Candida overgrowth is an issue that needs to be taken seriously; overgrowth of this fungus affects over 85% of the population and is very slowly killing people. If you haven't read our initial post on the matter, please do so now before reading further: https://steemit.com/health/@gardenofeden/candida-agent-of-destruction-or-health-companion
Now you know how vital and potentially destructive candida can be to your health. There is also a simple at home test you can take to check yourself for this issue: https://steemit.com/health/@gardenofeden/how-to-test-yourself-at-home-for-candida-one-of-the-most-problematic-conditions-for-modern-health
Once you are in the know about the problem at hand with candida, the next logical question is "How do I get rid of any overgrowth?". Excellent question - here's what we know!
It is so very important you do your own research before you do anything - especially regarding health.
If you were to do a google search on how to clear excess candida, you will come up with literally hundreds of diets, pills, powders, and tonics that claim they will knock out candida in no time flat. You need to practice discernment and critical thinking skills! Remember that a certain amount of candida is not only beneficial but actually necessary for proper health; it is only when the organism grows out of balance that people experience problems.
We started our own journey by researching candida. Then we did our own testing, and found that despite our relatively healthy lifestyle, most of the people living here in our ecovillage are experiencing an overgrowth of candida! https://steemit.com/health/@gardenofeden/our-surprising-at-home-test-results-for-candida-overgrowth-and-what-we-ll-do
When we see a problem, we like to provide and embrace solutions! Unfortunately, candida is another issue that not only does Western medicine fail to address thoroughly, but the few options they have for treatment are actually detrimental to overall health.
Our research yields a promising natural treatment which we will follow. This medicinal candida detox was resurrected from the history books by Dr. Jennifer Daniels; it is called The Candida Cleaner. http://www.sgn80.com/docs/The_Candida_Cleaner.pdf
We will discuss the actual medicinal candida detox for adults and children in our next post, but for now let's talk preparation. In this post, we lay out the protocol for a diet to follow to get your body as healthy as possible for the next step.
The ideal situation is to get your body ready to have a functional and beneficial detox of candida (and many other possible pathogens that reside in your body such as worms).
As with any important steps you take to change your life, optimizing the situation to put you in the path of success is important! In order to do this, you need to remove from your body/lifestyle anything that can slow this process down. Here are some suggestions for this preparatory step:
1.) Hydrate yourself! Proper hydration is an essential part of life, but is even more important when removing toxins.
2.) You want to be having multiple bowel movements per day to help detox. Proper hydration is a critical part of that. The diet we recommend for this cleanse is also conducive towards regular elimination.
3.) Cut meat out of your diet. It is much harder for the body to digest than most food and slows down the process. You want things moving out as quickly as possible while detoxing!
4.) Cut out dairy. Dairy is an inflammatory to your digestive system - even if you don't feel like you have issues with dairy it is proven to do this to everyone. So again, this slows down your digestive system and in some cases feeds the candida you are trying to get rid of.
5.) No processed foods, sugar, or anything that converts to certain types of sugar like wheat, corn, rice, etc. Whole, raw fruit is OK, but jellies, concentrates, and dried fruits should be avoided.
If that eliminates most of your diet, you should probably rethink what you are putting into your body anyway! You will be surprised how much more nourished you feel when you start feeding only yourself and not the candida in your body.
You have thousands of choices on what TO eat:
- As many whole fruits and veggies as you can - raw is preferable, but cooked is OK.
- Eat as many leafy greens as possible. Most of them, except iceberg lettuce, are an amazing source of vitamins, minerals, and protein.
- You can eat eggs (which are not dairy, in case you didn't know that). Be aware that some viruses that contribute to candida overgrowth feed on eggs as well, but candida itself does not feed on eggs.
- Plain potatoes, squash, and root vegetables are ok - as long as they are not covered in bacon and cheese.
It is suggested you start this pre-cleanse protocol a week before the actual medicinal candida detox to maximize results.
The basic idea is to nourish your body to keep it strong while doing the medicinal candida detox. It is unwise to fast during this preparatory stage OR during the detox itself, because it stops your body from eliminating frequently.
As stated before, our next posting will be on the medicinal candida detox protocol for both children and adults. We will also start sharing some of our experiences and data we have been collecting from the group here @gardenofeden.
There are hundreds of personal testimonials online about people experience on The Candida Cleanse protocol or variations of it. Please keep in mind that everyone is different and you have to work within the limits of your body when doing anything for health.
For additional resources on this topic, please check out some of these links and the ones above:
*This information is not intended to be medical advice; it is just shared research & experience.