A yeast free diet (also known as the Candida Diet), is a natural cleansing diet that combines dietary restrictions with anti-fungal supplements in an effort to detox the body from an overgrowth of yeast.
Since Candida Albicans is one of the most common forms of yeast associated with yeast overgrowth, many people refer to the diet as the anti Candida Diet or simply, the yeast free diet.
In general, this diet plan prohibits use of foods that encourage yeast growth including sugar, yeast, dairy, fruit, fermented and processed foods. Anti-fungal supplements are usually taken to flush out the excess yeast and pro-biotics are often used to re-populate the body with friendly bacteria and to help to keep the naturally occurring yeast in balance.
Time frames for being on a yeast free cleanse can vary by individual from a minimum of three weeks to a permanent diet change depending on the severity of the condition. Periodically purging toxic levels of yeast from the body with a detoxifying Candida cleanse is a great way to support and maintain a natural healthy balance in the organs and body systems.
Candida overgrowth is bad because it signals an imbalance of the friendly bacteria the body uses to hold the naturally occurring yeast in check. Many things including, antibiotics, birth control pills and chemotherapy can actually kill off the healthy flora of helpful bacteria that keep the yeast under control. When the imbalance of healthy bacteria occurs, the Candida can overpopulate causing an overgrowth of yeast.
Yeast overgrowth has been known to cause many symptoms including recurring yeast infections, digestive problems, gas and bloating, headaches, fatigue, frequent illness, depression, mood swings and even joint pain. Severe forms of Candida infection are often referred to as Candidiasis.
Taking a Candida Test is one of the easiest ways to determine if your symptoms could be yeast related. By combining the most common causes and typical symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth the test will give you a score of the likelihood that your symptoms are Candida related. Take the free online Candida Test here.
If you have ever taken antibiotics, birth control pills or undergone chemotherapy you may have some level of Candida overgrowth. You can also develop a yeast issue from over eating processed and refined foods or even acquire it from exposure to others with a yeast imbalance.
If you are ready to get started, the The Yeast Diet Cookbook & Meal Planning Guide is the resource we recommend for delicious recipes and successful meal planning tips for the yeast free diet.
It contains 250 yeast free recipes, a list of foods to avoid and several helpful tips and tools on yeast free eating including a meal planning guide.
It is always a good idea to consult a licensed medical practitioner regarding your specific situation before undergoing any new diet or supplement regimen.
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