So, what is Candida?
Candida is a yeast overgrowth and is a very common condition in people around the world, especially in people battling autoimmune disorder. Candida can cause things like digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, recurring fungal infections, skin problems, mood swings, anxiety, and more! I battle a lot of these things, especially mood swings, anxiety, digestive issues, and fatigue. “Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, a very small amount of which lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to Aid with digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it is over produced it breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut this can lead to many different health problems ranging from digestive issues to depression.” (source: http://www.amymyersmd.com/2015/11/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-and-what-to-do-about-it/) The at home test is where I started my candida journey, and I will share below how you can do the at home test.
How do we get candida overgrowth?
When we have healthy gut bacteria comma it should keep candy levels in check. However, taking too many antibiotics, eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, high alcohol intake, or taking oral contraceptives, even as much as living a high-stress lifestyle, can feed candida and cause an overgrowth. So basically, I just described everyone in the United States right? 🙂
What are the symptoms for candida overgrowth?
Skin & Nail fungal infections
Feeling tired or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, or multiple sclerosis
Difficulty concentrating, brain fog, Edd and or ADHD
Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
Severe seasonal allergies
Strong sugar and carbohydrate cravings
How to test for candida at home [and for FREE]!
An easy way to test for candida overgrowth at home, and for free, is to wake up first thing in the morning, fill a small glass with water, and work up some spit in your mouth and spit into the cut. It is very important to do this right when you wake up, before brushing your teeth or drinking any fluids. Wait for 10 minutes and if your spit floats on top, you are good and do not suffer from candida overgrowth. If your spit sinks to the bottom and looks stringy, then you are likely suffering from candida overgrowth. Keep in mind that this is not a totally scientific test, but many people have used this test and it has worked for them.
I failed this test miserably, which is why I proceeded to do the Candida diet, learn how to cleanse candida, and take certain supplements throughout the course of 14 days to try and repair this issue. Keep in mind, as always comma that I am not a doctor but I am just sharing what has worked for me. If you have concerns, you should always check with a medical doctor before taking supplements. I am in no way affiliated with these supplements comma but the links included in this blog to purchase the supplements may include affiliate links which will help support the continuation of articles like this.
So what is the diet that I followed for 14 days, what supplements did I take, and what were my results? This is probably the entire reason you are still reading this post, and I right? 🙂 So I will give you the deets now!
Okay, the first thing I want to tell you is that if you search the internet long enough, you will find so many different guidelines for a Candida diet. This is the protocol I personally followed, and it worked well for me, but like I said you will find different opinions online.
Things to EAT:
Complex carbohydrates such as squash and sweet potatoes
Meats, but avoid pork as much as possible
Nuts and seeds, but avoiding nuts and seeds that are more prone to mold, such as Peanuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, and Brazil nuts
Foods to AVOID like the plague:
Sugar, in all forms, even natural ones like honey & agave
Sweeteners, even stevia
Caffeine – yes you heard me right – WAAAA
So as you can see, the Candida diet protocol is not for the faint of heart. You have to be really sick and tired of feeling the way you are feeling and experiencing the symptoms you have been experiencing to do something as Extreme as this. But remember, this is only for two weeks. You may need to do the diet again later if you still experience symptoms, but to start with you should only do this for 2 weeks.
You will need 3 supplements: an anti-fungal, a great quality probiotic, and a candida support supplement.
These are the supplements I used and had success with on the program, and I got them from Amazon. Again, please check first with your doctor before starting any supplements.
Another question you might have, is how are you going to feel when they candida begins to die off? Because you are going to feel many different things as they candida begins to die off.
Some common detox symptoms you might experience:
Constipation or diarrhea
Increased joint or muscle pain – one day my legs legit hurt so bad I had to take a hot bath mid-day
Body itchiness – i experienced this too
Cold feeling in your extremities
Elevated heart rate – I experienced this
Hives or rashes
Recurring vaginal, prostate, bladder, and sinus infections
…sounds like a blast, right? all of these things are symptoms of what is called die off, or scientifically known as Herxheimer reaction. This is just a necessary Evil part of the process. 🙂
So I’m curious, who is going to try the Candida diet next? My results were that I felt so much better after two weeks, I also lost six pounds. Let me add that I have been stuck at the same weight since my daughter was born 16 months ago. I knew something was amiss which is what led me to do the Candida diet. Next up, is completing my first Whole 30.
If you have any questions AT ALL, feel free to ask. Again, I’m not a doctor, but this truly helped me so much. So send me any questions you’ve got via email or in the comments!