Is a build of yeast contributing to you weight gain? Are you not burning as much fat as you believe you should be. Symptoms of a yeast build up include weight gain, fatigue, joint pain and symptoms similar to irritable bowel syndrome.
Candida, is a form of yeast. It is a fungal overgrowth in your system that can cause these symptoms. It lives in the digestive system, but can break through the wall of the intestine and get into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. Yeast produce a toxic by-product called acetaldehyde, which promotes free radical damage. Candidiasis may be caused by antibiotics, birth control pills, alcohol, drugs, stress, or eating too much sugar. Diet and lifestyle changes can rid your body of the yeast.
How do you get yeast overgrowth?
- Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar
- Consuming a lot of alcohol
- Taking oral contraceptives
- Eating a diet high in beneficial fermented foods (like Kombucha, sauerkraut, and pickles)
- Living a high-stress lifestyle
- Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria
How do you get rid of yeast in the body?
Determine the cause
Determining the cause of the yeast build is essential. Before you can treat it you need to eliminate the source of the yeast build up, otherwise you’ll just be going round in circles.
Yeast feeds on sugar. You need to eliminate sugar from your diet in order to starve the candida to death. This isn’t going to be an easy task, but after the few days the sugar cravings will lessen. Trust the process. This includes sweets, desserts, alcohol, flours and even fruits that are high in sugar.
Replenish Good Bacteria
Replenish good digestive bacteria, also called probiotics. Probiotics are better taken in their natural form eg from yogurt, but you can purchase Acidophilus capsules. This will help build the good bacteria in your gut.
Choose organic produce, which have fewer toxins and may have more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown produce. While your body is healing, it is more susceptible to the effects of pesticides and environmental poisons, so limit your exposure by eating organic and local vegetables.
Add these candida-fighting foods into your diet:
Coconut oil, olive oil, almonds, pumpkin seeds, lemon juice, lime juice, seaweed, garlic, onions, ginger and cayenne pepper. These foods and spices contain anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties, and they also help balance the body’s pH level, making the blood more alkaline rather than acidic.
If you are self-treating, you can also take a supplement of caprylic acid. Caprylic acid, which comes from coconut oil, basically “pokes holes” in the yeast cell wall, causing it to die.
Yeast free diet plan (The Candida Diet)
Foods To Eat
|CATEGORY||FOODS TO EAT||NOTES|
|Eating non-starchy vegetables starves the Candida of the sugar that feeds it. You should buy your vegetables fresh and eat them raw, steamed or grilled.
Avoid starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, yams, corn, all winter squash, beets, peas, parsnips and beans. Olives are OK as long as they are not in distilled white vinegar.
|LIVE YOGURT CULTURES||Probiotic yogurt
|Live yogurt cultures help your gut to repopulate with good bacteria. The live bacteria in the yogurt will crowd out the Candida yeast and restore balance to your system. This is especially useful after a course of antibiotics.|
|MEAT & EGGS||Beef
|Eat only fresh and organic meat – processed meat (like lunch meat, bacon and spam) is loaded with dextrose, nitrates, sulfates and sugars.
Smoked or vacuum packed meats are also best avoided.
|Wild salmon and sardines do contain ocean contaminants, but in much lower amounts than other seafood. Buy these fish fresh or packed in olive oil or water.|
|NUTS AND SEEDS||Almonds
|These nuts are healthy and have a low mold content. If you’re still worried about mold, soak them in a diluted grapefruit seed extract solution for a few hours.
For baking, almond flour and coconut flour are healthy options.
|These grains contain a high amount of fiber, excellent for keeping your digestive system moving and eliminating Candida toxins. Most products derived from this list are also OK – e.g. quinoa crackers, buckwheat flour. You can find these in the gluten-free section in health food stores.|
|HERBS AND SPICES||Basil
|Many herbs and spices have antioxidant and antifungal properties. They can also improve circulation and reduce inflammation. They’re great for livening up food if you’re on a limited Candida diet.|
|OILS||Virgin Coconut Oil
Red Palm Oil
|Use cold pressed oils where possible. Remember that heating or boiling can destroy many of the oil’s nutrients.|
Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic, Raw, Unfiltered)
|Coconut Aminos are a great alternative to soy sauce. And you can use apple cider vinegar to make some delicious salad dressings.|
|BEVERAGES||Chicory root coffee
|These are just a few of the herbal teas that have antifungal properties.
Chicory root is also a great prebiotic (it contains 20% Inulin), so it can help to repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria too.
|Stevia and xylitol can be used in place of sugar and they have a much smaller effect on your blood sugar levels.|
Some extra advice from Dr. Axe