Basics of the Candida cleanse diet involve eating no sugar, white flour, yeast or cheese, according to Mayo Clinic. This is based on the theory that ailments such as fatigue and headaches are caused by an abundance of the fungus-like organism Candida in the body.
Despite no scientific evidence or clinical trials to support this theory, many people who undergo this diet do report feeling better within a short period of time, states Mayo Clinic. Experts believe this is likely due to replacing processed foods such as sugar and white flour with healthier choices, rather than a decrease in Candida in the gastrointestinal tract. There are more than 20 types of Candida, and the most common type is Candida albicans, states WebMD. Candida lives on the surface of the human body and, in certain conditions, can cause infections.
Warm, moist areas are ideal for Candida growth, and issues such as yeast infections, oral thrush and nail bed infections are commonly caused by Candida overgrowth, according to WebMD. Typically, the skin blocks Candida from entering the body. However, breakdown or cuts on the skin can allow the yeast to penetrate and cause infection. It is very rare for Candida to spread throughout the body, but systemic candidal infection can be fatal.