I’ve decided to embark on a Candida cleanse.
Perhaps you’ve already heard of Candida, but in case you haven’t– here’s a little info:
Candida Albicans is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body. Normally it lives in harmony with a variety of other microorganisms and actually performs a couple important functions. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in the body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms.
It normally resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals, however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream and then make it’s way into any organ of the body. To make matters worse it emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Some people may even become allergic to the yeast itself.
Once this hardy organism proliferates in the body, it wrecks havoc in many ways and is the initiator of many common maladies, conditions, syndromes and illnesses in our population. Most people are unaware that it even exists, because most main stream doctors are uneducated about its impact on our health. People suffering from this condition often go from doctor to doctor for years and are usually told they are a hypochondriac or that it is stress or a psychiatric problem, before ever discovering the real culprit.
One of the most well known forms of yeast is the vaginal yeast infection. However, it may play a role in just about any mental health condition or chronic illness you can think of. Yeast overgrowth is considered to be a leading contributor in alcoholism, anxiety disorders, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, addisons disease, mcs – multiple chemical sensitivities, crohns, autism, cfs – chronic fatigue syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, pms, endometriosis, fms – fibromyalgia syndrome, prostatitis, attention deficit disorder, multiple sclerosis, asthma, food allergies, muscle and joint pain, clinical depression, repeated urinary tract infections, hormonal imbalances, migraines, digestive disturbances, difficult menopause psoriasis, lupus, chronic pain, tourette’s, vulvodynia, rheumatoid arthritis and many more. [source]
Candida was a big topic in my Advanced Training with Natalia Rose last month–> and with good reason! Some health care professionals believe that Candida infects 89% of the US Population. [source] Holy cow!! And unfortunately for us, it’s common in women. Natalia suggested that women who have taken birth control pills, used antibiotics, or who have excess weight to lose, most likely suffer from candida overgrowth in the body.
Well, I certainly fall into that category!
The training with Natalia was just the push I needed to tackle this cleanse, because I now understand the importance of nipping this yeast in the bud! Suggestions for candida cleansing vary, so if you’re interested in attempting one, be sure to do your homework before diving in. I recommend reading the Body Ecology Diet or Detox 4 Women for more information and plans. Remember, a diet that may be a good fit for me, may not be a good fit for someone else!
I am personally following a variation of Detox 4 Women, since Natalia has been such a mentor for me:
I highly recommend reading this book, since it’s chock-full of delicious recipes and a 4-week meal plan! I’ve been following a personalized variation of this plan for a week so far, and have been a very happy camper.
I think eating this has really helped:
(Natalia gave us samples of her dark chocolate bars during Training!) YUM. 😀
A few other helpful supplements I’ve been adding to my cleanse include:
Of course, in addition to these supplements, I’m also taking the extra step of colon cleansing. I know this is a topic that most people find taboo, and perhaps unappealing or unnecessary, so I won’t go into any uncomfortable details regarding that. However, I personally find that it’s a necessary step if you’re approaching a cleanse this aggressively! One thing that Natalia reminds us often, is that you are only cleansing your body if you “awaken” the waste AND “release” it!!
Hence, why many cleanses make people feel tired and weak, rather than strong and vibrant! You must AWAKEN and RELEASE to see progress, otherwise you may be just re-poisoning yourself all over again when these toxins have no where to go.
So far on the cleanse-front, there’s not much to report other than a few pounds lost! I can’t wait to see what other changes may be in store for me as I kill off the yeast monster– perhaps my anxiety with finally improve?
I’ve got another busy day ahead of me, so I better get moving! Hope you all have a great weekend!!
Reader Feedback: Any fun plans for the weekend? We saw Super 8 last night, and I highly recommend it if you’re heading to the movies soon!