Doing a candida yeast cleanse can help the body in more ways than one. The great part is that there are different cleansing treatments such as a liver detox , but I’ll solely focus on a candida yeast cleanse.
Having yeast in the gut is perfectly normal. In fact, it’s important to have it for your overall health. The body needs good bacteria in the gut for it to function properly as well as build immunity against infections and diseases. However, an overgrowth of yeast can lead to infections that does more harm than good to the body.
A yeast infection occurs when the gut is populated with more bad bacteria than good. That means the body is fighting against itself which can be a concern for your optimal health.
What is candida?
Candida is scientifically called candida allbicans which is a yeast infection that occurs in the mouth, vagina and intestinal tract. If the candida is really bad, it can spread to other parts of the body such as the blood and mucus membranes.
When candida is at its functioning level, it aids in digestion by allowing nutrients to absorb into the body. It also helps fight off infections and disease. However, at an abnormal level, it causes diseases such as ulcerative colitis. More so, the yeast breaks down the intestinal lining and enters the bloodstream. This in turn causes leaky gut because toxins and bacteria are dispelled from the intestines to the gut.
What causes candida?
It often has to do with the food that is ingested into the body. Over consumption of sugar, alcohol and refined carbohydrates can feed the yeast to fight against the body. At this stage, the infection is deemed chronic.
Antibiotics are another factor that can contribute to growing yeast in the body. It’s traditionally used to fight off infections and kill bacteria which seems like a good thing, but becomes a problem later on. An overuse of antibiotics fights off the good bacteria in the body. Worse enough, it leads to an antibiotic resistance that kills both good and bad bacteria. This results in a weak immune system susceptible to infections and diseases.
The good bacteria are important in the digestion of food and for keeping yeast infections at bay. Antibiotics on the other hand promotes a yeast overgrowth that spreads into the mouth, vagina or intestinal tract.
Asthma patients who use corticosteroid inhalants are more at risk of candida in the mouth. It’s then important to clean the mouth carefully and do oil pulling when possible.
Birth control also promotes the growth of yeast within the body. This isn’t to say that birth control pills cause candida. Rather, it contributes to its overgrowth. A woman on birth control who also has a high sugar diet can promote the presence of yeast than a woman who isn’t.
Lastly, the immune system also plays a role in keeping the body healthy and strong. However, a weakened immune system due to i.e antibiotics or poor diet can promote a candida yeast infection.
If you’re wondering how you would know if you have candida, here are some symptoms:
- Vaginal infections
- Mood disorders
- Hormonal imbalance
- Constant breakouts
- Sugar and refined carbohydrates
- Weak immune system
A candida yeast cleanse is fairly easy and involves a shift in your diet. In this case, it would be food that promotes yeast.
Step 1- Candida diet:
This diet removes any food that would allow yeast to grow and lead to an infection. It’s somewhat similar to an elimination diet. This can be done for at least 3 weeks but can be as long as 2-3 months to keep the yeast under control. Foods that are avoided include:
- Processed food
Because these foods will be removed from your diet, it’s important to take a probiotic to keep the body functioning well.
Certain foods can also help fight candida such as:
- Leafy greens
- Healthy oils and fats
- Non starch vegetables
Step 2- Supplements
While you starve the candida, it’s important to take natural supplements that are anti-fungal. This is because they’ll aid in destroying the overgrowth of yeast. Supplements are vital during the candida yeast cleanse because when the yeast dies, it releases toxins into the digestive tract that can cause issues such acne and indigestion.
Just as supplements are important, keeping yourself hydrated by drinking tons of water is worth mentioning. Also, exercise and resting well can help speed up your recovery.
Here are some natural supplements to consider:
- Oregano oil
- Caprylic acid
Step 3- Heal the gut
Doing a candida yeast cleanse is great because if left untreated can affect the gut in various ways. One way is by disrupting nutrients from absorbing into the body. Also, it can cause the yeast to imbed into the lining of the intestines. This can cause leaky gut syndrome.
Healing the gut then becomes essential. A great way to start is by taking herbs that work at particularly healing the gut. Examples of such herbs are:
- Aloe vera
You can also reduce inflammation in the body by avoiding food that would trigger that. Inflammation in the gut can and should be avoided in order to prevent skin issues such as acne. Internally, it can prevent digestive issues that can come as a result of it.
Ever heard that fiber is good for you? Well it definitely is. It helps maintain bowel movement, detoxifies the body and also regulates the digestive tract. So don’t forget your fiber if you’re to do this cleanse.
Tips on doing a candida yeast cleanse
- It’s smart to remember that if you have health concerns, it’s better to talk to a professional first before starting any cleanse.
- A professional can also let you know how long you should be on the cleanse if you bring it up.
- If you notice any worrisome symptoms (which you probably won’t) it’s best to stop immediately.
Let us know, would you consider doing a candida yeast cleanse? If you have already done one, how was your experience?