I'm back with more info and advice from my experience over the past six months with my Candida/Parasite cleanse. In the last post, I featured the foods that I was eating and avoiding. This post will focus on the non-food aspects of the cleanse.
I was prescribed to take the prescription drug, Nystatin, for the first two weeks of my cleanse by my doctor. He felt that my yeast overgrowth was too severe to treat with natural supplements and diet alone.
Nystatin is an oral anti-fungal medication available by a prescription. Nystatin kills yeast by binding to a specific compound, called ergosterol, found on yeast cell walls. Once bound, it causes the cell the leak, eventually causing its death. Nystatin is often the first drug prescribed to treat an overgrowth of Candida in the intestines, according to the Environmental Illness Resource. Because nystatin is not absorbed through the intestines, it is not effective in treating Candida infections outside of the digestive tract. However, this also means that nystatin does not induce unwanted side effects.
I was already taking a probiotic each morning, but during the cleanse, took higher quality and yeast-fighting specific probiotics. I took them first think in the morning on an empty stomach. The two brands of probiotics that I took throughout the cleanse include Garden of Life (I was taking their "yeast-specific" probiotic that I bought at Whole Foods, but I can't find that specific one anywhere online so they might have discontinued it or only offer it in stores?) After I used up the Garden of Life probiotic, I took Healthy Origins, which was recommended by Lisa Richard, who is an expert on candida cleanses.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
The next supplement that I took daily was liquid drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract. I took these drops twice a day around 10am and 3pm. My doctor recommended I take them separate from food. They always made me feel nauseous until I ate something later on. He said that this meant that they were killing off the yeast and parasites.
Grapefruit Seed Extract is associated with the following health benefits:
- Antiviral and anti-fungal agent.
- Promotes the healing of wounds and scar tissue.
- Effective preventative for Candida and other forms of yeast infection.
- Inhibits the formation of harmful intestinal organisms, including Giardia, without reducing levels of healthy bowel flora.
- Aids to alkalize the body, and is one of the world's most alkaline forming foods, helping to stabilize acidic pH levels, a central component for health rejuvenation.
- Great general immune system booster.
Before I met with my doctor, I started taking Vitanica's CandidaStat supplement. This was one that was recommended to me by the wonderful women who work in the supplements section of my local Whole Foods. It's meant to help the body naturally balance intestinal floral and healthy yeast. I took one bottle during the first month of two of the cleanse.
I had parasite cleanse supplements on hand from a previous parasite cleanse that I had started and stopped a few months earlier. I started the Para-Rid and Para-Sweep supplements and finished the remainder of the bottles during my cleanse.
A box of the colon cleanse, Colonix, had been sitting in my supplement cupboard for almost a year, unopened. I decided that this was the perfect time to take the fiber and parasite-centric supplements. I took the fiber mixed with a glass of water each evening and the Paranil with my supplements each morning.
My Usual Daily Supplements
I continued my usual daily supplements to support my immunity during the cleanse. These include: women's multi (I had to discontinue the brand I was using prior to the cleanse because it included yeast,) vitamin D3, and fish oil. I decided not to add in any other specialty vitamins and supplements because I was already taking so many parasite and Candida-fighting ones on top of my usual daily supplements.
Advice for Rotating Supplements During Cleanse
I read the it works well to rotate the brands and types of parasite and Candida supplements during your cleanse. Because one bottle of supplements would last anywhere from 1-3 months, I chose to switch up the brands and types of supplements I used over the six month period. What stayed consistent was taking a probiotic first thing each morning, grapefruit seed extract at least once per day, a yeast fighting-specific supplement, a colon-cleansing fiber supplement before bed each night, and my usual daily vitamins.
And please do not think that by taking the parasite and Candida specific supplements that you can continue to eat a normal diet. A cleanse diet is essential to your recovery and must be followed in conjunction with the supplements.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments below or send me an email. I'm happy to help anyone start a Parasite/Candida cleanse! I'll be back next week with advice on other aspects of the cleanse.