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Can I drink tea on the candida diet?

If I'm on the Candida diet can I drink tea? What kind of tea is okay?
asked Aug 8, 2013 in Diet by Kitty

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I get a lot of questions about tea, so I’m going to do my best to handle them all here, in one shot.

First of all, I’m often asked if someone can have “diet” tea, of any variety, while on the Candida diet. The simple fact that you’re asking me about “diet” versus “regular” tells me you’re drinking something that’s processed – something you shouldn’t be having because of the chemicals, preservatives, and sweeteners used in the creation and packaging process. If you’re drinking bottled teas from the grocery store or corner market, you should stop.

That said, if you’re making tea at home, you should be avoiding all sugars. There are a couple of natural sweeteners you can use, but only if you aren’t overusing them or abusing them.

But let’s address tea in general. Tea (as well as coffee) should be avoided because of its caffeine content. There are several reasons for this. Caffeine taxes your adrenal glands, forcing them to produce adrenaline. Over time, this wears you out and can lead to adrenal fatigue. This process also weakens your immune system, making your more susceptible to illness and infection.

Another important reason to avoid caffeine is because it causes a natural spike in your blood sugar levels. Sugar feeds Candida, so it and anything that promotes higher levels in your blood stream should be avoided at all costs.

That said, there are certain types of tea you can have a certain types you should avoid:

  • Regular tea – NO
  • Green tea – NO
  • Black tea – NO
  • Decaf green or black tea – NO (Most decaf teas have some caffeine in them, just lower levels).
  • Peppermint tea – YES
  • Chamomile tea – YES
  • Fruit tea – NO (because of the natural sugar content in fruit)
  • Chai tea – NO (Chai is a spiced black tea)
  • Ginger tea – YES (this is encouraged because of the health benefits of ginger)
  • Dandelion tea – YES
  • Rooibos – YES  (herbal teas are caffeine free)
  • Licorice tea – NO  (low levels of caffeine)
  • Oolong tea – NO
  • Nettle Leaf Tea - YES (Nettle leaf tea is a very strong antifungal, and encouraged to drink)

So what tea is good for the Candida diet? As you can tell, anything actually made from a tea leaf is going to have caffeine, even if it’s a milder white tea like licorice. Herbal teas like nettle leaf, chamomile, peppermint, ginger, dandelion, and rooibos are perfectly fine as they’re caffeine free. Just make sure you don’t add any sugar!

answered Aug 8, 2013 by AdrianDole Trusted Candida Expert (8,120 points)