugar is fine. what do I do now?

    • evan says:

      Hi Sally,

      I’d look at other lifestyle factors that are hurting your body’s ability to fight off the candida infection.

      Make sure to:

      • minimizing stress
      • getting to bed early
      • you aren’t eating things you’re mildly allergic to
      • make sure you’re exercising frequently

      Good luck :)

  28. Kate Leary says:

    Hi. Some years ago, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and found to be insulin resistent. I don’t fully understand the insulin resistance, but do know that if left untreated, can lead to diabetes. I have always had a problem with yeast infections, both vaginally and thrush. I feel like I’m always taking Diflucan. Recently, my Dr. recommended taking acidophilus and probiotics. I’ve learned that a probiotic should have at least a billion CTU’s, 10 different strains of bacteria, and no sources of sugar, as candida feeds on sugar. I’m always exhausted, have acne, and dandruff. Which brand of probiotic would you recommend? Are acidophilus and probiotics the same? I also have to take these in pill form, as I cannot eat yogurt. I’m not allergic, it just makes me sick. I’m so confused about all these different facts and what I can do. Please help!

    • evan says:

      Hi Kate,

      Question – Which brand of probiotic would you recommend?

      Answer – For similar symptoms (though less severe than yours), I took

      Question – Are acidophilus and probiotics the same?

      Answer – Acidophilus is a strain of probiotics…there are many different types. See the most researched types here.

      As a general comment, if I were in your situation I’d also look seriously at other lifestyle factors. Since a Candida overgrowth is a sign of weak immunity, here are some things that affect immunity:

      • too stressed
      • not enough sleep
      • eating foods I’m mildly allergic to (eg. gluten, milk, msg, etc.)
      • not enough “me” time

      To use myself as an example, I can be super stressed out but I won’t get sick if I take care of myself by:

      • eating well
      • not skipping sleep
      • having some “me” time

      But if I lose discipline when I’m stressed out and start eating poorly and going to sleep late, then I’m going to get sick. And my Candida symptoms might come back if I do that for months on end!!

      Best of luck Kate!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Hello, this is my first time ever reaching out to someone on the internet. I have chronic yeast infection and I’ve been having it for about almost two years. It was way worse before to the point where i’d be in class and I’d leave because of how awful it felt like. It’s been easy to deal with lately but I’d like to have it completely gone. I even have all the supplements I need. I have one of the best probiotics that is meant for candida and I also have candida clear supplements, as well as the other pills I have to take that prevents me from feeling less sick when the toxins are dying and fighting to stay. The only thing I don’t have down is the diet. It’s SO hard and so much work. I’m only 18 and don’t even know how to cook. So when I wake up in the morning and I have to make myself some eggs, i eventually get tired of it. Idk how to mix the food I can eat. When I’m hungry, and I have to make myself something to eat, that’s when I give in and eat something else. I was wondering…do u have any tips I can do to make sure to stay on the diet? And how do u feel now that it’s completely gone? I know that with mine, I have to make sure what kind of clothes I wear and I hate it cause I’m so young and I just wanna wear anything! Lol.

    • evan says:

      Dear Anonymous,

      Congrats on getting the Candida more under control :)

      Regarding tips on staying on the diet, it is not easy! But for me, it’s easier to stick to the diet than to have Candida mess with my health & life.

      Here are a few things I do to stay on the diet:

          I only stock my kitchen with food that is good for me to eat
          I ask myself, would I rather have candida, or satisfy this craving?
          When I go off the diet, I don’t beat myself up. I enjoy my indigence and get back on the plan the next meal.
          It takes time & knowledge to learn how to cook. But lucky for you, you have the best cookbook ever…the internet :) Google around and learn to cook a new dish each week. You could make every Monday the day you make your new dish :)
          Somehow exercising regularly also keeps me eating better…I don’t know why.

      It took me until I was 29 to realize that money & health is earned through unglamorous, small little tasks that require disciple…especially when you’re just starting out with something new.

      Good luck, you’ll be fine :)

  30. Donna says:

    I’ve been battling autoimmune thyroiditis most of my life. I’ve also had digestive problems (IBS) most of my adult life. My IBS is so out of control that I live with abdominal pain every day and I am so sick of it. I am looking for answers because doctors don’t have answers. I started with 30 billion probiotics (senior citizen) formula. I haven’t taken it long enough to see any improvement. I asked my doctor if taking Nystatin could possibly help my gut. He didn’t advise me taking it. I have all the classic symptoms of yeast overgrowth. I suffer with cronic constipation/diarrhea 365 days out of the year and the abdominal pain is excruciating. I have one month to find some kind of relief because my husband has booked a vacation for us and I would really like to see the landscape and not just the inside of restrooms!! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • evan says:

      Hi Donna,

      I’m sorry to hear about your struggles with those conditions. There’s a chance that probiotics can help, but if I were you I would look into some lifestyle changes to help.

      A great book is How to Eat, Move & Be Healthy by Paul Chek. See if you can follow the customized plan in that book.

      Probiotics can likely help, but they can’t take the place of:

      • eating well
      • sleeping well
      • being stressed out
      • not staying hydrated

      Good luck, sounds like a complex case. I wish you the best.

  31. avis says:

    Hi evan

    I believe I had candida and it contributed to low stomach acid. …unfortunately to add to my problems I started eating pasture fed beef which became too much for my digestive ability n I think the meat just left rotting in my gut…n my candida flared up big time! it even cause gum inflammation. But I notice when I do take probiotics my gums are healthier n the soreness goes away. I currently take renew life critical care 50 billion. Wondering if it is ok to do 2 capsules a day…100 billion…. is there a maximum safe amount?

    And should I attempt to do some kind of candida cleanse? Wat would u recommend?

    • evan says:

      Hi Avis,

      That’s great that probiotics are helping you!!

      As far as a maximum safe amount of probiotics, it really depends on the person. I have a friend who will get 3 days of side effects from one 10 billion CFU pill, but I can take 400 billion CFU and not have any side effects.

      Here’s a trick for you…try taking 2x of your 50 billion dose and see how that goes. That way you can buy the 100 billion only if it’s not too much for you.

      As far as the Candida cleanse goes, I would personally be careful. For myself, my sister and some friends who have gotten over Candida, a 3 week cleanse didn’t have much of an effect.

      However, minimizing sugar, reducing stress, exercising and getting tons of rest were the long term key to keeping candida under control.

  32. Karen says:

    Hi I have reoccurring yeast infections and have been doing everything they have told me to do. I wear only cotton underwater, use hypoallergenic soap, wash my under clothes in all free & clear, you name it I have done they now even have me douching with half peroxide & water after sex! I have 2 children 14 & 6 I didn’t start having yeast infections until after my 6 yo. Now it every other month! I think it is hormonal I get them the same time every month and at the same time every month I have night sweats or am hot for several nights in a row then boom I get it again! I am taking a probiotic… What else can I do and what is the best probiotic to take…. Any help would be most appreciated this has turned into a life consuming issue!

    • evan says:

      I am not a woman, but my sister previously had chronic yeast infections.

      Night sweats are commonly associated with being overly stressed. And, just like you, my sister found that when she was under more stress, she would often have vaginal yeast flare-ups. Stress comes in many forms – from rebelling teens, money issues, the wrong diet, all the way to it being that time of the month.

      She also found that she really needed to stay away from processed sugar, bread, spaghetti …that was one thing that really gave her flare-ups.

      The good news is that there is ample evidence that probiotics, espeically L. Acidophilus can help prevent/treat vaginosis/vaginitis & Candida.

      So good luck with the above…experiment and try what my sister tried.

  33. Cameron says:

    Hey Evan,

    I believe I have had Candida overgrowth for well over a year now. I started noticing the ‘full-on’ symptoms of systemic overgrowth roughly 15-16 months ago, and have been treating myself somewhat for 10 months, after discovering what it may be. In April, 2013, I started with the diet. About two weeks to a month later, I added daily anti-fungals. I continued this, and further restricted my diet more and more for the next 7 months, having ups and downs. I believe I may have actually made some progress about 5 months in, but jumped the gun and started eating bread, bagels, etc on occasion.
    In late October, after a visit with the second Naturopathic Doctor I’ve gone to see, it was recommended that I introduce high-potency probiotics, (working my way from 11 billion a day to 33 billion). As far as I know I’ve been taking them right, before eating food, etc etc. I’ve continued with roughly 30 billion and stopped taking antifungals, as I wanted to try a colon-cleanse. The combination is 2 tsp caproil, 1 tsp psylium fiber, and 1 tbs liquid bentonite clay, once a day. It seemed to be working, (and it very well still may be) but I’m starting to feel like the candida is just getting worse. For instance, where would I be now if I halted the diet altogether? Probably worse off than when I begun.

    What do I do?

    Take more antifungals?
    Increase my probiotic supplementation?
    Get stricter on my diet?

    Is it even safe to continue eliminating foods that might be causing a reaction with the yeast? Are there complications to taking higher and higher doses of antifungals or probiotics? I’m starting to feel so lost. When do I say enough is enough?

    I appreciate any amount of help at this point. Even to get this off my chest is a little relieving. No one wants to hear about your fungal infections… aha.

    Anyways, anything helps. Also, if anyone else has a tip, feel free to leave a reply.

    Thanks everyone.

    I guess I should mention some specifics too, (just in case someone really does know the answer)

    My diet consists of a good amount of diet-approved vegetables, almost always cooked with garlic and ginger. Sometimes I cook with butter.
    With most meals I have meat – ground beef, chicken, fish, and no pork. I try and make sure the meat is grass fed/organic, but I’m on a pretty tight budget so it can’t always happen.
    I eat greek yogurt when I can afford it, and buy the stuff that only has 2 grams of natural sugar per 125ml. Is yogurt a problem?
    I eat cheese. probably too much. I don’t think I need to be told to cut this out.
    Sometimes I snack on bacon? I don’t know, shit’s good.

    Brown rice? Should I completely eliminate grains? I’ve been eating a decent amount I guess. Is it even safe to eliminate grains? I have so many questions…

    I guess I’ll end it there. Thanks again Evan/Anyone else aha.


    • evan says:

      Dearest Cameron,

      I’ll give you how I would work this out if I were in your situation…in fact, I had a massive Candida overgrowth that I gradually overcame in the last few years. Probiotics obviously helped alot but other things helped too.

      1) I think Candiada/fungal infections is largely an immunity & detox problem. The best possible thing you can do for your immunity/detox is to:
      a) relax 1 hour a day by being out in nature
      b) take a bath or just do nothing for part of the day (no tv, phone or anything)
      c) get 8-9 hours of sleep every day, starting around 10pm, ending around 630am. Sleeping longer in the winter is important too.

      2) Get your digestion in order. Your body needs nutrients, and just because you eat it, doesn’t mean that your body will absorb it. When you eat meat, try adding digestive enzymes, pineapple or papaya and see if your meat digestion feels better.

      3) Try taking additional foods out. I found that the only time I could have rice without a breakout was just after a gym workout or a run. Otherwise it could start a fungal infection all over my body.

      4) Bacon and other fats are probably good. Just don’t eat so much that you feel weighed down. And make sure you eat the cleanest bacon/animal fat you can find…if you eat animals that ate moldy grains, then the fat those animals produce may contain fungal toxins that will make your candida fungal infection flare up!

      5) There is a chance you are getting worse. But more likely you’re more sensitive to your body and you’re aware of your symptoms. But sometimes when you begin to heal, there is a massive detox that triggers.

      I remember in one point of my battle with Candida, I had endless dandruff for a month and I felt worse than previously. But hey, sometimes we need to take a step back to take two steps forward.

      6) I would try staying away from the cheese to see what happens. If you are craving cheese all the time, you may need more protein and fat in your diet.

      7) I’d be careful about taking more antifungals…even natural ones. While they are touted as natural cures, they are often very bitter and strong. They can be quite harsh on your body if your detox systems are pushed to the limit.

      8) Be sure to rotate probiotics – try a few different brands and see what makes you feel best.

      I hear where you’re coming from on getting more and more confused on what probiotics to take, and all these conflicting protocals. The truth is that your body has its own needs that are unique to you. You can try things people recommend, but ulitimately you need to trust your body, feel what makes it worse (eg. getting yelled at by your boss), and what makes it feel better (eg. sleeping in).

      You are the expert on what makes you feel better, and you need to pay attention and listen to your body signals…that will tell you what you need.

  34. Cameron says:

    I guess I should mention some specifics too, (just in case someone really does know the answer)

    My diet consists of a good amount of diet-approved vegetables, almost always cooked with garlic and ginger. Sometimes I cook with butter.
    With most meals I have meat – ground beef, chicken, fish, and no pork. I try and make sure the meat is grass fed/organic, but I’m on a pretty tight budget so it can’t always happen.
    I eat greek yogurt when I can afford it, and buy the stuff that only has 2 grams of natural sugar per 125ml. Is yogurt a problem?
    I eat cheese. probably too much. I don’t think I need to be told to cut this out.
    Sometimes I snack on bacon? I don’t know, shit’s good.

    Brown rice? Should I completely eliminate grains? I’ve been eating a decent amount I guess. Is it even safe to eliminate grains? I have so many questions…

    I guess I’ll end it there. Thanks again Evan/Anyone else aha.


  35. Jennifer says:

    I’m glad to see that a healthy diet is at the top of your list. This is a crucial step, and it was only after starting to eat the right kinds of foods that I was finally able to get on top of my Candida problem.

  36. Nomoreplease says:

    Ok, I hope somebody can help,

    This past month has been a mess,

    I don’t get yeast infections, hardly at all, my tounge is white, I did the saliva test. Of coarse positive,
    (Did it last week)About a month ago I got migraines, then muscle aches, two weeks ago I got the flu(a) then last week dr said I had fibromyalgia this week I ended up in the er with what they say is ibs,
    I do have a rash on my hand, I am coughing up mucus, I passed these things in my stool,(still waiting for the results) that were very skinny flat and straight, (the reason i guessed candida, my dr laughed it off, however,, my lab test. shoe bacteria in the utine, and its being cultured, my blood test came back fine except my vitamin d, I’m doing the candida diet, since sat, I’ve lost almost 10 lbs, had diareah, constipation, still do to where my bowel movements are to one a day. I don’t have any sugar cravings. At all, I used to drink diet soda n coffee daily,, I have high blood pressure now, and a high pulse, do I even have this?

    • evan says:

      Hi Nomoreplease,

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having such a rough time – candida, yeast infections, ibs etc.

      Probiotics could likely help with the candida & ibs part of your problems, but it sounds like something has changed in your life. Are you eating any new foods or being exposed to new chemicals? Or maybe this is your body crashing after going at it too hard for a while?

      It does sound like the candida diet is going well for you so far. Maybe keep on that and try adding some probiotics in there.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  37. kris says:

    I am very confused. Can I take a probiotic and then take an antifungal a few hrs later? I have been on 2 round’s of antibiotics for MRSA, as it didn’t clear up completely. I read on Doug Kaufmanns site he advised caprlic acid and oregeno oil, plus oregeno capsules. I’m seeing great results. I’m pretty much healed. My question I hope is simple, how do I take both of these supplements? We lived in a moldy home for years before realizing we had it. Moved out and have been actually doing quite well until the MRSA.. I have had a lot of stomach and bowel issues. Not sure if I’m doing this correctly. I’m following a good fungal diet also w/ lots of water.

    • evan says:

      Hi Kris,

      If you are taking bacterial probiotics, then the antifungals shouldn’t interfere too much. If you are taking fungal based probiotics, then the antifungals would likely kill your fungal probiotics.

      Regarding healing your stomach issues, I think you have to keep trying things to see what works. For me the only issue I encounter is I feel my meat digestion isn’t 100% sometimes…so then I eat papaya or pineapple to help with that, and I also take swedish bitters.

      If your digestion was very poor, then it can take a lot of dedicated effort to get back to 100%. And when your digestion is poor, you don’t absorb as many nutrients, and then you can’t heal as quickly, etc. Candida type treatments points to your digestion being compromised for a long time.

      My digestion (and everything else) is improved by exercise as well. Rest helps massively…and staying away from sugar helps.

      The thing about nearly all chronic issues (Candida, IBS, systemic fungal infections) is that they do not develop overnight, and we should not expect them to heal overnight either…we can just work for monthly incremental improvement to reclaim our former digestive glory :)

      to feeling great,
      Evan Jerkunica

  38. Cinthya says:

    Hi I’m 18 years old I have a 7month old baby an I’m married, but recently I have experience tiredness depression don’t have much energy I have lots of fatigue I don’t want to do anything and I did not have this symptoms before this could all be hormonal too but I definitely think I may have candida is so I want to know if you could recommend anything that could change my diet, how to start detoxifying my body I really want to encourage my husband to try a probiotic because we both have the symptoms of having candida our diets are not really that good we do eat a lot of fast food and I again so much weight I have never been so big in my life I weigh 186 usually I was a size 5 so it’s really depressing for me I don’t really like to drink soda I don’t really like to drink juice for me I just mostly drinking water but my husband is a soda freak he loves sugar and I think even has worst symptoms than me because he is literally always always tired so I would really really appreciate if you can give me some advice and what probiotics I could start taking an some ideas I could start cooking healthier for my family because I really want to encourage healthy eating for my family it will totally change our life’s I’m sure of that so I’m willing to take the first step I just need a little bit more information thank you so much

    • evan says:

      Hi Cinthya,

      It sounds like you have a lot going on!

      I think healthy family habits can start with you. I would begin to make positive changes – try some of the things on this page.

      There are many things you can try – please read all the comments on this page and you’ll see what I’ve recommended as far as food, sugar, etc. and what worked for me.

      I wish you and your family the best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  39. Demetree Robinson says:

    I have had candida for over 30 years. I have also followed a few treatments during that time. Lately, within the last 3 years, I became a certified holistic health coach which changed my diet. I now am eating clean for 3 years which really helps the candida. I bloat whenever I have an overload of sugar from fruit. I tried cooking with almond flour because I’ve eliminated all gluten from my foods and I still bloat so I know the disease is still there. I bought a 15 billion strain probiotic because it’s suppose to help with candida. I have a huge case of die-off rashes. It is on the inside of both ankles about 4″x 3″, on the back of both hands and now going onto my wrists, a patch on the back of my neck and another patch on the inside of my elbow. At first, I thought I was allergic so I stopped taking them. I did some research and thought it might be die-off symptoms. My questions: Have you heard of die-off symptoms such as this? I also heard that when the parasites die, they release a poison into my system, is this the case?

    I am willing to put up with the itching and the unsitely redness if it is killing the parasites. There are not any doctors that I know of to answer these questions. I am eating the best diet to the point of not eating out at all. I was reading some of the other posts and I am going to cut back on the dosage of 2 pills per day. I ran out of this supplement for 3 days and the rash is beginning to disappear. I also saw your post on food and water. I drink anywhere from 3-4 quarts a day. I think I’m doing everything right on the food and drink but I just need help!

    Thank you so much for doing this and having this site. I don’t remember how I found you but I’m glad I did.

    • evan says:

      Hi Demetree,

      You won’t believe of some of the die-off reactions I’ve heard from people…it’s wild how deeply this fungus can affect us!

      It sounds like you’re 100% on the right path and just need to keep it up. I am a fan of doing what you can to remove severe die-off reactions…it can be very psychologically stressful. And then if you get more stressed out then the Candida symptoms can get worse.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  40. Dee Hime says:

    Just had a hospital stay for c-Diff – took 7 days flagel generic now on another for 5 days – ordered overall best probiotic recommended for age and sex – could I have candida too

    • evan says:

      I Dee,

      C-diff can be quite nasty!! I wish you a speedy recovery. Good on you to get your probiotic flora back in order, antibiotics can really wipe them out.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  41. Hammed Muinat says:

    Hi Evans
    although it is difficult to follow the diet strictly esp in this country of mine,it’s tantamount to starving but I’ll try as much as possible ‘cos the candida is making my life unbearable ).thanks for going through the trouble of helping people wt candida problem but my headache is how to get probiotics supplement in Nigeria. I’ve been to almost all the pharmacy I know of but it seems they are not even aware of the existence of probiotics.I shall be grateful of you can help me with that

    • evan says:

      Hi Hammed,

      There are a number of probiotics you can make at your own home. Have your heard of sauerkraut? Water kefir? Milk kefir?

      Those are all great options if you can’t buy the pill-based probiotics.

  42. Gillian says:

    for Donna
    I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis in 2009 and then started IBS symptoms in 2012, after googling and reading a lot I went gluten free, (and lactose free, and kept to a real food diet) which helped immensly, the IBS symptoms cleared very quickly for me, (though I hadn’t been sick as long as you), and also other aches and pains and the fatigue wasn’t so bad. Then due to itchy rashes, (anywhere I perspired), 3 months ago I started taking probiotics,(2 billon,14 strains), I also gave up sugar,sweet fruits, and cut down on carbs,my rashes, I think due to candida overgrowth, are well on the way to disappearing completely and I find I now have more energy and feel so much better, Hope this helps.

  43. kd says:

    Wondering if starting with a cleanse (can u recommend a good one) accompanied by diet change,garlic pills and a probiotic (currently taking 50 billion pro flora) would be a good start? Honestly worried that the diet thing will be quite the challenge!

    • evan says:

      Hey KD,

      The probiotic you’re taking sounds fine.

      On the diets, there are a number of good diets out there. So…it’s easy to get overwhelmed and then you won’t do anything.

      You can read through the above comments and you’ll see the various dietary/lifestyle recommendations…the key is to pick 1 thing, and do it. Don’t get overwhelemed, just do 1 thing. See if that improves your condition. Once you get used to doing that 1st thing, you can come back here and add a second thing into your life, and so on.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  44. OverThis! says:

    I have sores on my arms. Open sores, with white stick-like plugs clogging the pore under the scab. Will NOT heal until all “plugs” are removed :(
    I also have a small amount of white blotchiness on the back sides of my throat, 70% of the time.
    Lastly, my toenails started growing differently, then corners turned whitish, now one if my biggest toenails has come off.
    It all must be yeast related, right?? According to my research, they all have yeast in common :( I started on probiotics three days ago… Seeing my dr in 4. Thoughts anyone?

    • evan says:

      Hi OliverThis,

      I’m sorry to hear about the sores – that sounds unbearable!

      My non-medical opinion would be that if you have a yeast infection, it is not the cause of these issues…it’s a symptom.

      It sounds like you:

      • have low immunity
      • are not getting enough rest
      • are not digesting enough nutrients

      I’d check in those places. I don’t think you need to live with those symptoms if you’re determined to get healthy…and to stay at it for a long time. Emma lane also has some great information on digesting more nutrients.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  45. Nikki says:

    I am noticing the skin outbreak once a month before or just at ovulation and my doctor doesn’t really want to do anything!! So is there anything else I should be looking into besides the diet change? It’s been about 6 months of the outbreak all at the same time each month. I have already given up soda and working on other things, but it’s so uncomfortable that some relief has to come sooner than not. I’ve lost almost 20 pounds, exercise almost daily, drink lots of water and sleep well. Are there certain blood tests to confirm anything else going on? I feel like I can make those baby steps with the diet over time, but any quicker relief?

    • evan says:

      Hey Nikki,

      Blood tests aren’t very helpful with candida overgrowth.

      There is a ND in the UK who’s amazing…her name is Emma Lane. She could likely refer you to someone near you. Janet Alexander ( out of San Diego is very good as well…she’s been trained by Emma Lane. Email me and I can give you her contact info…she does skype consultations as well.

      Candida can really only take over our bodies if we have multiple system breakdowns. I will be doing a video soon about deeper issues for getting over candida sharing what I know.

      Please email me at if you need to talk further.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  46. Casey says:

    I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a
    blog that’s equally educative and engaging

  47. julie says:

    I have been sipping apple cider vinegar for about 40 days and just recently started doing clay soaks. I apply apple cider vinegar to my skin and also use a biy of tea tree oil after taking flucazone which helped a lot , it almost went away but it built up again. The symptoms were almost nonexistence then it came back. I plan to head to the doctor after this lifestyle adjustment she just wanted to fill me with antibiotics.

    I began to take apple cider vinegar to kill biofilm (plaque around the bacteria to protect it and hard to break) I have been taking it for a month and one half.

    I started feeling great. Clear minded although my skin still began to itch but not as much. Huge improvement. Suddenly, I have been tired, headaches, I had a fever last week up and when I swish with clay I now cough up muccus. I started dry brushing my skin and doing heavy detox bath that’s when the exhaustion and headaches started.

    What is wrong with me? Fatigued, my stomach stirs now, I get intense sugar cravings (to hell with them I rather die than eat anoyher slice of cake), dizzy all the time. My Candidia Gone probiotic biofilm pills , edible benonite clay and cinnamon oil and tea tree come soon but I have been feeling so sleepy and lazy. I take apple cider vinegar diluted 2-3 times a day religiously and my eyes now are coated with muccus every morning. My headache and for two days my stomache has been creeping up on me. I was sitting on the sofa and my skin just started itching all over for a few moments. What is happening to me?

    The benonite clay baths started this odd reaction. The apple cider vinegar is making the itch less. I will start my cleanse and clay diet monday regardless. I am destined to kill this bacteria. I am not going to have this the rest of my life, I rather eat oatmeal and spinach all night and be happy. Fed up!

    For people who look are just starting:

    I suggest you get very scientific when trying to murder this.

    Look up biofilms immediately and die off. Then educate yourself. Approach it like a well versed doctor.

    Should I keep going?

    • evan says:

      Hi Julie,

      I am not doctor so please take this as informational only…and take it with a big brain of salt. Though I have been through getting over Candida myself, so I speak with some personal experience.

      For many people when they take supplements that directly kill candida, they often experience die-off reactions. As Candida is dying, nasty chemicals are produced and your body has to cope with removing them from your body. Some of the chemicals that produced by the Candida die-off can suppress your immune system…making it easier for Candida to maintain a foothold in your body.

      As you wrote above you are working hard to encourage detox…and those headaches/other detox symptoms are likely the process of detoxing. If your’re experiencing too strong of detox symptoms, it may be wise to ease-off the things you’re doing to induce detox reactions…your body may not be ready for that level of detoxification.

      Candida, as a general rule, takes years to develop in your body…it often takes general anesthesia + multiple rounds antibiotics + stressful lifestyle + eating sugar. Likewise, it can take years to “cure” Candida. With the protocols I followed, I was able to reduce the really bad symptoms within 2 months…but to 99% lick it has taken about 2 years.

      So be careful about going to war and trying to kill everything – you’re facing an opponent ready to fight for years at a time.

      best of health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  48. Bob says:

    Well I’ve had this for long time. I try diet for a while. Ive started eating vegetable and yogurt. Well I got some kelifer milk. I do eat out with friends. I feel like small headaches. Well do you think I should buy pills.what kind pills should I buy?

  49. james says:

    im a 38 male and from more than 5 years i couldnt get rid of candida from my genitals. i tried 7 day anti fungal treatment but it wasnt working. Doctors really dont have much idea about this problem. After searching the net i realize i had candida in my guts. I started drinking kefir and help me a lot but the progress is really slow. My question is can i take antifungal medicine and kefir or yogurt at the same time?

    • evan says:

      Hi James,

      You should really check with your doctor, but here’s my personal take. It depends on the kefir, but frequently there are many beneficial strains of probiotics that are not probiotic yeast/fungi, so the antifungal won’t destroy all the benefit of the kefir you’re taking.

      Congrats on making progress! I’m excited for you!. When I had Candida, if I ever got super stressed out or didn’t keep my genitals dry before putting on underwear, I would get moderate to severe jock itch :( But I’ve seen the promise land and no longer have to deal with jock itch! You can get there too, but it did take over a year to really get rid of it, and I had to start taking care of myself…stress-wise, lifestyle-wise and all.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  50. Melissa says:

    I was wondering if anyone else is feeling like they are getting itchy,biting, crawling and pinpricks. I have all the symtoms that everyone else is describing and after taking my first 100 million proboitic for yeast did I finally get relief but anytime I slip on the diet immediately I feel like I’m getting bit. I’m so much better then when this all first started. I was misdiagnosed so many times and now the doctors either don’t want to deal with you or flat out tell you they don’t know what it is. I know the Candida can turn into a fungi which can kill you and I really am scared that their is no light at the end of the tunnel. I have been dealing with this for a year and a half and haven’t had a destintive answer since this all started. I know that diet is important but find it very hard for me to stick to but try really hard. I think I had his long before symtoms on the skin. I kept telling the doctors I didn’t feel good, my energy was zapped, I had brain fog. I thought it was hormones but then some very stressful things happened and a rash broke out on my thighs. Since then rashes everywhere. Now all rashes are gone and a few bumps appear from time to time. That’s how I know it’s still their and if I eat something wrong I immediately feel the pin pricks. I feel it can come back with a vengeance if I get off the diet to long. Can I take more then one 100 million proboitic? Can I take two in a day? Do you have any other suggestions. Please help!! God Bless

    • evan says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks so much for writing! I’m sorry to hear about your struggles but I am very glad that you’re much better.

      I can’t speak for your condition since I’m not a medical doctor. But for myself, I’m generally a fan of experimenting in small steps.

      If I were in your situation, I would try taking maybe an extra 1/4 of a dose and see if that made me feel better or worse. If 2 weeks on an extra quarter dose did fine, then I might up the dose by 1/2. And so on, and so on. I’d go slow but steady!!

      I wish you the very best in your health,
      Evan jerkunica

  51. Bess says:

    Great info you’re providing for individuals dealing with a frustrating change in lifestyle. I do have a question as I’m currently undergoing the candida diet. I’m 6 weeks in and free it may be time to add/test some items into my diet. What are your feelings about the low carb grains such as quinoa, brown rice, coconut flour, gluten free oat bran. I’ve read about coconut flour bread to help with process. I totally cut carbs at the start for the first 2 weeks or so and started feeling the body/brain weakness and was told I need to add some light carbs. I did Quinoa puffs for test and seemed fine. I’m curious mostly about the other grains. I’ve had no fruit as of yet. I appreciate any input you may have.

    • evan says:

      Hey Bess,

      Thank you for the kind words and the question.

      I know of very few people who do well on taking ZERO carbs…that is likely a bad thing to do for 90% of people. I think the key is to remove high glycemic index carbs and sugars…because sugar and simple carbs that quickly become sugar are what cause my own candida to grow.

      And if you really need to eat some carbs like rice (because you’re doing heavy exercise), then you should eat the rice with protein and fat so your blood sugar doesn’t spike as steeply.

      BUT – there are other factors beyond diet to beating Candida. I found that the more stressed out I am, the worse my candida would get…this was 100% true for my sister and most other people I’ve met who have this fungal overgrowth.

      Really stress reduction and eliminating processed sugars were the key to my long term improvement…oh and probiotics too :)

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  52. Brian says:

    Can probiotics help you recover from lactose and gluten intolerance?

    • evan says:

      Hi Brian,

      I don’t think so.

      I would look towards something like L-Gultamine (an amino acid I’ve heard can help heal gut lining).

      Most importantly, I would avoid those things that cause you trouble.

      Evan Jerkunica

  53. Nancy says:

    I have a male friend who has a candiadias infection in the creases of his legs in the groin area and the crack of his bum. He practiced good hygiene. He is trying to eliminate sugar and alcohol from his diet. He has a cream he applis when he is experiencing an outbreak but this is not clearing up the infection. It reoccurs. He is wanting to clear this up permanently. Can you suggest some natural remedies?

    • evan says:

      Hi Nancy,

      That’s a very serious infection. I would work with a medical doctor to clear it up. I would also ask what caused the infection, and then do what the doctor says to prevent it from happening again.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  54. Dee MacGowan says:

    So many people are benefiting from your advice, thank you. Your expert and very forthcoming responses to queries are from direct experience and it’s good to know I’m not alone out there in dealing with this stuff. The frustration, exasperation and challenges don’t lend themselves to stress reduction! Decided I need to either join a monastery or get very friendly with a chef/nutritionist. Anyway, I get tired and feel unsatisfied and hungry on protein and veg and without grains of any sort, ie wholegrain or brown rice. Keeping well away from all others because i don’t wish to compromise my candida and leaky gut. What healthy carbs can you suggest to keep sugar and energy levels balanced other than selected fruit?

    • evan says:

      Hi Dee,

      Haha yes I think we could all benefit from spending some time in a monastery. The way we live today in the west is very intense and stressful to understate it greatly.

      I’ve learned a few things this last year about how to better deal with stress. I’ve tried to focus on improving my relationship with the things that happen every day. For example, relationships at home, clutteredness at home, keeping my bedroom as relaxing as possible, looking for work that is less stressful, etc. The stressful things that happen every day add up to a lot…so we should deal with ongoing stress as soon as possible…which can mean short term stress (eg. an argument about changing something), but lower medium to long term stress.

      Last thing I’ve learned about stress management lately…from really stupid things I did at work…was that to stop beating myself up about a serious mistake I made, I needed to extract the lesson from the mistake, and then move on. It really turns mistakes into learning opportunities that make us stronger moving forward!

      For healthy carbs, it can be difficult. If you’re like me, you tend to feel more energized and better with some sort of starch. And eating like a rabbit can only happen for so long before you might go crazy.

      So for healthy carbs, I use the following a lot:

      • squashes – many different types
      • cooked carrots (they sustain me longer than raw carrots which I have as well)
      • broccoli/cauliflower

      Very sparingly, I also use these carbs:

      • red potatoes (super seldom)
      • sweet potato (seldom)

      Ultimately you need to experiment and see what works for you. Try a lot of different veg.

      I would also look into the fat you’re eating. If my fat is off, then I often feel lethargic. If my protein is off, I can feel lethargic as well. Eating protein/fiber/fat can help make blood sugar more stable.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

      PS. Thank you for the kind words.

  55. Danny says:

    I have read and believe “clean proteins, lots of leafy green veggies, probiotic and plenty of good quality water, exercising are the foundation of getting rid of yeast. What’s your take on the “bone broth” being something you should add to the list.

    • evan says:

      Hi Danny,

      There are lots of good things about taking bone broth for digestive health. But, if someone has SIBO, then the collagen in bone broth can cause bloating or other problems.

      I would definitely try it – and then make a judgement for yourself if it’s the right way to go.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

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