Many people are talking about the candida diet. The effects of candida, or a yeast overgrowth, on the body are varied and can become quite serious. A sensible diet of raw vegetables and whole fruits, lean meats, and whole grains combined with a small amount of yogurt and low-fat cheese can help maintain a healthy gut. But a real candida cleanse is much stricter and involves cutting out all sugars and carbs, even to the exclusion of fruit and starchy vegetables for 30-120 days in extreme cases. Here are some ways to determine that a candida diet is a good choice for you. It’s always a good idea to talk with your physician and a professional nutritionist before making drastic changes to your lifestyle and diet.
When unfriendly bacteria has colonized in the gut, toxins are released throughout the body as the yeast sloughs off waste products. These toxins can travel throughout the body, causing a wide variety of symptoms. Common symptoms of candida include a foggy feeling in the head from time to time, sore, weak, or brittle muscles, depressive or anxious symptoms, and repeated skin problems. Other symptoms can be present including foul smelling feces that may have mucus in them, and a wide variety of other bodily experiences.
If you have repeated health issues that seem to confound doctors, you may have candida. Some doctors are hesitant to see candida as a valid diagnosis and thus may veer towards chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. While these are valid diagnoses in and of themselves, sometimes the underlying cause is candidiasis.
Reaction to Cleansing and Probiotics
Another reason to suspect candida is if you get symptomatic in response to a major cleanse or a strong dose of probiotics. This is due to the fact that when you kill candida, the bacteria is released into the system as it dies. Thus, the symptoms resulting from the toxins, even new symptoms, can appear during the time before the yeast is expelled by the body. Try a really high quality probiotic that has been refrigerated and has a live strain number of 50 billion.
Tests Reveal the Presence of Candida
A good blood or fecal test can determine if there’s an overgrowth of yeast in the intestines. It’s a moderately expensive test, ranging from $100 – $250. The fecal test is sometimes slightly cheaper and a bit unpleasant. If you have any suspicion that you may have candida, it’s a good idea to know for sure.
Going on a candida diet is a serious decision that requires commitment and time. A candida diet won’t hurt you even if you don’t have candida, but it’s not a good diet to do in its extreme version for more than 1-2 years. If you decide on an intense cleanse, make sure to supplement with a good multivitamin and mineral complex as well as a good fish oil complex for balanced nutrition.