The candida diet, like any eating regime, has some risks associated with it. It’s best to consider the overall benefits and be prepared for any challenges. The candida diet, which has several different forms depending on the source, was created with the idea of cleansing excessive yeast from the intestine. It’s a process that definitely comes with challenges, but is well worth it for improving your health. Here are the top 9 things to watch out for.
1. Eating Too Much Fat
Some people think that avoiding carbohydrates means a free ticket to eat full fat meats, cheeses and nuts. While lean meat, yogurt and sprouted nuts are important on the candida diet, it’s important to watch your overall daily fat intake.
2. Insufficient Vitamin C
Most candida diets recommend avoiding fruit. This means you have to pick vegetables that contain vitamin C. You may also have to take a good vitamin C supplement. You can get some vitamin C from strawberries, which contain a lower sugar content than most other fruits.
3. Other Vitamin Deficiencies
Since a candida diet stresses eating mostly protein and avoiding carbohydrates, you can become focused on eating meat and cheese. It’s important to eat at least 5-7 servings of green leafy vegetables and other vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals.
4. Return of Old Symptoms
In candidiasis, unfriendly bacteria colonizes in the gut. Through this diet, you are killing the yeast and releasing it into the system (then it is released from your body). So, as you start to cleanse, you may actually feel worse than when you started. The process of the yeast bacteria dying is referred to as die-off. It creates a kind of healing crisis that can be very difficult.
Cleansing the body takes a lot of energy. While you are taking a really positive step that will eventually lead to more energy, the die-off process and the disruption of the body’s homeostasis can really wipe you out.
6. Body Aches
Sometimes as candida is dying off and being released into the system, the toxins often cause muscular aches and pains or a feeling of the limbs being brittle or heavy.
7. Foul Smelling Elimination
In the process of die-off, you may notice very unfortunate changes in your urine and feces. This is natural and is a sign that you are actually releasing the unfriendly bacteria.
8. Changes in Smell and Taste
Candida can alter the acuity of smell and taste. So as you release more of the bacteria into the system, this can become more noticeable.
The cleansing process can be an emotional one. You’re actively changing your body on a very basic level. Your body is in flux for several months. Moreover, the die-off can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety. Therapy and getting extra support is a great idea during a cleanse.
It’s important to stick with a candida diet until most of the yeast has been cleaned out. If your symptoms are too severe, try olive leaf as a supplement to help you through. You can also cut back slightly on the level of the cleanse by cutting down on your bitter roots or adding a small amount of whole fruits and other healthy sugar sources.