Some alternative and complementary medicine practitioners blame certain health symptoms such as poor memory, headaches, and fatigue on the intestinal growth of Candida albicans, a fungus-like organism. To cure this condition, they recommend a ‘Candida cleanse‘ diet. This diet does not include yeast, cheese, white flour, and sugar, based on the premise that these foods encourage Candida growth. However, there is little evidence to support the diagnosis of Candida albicans, or yeast syndrome. Consequently, many medical practitioners doubt its effectiveness.
Many notice improvement in several symptoms when following the Candida cleanse diet. When one stops eating white flour and sugar, one generally ends up cutting out most processed foods, which often have lower nutritional value and higher calorie content. Within a few weeks, you may start feeling better in general. That is probably the main benefit of following this diet.
Cleansing can play a vital role in the treatment of Candida. Starting the diet with a dietary cleanse will flush the colon, expelling most of the Candida yeast and cleaning out old fecal matter. Cleansing also improves the liver function, which can lessen the symptoms of Candida die-off. This happens when dying Candida yeast cells discharge up to 79 different toxins into the bloodstream.
One can cleanse in many different ways. In fact, there are cleansing diets for the kidney, liver, gallbladder and more. Designing a good cleansing diet is not easy, especially for Candida sufferers experiencing low energy levels and fatigue. This is why experts recommend eating small portions of vegetables and salads throughout one’s cleanse. However, people feeling bold can stick to a liquid diet and go for the full colon cleanse.
No definitive tests for yeast buildup can distinguish normal yeast growth from yeast overgrowth in the body. However, people with the following conditions should take anti-fungal medication:
• Chronic nasal congestion
• Spastic colon
• Intermittent painful sores in the mouth
• Been on long-term antibiotics
Many books and alternative medicine practitioners advise Candida sufferers to avoid all yeast in their diet. However, doing this can result in a nutritionally inadequate diet. The most important part of treating this condition is avoiding sugar, including fruit sugars, and other sweets. Some of the top foods to eat if one has Candida include:
• Coconut oil
• Pumpkin seeds
• Lemon and lime juice
• Olive oil
• Raw apple cider vinegar
People on the Candida cleanse diet often experience an abnormal feeling of hunger as their body adapts to a new, healthier diet. However, there is a difference between the normal feeling of hunger, and the hunger people feel during a Candida infestation. Fortunately, the body adapts quickly to the type and amount of food it is fed as long as it is healthy food.
While adopting the Candida cleanse diet is not easy, the rewards are worth the effort. People following this diet experience clearer thinking, increased energy, and fewer cravings. Cleansing is also a healthy way to give one’s liver function a boost, reset one’s health, and detoxify the body.
In the following, a naturopathic expert reviews the essentials of doing a Candida cleanse. This naturopath provides a quick quiz, to enable one to determine if they should embark on a Candida cleanse. This quiz is available at yeastinfection.org.