Getting rid of a Candida infection can be a challenge. To treat an overgrowth of this persistent yeast requires that you follow a strict low-sugar diet and supplement with powerful anti-fungal herbs. As if these changes in diet and lifestyle weren’t enough, you may also begin to experience uncomfortable symptoms from Candida die-off.
Candida are a type of yeast that normally live on the skin and inside the body, in places such as the gut, mouth, throat, and vagina. Yeasts are single-celled fungi, and these microorganisms usually live in our system without causing us any problems. However, due to certain dietary and lifestyle factors, Candida populations can grow. If Candida grows out of control or enters into places deep in the body it can cause an infection that can lead to numerous health issues.
The most common species of Candida that leads to an infection is Candida albicans, though there are many other species that affect us as well. Candida albicans can be found on the skin, and in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestines, and vagina. Its species name, albicans, comes from the Latin word for “white.” The yeast appears white when cultured on a plate, and in the case of certain infections, like thrush, it can also create white patches on the skin or gums.
What is Candidiasis?
Candidiasis is the medical term for a Candida infection, and it is a common health issue that many people suffer from. Candida infections are incredibly common, and many people that have a Candida infection are unaware that they have it, as the symptoms of Candida can be diverse.
A Candida infection can cause numerous symptoms, and many are associated with other health conditions and can be difficult to trace back to their source as a fungal infection. Symptoms like skin rashes, digestive issues, tiredness, fatigue, brain fog, sugar cravings, sinus infections, recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs), joint and muscle pain are all common. Candida infections can even cause psychological imbalances like anxiety and depression. To read more about Candida symptoms, read our article Symptoms of Candida and Fungal Infections.
What Causes a Candida Overgrowth?
Candida infections can occur easily when there is an imbalance in our gut microbiome—the community of microorganisms that live within our gut. The beneficial bacteria in our gut typically keep Candida under control. However, when these bacteria are suppressed due to certain dietary or lifestyle factors, or when the body’s immune system is weakened, it can allow the Candida yeast to grow out of control. Candida also feed on sugar, and so, a diet high in sugar, especially processed sugar can feed the Candida yeast and support their growth.
Some of the common factors that suppress our gut bacteria and allow Candida yeast to grow include: eating a diet high in processed foods, sugars and refined carbs, high stress levels, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, broad-spectrum antibiotics, a weakened immune system, and numerous other factors.
How to Treat Candida
Getting rid of Candida is not an easy task, and it can take months to accomplish depending on how far the infection has developed. Though it can be difficult to follow, the protocol for cleansing Candida is actually quite simple. It involves eating a low-sugar diet, avoiding foods that feed the Candida or hinder the body’s health, eating nutrient-dense foods, consuming antifungal foods and herbs, and focusing on building a healthy gut microbiome.
The first major component to a Candida cleanse is to focus on an anti-candida diet. Candida are a type of yeast, and as such, their primary fuel source is sugar. Therefore, it is important to cut back significantly on all forms of sugar, even fruit sugar, and to eat a low-sugar, nutrient-dense diet.
A diet low in sugar will starve the Candida yeast, weaken their health, and prevent them from growing their population. The nutrient-dense diet will support the body’s health and natural defenses to combat the Candida yeast.
Additionally, it is recommended to supplement with probiotics, as these beneficial bacteria play a major role in keeping Candida under control. It is also important to avoid junk foods and foods that burden the body so that it can focus exclusively on healing.
Antifungal Foods and Herbs
In the natural world, fungi make up the largest number of plant pathogens and are responsible for a diverse range of serious plant diseases. Fungi damage plants by killing their cells and by causing the plants stress. Over time, plants have developed different methods of protecting themselves from fungal diseases by producing powerful antifungal compounds. These compounds found in plants, such as saponins, alkaloids and terpenoids, have antifungal properties for humans as well, and may help us in treating various fungal infections. Many foods and herbs contain antifungal compounds.
Some common antifungal foods include:
- Coconut oil
- Fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut)
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Olive oil
Powerful antifungal herbs include:
- Oregon grape root
- Grape seed extract
Attacking the weakened Candida after starving them with a low-sugar diet is essential for clearing an infection. The best way to do this is to supplement with a potent antifungal herbal formula like our Candida Cleanse tonic. Our tonic features the most potent antifungal herbs found in nature, extracted into therapeutic dosages that are highly absorbable and incredibly effective. All of the herbs used in our formula are either sustainably wild harvested or biodynamically and organically grown on one of our own farms.
These herbs have strong anti-fungal properties, as well as properties that aid in the health of the liver, digestive system, and immune system, all of which are important for restoring balance in the body and treating fungal infections. Each of the herbs in this formula are deeply understood by our master herbalist for the unique benefits they offer, as well as for the ways that they work together, and have been carefully combined to ensure maximum effectiveness and therapeutic value.
Focusing on Gut Health
After starving the Candida yeast with a low-sugar diet and attacking Candida with antifungal foods and herbs, the next step is to focus on populating the gut with healthy bacteria (probiotics) so that these bacteria can keep the Candida yeast under control. Continuing to supplement with a high-quality probiotic and eating fermented foods can add plenty of beneficial bacteria to the gut.
As the Candida yeast are reduced by starvation and antifungal herbs, it is common to experience Candida die-off symptoms. When large numbers of yeast and fungal cells are rapidly killed, a die-off (or Herx reaction) may occur. This most commonly occurs when antifungal herbs or probiotic foods and supplements are introduced.
When large numbers of Candida are simultaneously attacked, the rapid rate of Candida cells being killed creates a very different effect in the body from the regular rate of cell elimination. When these Candida cells die, they release all the noxious substances that they contain, including at least 79 different toxins including ethanol, uric acid, and acetaldehyde.
Acetaldehyde, as a known neurotoxin, has a host of detrimental effects on your health and can impair your brain function and even kill brain cells. It can affect your endocrine, immune and respiratory systems and may also damages the membranes of your red blood cells. Excess acetaldehyde in the body can lead to symptoms like brain fog and fatigue. These noxious by-products also cause allergic reactions and inflammation that may lead to numerous undesirable symptoms like sweating, fatigue, headache, nausea, chills body aches, sore throat, joint and muscle pain, or other symptoms.
Candida die-off symptoms will vary from person to person, as each person will have different degrees and types of infestation. A die-off reaction is more than just the liver becoming overwhelmed. It is when the whole detoxification system (lymphatics/emunctories, liver, kidneys, bowels, etc.) are inflamed from these toxic byproducts and unable to clear them fast enough.
How to Manage Candida Die-Off Symptoms
If you are having intense Candida die-off symptoms, there are a couple of important things that you can do:
- First and foremost, slow down your treatment and reduce your dosage of the supplements you are taking.
- Secondly, supplement with a Liver Detox Tonic to support liver function. The liver is one of your main pathways for eliminating toxins, and the die-off symptoms mean that it is likely overwhelmed and in need of extra support.
- Additionally, support the detoxification process by drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of rest, taking an Epsom salt bath, and eating a diet rich in nutrient-dense whole foods.
Candida are a type of yeast (single-celled fungi) that normally live on the skin and inside the body. Candida typically lives in our system without causing us any problems. However, due to certain dietary and lifestyle factors, Candida populations can grow out of control and can cause an infection that leads to numerous health issues.
Getting rid of Candida can be a challenging task, and it can take months to accomplish depending on how far the infestation has developed. The protocol for cleansing Candida involves eating a low-sugar diet, avoiding foods that feed the Candida or hinder the body’s health, eating nutrient-dense foods, consuming antifungal foods and herbs, and focusing on building a healthy gut microbiome.
As the Candida yeast are reduced by starvation and antifungal herbs, it is common to experience Candida die-off symptoms. When large numbers of yeast and fungal cells are rapidly killed, they release all the noxious substances that they contain, including at least 79 different toxins including ethanol, uric acid, and acetaldehyde. These substances can cause a die-off reaction, know as a Herx reaction, to occur.
Candida die-off symptoms will vary from person to person, as each person will have different degrees and types of infestation. Candida die-off symptoms can be managed by slowing down your treatment and reducing your dosage of the supplements you are taking. Supplementing with a Liver Detox tonic can also help as the liver is one of your main pathways for eliminating toxins. Additionally, supporting the detoxification process by drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of rest, taking an Epsom salt bath, and eating a diet rich in nutrient-dense whole foods will all help to manage and reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of Candida die-off.