Yeast–Free/Candida

Everyone has Candida, and a significant proportion of us may have Candidiasis, or an overgrowth of Candida. Candida begins to cause trouble when your body changes in some way that allows it to overgrow.

This change could be anything from antibiotics, an extended diet rich in carbohydrates and sugar, or even something as common as a long period of stress at work.

Leaky Gut Syndrome ties closely to Candida overgrowth, suggesting it may be a factor to your allergies. Symptoms of a Candida overgrowth may include weight gain, food cravings, fatigue, gas and a slew of other complaints. Candida Albicans is a form of yeast that is part of the gut flora that live in your mouth and intestine. As the yeast gets out of control, it weakens the intestinal wall, infiltrates the blood stream, and releases its toxic byproducts throughout the body.

There is good news here: it's treatable.

The first step in treating Candida is a low-sugar diet. This is because sugar is one of the major causes of Candida overgrowth (as yeast cells thrive off of it), and our modern Western diet tends to be full of it. Through a strict diet and supplemental regimen, we will help combat the Candida overgrowth.

What is yeast?
Yeasts are single-celled organisms closely related to molds – both of which are classified in the Kingdom Fungi.

Why a yeast–free diet?
The object of this diet is to minimize your exposure to these foods, to whatever extent is practical, helpful, or necessary for you. It follows that many people who must avoid yeast find they do best avoiding molds as well. By following these guidelines, you can effectively decrease your intake of yeast and mold, let your system reset its microbial balance, and alleviate your symptoms of systemic yeast overgrowth.

How do I get started?​

  1. Get acquainted and comfortable with the list of approved foods. We recommend you focus on what you can eat rather than what you can't. This slight change of perspective will help you thrive on the yeast–free diet.

  2. Create a plan. Decide in advance what you want to eat and buy what you need to prepare as much as possible in advance. For example, set aside Sunday afternoon to prepare some items for the week. Having food ready and accessible will make it easier to stick with the diet.

  3. Work the plan. Pack your lunch and snacks for work. Allow time for supper or prepare in advance if you know you'll need it on the go. Choose to stay on the yeast–free diet.


What can I expect?
The yeast–free diet is designed to rid your body of toxic substances; you will be detoxing.

You can expect the first few days to seem fairly simple and you may experience improved mood and energy. The yeast–free diet may seem pretty easy! However, it's common for individuals to experience withdrawal symptoms by the third or fourth day. Please know this is your body's normal response to detoxing. It may be unpleasant, but the results are worth it.

It's critical to take care of yourself, rest, and stick with the yeast–free diet especially during the toughest days.

How can I minimize the withdrawal symptoms?

  1. Find a support system. Your closest friends are likely to be very supportive of your efforts once they know how much this process will help you address your health issues.

  2. Take a break from your workout routine. Your body will have enough to deal with during the initial phases of the yeast–free diet. Give it a rest from any additional stress.

  3. Sleep more. Sleep is our natural time for repair. Plan ahead to get extra rest.

  4. Drink water. It is very important to keep your body hydrated. Water is your best option for hydration and it aids in flushing toxins from the body.

Foods to Include or Exclude

The following charts pertains to Phase One that lasts two weeks and Phase Two that may be followed for an indefinite amount of time.

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