Avoiding Toxic Mold & Yeast
Some type of mold or yeast fungus disease affects an estimated 50% of people seen as patients, and cause as many diseases as bacteria and viruses.
This affects digestion and the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. Over time, the result is chronic progressive disease such as cardiovascular ailments, arthritis, gout, asthma, allergies, sinusitis, gastritis, tuberculosis, cancer, and more. The most common symptoms include sneezing, wheezing, joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, confusion, rashes, itching, poor memory, numbness, digestive ailments, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, constipation hives, rashes, vaginal yeast infections, and urinary frequency, attacks of anxiety and shaking when hungry, and the symptoms can also be flu-like. Mold can cause fungal diseases of the skin, nails, ears and lungs.
What Causes Candidiasis?
Your client may experience a few of these symptoms or, actually, many are possible if related to a mold or yeast infection. (Candidiasis). This can be caused by a poor diet (high in carbohydrates) and high-stress levels, which keep feeding the yeast overgrowth. Mold can grow on bread or cheese, overripe fruit, vegetables, grains, and other foods, and then obtain food to thrive by absorbing minerals, sugars, and water from decaying matter on which they live.
What is Candida Albicans?
Candida albicans is a harmless yeast that naturally lives in everyone’s gastrointestinal tract, mucous membranes, and on the skin. It lives there in a symbiotic world in a healthy person’s body but when your body’s eco-system becomes unbalanced, Candida overgrowth can occur, thus allowing it to attack any organ or system in your body, primarily targeting the nerves and muscles but can attack any body tissue or organ depending on your body’s predisposition.
How to Reduce Yeast?
Dietary changes can help reduce yeast as well as can a number of herbs and supplements and can promote a healthy digestive tract. Studies have shown that herbs such as garlic, barberry, oregano, Oregon grape and goldenseal, as well as the fatty acid caprylic acid, can inhibit the growth of yeast.
In case there is evidence of mold allergy, a four-day rotation diet is recommended to minimize contact with allergens. This is a diet where foods are eaten once every four days. Foods that may contain mold are peanuts, beef, tomatoes, citrus fruits, chocolate, soy, MSG, sulfites, and aspartame (Nutrasweet/Equal).
This diet restricts foods that contain yeast and gluten, brown rice, popcorn, corn products, honey, smoked, dried, pickled, and cured foods such as buttermilk and sour cream, (live-cultured yogurt helps to replenish your bacterial intestinal bacteria), no aged cheese of any kind – (some cheeses are okay if milk is not a problem, e.g. cottage cheese, mozzarella, provolone, ricotta, and farmer’s cheese).
Foods to Avoid
Avoid eggs, beef, corn, and potatoes, mushrooms, nuts or nut butter (except almonds and almond butter), fruit juices, (frozen fruit juice is fine), dried or candied fruit and coffee, black tea, caffeine, cider, and homemade root beer (commercial root beer is fine). No canned tomatoes, unless homemade. Avoid citric acid, (which is a very common food additive; not derived from citrus fruit) and eat leftovers within 24 hours.
Many contain either yeast or mold (Rice hulls can be moldy). Organic foods, although much better for the body (affected by toxic mold due to the lack of chemicals) tend to mold more quickly as they lack artificial preservatives. Recommend bottled water. Tap water contains mold. Try to drink distilled or reverse osmosis water as it retains the good bacteria in the digestive tract. To fight Candida it is best to reduce all foods high in carbohydrates; sugars and starches in order to starve the Candida yeast. Wheat does not directly feed yeast but since it is a common food sensitivity it is a good idea to eliminate it in the beginning.
The causes of Candida overgrowth can be antibiotics, steroids such as cortisone, prednisone, birth-control pills, and estrogen replacement therapy, poor diet, chemotherapy, radiation, stress, and alcohol over-use. Avoid all chemical foods and drugs. Strong antibiotics, steroids, corticosteroids, and tobacco must be avoided. This diet is necessary for the first critical weeks. This is the only way to deprive the yeast of nutrients and kill it off. Symptoms are often worsening in damp and/or moldy places.
Candida Cleansing Diet
The Candida cleansing diet should include the following foods, in the correct proportions:
- 65% high fiber, low starch vegetables such as broccoli, celery, radish, and asparagus. Consume plenty of fresh steamed vegetables, especially onions, garlic, ginger root, cabbage, carrots, peas, sweet potato, cauliflower, and yams. Onions and garlic are very good antifungals. All root vegetables should be peeled.
- The 20% Group – foods that are high protein – such as antibiotic-free fish, fowl, nuts, seeds, and eggs. Note: spray all nuts and seeds with a solution of 15-30 drops GSE (grapeseed extract) in 2-cups water to kill any aflatoxins mold or fungus that may be present. All nuts should be roasted.
- 10% complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, beans, millet, amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat.
- 5% fruit; papaya pineapple, grapefruit, peaches, pears, and all types of berries.
Other acceptable foods are seafood and sea vegetables, olive oil, eggs mayonnaise, white rice, soy and vegetable pastas, white rice cakes and crackers, some citrus fruit, herb teas, and unsweetened cranberry juice.
This type of diet also reduces the unpleasant effects of headaches, nausea, and fatigue, known as the “herxhiemer reaction,” which are caused by the release of toxins when pathogenic microbes “die-off.”
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