One of the most important things you need to keep doing to fight Candida is to keep things moving! If fecal matter remains in the colon too long it becomes the perfect breeding ground for Candida. Eating lots of dietary fiber is important, but if constipation is still a problem then taking a fiber supplement is a safe and effective way to reduce transit time through your gut.
Choosing a fiber supplement
Finding a good fiber supplement is a great way to start your Candida treatment. You can use it just during the cleanse, or throughout your treatment if you feel like you need it. It can help you to avoid constipation and speed up your recovery from Candida. Here are a couple of different options for your fiber supplement.
Fiber-3 Organic Powder
This is an excellent fiber supplement manufactured by NOW Foods. It contains three different organic ingredients - Golden Flax Seed Meal, Organic Gum Acacia, and Organic Inulin. These ingredients are more gentle on your gut than other fiber supplements, and they contain a healthy combination of soluble and insoluble fiber. You can find a 1-lb bottle of Fiber-3 at the Candida Store.
Fiber-3 is particularly helpful for Candida sufferers because it contains Organic Inulin. This is a prebiotic that can promote the regrowth of your intestinal bacteria. Combined with a good probiotic, inulin can help to restore a healthy balance to your gut.
Psyllium comes from the plantain plant (not related to the banana-like plantain), and was originally used in Persia and India. The Psyllium husk is a great source of water-soluble fiber that expands to several times its original size when mixed with water. It quickly transforms from powder form into a gooey substance called mucilage.
This moves through your colon, bulking up and softening your stool. The thick, toxic fecal matter that lines your colon is loosened and pulled out along with the Psyllium.
In addition to flushing away those dead yeast cells, Psyllium is a great and healthy way to promote regular bowel movements, without the cramps that laxatives can cause. However, if you suffer from IBS or a similar digestive condition, you may find that psyllium causes irritation.
Find a psyllium brand that contains 100% pure Psyllium Husk powder. The Candida Store sells a 24oz pack of 100% Psyllium Husk Powder by NOW Foods.
How do you take fiber supplements?
Most fiber supplements come in either a powder form or capsules. If you take your supplement in powder form, be sure to stir it into a glass of water and drink quickly. Otherwise it will absorb the water and become a thick gel. Although the first few doses can cause some bloating (as the fiber supplement expands inside you), after a while your body will adjust. Full instructions should be on the packet.
As for fiber supplement capsules, they are usually taken before meals. Again, read the instructions carefully and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
Who should not take fiber supplements?
Fiber supplements are generally very safe, but you should always take care to read the label and do your research before starting to take one. For example, there are a very small number of people who have severe allergies to Psyllium, and it can cause irritation in those who IBS or similar conditions. It is best to consult your doctor, especially if you’ve had any kind of intestinal or bowel surgery.
For more information on choosing a detox supplement and reducing your Candida symptoms, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program.