Candida is actually the most common cause of fungal infections in humans.  

As such, for those with Candida Overgrowth (CO), the Candida Diet can be very useful in combating Candida.

Is caffeine bad for Candida Overgrowth?

Sadly, caffeine can be detrimental to those suffering from Candida Overgrowth for a number of reasons and, for many people, restricting caffeine intake is a sensible idea while on the Candida diet, though giving up caffeine completely is not always necessary because it depends on severity.

The main reasons why caffeine can be bad for Candida Overgrowth are:

1. Caffeine can put pressure on the body’s immunes system

Too much caffeine impairs the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful invaders, which can result in being more susceptible to illness and infection, such as Candida.

2. Caffeine can prevent restful sleep

Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands and results in an increased adrenaline and cortisol, which can disrupt the feedback loop between your hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and adrenals thus impairing your body’s ability to regulate hormone levels, which can effect Candida Overgrowth.

3. Caffeine can destabilise blood sugar levels

Scientist have found that caffeine may lower the sensitivity of cells to insulin, so that cells become less sensitive to insulin and don’t absorb as much sugar from your blood after you eat or drink. As a result, the pancreas produces more insulin and ending up with higher blood sugar levels and increases levels of adrenaline, which in turn can influence Candida Overgrowth.

Is decaffeinated coffee OK to drink for Candida Diets?

Yes, switching from caffeine to alternatives such as decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea is a good idea for those on Candida Diets and wish to tackle Candida Overgrowth.

What specific alternatives to caffeinated drinks are recommended on the Candida Diet besides decaffeinated coffee and herbal tea?

Firstly, herbal infusions can be made from various herbs that are naturally caffeine-free, such as fresh peppermint, ginger and chamomile offer digestive and soothing benefits, which might be particularly helpful for managing Candida Overgrowth.

Then, chicory root coffee is a caffeine-free alternative to coffee that has a similar taste and aroma. It's also rich in inulin, a type of prebiotic fibre that can support gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Finally, bone broth, whilst not a direct substitute for caffeinated beverages, it is a nutritious option that can help support gut health and immune function both of which are crucial for individuals battling Candida Overgrowth.

How does the process of decaffeination affect the chemical composition of coffee, and does this have any implications for Candida Overgrowth?

The decaffeination process affects the chemical composition of coffee, whether the decaf process is water processing, carbon dioxide processing or and the use of solvents. 

However, the impact on health, specifically regarding Candida Overgrowth, is likely to be minimal. The primary concern with caffeine and Candida is related to caffeine's effects on the body, such as impairing immune function and disrupting blood sugar levels, rather than the chemical changes that occur during decaffeination.

Are there any specific herbal teas that should be avoided or particularly consumed by individuals dealing with Candida Overgrowth?

When considering herbal teas for individuals dealing with Candida Overgrowth, it's essential to focus on those that may offer antifungal properties or support immune health without providing a food source for Candida.

So, herbal teas such as pau d'arco, known for its antifungal properties, and ginger or cinnamon, which can support immune function and help regulate blood sugar levels, are beneficial.

Conversely, it's advisable to avoid herbal teas high in moulds or those that might exacerbate Candida symptoms, such as teas with added sugars or sweeteners.

Always opting for organic and high-quality herbs can further ensure that you're not inadvertently consuming pesticides or herbicides that could negatively affect your health.

IMPORTANT: This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals. Nothing in the content or products should be considered, or used as a substitute for, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always talk to your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs.

September 09, 2020 — Guy Wilmot


K.S. said:

I will def try the decaf !

I just started using biocidin botanicals for candida and other disbiosis in my gut

Eileen said:

I guess I am a victim. Every time I start to drink caffeine, I get this yeast infection. I have been off caffeine for almost 3 yrs. I guess I’ll go back to caffeine. There’s a good alternative that tadtes a lot like coffee made by Teeccino called Organic Dandelion dark roast, acid free, GF, CF!

Wynne Prescott said:

Can eating yogurt help with yeast infections?

Julia Davis-Black said:

I have been following this Candida diet very strictly for 2 months. Reason for me is Huge stomach bloating and I’m small. Never had a stomach until about a year ago. They found Candida in my esophagus. They gave me Fluconazole. 8 pills. By the 6th pill I was doubled over and pain and could not hardly move. So off those pills. No doctor ever followed up to make sure that the candida was gone. Probably about 3 months later I started getting hugely bloated, looking 5 months pregnant. I was only eating eggs, spinach, tuna and some fish. I have had no sugar and have been drinking lemon boiled in water with fresh ginger ground in. I also have gastroparesis.. That causes other problems with what I can eat. I’m in a group and no one seems to have problem with bloating. I was told to try a Sibo test. Took the test and it came out negative, My Gi specialist just wants me to go on more meds. They have 5 Neurological side affects and Gastroparesis is a Neurological issue. I do not want any more meds that do not guarantee that the bloating will go away.. and deal with the terrible side effects. I finally decided today that after being miserable and still being bloated. I’m going to drink coffee and put Monk fruit in it. I will still follow the rest of a Candida diet but I’m finished suffering and not enjoying anything I eat or drink and I have to be gluten free and no dairy. I will continue with the rest of the diet. But I’m having coffee. I see not results after at least 2 months.

Thobeka said:

For some reason, at my 49yr old, encounting this yeast infection, now I had to stop taking some other foods, as well as coffee. I love coffee wholeheartedly. Im not sure wi

Diana said:

I have given up SO MUCH all my life in the name of simply trying to healthier. Coffee is the only thing that I have not given up. Now I am told that I may have Candida. Do I REALLY have to give up coffee too? Sugar, bread, etc…it is fine. I have done it before and hardly use the stuff. But coffee? Assuming that I have to, can I resume drinking coffee after I get rid of this plague?

Debra Williams said:

I’m heartbroken I love regular coffee😞

Janice said:

Thank you, this information was very helpful!

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