cleanse is very straightforward: Stop
Eating Fatty Foods And The Candida
This flies in the face of the usual anti candida diet, which instructs
people to restrict their sugar intake. In this article I'll explain why
the traditional approach doesn't work and how a low-fat diet will get
you candida-free permanently.
The Candida Cleanse: What Is Candida?
Candida is a
genus of yeasts that live in humans and animals. Humans have a
symbiotic relationship with them; we scratch their backs, they scratch
ours, with neither of us harming the other in most cases (1).
So if they're so benevolent, you might ask, why are these yeasts
with me, causing candida blooms (sometimes called thrushes), and making
me feel like crap? Sure a candida bloom can cause all kinds of problems
in humans like itching, that “yeasty” feeling, spaciness, and a host of
other problems (some of these issues are also associated with high
blood sugar levels, which we'll get into), but there's a good reason
Although sometimes brought on by severe immunodeficiency problems or
when a course of antibiotics has wiped out some of the other bacteria
which keeps our internal systems balanced, generally, we only
experience candida as a problem when we eat poorly.
Unfortunately, this is how most people in the western world eat
virtually all of the time, leading to much confusion.
The Candida Cleanse: Why Candida Blooms
Sugar is the food of Candida. As there is always some sugar in the
blood, there is always some candida present. It's supposed to be in our
bodies, and it's always around.
But when blood sugar levels rise too high, candida rapidly reproduces
to feast, which drops blood sugar levels. This is actually great news
for us, as high blood sugar causes all kinds of problems in the body.
Candida is escentially saving your life when it goes all out and does a
Once the combination of the candida bloom and the natural uptake of
sugar into our cells has lowered blood sugar levels, within a matter of
hours the yeast will
quickly die off, returning to its normal levels and causing us no more
problems unless blood sugar levels once again rise dangerously high.
Obviously, having a bunch of yeast growing in our body isn't the most
pleasant thing, but it's doing us a favor.
If you don't like candida, then you need to stop eating in way that
causes prolonged high blood
The Candida Cleanse: Why Sugar Isn't The Problem
standard candida treatment generally centers around lowering the
amount of sugar you're eating (especially from fruit), something that
almost universally backfires for the same reason that those eating less
sugar do not escape their type two diabetes.
Lowering sugar intake to lower blood sugar does seem reasonable at
first, but not if you understand how the body functions.
Sugar fuels every cell in your body, from those that make up your
muscles to those that form your brain. Trying to starve your body of
sugar is like trying to kill your cells. If your blood sugar ever
reached zero you'd die.
When people manage to lower their blood sugar levels by taking in less
sugar, they usually feel quite tired because they've lost their main
If you decide to reduce sugar intake, you might feel better because
you're removing the fuel for the yeast, but if you believe you've cured
yourself of your candida problem you're confusing a symptom with a
Sugar did not cause your
high blood sugar, fat did.
The Candida Cleanse: The Problem With High-Fat Diets
Our bodies need fat, but very little of it. When we exceed this amount,
our health and vitality tends to decline in a number of areas.
One of those areas is blood sugar, which gets too high when we're
eating a lot of fat.
For a detailed look at exactly how fat causes blood sugar to rise, read
Simply put, the more fat you eat, the longer it takes for sugar to get
from the blood stream to your cells. If sugar can't get to the cells,
it's sitting in the blood, effectively raising your blood sugar level.
This is bad news for the average American, who averages 33 percent of
his or her calories from fat. Those who eat a lot of fast food and junk
food may get more than 40 percent of their calories from fat.
How much fat is in your food? Here are a few examples:
Food As A Percentage of Calories (2)
Pork Chops: 77 percent
Roasted Chicken: 46 percent fat
Mashed Potatoes made w/ whole milk and butter:
Salad of one head lettuce w/ 6 tablespoons of
dressing: 73 percent.
Brown Rice (plain): 7 percent
Banana: 3 percent.
2% Cow's Milk: 32 percent fat (2% refers to
percentage of fat by weight)
Scrambled Egg: 68 percent
Candida: The Raw Foodist's Disease
The average raw food diet
may be uncooked
undamaged by heat,
but it is not healthy. Raw foodists often find themselves looking for a
candida cleanse more than anyone else because their blood is so clogged
they drench their salads with and add to smoothies and other
concoctions, are 100 percent fat at 100 calories per tablespoon. Nuts
are high in calories and 60 to 90 percent fat. Avocados are 77 percent
fat. It adds up pretty quick.
Some estimates put the average raw food diet at 60 percent fat or more
(3), a level of that is usually only matched by those on meat-centered
diets like Atkins, which have proven quite dangerous for their
I recently consulted with a low-energy, craving-prone, candida-ridden
raw foodist through my coaching
program who boasted to me that he was averaging 80 percent of his
calories from fat, living mostly off greens, oil, avocados, and nuts,
with little fruit. He was confused why, if he was eating so little
sugar, he was suffering so much from candida.
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With fat levels this high, blood sugar levels are perpetually elevated,
and candida frequently becomes a regularly-recurring problem.
These raw foodists start obsessing over sugar and fruit, trying to root
as much of it out of their diet as possible, robbing themselves of fuel
and making themselves feel even worse.
The Candida Cleanse: Get Off The Fat
Numerous studies have shown the most effective way to lower blood sugar
without the use of drugs or insulin is by eating a low-fat diet. If
your blood sugar levels are not elevated, candida won't bother you.
foods like meat, dairy, and eggs are all too high in fat to eat
in any significant quantity on a low-fat diet. Similarly, oils and
fatty nuts and avocados won't work.
What works best is a carbohydrate-rich, low-fat diet of whole raw
fruits and vegetables. This sort of regime will normalize your blood
sugar in less than a week, an impressive feat.
Learn how you can eat a healthy raw food diet that will let your thrive
and escape disease here.
The Candida Cleanse: Trying Other Methods
If you're looking for a candida treatment, you might hear about some
other options, which I'd like to discuss here.
idea behind probiotics is to recolonize your body with helpful bacteria
that may have been wiped out through antibiotics. Many women have used
yogurt (which contains lactobacillus) to treat yeast infections for
years, but probiotics in pill and liquid form have become popular
Unfortunately, there's little evidence that probiotics have any
significant impact on yeast infections in women (4, 5), and are
unlikely to be an effective candida treatment because they do not
remove the underlying cause of the candida flare: fat.
Eating no food and drinking nothing but water is an effective way to
clear a candida thrush, but it's unnecessary and unsustainable. On this
regime fat will clear the bloodstream in less than a week, your blood
sugar will return to normal (if low) levels, and the problem will be
Yet, you have to eat eventually, and what will you put in your mouth?
If you eat more of the high-fat foods that caused the problem in the
first place, another candida cleanse will be needed sooner or later.
Pick a diet that works so you can actually function in your day to day
life and will not require a fast.
Another common way to ditch candida is to eat
nothing but green
vegetables. This will work, but once again is it not sustainable.
Greens are very healthy and low in fat, and your blood sugar will
quickly return to normal, but a head of lettuce will give you less than
100 calories. The volume of your stomach is finite, and you cannot eat
enough greens to maintain your body weight, much less your energy and
enthusiasm for life, eating so little.
You'll eventually have no choice but to add other foods to your diet.
Either you start eating high-fat foods again, in which case candida
will cause you problems once more, or you go with carbohydrates and
embrace low-fat raw fruits as your calorie source.
The Candida Cleanse: Following Up
The best candida cleanse is to eat all the fruits and vegetables you
care for, eat no overt fats for a few weeks, and watch your health and
Learn how this diet can help your body reverse other diseases here.
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Sherris Medical Microbiology (4th ed.). McGraw Hill. ISBN 0838585299. 2) USDA National
Nutrient Database 3) Graham, Dr.
Douglas N. (2006) "The
Diet," FoodNSportPress pg 128 4) Pirotta M, Gunn
J, Chondros P, Grover S, O'Malley P, Hurley S, Garland S. Effect
of lactobacillus in preventing post-antibiotic vulvovaginal
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