What is a Candida Cleanse?
Before beginning your candida diet, it is recommended to go on a candida cleanse first. A candida cleanse is a short-term diet that lasts about a week or two. Supporters believe this cleanse alleviates stress on your digestive tract and releases toxins.
While there are no legitimate studies to support the benefits of a candida cleanse, it could help you get into a positive mindset for your upcoming candida diet.
There are many ways to perform a candida cleanse, but two of the more common ways are:
Some people have reported experiencing negative symptoms when starting a cleanse, such as fatigue, headaches, mood swings or changes in sleep patterns. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind that the candida cleanse should not last more than a few days.
After you complete the candida cleanse, you can begin following the candida diet’s food guidelines.
So, if you’ve decided to start your candida cleanse to prepare your body for the diet to come, check out these awesome food tips for the best candida cleanse results in 7 days:
Ready for the candida diet?
After your candida cleanse, here is how you get started…
Candida colonies feed off of the sugar that comes from starchy vegetables, so avoiding those will starve the colonies. It’s better to buy your vegetables fresh, and eat them raw, steamed, or grilled.
Usually, when people cut out a lot of sugary foods from their diet, they default into eating large amounts of starchy veggies. You need to really try to avoid falling into that category.
Some of the starchy vegetables you’ll want to avoid during your candida cleanse are sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, winter squash, beets, peas, parsnips, and beans. These are high in carbs and can feed a candida overgrowth, especially in this first phase. Once, you begin the diet you’ll be able to add some of these back into your diet.
For this first phase, stick to low-starch, organic veggies, such as:
Best Vegetables to Eat
Probiotic foods like kimchi or sauerkraut are also great for this stage. Easy to digest and contain lots of nutrients.
There aren’t too many fruits that you can eat during your candida cleanse. Lemons and limes are very low in sugar and have an alkalizing effect on the tissues, which makes them okay. Avocados and olives also have very low sugar, and yes, these are also technically fruits.
If you find yourself struggling at this phase and feel that you need to eat a little low sugar fruit, that’s fine. Just remember that in the later phases of the diet, you’ll have to start eating only low sugar fruits.
Looking to grow your own vegetables?
Here is how you get started…
Herbs and spices, in addition to adding extra flavors to your meal, are a great way to get additional antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and important plant compounds called phytonutrients into your body.
When cooking foods, use virgin coconut oil, virgin grapeseed oil, or virgin olive oil. Take it from me, these are also great for salad dressings. Make sure to find a legit source of olive oil – there are a lot of fakes. Look for local shops, you can usually find reputable options there.
Other wonderful cooking ingredients you can use are:
Best Cooking Ingredients
The whole idea of a candida cleanse is to give your digestive system a break as much as possible. This means eliminating foods that can be difficult to digest; like red meats.
To really give your digestive system as much relief as you can, consider eating eggs as your main source of protein. They are the easiest forms of protein to digest, they’re super nutritious, and you’ll have energy for a few hours.
The best ways to cook your eggs is to boil or poach them. To to make sure the egg white is fully cooked, but try to leave the yolk runny. The egg white is full of anti-nutrients that are neutralized by cooking, but egg yolks are the most nutritious when under-cooked.