What is candida? Candida Albicans is a fungus present in our bodies that thrives on sugar. When the flora and fauna in the human body becomes imbalanced (not enough good bacteria in the gut) candida takes over and proliferates. The standard North American diet is full of sugars and starches that feed the candida bacteria and once it has taken root in the cells it can grow rapidly spreading to all parts of the body (systemic candida overgrowth).
Many common illnesses can be related to a candida overgrowth, things like chronic sinus infection, respiratory infection, allergies, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and there is even a link to chronic candida infection and cancer. Candida left unchecked is like an invasive species that overtakes its host.
The only way to get rid of this nasty fungus is to clean up the diet with living foods, super foods and natural anti- fungal plants and herbs and to avoid ALL sugars.
The first and most important thing is to eliminate is the sugar from the diet, foods that convert to sugar, simple carbs, starches, honey, maple syrup, sweet fruits.
To eradicate candida takes commitment, perseverance and patience. A candida cleanse will take 3 months to one year in the case of a systemic overgrowth. Candida starts out as a bacterium that if left unchecked sends out tentacles that take root in the cells and mutates into a fungus making it very difficult to get rid of.
The anti candida diet should be high in raw plant based foods, most vegetables are ok, eliminate all processed foods, breads, pasta, starchy foods, mushrooms, alcohol, sugars, yeasts.
What to eat
Eating a mostly raw diet and some steamed vegetables will help support your body cleanse and detoxify as will taking cleansing herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion for liver support, nettle or Pau darco to cleanse the blood as the candida die off toxins are dumped into the blood stream.
Eat all greens; kale, chard, dandelion greens, arugula, beet greens, cucumber, avocado, tomato, green pepper, celery, green beans, onion, garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, chives, cilantro, basil, dill, parsley, turmeric, cayenne, black pepper, watercress sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, dark leafy lettuces, organic sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds soaked and sprouted if possible. Limes, lemons, grapefruits, chlorella, spirulina, camu camu, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, cocao unsweetened.
Keep grains to a minimum and best to have small amounts of quinoa rather than rice.
Raw kale Caesar salad with Avocado
Kale- leaves conditioned with Olive oil and Sea Salt
Sunflower Seed Butter Tahini- garlic, sea salt, black pepper, lime water, sunflower seed butter, EVOO
Dehydrated cracker croutons (see my dehydrated cracker video HERE)
Granny Smith Apple
Pau Darco Tincture- 1 Dropper
Milk Thistle Tincture- 1 Dropper
Foods to avoid
All processed foods
Dairy, eggs, medicated and processed meats, fish
Grains- Rice, breads, crackers, pastas etc
Beans and legumes
Sugar- including Honey, Maple Syrup, Agave
Condiments, vinegar with the exception of Organic Apple Cider- Braggs is good
Yeast- brewers, Nutritional Yeast etc
Coffee/ Black tea unless it is taken black and organic with nothing added.
*grapefruit and sour apple is ok in moderation
Below is a list of anti fungals to take to eliminate candida. I recommend starting with Caprylic acid for 3 times per day- morning, noon and late afternoon for 3 weeks then Grapefruit seed extract for another 3 weeks and then Pau Darco Tincture for 3 weeks and rotate. You will also want to take bentonite clay with chia about 10 mins after your anti fungal to assist the “pulling out” of toxins from the digestive tract and blood stream.
Bentonite clay is magnetic earth that has the ability to not only pull heavy metals from the body but it also will move the candida die off out of the system. I recommend 1 tbsp of clay ( always wooden or plastic spoon, glass, ceramic or plastic bowl as metal de magnetizes clay) with a 1tbsp of chia 3 times per day for the first couple of weeks…trust me after this you will be really sick of eating clay. Then go down to once per day for a few more weeks and see how you feel. It is a good maintenance to do clay once a week or so as you continue cleaning out your body. To take clay internally mix with water and chia (or separately as it does congeal and some may not like the texture) always drink plenty of water especially when taking clay. Provided you are eating a high water diet with many raw foods and lots of fibre you should have no problem with your system backing up. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate!
The last thing you will need to do each day is a good probiotic taken at bedtime. For the first month or so I recommend Renew Life Ultimate Flora 14 day critical care, it has 50 billion bacteria and will help replenish your system beautifully. It is very important that you take your probiotic at least 3-4 hours after your last anti fungal/clay for the day. Taking the probiotic before bed is good as it gives the bacteria a chance to proliferate in your system. For maintenance level buy a probiotic that is over 12 Billion multi strain.
List of Anti Fungals:
Caprylic acid capsules ( powerful anti fungal from coconut oil)
Grapefruit seed extract (liquid or capsule)
Pau Darco (Tincture)
Blend 1 cup of filtered or Spring water
Milk Thistle Tincture 1 Dropper full
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic
Small chunk of fresh ginger
The key to getting rid of this nasty fungus that is epidemic is consistency and dedication to adhere to a strict lifestyle/dietary change and cleansing regimen. Your body is gonna love you for it and you will heal, drop excess weight and rid yourself of disease and/or the potential of disease later in life.
Anica is available in person or online for anti candida meal plan design, cleansing and coaching support for those who are looking for guidance on the path to Thriving.
Copyright Anica Brandt 2013