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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.)

BREAKFAST:

YES                                                     

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

NO                                          

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

 

SNACK IDEAS:

YES

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)

NO

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

 

FOODS (GENERAL):

YES

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)

NO

Pork

Shellfish: shrimp, lobster, crab (mercury content)

Wheat, wheat products

Rolled oats

Barley

Semolina pasta

Yeast-containing foods (ex. breads, pastries)

White potatoes, russets, yams, sweet potatoes

Margarine

Cheese

Milk

 

OTHER:

YES

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™)

NO

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)

SUPPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS:

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.

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