Learn about 17 healthy drinks on Candida diet and how to make most of them. We’ll cover both hot and cold drinks that are delicious as well as beneficial for your health.
For a visual guide and to see how I make each of the healthy drinks, watch the below video:
Table of contents
- Healthy Drinks on Candida Diet
- Cold Drinks on Candida Diet
- Hot Drinks on Candida Diet
- Herbal Teas
- Ginger Tea
- Lapacho Tea
- Matcha and Green Tea
- Moringa Tea and Latte
- Barley Grass and Wheatgrass Powder Latte
- Turmeric Latte aka Golden Milk
- Chicory Root Coffee
- Chaga Mushroom Tea or Latte
- Dandelion Root Coffee
- Beetroot Latte
- Carob Hot Chocolate
- What About Coffee on Candida Diet?
- Can You Have Cocoa or Cacao on Candida Diet?
- What’s The Best Alcoholic Drink on Candida Diet?
Healthy Drinks on Candida Diet
Maybe you’ve been addicted to the daily dose of caffeine and can’t think of a way to reduce your caffeine intake? What about that glass of red wine with the dinner? Or perhaps you can’t imagine your life without sports drinks or soft drinks?
Don’t worry, this article will give you plenty of ideas for healthy beverages that will help you beat your Candida overgrowth.
Cold Drinks on Candida Diet
Water makes up well over half of your body weight. In fact, every system in your body relies on water. It is responsible for giving you beautiful, supple skin and regular bowel motions. Moreover, water is particularly important in helping to remove and flush out toxins and carry those all important nutrients to the countless cells of your body.
Needless to say, water is critical for good health. Daily you will lose an incredible ten to twelve cups of the stuff through perspiration, breathing, and urine as well as by way of bowel motions. While food and drinks do account for a lot of water we need, we invariably end up with a shortfall. So it is most important that you drink more, and you need more especially if you expect to clean your body up.
How to drink your water?
I like to add some mineral water for taste and fizz, about a quarter of a glass. Whenever you can choose glass bottles though!
Start your mornings with 2 glasses of water to rehydrate. Lemon water is a great healthy morning drink that has an amazingly alkalizing effect on your body.
If you prefer your water fancier, infuse it with for example cucumber, mint, and raspberries. Other options include thyme, rosemary, or cranberries/lingonberries, lime and lemon slices
Vegetable and Fruit Juices
Should you be into juicing, choose vegetables like cucumber, celery or cabbage which you can drink undiluted.
Other options include pomegranate, carrot, green apple, beetroot, and cranberry juice. However, those are higher in sugars so it’s better to dilute with 50% water and have half a glass to one glass twice daily between meals.
I also love sauerkraut juice, but don’t go overboard with this one as it’s high in sodium.
Coconut water has been around for ages, but is finally getting the due appreciation now. It is now widely available in every supermarket in the form of young Thai coconuts and packages.
The sweet and nutty drink is a great way to boost your intake of essential minerals, vitamins and trace elements. They are also a good source of electrolytes and natural salts like potassium and magnesium.
It is not, however, a magic bullet and has potential dangers associated with it, which require you to use discretion before consideration. Read more from Risks in Drinking Coconut Water Daily.
Kombucha is a fermented, lightly effervescent, sweetened black or green tea drink. It is commonly consumed for its supposed health benefits.
Now there are a lot of questions and doubts around kombucha when it comes to Candida diet.
The truth is, it’s not a straight no! However, it’s better to find commercially produced ones as opposed to making it at home. It’s because you’d have no control over the strains of yeast that start growing.
So you can try having a glass a day. However, should you symptoms not abate, leave it out for a few weeks and then try again.
Plant Milks on Candida Diet
Fortunately there are loads of options for you to choose from:
- oat milk
- soy milk
- coconut milk
- almond milk
- hazelnut milk
- hemp milk
- quinoa milk
- buckwheat milk
- millet milk
Always make sure you read the labels though! Buy only milks that are free from added sugars and/or any other unwanted additives.
Alternatively you can make your plant milks at home. For example, learn how to make homemade almond milk.
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Hot Drinks on Candida Diet
Now, if you think that you’ll be deprived of satisfying hot drinks on anti-candida diet, then you couldn’t be more wrong!
Before I started my Candida diet journey, I only had tea or coffee. However, being forced to finding other options, my horizon widened enormously. Today I have at least 3 different hot drinks daily without the need to repeat the same ones the next day.
Any herbal teas not containing black tea is a good option. For example, enjoy mint, peppermint, chamomile, lemon grass, dill, lemon balm, nettle, and/or any tea blends.
Tip! Did you know that you can freeze fresh peppermint leaves to have fresh peppermint tea throughout the winter?
Ginger is excellent, especially during the cold season. It also encourages healthy liver, is bowel cleansing and a good anti-nausea and cold remedy.
How to make ginger tea
I like to slice real fine slices, add water and boil for at least 10 minutes. For a lazy version simply pour hot water over ginger powder and mix.
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Lapacho tea is an excellent healthy drink on Candida diet. In fact, several compounds from Pau d’arco have demonstrated strong anti-candida effects. If you want to learn more, read the article on the health benefits of lapacho tea.
How to make lapacho tea for Candida overgrowth:
- Take 1 tablespoon of tea and add 1 1/3 cup of cold water.
- After water starts to boil, reduce heat and simmer very low (with the lid on) for at least 20 minutes.
- Then add a little more water to bring liquid level back to start level.
- Strain the tea through a tea strainer.
- Serve lukewarm or cooler.
You can make it a bit stronger or weaker if you are uncomfortable with the taste. Do not use aluminium or tin pots or storage containers! Store the tea in a glass container.
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Matcha and Green Tea
Matcha latte and green tea are indeed very good on Candida diet because of very powerful antioxidant content.
What’s more is that the best green tea to drink is matcha. In fact, a few cups a day of a good quality green tea is very beneficial for your health.
When you drink a cup of good quality matcha tea a day you really help your body to build a powerful immune system. Furthermore, you actually help in busting any Candida biofilm.
However, make sure you indeed purchase a good quality matcha powder. If it’s cheap it’s no good!
How to make matcha latte at home:
Time needed: 4 minutes
Here are the easy steps to make matcha latte at home:
- Ladle one teaspoon of matcha powder into a bowl.
For finer result sift it through a fine sieve.
- Boil water.
Boil water in a kettle, switch it off and leave the cover up for 2 minutes. Then the water will be 80°C and you can pour 30 ml onto the powder.
Now, using a matcha whisk, start whisking. First make a few circular movements to mix it all up and then start moving vigorously in W shape until a nice foam appears.
- Add plant milk.
This is where preferences come in – I like to warm up a third of a cup of barista oat milk and pour my whisked matcha into it. Then fill the cup with the rest of the hot water. Some people only use the matcha base with 30 ml of water and fill the rest with milk. Furthermore, others don’t use milk at all and have ceremonial matcha. It’s up to you!
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Moringa Tea and Latte
If for any reason you can’t or don’t want to have matcha, try moringa leaf powder instead. Feel free to follow the instructions for matcha latte.
Moringa is rich in vitamin B2, B6, C, iron, as well as antioxidants. However, it is not advised to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. [source]
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Barley Grass and Wheatgrass Powder Latte
Barley grass is a good bowel cleansing food. Moreover, it is also a good source of fibre, flavonoids, polyphenols, and vitamins A, C and K.
However, you should be cautious if you’re taking blood thinners or have kidney disease. It’s best to consult your health care provider. [source]
Again, to make latte, follow the instructions from matcha latte chapter.
Turmeric Latte aka Golden Milk
Next up is this warming and comforting healthy drink that was in my daily routine for a couple of months straight.
Among other health benefits, turmeric has bowel cleansing effect and encourages healthy liver.
How to make turmeric latte at home:
You can prepare it using either fresh turmeric root or powder. Here’s how I make my lazy version:
- Add half to 1 tsp of ginger powder and 1 tsp of turmeric into a cup.
- Now fill three quarters of the cup with hot water and stir.
- Finally, fill the rest of the cup with preferred plant milk. I use barista kind oat milk. No sweetener needed.
For the version with fresh turmeric root, go to How to Make Golden Milk.
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Chicory Root Coffee
Chicory is another root that encourages healthy liver. I use an instant chicory that dissolves immediately. However, there are also chicory root pastes available.
It is said that chicory coffee tastes similar to coffee but has a flavour that’s often described as slightly woody and nutty. Now, I don’t agree! It tastes nothing like coffee! However, you can be the judge of that.
Chicory root is a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, and inulin. The latter is a prebiotic fibre that our good gut bacteria feeds on. Therefore, chicory is improving your digestion.
However, you need to keep in mind that the amounts of these nutrients in chicory coffee are fairly low, as only a small amount of chicory root is brewed into the coffee.
How to make chicory root coffee:
Take 1 teaspoon of the powder and pour hot water over it. Then mix and add plant milk. I like to use the ratio 2 parts water and 1 part milk.
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Chaga Mushroom Tea or Latte
A cup of Chaga tea is packed with antioxidants. Some scientific studies indicate that among other benefits chaga boosts your immune system and fights inflammation.
Warning – chaga can interact with some common medications, causing potentially harmful effects. It also contains a protein that can prevent blood clotting. People with autoimmune diseases should seek medical advice before taking chaga.
There is no research on the safety of chaga for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Therefore, the safest option is to avoid use. [source]
If you’re interested in trying chaga but have concerns about side effects or possible interactions with medications, talk to a doctor or health professional before starting to consume chaga.
How to make chaga mushroom latte:
- Take half tsp of chaga powder and cover it with 200 ml of hot (50°C) water.
- Then stir and let steep for at least 15 minutes. For more benefits leave it for up to 24 hours.
- Finally, heat up some milk and add it to your chaga drink. You may strain the tea first if the tiny chaga pieces bother you.
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Dandelion Root Coffee
Here’s another healthy drink on Candida diet! Dandelion root coffee is good for your liver, whereas dandelion tea made from the leaves will have more of an action on your kidneys. These healthy beverages eliminate bodily toxins through your liver and kidneys.
What’s more, dandelion root contains potent antioxidants, may help fight inflammation, may aid blood sugar control, boost your immune system, and may even lower blood pressure. [source]
Is dandelion 100% safe?
Moreover, dandelion may interact with some medications, especially certain diuretics and antibiotics [Source].
To sum it up, if you’re taking any prescription medications, always consult your healthcare provider prior to taking dandelion.
How to make dandelion coffee:
In case you have unroasted dried dandelion root, you need to roast it first. Do it by roasting it at 175°C for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then grind it up and store in a glass jar.
Now, to make dandelion root coffee:
- Throw 1-2 teaspoons of roasted and ground dandelion root into a cup.
- Then, pour boiling water over it, about ¾ of the cup. Cover and let it steep for 10 minutes.
- Finally, strain and fill the cup with barista oat milk or any other preferred plant milk.
Verdict: it smells a bit like coffee, especially after roasting. However, the taste is nothing like coffee! So, don’t be fooled here! It’s no coffee substitute when it comes to taste! However, it has a pleasant taste and in addition is damn healthy.
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This one might just be the prettiest healthy drink for Candida diet. Beetroot latte is prepared with beetroot powder that is made of dried and ground beets.
Here’s how to make beetroot latte:
- Start by adding 1 teaspoon of beetroot powder to a smaller cup and pour some hot water on it.
- Then, mix it well to get rid of any lumps.
- After that, add more hot water and then stir for a bit.
- Finish it off with your favourite plant milk. And voila, you’ve got yourself a pretty and sweet tasting hot drink!
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Carob Hot Chocolate
If you miss hot chocolate, then this carob drink is perfect for you. Here are the instructions to make it at home:
- Use 1-2 teaspoons of carob powder and add a bit of hot water.
- Mix until there are no carob lumps.
- Then add enough hot water to fill half of the cup and load the rest of the cup with plant milk. As carob is quite sweet, you could also use soy milk without the need for any additional sweeteners.
NB! Be aware that there is also dark roasted carob that tastes quite bitter. Check out the video where I compare it to cacao. So, make sure to get unroasted or lightly roasted sweet tasting carob.
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What About Coffee on Candida Diet?
In his book Candida Crusher, Eric Bakker advises to stop coffee and black tea, especially the first two weeks.
If you really can’t do without, have one cup of coffee a day but skip the refined sugar. Also, make I count by having a good specialty coffee. If you need it sweetened, try any of the Candida diet sweeteners instead.
To underline, for majority of people 1-2 cups of coffee per day is not a problem. However, it’s not true for all people suffering from Candida overgrowth. I can’t have it – it simply wreaks havoc on my blood sugar levels.
Can You Have Cocoa or Cacao on Candida Diet?
In his book Candida Crusher, Eric Bakker says that you need to be careful with anything that stimulates the body when you have yeast infection. Some people are very sensitive to any amount of caffeine. So, if you’ve got sleeping problems, then it’s best to avoid these things.
What’s The Best Alcoholic Drink on Candida Diet?
To be honest, every time I see that question, it makes me laugh a bit. Absolutely not trying to put anyone down but you must see the controversy here! Candida diet… and alcohol?
In short, alcohol is an absolute no-go zone! In case you can’t stop drinking until you are really well, then the Candida diet is NOT for you! There is no “safe” alcohol.
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Disclaimer: this article is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. Always seek medical advice before starting a new diet or regimen.