It's a simple fact that all of us are exposed to environmental pollutants on a daily basis. Toxins exist in the very air we breathe and the water we drink.
Unfortunately, the food we eat is also a major source of toxins that come from fertilizers and pesticides. Toxins like lead, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, mercury, dioxin, and even radioactive material are present in alarming quantities in our food supply.
These toxins pass easily into our food supply. Read on to find out how toxins pollute food products and about the Candida detox diet that can help to rid your body of harmful toxins and yeasts.
Although regulated, fertilizer manufacturers routinely use industrial wastes to make their products. These wastes contain some beneficial substances like nitrogen and lime that are traditional components of plant fertilizers.
The problem is that industrial wastes can also contain heavy metals like arsenic and pesticides like dioxin. These materials enter our food supply "under the radar" because of a loophole in the regulatory structure.
Disposal of industrial wastes in landfills is highly regulated but resale of that same waste is not. So rather than disposing of wastes in an environmentally sound but costly way, industries can circumvent the laws and regulations by selling the same untreated waste to fertilizer manufacturers. In 2003, the Oregon Toxic Alliance web site estimated that more than six hundred companies from 44 states mix over 270 million pounds of hazardous waste with fertilizer as a cheap and unregulated means of disposal.
It is all too easy to find toxins in agricultural products. Heavy metals and dioxins in fertilizers can accumulate in agricultural soils where they are taken up by plants. Soil erosion leaches toxins into surface waters used to water crops. Lettuce, corn and wheat absorb cadmium. Root crops such as potatoes absorb arsenic. Fruits and grains take up lead. Pollution is so endemic to our food supply that it is virtually impossible not to ingest these toxins on a daily basis. And if these toxins build up in our soil and water, imagine what is happening in our bodies!
So, what are the effects of this toxic build up in our systems? The symptoms of toxic build up vary widely and can effect virtually any organ or system in the body.
One major area concern is the circulatory system where elevated LDL and triglycerides can combine with reduce HDL to put you at risk for stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure. Toxins can cause imbalances in the body, leading to indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and hemorrhoids. You also should be concerned about gall stones and gall bladder disease. You may experience the inability to lose weight, or the opposite, excess weight gain.
Body toxins can effect blood sugar levels, leading to hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Long-term effects of hyperglycemia include heart disease, stroke or kidney disease. Hypoglycemia contributes to obesity, asthma, arthritis and ulcers. You may develop depression, mood changes, food and chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia because of toxins in your body.
Toxins also contribute to recurrent headaches including migraine, recurrent infections, allergies, sinus problems, asthma and hay fever, leaving our bodies vulnerable to attacks by hostile microorganisms and harmful yeasts like Candida albicans.
Candida albicans is a type of yeast that is normally present in our bodies in sub-toxic quantities. The fungus is typically found on the skin and in mucous membranes like the vagina, mouth or rectum. Candida also can travel through the bloodstream and affect the throat, intestines, and heart valves. The exact mechanism that triggers a Candida infection is not clear, but we do know that it can multiply out of control in our bodies and that it may involve the overuse of antibiotics and steroids.
Periodically purging toxins and harmful yeasts like Candida from your body with a Candida cleanse detox diet regimen is a great way to support and maintain a healthy balance in your body's organs and systems.
We have found the Yeast Diet makes it easy for you to reach this balance by eating a nutritious combination of foods that work with your body to rid it of toxins and Candida yeast. Once your body is purified, you can use the Yeast Diet to prevent further invasive yeast infections and toxin build up.
First - do not eat any foods that are made with or might contain yeast. This includes bread, cheese, mushrooms and beer. Avoid foods containing gluten (if you have a gluten allergy), dairy and vinegar. Substitute non-starchy vegetables, protein like fish, poultry or red meat and most nuts and seeds (avoiding peanuts and pistachios).
Second - you need to stop eating foods that encourage the proliferation of Candida. Foods high in refined white sugar are the main culprits here. Sugar just feeds the yeast and raises your blood glucose level. White sugar has no food value or nutrients and depletes important minerals like calcium in the body. Brown sugar and raw sugar have a similar effect, but to a lesser extent. It's best to avoid all refined sugars completely.
Then there is the question of simple sugars, like those found in most fruits. This is a matter of choice, but common sense says that if sugars, even the sugars in fruit, are feeding the yeast, it makes sense to steer clear of them altogether. Some practitioners of the yeast free diet also avoid refined carbohydrates like white flour and pasta made from white flour.
Third - increase your intake of probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are live microorganisms that enhance and encourage the growth of "good bacteria", especially in the intestines. This bacterium helps regulate your immune system and control the growth and proliferation of harmful yeasts like Candida.
Probiotics can be taken in capsule form, but bear in mind that the capsules are highly perishable and require refrigeration. To create an optimal environment for probiotics and other good bacteria, you should eat foods rich in prebiotics. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that are not digestible. In the intestines, they ferment and provide food for probiotics. Although prebiotics can be taken in supplement form, foods such as unprocessed wheat and barley, soybeans, raw oats and Jerusalem artichokes are rich in prebiotics.
Look for a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid right here on this web site along with recipes to use on the cleanse.
Depending on how long you've had symptoms and how severe your symptoms are, you should stay on the yeast detox diet for a minimum of three weeks. If you have a stubborn or difficult infection, it may take a few months for you to experience noticeable improvement. Talk to your doctor about a plan that will meet your individual needs.
Once your symptoms are under control, you can begin gradually to reintroduce restricted foods into your diet.
Besides the probiotic and prebiotic supplements mentioned above, taking a anti fungal supplement can help flush the yeast overgrowth from the system and combat ongoing growth.
See more information on supplements for the Candida cleanse here.
Although toxins and yeast can build up in the body, causing a variety of symptoms from minor to serious, it is possible to purge them and return to a healthy and balanced way of life.
The Yeast Diet's approach is drug-free and based on common-sense principles. Check out the other information on our web site, including our food lists and recipes, to see how you can remove Candida and other harmful substances from your body using this simple dietary approach.