5 Crucial Steps to Heal Candida Naturally

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Heal Candida Naturally:

Candida Albicans is a fungal yeast that occurs naturally in the human body.   It naturally lives in harmony with a variety of other microorganisms and actually performs some important functions.  The problem occurs when certain lifestyle based environmental conditions upset the balance of microflora in the body. This allows the yeast to proliferate and dominate certain regions of the body.  Certain lifestyle measures must be taken to heal Candida and regain balance and health to the internal ecosystem

Candida normally resides in the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals.   When overgrowth occurs, Candida has the ability to burrow holes in the intestinal tract and enter the blood stream (1, 2).

Candida and Toxic Metabolites:

Once it gets into the blood stream it is able to make its way into any organ or region of the body.  The worst part is that it emits over 70 different toxins into the blood stream and body (3).  The body will often create an immune response to Candida and its various toxins.  This causes higher inflammatory levels during periods of overgrowth.

The liver has to detoxify the various toxic elements.  When Candida is present in high amounts for a long period of time it overwhelms the liver which causes increased whole body toxicity and immune dysregulation which leads to higher inflammatory loads and possible auto-immunity or cancer development.

Candida Toxins and Liver Dysfunction:

There are 70 different toxins released by Candida when it is alive and often even more are released as massive colonies are dying off.  This is why we may have a whole host of symptoms while the Candida is alive and propagating and sometimes even worse symptoms as it dies off.

1. Acetaldehyde:  In Candida, acetaldehyde is a metabolic byproduct—similar to the carbon dioxide that you exhale after inhaling oxygen (4, 5, 6).  High levels of acetaldehyde lead to oxidative stress and inflammation.  This damages the DNA and increases the risk of cancer development (7, 8, 9).

Too much acetaldehyde is the equivalent of alcohol poisoning—an accumulation of acetaldehyde is associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (10).  There is also evidence that the toxin acetaldehyde is associated with Alzheimer’s disease (11).

2. Gliotoxin:  Another major toxin created by yeast is gliotoxin (12).  This suppresses the immune system and kills key immune cells (13).  It also destroys liver cells, which impairs the livers ability to deactivate toxins (13, 14).  A weak liver further reduces immune activity and promotes a greater degree of auto-immunity.

Several studies have found that gliotoxin is high in patients with MS (multiple sclerosis), an autoimmune disease that effects the nervous system and brain (15, 16, 17).  These are just 2 of 70 highly toxic metabolites.

These toxins help Candida protect itself against the host immune system which allows it to thrive.  Studies have found that once a yeast forms biofilm—or a protective matrix around itself—the biofilm increases the production of acetaldehyde and gliotoxin (18).  This is why it is so important to find strategies to heal candida, which dramatically will reduce your inflammatory load.

10 Common Candida Symptoms

  1. Seasonal Allergies or itchy ears and skin
  2. Low Energy, Fatigue & Malaise
  3. Digestive Problems such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea
  4. Auto-Immune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Sleroderma
  5. Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
  6. Skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, hives and/or rashes
  7. Mood swings, anxiety, depression and irritability
  8. Vaginal infections, UTI’s, rectal or vaginal itching
  9. Brain fog, ADHD, concentration problems or poor memory
  10. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

Developing a Candida Overgrowth:

Everyone has Candida as they are a normal part of our microbial environment.  However, when environmental conditions favor their growth they can overpopulate the microbiome and cause the problems listed above (19).

The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check. However, several factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand:

  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
  • Consuming a lot of alcohol
  • Drinking tap water with chlorine and disinfectant byproducts
  • Taking oral contraceptives
  • Living a high-stress lifestyle
  • Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria
  • Using antacids for heartburn
  • Smoking
  • High mercury in blood and tissue from dental amalgams and/or vaccines and/or inherited from mom
  • Sexual intercourse with someone with a vaginal or penal yeast overgrowth


Diagnosing Candida Overgrowth:

Your holistic practitioner will have conclusive means of testing for candida, and I personally use a comprehensive stool analysis here as it is the most accurate way to diagnose for Candida overgrowth.  This is the first step toward a program to heal candida naturally.

If you want a quick, cheap test on your own, I would begin by doing a simple home spit test as follows.

1.  Glass of Water:  Drink a glass of water in the morning when you wake-up.  After drinking some water, fill a clear glass with room temperature bottled water.

2.  Have a Good Spit:  Work up a bit of saliva, and spit it into the glass of water. Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour.

3.  Observe the Movement of the Strings:  Your saliva should stay at the top in a cohesive blob.  If you see strings (fibers) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top, cloudy specks (particles suspended in the water) or cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass you have a candida problem.

If you have allergies or have recently eaten some dairy products, you will likely test ‘positive’ on the spittle test. Dehydration can also lead to a positive reading, which means that you are far more likely to test positive after you wake in the morning.


Additional Testing For Candida:

There are 2 confirmative tests for Candida overgrowth in the body.  At DrJockers.com, we use an Organic Acid test (OAT) as our primary test for this.  The OAT is a simple at home urine test that looks at key metabolites of bacterial, yeast and mitochondrial metabolism.

On the OAT, if we see high markers for yeast overgrowth than we know there are elevations in yeast and fungal compounds in the body.  We can also do an at home stool sample that looks for yeast DNA in the stool.  This will also assess for bacterial levels, parasites and gut inflammation levels.

I personally like to see the OAT first as it gives a tremendous amount of information in regards to cellular health, mitochondrial function, neurotransmitters, B vitamins and more in addition to the bacterial and yeast markers.

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5 Steps to Beating Candida:

There is no way to heal candida and reduce your microbial load long-term without successfully accomplishing these steps

1.  Nutrition that Starves Candida:  Yeast organisms need fuel to grow and proliferate.  Starve them of their fuel sources and it slows their growth.

2.  Anti-Microbial Support:  Nature provides herbs that naturally kill off Candida and bad bacteria.  These are key tools to reducing your yeast load to heal candida overgrowth

3.  Improve Liver Function:  The liver is damaged in candida and needs support.  A poor functioning liver leads to chronic inflammation and immune suppression.

4.  Strengthen the Immune System:  The immune system must be supported in order to fend off high levels of yeast and prevent it from returning.

5.  Restoring the Gut Lining:  Repairing the gut lining with key nutrients and replenishing the gut with healthy microbes is essential for long-term health.


Anti-Candida Nutrition Plan:

The first step in overcoming Candida is to starve it to death.  This is done by eliminating all sugars and anything that turns into sugars.  Candida loves sugar and anything that turns into sugar so a lower carbohydrate diet is critical to getting well (20).

Most individuals with Candida have serious gluten sensitivities.  It is very important to eliminate all gluten containing grains and most grains all together other than small amounts of quinoa or small amounts of root vegetables such as beets, sweet potatoes and squash from time to time.

The anti-Candida diet consists mainly of phytonutrient rich vegetables, healthy fats, and clean proteins.  This is the same nutrition plan that I recommend for my leaky gut patients that suffer with issues like Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive complaints.  My experience is that individuals with Candida often have several other issues such as SIBO.


Key Components to Anti-Candida Nutrition

Non-starchy vegetables and anti-oxidant rich herbs are the best sources for critical immune-boosting phytonutrients.  Healthy fat sources include coconut products, avocados, olive oil, nuts, & seeds.  Healthy protein includes wild-caught fish, grass-fed red meat and free range chicken, turkey and eggs.

I also recommend lots of coconut oil and grass-fed ghee (clarified butter).  These contain small and medium chain fats that are anti-fungal and provide a great energy source for the body.  I have my candida patients add 4-6 full tablespoons of coconut oil each day to their diet.  These healthy fats are a foundational strategy to heal candida.

They can do this by putting 2 tbsps in a protein shake, adding a tbsp to organic coffee or tea, cooking meat and vegetables with 2 tbsps of coconut oil and adding melting extra coconut oil over finished steamed or sauteed vegetables.

Fermented Foods and Candida:

Progenic (life supporting) bacteria compete with Candida for attachment sites and nutrition.  Additionally, these good bacteria release anti-fungal compounds that keep Candida from overgrowing.  Adding mega-doses of good bacteria into the body is a critical step to heal Candida.

I have found that many individuals with a Candida overgrowth are unable to tolerate fermented foods right away.  This is because most fermented foods contain wild types of Candida.  These wild types are typically good for most people but individuals with Candida overgrowth often have a heightened IgG inflammatory response to any yeast forms.

Consuming fermented foods can cause more inflammation and further Candida progression for many individuals struggling with Candida.  I recommend a 30 day period with less fermented foods (perhaps some unflavored coconut yogurt is fine) while we work on killing off the bad microbes.

After the initial period, adding in organic forms of sauerkraut, kimchii, coconut kefir and fermented grass-fed dairy can be great.  Begin with small amounts (1-2 tbsps daily) and gradually add in more over time.  Observe for any recurrence of symptoms and modify as needed while you heal candida overgrowth in your body.


Soil Based Probiotics and Candida:

I recommend a soil-based probiotic that also contains S Boulardi and researched strains of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium to overcome Candiasis.  The SBO probiotics contain a proprietary formula of humic and fulvic acids that help support the growth and development of the good microbes within the intestinal tract.

Both humic and fulvic acids are major organic constituents of soil, coal, streams, lakes and ocean water.  They help to bind and eliminate yeast organisms while the spore forming microbes compete with the attachment sites in the gut and help to kick out the yeast and bad bacteria (21).

Anti-Microbial Support:

We need to use natural anti-microbial support to heal candida.  Certain foods have very powerful anti-fungal properties.  Coconut oil is extremely rich in lauric acid, which is one of the best natural anti-fungals (22).  Protocols to heal candida overgrowth should consist of 4-6+ tablespoons of coconut oil daily.  This includes coconut oil added to our skin and coconut oil added to foods and used for cooking.

Candida infections drain the body of trace minerals, alkaline salts, & anti-oxidant reserves. To heal candida, one needs to consume substantial amounts of powerful anti-oxidant rich, anti-inflammatory herbs such as cinnamon, turmeric, green tea, & ginger.  Here is a list of anti-microbial plants, seeds and herbs to use daily.


Improve Liver Function:

A lifestyle that supports liver detoxification includes reducing toxic exposure while simultaneously enhancing immunity, rebuilding glutathione levels, sulfur compounds and methylation.

We use the phrase, “Bitter is good for the liver,” to help us remember that bitter herbs are especially good for the liver and the bodies detoxification process.

Using detoxification techniques such as Epsom salt baths, coffee enemas, oil pulling, dry brushing, intermittent fasting, water flushing & infrared sauna are especially helpful for strengthening the liver.  These should be done whenever possible along with consuming liver healthy foods.  Read more about supporting the liver here

Strengthen the Immune System:

Candida overgrowth wears down the immune system.  Strengthening the immune system is super critical to recovery.  This begins with supporting the gut immune response in secretory IgA.

Secretory IgA is the secreted form of an antibody in the blood called IgA.  IgA is produced in the blood, taken into the gut, secreted across the mucosal lining into that mucous layer that is the surface lining of our digestive tract. It is the mucosal immune barrier or first line immune defense (23).

Everything we have already discussed helps provide an environment for healthy sIgA levels.  I have my clients further support IgA production with Vitamin C, olive leaf extract and beta glucan supplementation.  We have all of these immune strengthening agents in our Immunocharge supplement

Restoring the Gut Lining:

Candida destroys the gut lining leading to leaky gut and multiple food sensitivities.  Once we get the Candida population under control we need to do everything possible to restore the integrity of the gut lining.

The nutrition plan starts the process but adding in extra bone broth, aloe vera, slippery elm tea and L-glutamine are all vital strategies to rebuilding the gut lining.    I recommend my clients drink 24-32 oz of bone broth daily if possible to strengthen the gut lining.

In addition, we want to support the liver detoxification and gut healing process with things like B Vitamins, glutathione precursors, ginger, turmeric, MSM, quercetin, zinc and other anti-inflammatory compounds.   We have all of these compounds, a complete liver, bile duct and gut healing complex in our easy to use and great tasting Gut Healing Protein.

I have clients use 1-2 scoops in a shake 1-2x daily depending upon the severity of their condition and how well they are able to tolerate solid foods.  For many clients, I have them do a week of liquid foods (broth, herbal teas, gut healing smoothies, etc) to repair the gut before adding back solid foods.

Supplements to Overcome Candida:

This is an advanced supplement protocol to help someone break through and heal Candida once and for all.   This goes along with a nutrient dense, leaky gut nutrition plan and healthy lifestyle habits.

We need to utilize clinically proven anti-microbials to reduce the yeast load while we support the liver and microbiome so we can effectively eliminate the toxic debris that will be released.  Additionally, we have to support the weakened digestive and immune systems in order to prevent the Candida from reinfecting the system and growing back stronger than ever.

This is why I put together an entire heal candida support pack to provide everything you need as you go through your journey to heal candida naturally.  By getting the entire pack, you save close to 25% off of the products if you were to purchase them individually.  Take advantage of this deal and get started on your path to heal candida overgrowth and get your health back!

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  1. Thank you Dr. Jockers! I really enjoy your newsletters. Your information so helpful. I’ve been working on eating ketogenic now since Oct 2014; your articles help me in my efforts. We need more doctors thinking & practicing like you. You’re a blessing.

  2. Dr Jockers,

    I follow Dr Wallach’s recommendation to remove all vegetable oils from my diet. Only animal fats of grass fed butter, tallow, and lard are recommended. He discusses his many autopsies that showed him that all vegetable oils oxidize internally resulting in many ailments. He said that coconut oil is the slowest to oxidize, but it still oxidizes. What are your thoughts to oil oxidation in the body?


    1. Hey Todd, I agree that most vegetable oils do oxidize but coconut oil does not because it is 90% saturated fat which is actually more than butter, lard or tallow. Saturated fats do not oxidize. Only monounsaturated and polyunsaturated which are found in highest concentrations in vegetable oils and things like fish oil.

  3. Hi Dr. Jockers,

    I’ve read that colloidal silver has antifungal properties and can kill yeast, and yet I’ve never seen it suggested online for killing off candida in the body. Is there a reason for that? I’ve read it can kill off both good and bad gut bacteria, is that true?

    I started wondering this because I think I have a candida overgrowth in my gut. I’ve been struggling with eczema (self diagnosed) on my hands for about a year and more recently I developed fungus on the toes on my left foot. I tried the AIP diet for a month with little success. The only thing I have found to work so far is to apply colloidal silver gel topically to my hands. I’ve been doing it for a week and I’m in shock how great my hands are looking. They aren’t 100% better but each day they get a little better. I wondered if I took colloidal silver internally that it would kill off the candida.

    Thanks for your help and all your resources.

    1. Yes Colloidal silver can be very helpful. I recommend making sure you are taking probiotics as well to support your GI system while using colloidal silver. Great to hear you are doing so much better!

  4. I’ve read lots of statements on line and 95 % say colloidal silver has no benefits, I’m trying to cure Candida and mot sure what to believe, I’m on a strict diet,but don’t want to make my condition worse, set me straight please

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