Everyone knows that when you commit to a new diet you often experience severe cravings.  The dread of dieting isn’t the actual food you’re eating, it’s the food you’re missing.

At times, your body seriously wants carbohydrates or sugar or caffeine.  Working to reduce Candida from your body by changing your diet can produce withdrawal symptoms in the beginning stages of a Candida cleanse.

When exposing your body to a strict diet regime, it’s important to be ready for several changes.  Once a Candida elimination diet begins to work, yeast cells begin dying in the body.  This process, also referred to as the Herxheimer reaction, may cause a variety of symptoms depending upon the rate of yeast cell death and the actual number of yeast cells within the body.  Studies show that yeast cells release toxins as they die.

Candida cells can release just over 75 different kinds of toxins.  Because the yeast cells are so tiny, the amount released per cells is microscopically small.  However, in larger amounts individuals may begin to feel several physical reactions.  For example, Candida yeast cells can release acetaldehyde, which can cause body fatigue and brain fog.

While every person’s experience with Candida die-off symptoms will be different, it’s likely that each person will experience some discomfort.  Here’s how you know if you’re experiencing symptoms as a result of the Candida elimination diet:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Skin issues such as hives or breakouts
  • Sweating
  • Intestinal issues including bloating, constipation, diarrhea
  • Chills


It’s important to remember the long term goal:  ridding the body of detrimental Candida levels.  Typically, these symptoms, if indeed you experience any, will last about a week.  If your symptoms become severe always talk to your doctor about your health and specific dietary needs.

The liver is the body’s main exit strategy for toxins, so it’s important to support it throughout the process.  Here are several ways to support your body as it cleanses itself of Candida yeast cells:

  1. Take supplements that support healthy liver function. Milk Thistle is a traditional herb known to protect the liver.  This plant contains the compounds silymarin and silybin which work as antioxidants in the body specifically helping the liver.  Molybdenum is another compound that supports healthy liver function that can be taken as a supplement.


  1. Drink more water. Water is an essential element the body needs to flush toxins from its system.  If you’re drinking the recommended eight glasses a day, up your consumption.  If you’re not there yet, try to get there!  Just think:  every time you pee, toxins are leaving—it’s a simple way to help your body.


  1. Remember to rest. Rest is a key element in helping your body recover.  Especially during the Candida cleanse it is important to get a full night’s sleep (for most people 8 hours is standard).  You can also take it easy in other ways by reading that book you’ve been meaning to get to, or taking a leisurely walk.  Your body will thank you!


  1. Increase your daily Vitamin C. Consider upping your daily dose to 1000 milligrams twice a day.  This super vitamin supports your immune system and can act as an antioxidant throughout the body.


  1. Replace those nutrients! What you eat on the Candida cleanse is vital to giving your body the nutrients needed to fight off the yeast overgrowth and get back in balance.  The food you eat can actually help manage some of the initial symptoms of yeast die-off.  Check out these recipes designed for the Candida cleanse to make it super easy to follow the rules of the diet while giving your body the boost it needs to get back to health.


  1. Get some exercise. Light to moderate exercise (especially outside in the fresh air) can help you relieve stress and reinvigorate your body during the Candida cleanse die-off stage.  The fresh air is good for your body and the exercise will get your blood pumping which may be just what you need to beat the early symptoms as you adjust to a new diet.


If you are looking for delicious yeast free recipes for use of the Candida Diet check out the Candida Diet Cookbook, with 250 recipes, snacks and tips for getting healthy without all the hassle.  Find the recipes here.

Remember: the key to successfully approaching the Candida elimination diet is to stick with it.  Although it’s likely you’ll experience some physical symptoms, they’ll dissipate as the body flushes itself from the die-off and the Candida cleansing phase turns into more of a maintenance diet.

Written by Whitney Frazier
Whitney Frazier has spent more than 10 years helping thousands of people all over the world find better health with her deliciously simple recipes for use on the Candida Diet. She regularly posts articles, topics and recipes on yeast free living and personally answers questions on the Candida Diet Facebook Page.