As some of you may have seen, I began a 30 day candida cleanse on Monday, October 17. I thought that I should take some time to explain what candida is, what the dietary restrictions on the cleanse are, and why I am doing this.

At the end of the 30 days, I will post my daily food, mood, exercise journal so that you can see how the change in food and cleanse process affected my every day life.

WHAT is candida?

Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its a natural part of gut flora, helping with digestion and nutrient absorption.

But when overproduced and the population gets out of control, candida can break down the wall of the intestine and penetrate the bloodstream. This releases toxic by-products throughout your body and can cause a leaky gut. The toxic by-products cause damage to body tissues and organs, and are detrimental to yoru immune system.

This then can lead to many different health problems, from digestive issues to depression.

How can someone get a candida overgrowth?

  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar
  • High intake of alcohol
  • Taking oral contraceptives
  • High intake of fermented foods
  • High-stress lifestyle
  • Overuse of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria
  • High intake of chlorine and fluoride
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened immune system

What are symptoms of a candida overgrowth?

  • Feeling tired, exhausted and worn down
  • Frequent stomach pains and digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  • Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, brain fog
  • Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, hives, acne, and rashes
  • Itchy skin
  • Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  • Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
  • Anger outbursts
  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Intense cravings for sugars, sweets, and breads
  • Skin and nail fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus

 

What CAN’T I eat?*

This is a looooong list – get ready to scroll…

  • Sugar
    • Honey
    • Syrup
    • Chocolate
    • Molasses
    • Rice Syrup
    • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Alcohol
    • Wine
    • Beer
    • Spirits
    • Liquors
    • Cider
  • Grains
    • Anything made with wheat, rye, oats or barley, e.g. white bread, rye bread, pasta.
    • Spelt products
    • Corn and corn byproducts
    • Rice
  • Fruit
    • Fresh Fruit.
    • Dried Fruit
    • Canned Fruit
    • Fruit Juice
  • Certain Vegetables
    • Potatoes
    • Carrots
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Yams
    • Beets
    • Peas
    • Parsnips
  • Specific Meats
    • All pork products
    • Cured meats
    • Processed meats
    • Smoked or vacuum-packed meats
  • Specific Fish
    • All fish except for wild salmon and sardines
    • All shellfish
  • Dairy Products
    • Cheese
    • Milk
    • Cream
    • Whey products
  • Additives & Preservatives
    • Citric Acid
    • Anything you don’t know or can’t pronounce
  • Caffeine
    • Coffee
    • Black & green tea
    • Diet & regular soda
    • Energy drinks
  • Nuts
    • Cashews
    • Peanuts
    • Pistachios
  • Beans
    • Beans and other legumes
    • Chickpeas
    • Tofu
    • Soy cheese
    • Soy milk
    • All soy products
  • Mushrooms/Moldy Foods
    • Mushrooms
    • Truffles
  • Condiments
    • Ketchup
    • Mayonnaise
    • Regular Mustard
    • Relish
    • Horseradish
    • Soy sauce
  • Vinegars
    • All vinegars, except for Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Fats & Oils
    • Peanut oil
    • Corn oil
    • Canola oil
    • Soy oil

That seems like a lot…can you eat ANYTHING?!

Yes, and the fact is the more creative you get with recipes, the easier it is. I made a homemade guacamole to top my seasoned ground beef on a bed of lettuce. Yup, taco salad. It was filling, delicious, and met all the requirements of the candida diet.

It is a mostly meat, vegetables, and water, but I figure as long as I’m eating the things I like, it’s really not so bad. But, for you wondering what’s allowed, here’s the list:

  • Vegetables
    • Artichokes
    • Asparagus
    • Avocado
    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cabbage
    • Celery
    • Cucumber
    • Eggplant
    • Garlic (raw)
    • Kale
    • Olives
    • Onions
    • Rutabaga
    • Spinach
    • Tomatoes
    • Zucchini
  • Live Yogurt Cultures
    • Probiotic yogurt
    • Kefir
  • Meat & Eggs
    • Beef
    • Chicken
    • Lamb
    • Turkey
    • Eggs
  • Fish
    • Anchovies
    • Herring
    • Sardines
    • Wild salmon
  • Nuts & Seeds
    • Almonds
    • Coconut meat
    • Flax Seed
    • Hazelnuts
    • Pecans
    • Sunflower Seeds
    • Walnuts
  • Non Glutinous Grains
    • Buckwheat
    • Millet
    • Oat Bran
    • Quinoa
  • Herbs & Spices
  • Oils
    • Virgin Coconut Oil
    • Olive Oil
    • Sesame Oil
    • Flax Oil
    • Coconut Oil
    • Red Palm Oil
  • Seasoning
    • Black Pepper
    • Sea Salt
    • Lemon Juice
    • Coconut Aminos
    • Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, Raw, Unfiltered)
  • Beverages
    • Chicory root coffee
    • Cinnamon Tea
    • Peppermint Tea
    • Ginger Tea
    • Licorice Tea
    • Water
  • Sweeteners
    • Stevia
    • Xylitol

WHY would you do this?!

I did this cleanse about this time last year under the guidance of my naturopath. It did wonders for me – mood, energy levels, concentration, and my stomach felt a million times better after completing this.

I have digestive issues, and am usually bloated and uncomfortable, no matter what I eat. knowing that this cleanse made such a change for me last year I decided to do it again.

Along with the dietary restrictions, I take 3 natural supplements a day, along with a probiotic. The cleanse I use is: Genestra Candaclear Four. The supplements are as follows:

  • Delayed Release Allicin
  • Allicin with cinnamon
  • Allicin with caprylates
  • Probiotic with nutrients

I take one of each of these pills once a day, witha  meal, for the next 30 days. Allicin is garlic, and a lot of it, which is a natural antifungal, which also supports the immune system, reduces cholesterol, and controls blood sugar levels.

So overall, this cleanse will allow me to FEEL better overall. I will likely lose weight – I did last year, but it’s important to note that this isn’t the reason why I am doing this. Pleasant side outcome? Yes, but overall I want a calm and happy belly more than anything.

In 30 days, I will provide an elaborate update! If anyone has any questions, give me a shout!

*this comprehensive food guide comes from The Candida Diet, which has been a valuable resource to me

 

Neither financial compensation and/or product were received for this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way. I am not liable for any errors or omissions in this information. I am not liable for losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

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