A Powerful Guide to Parasite and Candida cleanses

A simple list with sample routines, do’s and don’ts to rid yourself of parasites for good

7/26/20238 min read

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As with most things that are connected in our body, the growth of parasites can lead to eventual candida overgrowth, which can cause a host of problems. Parasites are usually introduced into our body from contaminated food or water and improperly cooked meats, and you could see a higher probability of growth if you recently traveled out of your country or if you have heavy metals in your body.

Parasites are organisms that survive by absorbing nutrition from a host body, so the host organism suffers from a sudden deficiency of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients. As the parasites continue to grow and multiply in the host system, the redirection of nutrition causes digestive symptoms to become noticeable first.

You may have heard of some of these pesky parasites that grow in humans. Liver flukes, hookworms, tapeworms, pinworms and giardia are some examples. Some parasites can use plants and animals are carriers, remaining dormant and not directly affecting them, until they come in contact with a human body and begin to grow.

Feeding off of the human body can then cause the person to become weak or compromise their immunity, making them susceptible to infections or overgrowth of naturally occurring microbiota, such as candida. The symptoms of parasitic and candida growth tend to overlap, so it could be difficult to distinguish the source of your symptoms.

Symptoms of parasitic growth and candida overgrowth can include:

UTIs, oral thrush, skin rashes, other fungal infections such as ringworm or athlete's foot, body odor, decrease in mental acuity such as with brain fog or ADHD, anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue, anemia, insomnia, vaginal infections and smelly discharge. In fact, any sort of prolonged digestive discomfort such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, pain, nausea and vomiting, IBS, anal itching, constant hunger, inability to gain or lose weight can be signs that you need a detox!

The DO's and DON'Ts of parasite/candida cleanse:

Candida and parasites can be eliminated by improving good gut bacteria and removing the bad. However, parasites and fungal infections could get resistant over time, so they need to be detoxed out of the body first, along with any toxins, before probiotics can take effect. 

The DO's:

Candida overgrowth and parasitic attacks can be prevented and diminished by adding these organic items to your daily diet:

  • Pao D’arco bark

  • Dandelion

  • Burdock root (found in most liver detox supplements)

  • Oregano oil (powerful antibiotic)

  • Organic, cold pressed virgin Coconut oil

  • Turmeric (The root is more powerful)

  • Fulvic acid (Take this naturally in the form of Shilajit)

  • Cinnamon

  • Chicory root (a great alternative to coffee)

  • Cilantro ( excellent for heavy metal detox!)

  • Fresh garlic

  • Cloves

  • Celtic salt (high in vitamins and minerals)

  • Cayenne pepper

  • herbal teas and drinks

Daily Probiotics:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Yogurt

  • Kefir

  • Kimchi

As mentioned above, doing a detox is the first step, but there is no harm in taking probiotics in the meantime to ensure a good bacterial load.

Healthy fats:

  • avocados

  • Nuts (have only about 5 to 8 a day) - almonds, cashew, walnut, pecans etc

  • Wild caught fish only! Salmon is best but ensure it is well cooked. This along with pork carry many worms.

  • Organic, Pasture raised chicken and eggs only (Very important to ensure organic with chickens! They are heavily pumped with antibiotics and hormones so they are carcinogenic and effect gut very badly)

  • Ground flax and chia seeds. Add to your oats, smoothies and even baked goods.

  • Be sure to use only organic fats which have a high smoke point when cooking or sautéing food. Good examples are avocado oil, coconut oil, ghee, butter. Check the package dates and sources, so you can be sure they are not rancid. Olive oil is another good oil, but not to be heated.

Detox baths (you don’t need all; one or two at a time in a bath is good :))

Fruit:

  • Berries, lemon, lime (fruits that are lower in sugar)

  • Avoid drinking fruit juices, have whole fruit only.

Exercise and bowels:

  • Depending on your symptoms, you should be able to continue your workouts as usual. However, if you experience chronic pain or extreme fatigue, slow down and walk, stretch, swim and cycle more. 

  • As you work on cleansing your body, drink tons of water and SWEAT it out! The toxins and parasites exiting your body need to be flushed out often for success. At least 2 bowel movements are required a day.

  • To eliminate more toxins, try a sauna 2-3x a week for about 15 mins (or as long as you are able).

  • Intermittent fasting is an EXCELLENT way to encourage the body to fix itself!  Keep following this blog to learn more on intermittent fasting.

The DONT'S:

  • Added sugar (this feeds parasites and candida). Acceptable alternatives are honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates, ripened fruits.

  • Too much caffeine. If coffee is life, then perhaps a chicory or mushroom coffee can hit the spot!

  • Gluten, if you experience an intolerance or digestive discomfort

  • Dairy - again, if you are unable to have it without irritability

  • Fruit juices. Go with whole fruits only.

  • Processed and pre-packaged food.

  • Sodas

  • Fried food

  • Seed oils

  • Deodorants! Especially avoid any with aluminum, which interferes with sweating and detox. To go natural, swipe lemon under your armpits a couple of times a day. You may initially smell as toxins are being eliminated, but overtime your natural body odor will be great! 

  • Drink anything with your meals -  Be sure stomach acid production is occurring correctly as it allows for better absorption of these parasite-fighting foods and destroys future infections. Do not drink water or any fluids while eating. Have water 1/2 hr before eating, and wait 1hr after eating to have water again. Drinking water during a meal dilutes the stomach acid.

A good rule of thumb is to go organic, pasture raised, grass fed and all natural! Swap out any processed and sugary food and drinks with fresh fruits, veggies, all natural meats and prepare them at home. Get all that health fiber, fats and phytonutrients in you, move your body and soak in fresh air and sun everyday. 

variety of vegetables display with Certified Organic signage
variety of vegetables display with Certified Organic signage
black-and-white cattle
black-and-white cattle
orange pumpkin lot
orange pumpkin lot

Not sure where to start with a cleanse? Here is a sample routine that could give you a confidence boost!

  1. Mornings:

    Start every day with 15 mins in the sun every morning. This improves vitamin D production which increases energy. Do this before 10am. As you get used to this, you can extend the time to noon.

    Antifungal herbal tea (or supplement) in the morning + a dash of ACV OR a coffee alternative with chicory root + a spoon of coconut oil (no sugar - add honey to sweeten if needed). Avoid regular coffee if possible. Another possible drink would be warm water + a squeeze of lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper. Sweeten as needed.

    Healthy breakfast about an hour later without bread, sweet cereals etc. Have organic eggs, fruits, oats etc. Do not drink juices. Smoothies are fine but include more fibers, perhaps by adding spinach, pineapple, etc.

  1. Afternoon:

    Lunch that includes plenty of veggies! Anything cooked shouldn't include seed oils. No processed or oily food. For example, you could try a fresh salad with an olive oil, lemon and vinegar dressing or a healthy soup and gluten free sandwich. Try including cilantro and a probiotic in everything!

  1. Evening detox baths:

    Try an Epsom salt bath with a scoop of activated charcoal and a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil. See the above list for alternate ideas!

    If you didn't exercise in the morning, go for it now and get your blood pumping. Don't forget - LOTS of water!

  1. Dinner and nightly Golden latte:

    Light dinner with more fruits and veggies, less carbs! Carbs and fats should dwindle as the day passes. A stir fry, steamed veggies, air fried salmon and asparagus, sweet potatoes, a soup, salad are some ideas.

    If you intermittent fast, dinner is a great meal to pass on, since you are heading to bed and won't feel as hungry.

    Golden latte: A golden latte is optional, but a good way to boost immunity and give you better sleep.

    A cup of whole organic, grass fed milk or raw milk (can be watered down a bit) + about 4-5 thin slices of organic turmeric root + about 4-5 black pepper corns (or a couple pinches freshly crushed pepper) + an inch cinnamon stick or powdered + a few thin slices of organic ginger.

    Boil all ingredients slowly till a rolling boil. Strain into a mug and after a few minutes, while still warm, add honey and mix. (You can also let the ingredients “steep” a bit in the hot milk, add honey once slightly cooled and then strain).

    Alternative drinks before bed: tart cherry juice (without sugar), herbal tea blend for sleep (such as chamomile and lavender), Kashaya (this is a good one).

    If you suffer from insomnia, eat less before bed and try any of the above drinks and a hot detox bath with magnesium salts and essential oils. Find a soothing, all natural pillow spray. Use a cool mist humidifier with a few drops of essential oil. Do not use any electronics at least 2 hours before bed, do not keep the phone near you while sleeping.

    The cleanse above can be started and consistently followed for 3 to 6 months. After this, I encourage you to stick with it as a lifestyle for optimal gut health :)

    Additional tips:

    If you are about to buy anything, find what has the least ingredients.

    Sugar can be "hidden" in many foods. It can have many names, like dextrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, sucralose. Steer clear of high fructose corn syrup!

    Avoid any added dyes, like FC yellow or red. This is especially important for children as it heavily effects the brain.

    Incorporate even short fasts a couple of times a day to give the body a break and reset.

    Reduce cosmetics, especially sunscreens and deodorants. Expose yourself slowly to the sun to avoid burns.

    I hope you were able to find some useful information in this guide to use on your holistic journey. Let me know what you think below, if you are planning a cleanse or if you need any more advice or tips! Good luck! :)

    "And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him." Mark 7: 17-20