Are you battling with stubborn and recurring Candida overgrowth? Have you tried the Candida diet, Candida-fighting supplements, and other lifestyle changes, only to have your symptoms reappear as soon as you stop treatment? You’re not the only one. This is something I helped to address all the time in my clinic.

There are a few underlying causes of recurring Candida overgrowth I suspect could be to blame. Fortunately, once you pinpoint and address the root cause, you can enjoy lasting relief from chronic symptoms and say goodbye to your ongoing struggle with recurrent infections.

In this article, I’ll cover the three most common culprits for recurring Candida, and what you can do to break out of this vicious cycle and banish your symptoms once and for all.

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1. How Your Diet Still Affects Recurring Candida

I know you’re probably thinking, “Wait, I already did the Candida diet!” I bet it worked for a time too. However, if you start eating the way you did before your Candida protocol, it should come as no surprise that the overgrowth is back.

Diet is never a quick fix. It’s why I call my program “The Myers Way®”— it’s a way of life, not a temporary solution. You can reintroduce certain foods and be a little more flexible once you’ve finished the Candida protocol. However, if you are susceptible to gut infections you might have to be more careful with what you put on your plate or in your cup.

Sugar

Sugar is the number one offender when it comes to Candida overgrowth. If you’ve ditched refined sugar and Candida still won’t go away, you might also have to ease off all-natural sweeteners such as coconut sugar, honey, and maple syrup. Save sweet treats for special occasions, and try to stick to ones made with stevia or monk fruit. Pure Stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than regular sugar, while pure monk fruit is 150-200 times sweeter, meaning you’ll use them in such small quantities that they’ll be less likely to feed an overgrowth.

In addition to added sugars, you may have to watch out for fruit. Although fruit is filled with nutrients, it’s also very high in natural sugars and should be kept to a minimum if you struggle with recurring Candida. Keep it to 1 cup or less per day of low-sugar fruits such as berries.

Alcohol

Liquid sugar can be just as bad — if not worse — than sugar itself. Certain types of alcohol such as beer, wine, and champagne are not only packed with sugar, they’re fermented as well. What is used to ferment these drinks? Yeast. The combination of yeast and sugar creates a feeding frenzy for Candida. Not to mention alcohol is a toxin, so I recommend ditching it completely. However, if you choose to indulge, opt for a clear liquor such as vodka, which undergoes a rigorous distillation process to remove all the yeast.

Fermented Foods

Speaking of fermentation processes, you’ll want to avoid fermented foods as well. Especially if you can’t seem to get Candida under control. This includes even “healthy” fermented foods and drinks such as kombucha, sauerkraut, and non-dairy yogurt. To help foster good gut bacteria without feeding Candida, take a high-quality probiotic supplement with at least 100 billion CFUs.

Starchy Vegetables

Sweet potatoes, squash, and other starchy vegetables are high in carbs, which get converted into sugars in your gut. Although you may not think of these seemingly harmless foods when fighting Candida, they may be behind recurrent infections. Fill your plate with non-starchy vegetables instead, including leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, asparagus, and zucchini.

Cutting down on sugar is certainly an adjustment, especially if you’ve been eating the Standard American Diet, which is chock full of sugar and starches in nearly everything we eat. However, you will feel SO much better once you ditch sugar, and the reward will be relief from your symptoms and recurring Candida overgrowth! To help you on your journey, I highly recommend Leaky Gut Revive® for curbing sugar cravings while you ease your way into this low-sugar way of eating.

For more information, take this short symptoms quiz to determine which foods are best for your conditions, and which foods you should eliminate. 

Foods to Enjoy, Foods to Toss Quiz


No matter your situation, the foods you eat are a key component in your overall health. Giving your body the fuel it needs to thrive is one of the best ways to take back control of your health.

However, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which foods are best for you to eat. After all, there is a lot of information available when it comes to what we should and shouldn’t be eating.

If you’ve been struggling to determine which foods are triggering your condition, or just want a simple list to bring with you the grocery store, take this short quiz to find out which foods are best for you to enjoy, and what to toss.

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