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The title of this article mentions Candida yeast but the information contained here is effective for all types of fungi. During the previous week I talked twice about fungi infections such as candida yeast. Firstly, in my article about how unbalanced use of antibiotics is damaging your health. Secondly as part of a series of daily weight loss tips I talked about how parasitic fungi like candida yeast can be the source of serious cravings for food and drink that are high in sugar or that are quickly converted into sugar in your blood after consumption.

Today, as promised, I’m going to talk about how you can overcome a parasitic fungi infection such as candida yeast by observing a restricted diet for a limited time period. Sometime in the next few days I’ll also talk about some natural anti-fungal products that I have personally used.

What about if you’re not sure if you actually have a fungus infection such as candida yeast or not? Probably the simplest way to find out is to stick to the following dietary guide for 14 days. If by the end of that period you feel better then you have in a long time then chances are you had a fungus problem.

Just as a precaution you should know that anyone with kidney disease, anyone who is pregnant or breast feeding, and children should consult with a doctor before undertaking the following diet. Also those of you who do serious amounts of exercise may need to cut back during the period of restricted diet.

What You Can Expect
During the first few days of following the restricted diet you may experience what is commonly known as a healing crisis. This is when the fungi really start to die off and that die-off, depending on the severity of the fungus infection, can make you feel rather sick.

Symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, gastro-intestinal distress such as nausea, gas, bloating, diarrhea or constipation, low-grade fever, headache, sore throat, body itch, muscle and / or joint soreness or pain, and feeling as if coming down with the flu. If you do have a fungus problem and you stick it out you should feel much better within a few days.

What You Can Do About It
You should know there are things you can do to alleviate the more severe symptoms. Drink lots of water, as much as three or four liters a day. Temporarily reduce or stop taking anti-fungal remedies. Take quality organic psyllium fiber because the fiber will help you eliminate the dead fungi as well as bind fungal poisons.

Another substance that binds fungal poisons (mycotoxins) is charcoal. You should also ensure you rest as much as possible. Preferably get to bed before 10:30 each night. Worst case you may try eating just a little brown rice to slow the rate of die-off.

The 14-Day Diet
So, if I haven’t put you off, lets now take a look the restricted 14-day diet. All sugar is excluded and that includes anything that contains sugar. If you must use a sweetener use a herbal one such as Stevia and not excitotoxins such as Aspartame. The only fruit you can have are green apples, berries, avocados, grapefruit, lemons and limes. All others including fruit juice is off limits.

You can eat virtually all meat except breaded meats. Eggs are good. Don’t eat margarine or any other butter substitute. When it comes to dairy stay away from milk and cheese but you can have butter and sugar free yogurt. You can eat just about all fresh vegetables except potatoes and legumes (beans and peas). All soda is out including diet soda. As is coffee and tea. Drink water.

No grains are allowed. This means no pasta, rice, corn, wheat, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, oats, and barley. As are all yeast products such as bread, mushrooms, pastries and alcohol. Be especially careful of hydrolyzed yeast and yeast extract, which is an additive in many processed foods.

You can have oils such as olive oil, flax seed oil and coconut oil. Peanuts are a big no-no as are all peanut containing products and pistachios. You can have raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pecans.

You can see that the foods available to be eaten on this restricted 14-day diet are predominantly vegetables, protein and fat. Be especially careful of all the different names sugar parades under including lactose, sucrose, glucose, maltodextrose, maltose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, honey and maple syrup.

What Should I Do After the 14-Days
After 14 days when you are feeling much better gradually reintroduce one new food at a time. Listen to your body and if you have a reaction to a reintroduced food cut it out. Chances are you’re either allergic to it or it is feeding the fungi.

The 14-day restricted diet will greatly reduce the fungi numbers allowing you to then continue to keep them in check through a diet low in sugar. The good news is you should be past the worst of the sugar cravings.

Start with beans and peas but still no potatoes. Continue to stay away from soda of all types, and tea and coffee. Grains you can reintroduce include oats, brown rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, barley, flour tortillas, and a small amount of sourdough bread. Continue to not consume any corn or bread containing yeast.

Making it through the first 14-day period can be tough. Stick with it and tough it out. Your health is not a game. The quality of your health will be a massive determinate of the quality of your entire life. Once you make it through to the other side of 14 days you will have a fantastic chance to really improve your health. It will provide you with a great opportunity to stay on top of your diet and your health.

You will certainly also want to take a look at some effective anti-fungal remedies that you can take in addition to dietary measures to really kill the fungi that are in your body. Best of luck!

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