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WHAT IS YEAST?
Yeast known as Candida is a single celled fungus that exists in our environment and can grow within our bodies and skin causing infection and disease. Our immune system and “good” bacteria in our colon typically regulate the amount of yeast in our bodies.
However, the overuse of antibiotics and overabundance of processed foods kills off the good bacteria in our colon and inhibits the control of yeast growth. An overgrowth of yeast results in a compromised immune function and contributes to sinus-infections, allergies, yeast infections, and simply feeling bloated, uncomfortable, and leaving you tired.
The healthy bacteria in our colon, which is imperative for utilization of nutrients by our body, also assists in controlling the amount of yeast. However, if the amount of healthy flora is compromised, an overgrowth of yeast can occur.
Antibiotics, synthetic steroids, and birth control pills all contribute to killing off healthy bacteria. Furthermore diets high in refined sugar, flour, processed foods, and alcohol cultivate a yeast friendly environment with high Ph. Yeast feeds on any form of sugar. Therefore foods high in sugar, vinegar, or other fermented products including alcohol, salad dressings, and marinades tend to feed the yeast growing in our body.
Toxins produced by the yeast depress our immune system, making us more susceptible to illness and infection. This results in an increased need for antibiotics or other medication killing off more of the good bacteria and creating a never-ending cycle of yeast overgrowth. Moreover, the on-going production of toxins can lead to food allergies due to a compromised digestive system.
In response to these toxins, your body creates antibodies to protect itself from these foreign substances. Testing levels of these antibodies (Candida) is one way of determining if your have a yeast problem. Also documenting a thorough history of symptoms will better identify yeast sensitivity.
Once a yeast overgrowth is determined, dietary changes are the best way to kill off the yeast in your body. These include the complete elimination of yeast-friendly food, including dairy products, sugar, most grains, fruit, vinegar, and other fermented foods.
Taking Probiotics (pills with concentrated healthy bacteria) and Candida Detox supplements will speed up your recovery from Yeast Overgrowth. However, once the yeast is killed off you may be able to safely introduce many of these foods back in your diet, based on your own tolerance.
ITEMS TO AVOID WHILE ON A CANDIDA DETOX DIET:
- All sugars and sugar-contained food including table sugar, fructose, corn syrup, honey, molasses, maple sugar and date sugar.
- All white flour and white flour products. All yeast-containing pastries, breads, crackers, pastas, etc.
- All cheese except ricotta, cottage and cream cheese.
- Artificially sweetened drinks and food products.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid all fruit juices, fruits (fresh, canned, or dried) until yeast is abated. Fresh lemon or lime may be used in water, or as a substitute for vinegar in salad dressings.
- All coffee and tea (even herbal). Exceptpau de arco tea.
- Chlorinated tap water.
- All processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs, luncheon meats, corned beef, and pastrami.
- Old leftovers. If food has been in the fridge for more than 3 days, do not eat it. Leftovers may be frozen.
- Obvious fungus foods: mushrooms, blue cheese, etc.
- Peanuts and peanut products: peanut butters. Use almond butter.
- All vinegar-soaked products or vinegar dressings: pickles, pickle relish etc. Lemon juice may be substituted from vinegar in recipes.
- Brewers yeast B vitamins made from yeast, yeast breads, pastries, cracker and pretzels that contain yeast.