The last step in your Candida Cleanse is to add anti-fungals. And this is where we REALLY attack the Candida.
In the detox phase, we help our body get primed to detox the nasties the Candida emits when it dies off by eating in such a way as to give our liver and kidneys a chance to recover and recharge.
In the Candida diet phase, we begin to eat a diet that will slowly starve the Candida, omitting anything that is too high in any sort of sugar or carb.
When we add probiotics, we flood our system with the good bacteria that will TAKE THE PLACE OF the Candida Overgrowth.
But it is not until we add anti-fungals that we we go after the Candida directly – the anti-fungals, taken correctly, will cause the Candida to go bye-bye.
You can read ALL about the anti-fungals recommended and how to use them in the post on Candida Supplements. (Use password “olive”)
When Candida dies en masse it releases toxic substances into your system that make you feel super icky and that challenge your liver + kidneys. This is called “die-off.”
You guys, die-off symptoms suck. They feel like a really bad hangover.
I mean, in some ways they’re good, because the Candida is obviously dying and that’s what we want, but you feel hung-over, foggy, head-achy, sore, tired, shaky, nauseous – pretty much legit sick day status. You may experience die-off, especially at this stage, so just be prepared and don’t freak out.
Melissa Ramos suggest taking diatomaceous earth to help with die off symptoms. You can watch her video here for the full scoop. To incorporate diatomaceous earth, take 1 teaspoon stirred briskly into a glass of water, either 1/2 an hour before supplements/medications or 2 hours after supplements/medications. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon psyllium husk if you are prone to constipation. If on the other hand, your bowel movements are loose, then try without the psyllium first.
To try to prevent die-off, intro your anti-fungals super gently (see my plan below).
If you do begin to experience die-off, take a step back until your symptoms get better, then try again, more gently. So for me, I’ll intro my first stage of anti-fungals. If I feel shitty, I’ll stop with the anti-fungals, but keep up with the diet, detox supplement and probiotic. As soon as I feel better, I’ll add the anti-fungals back in at half of the dose I originally tried, with plans to ramp up HALF as intensely as originally.
Anti-fungal Dos and Don’ts
Anyway, there are a few rules to follow with anti-fungals that are super important, so listen up:
- Start with low doses, then increase if no reaction (too high a dose could cause die-off)
- Take your probiotics and anti-fungals at least 1-2 hours apart (why? because most anti-fungals are also antimicrobial and you don’t want them reducing the effectiveness of the probiotics)
- Take multiple anti-fungals (why? Because Candida is annoyingly resistant and hardy)
One of the most important elements in this stage of the diet is taking several antifungals at the same time. This prevents those Candida colonies from adapting to an individual antifungal and returning even stronger. In effect, taking a variety of antifungals gives the Candida yeast cells nowhere to hide. I recommend Candida Support because it contains five individual antifungals, all at relatively low doses, that will start to kill your Candida without causing a Die-Off reaction.
Because of the lower dosages that each capsule contains, Candida Support is an ideal way to start this phase of the treatment. You can try it for a few days before increasing your dosage or even introducing another antifungal like caprylic acid or oregano oil.
The manufacturer recommends taking two capsules, twice a day with meals.
I realize that by now you’re feeling like you’re supplementing pretty heavily, so I wrote a post to help you deal with taking lots of supplements correctly and successfully.
Here is how I plan to intro my anti-fungals:
My anti-fungal plan
Day 1-3: Candida Support 2 capsules, 2x per day
Day 4-5: Candida Support 2 caps/2x + Olive Leaf extract 1 cap/2x per day
Day 6+: Candida Support 2 caps/2x + Olive leaf 1 cap/2x + Thorne SF722 5 caps/2x