I've been baffled about the weight I've gained in my stomach because I eat healthy and get moderate exercise. I know part of it is my thyroid even though the tests come back normal. I know what I see and feel... Anyway, I recently read that at least 15 million American women have candidiasis, a yeast overgrowth that triggers fatigue and weight gain. Now this sounds like me! Good news, it takes only 10 days to get back on track to trim and healthy.
Yeast colonize the digestive tract by the millions and they demand to be fed with carbs - which leads to carb cravings. With more carbs the yeast has fuel to multiply more.
The immune system tries to destroy yeast, often unsuccessfully. The result of this battle is the production of inflammatory compounds that suppress thyroid function. This reduces the body's ability to convert food - and fat - into energy.
When yeast ferments carbs, it produces toxic waste products. To minimize the damage the waste can cause, the body retains water to dilute it. The result is bloat that Dr. Teitelbaum says can add five to seven inches to your waistline!
OK there are three foods to start eating right away to kill yeast. There are many foods that will flush yeast but let's say you are short on time and want to do something small but effective now.
Coconut oil destroys up to 100% of yeast cells on contact. Credit goes to its lauric, caprylic and capric acids - fatty acids that work together to split open the protective outer wall of yeast cells. The proven dose: 3 Tbs. a day. To maximize weight loss, use coconut oil as a replacement for other dietary oils like hydrogenated oils when cooking.
Note about coconut oil
Use only Organic virgin coconut oil. Source for healthy coconut oil, www.tropicaltraditions.com
Researchers at Putra University in Malaysia have pinpointed two unique antifungal actions of raw garlic. The herb shuts down the formation of hyphae, the long branching strands created by yeast to help it grow and spread. Garlic forces yeast cells to age and die prematurely by reducing the activity of their anti aging gene by 50%. The proven dose is one raw clove a day.
Studies show that the aromatic oils in spices contain dozens of biologically active ingredients that can stall yeast growth by turning off the genetic master switch needed to initiate reproduction. The most powerful include thyme, cloves, rosemary, coriander,sage, turmeric, oregano, ginger and curry blends. The proven dose: 1 1/2 Tbs. of fresh or 2 tsp. of dried herbs a day.
Source: First for Women; Sept 2010
So I'm starting my 10 day yeast flush with these 3 foods. I'll also be adding fresh juiced carrots, cucumbers, ginger root, green apples, tomatoes, parsley and other cleansing vegetable juices. I need to get rid of this "muffin top" and keep it off.