Cleansing Diets, Part 3: The Yeast Cleansing Diet

Cleansing Diets, Part 3: The Yeast Cleansing DietHerbal cleansing is a safe and effective way to help eliminate harmful yeasts, parasites and other unfriendly organisms from the body. If allowed to thrive and grow out of control, such opportunistic microbes may cause health issues such as fatigue, brain fog, sugar cravings, unexplained aches and pains, gas and bloating, as well as recurrent vaginal yeast infections or bladder infections. Below is a list of simple diet recommendations to follow during a yeast or parasite cleanse.

General Diet Recommendations during a Yeast/Parasite Cleanse

Overall, stick to fresh vegetables (raw or lightly steamed) and lean proteins such as organic (or natural) chicken, turkey, beef, fish and eggs. Legumes (except peanuts) are also a healthy source of protein and complex carbohydrates. Avoid shellfish, as many types of shellfish can harbor harmful bacteria and mercury.

Wheat alternatives* may include quinoa, amaranth, millet, spelt, teff, basmati rice and khorasan wheat.  These make excellent pastas and hot cereals and can often be found in your local health food store and some grocery stores. Soups and stews are also excellent during a yeast/parasite cleanse. Remember to practice healthy food combining (See Cleansing Diets, Part 1) and digestion will be greatly improved. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of purified water each day to help flush your system.

What Can I Eat? A Quick Overview (Serving sizes are typically ½-cup.)



Sprouted grain breads: (millet, quinoa, flax made with baking soda)

Steel cut oats (for oatmeal)

Fruit: Granny Smith apples, lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberries

Nut butters (ex. almond)                                              

Legumes: includes hummus, beans (black, kidney, navy, adzuki, any type of dried bean)

Butter, ghee (clarified butter)

Eggs (natural/organic are best), eat sparingly – a few times a week


Wheat grains, wheat products

Fruit juices; fermented beverages such as ciders

All other fruit, fresh or dried

Alcoholic beverages

Sodas, coffee

Milk: includes milk products, sour cream, buttermilk, cheeses

Peanuts, pistachios




Plain, organic yogurt

Unsweetened kefir                                            

Unsweetened carob

Herbal teas (ex. chamomile, peppermint, pau d’arco)

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (soaked overnight, preferably raw)

Carrot sticks, celery sticks

Almonds (preferably raw)

Almond butter

Unbuttered fresh-popped popcorn                       

All fresh vegetables (raw or lightly steamed)

Green vegetable juices (with lemon Granny Smith apples to taste)


Fruit or fruit juices

Caffeinated teas

Nuts (nuts in general are acidic and hard to digest)

Peanuts, peanut butter

Microwave popcorn (typically contains harmful hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils)

Carrot juice, beet juice, tomato juice, tomatoes

Canned vegetables, mushrooms




Lean meats: beef, chicken, turkey (organic is best, or no antibiotics/hormones)

All fish: deep-sea white fish and salmon are particularly good

Yeast-free grains: millet, quinoa, basmati rice, amaranth, brown rice, khorasan wheat, teff, buckwheat, rye

Yeast-free grain cereals: UNSWEETENED (no fruit juice or other sweeteners)

Red-skinned potatoes (sparingly)

Olive oil, flaxseed oil (cold-pressed if possible)



Shellfish: shrimp, lobster, crab (mercury content)

Wheat, wheat products

Rolled oats


Semolina pasta

Yeast-containing foods (ex. breads, pastries)

White potatoes, russets, yams, sweet potatoes







Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk                       

Tofu (if tolerated well)

Rice, soy, almond cheeses

Goat milk, goat cheeses, goat kefir                         

Bragg® Liquid Aminos (in place of soy sauce)

Raw apple cider vinegar                                                                              

Rice flour, rye flour, soy flour

Beans (in conjunction with DigestMORE™ Ultra or Gas STOP™)


Artificial sweeteners: (ex. aspartame, Sweet’N Low® and NutraSweet®)

Sugars: honey, maltose, raw sugar, date sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, maple syrup, maple sugar, fructose, molasses, lactose, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, sucrose

Condiments, sauces, vinegar-containing foods (ex. mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, pickles, MSG)

Tomato sauce (or sauce with tomatoes)

Packaged/processed foods (including enriched flour products)

Malt-containing products (including malted milk drinks, cereals, some candy)


ParaZYME™ is recommended after meals to promote intestinal lining health. It contains an added protein matrix, probiotics (acidophilus/bifidus), HCL and plant enzymes (for digestion).

DigestMORE™ Ultra and Gas STOP™ are recommended as needed to help digest beans and other gas-forming foods.

*NOTE: Wheat sensitivity is often due to the high gluten content in certain types of wheat. Many species of the wheat family such as (unprocessed) spelt and khorasan have a much lower gluten content and are therefore a better alternative.

Food for Thought: Vibrant Health Begins in the Gut

When was the last time you really thought about the health of your digestive system? If you’re like most people, keeping your insides in tip top shape probably isn’t at the top of your to-do list. But what if we told you that what goes on in your digestive tract can significantly impact the way you feel every day?

More than 70 percent of your natural immune defenses are found in your gut, which means that the more efficiently your body is able to digest the foods you eat, the healthier you will be. When digestive function is at its peak, food is broken down completely, valuable nutrients are absorbed, and waste and toxins are eliminated from the body through regular, healthy bowel movements.

In recent decades poor digestion has become a growing problem in the America, mainly due to the overconsumption of high-fat, processed foods loaded with refined sugars and preservatives. These foods can slow the digestive process and lead to a buildup of waste and toxins in the colon, resulting in digestive problems such as heartburn, gas and bloating, diarrhea and constipation, which may in turn contribute to weight gain, yeast overgrowth, low energy, brain fog and more.

Educating yourself about the benefits of healthy digestion is the first step toward taking back control of your body and your health. In addition to good eating habits and getting plenty of exercise, natural digestive care supplements can help establish and maintain optimum digestive function to help you achieve lasting wellness.

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