Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Candida Juicing & Smoothies

Donna Gates recommends that people with candida should add something to slow down the absorption of the raw vegetable juice. She mentions chia seeds and ground flax, coconut oil or flax oil, green protein powders, coconut milk kefir or avocado.
Something I found really interesting is that she recommends that people with candida should NOT juice cruciferous vegetables like kale, collards and cabbage. She explains that these vegetables suppress the thyroid and are too cooling to body. According to Ms. Gates, if your thyroid is underactive, you don’t have the energy you need to heal. I didn’t know this before reading her book, The Body Ecology Diet, but it is difficult for the body to rid itself of yeast if the body temperature is too low. This is very significant for me because I have poor circulation (genentics…thanks Mom!), and it’s difficult for me to keep warm. For this reason I have not been able to maintain the raw food diet during the winter time living in the Northeast the past few years.
After stating all that, there are some things that would be considered safe for someone with candida to juice:
lemons & limes
celery, cucumber & zucchini
romaine lettuce
parsley, cilantro, basil, & mint
ginger & turmeric
and a little bit of granny smith apple
or you could sweeten with stevia to make your juice more palatable
Then there’s the issue of coming off the fast. Most people recommend eating juicy fruits coming off a fast. For candida I would not recommend juicy fruits. Fruit-free, stevia sweetened green smoothies would be my recommendation. Check out my my delicious Candida Cleanse Smoothie

Candida Cleanse Smoothie

Base: Make a medicinal tea with equal parts of Pau D’arco, Raspberry Leaf, Sage Leaf, & Licorice (either one tea bag or one Tbs. of loose herbs each).
Cover and let steep until the liquid cools so it is good and strong.
Blend:
12 oz. medicinal tea
¼ to ½ tsp of liquid Stevia Extract
3 leaves romaine
1 fistful of basil
1 fistful of mint
2 stalks celery
½ cucumber
1 to 2 oz. E3Live
3 grams Chlorella
1 Tbs. of Aloe Vera Gel
½ avocado (to make it thick and creamy)
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