Cleansing can play an important role in your Candida treatment. Starting your Candida diet with a dietary cleanse will help to ‘clean out’ your intestines, weakening the Candida biofilms and expelling large quantities of the Candida yeast and its toxic byproducts.
Cleansing can also be a helpful way to reset your detox pathways, reducing the pressure on your liver and helping you to avoid the symptoms of Candida Die-Off as you move through your treatment plan. A die-off (Herxheimer) reaction happens when dying yeast cells release up to 79 different toxins into your bloodstream.
In our Candida treatment plan, we suggest that you begin with a cleanse that lasts a few days, before starting the main Candida diet. During this first phase of the plan, you can eat mostly salads, vegetables, and perhaps some eggs for protein. Each person is different, and this can be adjusted to fit your own particular situation. There are also a host of supplements, cleansing techniques and alternative detox methods that will help during your cleanse and beyond. I’ve listed the best of them here.
Cleansing And Candida
Fixing your diet is one of the most important parts of beating a intestinal pathogen like Candida, and restoring your gut to perfect health. In practice, that means following a slightly more strict version of the regular Candida diet. This phase of your treatment should only last for a few days.
The most basic principal of a good cleansing diet is that you shouldn’t force your digestive system to work too hard. That’s why I recommend eating mostly salads and vegetables throughout your cleanse. Healthy, nutritious foods that allow your digestive system and detox pathways to kick back, take it easy, and begin the recovery process.
Some people choose to implement a stricter cleanse, for example a fast or a fully liquid diet. That’s not really necessary, and you may in fact be making it harder on yourself by following such a strict cleanse. For most Candida sufferers, simply cutting out the hard-to-digest foods is a more appropriate method. In our Candida treatment plan, Dr Eric Wood and I recommend following this cleansing diet for anywhere from 3 to 7 days.
- Designing Your Candida Cleanse
This page tells you what you need to eat and drink on your cleanse, as well as providing some extra information on colonic irrigation and toxicity in the intestines.
- What To Eat During Your Cleanse
Here is a table of foods that you can eat during your cleanse.
- Fiber Supplements
Fiber supplements like psyllium can help to promote regular digestion and flush out the Candida toxins sitting in your gut.
Supplements To Help With Your Cleanse
This is a good time to take some supplements to support your detox pathways and aid in the elimination of Candida metabolites. Broadly, these fall into two categories. The first group contains the liver-supportive supplements, like milk thistle, that assist your liver in processing and removing toxins. The second group contains toxin binders like chlorella, which physically binds itself to toxins and removes them that way.
You can see a larger list of detox supplements on our recommended supplements page. Note that not all of them will be suitable for your situation. In our treatment program, we detail the pros and cons of each detox supplement, as well as detailing when and how to take them.
Molybdenum converts acetaldehyde (a toxin released by Candida) into acetic acid. This can then be excreted from the body like any other toxin.
- Milk Thistle
This herb contains a compound that helps to repair damaged liver cells and protect them from the toxins released by Candida.
- Bentonite Clay
When Bentonite clay passes through your colon, it absorbs any toxins that it finds and then expels them when it passes out.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) restores your adrenal function and helps to boost your immune system.
- Swedish Bitters
Swedish Bitters are an excellent digestive support. They also help to regulate your stomach acidity and support your liver function.
Other Ways To Boost The Effectiveness Of Your Cleanse
A clean diet and detox supplements are not the only ways to improve your cleanse. Certain lifestyle changes and activities can help too. These include moderate exercise, saunas, contrast showers, and much more. Making a few simple changes can boost your detox pathways and enable you to process and expel Candida toxins much more effectively.
- Alternative Detox Methods
This page summarizes the different alternative detox methods that you can try. The pages below go into more detail.
- Skin Brushing
Your skin is responsible for up to 15% of toxin elimination. Skin brushing enhances this process and improves your circulation too.
Sauna improves circulation and helps you flush out toxins through sweating. This page tells you what type of sauna works best.
- Oil Pulling
This ancient remedy mystifies modern doctors, but anecdotal evidence suggests it can remove toxins from your system.
- Contrast Showers
Contrast showers boost your lymphatic system and improve your circulation. They have long been used as an alternative remedy for the common cold.
- Exercise And Candida
The right amount of exercise can improve your body’s defenses against Candida. Don’t over-do it though as this can weaken your adrenals.
If you’re looking for more detox techniques, the Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program contains a number of alternative strategies for expelling Candida toxins.