If you watched my last video about the results of my recent allergy test, you’ll know that all my current food sensitivities are pointing straight to a candida problem.
Luckily, I don’t have a serious level of candida at the moment, but I would certainly like to restore my yeast levels to zero and get my intestinal health on tract.
I’ve noticed my digestion has been very erratic and poor all winter, ever since I ended up taking a short course of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection back in the fall.
Anyway… it makes perfect sense that candida is what currently ails me, since antibiotics are the biggest perpetrator when it comes to killing good intestinal bacteria and letting the bad intestinal bacteria overgrow.
So I have just embarked on a short, yet strict candida cleanse. What does that entail?
What is Candida?
First, let me explain what candida is for those of you who don’t know… it’s a form of harmless yeast that lives in your intestinal tract.
Harmless, that is, until a poor lifestyle, antibiotics, birth control pills, or a seriously sugary diet comes along and causes an imbalance between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria.
Most people these days will have an overgrowth of candida (or some kind of bad bacteria) in the gut which can mess with your digestion and therefore, cause all kinds of symptoms (including acne and eczema).
If things get really bad, which is more rare, the candida yeast can transform into its seriously harmful fungal form, which then irritates the gut wall so much that it can get into the bloodstream and wreak all kinds of havoc.
How to Get Rid of the Pesky Candida
It’s a threefold procedure and it’s not always easy.
1. Step One: Cut off the Yeast’s Food Supply
The number one thing you must do is cut out or cut way, way down on sugar – this includes natural sugars like fruit, honey, and sugary vegetables like carrots and beets.
Yeast loves sugar – it’s what they thrive on and unfortunately, they don’t know the difference between healthy sugars and refined, processed sugars, so it all needs to be removed from the diet for a period of time.
Moldy foods (like peanuts) and yeast (like that in bread) will also help feed the candida, so any food prone to or containing these should be eliminated as well.
Candida cleanses also remove all processed foods, dairy, gluten, and other common allergens as a way to give your immune system a chance to catch up and fight the gut imbalance.
2. Step Two: Kill the Yeast
The second part of the procedure is to take supplements that kill yeast.
There are many different natural substances that inhibit yeast growth and these include pau d`arco, caprylic acid, grapefood seed extract, garlic, oil of oregano, olive leaf extract, and some others.
Usually people will take one or two of these (or a formulated product that contains many of them) for anywhere from five days to two weeks, and then switch to another couple of them, and continue to rotate.
Unfortunately, the yeast are tricky and if you take the same yeast killer for long enough, they will mutate and become resistant to it.
3. Step Three: Repopulate your Guts with Good Bacteria
Now that you’ve killed the yeast, or are in the process of it, you need to repopulate your intestine with friendly bacteria that will exert control over the bad yeasties and make sure they don`t overgrow again.
You can achieve this by taking strong probiotic supplements and eat plenty of foods that are teeming with good bacteria – like saurerkraut, and goat’s milk kefir.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, get lots of exercise and sleep, and take time for yourself to work on your happiness! All of these things will help you to detox and flush out the bad guys.
How long it takes a person to recover from a candida problem is quite variable depending on the severity of your infestation.
It could take months if you have a really severe fungal infection, but I expect mine is simply a gut issue and will be fairly easy to get rid of. I only plan to be staying on a strict version of the candida diet for about three weeks
Stay tuned… next post I will be letting you know the exact specifics of what I am doing for my own personal candida cleanse!
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Well I’m already waaaaay better. The multiple little red spots under my skin that I had for a looooong while have disappeared in 3 days (I’ve been doing the candida diet for 3 weeks now but I’ve recently decided to supplement zinc and vitamin c for a while as I’m in exams and my parents don’t want me to eat more than 200g meat a day).
Thanks to coconut oil my skin is extra soft too :D. As soon as the exams are over I’ll even remove quinoa from my diet so I eat really low-carb. But I’ll include nuts then, as I love almonds.
Oh, and I wanted to ask you : isn’t it impossible to reduce yeast to zero?
Way to go Bruno, that’s really cool that your stubborn spots went away so quickly! And yes, I suppose that was a contradiction on my part about reducing the yeast to zero… there will always be some yeast and that isn’t a problem. I think I wrote zero because the electro dermal testing machine ranks your candida levels from 0 to 10…. but I’m sure that their 0 actually means “minimal”
I just recently found out about allllll of this so I’m exceptionally new I have struggled constantly for the last two months with a yeast infection that will not subside. I have found that it has caused bad breakouts etc I eat exceptionally clean but just started solarey yeast cleanse what food should I avoid/not avoid?
What perfect timing! I have just realised that I have been suffering from a chronic case of candida – bad acne, long term antibiotic use for acne, bad alcohol cravings and long term progestin-based birth control amongst other things.
Incidentally I have been following the Primal/Paleo lifestyle so I have not been eating grains, dairy or sugar for a few months now. I have just realised that candida must have been my problem (along with hormone imbalance) when I realised the other week that I no longer crave alcohol, especially beer, which is grain AND sugar combined!
I now have a green smoothie every day and have upped my intake of coconut oil to kill the candida, and I’m sloooowly weaning off my 2nd course of minocycline. I’m feeling better already.
Awesome Souxie, so glad to hear that everything is going well for you and beginning to see and feel improvements!! Keep it up!
Are you allowed to eat mushrooms on a Candida cleanse? That’s one food that I keep hearing people argue over on a candida cleanse. Mushrooms are a fungus and Candida is a fungus, but there’s hundreds of different fungi as we all know.
I mean, biologically speaking, if you put two fungi or two bacteria together and give them a food source, they’ll compete for it and they won’t actually help each other. I keep hearing mushrooms are bad for Candida, but I just don’t understand how that could be the case. Not to mention, they’re completely different fungi so I don’t see how they could contribute to candida anyway.
Yeah, to be honest, I don’t know. There seems to be many things that people don’t agree with on the diet… do you include non gluten grains like quinoa? Any starches at all? Nuts because some may be moldy? Are beets and carrots allowed because they have natural sugars? No fruit at all or a bit of berries?
I agree that I have no idea if mushrooms are actually an issue or not, but… I’ve seen more opinions saying to avoid them, so I am just for the sake of it.
If it is small case of Candida, like a one or two on that scale thing, do you think you can just take probiotics and limit sugar but not cut it out?
Yes, probably, but it’s hard to say :/ Everyone is different. I mean all that matters is if it makes you and your skin look and feel better, right?
have you ever tried coconut oil on your skin, tracy? or eaten it? I know a lot of people say its anti-candida. I’ve never tried it myself, my parents would never let me buy it…too much “bad” sat fat!
I haven’t tried it on my skin… some people love it, but others say it’s fairly comedogenic so I am too scared! I eat it all the time though…. good quality saturated fat is good for you!
Hi Tracy. I’ve been meaning to do a candida cleanse for a while now, but I’ve read you need to keep a very strict diet for a minimum of 3 months to a year for it to be truly effective which has totally scared me off. Though not as scary as a few articles I’ve been reading that suggest cancers are caused by fungus – yep, good old candida! What I need is a good kick up the behind so I can get rid of the “I’ll start tomorrow” mentality 😛
Well… I don’t know about that! I disagree that if you don’t have a severe fungal form of candida that you have to do it strictly for three months or more. In the past I’ve done one a strict one for only three weeks and had the hormonal acne on my chin clear right up!
That post was very informative and actually possed more questions for me…lol. Would candida cause a swollen tummy? I have cut out dairy (except for pizza once in awhile-but have dairy digest pills from the ND) but even with that out of my system I get a bloated stomach whenever I eat, usually doesnt matter the food group.
It lasts for over an hour. would this is candida? or would it be gluten allergy?
Well bloating is a common side effect of a lot of things… allergies, candida, indigestion… if you say you get it no matter what you eat, it very well could be candida!
Couldn’t you eat yogurt with lots of good probiotics in them instead of taking supplements?
Yes, fermented foods help… it depends on how bad your candida is and how well it responds to fermented foods… it might not be enough. Also, yogurt isn’t as strong a probiotic as they make it out to be… in fact, I’m going to do a video about that!
Even if you don’t think you have candida, will going that strict have much effect?
and, is there another “cleanse” that you use that perhaps will simply work for anyone to clear out all the toxins in the body?
thanks ! 🙂
Yes I think it will, but I would just because it’s similar to a paleo diet. So if you don’t think you have candida, just eat a paleo diet!
So what does a score of 170/30 % mean? Please email me… 🙂
erm… I don’t know what you mean :/ What do you mean by that? Is that a score from the candida survey?
Hey Tracy, I love what you are doing here, just wanted to say that. I was wondering, I am planning on moving to vancouver after I finish school and have been really interested in finding a naturopath in the area. I haven’t done that here in the U.S. because I feel they aren’t going to give me sound advice, or they aren’t really “natural” naturopaths. So yes, I am a skeptic, Canada sounds better. Do you have any good reccomendations?
haha I don’t know the quality of naturopaths you have in the States, but I imagine that they are just as good as Canada! I don’t see why they wouldn’t be… just the fact that they decided to become a naturopath instead of a medical doctor seems to me like they are probably more open minded than the majority of Americans… is that what you’re worried about?
Anyway, the naturopath I went to was Dr. Deirdre McDonald and she operates in Courtenay, BC, which is on Vancouver Island, not in Vancouver. However, I read a really good book by a naturopath that operates in North Vancouver called Dr. John Matsen, and I would probably recommend him… I believe the clinic is called “Northshore Naturopathic Clinic’. Google it 🙂
Hello Tracy. What about kefir, do you drink it?
yep, I was drinking raw milk kefir for a while, but then I stopped making it and my kefir grains died :/ so I don’t anymore, but it is recommended!
That’s so sad! I make kefir too from raw goat’s milk and they died on me once. Had to get new ones because for some reason milk, even raw, gives me gastrointestinal discomfort . They were not dead but they were yellow and not sticky anymore!
Hi Tracy, wanted to get some feedback from you regarding candida. I had a CDSA test done in March and started the 3-step candida protocol which included anti-fungals, probiotics, no gluten/dairy/most fruits (except apples), GSE (grapefruit seed extract). I did see that a few symproms cleared yet my skin keeps getting worse and worse with rashes and cystic acne. I started the Body Ecology in May and have been eating 80% veggies and salads and yet my skin in worse than ever. I am doing the CFL meditations and desperate for some feedback from you. I was told by the herbologist (is this the correct word for?) that I took the anti-fungals for the correct amount of time and yet my skin continues to have horrible rashes/cystic acne. Any advice would be great….I am very discouraged!! I take digestive enzymes and eat fermented foods daily…make them myself…drink a gallon of water a day and exercise most days….yet get so depressed sometimes I don’t want anyone to see my skin….so discouraged right now…I am 46 and this is the worst my skin has ever been.
Hey Raffia- Just wanted to say I’m in a similar boat with you. 30 and battling with the worst Cystic Acne I’ve ever had. I believe it’s Candida and have been trying to follow the Body Ecology Diet to clear it up as well. Just wanted to let you know you’re not alone! Hang in there.
Hi Raffia…. I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through such a tough time with this. There is a chance maybe it’s a parasite… have you possibly looked into doing a parasite cleanse?? It’s hard for me to really know what’s going on as your lifestyle sounds perfect on paper . but there could be something hidden and I have no way of knowing over the internet….. so I’m sorry if I can’t be much help. But I know that if you let yourself be open and don’t give up, as much weight as it feels is on your shoulders, you will find the answers. Much love xoxoo
Also…. Raffia…. have you been checked for allergies? You are probably allergic to many things aside from gluten/dairy if your candida is that bad, and maybe you are eating them which is not allowing your digestion to heal.
You didnt mention anything about hormones.. have you had them checked? this is usually the biggest culprit untill you balance them out.
if YOURE EATING NO BREAD AT ALL then how will you get the B vitamins ? 1 2 3 and 9. Yes some of them are present in meat, but that means eating 130g of pork every day for 3 weeks, that doesnt sound healthy. I hope you`ll find a solution to my problem , thanks 😀
Hi Rambo – bread and grains are actually a really poor source of any vitamins… white bread doesn’t have any, and brown bread contains a lot of phytates that bind with them and prevent much absorption of what is there… plus gluten is so bad for your gut, it’s really not beneficial whatsoever. You can get plenty of B vitamins from eating a variety of meat and vegetables and they’re better absorbed. You could also use nutritional yeast which is a concentrated source of B vitamins, and if you are really worried, you could always take a B complex supplement… but I really wouldn’t worry about losing bread as a source of vitamins!
Hey there! Ok so I have a kind of embarrassing question… do have to poop a lot or have diarrhea when doing the cleanse? I just don’t want to deal with something like that at school and stuff…
Well, there is a possibility of abnormal stools during the time, particularly in the first few days as the yeast begin to die off and may create unpleasant symptoms for you. Everyone is different with what they experience, so there is no way for me to know if that will be an issue for you in particular.
I recently found out i have a candida overgrowth.
I have taken so much antibiotics and two years worth of birth control so it makes sense. Never going on any of that stuff again!
So, reading around i notice the diet consists also of not eating fermented food. So..you can’t eat fermented foods just while killing the candida then? Is that because the anti fungal would kill the probiotics or would the fermented food somehow made the yeast worse..? I’m taking probiotic capsules. Should i stop that for now and wait until i’m done with the course of anti fungal treatment? (i’m taking a grapefruit seed- tea tree oil- colloidal gold compound)
Do you know?
Thank you 🙂
I disagree with the recommendations to avoid fermented foods and I encourage them! I think they might be talking about more, like… pasteurized fermented foods like soy sauce and vinegar making it worse… live fermented foods (like homemade sauerkraut) though I highly encourage.
Also, you can take probiotics and antifungals at the same time, but just not RIGHT at the same time. Like when you take them, space them out a few hours, otherwise they kind of will cancel each other out.
What about potentially sugary things like water kefir or kambucha?
Is all the sugar usually eaten up by the bacteria or would you still be taking in sugar?
I’m just talking about while on the 2-3 month candida diet to kill the yeast.
Hi Ruby.. well, if it’s fermented long enough there shouldn’t be much sugar left… it shouldn’t really be sweet at all, if it is when you taste it, it probably needs to ferment a little longer
hello tracy! i want to thank you because thanks to your blog i think i finally figured out what is causing my two year mild acne and i think its a candida overgrowth.
for the past 5 years i have been dealing with urinary tract infections and yeast infections and was put for a good two – three years in frequent use of different types of antibiotics when i just understood that i was becoming immune to them and i stopped. When i stopped (and continued to this day), gradually my yeast infections became monthly which means that after my period i would STRAIGHT have a yeast infection!! That’s the same period my acne started.
I would like to ask how is the candida overgrowth diagnosed? I read about stool analysis but the results are not conclusive because what may seem as a normal amount of bacteria for you might be an overpopulation. I would start your candida cleanse regimen followed by the diet BUT i recently had surgery for meckel’s diverticulum and ileus and lost a lot of weight. Also i am very thin and i cant lose any weight. In addition, if i dare announce to my parents this specific diet my life is going to be LIVING HELL in the house because as I said i cant afford to lose any weight at this specific time. I NEED to be diagnosed so that that my parents see that its a real problem and will help me treat it otherwise they are just going to tell me to live with it (my mother to this day still has recurrent urinary infections and yeast infections).
I am 23 years old and i am from greece. i would be so grateful if you answered because all these years i am literally battling doctors and none of them ever paid attention to me because they said all my problems came because i am very petite and that they’re anatomical and cr*p like that. I am just worried that my problem might get even bigger if i don’t diagnose it right now.
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Hi Tracy! Thank you for your wisdom and desire to help us struggling adults dealing with pesky acne!! I’m on the Candida diet but sometimes I splurge and eat fruit or some bread! I have a couple questions:
curious if your body is more sensitive when on the diet and so when you do splurge, will your skin result in flare ups
..also, like other medications.. Does your skin initially flare up to get the toxins out!
..Finally- would you recommend enemas? If so.. What kind?
Hi Laurie 🙂
1) Everyone is different so for some people they might break out when they splurge, others won’t.
2) Yes, for many people the acne can get worse before it gets better on the candida cleanse. Again, everyone’s different so that’s not the case for everyone, but it’s common
3) Check out the enemas article: https://thelovevitamin.com/4228/enemas-for-acne/
I’m doing a candida cleanse and I find Epsom salt baths and detox tea (yogi brand) have helped me immensely with headaches, fatigue and acne. Good luck!
should i eat brown rice or not? I have 2 garlic cloves per day is it enough?
I just found out I have a candida overgrowth, but I don’t think that I have had it for very long, maybe 5 months at the most and I think it was caused by going off birth control and a previously very high-sugar diet. I am wondering if during the “die-off phase” of the candida cleanse acne gets worse before it gets better, like a die-off break out? I’m going to start the strict diet in 2 weeks and until then I am going to cut out most added sugars and natural sugars and reduce my intake of grains and legumes, so hopefully that will help reduce the effects of the die-off phase once I move into the strict diet! Thanks for all that you do this website really has helped me during the past few months when my acne has been bad 🙂
Sorry, just read Laurie’s comment so never mind! I hope mine doesn’t get too much worse Ive already cut out dairy and been on the caveman face regimen which has helped my skin so hopefully the gradual introduction to the candida diet will prevent too much of a breakout! Thanks
Yeah, it should definitely help! Not everyone has their acne get worse first, so don’t worry. And easing into it is a good bet 🙂
I want to buy the 7 day challenge programme . let me give you my brief history to you. I am an Indian and is suffering from severe cystic acne everywhere possible on my face. I am trying this holistic regime from past 2 years almost slow and steady and definitely has seen diffence. I am on antibiotics right now as I am getting married and wanted a quick fix though I am totally against it and is almost stressing over it but can’t help it, it’s my wedding. I want to start with your Candida cleanse with some strong probiotics and colon therapies like coffee anema. I am unable to pay through my debit card as it says that there is an error and I cannot pay. Kindly help me in joining as soon I will be married and atleast I will know how to go about with the cleanse and see the success and also to tell you I have PCOD and that is also one of the major contributor to my acne. My diet is mostly very clean with brown rice and curries, veggies, veg smoothies and salads but I now I am fed up with my skin and would like to have a clear beautiful skin like your’s. Below is a snapshot of the page that occurred while I was trying to pay.
Btw I love what you write it’s beautiful and very helping
Btwn The error occured and later thrice small amounts were debited from my account as i tried many times.
Hi Sachi, check your email, I’ve emailed you about this so we can get it sorted out 🙂
If you can’t find my email, make sure you check your junk mail
Hey Tracy, I was wondering.. Do you know, which carbohydrates is actually okay to eat during the cleanse? I mean.. Sweet potatoes are apparently out so is brown rice, um.. Yeah. Any ideas?
In my cleanse program, quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth are allowed in small amounts.
Hi Tracey! I would like to start the cleanse but I am currently in the beginning stage of doxycycline , I’ve only been on it for 8 days and its recommended 3 months :/ I feel I might be able to fix the facial bacterial infection ( which is what I have instead of normal acne from a chemical peel , never get one !!! ) but I’m not sure if I should stop the antibiotic this early , I tried many herbal remedies before to help the infection and they didn’t work … Should I wait a solid month and then ween off? Should I stop cold turkey? Or should I slowly ween off now ? I jut don’t want to cause the infection to go haywire by going of the antibiotic as its the only thing that has helped , thanks !
Well, if you have a bacterial infection (ie. not acne), a round of antibiotics might be a good thing to get rid of it, but three months??? You have to take them for three months for it to be effective? That is a looong time, and it is so damaging to your gut flora which is setting you up for trouble. I’m not really sure what to suggest. I don’t want you to quit and then not be able to get rid of the bacterial infection, but three months really is a long time to be on antibiotics. If you do stay on them for any length of time, take strong probiotics at the same time (although take them at different time of day as the antibiotics so they don’t cancel each other out), and continue the probiotics for a quite some time after you stop the antibiotics.
I was wondering if it is ok to do the candida cleanse while still remaining on the birth control pill (I use Yaz (controversial, but I do not seem to have side effects) for contraceptives and it has helped with my acne as well).
Will the candida cleanse help with acne red marks? That is the main issue I’m battling currently, though I still get a few breakouts each month.
Also, I plan to do the cleanse for one month (I’m on day 3 and feeling good!) and I just started taking grapefruit seed extract 1x daily before going up to 2x. Do you think I should switch to another antifungal midway through because the grapefruit seed will no longer be effective?
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge–I appreciate your website immensely!
Yep, there’s no problem with doing the candida cleanse while on birth control. It might help with red marks, as they are often a bit of residual inflammation… might help them go away faster, but I can’t guarantee that.
As for switching your antifungal.. I can’t say it definitely won’t be effective for the whole month, but it might be a good idea to switch it up 🙂
I signed up for the candida cleanse and am sooo excited (but a little nervous) to get started! However, I just realized that my best friend’s wedding is two weeks after I start the cleanse. If I eat at the wedding, will it totally screw up the previous two weeks of cleansing work? This is driving me crazy because I want it to be a day of celebration, not me worrying that the dinner will throw my whole gut out of whack. Also, did you feel bad after the cleanse when you began to incorporate other foods back into your diet?
I really do appreciate your advice!
Woohoo, great to have you on board Elissa 🙂
Personally … the first time I did a candida cleanse, I broke my cleanse (after about three weeks) with a giant thanksgiving dinner lol. And.. yeah it was fine. But you know.. it’s advisable to slowly introduce other foods, but, like… don’t stress about it girl. Just go have fun, you’ll be better off for it. You can still continue the supplements and continue to eat healthy afterwards, all will not be lost 🙂
So I have just discovered your blog recently and I LOVE it!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful insight! Also, I have a question concerning the candida cleanse. I’m still in high school right now, so I was wondering if it would be ok for a teen to do the cleanse? I also haven’t been checked out by a doc or anything either but from the sounds of the candida overgrowth symptomes, it sounds like I have meet the standards so to say. I have acne and have been trying to heal it naturally for 2 years now, and nothing is doing the job like I want it to, and ever since a couple years ago my stomach has not always been feeling the greatest. I have taken dairy out of my diet and am slowly weaning out gluten. It has helped, but not completely. What are your thoughts on this?
Hi Rebecca! 🙂
Yes, if you are an older teen in high school, there shouldn’t be any issue with doing the candida cleanse! xo
I bought your program and started the cleanse yesterday, and today I have a really upset stomach. In the program it doesn’t mention upset stomach/pains as a detox symptom, so I’m somewhat concerned that maybe I’m reacting to the anti-fungals, or something? Also, I’m still taking birth control pills, should they be stopped while on the diet?
An upset stomach would be a fairly normal detox symptom especially when adjusting to anti-fungals / probiotics. Give it a few days to see if it goes away 🙂 As for birth control pills, I would continue taking them if you are not planning to come off them indefinitely. Going on and off them can be hard on your hormones.
Hi Tracy, i am sorry if my question might have been asked before but there are so many comments (puh!)
Ok so I am finally really intersted in taking the candida cleanse step but before buying the ebook i wanted to know if i could do it in regard of my diet. i call it vegan + fish/ seafood diet. can i do a cleanse without eating eggs ( i noticed you mentioned eating eggs ) THANK YOU!!!!!
Hi Marie, yes you can do it just with eating fish (& no eggs). Your food options will be limited but it’s definitely possible!
ok, thank you, i have just finished reading the ebook. Do you know if maca root powder is ok during the cleanse? i recently bought coconut flour which is high in fiber …. thats good for the cleanse right?
Hi Marie, I’m not 100% sure about maca, but I think it’s okay. Double check if you’re worried. And yes coconut flour is good for the cleanse 🙂
I have been having a lot of gut issues (constant constipation, bloating, new food sensitivities) for a while now (a year and a half). They came on really suddenly in addition to other seemingly unrelated symptoms (hair loss, weight gain, fatigue). For that reason I decided to come off my anti-depressant and birth control about a year ago. After that things seemed to get even worse (wayyy more hair loss, acne, tons of clogged pores/bumps on skin, and mood disorders). After trying for 8 months to balance my hormones naturally and fit my gut, I was really disappointed because nothing worked and I hadn’t gotten my period since coming off birth control. My naturopathic doctor tested my female hormones and they came back close to zero!! For that reason she said she wouldn’t be opposed to birth control to try to get those levels back up……I was SUPER hesitant about it but I did. I am starting the candida cleanse diet now and am wondering if it can still be successful even though I am on birth control (I know that b.c can lead to candida overgrowth). Part of me is wanting to switch to natural progesterone cream and get off birth control and try to heal myself by being TOTALLY natural, but another part of me is saying that stressing about being totally natural is actually more detrimental to my healing than the birth control. I am such a perfectionist and stress myself out about doing this the natural way, rather than having a more balanced approach between conventional and natural. You have talked in length about how badly stressing about your health and stressing about doing everything PERFECTLY can really set you back. What do you think? Should I accept that right now I may not be able to be as “natural” as my perfectionistic mind prefers? Or should I listen to my gut (which is telling me birth control is bad!)? I know you can’t technically give me medical advice, but you opinion would be nice.
Yes don’t stress about perfection! If a balance of conventional and natural is working for you then that’s totally cool. And yes I think the candida cleanse will still be beneficial for you even if you’re on birth control pills 🙂 good luck Sydney, sending love x
Hi Tracy! 🙂 I was wondering I recently switched over to Manuka Honey by Manuka Health as my makeup romover/cleanser and I like it a lot! But unfortunately my face has been the worst it has ever been. I believe I have a candida problem :(( (sighs) and I am about to embark on a candida cleanse and detox diet. My question is since manuka honey is sweet and sugary couldn’t it possibly be absorbed through my skin and feed the candida?
Hey Cali, no the molecules of honey are too big to be absorbed through the skin. It’s all good 🙂
Did the symptoms eventually come back after stopping the cleanse or has it been a long term solution?
Hi Tracy I have followed your incredible uplifting website for a year or so, it’s just amazing what you have achieved not to mention the support you give to so many people 🙂
I’m looking into doing the candida cleanse as I feel I need some guidance and wondering how I can purchase the candida programme by itself?
Hope to hear back from you 🙂
Hey Kimberley 🙂 Email support and tell them that I said it was ok to purchase the cleanse by itself, and they’ll send you the paypal link!
I have been doing a lot of changes since october 2014 to approach my acne in a more hollistic and natural approach… I have no more chemical product switching them to natural and organic product. I use oil on my face and it feels nice. I still have little whitehead that would inflammed and get infected once in a while on my chin espacially. 3 littles bumps on my forehead.
I have switched all my other body and hair care to natural (body soap, shampoo, etc.)
I have modified my diet by monitoring my reactions and therefore cut off gluten ans dairy for now.
I kind of start to wonder more about candida lately and I am looking more and more into the internal. I am prone to bladder or urine track infection (2-3/year) and very sensitive guts (espacially when I skip probiotic dose)…
I wonder about candida cleanse but I am still on the pill… I started different supplement (milk thisltle, zinc, vit. b and un mix of vitex, dandelion, red clover) in order to stop the pill. Therefore, I was wondering about if I should start a candida cleanse or wait until I stop the pill. I am planning to stop between april and june… So I am here to ask your opinion and how to do a candida cleanse 🙂
Thanks a lot Tracy,
Because of you, I started
To make lot of changes in my life
Hey lovely Lily-Rose – hmm I would say if you’re going to do it, may as well wait till you’re off the pill to get the most benefit!
Hello, just wanted to say your page has been a big change to my life and I hope you realise the good you are doing for all of us,
In the past I’ve experienced cutting out gluten and all things on the diet without even knowing about candida, I thought I had leaky gut or just a very, very sensitive stomach during this time my skin was the clearest its been for about a week and then it became the worst, therefore I went back to eating all food, again, not knowing that this was a die off reaction,
I started digesting a tsp of coconut oil a day, everyday about 5 days ago and I have noticed cysts on my cheeks, very painful ones that are also on my chin which reminded me of the previous die off symptoms,
I believe I have candida as the symptoms are so alike to what I’m feeling,
I was wondering if this is too soon to have die off reactions and also how long I will be breaking out in painful bumps for,
Thank you for all your help,
The candida test link is broken. Kind regards!
Just found this site randomly and wanted to say thank you for what I believe to be the clarity of my random hormonal acne that’s been ruining my life. THANK YOU
Hi! I recently took these probiotics for my acne. I consumed 5 pills in 2 days. I broke out badly! It has now been more than 2 months since stopping them and I am still breaking out in tiny pustules. Do you know why? I know I had a bad gut because I was on antibiotics for more than a year as well as birth control. However, I just had mild acne prior to the pills. Recently, I introduced some natural anti fungals to my diet all at once. Turmeric, neem, and ginger. Do you think I should wait till die off symptoms are over before introducing antifungals?