Candida Albicans is an opportunistic fungus (or form of yeast) that is the cause of many undesirable symptoms ranging from fatigue and weight gain, to joint pain and gas. Candida overgrowth can result from many different causes, but antibiotics and poor diet are the most common.
The purpose of a Candida Cleanse is to reduce the excess growth of Candida, then repopulate the intestine with ‘good’ bacteria using probiotics. The Candida Cleanse is a 3-step process, which you can see detailed below.
What is Candida?
The Candida yeast is part of the gut flora, a varied group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestine. Normally they live in a healthy balance, but occasionally something (e.g. antibiotics, poor diet) allows the Candida population to start getting out of control. When this happens the Candida weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and spreading throughout the body.
As the Candida spreads, it produces toxic by-products that cause damage to your body tissues and organs, wreaking havoc on your immune system. The major waste product of yeast cell activity is Acetaldehyde, a poisonous toxin that promotes free radical activity in the body.
Symptoms of Candida
Candida is such a difficult condition to diagnose because it can affect each sufferer in a different way, on a different part of their body, in a way that may even be unique to that person. Excess Candida growth can lead to any or all of the following symptoms:
Abdominal pain, fatigue, bloating, gas, indigestion, oral thrush, joint pain, weight gain, fungus, confusion, dizziness, urinary infections, itchy eyes, rashes and itching, depression, mood swings, cravings, white coating on tongue, acne.
3 Steps to Eliminate your Candida Overgrowth
Step 1: Cleansing
- Eliminate Candida risk factors
Risk factors can include antibiotics, stress, smoking, the Pill and even mercury in old fillings. Cut them all out if you can.
- Do a Colon Cleanse
For the first week of the Candida Cleanse, you should use colon cleansing to do a full Detox. Go for the colonic irrigation if you can, but alternatively you can use a diet of vegetable broth and detox drinks to get much the same effect.
Step 2: The Strict Diet
- Change your Diet
After you finish the colon cleanse, you need to move on to a strict diet. This involves cutting out things like fruit, nuts, chocolate, alcohol and caffeine from your diet.
- Take probiotics
Probiotics repopulate your intestine with healthy bacteria and help to restore a healthy digestive system.
- Start antifungals to treat the Candida
Now you can start using antifungals to really attack the Candida. There are a number of natural antifungals that you can take in supplement form or even add into your diet. If these don’t work you can talk to your doctor and try some antifungal medicines.
Step 3: Reintroducing Foods
- Introduce some foods back into your diet
Step 3 of the diet is much less strict in terms of the foods you can eat.
- Long Term Diet Plan
Steps 1 and 2 of the Candida diet are quite strict on what you can eat, but the good news is that in Step 3 you can start reintroducing most of the foods again. The important thing is to bring them back one at a time, so you will easily recognize any food allergies that may have been a contributing factor to your Candidiasis.