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Last updated July 17, 2023

The Candida and Kidney Stones Connection

Have you noticed a connection between candida and kidney stones?

How about candida and joint pain?

Candida and oxalates seem to have a connection in the body causing the formation of stones and painful joints.

Unfortunately, I’ve had a long history with candida and kidney stones.

Last year I had a kidney stone get stuck in my ureter, the tube that connects your kidney to your bladder. Since the stone blocked off the flow of urine, I became septic very quickly and almost lost my life.

Coincidently I’ve had candida issues for years with symptoms for years.

Candida and joint pain are all too common. When my oxalates are high I get neck pain. It feels like my neck is thick and I have pain when I turn my head. 

What are Candida Symptoms?

  • Joint pain
  • Migraines 
  • Skin Rashes
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Sinus infections
  • Leaky Gut
  • Nail infections
  • Fatigue
  • Iron deficiency
  • Allergies
  • Histamine intolerance
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

I have written extensively on how candida causes extra histamine leading to histamine intolerance.

Did you know that candida can aggravate oxalates in the gut?

Candida grows and flourish in the gut and eventually burrow down into the lining of the gut causing leaky gut.

When the gut becomes permeable or “leaky” it’s easy for other things to absorb into the bloodstream.

Since candida can create holes in the gut, it’s easy for oxalates to absorb through leaky gut right into your bloodstream making it easy to reach the kidney.

The majority of kidney stones are made out of oxalates.

So knowing that candida overgrowth can increase oxalates is a vital piece of information for anyone dealing with kidney stones. 

Why didn’t my doctor ever tell me this?

I always thought that my kidney stones were from not drinking enough water which is what everyone tells me.

Except for the fact that I drink tons of water so I pretty much felt hopeless.

Kidney stones are formed when extra oxalates and other mineral crystals stick together in the kidney but can also form in the bladder. Sometimes the kidney stones cause yeast infections as well. Stones are extremely painful and can be life threatening which I found out the hard way.

Instead of trying to find ways to treat kidney stones, why not prevent kidney stones, to begin with.

Other signs you have oxalate issues

  • Pain burning or frequent urination
  • Dry eye or eye pain
  • Vulvodynia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • joint pain
  • Inflammation
  • Thyroid problems
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Fibromyalgia

If you suffer from kidney stones or joint pain, chances are high you have oxalate issues as well.

Candida and joint pain is another common complaint. 

Candida is known to produce large amounts of oxalates creating the perfect storm for kidney stone formation. (study) That high amount of oxalates is correlated to the presence of yeast infections as well.

A low oxalate diet can be helpful for people struggling with kidney stones but it will not eliminate your oxalate problem if you also have candida growing in the gut.

Candida in the gut can be an oxalate factory causing the majority of your oxalate issues.

You must kill the candida if you want to stop oxalate production.

Candida organisms have been found surrounding oxalates stones in the kidney, and the presence of yeast infections have been correlated with high amounts of oxalates. -Realize Health

How does candida get out of control

Eating Too Much Sugar

Sugar feeds candida and fungus so a high sugar diet will keep candida growing rapidly. Keep in mind that sugar can come from fruit juice, honey, white rice, bread, and similar items. Most of our modern foods are loaded with sugar.


Since antibiotics are made with fungus, it is one of the main causes for fungus/candida growing in the gut. I know from personal experience that sometimes you must take an antibiotic. You must follow it with some type of antifungal unless you want a horrible candida issue.

I actually got a bad fungus rash after a course of antibiotics that got out of hand quickly.

If you must use antibiotics you need to follow with a plan to kill candida, especially if you struggle with kidney stones.

Bad Gut Bacteria

If your gut is lacking in good bacteria it doesn’t take long for candida to overgrow. Good bacteria help fight off candida and bad bacteria from overgrowing and create a defense for your gut.

Bad gut bacteria will give way for candida to overgrow.

Chlorine in Drinking Water

Chlorine will kill off good bacteria in the gut which allows candida to take over. If you are constantly drinking Chlorine, you are giving candida a chance to take over.

Kill Candida and Reduce Oxalate Levels at the same time

The good news is you can kill off candida overgrowth and lower your oxalate levels at the same time since candida makes oxalates.

You can kill two birds with one stone just by using the Ultimate Candida Diet Program.

  • The unique, 5-step Candida treatment plan that was designed with Dr. Eric Wood
  • 4 eBooks packed full of strategies to reduce and eliminate your Candida
  • More than 40 delicious recipes to help you beat your Candida
  • Printable shopping lists for each stage of the diet
  • 10-part email course to guide you through your treatment

I have personally used this Ultimate Candida Diet and know how effective it is for reducing candida. Being a person that struggles with kidney stones and other oxalate issues, I feel like I have found a solution to heal my gut for good.

If candida is taking over your health, the Ultimate Candida Diet Program can help.

Candida and kidney stones don’t have to rule your health. It doesn’t take long for candida to die off and you could be feeling better within a few days.

The biggest peace of mind for me was knowing I am reducing the rate that I am making Kidney Stones, that’s priceless.

If you have a history with candida and kidney stones comment below and let us know your story.


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  1. I used to have kidney stones once or twice a year since I was about 22. I went on a yeast free diet for a month 15 years ago and haven’t had a kidney stone since. I don’t think it was a coincidence.

  2. Do you notice any symptoms before you find out from the dr that you have kidney stones? Other than kidney pain of course.

  3. I’ve had Candida for about 15 years, only discovering it was Candida about 2 years ago. I was diagnosed with kidney stones about a week ago. Reading your article makes perfect sense, also in terms of severe joint pain, swelling (mainly my knees) and memory problems. I went on a low carb diet for a while but started suffering depression so introduced some carbs again. I still have some work to do to but this info is most helpful

    1. Passing kidney stones is painful, I’m sorry you had to go through that. Definitely drinking water with lemon is recommended. I have also found chanca piedra herb helpful in dissolving stones.

  4. I’ve had multiple rounds of antibiotics and a struggle with candida beyond words…yet never knew it created oxalates…my diet has been inundated with oxalates and I passed several small brown stones last week…thank goodness I drink so much water that fortunately they were small and presented no pain…as of yesterday I released one small black grain like particle/spec & then another today…I’m reviewing my diet…I’ve been told those specs are also kidney stones…now I’m adding lemon to water to assist with breaking up stones that might attempt to develop as large & painful and eliminating foods such as spinach etc…I’m also taking natural antifungals and probiotics…any suggestions you might have would be so helpful! It’s just a little scary as I’m sure anyone reading this understands! Thank you so much!

  5. Thank u so much for this useful info , i had candida for three months now and recently i found out i had kidney stones ,am strugling with my health at the moment .once again thank you

  6. I have also had issues with candida for most of my life (since I was a young child, although I didn’t know back then what it was, neither did the Doctor).

    I had no idea there was a connection between candida and kidney stones. Good to know.