A Candida Albicans yeast infection can be difficult to get under control and overcome in the long term. It is important to give your body the very best platform to beat Candida by restoring its vitality and boosting the immune system. The Anti Candida Diet Plan eliminates the Candida yeast by starving it of the sugars it needs to thrive and by neutralizing as many toxic by-products as possible.
A pre-diet detox will reduce the some of these toxins and reduce some of the symptoms that you’ll experience as the Candida dies off. The pre-diet detox will also prime your digestive systems for the probiotics and antifungals allowing the them to be as effective as possible.
A cleanse or detox will actually have benefits beyond helping the Candida treatment plan. Many people that regularly detox and use it as part of their lifestyle report that they feel that they have more energy, better digestion, maintain their ideal weight and have a better mood in general. For Candida suffers the detox will remove toxic impacted matter from the intestines along with some of the Candida yeast.
It is important that you consider doing the detox fully as it will give the best long-term results and lessen the effects of the Candida ‘die-off’. The cleanse can be undertaken in two stages – a basic detox diet and / or a thorough colon cleanse.
Step 1: Pre-diet detox:
ELIMINATE POSSIBLE CAUSES OF CANDIDA
With todays modern lifestyle it is easy to develop a Candida overgrowth. If you haven’t already, make sure you read through our Causes of Candida. You will find that there are many possible causes including, a diet high in sugar / carbohydrates, the contraceptive Pill and stress are just a few common contributing factors thought to cause Candidiasis. Now is the best time to make changes to you lifestyle, cutting out as many of these risk factors as possible.
NB. Antibiotics, are also thought to be a primary cause of Candida and should only be used when absolutly necessary. If you are currently on antibiotics, consult your doctor and finish the course before embarking on the Anti Candida Diet Plan. Start taking a good quality Probiotic to help restore your immune system.
During the detox you may find that you begin to experience what is known as the ‘Candida Die-off’. This, even though it can unpleasant, is a good thing as it means that the Candida is dying. Symptoms of the die-off are normally headaches, nausea, itchyness, irritability, sweating and aching muscles.
These side effects are caused by toxins released by the Candida cells as they die and pass into your bloodstream. Make sure that during this stage you keep well hydrated with filtered water and take a Vitamin C supplement to maintain immune health. You may also find that using a sauna or taking a hot bath will help you process and flush out the toxins faster. Read more about how to cope with the die-off in our dedicated section Candida Die-off.
Here you will find a couple of cleanse methods that are tried and trusted and have been found to be very effective. However, the only truly effective detox is the one that you can actually complete properly and fit into your daily life. The colon cleanse may be too intense and difficult to fit around you work day, so read through the alternatives and design a detox that works for you.
PLAN A: DETOX DIET
This is a very limiting diet plan that is focused upon eliminating the toxins in you system. The diet is complemented by a couple of drinks that will help cleanse your body of the harmful compounds left there by processed foods, preservatives and additives. Manufactured ‘fast food’ contains many flavour enhancers and preservatives, meat and fish can contain antibiotics, growth hormones and environmental chemicals.
By cutting these out of your diet you are allowing your body to expel the toxins that have built up and are giving it a chance to repair. Eating fresh, organic vegetables will stop you ingesting any more toxins while nourishing you body. While you are detoxing it is important to keep well hydrated (at least 8 glasses of filter or bottled still water a day).
- Only raw salads and steamed vegetables may be eaten during the detox
- Buy organic whenever you can
- 2 x per day Detox drink (recipe)
- 1 x Liver flush (recipe) in the evening (not within 2hrs of the detox drink)
- Maintain the detox for between 7-14 days
Some people find the detox diet tough to complete because of its plain flavours, but remember that this diet will help you beat Candida and is only for a short time. To provide some inspiration we have put together a book of flavourful recipe ideas and a list of suitable vegetables. While on the detox diet its important to avoid starchy vegetables as they contain sugars that will feed the Candida overgrowth.
Avoid starchy vegetables:
- Sweet potatoes / potatoes
In order for the Detox Drinks to be effective they must be taken on an empty stomach. Try to make sure that you don’t eat anything within the hour of the drink. We find that is best to have the detox drinks first thing in the morning and then again two hours before you go to bed.
Consult your doctor if you feel unwell, have and irregular heartbeat or experience any other unusual symptoms during the detox.
PLAN B: COLON CLEANSE
The very best way to start your Anti Candida Diet Plan is with a colon cleanse. This thorough detox is designed to cleanse your colon of debris while allowing your body to expel toxins. It is quite demanding and might not be possible to maintain for those with busy work schedule or lifestyle.
Before you begin try to set some time aside so that you can prepare for the detox properly and ensure that you will feel comfortable and relaxed during the process. You may feel drained of energy while the cleanse is in progress but this is normal. You may wish to use a colonic irrigation during the cleanse if you feel it would benefit you.
Colon Cleanse Routine
Here is a breakdown of the schedule of the detox.
Morning …. Detox drink (see recipe)
Mid-morning .. Vegetable liquor (see recipe)
Mid-day …. Detox drink
Mid-afternoon …. Vegetable liquor
Early evening …. Detox drink
2 hrs before bedtime …. Liver flush drink (see recipe)
Sustain for 5 days before starting the main diet plan.
The key to feeling good while going through a detox is to keep drinking filtered water. Maintaining good hydration flushes the toxins from your system and speeds the process up. Making large batches of the vegetable soup every two days will also allow you to relax and take it easy.
You should not experience any adverse side effects during this diet as it is very safe but if you have any serious exsisting health problems consult your doctor before to begin the detox. Should you experience any nausea, dizziness, an irregular heartbeat or any other concerning symptoms, discontinue the diet and see your doctor.
RECIPE: ORGANIC VEGETABLE LIQUOR
- 3-4 red skinned potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 large red onion, peeled and diced
- 3-4 stalks of fresh celery, thinly sliced
- 2-3 fresh carrots, thinly sliced
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
- Bouquet-garni (fresh parsley, thyme, sage tied together)
- Large handful of greens chopped (spring greens, kale, swiss chard etc.)
Wash all vegetables and herbs thoroughly in filtered water.
Add all the herbs and veg to approximately 3.5 liters of filtered water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30mins until all the vegetables are soft. Strain the vegetables from the stock and discard.
Add the cayenne to taste if you like spice. (Cayenne has excellent detoxifying properties but don’t over do it!)
You should aim to consume 2-3 bowls of the liquor each day of the detox. It is packed with the vitamins and minerals that you will need to replace the ones you lose through the detox process.
NB. Did you wonder why if we said ‘no potatoes or carrots’ why they are in the liquor? The Candida feeds upon the sugars in these vegetables but they are locked in the carbohydrates these vegetables contain. By removing the vegetable solids we remove the carbs but retain the nourishing vitamins and minerals dissolved in the liquor.
RECIPE: DETOX DRINK
- 1 large cup of water
- 1 flat tablespoon of Bentonite Clay
- 1 flat tablespoon of soluble fibre
This detoxifying drink works by absorbing the toxins being released in the intestines and cleaning them with soluble fibre in the process. There are several good sources of soluble fibre to choose from but be aware that if you think you have Leaky Gut Syndrome then a gentle fibre option like Acacia Powder is preferable to Psyllium Husk.You can find a selection of suitable fibre products in our store.
The Bentonite clay absorbs the toxins in the gut. It doesn’t mix with water very well so you may find it necessary to shake the mixture just prior to drinking so that it does not settle. Drink another glass of filtered water straight away.
LIVER FLUSH RECIPE:
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- Small chunk of fresh ginger
Use a liquidiser to blend the ingredients together and drink.
How can I make my cleanse more effective?
Both of the detox diets are effective by themselves but you can enhance their effect and speed up the cleanse by combining them with the following treatments:
The active ingredient in Milk Thistle is Silymarin, which is actually a group of phytochemical compounds named flavonolignands. These compounds support your liver in a number of ways that will help you through Candida Die-Off.
Read more about Milk Thistle >>
Pantothenic acid (or Vitamin B-5) & Vitamin C
These particular vitamins are very supportive for your adrenal function and immune system. ‘Die-off’ puts your body under stress, so a healthy immune system is vital to make sure your stay healthy during the detox.
Read more about Vitamin C >>
Candidate by Native Remedies
Candidate is a 100% herbal formulation containing Lemongrass, Pot Marigold and Pau D’Arco. The Pot Marigold in particular is excellent for flushing toxins out of your system.
This mineral helps your liver to break down Acetaldehyde, one of the byproducts of Candida ‘Die-off’.
Colonic Irrigation can be a very effective addition to your detox and isn’t as formidable as it may sound. Warm water is passed through you colon, which loosens the hardened faecal matter in the intestines. These deposits harbour Candida yeast and other toxins, there removal reduces the stress on your immune system.
A colonic irrigation typically lasts around 45mins and is a simple procedure that begins with a gentle massage to the lower abdomen. This helps loosen any trapped matter in the intestines ready for the colonic to flush away.
Next a small, sterile, soft plastic tube is inserted into the rectum and warm water is pumped into the colon. It can feel a little unusual and may be a little uncomfortable the first time. The water is then allowed to pass out the rectum in the natural way together with the dislodged faecal matter. This process can be repeated several times to ensure that it effectively removes all the debris.
Use a search engine to locate your closest colonic therapist. They will be able to advise you on how frequently you should have treatments based upon your past lifestyle and other factors. For the purpose of this detox diet you should only require one or two visits at the most.