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Food Intolerance to Yeast

This blog goes into a little more details that the general information on my website in the Food Intolerance section.

I would like to discuss here food intolerance to yeast. To be intolerant to something like eggs e.g. makes it simple, as you just stop eating eggs and anything that has eggs as ingredients. However to be intolerant to yeast is a totally different story, as it will include many more foods that you will need to avoid.

Also, if you are intolerant to yeast, it worth to check out whether you have Candida infection, as a reaction to yeast might also indicate an overgrowth of Candida present somewhere in your body and that is why your immune system is reacting to yeast.

Some typical symptoms of candida overgrowth: skin and nail fungal infection, feeling tired or suffering from chronic fatigue, digestive issues like bloating, constipation or diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, skin issues such as eczema or psoriasis, or simple rashes, irritability, mood swings, vaginal or urinary tract infections, rectal or vaginal itching, strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings.

You are probably asking what the reason must be for a Candida overgrowth: maybe your gut bacteria got out of balance, you have high stress lifestyle, and your diet might be high in refined carbohydrates and sugar, or high alcohol intake.

What can you do if you are intolerant to yeast and/or have Candida in your body? There are a few steps you can take:

  • Have a series of Colonic Hydrotherapy sessions to eliminate the bad bacteria from your gut.
  • Have a course of strong probiotics to rebalance your gut flora
  • Take herb supplements recommended for people with an overgrowth of Candida (including powerful extracts from cinnamon bark, olive leaf, fennel seed and oregano)
  • Change your diet – for at least twelve week or until your symptoms disappear and reintroduce cautiously.

I will list food items that you should be avoiding and those that are safe to consume. However, it is worth to invest in some recipe books for Candida diet. You will feel overwhelmed first when you see all the food you cannot consume under a Candida diet, however, if you find tasty recipes of beautiful healthy food you can eat, you realize it can even become a fun journey on experiencing with new recipes. My recommendation is Rebecca Richardson book: “Candida can be fun.” http://www.candidacanbefun.co.uk/

 

Products to be avoided:

  • Most bread products are prepared with yeast, so it must be avoided, unless they are prepared with baking powder or baking soda as a leaving agent.
  • Cereals might contain malt, which can also trigger flare-ups and they are also often high in sugar content, and sugar feeds yeast.
  • Dairy, as it contains lactose, which is a form of sugar should be avoided, except for high quality (preferably home-made) live kefir and yogurt that will help rebalancing the gut flora;
  • Ripe or molded cheese is a no-no, as yeast is a type of fungi and we should avoid molded food; or fungi – so mushrooms are in the no-no category as well (you can sparingly have shiitake mushroom, as it helps boost the immune system).
  • Fruits that contain high levels of sugar: dates, figs, grapes, plums, bananas, cherries, pears, mango, pineapple – can worsen symptoms because sugar enhances the natural yeast in the body
  • Melons (watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe) often contains mold, thus to be avoided
  • Fruits in the form of dried (raisins, apricots), ripe, fermented or pre-made sauce or dessert to be avoided because of their high concentration of sugar. Same with store brought fruit juices.
  • Biscuits, sweets, honey, maple sugar or chocolate – they all have too much sugar that feeds yeast
  • Wholegrains to be also avoided until your yeast problem is under control
  • Nuts to be avoided – some contain mold, mostly cashews and walnuts
  • Beans – they are hard to digest and if tins are used contain additives and sugar – consume in moderation, but soak and cook your own
  • Processed meats – some contain sugar, or even bread, thus to be avoided
  • Vinegar and salad dressings and products containing vinegar such as pickles, mayonnaise, chutneys, ketchup, relish, olives in vinegar
  • Stock – most stock cubes and gravies should be avoided, and marmite as it is a yeast-based spread
  • Alcohol that is produced by fermentation such as beer, wine, cider is to be avoided. Gin and vodka can be usually tolerated as they are distilled, but the best to avoid alcohol totally.
  • Vitamin-B tablets unless market “yeast-free”; in general check the ingredients label on any supplements you take as they might contain sugar or yeast.
  • Anything opened and stored for a long period, e.g. jams may develop yeasts on the surface

 

So you are now asking what to eat:

  • All low starch vegetables such as peppers, artichokes, leafy greens and any veggies in the cabbage family are good choices, as well as broccoli, cucumber, kale.
  • All low sugar containing fruits like tomatoes, avocadoes or berries are the best, but some other low sugar fruits should be alright in moderation
  • Protein in form of chicken, fish, beef, and shellfish can be consumed as well as eggs.
  • High fibre grains as buckwheat, millet and quinoa are better choices for a yeast intolerance diet
  • Peppermint tea can fight excess yeast production in your body
  • Garlic and onion have antibacterial and antifungal properties, so they are very beneficial in a candida diet – juice ½ lemons with 2 cloves of garlic and drink before bed.

List of veggies you can eat: asparagus, beet greens, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, eggplant, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, parsley, parsnips, celery, garlic, radishes, snow peas, spinach, string beans, Swiss chard, fresh tomatoes, turnips.

Meat, seafood you can eat: lean cut beef, chicken, cod, lamb, mackerel, lean cut pork, salmon, sardines, shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab), tofu, tuna, turkey, veal, wild game

Unprocessed nuts, seeds and oils you can eat cautiously: almonds, Brazil nuts, flaxseeds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, butter (in moderation), cold-pressed and unrefined oils 

Grains & Grain Substitutes you can eat cautiously: barley, corn (might have mold), kamut, millet, oats, brown rice, spelt, teff, wheat, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa

 

If you would like to figure out whether you are intolerant to yeast ask Andrea about a food intolerance testing.

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