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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
I'm sure most of you will relate to this article as candida is much more prevalent than you could imagine! I would even go so far as to say 80% of the people who read this article would be greatly helped by doing a candida cleanse.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you are probably familiar with my friend Kibby Miller. She’s a total superstar and was one of my very first dedicated readers when I started this blog 3 years ago. We became fast friends (although we’ve never actually met in person) and exchanged numerous emails and phone calls. One concern that Kibby had was that even though she was eating really clean, she still had digestive issues, rashes, stiffness, and fatigue. I recognized the symptoms right away and immediately suggested that she start a candida protocol. We worked out a specific program for her to follow which worked like a charm! Kibby recently wrote an super thorough and detailed post on her blog outlining her experience and I thought it would be great to share with all of you! I’m sure most of you will relate to what she wrote as candida is much more prevalent than you could imagine. I would even go so far as to say 80% of the people who read this article would be greatly helped by doing a candida cleanse.

In my own experience, I had to continue the regimen for 4 months before all my symptoms cleared. Throughout my lifetime I had so much candida built up in my system from taking antibiotics, acne medication, diet pills, overeating sweets and carbs, drinking alcohol, etc. that I had to really stick with the program for an extended amount of time. I am so thankful I did because it was that final puzzle piece to help me lose the last 10lbs, clear my persistent acne once and for all, and help me sustain high energy throughout the day (before that I felt like taking a nap everyday at 2pm)!

I’m sure you will find this info highly informative and helpful!

The following is from Kibby’s blog, Kibby’s Blended Life, with some additional notes and edits from me:

This post is long overdue to share with you all.  I have had many emails and friends asking me what I did to get my Candida overgrowth under control.  So, here it is.  Every little detail I researched, experienced and healed from.  I had candida for YEARS and didn’t know it.  I hope this post helps you on your quest to get rid of candida and heal yourself.   Be prepared – it is very long!

What is Candida?

Candida albicans (its official name) is a yeast that inhabits the mouths and intestinal tracts of all humans. That’s right! Everyone has candida. When you are healthy, the candida in your body lives in a symbiotic relationship with you. It will help to detect and destroy other harmful bacteria from harming your body, as well as helping to clean up any excess sugar that may be floating around in your bloodstream that your cells are not able to absorb.

Every time you eat, there will be a small candida “bloom” as the candida feeds on the sugars that are in your blood stream waiting to be ushered into the cell with the help of insulin to be used for energy. Then, once that sugar has been processed, the candida will reduce in number back down to their normal levels.

When there is an imbalance in blood sugar levels (note from Linda: this could be from sugar, carbs, alcohol, or additives like preservatives), candida will be given the opportunity to grow to a level that is not optimal for the human body.  It has the ability to morph into different structures and will take advantage of its host.

While it is normal to have some candida in the gut, an overgrowth of candida is problematic. Like everything else, candida creates a byproduct. In this case, the byproduct of candida is toxic to the body. The more candida you have, the more toxicity it produces.  I had several of the symptoms listed below.   My symptoms were classic:  gassiness and bloating upon eating a meal – especially fruit, INTENSE itching all over body and especially in my nose (? I don’t know, but I did!) to the point it drove my crazy at times, lethargy, funked out, foggy headedness, stiff joints).

microscope slide of candida from wikipedia

microscope slide of candida from wikipedia

Candida  has been lead to several common issues such as:

  • Thrush – in the mouth or other areas of the body
  • Athletes foot
  • Poor Digestion (gas and bloating)
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme sugar cravings
  • Rectal itching
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Brain fog – lack of ability to focus the mind
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mood Swings
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sore throat
  • Low sex drive
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain

Other imbalances in the body can cause similar symptoms as well.  I feel it is important to rule out other issues like gluten or dairy sensitivity, adrenal burn out, blood sugar imbalance issues, emotional issues and even general fatigue before diagnosing yourself with candida overgrowth.  There are always “layers” to our healing process.

If you have several of the symptoms for a candida imbalance, following some simple steps for re-balancing your body should help move you in a healing direction whether or not the root issue is a candida imbalance, or if the candida imbalance is a symptom of another issue.  If you are experiencing many of the symptoms mentioned above, you may also want to go see a Naturopath or holistic practitioner just to be sure that there is not a deeper imbalance going on that needs professional attention. Never feel bad about seeking help.

What Causes Candida To Grow Out Of Control?

There are several things that support a Candida overgrowth and thus lead to an imbalance.  Some of them include:

  • Blood sugar imbalances – Poor insulin receptivity of the cell or other reasons that keep sugars in your bloodstream too long.
  • Bacterial imbalance.
  • Over use of antibiotics without replacing lost beneficial bacteria (probiotics).  (All my life I had been off and on antibiotics till my early 30’s). I’m now 43.
  • A nutrient poor diet that is rich in refined carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.), processed foods, cola drinks, etc.
  • A compromised immune system
  • Birth control pill (I took for over 10 years when I was on it – have been off it since age 29).
  • STRESS! depletes everything in the body on a physical, cellular and energetic level.
  • Lack of sleep and poor sleeping patterns.
  • These two things (stress and poor sleep) in particular will compromise your good bacteria balance, as well as your blood sugar balance.

As you can see, the causes can be multifaceted.   Our bodies are very wise and have many systems in place to protect us from things becoming unbalanced. It is when the body becomes overloaded with influences that are counter-intuitive to health and balance that issues like candida arise.  Our bodies are brilliant energy sources and if we just listen more and pay attention to little nuances and symptoms of it speaking to us – we would be far better along our healing journey. It took me a long time to listen (or even be aware of the fact), so just take it one step at a time and “be there” for yourself.

Do I Have A Candida Overgrowth?

Questions to determine if you may have Candida Albicans:

  1. Do you have skin issues like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes?
  2. Do you have mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression?
  3. Are you typically bloated, especially after meals?
  4. Do you have trouble losing weight?
  5. Do you have constant cravings?
  6. Do you have thrush (a white coating of the tongue)?
  7. Do you suffer from frequent colds or flu?
  8. Do you have night sweats?
  9. Have you used antibiotics or birth control pill in the last 2 years?
  10. Do you have gas or bloating?
  11. Do you have sugar cravings?
  12. Do you have low blood sugar?
  13. Do you have history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
  14. Does your partner have a history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
  15. Are you sensitive to smells?
  16. Are you sensitive to alcohol?
  17. Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctor cannot explain like; headaches, migraines, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, IBS (Irritable Bowel syndrome), itching, menstrual or sinus problems?
  18. Do you feel fatigued all the time?
  19. Do you have a hard time concentrating?
  20. Do you just not feel right?

 

Candida Spit Test

This is an easy way to test for yeast overgrowth in your gut. When you wake up in the morning (before you eat or drink anything or brush your teeth) fill a glass with room temperature water. Then work up at least a dime-size amount of saliva in your mouth and spit it into the glass of water. You will be watching what happens over the next 30-45 minutes, looking for where the saliva goes.

  1. If it stays on top it indicates that there is not excessive mucous in your mouth harboring candida.
  2. If it grows tentacles that hang down toward the bottom you have some candida in your gut that likely needs to be addressed.
  3. If it sinks to the bottom you likely have significant candida overgrowth in your gut and you need to take action.

OK!  So, if you suspect or you’re pretty sure you have Candida overgrowth to some extent, what to do about it?    It starts with altering the diet.  A few dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way to bringing your body back into the balance it naturally wants to be in. Remember that your body is designed for health. It wants to be and fights to be in balance. Choosing dietary and lifestyle habits that support your bodies natural balance will help lead your body back to balance.

from Healthy Recipes Weekly

from Healthy Recipes Weekly

Remove anything from the diet that will help feed candida albicans including:

  • all forms of sugar (white sugar, honey, maple syrup, dates, yacon syrup, coconut sugar, etc)   ** STEVIA is really the ONLY safe alternative and NuNaturals STEVIA was a life saver for me during this time (and still continues to be!)
  • gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, oatmeal) –  No crackers, breads, etc.
  • packaged or processed foods (including meats)
  • condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce, pickles, mustard, soy sauce) – hidden sugars and refined ingredients.
  • dried or candied fruit
  • Reduce or Eliminate Dairy – Dairy (especially cow dairy)  is one of the worst offenders when it comes to candida imbalances, if you are going to consume dairy, goat products are ok.
  • alcohol (including beer or wine)
  • Vegetables that are high in carbs (potatoes, peas, corn, winter squash) (Note from Linda: I  did fine with peas and winter squashes, just pay attention to your body, if you notice bloating or inflammation after you eat these then it’s probably a good idea to stay away during the cleanse)
  • all grains including quinoa, rice, millet, etc.
  • nuts, and fruits should be limited.  ** (green apples, pears and bananas (yes, BANANAS are OK) in moderation.  Even the iridologist guy said bananas were OK when on a candida cleanse.  (Note from Linda: I personally could not tolerate ANY fruit while doing the candida cleanse and would recommend completely eliminating all fruit for the duration of your protocol.)
  • These are the basis of the diet.
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So, “What the heck DID you eat?!”

1)  Lots of veggies!  Any way you want it:  steamed, raw, blended, juiced, soups.  Avocados are a great addition!  I did a lot of steamed broccoli and roasted veggies during this time.  Sweet potatoes and winter squash are great baked with goat cheese.  Baking the carrots and beets really cut down on their sugar content, I put those in from time to time.  LOTS of  salads! (Note from Linda: I’ve also included a huge list of recipes at the end of this post)

2) More protein. VEGGIE frittata’s once a week with a large green salad prior. (see recipe list)

3) Herbal teas. Ginger Turmeric Detox Tea or Hot Lemon Ginger Water are also great!

4)  Do regular enemas or colonics (talk with your colon hydrotherapist about this) the first few weeks to flush the candida out of your system quicker.  If you don’t have access to colonics,  just implement enemas during this time and you’ll be fine. With the higher protein usage, I got constipated a little more, so the enemas were good.

5)  Supplement. I took a product that did wonders at speeding up the KILLING of those little buggers and getting the population under control.  It is called A.D.P. by Biotics Research Corporation – it is emulsified oil of oregano -natural anti-fungal, anti-biotic.  I started with one tablet at every meal then after a week, I went to taking 2 tablets with every meal.   I still keep a bottle on hand to use if I ever feel the symptoms pop up – not very often at all.  Within a few days of these supplements and changing diet, I am back to normal.  Remember, listen to thy body. (Note from Linda: ADP Oregano Oil is a MIRACLE WORKER!!! Work up 6 caps per day and you will be amazed at how well your symptoms diminish! I still use ADP on and off and will keep it in my medicine cabinet for life, it’s that good!)

6) I also employed SWEATING to detox and cleanse more effectively.  Infrared saunas are nice or just get out in the sun and sweat. Linda says: hot epsom salt baths are also great!! 

7)  Reduce stress and rest more!  This means taking more time for yourself in a loving, compassionate, SLOWER way.  Learn to slow down by practicing deep breathing (your yoga practice should have this down for you), but practice it when you are traveling to and from work, during work, during food preparation, anytime that you can consciously be aware of it.  When you sit down to eat, relax before you put food up to your mouth so that your body is calm and NOT stressed.  Eat in awareness – slowly – chew more – act like it is foreplay – take your time with it – make your meal something that is beautiful to you and for your body (I know this sounds weird, but it has been helping me).  Take a bite, put down utensil and enjoy the food, enjoy your company and chat, make meal time fun, with no distractions of smart phone, internet, tv, chaos, etc.  Some good music in the background is great!

8) Sleep. When you sleep your body is busy repairing damage, filtering out toxins, absorbing nutrients and generally healing. Without adequate rest it is very difficult for the body to bring itself back into balance. Try to aim for at least 7.5 hours or more, if you can swing it.

9) Take a quality probiotic to replenish the GOOD flora and bacteria in the body to help balance out bacterial imbalances, and help to fight candida.  I made almond milk kefir.  Great way to drink your probiotics and it tastes great (especially with lemon or orange slices in it). Note from Linda: use the code WAG472 to get $5-10 off your first order plus free shipping.

I had some days where I felt sluggish and slow – it was a way my body was telling me to slow down, rest and let the healing occur.  This is part of the detox – cleansing the candida out of the system.  Don’t push yourself on these days.  Listen to your own intuition and not your ego.

Once I felt comfortable that the candida was back in its box, I slowly started incorporating some quinoa into my diet and saw I how I felt/reacted.  I did the same for sweeter fruits and green smoothies – as long as I didn’t get any symptoms or reactions, I continued with them.  Always listen to your own intuition and body response.

I know this is a lot of information, but once you get it down, it’s very do-able.  It’s only temporary and will spark you to get a bit more creative in your life.   Some of you will probably lose some weight during this candida cleanse.

I look back on it and say “Thank You” to my candida overgrowth and healing protocol journey. It taught me so much about myself, my lifestyle patterns and habits (that needed tweaking and changing), stronger connection with my body – deeper intuition and so much more.  So, embark on this cleanse with a positive attitude of “What can I learn about myself and draw from on a deeper level?” Note from Linda: Love this Kibby, you’re such a doll!)

What it boils down to:   having a balanced lifestyle is your best defense against a Candida overgrowth.  Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

 

Thanks so much to Kibby for putting the time and thought into this awesome writeup! Be sure to check out her blog for yummy recipes and inspiration! I know this information can be overwhelming at first but just take it one day at a time. If you need additional guidance (which is totally normal) leave me a comment, shoot me an email or sign up for some sessions (all packages are currently on SALE!) so we can get you squared away and feeling like a million bucks in no time! 

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37 Responses to “How To Get Rid of Candida”

  1. Milli January 8, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    This is such a fantastic article! I have been suffering from chronic fatigue partly caused by candida and this advice is so good and timely. Thanks so much 🙂

    • Linda January 8, 2014 at 3:18 am #

      Wonderful!! I’m so glad it helped you!

  2. Sheri January 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I have been battling candida for years and was recently tested for an acute and chronic infection/overgrowth. I was prescribed Nystatin for 3-6 months. Its a natural kind, freshly compounded with no preservatives. But it is very expensive. I have done different diets before which DO help a TON, but I can never seem to kick it totally. This article was very helpful….now do you have a cookbook? 🙂

  3. Christy January 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    This might be the answer to sooo many symptoms I’ve been experiencing. I’m going to put all of my best efforts and do this cleanse if I confirm from the glass of water test.

    Thanks! 🙂

  4. Heather Williams January 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    This is great advice! I’ve struggled with candida my whole life and am still learning, even after being off sugar 10 years. I will have to share this link with my readers. Thank you!
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  5. Carolyn May 28, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    Hi Linda,
    I’ve embarked on a candida cleanse with my boyfriend for the last 5 weeks, and plan on continuing for at least a few more weeks. This article has been one of my go-to’s for information.
    One question: what is the purpose of cutting out nuts on a candida cleanse as stated above?
    Just trying to get more and more information so we can really understand what we’re doing to our bodies with this candida protocol. 🙂

    • Linda May 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

      Hi Carolyn,
      That’s great you and your bf are doing the candida cleanse!!
      Nuts are high in fat and slow to digest, they are also acidic which tends to feed the candida. Some people can get away with nuts and others can not. I’d recommend cutting them out at the beginning and then adding them in a few weeks later to see how your body responds 🙂

  6. Miriam June 16, 2014 at 5:31 am #

    Hi Linda,
    I am so very happy to read your blog. I am going to do the spit test in the am. Hopefully this will resolve so many health and mental fog problems that I am having. Thank you!!!

  7. John June 16, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    How long do i have to be on this diet for?

    • Linda June 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      It will vary for each person. I recommend at least 30 days and continue until symptoms have resolved.

  8. Rhonda July 3, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi Linda! Loved this article and everything you write about 🙂 I’m working on this along with the Conscious Cleanse. I was wondering if I should also be eliminating nutritional yeast. I have researched it and it seems to be a different type but I don’t want to ruin my efforts by consuming it during the cleanse. Do you know if it is something I should also eliminate?

    Thank you!
    Rhonda

    • Linda July 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

      Hi Rhonda, I personally stayed away from Nutritional Yeast. I still don’t use it often as it just doesn’t make me feel AMAZING like I normally do! I hope that helps and good luck with the cleanse!!

  9. Jay July 5, 2014 at 11:07 am #

    so how long did u have to do the diet thing before u were able to start eating back to normal again. and what anti-fungal prescription medicine did u take.

    • Linda July 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      I followed the diet for about 90 days because my candida was so severe. I did not use any prescription medication, just the supplements listed in this post. I hope that helps! Good luck!

  10. Mike July 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Thanks Linda for the clear outline on how to do it – I just started my cleanse and plan to implement a Caprylic Acid regiment along w/ my pre and pro-biotics. What was the strong indicator that you’d completed the program? Is it when you no-longer experience a die-off? Or just overall better health?
    Thanks, Mike.

  11. Mychel August 12, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Sorry if I missed it anywhere on here, but is Almond Milk ok to drink during the cleanse? And if it is, should it be only the “unsweetened” kind?

    • Linda August 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      it’ ok to use a LITTLE bit of almond milk, like in your coffee and yes ABSOLUTELY unsweetened if you are doing a candida protocol!

  12. Rache August 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Hi Linda,! I was wondering if you can eat natural sugar like in fruits ? I know to stay away from hat fatty sugary foods. However, not sure about natural.?

    • Linda August 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

      Hi Rache,

      Nope, for the candida cleanse you want to stay away from ALL sugars, even natural ones from fruit (and also grains)!

  13. eddie August 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Gosh you are beautiful, very helpful by the way.

  14. Radha September 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Hello Linda,

    I did an anti candida cleanse many years ago and of course it was quite breneficial.
    I am afraid I do not have the same will power but I feel as though I might not have another choice but to go in it again.
    I wanted to ask you a question in regards Candida overgrowth symptoms.
    I have been having a sensation of crawling on my skin like invisble bugs and sometimes I feel itchy.
    I have had this for over a year now.
    I also sneeze a bit after eating.
    Could those symptoms be related to Candida?
    Thank you very much.

    • Linda September 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      I would at the very least look into taking supplements, even if you feel you don’t have the will power to follow through with a diet change, the supplements will still help tremendously! Colonics & enemas too!

  15. Tina September 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    Hi, I have been struggling with Candida for awhile now and have tried numerous things to help me including diet and oregano oil. I have been on birth control pills for some time and I must stay on them until my Husband has a vasectomy and apparently after that for a few months. I feel like I am just running around in circles as long as I
    continue to take the pill, but I don’t see a good enough alternative birth control for me, not to mention everything that is good for fighting yeast seems to interfere with the pill! Do you have any suggestions in the meantime and do you feel your plan will work for someone who is still on the pill.
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    • Linda September 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi Tina,

      You certainly don’t have to go off the pill, and probably shouldn’t if it’s your only form of BC!! I would just do focus on everything else you can: diet, lifestyle, supplements, colonics and that will have a HUGE impact and make an amazing difference! Colonics, probiotics, oregano oil, and a sugar free, carb free diet won’t interfere with your BC at all.

  16. Leon October 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Superb advise and help to combat and overcome Candida but I just wondered if mushrooms and frozen strawberrys you mentioned you added to the recipes can be consumed or is this later on in the process? Thanks for your help

  17. Raphaela March 3, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Hi! Do u know if its ok to detox properly while breastfeeding? How important is colonic? And I think my Ive got leaky gut and had sores in large intestine , can I take oregano oil then. I heard its best to heal intestine before taking so strong supplement. Thanx for all terrific information:-)♡♡

    • Linda March 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm #

      I would not detox while breast feeding. You can just focus on eating lots of healthy greens and vegetables that will be great for both you and baby and wait to detox until after you have finished breast feeding! 🙂

  18. Alicia Ebersole March 27, 2015 at 1:57 am #

    Love your blog! 🙂 Very eye opening!!!

  19. Matthew August 24, 2015 at 2:13 am #

    would you say it is ok to eat sweet potatoes twice a day when doing the cleanse? I eat it because I also train a lot. Cheers

    • Linda October 12, 2015 at 3:22 pm #

      yes, sweet potatoes should be fine!

  20. Alexis October 12, 2015 at 5:52 am #

    Hello! Is it ok to eat sugar free non fat greek yogurt? Thanks!

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