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Dietary Changes & Supplements for Removal of Candida Overgrowth, Part II

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If you think you might have a candida or yeast overgrowth problem, today’s discussion is a continuation of how to take control of this issue in your body and regain health. In Part I last week, I gave an introduction of how candida overgrowth starts in the digestive tract and immune system, and if left unchecked due to poor dietary and lifestyle habits (including eating processed foods) can invade other organ systems and cause many different health issues.

Today I will offer suggestions about which foods should be avoided to reduce and eliminate unhealthy yeast overgrowth, as well as which foods are essential to rebuilding your digestion and immune system function to support your entire body in the healing process. I will also talk about the critical nature of probiotics or friendly bacteria in helping you to regain health, useful supplements that can aid in yeast removal, and how long you can expect to maintain this type of protocol for optimal results.

Is there a special diet I should follow if I have candida yeast overgrowth?

Yes. To control candida, a specific diet is very important. Various factors can cause candida overgrowth to worsen.  The primary food source for candida yeast is sugar.

Therefore, to successfully eliminate yeast from the body, it is critical to avoid sugar:

  • Table sugar
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Foods containing corn
  • Corn syrup
  • Candy and desserts
  • Soft drinks
  • Some fruits
  • Dairy (with the exception of raw dairy kefir and yogurt for beneficial bacteria – see probiotics below)
  • Foods containing yeast
  • Grains and foods containing flour
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pasta

It is also important to restrict consumption of any refined carbohydrate food such as grains, bread, pasta, cereal,and foods containing flour. All of these feed yeast. In her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride says raw honey is acceptable to use in small amounts on a detoxification protocol.

Milk and dairy products:
Restricting the consumption of milk and dairy products is important because:

  • High-lactose content present in milk encourages the growth of Candida
  • Milk is a common food allergens
  • Many dairy products contain antibiotics, which can also encourage yeast overgrowth by destroying beneficial bacteria

If you are a raw milk drinker, there are exceptions (see below) for eating foods that have naturally-occurring probiotic activity such as yogurt and kefir (and also cultured vegetables). As you progress in your yeast-removal protocol, some people can tolerate milk and cheese as well, but this can take some time and is very individual, depending on the person. For more information about how you can incorporate milk into your diet with a yeast-removing protocol, read Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s book Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

Mold and yeast containing foods
Those with chronic candidiasis need to avoid consuming foods with high mold or yeast. This would include alcoholic beverages, cheeses, dried fruits, mushrooms, vinegar, nutritional yeast, and peanuts.

Soy

Avoid all types of soy – even fermented such as miso, natto, or tempeh. When you have regained control of the yeast in your body, fermented soy is acceptable to eat again.

Legumes, starchy vegetables and other foods

Avoid potatoes, beetroots, squash, and carrots. Beans should be eaten in moderation but should be soaked overnight in filtered water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Rice should be limited and be certain to use sprouted or germinated rice.

Coffee and tea

Coffee should be avoided due to the problems it creates for the liver, adrenal glands, and acidity it causes in the stomach. Black and green teas should be avoided due to their possible mold content.

Acceptable foods on the candida or yeast removal diet

  • Fresh meats, poultry, duck, game meats and fowl, eggs, and lamb or mutton from organic and grass-fed or pasture-raised sources, and safe-sourced fish are staples of this diet.  Home-made broths from meats, poultry, and fish are also healthy to consume. Avoid processed meats from factory farms with antibiotics, hormones, pesticide residues, and other chemicals added to preserve or alter flavor.
  • Most organic vegetables and some fruits are also acceptable. There is much debate about which fruits are okay to eat, and generally speaking it is a good idea to avoid eating too much fruit due to its sugar content. Some fruits are worse than others, however, such as melon (which contains mold and should be avoided), bananas, and any type of dried fruit. Occasional fruits such as citrus, apples, and berries are fine.
  • Healthy oils and fats are also important such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter and cream, and lard and tallow from healthy animals on pasture.
  • If you are going to consume nuts or seeds, do so only occasionally and make sure they are raw and then soaked or sprouted. Almonds, Brazil, cashews, hazel, Macadamia, pecans, pine nuts, poppy, pumpkin, sesame (tahini), and sunflower are all fine in moderation.
  • Herbs and spices – fresh garlic and onion (natural anti-fungals), ginger pepper, herbs or dried herbs from clean sources, sea salt or Himalayan salt, and raw apple cider vinegar (use in moderation).

The importance of probiotics (friendly bacteria) in eliminating yeast overgrowth:

The small intestine, which is the main organ responsible for absorption of the food you eat, can become damaged when certain foods and in particular, processed foods, are eaten.

Two examples of foods that irritate and cause damage to the intestinal tract are gluten-containing foods (from wheat), and casein from dairy. This is especially true of processed varieties of these substances such as from most grain products bought in the grocery and even health food stores and pasteurized dairy products which contain hormones and antibiotics. These substances can actually cause a shortening and flattening of  intestinal villi – small, fingerlike projections which increase intestinal surface area to allow for absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat.

Eventually, substances which continue to irritate the lining of the intestinal wall can create holes in the intestines, allowing undigested foods and particles to penetrate the wall and enter the bloodstream. Undigested foods cause the immune system to go on alert and create an auto-immune reaction, or “super” reaction that becomes chronic with each successive meal eaten. When the immune system continually remains on high alert, it weakens its ability to protect your body from disease and illness. It also lowers the amount of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract – another important defense mechanism against inflammation and disease.

Penetration by foreign, undigested substances can cause other health issues besides candida.  This process can either be a primary cause of the following symptoms: excessive gas and cramps, abdominal bloating, fatigue, food sensitivities and allergies, joint pain, skin rashes, and auto-immunity disorders such as MS, lupus, fibromyalgia, or diabetes. This can lead to or make the following conditions worse: leaky gut (substances penetrating into the bloodstream), IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Crohn’s Disease, and diverticulitis (abnormal pouches in the colon).

So it should go without saying that the presence of friendly or beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract are absolutely essential to good health – whether you are in the process of eliminating yeast overgrowth or not. 85 percent of the immune system is actually located in the digestive tract itself, which makes maintenance of these two systems inseparable. Lactobacillus and bifidus are two important bacteria that should always be included in your diet or supplement regimen.

Candida overgrowth always starts in the digestive tract because it’s the food you consume which will cause yeast to grow in the first place (grains, sugar, carbohydrates, processed foods, etc).  When yeast grows to an unhealthy level, it goes beyond the digestive tract and invades other body systems and organs. This invasion will adversely effect all organ systems it reaches, causing many of the symptoms commonly associated with yeast overgrowth in the body (see How do I know if I have candida overgrowth?).

Here are two excellent sources of probiotics to keep your digestion and immune system strong:

1) Consume yogurt and kefir, preferably made from raw milk from healthy cows on pasture. Commercial products are not recommended as the processing and pasteurization kills beneficial bacteria and digestive enzymes and denatures proteins and fats.   Try combining plain yogurt with fresh berries, apples or applesauce for a more “naturally” sweetened snack. If you consume raw milk, you can make your own yogurt at home, which contains even more numbers and strains of beneficial bacteria. Diversity in bacteria is essential to digestive and immune function, and you will definitely find more diversity in bacteria in dairy products from a raw dairy source.

2) Supplement with a high quality probiotic such as Prescript-Assist, Biotics Research, or BioKult.  Avoid probiotics from supermarket chains, drug stores, and even health food stores. These products generally don’t contain the bacteria count claimed on the label, are often not standardized, and are not therapeutic grade like professional lines of probiotics mentioned above. For more information about the importance of quality probiotics, read All Probiotics Are NOT Created Equal.

Other foods especially helpful to candida yeast removal

  • Garlic – raw is best, and cooked is next best
  • If you are not already taking fermented cod liver oil, now might be a good time to start taking it. Fermented cod liver oil is a great source of Vitamins A & D (as well as Omega 3 essential fatty acids) which help support your immune system function. I recommend Green Pasture Products Blue Ice Royal Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Combination because it is one of the most potent and natural forms of Vitamin D available.

What else do I need to take for candida overgrowth?

 

Depending on the severity of your yeast problem, although not mandatory, it can be useful to use good, natural supplements which help facilitate the removal of unwanted overgrowth.  It is usually also a good idea to rotate these products every week or so because yeast, not unlike bacteria, will mutate to survive and become accustomed to the environment in which they live. They learn to adapt to ensure survival. If you change the diversity of the environment frequently and make it unfriendly for them, they are less likely to survive. By strengthening your body and immune system and providing a diversity of bacteria, you can win the battle.

If you choose not to use supplements, strict adherence to the diet outlined in previous sections is very important as a means to eliminate the candida overgrowth causing your symptoms. Because yeast overgrowth is an insidious problem, it is often necessary to employ every safe and useful means possible to ensure its removal, which is why I have mentioned the supplements here at all. In general, you should be getting most of your nutrients from real food. With that said, I don’t recommend supplements as a replacement for a good diet including healthy, traditional foods free from chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics.

My recommendations for candida yeast control supplements are as follows:

 

Candaclear Four by Pharmax. Candaclear Four is unique in combining four supplements, with different but synergistic effects in the regulation of intestinal and/or systemic candida yeast populations, into one single product. It can also be used for vaginal yeast when coupled with Yeast Arrest suppositories.”  Including ingredients like garlic, cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon bark powder, magnesium and calcium caprylate, and various strains of beneficial bacteria lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifium.

 

L-Glutamine by Designs for Health. “L-Glutamine is an amino acid, which is essential for the health of the immune system and digestive tract. It is very reparative and healing in the gut where it strengthens the mucosal cells and in turn helps leaky gut, sugar cravings, and irritable bowel (IBS). Glutamine also helps promote optimal muscle growth and strength and has shown to be particularly useful in helping prevent muscle wasting in people on cancer and HIV treatments.”

A.D.P. - by Biotics Research, oregano standardized extract in a sustained release for maximum effectiveness. Oregano is extremely potent against yeast, bacteria, and other unwanted organisms to maximize intestinal health and well-being.

Caprin by Biotics Research  this product can be purchased online through a variety of sources, or through a qualified health care professional.

Rotate these products on a weekly basis for 4- 6 weeks. You can then start the rotation over again.

Fiber - you should take a good fiber supplement daily such as Colon Plus by Biotics Research to help clean out any removal of candida from the organs and tissues which comes into the intestinal tract, and prevent it from becoming reabsorbed. Colon Plus is safe and natural and includes aloe vera, celery, bromelain, flax seed, peppermint, apple pectin, prune, psyllium powder, anise, and lactobacillus acidophilus. My family and I have taken this product for over 5 years with great results.

Note: I definitely don’t recommend that you take fiber long term unless you have a compromised digestive system issue such as a missing gallbladder or appendix (like me), or use mainstream fiber or laxative products like Metamucil or some equivalent. Also, know that most so-called “high-fiber” foods including grains and vegetables that are not properly prepared are damaging to the gut and intestinal systems and can cause more damage over time than good. Learn more about one of the biggest lies we’ve been told by the health industry about intestinal and colon health from Fiber Menace.

Digestive enzymes are also important, to ensure adequate absorption of the foods you eat. When you have a candida overgrowth, much of your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from foods you eat has become compromised, so you need all the help you can get to make sure you are getting the benefit from a healthy diet to help your body recover from yeast overgrowth. Try the following products for digestive enzyme support: Loomis Enymes (you will need an experienced practitioner to recommend the right kind for you, there’s an entire line of these products for different needs), Plant Digestive Enzyme Formula caps or Digestzymes by Designs for Health, and Plant Enzymes from Enriching Gifts.

Sleep and stress relief for candida yeast control

It is important to keep regular and sustained habits of sleep nightly, rest or breaks from daily activity, and stress reduction and movement daily in order to allow your body to remove candida. The body regenerates and restores itself at night, and stress can definitely add to candida overgrowth. So regular sleep, rest, movement, and relief from stress is very important to allow your body to remove yeast effectively. Try to obtain at least 7 hours of sleep or more when you are doing  any type of detoxification protocol, including candida cleansing. Some people need more sleep than this, so listen to your body. Rest helps keep the immune system functioning well, which can aid your body’s ability in elimination of toxins and yeast.

Find an activity you enjoy that is stress-relieving and gets circulation going – yoga, tai chi, meditation/stress-reduction classes that have a CD or mp3 you can listen to on a daily basis, stretching, walking, or some other moderate exercise you enjoy and can participate in regularly are all good choices.

How long will I have to stay on the candida diet?

That depends on a couple of factors – how severe your candida overgrowth problem is, and how well you adhere to your diet/supplementation protocol. Although some people take on candida removal independently with success, it can be useful (again, depending on your individual health condition) to enlist the expertise of a health care professional who is knowledgeable about candida – especially if you have an acute or chronic problem that has gone on for some period of time. Most candida overgrowth does not happen overnight, and in fact develops over many years of poor dietary and lifestyle habits.

The answer about how long you will have to remain on an anti-yeast diet will depend solely on you and your body. For some people, it’s when there is a noticeable absence of symptoms. For others, it’s when they receive a test from their practitioner which says their body is free from the overgrowth. These tests can be conducted in several different ways – muscle-testing, saliva testing, or stool testing.

Here’s how to do a saliva test - as soon as you awaken and before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth -get a clear glass and fill with water. Build up saliva in your mouth, and then spit the collection into the glass of water. Check the water in about 2-3 minutes, then every  15 minutes for up to about an hour. If you have a candida overgrowth, there will be visible “strings” almost like cloudy legs, extending down into the water from saliva floating on the top, or “cloudy” saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water. If there are no strings, the water is as clear as it was before you spit in the glass and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you are probably candida yeast free. The more strings and cloudiness there is and the faster it develops, the greater the overgrowth.

My experience with candida removal took almost two year’s time.  It can be different for everyone. For most people – a problem serious enough to warrant a candida cleansing program – should count on about a year’s time.  Even to this day, I still avoid many of the things that would cause my body to regain a yeast overgrowth.  After you have had yeast overgrowth in the body, you will be  vulnerable to yeast overgrowth in the future unless you take care to manage your diet and keep foods out of your daily intake that would contribute to this problem occurring again.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, another very effective protocol for healing your gut and removing candida overgrowth and yeast issues is the GAPS protocol by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride.

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It’s Time for A Fall Detox!

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The change of the season is a good time for detox, and we are entering the change from summer to fall right now, so it’s  a perfect time to start a detox regimen.  I’ve had various people ask me about detoxification and which are the best types to perform, so I decided to create this post to explain the fundamentals of detoxification.

Detoxing is a very individualized thing for each person, and it depends on your individual health, dietary habits, and willingness to perform it. You can detox with simple activities you do everyday, or it can be more complex, focused task that has a beginning and and end.

Some people believe they need to consult with a knowledgeable health care practitioner familiar with detoxification strategies. While this is not necessarily a bad idea, it can also be expensive and there are many different detoxing activities you can do on your own that are inexpensive and will be beneficial. Although a health care practitioner that has experience guiding clients through detoxification can help you to choose the right direction to take and the right supplements/products to facilitate what you are doing, it is certainly not necessary to get the job done.

It’s certainly true that you can waste a lot of time and money trying to figure  things out on your own, and randomly buying products from the health food store and on the Internet is not a good idea unless you know something has already worked for you.  You should also know that any practitioner who is willing to load you up on a lot of supplements (healthy diet or not) does not have your body’s best interest at heart, as supplements can do a lot of damage if not used properly and if too many are taken at once.

Here are some basic detoxification activities you can do with or without consultation from a knowledgeable health care practitioner:

If you are just starting out with the idea of detoxification, here are some basic things to get you going:

  • A healthy diet - this is a good base for starting out detox. If you are new to eating healthy and using detoxing in your body as a way to become healthier, eating healthy is one of the very first things you should do. Remove processed foods such as boxed cereals, crackers, desserts, sugary drinks, and industrial fats like vegetable oils and fake butter and other artificial fats from your diet. Eat organic and sustainable whenever possible. Try soaking and sprouting grains, grass-fed meats and meat products, and eggs and raw milk and dairy from pasture-raised sources.
  • Lemon juice in hot water, first thing in the morning. Helps bring minerals into the body and remove toxins from tissues.
  • Unsweetened organic cranberry juice, not from concentrate added to your daily water intake. You should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily. Add 8 ounces of cranberry juice to your water (you can split it up into two 32-ounce containers, each with 4 ounces of cranberry juice). According to Ann Louise Gittleman, cranberry juice decongests the lymphatic system – one of your body’s main detoxification pathways.
  • Probiotics and fermented foods - the quality of your gut flora is of great importance, and friendly bacteria populations are absolutely essential to maintaining health and are the foundations of wellness. You can find good therapeutic grade probiotics online and from health care practitioners. Probiotics sold in health food stores are often of inferior quality and don’t contain the bacteria counts claimed on the label. Good brands are BioKult, Advanced Naturals, Prescript-Assist, and Biotics Research (Biodoph7 Plus). Fermented foods in your daily diet are also important for health as they contain naturally-occurring probiotics. Home-made yogurt and kefir, lacto-fermented vegetables.
  • Omega 3, 6, 7, & 9 essential fatty acids, and important vitamins like A, D, E, & K from real food. These essential acids and vitamins are important for health and detoxification alike, as they are some of the foundations of health and elimination of disease and illness. A healthy diet complete with healthy fats, as listed above, will provide you with the elements, but cod liver oil is also very important. Green Pastures Blue Ice Royal fermented cod liver oil is the best product on the market, is not heat-treated, is combined with High-Vitamin Butter oil from cows on pasture, and is fermented slowly to preserve and increase nutrient value.
  • Juicing – making your own juices at home, with no added sugar or sweeteners, is a good way to start detoxification. For more information about good juicing ingredients and techniques, read The Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride and the GAPS Guide.
  • Bone broths – making your own bone broths at home from the bones of animals, birds, and fish and drinking it daily is an excellent way to facilitate detoxification and replace valuable minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients lost in your body.

When you have begun to eat a healthy diet and integrate these basic detox elements into your life, you can slowly start looking into other detoxification activities. You should give your body maybe 6 months to a year on a healthy diet that has eliminated processed foods before you start a complex detoxification regimen. Consulting with a knowledgeable practitioner can be useful to facilitate an optimal outcome for your detox efforts, and to know which protocols are best for your body at the right time.

The following are more complex protocols, some more advanced than others, recommended by various medical, nutritional, and detoxification experts in the fields of cancer management and wellness including Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, and  Dr. William Kelley:

  • Infrared saunas – these are safe and comfortable way to remove toxins from your body. Unlike steam saunas that can hold toxins in the air, infrared saunas are a dry heat mechanism that encourages your body to sweat and release toxins. This is especially useful if you are unable to exercise, but times and temperatures should be worked up to gradually at first.  Start out with 5 or 10 minutes to start, and less than 110 degrees.  After the first few sessions, increase the time and temperature by 5 -10 minutes, and 5 – 10 degrees incrementally.
  • Vinegar baths – This is a beneficial way to detox in the privacy of your home, and can be done on a rotating schedule. Follow the recommendations as provided in the link. You can also gain great detoxification benefit from using ginger, epsom salts, and sesame oil as well. For additional information, check out The Detox Specialist.
  • Mustard foot soaks – another good soak method to help remove toxins from the body that can be done at home.
  • Dry skin brushing – encourages lymphatic decongestion, and can be done several times a week or every day in your own home. Also check out Melissa’s blog, Cellulite Investigation, to learn more about skin brushing.
  • Oil pulling – by using healthy oils you have in your own cupboard such as olive oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil and swishing them around in your mouth in the morning before eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth for up to 10 minutes at a time, you can remove many dangerous toxins from your body.
  • Salt and soda baths – another good way to remove toxins from your body slowly and gradually. Using baking soda and epsom salts, mineral salts, or sea salt, you can remove harmful substances from your body while soaking in your bathtub at home.
  • Coffee enemas – these types of enemas help the liver to trigger a response to dump toxins, and are very useful in this process.  The coffee sold through Dr. Wilson, a renowned specialist on detoxification and cancer treatment, is the best quality product on the market.
  • Castor oil packs – Castor oil packs are great for removing localized pain and toxins, and are an important component of a detox regimen. I have used castor oil soaks many times and they are fantastic! I have had symptoms of PCOS for years and applied a castor oil pack to my ovaries to reduce the pain I had with this condition, and it went away completely in less than a half an hour. I am now pain-free from PCOS pain since the last three months.
  • Colonics – finding a knowledgeable hyrdo-colon therapist you trust is of great importance, and can be an extremely beneficial component of successful detoxification. Colonics help remove impacted matter in your colon, small intestine, and as part of an overall detox regimen, can also help the body purge other toxins from other places like the liver, blood, lungs, lymphatic system, etc. I have personally done almost 20 colonics and have received great benefit from this activity, and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to improve his or her health.
  • Oxy-Powder – If you are uncertain about colonics, but still want to remove toxins from your colon, try this product. It is a gentle, natural, and completely safe dietary supplement that, with a healthy diet, can help remove dangerous toxins from your colon that contribute to health issues and disease. Read about the safe, natural ingredients here.  I have used it with great success and did not experience any discomfort or malaise. Dr. Edward Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM and author who developed the product is a well-known practitioner and expert on natural healing and treatments, has over 20 years experience in the field, and now teaches individuals and practitioners around the world.
  • The liver/gallbladder miracle cleanse – everyone has stones and debris in their liver and gallbladder, and these substances can contribute to a variety of health issues over your lifetime. Read my review of this great book by Andreas Moritz and my experience with the cleanse. I had great results!
  • Clay baths – clay baths are especially useful for heavy metal, environmental, dental, and aluminum detoxes. Talking to a knowledgeable health care specialist such as a naturopath, chiropractor, or nutritional therapist is useful in determining the best type of bath for you. Many people need a variety of different baths at different times, and getting muscle-tested to determine which program to use is helpful to know which baths to do in which order.
  • Candida or yeast removal – requires a strict diet to avoid sugar, refined carbs, corn, most dairy, wheat, grains, nuts, and soy. These foods contribute to yeast overgrowth, which can cause a variety of health problems. The culprits of yeast overgrowth include processed foods like grains and legumes, pasteurized dairy, sugar, and processed corn, soy, and nuts.

When you have successfully removed yeast in your body, you can usually return to a normal diet, but you should replace all those foods with the traditional, unprocessed versions like soaked, sprouted, fermented grains and nuts, raw dairy, sprouted and fermented corn and soy, and other foods. During a candida cleanse, your diet should consist of meats from healthy animals (no antibiotics or hormones), safe seafood choices, vegetables, limited fruits, and occasionally fruits like berries and sprouted grains (avoid wheat).

Other factors that contribute to candida overgrowth are the use of antibiotics, eating foods with antibiotics in them like conventional meat, meat products, dairy, and eggs, and various medications like birth control and steroids. Each candida problem is different, but expect your cleanse time to last at least a few months in duration, in some cases longer. Depending on your yeast problem, you may also need to consider taking a yeast removal supplement. Digestive enzymes and probiotics are also important during this cleanse. Consulting with a knowledgeable practitioner about which supplements are right for you is always a good idea for a detox of this nature. The supplements you take will need alternating to prevent yeast mutation which causes it to survive and the cleanse to fail. If you take the same supplement for more than a week or so, mutation can occur and the efforts of your cleanse can go by the wayside.

As with any cleanse or detox, and especially with candida cleansing, you can expect to have a varying degree of “die-off” symptoms. This will vary depending on how quickly you try to perform any detox protocol. The best rule of thumb is to go slowly. With cleansing, the following symptoms can occur (but is not guaranteed):  headaches, sore throat, abdominal cramping, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and even flu or cold-like symptoms. If you start to experience symptoms that are bothersome, slow down or back off.  Understand that most symptoms are not dangerous and are simply a sign of your body releasing toxins. And sometimes a certain amount of symptoms is necessary to get the job done.
Other ways to help facilitate detox through alternative and complimentary care and other modalities:

  • Yoga
  • EFT – Emotional Freedom Techniques

Stress relief of mind, body, and spirit is also important in detoxification success, and should address emotional, physical, and spiritual needs.

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If you are interested in finding out more about detoxification strategies and cleansing, talk to a knowledgeable health care professional to find out which protocol best meets your needs – naturopathic doctors, nutritional therapists, chiropractors, colon hydro-therapists are all great places to start.

This post is part of Kelly The Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival.

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