Holistic Candida Cleanse
A holistic Candida cleanse is the most effective approach you can use in your treatment plan. Candida is a multi-faceted, complex health condition and responds best to an approach that addresses every angle. The goal is not to eliminate Candida from the body completely, but to reduce it and restore balance.
There are a variety of ways to go about cleansing. You may purchase a pre-formulated herbal preparation that consists of specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, natural antifungals and probiotics that will not only kill Candida, but offer immune system and liver support as well. Or, you may throw together a few herbal combinations of your own, such as burdock, vitamin C, garlic, oregano oil and barberry root.
Some people think that this is all that is needed, but that is not the case. It's a great start, this covers the antifungal aspect, but there are other steps that need to be taken.
The best Candida cleanse utilizes a holistic approach that incorporates all the following:
- eliminate the use of antibiotics -antibiotics make Candida yeast proliferate. They must be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
- assess nutritional deficiencies and supplement accordingly
- colon cleansing
- digestive enzymes
- support for the liver
- strict low-carb/high protein diet
- stress management
- emotional support
- balancing the body ph
- nutrients to heal the gut
- assessing the possibility of other secondary factors, like food sensitivities, heavy metal toxicity, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, etc.
There are a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will support your body during a cleanse. Three of the most important are Vitamin C, molybdenum, pantethine and silymarin.
Good colon health is another critical component. Candida resides largely in the digestive tract and the colon, therefore if you can reduce it's presence in these areas, you can reduce your symptoms drastically. Keep the bowels functioning properly with supplements like magnesium and Vitamin C.
There are a variety of colon cleansing products on the market that are effective, my favorite is Oxy-Powder®, but a good Candida cleanse should include the use of enemas and/or colonics. These work because they physically remove the Candida and its toxins from your body.
As your body cleanses out the bad organisms, the good bacteria must be replaced with probiotics. A good acidophilus and bifidus product with about 10 or 12 different strains will do the job.
Digestive enzymes are essential for a variety of reasons. They help keep Candida yeast in balance by keeping the digestion system running smoothly and they also inhibit it's growth. Most people with a Candida problem are deficient in digestive enzymes.
Exercise is equally important because it helps your bowels function more efficiently and assists your body in detoxing the toxins that the Candida yeast will release while cleansing. Jumping on a rebound exercise trampoline or brisk walking will work wonders.
The liver, in addition to the bowels, is the major organ involved in detoxing the toxins from the Candida. Therefore, the liver needs to be functioning optimally in order to do this job adequately. The liver can become overburdened with the Candida toxins and you'll just reabsorb them back into the body and feel quite sick. The liver can be supported with things like dandelion root, burdock root, milk thistle, vitamin c, molybdenum, pantethine, colon cleansing and exercise.
Diet plays a very crucial role in any Candida cleanse. Be sure to follow at least the basics of the Candida diet, by eliminating sugar, alcohol, yeast and all refined carbohydrates.
When you experience stress, it releases sugar into the bloodstream, which feeds the yeast. Therefore, minimizing stress as much as possible and managing daily stress effectively will assist you in controlling your overgrowth.
Dealing with a chronic Candida yeast problem and going through a Candida cleanse can be quite challenging and bring many emotions to the surface. Emotional support, particularly from someone who's been there, will help you get through it easier and provide encouragement.
For more in depth information about each of these aspects, you may find Candida Secrets to be very helpful. It's an easy to read, yet comprehensive guide, with all the information needed for learning the essentials of a successful cleansing plan.
Unfortunately, for people prone to yeast overgrowth, a Candida cleanse is probably not something you will do once and be done with. Even when incorporating the most effective holistic approach, life long adherence to the Candida diet, continued use of probiotics and periodic administration of antifungals will likely be necessary to keep your yeast under control. However, once you make some significant progress in reducing your yeast load, your diet won't have to be as restricted.