Little Known Candida Symptoms, 4: Depression

Links between candida and depression

Depression and anxiety are two conditions that seem to be overtaking the modern world. In America alone, recent statistics estimated that 16 million people suffered at least one depressive episode, and that depression is the most prevalent psychological condition people face.

But what if your depression isn’t connected to any obvious cause, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or financial woes, for instance? Could there be another underlying cause that influences how you feel? It appears that the answer is, “yes.”

In today’s video, I talk about the little-known symptom of depression as it relates to candida overgrowth, and how you can decrease depression/increase serotonin naturally.


  • Links between gut health and our mental state
  • Where up to 95% of serotonin is produced in our bodies
  • Links between serotonin production and candida
  • Why eating carbs is both a good and bad idea
  • Why I laughed in my car at red lights
  • Why you should stare at your dog


Disclosure: Links in this post may be affiliate links. If you choose to purchase using those links, at no cost to you, I will receive a small percentage of the sale.

Subscribe for recipes and more about living well without sugar, gluten, eggs or dairy! Click here to subscribe to via email. You’ll receive emails sharing recipes and videos as soon as they’re posted, plus weekly updates and news about upcoming events. A healthy lifestyle CAN be sweet!



  1. Thank you so much for sharing these videos. I have been on the first stage of the ACD diet for about a month and 2 weeks. I love to cook and have been enjoying all your recipes. I do not feel left out at all when it comes to eating deliciously. I have not made the chocolatey desserts as I’m a little gun shy about trigger foods. My husband also enjoys eating this way. Craving sweets is not as strong and I’m usually satisfied with what I’ve eaten to even consider dessert. Drinking enough water throughout the day has also been an eye opener on how it can affect all sorts of feelings. I found you on the FOK website and enjoyed the Moroccan Lentil soup so much I had to read your bio. So I ordered your ACD cookbook and I’m so happy to feel better, lose weight and have a very real plan that’s doable. I have never followed a recipe with kale that assigned massaging it as part of the instructions, so thank you! It makes a world of difference! I’ve told many friends about your ACD Cookbook. I’m in my 60’s and was on the ledge about feeding myself the same way and expecting to feel better with smaller portions, eating earlier and getting more exercise. Thank goodness for my vegan friends ( though I’m not a vegan..yet) turning me on to great recipe sites, as it could have been longer to find you. I can’t believe it has been this easy to adjust my meal planning and food prep.

    • How wonderful to read this comment, Ann! Thanks so much. And I’m delighted to read that the recipes and cookbook are helping you! Glad you are on the mend. (And isn’t it great to know that you really *can* enjoy delicious food without sacrificing your health?). 😀

  2. We have been on a five yr journey to find out why our daughter had incresingly worse health problems. Started with stomach pain and cystic acne in middle school and symptoms kept getting worse throughout high school. College brought joint pain, nausea, jaundice, insomnia, terrible period cramps, brain fog and finally unexplanable sadness and feelings of hopelessness.
    She was diagnosed with depression and anti depressants were recommended but we kept searching for answers, knowing it had to all be related to hormones or her gut.
    Thanks to a naturopath and then a preventive health clinic with drs who look past the symptoms, we now know our wonderful girl has candida and bacteria infections in her body as well as leaky gut, and several food sensitivities. She is on her way to healing and good health!
    I believe unknown food sensitivities as a child as well as her SAD diet and a chlorinated swimming pool all worked against her to start the yeast overgrowth.
    Thanks to informative sites like this people can get back to feeling well and even overcome depression caused by candida.

    • So sorry to hear about your daughter, Mary. But glad to hear that she’s well on her way to healing, and getting over her symptoms! It’s definitely a journey, but well worth the outcome. 🙂

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.