Is dairy products okay on candida diet?

Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher. Thank you for tuning into my video today.

Today I’d like to talk about dairy products. Can I have dairy products if I have a Candida yeast infection? It’s a question I get asked regularly from time to time. Eric, can I have cow’s milk? Can I have yogurt? Can I have cheese? Can I have cream cheese? Can I have quark? Can I have Kefir? All these questions pertaining to dairy products and yeast infections.

Well, the answer is you can have dairy products, unless you have a milk allergy, you may be lactose intolerant or you may have a problem with beta casein, one of the proteins in cow’s milk. In that case, dairy products may not be suitable for you, particularly cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is the most allergenic of all the dairy products. So if you do have a problem and you do want milk, I would suggest you drink raw unpasteurized, unhomogenized cow’s milk to see if you can tolerate that. And in some cases, you can. If you have a real problem with dairy products, you may need to avoid cow’s milk entirely. But in many cases, a person can tolerate the raw milk.

Yogurt is the best of the dairy products to have with a yeast infection. And it forms a part of my MEVY diet approach, meat, eggs, vegetables and yogurt, which is a very good approach for Candida. So a good quality cultured and sour yogurt should represent no problem for those with yeast infections. Small amounts taken each day and gradually built up until you can tolerate up to a cup or two, even three cups per day, in some cases.

Kefir; I’ll talk about on other videos, but Kefir is a very good food as well for you to have made from Kefir grains. So some can tolerate Kefir that can’t tolerate yogurt and vice versa, but you can have yogurt with a yeast infection. Try to avoid the commercial yogurts with the artificial sugars in them and the fruity yogurts in the small containers, you know, the ones you get in the supermarket. They’re no good. So you may need to go to a health food shop to buy better quality yogurt, but you can often get them at supermarkets as well.

So if it was an FAQ, I would say, yes you can have yogurt with a yeast infection in most cases unless proven otherwise.

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Thank you for your time.