What Should Eating Gluten Free Mean?

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It should mean getting back to basics of eating real foods that our ancestors ate 100 years ago or more, but with some twists. Not buying up all the trendy gluten free products on the store shelves.When a loaf of bread or bagels weren’t filled with artificial ingredients and preservatives with high sugar contents.

Everything now is made to be so fast and convenient but not many of us even read what the ingredients are.We eat at all these fast food places that have souped up sauces, bread on top of breaded meats,and french fries that live forever when dropped under the seats of our vehicles. More than half the things on store shelves have ingredients we can’t even pronounce, let alone do we know what they are.

As someone who has had Crohns Disease for 28 years it has been trial and error to just stay away from all the junk out there. All the artificial ingredient filled breads,cookies and fast foods are always so tempting. Gluten is added unnecessarily to thicken things like meats, sauces, soups and boxed foods. Then add in the extra artificial sugars and outrageous amounts of sodium to food products, so that our bodies can’t even process it to get proper nutrients.

There are so many diseases like diabetes, ADHD, IBS, and more that can benefit from eating real food like meat,fruit and vegetables. We don’t always need to eat all the bread, pasta and rice. If you do want grains without all the gluten try Ronzoni mixed grain pasta and real rice. The tough one is bread because there aren’t many gluten free bakeries and the store stuff is outrageous. It is however easy to make real bread at home. A Betty Crocker Cookbook has a REAL bread recipe which  has all purpose flour, 1-2 tbsp. sugar, salt, butter or shortening, yeast, and water or milk. That’s what real bread used to be, but there are also gluten free all purpose flours for making bread.

WELL GOOD LUCK IF YOUR JOURNEY TO BETTER HEALTH INCLUDES BECOMING GLUTEN FREE.

Are We unknowingly Gluttons for Gluten?

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Why do so many doctors in the US ignore that many more people than you think are affected by gluten? It is because they are backed by big pharmaceutical and food companies, plus not taught the importance of  food intolerances on health. Other countries like Australia, Ireland,Italy, Finland and South America recognize food intolerances, especially gluten.If you have a disease like Crohn’s,Colitis, diabetes,Celiac, autism,thyroid disease, migraines and more, you can vastly improve your health.

Many people don’t even understand just how much gluten is hidden in all of our foods. Since the late 60’s and early 70’s the food industry has introduced more hidden gluten containing foods than people ever used to eat. Almost all of our boxed, bottled and packaged food products have outrageous amounts of gluten and other unnatural ingredients.People used to eat more real homegrown and homemade foods. Now because of stress, poor diet, fast paced lives and different bacteria from other places coming into our lives, the gene has been awakened more in many people.

Gluten is the protein component in wheat, Barley, Rye and a sticky binding substance added to many foods. Many of us have digestive systems that cannot digest gluten protein into amino acid building blocks.When this happens the inside of our intestines become inflamed and release antibodies that can cause a cavalcade of reactions throughout the body. It is estimated that 1 out of 133 Americans have gluten sensitivity or even Celiac disease.The gene for Celiac and gluten intolerance is usually carried throughout a families genetics.

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is a multisystem disorder that has a wide range of symptoms and effects many body functions. The most alarming thing for me is that Celiac disease is often misdiagnosed as Crohns disease, IBS,Chronic fatigue syndrome and acid reflux. I was diagnosed with Crohns disease as a child and have almost all the symptoms listed. Here is a partial list of Celiac indicators:

Abdominal pain, Anemia,constipation,Diarrhea, Distension, Excessive weight loss with a large appetite, excessive weight gain, Fatigue, gas,Headaches,Joint/bone pain, muscle cramps,skin rashes, smelly bowel movements,inside mouth sores, vitamin deficiency, missed periods,delayed puberty and stunted growth in children.

If you are now concerned because your health hasn’t really improved with all the drugs, get tested.There are a few tests for Celiac disease: a blood test that runs the following panel(Antiendomysial antibody, Total serum IgA, Antigliadin antibody,Tissue transglutaminase), an endoscopy biopsy and Human Leukocyte antigen test.

Much of this research came from Dr. Peter Green, Dr. Andrew Weil, Elisabeth Hasselback, Jennifer Esposito

Fistulas and Crohn’s Disease woes

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Since 2011 my Crohn’s disease has been drastically changing. Many things attributed to my declining health. I decided to go to school full time to finish my graphic design degree and I went back to work at a 25 hour plus week job. Then added into all this is friends, family and household time. This cavalcade of stressors lead me to lose sight of eating well and slowing down.

In April 2011 I was hospitalized for a week with an abcess. Then in June 2011 I was transported in an ambulance from my hometown hospital to a bigger hospital for a week due to a UTI infection because the abcess didn’t totally go away.Then it was the same day in June of 2012 that I was again transported to the bigger hospital for a UTI infection and dehydration due to a fistula attached to my colon. In between this I also got Bells Palsy due a nervous system response of being on and off so many antibiotics.Next on August 16, 2013, again I was hospitalized for a UTI due to the same thing. My latest visit to the hospital was March 20th 2014 for the same UTI/ fistula to colon infection.

Each time I have lost 5 to 10 pounds of weight and can’t seem to gain it back. Since 2011 the doctors have wanted me to have surgery to totally remove my colon and the offending fistula. By no means is this a cure for my problems.

In 2013 I graduated with my Associates degree in Graphic Design.Yay, I finally finished my second attempt at a college degree. At the end of April of this year I quit my part-time office job.Now I have slowed down, but at 5ft 1in., I weigh 82lbs and still keep breaking out with UTI’s due to my bladder fistula to colon attachment. I also have changed my diet, but it is hard to not be tempted by flare up foods with kids and family.

My woe for surgery is because In 2008 I had a 3 month temporary colostomy bag and it was the worst experience. Also I have several relatives with ileostomy or colostomy bags who still have horrible Crohn’s or Colitis. Still I’m at a stopping point of what they can do for my Crohns because of the fistula.Surgery is almost inevitable.

Skinny Mini’s Struggle to Gain Weight

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  • Increase your calorie intake, but try not to do so by eating a lot of saturated fat. Skinny women who want to gain weight think they’d be happy with any fat, but fat that is not designated can end up anywhere. Genetics determine where your fat will go so eat more good food, and do it slowly.

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    Pursue lean muscle weight gain by exercising and lifting weights. Hire a trainer to guide you in the right direction. Muscle weighs more than fat and distributes itself evenly.

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    Stay away from treadmills and stair stepper machines. Aerobic type exercises are good for the heart but will not cause weight gain. If anything, you’ll burn more calories and lose more weight.

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    Keep track of the amount of calories you consume in a given week. In order to gain weight, add about 500 calories to your norm. After a few weeks if you do not see a noticeable difference, add 500 more. Do this until you begin gaining weight.

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    Consume 20 to 50 percent of your calories in proteins each day. This food group includes chicken breast, turkey breast, lean beef, eggs, fish and milk.

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    Eat 30 to 60 percent of your calories in carbohydrates, which include, potatoes, brown rice, oats, pasta, whole grains, black beans, sweet corn and broccoli.

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    Make sure to eat 20 to 30 percent of your calories in unsaturated fats and consume avocados, nuts and oils which provide your body with essential fatty acids.

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    Drink a vitamin enriched meal replacement powder if you find it hard to eat six nourishing meals. Check the contents on the container before purchasing. Most of these protein drinks are high in nutritional value.

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    Enable your body to absorb a higher amount of nutrients by eating six times a day rather than the traditional three. This recommendation isn’t just for those trying to lose weight. It has been proven to benefit all people of all sizes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4557005_can-skinny-woman-gain-weight_.html

As a woman with Crohn’s Disease I’m constantly struggling with maintaining a healthy weight. Even as a child I was called skinny Mini because I was so small and skinny. It wasn’t until I was 14 that I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. A cavalcade of Crohn”s complications such as UTI’s, my period, allergies and inflammation have always made it difficult to gain or maintain weight for very long.Now as an adult, I get so tired of seeing and hearing all the commercials about how to lose weight.

  • Pursue lean muscle weight gain by exercising and lifting weights. Hire a trainer to guide you in the right direction. Muscle weighs more than fat and distributes itself evenly.

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    Stay away from treadmills and stair stepper machines. Aerobic type exercises are good for the heart but will not cause weight gain. If anything, you’ll burn more calories and lose more weight.

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    Keep track of the amount of calories you consume in a given week. In order to gain weight, add about 500 calories to your norm. After a few weeks if you do not see a noticeable difference, add 500 more. Do this until you begin gaining weight.

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    Consume 20 to 50 percent of your calories in proteins each day. This food group includes chicken breast, turkey breast, lean beef, eggs, fish and milk.

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    Eat 30 to 60 percent of your calories in carbohydrates, which include, potatoes, brown rice, oats, pasta, whole grains, black beans, sweet corn and broccoli.

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    Make sure to eat 20 to 30 percent of your calories in unsaturated fats and consume avocados, nuts and oils which provide your body with essential fatty acids.

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    Drink a vitamin enriched meal replacement powder if you find it hard to eat six nourishing meals. Check the contents on the container before purchasing. Most of these protein drinks are high in nutritional value.

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    Enable your body to absorb a higher amount of nutrients by eating six times a day rather than the traditional three. This recommendation isn’t just for those trying to lose weight. It has been proven to benefit all people of all sizes.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_4557005_can-skinny-woman-gain-weight_.html

A woman who is underweight can develop many health issues such as a weakened immune system, decreased muscle mass, unhealthy hair, skin and nails, weakened bones and the inability to menstruate. Gaining weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can decrease the probability of these health issues. Women should look for healthy ways to gain weight, rather than gaining weight through increasing fat on their body.

 Throughout the years I can’t even begin to tell you how many people have said you’re so skinny, you should eat more. Little did they know that I have always had a great appetite, but  many times I felt sick after eating foods.Until a few years ago, I never really considered how much of it could be food allergies and intolorences. After food allergy testing it was found that I’m intolerant to most dairy, also the test was inconclusive to gluten and yeast.

  To gain weight, You are going to have to eat far more than before if you want to gain weight.It takes a little extra planning and a different mindset to eat more frequent small meals, especially if you are on the go. Since body composition is 80% diet, you are going to have to eat 5-6 small meals a day or 3 regular meals and snacks in between each. You need to provide lots and lots of proteins for those hormones to synthesize. This will be a new journey that I hope will get you back to wellness.

 Eat healthy fats

Eat plenty of healthy fats to increase your caloric intake. Eat your egg yolks, bananas,nuts,fish, coconut oil and other healthy fats.

 Increase protein intake

Never let your protein intake go lower than 1g/lb of body weight when you are aiming to add long-term muscle. It’s the building block of muscle, and your body is going to be starving for it.

 Foods that help you gain weight

Whole eggs: It is economical and loaded with protein, vitamins A,D, E plus good cholesterol. make hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs and even deviled eggs.

Butter: Butter is linked with long term weight gain. Intake of butter should be in moderation, as regular consumption of butter is bad for your heart.

Fish: The vital fatty acids in tuna contain a host of healthy fats, which not only aid in weight gain but also help in maintaining physical well-being.Sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel, & herring are 5 of the fattiest fish that are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids, known to protect against cardiovascular disease.

Natural fruit and juice: Sip 100-per cent fruit juice that’s low in added sugar and high in nutrients. Also eat fresh or frozen fruit whenever possible.All natural,unsweetened applesauce is also a good way to get your fruit.

Eat lots and lots of healthy vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green and red cabbage
    • Asparagus
    • Kale
    • Spinach
    • Swiss chard
    • Collard greens
    • The herb parsley
    • Red and green lettuce
    • Mustard and turnip greens
      • Peas
      • Lentils
      • Soybeans
      • Lima beans
      • Kidney beans
      • Garbanzo beans
      • And other legumes
  • Leeks
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Scallions
  • Garlic
  • Sweet potatoes and yams
  • Summer and winter squash

Nut Butters– Spread natural peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter on bread or crackers. It gives you approximately 192 calories, plus it is extra high in protein.

Energy bars – Are good for when you are on the go and can’t stop for a proper meal and snack. Find bars with no artificial sugars or none at all. They are loaded with good-for-you nuts and oats.

Smoothies – Invest in a blender if you don’t have one because smoothies are a fast way to combine all your nutrients in a convenient take along meal/snack. You can make a few smoothies ahead of time and freeze them too.

Oil – Adding extra fat to your food is an easy way to add calories, choose olive oil, canola oil, etc. which is good for your health and will add those much needed calories too.

Bananas – One banana contains approximately 100 calories. Not only are bananas rich in carbs and nutritious, they’re also great for workout fuel.

 Daily tips to gain weight

Include three to four servings of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. It is best to consume fruits in their natural form to get all the nutrients.

Make sure you get enough rest.

Oats: A bowl of oatmeal is the perfect nutritious breakfast. It is high in fiber, and it also provides the body with vital nutrients.

Yogurt: The healthy fruit-flavored, yogurt can give you as much as 118 calories. Include it in your daily diet for quick weight gain. If lactose or milk intolerant, buy soy, goat milk or other alternative

Chew food slowly to properly improve digestion.

  • Avoid excessive intake of beverages such as coffee and tea immediately after meals, as this hinders the absorption of minerals like iron.

Gain muscle mass. It’s a good idea to continue to exercise while you attempt to gain weight the healthy way. However, it’s probably best to lay off the cardio (which burns those hard-earned calories) and focus on strength training instead (which builds muscle mass and helps you to gain weight).

  • Strength training includes working with weights and performing exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bench presses, bicep curls, crunches, chin-ups and leg curls. Do not do high energy workouts such as zumba, aerobics and running that helps you lose weight.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Soothing foods for IBD

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Some of my favorite things to eat to sooth my IBD is: sweet potatoes, Avocado, Hot Blended oatmeal, rice, blended soups, spanikopitas, scrambled eggs,unsweetened applesauce, pure dark chocolate,pineapple, cherries, blueberries, grilled/baked cod or salmon, and well cooked veggies such as carrots and broccoli.

This week I finally went online to find out how to make blended oatmeal. It is so easy to make and easy on my GI tract. All you do is grind 1/2 a cup of oatmeal in a coffee grinder or blender, add 1 cup of water or non dairy milk alternative, put in a small pan to cook on the stove for  about 8-10 minutes while stirring occasionally or place in a rice cooker. add your favorite sweeteners like Agave, Honey, brown sugar.

Blended soups are also wonderful when you need soothing food.Sometimes I make soups with chicken, beef or vegetable broth. First I steam veggies in a pan. while that’s going I saute onions and garlic in a pan. when all is cooked I blend it up in a blender with turmeric, salt,pepper and whatever other favorite spices.

Other times I use coconut milk for my cream soups. I usually steam broccoli or asparagus in a pan. Then I blend up the veggies with about a cup of coconut milk, spices and some of the water from steaming veggies. MMM good!

Well these are some of my tips for now.

 

 

 

Pursuing Dreams and Passion

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Today is the day towards my future tomorrows. I have begun my journey to doing what I love to live a happy and healthy life. I’ve given notice at my conventional office retail job to pursue my arts/crafts,childcare and wellness.I feel a weight being lifted that I can concentrate on the things that are important in my life. My Health, family and to work as an artist are my priorities. Getting “Back to Basics” and “KISS” of life is where it’s at. Happy successful people say do what you love because no amount of money will ever make you happy if you don’t love your life.Success and money will follow if that is the goal to part of life’s passion.

When I began this journey it started as a conscious effort of what I eat. All 100% natural food and drinks to eat in my house. Also to listen to my body’s cue of how I’m feeling. There are a few small food exceptions for the kids and my husband. In August when I was hospitalized I threw out all harsh house cleaning and personal hygiene products. This time it’s about whole health and wellness for my family, so that I’m not tempted to eat processed, artificial and fast food items.

This journey is about getting my family and I on a more level field. My husband and I consolidated, lowered and payed off debt. Now I don’t have to worry about working a constricting job that doesn’t allow me to work on getting my self healthy.Also the two older children have been reminded how important it is to help out around the house and step things up from their techie world.

Next I took on watching another boy my sons age so that he has company and I can rest or eat as needed. So far the boys are doing very well and it is a huge relief for me to see them have fun.

Lastly I will concentrate on building my arts and crafts networks.I have lots of jewelry, furniture and sewing projects waiting to be finished.I’m on my way are you?

Prebiotics and Probiotics for Intestinal Health

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Prebiotics

Eating prebiotic foods can provide the nutrients that healthy types of bacteria in your digestive tract need to thrive and grow. They may help improve your immune function and lower your risk for diarrhea and cancer, according to an article published in 2008 in the journal, “Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology.” Prebiotic foods contain certain types of fiber, including inulin, oligofructose and trans-galactooligosaccharides.

 Probiotics

Probiotics are found in foods such as yogurt, while prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics are added to some foods and available as dietary supplements.

Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help:

  • Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics
  • Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections
  • Treat irritable bowel syndrome and IBD
  • Reduce bladder cancer recurrence
  • Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections
  • Prevent and treat eczema in children
  • Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu

Examples of Prebiotic Foods

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Fruits

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Both bananas and berries provide you with prebiotics. These fruits are good sources of fiber and also contain other essential nutrients, such as the high amounts of potassium in bananas and vitamin C in berries. Add these fruits to salads, yogurt, oatmeal or sandwiches, or simply consume them alone as snacks to include them in your diet.

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Bananas are a nutritious way to increase your prebiotic intake.

Vegetables

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A number of vegetables provide prebiotics, including jicama, artichokes, asparagus, garlic, leeks, onions, chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes and dandelion greens, as well as other leafy greens. These foods are all low in energy density, meaning they don’t contain many calories per gram, so eating more of them is a great way to increase your prebiotic intake without consuming too many additional calories.

Beans

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Beans contain a lot of protein and will increase your prebiotic intake.If you replace part or all of your animal protein with soybeans and other beans, you’ll lower your fat and cholesterol intake while increasing your prebiotic intake. Beans also provide other essential nutrients, including copper, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and protein. Toss them on top of salads, puree them to replace part of the fat in your baked goods, mix them into your favorite pasta recipe or make them into a tasty dip to have with baked pita chips or vegetables.

PREBIOTIC VS PROBIOTIC

PREBIOTICS

PROBIOTICS

PREBIOTICS are a special form of dietary fiber PROBIOTICS are live bacteria in yogurt, dairy products and pills. There are hundreds of probiotic species available. Which of the hundreds of available probiotics is best is still unknown. PREBIOTIC powders are not affected by heat, cold, acid or time. PROBIOTIC bacteria must be kept alive. They may be killed by heat, stomach acid or simply die with time. PREBIOTICS provide a wide range of health benefits to the otherwise healthy person. Most of these have been medically proven. PROBIOTICS are still not clearly known to provide health benefits to the otherwise healthy. Some are suspected but still not proven. PREBIOTICS nourish the good bacteria that everyone already has in their gut. PROBIOTICS must compete with the over 1000 bacteria species already in the gut. PREBIOTICS may be helpful or preventative for irritable bowel (IBS), or inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s Disease,Ulcerative Colitis), colon polyps and cancer and those people with a leaky gut. Certain PROBIOTIC species have been shown to be helpful for irritable bowel disease and for recurrence of certain bowel infections such as C. difficile. – See more at: http://www.prebiotin.com/prebiotics/probiotic-or-prebiotic/#sthash.ZNv8tDg0.dpuf

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Types of Prebiotics

Anything with sugar in it can be a prebiotic, since microflora love to consume sugars.Microflora need water and prebiotics (food), and since they are anaerobic, they do not like oxygen.

Inulin – Inulin is found in 36,000 plants such as:

  • Herbs – chicory root, burdock root and dandelion root
  • Fruits – such as apples, bananas
  • Sweet vegetables – such as onions, garlic, asparagus, leeks and Jerusalem artichokes
  • Raw apple cider vinegar
  • Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a subgroup of inulin, is also a prebiotic and is often added to dairy foods and baked goods. It improves the taste and stimulates the growth of the beneficial bacteria, bifidobacteria.

Dairy products – studies are starting to show that lactose may be considered a prebiotic.1

What Can Prebiotics Do For You?

  • Heart HealthPrebiotics have been shown to moderate cholesterol and triglyceride levels- both indicators of heart disease. Specifically, one study shows that inulin can reduce artherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries by 30%.As heart disease becomes more widespread among men and women, new approaches to treatment and prevention that do not involve medications are proving to be effective and have the added benefit of being side effect free, unless you count improved health as a side effect!
  • ImmunityFrom an immunity standpoint, who doesn’t want to feel better and get sick less often? In preliminary research, prebiotics boost white blood cells and killer T cells, and may even improve your body’s response to vaccinations.Children in one test group who ate yogurt containing inulin had fewer daycare absences, fewer doctor visits and took fewer antibiotics.
  • Chronic Illness and DigestionBecause prebiotics act in your intestines, they have a profound effect on the pathogens and bad bacteria in your body that can cause disease. Prebiotics are being used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease, and may also prove useful for treating cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes.

Prebiotics and Body Ecology

Pathogenic yeast (like the fungal infection, candidiasis) also feast on sugars and starches that easily break down into simple sugars. So the key is to focus on prebiotics that don’t feed these pathogens so you can encourage the growth of friendly microflora.

  • Fermented Foods & Drinks – here are some options: cultured vegetablesCoco-Biotic and Young Coconut Kefir. (after about 3 months or when you conquer candida and your inner ecosystem is re-established), add milk kefir and fermented soyfoods (like natto, miso and wheat-free tamari).
  • Sour Fruits –  lemons, limes, unsweetened black currants and unsweetened cranberries.
  • Gluten-Free Grains – While grains like wheat act as prebiotics, they also feed yeast. (amaranth, quinoa, millet and buckwheat) are gluten-free alternatives that act as prebiotics AND don’t feed pathogenic yeast. For more information on our recommended grains, read: The Risks of Choosing Typical Grains and the Healthy Grains to Choose Instead.
  • Sweet Vegetables – eat plenty of asparagus, leeks, onions, garlic, Jerusalem artichokes and other sweet vegetables to feed healthy microflora without feeding pathogenic yeast.

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