Coping with a Candida Cleanse
COPING WITH A CANDIDA CLEANSE
If you’ve read our 10 Signs You Have Yeast Overgrowth blog and are convinced you have candida yeast overgrowth or overgrowth of bad bacteria from a symptom assessment or laboratory, read on! If unsure, you can check out this Candida Quiz for more info on how to proceed! Maybe you are ready to do a cleanse or bacterial reset, but unfortunately, you began feeling worse once you start. It is actually very common to experience “die off” symptoms when doing a bacterial or yeast cleanse, or even during a course of antibiotics. This is known as the Herxheimer Reaction, where symptoms get worse before they get better. This is due to the endotoxins released by microbes when they die off.
COMMON DIE OFF SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
- loose bowel movements or diarrhea
- bloating and gas
- flu like symptoms
- muscle or body aches
- joint pain
- brain fog
The greatest concern with Herxheimer reaction is that most fear their current plan or protocol is not working upon the onset of these symptoms and quickly abandon in fear they are making matters worse. In actuality, the detox symptoms are a very good sign of shift in microbes in the body. Die-off or Herxheimer Reaction symptoms can often be managed and mitigated in a variety of ways. As the body is burdened with toxins during a cleanse it is important to ensure proper nutrients that protect the body during the activation occurring in phase 1 detoxification, while supporting the body during the conversion and excretion in phase 2 detoxification for proper elimination of waste from the body. First, it is important that the diet is rich in antioxidants to help protect from harmful oxidation that occurs during phase 1 as toxins become oxidized by the body in preparation for conjugation and excretion from the body.
As a candida diet or bacterial reset protocol is restricted in carbohydrates, these antioxidants must come from from low-glycemic choices such as: turmeric, green tea, rooibos, leafy greens, cacao, and nuts and seeds.
Favorite Detox Supporting Recipes:
Once healthy antioxidant intake is achieved, phase 2 conversion becomes the primary focus, as excretion is essential to safely remove the toxins or die off byproducts from the body. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts will be high in sulfur compounds that aid in phase 2 detox, which supports conjugation and prepares toxins for elimination from the body. At Naturally Nourished, we use Ultimate Detox to help mitigate detox symptoms during a cleanse as it contains ssulfur-containingamino acids to aid in phase 2 detoxification. This is included in the Beat the Bloat Candida Cleanse Bundle and we recommend a baseline of 2 per day, up to 6 daily if dieoff symptoms are severe.
Beyond nutritional and biochemical support, it is important to aid in the mechanical process of removing harmful endotoxins from various microbes that have been prepped for excretion. It is extremely crucial to ensure proper elimination and bowel regularity; this is why fiber and water intake is so crucial. Each day the body goes without having a bowel movement is allowing toxins from the bowel to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream. High fiber foods such as leafy greens, beans and legumes and nuts and seeds can promote healthy motility and elimination. Our Naturally Nourished Phytofiber is an excellent whole foods source of fiber to ensure adequate fiber intake in the body but also promote healthy detox. Be sure to drink at least half your body weight in fluid ounces of water each day, since fiber can either act as a broom or a brick in the intestines, and without ample hydration, the brick-like action occurs.
When discussing detox it is also important to consider the lymphatic system, which is responsible for filtering out foreign organisms including pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites. Hot yoga and massage help promote detoxification as well by stimulating lymphatic flow and filtration. Other alternative ways to cope with die off symptoms are by incorporating an Apple Cider Vinegar flush by mixing 1-2 tbsp of Braggs Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with a few ounces of water in the morning upon rise. This promotes bile flow which in turn supports healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients and supports healthy motility. An Epsom salt bath is another DIY detox supporter that works by drawing toxins out of the skin through the use of reverse osmosis. You can add to the experience by using essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil or grapefruit which aid in healthy bacterial balance and support relaxation as well. Use of Infrared sauna can also support the detox process as it promotes circulation and oxygenation of the tissues.
To learn more about Detox, check out our 10 Day Real Food Detox Bundle
During a yeast or candida cleanse specifically, it is important to limit the source of energy of the yeast by altering the diet. Patients undergoing a yeast cleanse are typically instructed to limit carbohydrates to 60 grams per day as well as avoid any dietary sources of yeast and fermented foods for the time being. Dietary changes are made in conjunction by providing antifungal support in the form of food and/or a nutraceutical compound such as Caprylic Acid, Grapefruit Extract, garlic, or berberine. Remember, when yeast begins to die in the body they give off toxic chemicals to be eliminated as waste. It is not uncommon to experience detox symptoms such as loose stools, headache, muscles aches, fatigue etc. as mentioned above, this is actually a good sign in that it signifies the death of unwanted yeast in the body. Support your body and push through the process for successful outcomes that will be worth the process with a reset microbiome to support health throughout your whole body!
TO EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS OF A CANDIDA CLEANSE SUCH AS:
- Weight loss
- Reduced bloating
- Increased energy
- Improved cognitive function
- Regulated digestive health
- Improved micronutrient status
- Clearer skin
- Vaginal health
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved autoimmune symptoms
- And more!
More of a data driven person or still experiencing symptoms after completing a cleanse? Consider a Stool Test to look at bacterial, yeast and parasite populations as well as markers of inflammation and absorption in the gut!
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