How to Treat Candida in 6 Steps | Dr. Josh AxeRandall Smitham September 13, 2019 100 Comments
Hey, guys. Dr. Axe here, doctor of functional
medicine and founder of DrAxe.com. Today I’m going to share with you the exact diet, treatment
and supplements you need to take the clear Candida from your body. And this is what I
really consider to be my Six-Step Candida Cure Diet Protocol. And you’re going to see
amazing results with this protocol. And let me say this first, what is Candida?
Candida is the overgrowth of yeast and bad bacteria in your body and it can cause some
major symptoms that you want to get rid of. And so some of the symptoms of Candida can
include any type of fatigue issue. If you struggle with chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue,
those can be related to Candida. Any type of leaky gut issue. Leaky gut is
intestinal permeability, where proteins like gluten can leak through your gut and cause
inflammation of your body. So if you have food sensitivities or if you have digestive
issues like gas and bloating, also if you have any problem related to the thyroid, those
can be warning signs you have Candida. Also if you get yeast in your body. If you
notice, let’s say, yeast or whiteness on your tongue or if you ever get chronic yeast infections
or coming down with the cold and flu often, those can be warning signs that you have Candida.
And, of course, also with Candida any sort of other digestive issues, like irritable
bowel syndrome or chronic diarrhea or constipation or even acid reflux, those are warning signs
that you might have Candida. And last but not least, is a sluggish metabolism.
If you aren’t losing weight and burning fat like you know you should be, those are warning
signs you could have Candida, along with actually even bad breath and lack of detoxification.
Those are some major warning signs. So here are the six things you need to do to eliminate
Candida fast. Number one, you need to stop consuming so
much sugar. Now, I know that’s obvious. That’s something that I think most of us realize
is that sugar feeds yeast in your body. But again, you have got to get rid of processed
sugar, fruit juices, any sort of added sugar to any sort of product sweetener. Even most
packaged products and fast foods are also high in sugar. Even things like pasta sauces
and crackers, you’d be surprised, but sugar is added to almost everything. So again, eliminate especially the processed
sugar out of your diet. As a replacement, I recommend using a little bit of Stevia,
which is a no-calorie natural sweetener and then about one to three teaspoons a day of
manuka honey. Okay? Those are the sweeteners you should be using if you have Candida. Number two. You need to eliminate grains from
your diet. Why? Because grains turn into sugar and they also tend to be more inflammatory.
And so again, getting those grains out of your diet, especially wheat products and gluten-containing
grains, that’s step number two. Instead, do a lot more vegetables and maybe some starchy
carbs. Number three thing you have to do to clear
Candida from you system, is support your spleen. Now, this is cutting-edge information that
a lot of people don’t realize. And this is a practice in Ancient China that is often
used by acupuncturists today. But they have found that the number one cause of Candida
is a weakened spleen. And so if you have spleen issues, and spleen is responsible for digestion
of the body, producing red blood cells in your system. And so the spleen is a very important
organ. In order to support the spleen, there are
a couple things you need to do. But really the spleen is supported by starchy foods,
especially squash, things like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and also even doing certain
types of beans like lentils and mung beans. So again, getting some of those good starchy
carbs. And that’s really where your sweetness should
come from. A little bit of butternut squash, acorn squash, foods like that that has that
mild sweetness. That’s the only sweet you should be really getting in your diet. Again,
with no processed sugar and, again, very low amount of fruit typically when you have that,
as well. But again, you want to support the spleen. Another great way to support the spleen is
by drinking barley tea. You can buy roast barley tea on Amazon.com. And barley tea is
the number one herb really that helps support the spleen as well doing that as a tea. The next thing you want to do, number four,
is support the liver. The liver is crucial and supporting the liver in terms of detoxification
for getting rid of Candida in your body. And again, your liver is responsible for detoxification.
So for that reason you really want to support that area. And so really the foods that support the liver
are sour foods. And so doing a lot of probiotic-rich foods and sour foods, things like 24-29 hour
fermented kefir, also fermented vegetables, like sauerkraut and kimchi, and apple cider
vinegar. But getting those sour foods are great for supporting the liver and getting
rid of Candida. Number five thing you’ve got to do is you’ve
got to support your intestines, both your small and large intestine. And that really
comes down to bitter foods, foods that are bitter in nature, things like kale and arugula
are more bitter. Cinnamon and ginger and certain spices like turmeric are more bitter in nature.
But doing bitter foods and bitter herbs, those are very supportive of the digestive track.
Romaine lettuce is another one. So again, I would really suggest that you also get some
of those bitter foods in your diet. And last but not least, you’ve got to take
a probiotic supplement. One of the keys to overcoming Candida is eliminating and really
starving off the sugar and yeast in your body by eliminating sugar and grades. And then
at the same time as those bacteria or those yeast die off, loading up on good bacteria.
So again, making sure you’re getting some of those good quality probiotics in your diet.
I’d recommend typically taking a double or triple dose of probiotics while you’re doing
a Candida cleanse or while you’re doing this Candida protocol for at least 30 to probably
90 days of following this program. And the last sort of bonus tip I want to give
here is a lot of times people tend to go and get antifungals, whether it be a medication
or even supplements to eliminate Candida. And I want to say this, that really doesn’t
take care of the main cause of Candida. Typically when you have Candida, the thing you want
to do is follow those dietary protocols and support the organs I talked about in your
spleen, your liver and especially your small intestine. But again, in certain cases, for taking for
about a 10 to 14 day period you can take natural antifungals like oil of oregano, grape seed
extract, garlic, other essential oils as well can work. So you want to do those, but don’t
take those more than 10 to 14 days and make sure you’re following the diet with that.
If you can follow those tips, I guarantee you’re going to see great results in eliminating
Candida from your body. One more last tip. Don’t consume a lot of
cold foods. Cold foods actually tend to be hard on the spleen and can cause Candida to
grow in your system. You actually want to be doing a lot of warm foods like bone broth
soup, which is a great thing for getting rid of Candida as well. Guys, this has been Dr. Axe with my best tips
on how to clear Candida. And by the way, if you want to learn more tips and natural remedies
and natural cures, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube page and check out DrAxe.com.