Last updated April 10, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Drinks On The Candida Diet

Ginger tea

Once you cut out the sugary soft drinks and fruit juices, and reduce the caffeinated beverages, what’s left? This is a frequent question from Candida dieters.

Fortunately there are lots of options for delicious foods to eat while on your Candida treatment plan.

You should drink plenty of water during your treatment. There are also various teas, coffee alternatives and juices that won’t make your Candida worse like fruit juice or soft drinks will.

Herbal Teas & Coffee

Regular tea and coffee should be minimized on the Candida diet due to their caffeine content. Many people don’t realize that even decaf tea and decaf coffee still contain caffeine! Excessive amounts of caffeinated drinks can weaken your adrenals, raise your blood sugar, and undermine your immune system.

We would recommend that you reduce your caffeine intake during your Candida diet, especially if you are feeling burned out or if you drink more than two or three coffees a day.

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Luckily, there are plenty of options for you to try. In fact, we’ve written a post on alternatives to tea and coffee. Chicory root coffee might be a tasty replacement for your morning cup of coffee, and there are many herbal teas to choose from. Teas like dandelion and nettle leaf can support your liver function, while cinnamon tea, camomile tea, peppermint tea, ginger tea and licorice tea all have antifungal properties.

Green tea and high quality decaf coffee (made using the ‘Swiss Water’ method) are generally OK.

Ginger Tea

This is one of my favorites. Ginger tea is great for improving digestion, it supports your immune system, and you can drink it as much as you like during your Candida diet. Ginger also has some useful antifungal properties.

  • 1 square inch piece of fresh Ginger root
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 2 cup of water

Cut off and discard the outside of the ginger root. Now grate the rest of the root and add to boiling water. Boil for 20 minutes. Strain and serve with a slice of lemon.

Juices & Smoothies

Juicing is a great way to rebuild your immune system with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. These are all important to get your Candida under control. It’s important to get lots of fiber during the diet, so you might want to blend your juices instead of using your juicer. Also make sure that you don’t include fruits in your smoothies/juices. A little green apple might be OK, but juicing dramatically raises the glycemic load of fruits and should be avoided.

Juices are great for cleansing because they require little energy to be used by your digestive system, allowing the body to focus on rebuilding, renewing and healing. We also have a few smoothies in the list if you feel like something a little more filling.

Avocado Cream Smoothie

  • 1 medium avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Stevia
  • 6 ice cubes

Blend the avocado, Stevia, coconut milk, and ice together until smooth.

Immune Booster Juice

  • Handful of spinach
  • Handful of fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley or basil)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)
  • 2 glasses of water

This a delicious, easy drink to make. Add all ingredients into the blender and voila! For a little variety, try it with some cilantro, parsley or basil as desired.

Delicious Creamy Almond Milk

  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 2 cups water

Soak almonds overnight, then rub the skins off. Put in the blender until pulverized. Strain the milk with a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

Green Goodness Juice

  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 inch of ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Just put it through your juicer and serve.

Mixed Veggie Juice

  • 1 tomato
  • 1 stalks of celery
  • 4 large spinach leaves
  • 1 half cup parsley

Just put it through your juicer and serve.

Avocado Apple Smoothie

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 peeled and chopped up green apple
  • A squeeze of lemon or lime
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 mint sprigs

Here’s a great smoothie recipe for when you start reintroducing foods like green apple. Simply blend the avocado, green apple, citrus juice and water. Serve with a sprig of mint on top.

Check out our Ultimate Candida diet plan for some awesome recipe ideas, including smoothies, desserts, and much more!

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  1. Sarah says:

    Since I have fructose malabsorption so much is cut out of my diet. Avocado unfortunately is. So I grow oregano and thyme to make tea from that. They are anti fungal and anti inflammatory. I also find that they don’t need sweetener or another flavour added. I boil them for ten minutes. I do rotate them each day to prevent the candida biofilm strengthening against them.

  2. Dora says:

    Hi Lisa!

    I have been wondering about lactose-free milk, is that also on the “foods to avoid” list? I know milk is forbidden because it contains large amount of lactose, but how about lactose free? Just really miss it from the chicory root coffee…
    Thank you!

  3. Jon Kruse says:

    Decaf Coffee still has caffeine but a lot less.

    The decaffeination process usually removes 94 to 98 percent of caffeine from a coffee bean.

    Is it really that important to remove all caffeine completely from your diet?

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      It all depends on what condition you’re in. If you have bad adrenal fatigue or HPA dysfunction, even that 6% of caffeine can make you feel jumpy and put you under stress. Some people will be fine with decaf, but others won’t.

  4. Margaret says:

    I was diagnosed with a high Candida and I am doing the Candida diet I still drink caffeinated coffee but I use organic coffee beans and grind my own and I put 1 tbls of coconut oil in it every morning. I’m not sure if this is still bad for my diet, but I haven’t had no bad effects from it.

    1. Robin says:

      My functional medicine doc just told me NO caffeine as it feeds candida.😔No matcha, no caffeinated white tea, green tea…nada!

  5. Anne-Marie says:

    Hi! Is Matcha ok on the candida diet? I drink it every morning with coconut oil and collagen peptides. Thank you!

  6. Asiya adnan says:

    I can drink one cup of turmeric milk at night

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