Beat the Bloat Gut Cleanse
The body was created to be a symphony, where all glands and systems are working together constantly communicating shifting as needed to continue to provide balance. When yeast is over produced or gut bacteria is imbalanced, this can cause systemic dysfunction by interfering with proper function of organs and muffling signals for hormonal communication. Beyond development of undesired symptoms, this dysbiosis can drive chronic disease states.
Symptoms of dysbiosis include:
GENERAL: Sweet cravings, extreme fatigue, alcohol intolerance.
COGNITIVE: Brain fog, poor memory, depression, irritability, insomnia, mood
DIGESTIVE: Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, itchy rectum.
PAIN: inflammation, headache, muscle and joint aches.
IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION: autoimmune disease, susceptibility to infections or
bacteria, food and chemical sensitivities.
STRUCTURAL: skin irritation, rashes, thrush, dry skin, acne, tingling nerves.
Participants that have completed the Beat the Bloat Cleanse have seen successful outcomes with the protocol beyond Candida to truly reset their gut baseline to support a neutral playing field for healthy bacteria balance.
The human body holds anywhere from 3-5 pounds of living bacteria, which has the opportunity to work with our body or against it. When in a state of symbiosis, the gut bacteria can aid with absorption of nutrients, production of serotonin and other natural antidepressants, regulation of immune function and cancer fighting compounds, and improvement of digestive function. When in the state of dysbiosis, bad bacteria or yeast can take over, leading to a host of symptoms.
Do you have Candida or Dysbiosis?
Bacteria and yeasts are living organisms with their own agenda and these organisms outnumber us 10:1 bacteria to the cells that make up our bodies and the organs that drive it. With such a dominant influence of 10:1, when yeast or bad bacteria overgrowth gets out of control we can see significant symptoms of imbalance.
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In a gut cleanse it is essential to remove or kill off the yeast/dysbiosis overgrowth for a 6 week period using antifungal and antibacterial herbs and supplements along with the supportive Naturally Nourished Yeast Cleanse Diet that can be found in the Beat the Bloat Ebook.
A 6 week yeast-free dietary protocol in conjunction with alkaloid and aromatic antifungal supplementation is necessary for the removal of candida from the system whether it resides mostly in the gut, reproductive area, skin or mouth! During the 6 week protocol it is also important to starve off the candida by removing their primary food source which is carbohydrate containing foods and a few others we will point out in the protocol.
Lifestyle Support for a Candida or Dysbiosis Cleanse:
There are Removal and Restoring elements to the protocol which is broken into 2 phases. It is important to first and foremost weaken and remove the yeast overgrowth. This is the priority of phase one where you will be taking antifungals and detoxifying compounds that will kill yeast and support their removal.
Your first 6 weeks will have a specific dietary approach to starve off the yeast and bad bacteria while you are targeting the die off with the strategic supplements. It is recommended to follow the Beat the Bloat Bundle with the Bacteria Rebuild Bundle which aids to re-establish a healthy gut state by promoting growth of probiotics through cultured foods, probiotic supplementation, and prebiotic rich fibers to aiding to prevents relapse by strengthening your gut and aiding in optimal metabolism.
The first half of the 6 week Beat the Bloat protocol is the most restrictive. This is the time when we are working to starve off all fuel sources of yeast.
Be sure to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Limit total carbohydrate intake to 60 grams per day. This includes a max of 2 fruit servings and 2 starches per day.
- Carbohydrates foods include: fruit, beans, grains, sweeteners, and starchy vegetables. Each 1 serving of carbohydrate is 15g (General serving sizes for carbohydrates: 1⁄2 cup starchy vegetables, 1/2 cup beans, 1 Tbsp sweeteners) Please note: grains are NOT recommended during the cleanse as the stickiness can adhere to GI lining trapping yeast making the cleanse less successful.
- Consume nothing fermented or with bacteria (in weeks 1-3) Fermented foods may encourage the growth of yeast and can interfere with the cleanse process. This includes:
- Fermented vegetables such as kimchi and sauerkraut as well as wine, beer, champagne, fermented tea (kombucha), miso and vinegar
- Fermented or cultured dairy such as cottage cheese, kefir, and yogurt as well as blue cheese
- Avoid all baker’s yeast foods: this includes breads and pastries and anything that rises essentially. This also includes yeast flavored foods and snacks containing nutritional yeast.
Incorporate therapeutic foods:
- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage)*
- Alliums (onions, shallots, leeks, garlic)*
- Green tea, rooibos tea
- Leafy greens
- Herbs, seasonings, spices, cacao
- Coconut oil and coconut products, aim to incorporate 2 Tbsp coconut oil daily for its lauric acid and caprylic acid compounds to aid in combating yeast overgrowth!
*If alliums and cruciferous vegetables cause bloating and severe gas, hold these 3-6 weeks until later in protocol when bacteria and yeast overgrowth has reduced
Now that we have adequately killed off the yeast with anti-fungals and removed all food sources, we are now ready to start building back up the probiotics. Half way through the removal period in the 4th week of the protocol some probiotic foods can be brought into the diet.
- Continue limiting Carbohydrates to 4 servings (60 g/day) as well as avoiding baker’s yeast, alcohol, and most vinegar.
- Limit to 1 choice per day of the following:
- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (2 Tbsp)
- Plain and Greek Yogurt, no sugar added (6 oz)
- Fermented Vegetables, krauts, kimchi (1/4 cup)
Note: If symptoms become more severe 1-3 days into incorporation of probiotic food choice at week 4, remove and continue with antifungal supplements an additional 2 weeks following the more restrictive protocol for weeks 1-3. Then try testing a probiotic food source again at the 6th week. If intolerance occurs again, hold on probiotic introduction and continue with phase 1 work. Based on the individual’s level of overgrowth, some will notice they are needing more aggressive die-off support or a prolonged period.
Supplement support for Beat the Bloat protocol:
The Beat the Bloat Bundle contains the 4 supplements you need for a successful 6 week cleanse. The Beat the Bloat Ebook provides tons more food-as-medicine as well as recipes to support a successful microbiome reset.
Suggested use, for 6 weeks or longer (depending on severity of symptoms):
2 with breakfast, 2 with dinner
1 at rise no food, 1 mid-day no food
1-2 at rise, 1-2 at bed, optional 1-2 with lunch as needed per headache,
brain-fog, body aches or other symptoms of Candida die-off
GI Clean Up
1 at rise and 1 at bed for first 2 weeks, then 1 at bed only
If at week 3 and not seeing ample bowel output or feeling like your cleanse had much "action", add on our GI Reset formula. This is also our go-to for known or suspected SIBO or parasite infection as well as resistant yeast and bacteria.
Read this article on Coping with a Candida Cleanse for more on what to expect and how to navigate potential die-off symptoms.
We also love the add on of our Reset, Restore, Renew Detox Packs during your Beat the Bloat Cleanse, especially if dealing with hormonal imbalance such as estrogen dominance or PCOS, skin concerns such as acne, or if having die-off symptoms like headaches, fatigue or body aches.
Check out this video for a deeper dive on Dysbiosis!
In this video we discuss common signs of gut dysbiosis or bacteria imbalance and how you can do a simple probiotic challenge to assess the state of your microbiome!
Signs and Symptoms of Dysbiosis can include:
- Digestive: Bloating, distention, bowel irregularities including diarrhea and constipation, heartburn or belching
- Mood: Impact on depression and anxiety, cognitive decline and brain fog
- Metabolism: Obesity, body fat gain, blood sugar irregularities, sugar and carbohydrate cravings
- Skin Conditions: Cradle cap, eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes, acne
- Immune Function: Susceptibility to infection, autoimmune disease Lab assessments such as a SIBO breath test or a stool test can be expensive, unpleasant and invasive.
A simple probiotic challenge is an easy and affordable assessment you can do in the comfort of your own home to gather data on the state of your gut!
How to do a Probiotic Challenge:
- Grab a sewing tape, a notebook and a bottle of our Restore: Baseline Probiotic.
- Take your waist circumference measurement at your belly button for three days in a row from rise to rest and record.
- Start probiotic at 1 capsule at bed for 3 days. Continue to measure waist circumference at rise and at rest.
- Increase by 1 capsule every 3 days until you meet 4 per night at day 10 of active probiotic challenge (not counting initial reads without probiotic)
- Try to continue at 4 per night for 3 days.
Note changes in waist circumference as well as any changes in GI cramping, bowel movements, belching, or gas during challenge. Continue taking probiotic 1 at bed if well tolerated.
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