there are several different factors involved in the treatment of candida. as you mentioned, it is important to make changes to one's diet (no refined sugar, no dried fruits, only organic meat, no yeast, no mould producing foods, no cofee- including de-caf, keeping meals to a low-moderate GL), but also there are other factors. diet can work alone, in time
, but combining an anti-candida diet with supplements can increase the rate of success.
1) immune system.
under normal circumstances an overgrowth of candida would be kept in check by a healthy immune system. however, if it is weakened (poor diet, stress of either a physical or psychological nature, etc.) then candida can proliferate more easily in the body. it is therefore important to strengthen the immune system, not only through good nutrition and lifestyle, but through supplements/ alternative medicine. the two options that spring to mind are either tea tree oil essential oil or the herb goldenseal root. these are both immune system stimulants and potent anti-fungal agents. alternatively, if stress is still a factor (you mentioned it had been originally) then a better choice still would be lavender essential oil. it is again a good immuno-stimulant and anti-fungal but also popularly known for its stress reducing qualities.
2) replenish healthy bacteria.
another factor in candida overgrowth is an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in the body. normally the existance of healthy bacterial flora in the gut prevents the overgrowth of candida. the existence of healthy intestinal flora also encourages healthy immunity. if the level of good bacteria in the gut is reduced for some reason (in your case through the use of anti-biotics) then candida has the opportunity to colonise the gut in numbers it wouldn't normally have the opportunity to do so. it is therefore imperitive to replenish levels of good bacteria in the body. eating live yoghurt and kifir are effective measures but bare in mind that these only provide levels of bacteria in millions
per serving. the severity of the situation probably warrants the use of pro-biotoic supplements alongside the dietary sources of friendly bacteria, as these typically provide levels in billions
per capsule. choose a supplement that is enteric coated (resistant to stomach acid) to ensure that a good level of bacteria survives past the stomach, and also has pre-biotics alongside (these help to encourage the growth of good bacteria).
3) anti-fungal agent.
in time, boosting the immune system and repelenishing levels of healthy bacteria will have the effect alone of gradually reducing candida levels. however, using an effective anti-fungal agent alogside will speed the whole process up. if there is an agent directly eliminating levels of candida, then it will make it easier for healthy bacteria to recolonise in the candida's place, and then in turn further reduce levels further. look at it as a positive upward spiral of success. as mentioned previously, normally the existance of healthy intestinal flora in the gut keeps candida levels in check. this occurs through the healthy bacteria producing a substance known as Capryllic Acid. if levels of healthy bacteria have been depleted for some reason then there is no longer a natural source of capryillic acid production. it is therefore necessary to provide an alternative source of capryllic acid to tackle the candida until the levels of healthy bacteria impoves to a sufficient level. this can be done through the use of capryllic acid supplements. after a course of pro-biotics for several months, the capryllic acid can be discontinued.
hope this helps