Did you know many americans have an overgrowth of yeast and mold in their blood and tissues? Both yeast and mold are types of fungi. Foods that feed yeast/mold and lead to overgrowth include: sweets, soda, cheese (contains mold that feeds yeast), yeast containing foods (like bread, baked goods, wine, beer), fruit juices and some fruits, honey, vinegar, fermented products, artificial sweeteners, refined carbohydrates, corn and other grains, potatoes and other root vegetables, sugars like lactose (milk products) and glucose and fructose (fruits), peanuts and other nuts like cashews and pistachios (this is due to the way they are harvested...they contain toxic mold called aflatoxins that have been linked to cancer and other pathologies).
In attempting to obtain optimum health, it's important to eat a low-fungus diet. If you suspect you have fungus overgrowth in your body, you may need to stay on a very strict "anti-fungal" diet for a few months. It is wise to follow up that diet with a low fungus diet that can be less strict once you get your fungus overgrowth in control. Once you've had fungus overgrowth in your body, you may be more susceptible to getting it again. Fungus (yeast/mold) overgrowth in the body has been linked to many diseases including CANCER!
Currently we are doing a lean challenge at the gym and many members are following the four rules Ben gave us (no gluten, no dairy, plenty of water, and no sugar). All four of these rules should be followed if you are trying to clear fungus from your body. Some members are taking their lean challenge a step further and are doing the Whole 30 Challenge. The Whole 30 Challenge is also compatible with an anti-fungal diet, however, there are some extra rules that need to be followed. For example, in addition to avoiding all the foods not allowed on the Whole 30 Program, you should also avoid fruits, vinegars, and starches (carrots and potatoes etc) if you are following an anti-fungal diet.
You can also include herbs and supplements to your regime to help your immune system clear away the fungus in your body faster (see list below). Fungus is a dangerous pathogen, just like bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Symptoms of fungus overgrowth include:
Weight gain or extra weight that won't come off
Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea
Skin issues: eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc
Sensitivity to chemicals or smells like perfume, candles, etc
Anger, irritability, anxiety, depression, mood swings
Nail fungus or foot fungus (athlete's foot)
Skin fungal infections (athlete's foot, ringworm, etc)
Recurring vaginal yeast infections
Feeling tired, especially in the afternoon
Autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, etc
Recurrent urinary tract infections
Cravings for sweets or carbs
Seasonal allergies, itchy ears
If you suspect a fungus overgrowth, try adhering to this anti-fungal diet for two weeks and see how you feel. If you do have fungus overgrowth, you will feel way worse for the first week. You will start feeling better than before after the first week. You should notice your symptoms lessening by the end of the two weeks. Here is the basic anti-fungal diet:
Vegetables (no peppers, no potatoes, no tomatoes, no avocados, no carrots, no winter squashes)
Meat (no cured or marinated meats)
No peanuts, pistachios or cashews
No vinegar or alcohol (the least fungus feeding alcohols are the clear hard alcohols like vodka and tequila)
No sugars, sweeteners, honey, syrup...nothing that tastes sweet at all
No coffee or black tea (green tea is allowed) (If you must have your coffee, try using the "Bulletproof" brand because it has the least amount of fungus. You can purchase it at www.upgradedself.com
Try using lemon juice instead of vinegar
Herbs and supplements that can be beneficial if taken in correct dosages include:
Grapefruit seed extract
Diatomaceous earth (food grade)
Aloe Vera (unsweetened)
I will be posting some anti-fungal recipes periodically. I will mark them as "Anti-Fungal" at the bottom of the recipe!