Yeast overgrowth, also known as Candida albicans, grows naturally in the colon. In small amounts, it’s harmless. However, an overgrowth can create a plethora of problems. Yeast, like all fungi, produce toxic waste products, known as mycotoxins. As a result, a serious overgrowth of yeast floods the body with mycotoxins. Additionally, yeast produces alcohol. So the combination of the mycotoxic poisons and alcohol present you with a potent cocktail able to induce mental, emotional and physical manifestations.
How Does Yeast Overgrowth Happen?
Antibiotics (which are produced from fungi), are designed to kill all bacteria, the good, the bad, and the ugly. But with killing the good bacteria, which provide your body with B vitamins and vitamin K, you compromise your health. Also, the beneficial bacteria in your body keep the “bad” bacteria in check – balance, and that’s vital for wellness.
So How Can You Gain Control From Yeast Overgrowth?
Try eliminating yeast overgrowth to regain balance. Some natural methods have included:
Garlic pills or garlic cloves
A good probiotic
Decreasing the dosages over a period of three weeks to five of each per day and remaining there for 2-3 years until the yeast is balanced.
This is quite aggressive and for the long-haul, but that’s because once the yeast has taken predominance in the body, it’s very difficult to rein back into balance.
Supporting Herbs During This Time
Caprylic acid (contained in virgin coconut oil)
Cat’s claw (una de gato) – an immune builder
Change what you’re eating to regain balance from yeast overgrowth in your gut. That’s the most important thing you can do to get your yeast infection under control.
Refined sugar is a terrible stressor to your immune system and yeast love it. Bingeing on sugar can ruin all the hard work you’ve put into eliminating your yeast problem. So stop the sugar.
Having already done the colon cleanse, you’re in a better position to cope with any yeast die-off when you introduce a yeast elimination diet into your daily routine.
One other point you’ll want to consider is that yeast prefer an acid environment, so try to maintain alkalinity of your body during this time. You can do this through green drinks which contain a variety of grasses, vegetables and algae which provide vitamins and minerals to help with candida symptoms. Go slowly with any juicing, though, because those micronutrients are very effective.
First two weeks – Eat only meat and vegetables (except for potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes and sweet corn because these are high in starch which the body quickly converts to sugar which will only feed the yeast.
Meats include all usual meats (not deli meats which are processed), poultry and wild salmon or sardines. Preferably, these are organic and not farmed.
Also, you can eat eggs and nuts (like walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc.), but avoid peanuts.
Drink only water which is pure and without chlorination and fluoridation.
Foods to Avoid
Carbonated beverages–not even the sugar-free ones
Breads, grains, cakes, sugars (including honey, molasses, corn syrup, maple syrup, cane sugar, beet sugar, etc.)
Milk or milk products
Fresh or dried fruits or fruit juices or anything containing these as ingredients
Tomatoes are considered a vegetable with this diet so you can eat them, but corn is considered a grain and you don’t want to eat corn.
Another interesting note is that stevia proves very helpful in supporting the integrity of your intestinal health. When taken, it is very sweet, so be prepared for that.
Essential Oil That Might Be Useful
Melrose essential oil blend can also help support a healthy GI tract. For more information on the use of this blend, please fill out the contact form below and we can discuss this during a free 30-minute phone consultation.
Take Time to do This
Often the imbalances of the body occur insidiously over time. As such, it will take time for those imbalances to correct themselves, but with diligence on your part, you can do this. Yes, the recommended dietary ideas are rigorous, but necessary, and you won’t have to resort to using the garlic routine.
Reintroduction of Foods Into Your Diet
Slowly reintroduce a single, simple food back into your diet every four days. Some foods might cause uncomfortable symptoms to appear because yeast disturbs the digestive processes of the colon. Gently reintroducing foods into your diet might not upset the process too much. You’ll be better able to handle one thing added at a time instead of suddenly throwing in an array of foods. As a matter of fact, you might find that some foods you thought you were “allergic” to you can now handle because the yeast was possibly a contributing factor in the first place. If you do find you have a reaction to a food, try again in a month or so. Keeping a food journal helps with this entire process.
How You Can Reintroduce Foods Into Your Diet
Start with grains like rice and quinoa. They’re the mildest foods. You can add one or the other to your diet eating them as often as you want for 4 days.
Wheat can cause a reaction so be careful when adding it.
Then try various fruits. Some of these might cause a reaction. Again, try to buy organic fruits so your body has the best foods for balancing.
Milk often causes some sort of reaction. One of the best ways to avoid that is to consume and use raw milk (unpasteurized, unhomogenized). It’s loaded with beneficial bacteria to nourish your gut too.
These are simple foods you can try to add back into your diet if you want to.
When trying to add more complex foods, remember to stay away from white sugar…forever. It messes with your blood sugar and insulin levels. Also white sugar adds empty calories to your diet—those calories coming from a substance devoid of nutrients like vitamins and minerals which your cells need to function. Additionally, white sugar removes nutrients out of cells which, in turn, weakens the immune system.
Use stevia, fruits, fruit juice and honey as sweeteners instead. If sugar must be used, be sure it is dehydrated cane juice or raw cane sugar. Dates are also excellent to use.
Before telling you to take single minerals, I strongly recommend a tissue mineral analysis to be sure of your mineral/trace mineral levels. For more information, check out http://www.traceelements.com. This is a test I routinely run on my clients for baseline information.
With that said, yeast dies in the presence of copper, but copper and zinc need to maintain a friendly balance with each other. You don’t want too much copper that you have a zinc deficiency. That’s why the initial testing is recommended to be sure where your copper and zinc levels are.
Barley grass juice and alfalfa juice are both good sources for copper. They have an alkalizing effect on the body which helps deal with yeast overgrowth.
Herxheimer reactions may occur because of yeast die-off. These reactions often consist of headaches, achy bones, etc.).
Epsom salt baths with a few drops of Clove essential oil can also help relax you and provide you with comfort through this entire process.
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