Molds and yeasts are fungal microorganisms that can not only grow in your home, they can also live in your body. Most victims of internal mold are already suffering from diseases such as diabetes or immune system weaknesses or deficiencies that allow the fungus a welcoming habitat in which to thrive. If you have a fungal infection of any kind, it is important that in addition to seeking professional medical help, you also begin battling the fungus by avoiding certain foods and drinks. If mold or yeast within the body is not fed what it needs to survive, it will stop growing and eventually starve to death (well, hey, that’s the theory, at least!).
Experts highly suggest that victims avoid the following at all costs:
Sugar: Whether it’s white, brown, or a healthier choice, such as coconut sugar, when it comes to mold and yeast, if it’s sweet-tasting at all, it’s sugar and sugar is a fungus’ best friend. It’s going to be difficult – it may even feel downright impossible – but until the fungus has fungused its last, you need to say goodbye to sugar in all its forms (or strictly monitor your intake of the healthier options): white sugar, brown sugar, healthy sugar alternatives (coconut flakes, fruit-derived sugars), aspartame and splenda (diet sodas & “sugar-free” foods), maple syrup, molasses, and even honey. Basically, stay away from fructose, lactose, maltose, glucose, mannitol, and sortbitol.
Processed Foods: Anything in a can, box, or bottle has been processed and is not considered a “whole food.” Whole foods are either not processed (changed, altered, added to, or manipulated) or they have only 1 to 2 alterations before reaching the grocery store (such as nuts being shelled, for instance). Most everything that is pre-packaged will contain sugar or some additive for “freshness” that acts as a sugar in the body and will feed the fungus.
You need to kill the mold before it kills you. The bad news is that you not only have to give up sugar, you also have to give up those quick-and-easy meals and snacks, as well. The good news? Well, aside from regaining your health and ridding yourself of merciless, opportunistic fungi, you may even shed a few unwanted pounds and have a reason to go shopping! Before you get excited, let’s take a look at just some of the processed foods you now need to be avoiding:
Canned foods – Most sauces, baked beans (because of the sugar added during cooking), nearly all soups.
Bottled foods – All soft drinks (even diet), all fruit juices (even homemade), most condiments.
Boxed or Packaged foods – microwaveable or oven-ready meals, nearly all breakfast cereals, all chocolate, all candy, all ice cream, and most frozen foods.
Foods Already Containing Yeast or Mold: Um. Fungus gets lonely. It’s in the mood for like-minded neighbors. Don’t give it a friend. Stay away from dairy! No milk, no sour cream, no buttermilk, no butter, and worst of all? Cheese. Don’t eat cheese, but if you must, don’t even think about touching stilton cheese.
Alcoholic Drinks: Not only is alcohol a literal poison, it’s also one of fungus’ most beloved pals. No wine, no beer, no cider, no brandy, no whiskey, no gin, no rum. “But why is all the rum gone?!” you may ask. The answer is simple: You’re not a pirate, you’re a loved one infected with fungus and someone, somewhere needs you alive and well and waiting at the hospital only to greet newborn grandchildren, not awaiting a death sentence.
Processed and Smoked Meats: Hot dogs, smoked fish, ham, bacon, sausages, corned beef, pastrami… Basically, if it doesn’t resemble the original animal, don’t eat it. Have you tried veganism? No, that salad suffocated by chicken strips doesn’t count. Look, nobody’s judging you here, maybe you can’t be a vegan for the love of animals, but you most-certainly could be a vegan because you hate plants! Give it a try or do a little research on where your meat comes from and how it’s made, for your own sake.
Edible Fungi: Seriously? Mold is destroying your body and you want to eat its cousin?! I already told you – no fungus friends! No mushrooms, no truffles – don’t even think about it.
Condiments: Put down the ketchup… and the mustard, too. No condiments (or pickled foods) containing sugar or vinegar. That’s right, get in the habit of saying, “Hold the mayo.”
Malt Products: Say goodbye to breakfast cereals, Malt-O-Meal, candies, and that naughty chocolate malt shake you’ve been sneaking on Fridays after work.
Fruit Juices: It’s no longer a trending rumour on social media sites, every single packaged fruit juice is a potential mold smuggler. All packaged fruit juices may potentially contain molds. (Fresh fruit juices made in your home are the only ones you’re allowed to sneak, but do so in moderation because of the high sugar content.)
Dried Fruits: Personally, I’m not at all disappointed by this one, are you? No more dried raisins, apricots, prunes, figs, dates, etc. Why? Sugar, sugar, sugar.
So, you might be looking at this list and wondering just what you can eat. Unfortunately, I’d have to change the title of this article in order to answer that question so why don’t you go check out Foods To Eat When You Have Mold or Yeast in Your Body.
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TheWife is the mother and personal chef of two boys, the domestic technician of a three-bedroom desert home, and occasionally, a freelance writer and editor. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @TheWifesLife