Updated: Jan 1
Candida and fats
It’s really easy to go overboard with your fat intake on the candida cleanse, especially when a candida cleanse protocol recommends to eliminate all sources of fruit, starches, and carbohydrates. When we cut out all sources of fruit, complex carbohydrates, and starches from the diet, and consume a diet primarily based on animal protein and low starch vegetables, it’s often inevitable that we run into a heavy intake of fat. This is one of the reasons why I don’t believe in strict candida cleanses. So many of our bodily organs need the fiber and antioxidants from those foods in order to function properly.
It is important to be aware of your fat intake on a candida cleanse. As well as to be aware of how well you are digesting and absorbing the fats within your diet. For example, coconut is an amazing food for eliminating Candida. It contains natural fatty acids, caprylic acid and lauric acid, which have strong antimicrobial capabilities, and they can interfere with the growing and duplicating processes of Candida. For many individuals with a severe overgrowth of candida, coconut or caprylic acid can contribute to symptoms of nausea and it can also be really hard on the gallbladder, which is commonly affected in people with candida or bacterial overgrowth as well.
It’s also important to keep in mind that coconut is a saturated fat, too much saturated fat can contribute to damaging the gut lining, which further promotes inflammation and the growth of pathogens within the body. Too much saturated fat is not beneficial for eliminating candida because it can hinder bile flow within the liver, which can prohibit digestion and detoxification. Bile flow plays an important role in the digestion and absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins. When candida overgrowth is present, the liver is often already struggling to detoxify the toxins emitted from the candida pathogens. Therefore, the last thing the liver needs is more fat to process, which can just slow the entire digestive process down even further. If you are having difficulty digesting fats, your digestion may feel slow or sluggish after a high fat meal. On a candida cleanse, it is imperative that you support your liver, to avoid a cleansing crisis.
When I had a really severe overgrowth of candida a few years ago, I couldn't digest fats well at all. I would be full for 4 - 5 hours after eating a meal with a moderate amount of fat in it. It felt like my digestion stopped, and the food I had eaten wasn't really moving through my system. It took me a while to get my liver functioning better so that I could enjoy healthy fats with my meals.
Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate you are getting too much fat in your diet or that your liver may be having difficulty with digesting fats.
Bloating/abdominal distension, cramping or gas, worsened after a high fat meal
Nausea or headaches, worsened after a high fat meal.
Light coloured, foul smelling, greasy or sticky looking stool.
Tenderness under the right rib cage.
Diarrhea or constipation.
Fatigue due to malabsorption/nutrient deficiencies.
If any of these symptoms are experienced on the severe side, it may be necessary to go to the Doctor, to have your gallbladder checked. In my candida program, if I suspect there is some difficulty with digesting and absorbing fats, I often put my clients on a liver supporting protocol first, to ensure that the body is properly supported before starting a candida cleanse. I also create custom handouts, which outline how much fat you should be consuming per meal, based on your specific symptoms. This ensures the body is properly supported to fight off candida and to digest and detoxify properly.
Here are some quick tips to aid in the digestion of fat:
Take a digestive enzyme with lipase.
Support the liver by eating bitter and sour foods, such as lemons, limes, radishes, onions, and apple cider vinegar.
Avoid rich fatty foods that are high in saturated fat and mucus forming foods, such as sugar, dairy, etc.
Be mindful of your fat intake per meal. If you struggle to digest animal protein, try splitting up your concentrated protein intake during the day. This lessens the load on the digestive system per meal.
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