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!

The Probiotics I Used Against Candida

When looking for a probiotic supplement that is likely to be effective against Candida, I would make sure it has these 2 probiotic strains:

There is decent research showing that these probiotic strains have some effect on intestinal Candida infections.

My Favorite Anti-Candida Probiotic Product


My favorite probiotic for fighting candida (because it has both L acidophilus and B bifidum), is Synbiotic 365 by United Naturals. It’s a 3 in 1 probiotic that has anti-candida probiotic strains, prebiotics as well as B vitamins. You should click here to read the review where I rated this product 5 stars.

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 may be a good first step, but my sister and I needed to take the probiotics AND improve our diets/lifestyle.

I’ll detail below the lifestyle improvements and diet changes I needed to make to take it to defeat probiotics.

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.

Testing for Candida

The best way to test to see if you defeated candida, or actually have it, is the culture swap test. You can swab feces, throat or even skin infections to see there is an overgrowth.

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.

Careful of Candida Cleanses

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??

109 comments on “Probiotic Supplements for Candida – My Experience” - Click here to write your comment

  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?

    Stuart

    • evan says:

      Hi Stewart,

      I followed the protocol in the “The Fungal Link” by Doug Kaufmann.

      As far as fruit went, I only ate green apples and berries. I didn’t eat bananas – but I did have carrots (carrots have strong anti-fungal properties according to that book – even with their relatively high sugar content.).

      Here’s a link to the book on Amazon. It’s worth reading – it did the trick for me.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  2. Stuart Little says:

    Thanks for the answer.

  3. Stuart Little says:

    Evan
    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

      non-sugary yogurt
      most meats
      most kinds veggies (non-starchy)
      some fruits

      no grains
      no peanut butter

      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…I think we have to lean into the constraints and be creative to find new dishes and foods we like.

      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.

  4. Marji says:

    How would I know if I have Candida?

    • evan says:

      Hey Marji,

      The best way to check for intestinal Candida is by stool culture. A lab will swab your stool, then culture it, and then within about a week they can see if Candida is aggressively present in your intestines.

      For me, I experienced these symptoms:
      -dandruff
      -skin rashes/acne

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  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 sauerkraut

      You can Google around for some recipes.

      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 used to be how we preserved food, so they have thousands of years of use by our ancestors.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

      • 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 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:

    Hello,

    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.

    Thankyou!

    Mstammalee6@hotmail.com

    • evan says:

      Hi Tammy,

      Fluconazole is a much stronger antifungal than garlic.

      According to MayoClinic, there’s evidence that Acidophilus helps with vaginosis. On this page there are more referenced studies on probiotics helping with yeast infections.

      If you get constipated eating meat, I’d check with your doctor on what you can do. Enzymes and HCL are involved in digesting meat, so it may be worthwhile to look into those.

      I’d work with your doctor and pay attention to what makes it worse…and not do that as long as your doctor says it is okay.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  8. Faby says:

    Hi

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

    • evan says:

      Hi Faby,

      You’ll have to ask your doctor. For me, it took about 6 months and then I was pretty much symptom free.

      Best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  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:

      Hi J,

      Could you speak with your doctor on what to do? It could be that it’s going too fast if your eyes and face are burning.

      I’ve heard of people going too hard, too fast, or not being ready for it and having to pull back.

      best,
      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.

    Arthur

    • Evan says:

      Hey Authur,

      I would seek out a doctor who better understands this type of issue.

      Also, with your doctor’s permission, you can test for Candida with a stool sample swab.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  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,

      You have to ask your doctor if diflucan is correct for you.

      On the timing of the probiotics, you should ask your doctor. Then you can experiment with it yourself.

      Ya it’s possible to benefit from kefir…you can experiment with it. Just go slow and steady and make sure your doctor approves.

      To your health,
      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

  13. 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,

      I would work closely with a doctor, a nutritionist, and someone to help with stress management. Sleep is also powerful for making most things better over time. It may be useful to get some time off if possible.

      I’ve been in that sort of state before.

      Over time, with lots of good choices, I went from feeling like running away, to being ready to meet the challenges each day brings.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  14. 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 would work closely with the college gynocologist.

      My step sister had a similar issue.

      For her, it came down to:

      • good probiotic yogurt
      • cutting out most sugar
      • cutting out most pasta and bread

      good luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  15. 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.
    Regards
    Vanessa

    • evan says:

      Hi Vanessa,

      You have to work closely with your doctor/nutritionist.

      Also, your nutritionist (or Google) might know of some sugar/grain/milk free options for breakfast. They are certainly out there, even if they aren’t what you’re used to eating right now.

      I’d be careful about eating mercury laden fish. Other than that I haven’t heard of issues with fish. I personally prefer wild caught fish myself.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  16. 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….

    Yael

    • evan says:

      Hi Yael,

      I think the important first step with strange health symptoms it to get tested for those things.

      Once you have been tested for things that can cause your symptoms (you mentioned parasites + candida), then you either have them or you don’t.

      When you know what you’re dealing with, then you can find a doctor who has dealt with that successfully, and then work with them to resolve your problems.

      I would ask a nutritionist about glycemic index information. I’ve heard from nutritionists that managing that can help with sugar cravings.

      If I didn’t know what I was dealing with, I would stick very strongly to the basics. Exercise, sleep, hydration, blood sugar control.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  17. evan says:

    Hi Yael,

    Regarding probiotics and vaginosis, I saw an oral probiotic + probiotic douche kit in Whole Foods. If your doctor thinks it’s safe, you can look into that.

    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.

  18. 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:

      Hi Glenda,

      You would have to get a swab of your stool or your throat, then have it cultured in a lab to get a diagnosis. This type of analysis can also look for bacterial infections.

      I would work with your doctor to get tested for it via a swab.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  19. Jin says:

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

  20. 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 :)

  21. Mint says:

    Hi Evan,

    Sorry I misaddressed you as Jin!

  22. 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 OMG..it’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:

      Hi MomOf2,

      You’d have to ask your doctor if you have to take diflucan to kill the yeast infection.

      I assume you don’t *have to*, but you could ask your gyno.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  23. 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. Maybe if brown rice brought on the issue, maybe it’s not wise to eat it?

  24. 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:

      Evan,

      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:

      I’d work very closely with a doctor who is knowledgeable about this type of issue. A dermatologist would probably be super useful.

      Beyond that, you could consider giving the diet a try for a while. I really don’t know what else to suggest – it sounds quite serious what you have going on.

      Good luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  25. 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,

      Please be really careful with cleanses – I have heard some bad stories.

      With brown rice you can see if it works for you or not. I have no idea since you’re on a cleanse of some sort.

      Best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  26. 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,

      First and foremost, I’d make sure you’re following your doctors orders on managing diabetes.

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

      Things like:

      • minimizing stress
      • getting 8 hours of sleep
      • make sure you’re getting enough exercise

      Good luck :)

  27. 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,

      Acidophilus is a probiotic strain. There are many different probiotic strains – more than 500 have been found in the human body.

      For which probiotic brand I recommend, please look at our top reviewed probiotic supplements. Many of those have 10 or more strains and have no sugar or strange ingredients.

      Take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  28. 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 yeast infections more under control :)

      As you’re finding, not knowing how to cook really limits your options. But you might not know that cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be really simple and still tasty.

      Cooking a burger is about as complicated as cooking eggs – so you have a good starting point. Start with just making boiled veggies alongside a burger patty. You can try different spice mixes, different fats and start experimenting there.

      Then when you feel brave enough, you can start trying to make slightly more complex dishes. But boiling veg, making a salad, cooking meet on the stove…those are all pretty easy, you just have to fail horribly a few times and then you’ll figure out how to do it correctly.

      It feels good to have it out of my life. I don’t have athlete’s foot, i don’t have burning jock itch (ya that wasn’t fun), and I have almost no diarrhea.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  29. 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’d work with your doctor to get a stool test. They can test for candida, parasites and bacterial infections. Then when you know for sure (rather than guessing by symptoms), you can be more precise and aggressive with your action.

      Regarding probiotics, there’s a chance that probiotics can help, but if I were you I would look into some lifestyle changes to help. There’s also How to Eat, Move & Be Healthy on Amazon if you’d like an A-Z guide on the foundations of healthy daily habits.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  30. 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.

      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 being healthy.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  31. 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:

      Hi Karen,

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

      She had to remove bread, pasta, sugar and try not to get stressed out.

      Candida can also be transmitted during intercourse. Using a condom for a while and seeing if things improve can be useful.

      There’s also some evidence that things that affect vaginal pH can increase the likelihood of vaginal infection.source

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

      I would work with a gynecologist who is familiar with these issues…and see what combination of diet, medication and supplements can help.

  32. 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) Before I did anything, Work with your doctor to get a parasites, fungi and bacteria stool test. It’s important to get a proper diagnosis so you can attack appropriately.

      2) There’s evidence that Candiada/fungal infections are partially an immunity problem.source Things you can do to boost your immunity will probably help. It’s well proven that you can shift into a more rest/relax state (which is where immunity is stronger) by doing things like the following:
      a) spend time in nature – this can be a fun way to get exercise too
      b) take a bath, play with your kids 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 makes sense – with shorter in the summer.

      3) Though I can’t prove it with research, I’d say the next most important thing is to pay attention to what makes your symptoms get worse or better. With a doctor’s supervision, try doing new things and see how you’re affected.

      4) There is some evidence that probiotics help fight Candidasource. I mention my favorite probiotics in this article.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  33. 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.

    :)

  34. 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.

  35. 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 want to really encourage you to work with a doctor. You are mentioning potentially serious conditions that you need to take seriously.

      On another note, I think the evidence is very bad that the spit test for candida is useful. Please do not use it to diagnose anything!!

      Now if you’re sending your saliva to a laboratory for testing, that is a more useful test.

      I think the most reliable way to diagnose candida is by a swab test. You can swab your throat, stool, skin or any place that a candida infection is suspected. The lab can also perform a bacterial culture at the same time as the candida test.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  36. 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,

      Please double check with your doctor, but 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.

      I’m glad to hear you’re having some positive results with the supplements. I’d work with a doctor knowledgeable about these issues to make sure you keep progressing.

      to feeling great,
      Evan Jerkunica

  37. 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,

      I’d work really closely with a doctor on these issues. A lot can happen after having a baby so you want to work with a doctor.

      I wish you and your family the best,
      Evan Jerkunica

  38. 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,

      I’d be really careful about using the supplements if stopping them makes things get so much better.

      Anecdotally, I’ve heard of some crazy reactions from trying to kill candida with supplements…it can be quite serious.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  39. 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 is an extremely serious infection – 100% listen to your doctors on what to do.

      A new promising treatments for C diff is fecal transplantsouce

      Also, probiotics seem to help with C diff infections in some cases.source I’ve personally spoken with people who have been unable to defeat this infection, until they tried probiotic supplements. I spoke with a guy at RenewLife who said that probiotics saved his life, and then he started working in RenewLife’s probiotic division.

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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,

      I’m not big on cleanses. It’s’ easy to show that small daily improvements are the most powerful.

      If you don’t want to do the full on diet, maybe work with a nutritionist or doctor to only do part of the diet. Or slowly work up to the full diet – it’s up to you and your medical professional.

      take care,
      Evan Jerkunica

  43. 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?

  44. 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,

      I think the most reliable way to test for candida is with a swab test. Work with your doctor to get one – you can swab any part of the body – stool, throat, skin and a lab can culture the result, and analyze what they find.

      I would consider speaking with someone who understands breakouts that are mediated by hormonal variations around your period to see if they know anything.

      best of luck,
      Evan Jerkunica

  45. Casey says:

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

  46. 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,

      It sounds more intense than I could tolerate. I would personally stop, and find a less intense approach.

      best of health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  47. 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?

  48. 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,

      I’d look for a doctor who better understands what’s happening, and is more willing to take your complaints seriously.

      This type of condition can be made worse by sexual contact with someone else who has this infection – or you can transmit it to your partner – so be careful.

      Kefir likely has some yeast, and it certainly has probiotics. So it could be that taking an antifungal would affect the yeast in the kefir you drink. An antifungal would not affect the good bacteria in the kefir.

      To your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  49. 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 would not dismiss doctors – they can be very helpful and useful. Maybe find a new doctor who will taken your complaints more seriously.

      As far as probiotics go, it’s not uncommon for people to take 20 billion, 100 billion or even 500 billion probiotics a day…which is quite a bit more than the 100 million you’re taking. But I’d check with your doctor on upping the dose.

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

  50. 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 almost everyone (the obvious exception being people doing a keto diet with medical supervision). For me, the key was to remove high glycemic index carbs and sugars…because sugar and simple carbs that quickly become sugar are what made my candida symptoms worse.

      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 (I missed ice cream) were the key to my long term improvement…oh and probiotics too :)

      to your health,
      Evan Jerkunica

  51. Brian says:

    Can probiotics help you recover from lactose and gluten intolerance?

  52. 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

  53. 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.

  54. 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 anecdotal reports about taking bone broth for digestive health. It’s been a remedy for centuries and is quite popular.

      The hard research is a bit thin though. But I don’t think it hurts to 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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