Candida Yeast Overgrowth Detox – I have been asked by several readers and friends to post more on the Candida Yeast Overgrowth Detox that I did. First of all I want to start by saying that I suggest you always consult a Dr. before doing a cleanse. I met with my Dr. and she approved the cleanse and actually highly encourages me to repeat it! She said to think back to our past in regards to “refined carbohydrates” and how they didn’t exist. She told me that we don’t need them to live a healthy life. With that being said you should do what you feel comfortable with.
If you are unsure about the symptoms of Candida Yeast Overgrowth I suggest reading this post I wrote. It lists all the symptoms. I took an evaluation and tested very high with Candida.
My cleanse was a 36 day program. I started off by eliminating all nuts, fruit (until day 20) caffeine, processed foods, dairy and carbohydrates from my diet. The only thing I drank was water. I had a limited list of vegetables, eggs, meat (no beef) and healthy fats that my diet consisted of. I also took a lot of supplements and could do meal replacement shakes in addition to the approved list. I was on a 1,000 calorie diet. I am going to tell you that the first 5 days of my detox was not fun. I had a serious caffeine headache and very little energy. On day 2 I didn’t think I was going to make it however I had a dedicated support system that helped me get over the hump. However by day 6 things started getting better. I could tell each time it got rough that my body was “killing off” and eliminating the candida.
Twice during the 36 week program I did a liquid fast. The first time for 5 days and second for 3. The liquid fast consisted of a organic lemon juice, natural maple syrup and distilled water mix. I personally thought there was NO WAY I would be able to do the liquid fast but I have to say that I did really well. Not that it was “easy” but I never got “shaky” or “fatigued”. In fact I actually had more energy. During both fasts what I missed most was chewing so my Mom gave me the idea to eat crushed ice and that really helped. The other part that I missed was eating dinner with my family. However, they were very supportive and didn’t entice me with food and understood that I didn’t want to sit at the table and watch them eat.
During both of my fasts I did experience symptoms that the candida was leaving my body. Both times in the form of excess mucus leaving through my sinus’s. I know this may seem like too much information but I had suffered with chronic sinus infections prior too doing the cleanse and I truly believe it was the Candida Yeast Overgrowth that was my true problem as antibiotics never really gave me permanent relief.
By day 36 my stomach had shrunk, my skin looked great, I had a high energy level and was a new person. I was in the fat burning mode and had lost 20 pounds. I was not at my goal weight so I decided to repeat the process. I did not liquid fast for the suggested 8 days on the second round and did not eliminate fruit. I did a 3 followed by a 2 day liquid fast instead. This worked well for me. I lost an additional 15 pounds. After the 2nd cleanse I have continued a restricted diet of little to no refined carbohydrates, processed foods, nuts or dairy. I am able to eat red meat in moderation, whole grains in moderation and fruit. I do not drink caffeine and avoid fast and processed foods. I only drink water. By doing this I am able to maintain my weight and the candida has not returned.
In addition to the detox I did exercise 3-5 days a week. I lost from a size 1X top to a medium and went from a size 16W to a size 10! It has been the most amazing thing I have ever done for myself!
Disclaimer: I am not a health care professional and I am not providing medical advise. Always consult with a medical professional before you change your diet or implement a weight loss strategy.
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