Many practitioners of alternative medicine believe candida albicans, or "yeast syndrome," an over-growth of yeast within the body, can be cured internally by making dietary changes, states Mayo Clinic. Cutting out sugar, white flour, yeast and cheese is thought to cleanse the body of candida.
As of 2015, the scientific community has found no evidence that yeast syndrome exists, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, those who believe they suffer from the condition describe their symptoms easing when pursuing a candida cleanse diet. Those symptoms include headaches, tiredness and memory problems. Eliminating sugar, white flour and cheese is often accomplished by cutting processed foods from the diet, and replacing them with whole grains and vegetables. These dietary changes have positive effects on health and well being, regardless of any potential impact on candida.
In situations where an overgrowth of candida fungi affects the skin, such as a diaper rash or a yeast infection in the genital area, feet, armpits or other warm, moist part of the body, topical medications or oral anti-fungal medications may be prescribed. As sugar is thought to increase the growth of this type of candida, reducing sugar in the diet, including sugars associated with breads and carbohydrates, may also have a positive effect.