The latest research suggests that the kind of bacteria that lives in a healthy small intestine is mainly the Bacillus strains from soil. The link below is an article about Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, often misdiagnosed as Candida overgrowth, with almost identical symptoms. The treatment protocol is the same for both.


You want to avoid lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium until you have successfully healed your small intestine. Bifidobacterium lives in the healthy colon and is implicated in Crohn’s Disease (in some studies) – we suggest you deal with colon micro-biome after the Candida diet, if necessary.

Introduce the digestive enzymes a few days before the pro-biotics.

Vegan digestive enzymes can be purchased, if required, using the link below:

You can also/either increase the pancreatic production of digestive enzymes with lemon and/or licorice.

You will want some pre-biotics in the diet as well (to feed the pro-biotics) although this is more important when feeding the bacteria in the colon (which you’re not focusing on initially).

You can get pre-biotic supplements or include prebiotic foods in the diet –

  • Garlic

  • Dandelion leaves

  • Chicory root

  • Banana

  • Onions

  • Leeks

  • Asparagus

  •  Barley

  •  Oats

  •  Apples

  •  Cocoa

  •  Seaweed.

It is possible to buy supplements with pre- and pro-biotics and digestive enzymes in one. However, I recommend using separate supplements/foods so you can easily monitor what, if any, has any side effects.