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    Concerning the site’s suggestions for the cleanse and the stage one diet;

    Many of us do not agree with or suggest following the site’s suggestions on the stage 1 diet unless you have a very, very mild case of Candida albicans and providing you’ve had the infestation for only six months or less. Otherwise, following the diet suggestions will only add to the length of time of your treatment.

    Several of the site’s Candida experts, including myself, absolutely advise against the detox drink suggested by the site because of the psyllium husk. A very negative thing about psyllium husk is that it’s very hard on the intestines because of the sharpness and hardness of the small shards of husks which can cause lacerations as it passes through the intestines which in turn can cause internal bleeding. In addition, it can also cause heavy bloating in some people.

    As far as the cleanse and detox are concerned, if you’ve not already done so, you might read the post titled “Cleanse or Detox Protocol” dated September 7. It’s a much easier way to get through the cleansing period, especially if you’re working as it allows a bit of protein during the cleanse.



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    Hi Able,

    Do you mean you are against the detox drinks and the cleanse stage of the diet, or the entire stage 1? If it is the entire stage 1, what would you warn against? I definitely have been battling candida for longer than 6 months, so if there is anything in stage 1 that I can cut back on I will!



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    Hello, Rose.

    These are the foods that I do not believe should be on the Candida diet for at least four weeks.

    Nuts – Unless they’re organically grown almonds I’m not really in favor of nuts being on the diet for at least a month. Of course, if extra nutrition is needed such as calories and protein, an exception is usually worth slowing down the treatment a little.

    Oils – the only oils used should be coconut and olive oil.
    Amaranth, Quinoa, and Wild brown rice should be left out of the diet for at least one month.

    Teas – Because detoxing the body is important, the only liquids taken for at least one month should be water and fresh lemon juice. Plus, the teas named may contain a mild antifungal, but not enough to make a difference to a Candida albicans infestation, and most teas, unless organically grown, contain mold.

    Pau D’arco Tea is a natural blood thinner and has been known to cause excessive bleeding. Psyllium husks powder and Pau D’arco Tea are an especially dangerous combination even if not taken at the same time, but within the same time period.
    The site also suggests drinking green tea for your caffeine source, but one of the biggest drains on the immune system is caffeine.



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    So what exactly are you saying with regards to the Cleanse Phase Able? In terms of the detox drink do we leave the measurements the same but just remove the psyllium husk? Or do you suggest substituting the psyllium husk with another component? The reason I ask is because I just discovered that I have a severe case of Candida and I plan to begin the week long Cleanse Phase within the next few days.

    Is there a thread where you have outlined what you would and would not do in accordance with the plan here? If so I would be very much interested in reading it so as to adapt my plans and routine.


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    Hello, Subtle.

    The following is a much more simple form of cleansing or detoxing your body than the one on the website, and much easier to get through if you are a busy person.

    Drinking one glass of warm water before having anything else in the morning is a perfect way to start the day by flushing your kidneys.

    There is a detox lemon drink which is about as simple as they come. Use a whole, fresh lemon; squeeze the juice into a glass of water and drink up. During the detox period it’s really better if you do this without a sweetener. You should do this three times a day, morning, noon, and night, using a whole lemon each time. If you absolutely can’t stand the taste, you could add just a bit of Truvia (natural sweetener) for taste, but don’t overdo it with the sweetener on the detox diet. Be sure to drink a lot of water in-between the lemon juice during the entire time.

    An herb which can help with general detoxing is Milk Thistle. The components will bind with as well as coat the liver cells, and the phytochemicals will not only help in healing previous liver damage but will also protect the liver from future damage, especially in respect to Candida toxins.

    If you want to use another good detox supplement, a product called Digestive Grape Bitters are no less than excellent at cleaning and flushing the liver, the bile ducts, and the gallbladder, plus they will increase the flow of digestive juices which eventually helps resolve any disturbances in the digestive process characterized by flatulence, heartburn and bloating.

    In addition to all of this, bitters stimulate the repair of the intestinal wall lining or mucosa, so the bitters can be used for healing Leaky Gut Syndrome which stems from the Candida infestation.
    The Grape Bitters should be in a liquid form and are normally sold at health food or vitamin stores. They can also be ordered online.
    The dosage suggested on the bottle is not necessary because the bitters work simply by nerve stimulation by coming into contact with the bitter receptors (vagus nerves) on the back of the tongue which then releases the needed enzymes. This process presents a cleansing effect on the liver so it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent a strong detox reaction.
    Since the idea is to stimulate the bitter receptors on the tongue, you only need to taste the bitterness of the herbs; therefore 1/2 of a dropper full on the tongue after meals will be enough to do the job, regardless of what the label may say. No matter what you read from here on out, you will not need to purchase additional enzymes as long as you use the Grape Bitters. Remember that you’ll need to take them before or immediately following a meal – followed by plenty of water.

    Another type of detox supplement, especially for detoxing the liver as well as die-off symptoms, is called Molybdenum, a natural trace mineral already found in the human body. You can take 125 to 250 mcg three times a day when die-off symptoms are at their worse, but start with just one dose, and you can take it at any time of the day with or without food. In this case the pill form is perfectly fine and much more convenient. Molybdenum will detox your liver of Candida poisons and toxins better than any other supplement available.

    In addition to the products named above, Native Remedies makes a very good detox supplement whichi s called simply Detox Drops. I have a lot of faith in this companies products which are always natural remedies. This particular product “Promotes natural cleansing, detoxification and toxin elimination.”

    Try to avoid any type of pain supplements or digestive aids during the detox period other than the ones I’ve suggested for digestion such as the Grape Bitters.

    Also, check your toothpaste for added chemicals and sugar alcohols which can feed Candida just the same as regular sugar can. The ingredients in Desert Essence Natural Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste should be alright for Candida sufferers. Amazon carries this brand.
    Also, most table salts contain Dextrose which is glucose, which is a sugar capable of feeding the Candida. Himalayan sea salt which is the purest form of salt with many life-sustaining minerals still intact, does not contain added ingredients or Dextrose.

    If you follow the detox information above, and adhere strictly to an all green, raw or lightly steamed vegetable diet, leave out all red meat and processed foods as well as unatural supplements, you will be able to complete a one to two week detox program without literally starving yourself.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: You can expect some possible die-off reactions to this detox protocol. So anyone following the Candida diet and detox protocol should read the post titled “Die-off Dangers” posted on August 27.



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    Thanks for the clarification, Able. Just checking, is there any grain at all that’s acceptable in stage 1, other than the coconut flour? My infestation is still in the six months or less category.


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    Carb voyeur wrote: Just checking, is there any grain at all that’s acceptable in stage 1, other than the coconut flour?

    Hi, Carb; it’s just my opinion of course, but I believe that the treatment period will be longer when any type of grain is added to the diet. All the research I’ve seen points to one fact, that being “all” grains will feed the Candida. To me this means that, even if you receive no Candida reaction from a grain, the grains have still supplied the Candida with a nice meal, and the entire Candida diet is aimed at starving the Candida.

    By the way, keep in mind that coconut is not a grain; therefore the flour contains no grain at all.



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