In my many years of treating patients for Candida overgrowth, I saw a surprising number of people who were surprised to learn that eating fermented foods could actually be making their condition worse. That’s probably because a number of Candida treatment plans suggest adding fermented foods to your diet to feed the good bacteria in your gut. While fermented foods do feed your gut’s population of beneficial probiotics, they also feed Candida. What’s more, some fermented foods are already yeast-containing, and can directly contribute to your gut’s overgrown population of Candida albicans. This is exactly why I recommend everyone dealing with Candida remove fermented foods from their diet. 

Let’s discuss how you can overcome Candida overgrowth by eliminating fermented foods and restore the friendly bacteria that keep Candida in check.

A Recap on Candida

So, what exactly is Candida? Candida is a yeast—a simple fungus—that is naturally present in your digestive tract. It helps you digest what you eat, and assists in drawing nutrients from food. Your body only needs a very small amount of Candida to perform these essential functions. Normally, the “good” bacteria in your gut keep Candida levels from getting out of control, however, there are several common circumstances that can easily lead to Candida overwhelming your “good” bacteria. These include:

  • A high carb and high sugar diet, which can fuel the growth of Candida
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, which weakens your immune system
  • Antibiotics that kill your body’s good bacteria along with the bad
  • Chronic stress, which impairs your immune system and negatively impacts your digestive system
  • Immunosuppressant drugs used to treat autoimmune diseases that reduce your body’s infection-fighting abilities

Once Candida albicans overwhelm the “good” bacteria in your gut, they can break down the walls of your intestine and enter into your bloodstream. This is why Candida overgrowth can quickly become a full-body problem and lead to an array of health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, skin issues, fatigue, and mood swings that can affect every part of the body.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, take this short quiz to determine if Candida overgrowth is the culprit. 

Do you think you have Candida overgrowth?


Candida overgrowth is one of the most common conditions I saw in my clinic, especially among autoimmune patients. I’ve seen thousands of people with digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, recurring fungal infections, skin problems, mood swings, and more – all caused by Candida overgrowth.

If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune or thyroid condition, or experience any of the following symptoms, chances are you have some degree of Candida overgrowth…

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