Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Proven Natural Candida Diet

Proven Natural Candida Diet and Herbal Treatment for Candida, Candidiasis, and Chronic Yeast Infections.

What is the Candida Diet and how can it help me?
There are various versions of the Candida diet available, but all follow the same basic formula.
Native Remedies has made it easier for you by creating an easy to follow list of what you should and what you shouldn't eat to beat Candida.
Will the Candida Diet help me to lose weight?
The Candida Diet is not intended for weight loss, but is specifically designed to combat Candida, Candidiasis and yeast infections. However, if you are overweight, you will almost certainly lose weight if you follow the Candida Diet!
Overgrowth of Candida causes intense cravings for sugar and starch, which is why many people cannot follow a weight loss diet.
Controlling levels of Candida in your digestive tract will help you to stick to your weight loss plan, while eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates will help you lose weight.
Some Important Points
When following the Candida diet, you must make sure that your blood sugar levels are kept at an acceptable level by eating a substantial breakfast, lunch and supper. If you find that your energy level is low or you are experiencing dizziness while on the diet, it is probably due to low blood sugar. If this happens, simply add a mid-morning and mid afternoon snack. Please remember to drink lots of water in order to assist the elimination of toxins from your body. After a few days of detoxing, some of your symptoms may become worse and you could also experience headaches. This is quite normal and part of the detoxification process. It will improve after a few days and you will begin to feel healthier than you have felt for years! The Candida diet should be followed for 4 weeks, followed by a maintenance program as outlined.
You may not use sugar in any form – this includes sucrose (cane sugar), glucose and fructose (fruit sugar). Lactose (milk sugar) to be kept to a minimum.

Foods Allowed
• Rye Vita (contains no yeast)
• Chicken, fish, meat
• Rye Bread (no yeast or wheat) roasted/grilled or steamed)
• Rice cakes Sunflower/olive oil
• Rice, potato or rye flour 30ml lemon juice
• Corn or soya flour all veggies fresh or frozen – no tinned food
• Oats, maize (corn) meal, maltabella Avocado pears
• Dairy-milk 125ml per day Sweet / normal potatoes
• Plain Bulgarian yoghurt-125ml (no sugar!) Brown rice (no white rice)
• Low fat cottage cheese (no sugar!) Onions / garlic (unless sensitive)
• Soya / Rice milk Walnuts, cashews, hazel,
• Ricotta cheese pecan, coconut & macadamia
• Popcorn (homemade), plain chips (no MSG!)
• One fruit per day (no melons) & Herbal teas eg Rooibos
• Grapes, make sure that fruit is not bruised; Lipton herbal teas
• Herbs, mineral water
• Tomatoes
• Artificial sweeteners eg. Advantage
• Hummus
Foods allowed weekly (only one item of each)
• Whole wheat pasta 1 rice cake with carob or yogurt topping
• Wheatbix (sugar free), tomato paste (if no wheat allergy is prevalent)
• Soft goat cheeses e.g. Camembert, feta or goat
Foods allowed twice a week (only one item of each)
• Canned tuna or Salmon in spring water
• Spices eg. curries, chillies (avoid if allergic)
Foods to Avoid
• Anything containing yeast pickled, smoked or processed meat
• smoked or processed fish (including cold meats, & vacuum-packed foods)
• Breads, marmite provita, Bovril etc
• White wheat flour or pastry flour
• Gluten flour, flake cereals, semolina
• Cream of wheat, pasta – white, all vinegars and vinegar products (chutney, mayonnaise, salad dressing etc)
• Cheese, fermented or processed eg. Cheddars, feta from dairy or other hard cheeses
• All forms of alcohol
• Fruits – melons or grapes or any fruit and vegetables that shown any signs of bruising or mold, honey and other natural sweeteners
• Mushrooms
• refined sugar and anything containing sugar
• Peanuts, peanut butter and pistachio
• All teas and coffees, except herbal teas
• All fruit juices (drink still mineral water instead)
Typical meals would include (omit foods you are allergic to. Eat as much as you want of the items listed here):
• 1 Fruit
• Porridge - Oats, maltabella (regular) or
• Mealie (corn) meal. Rice cereal (infant food)
• Rye vita / yeast free bread / rice cakes Avo / cottage cheese / egg / tomato
• Haddock
• Salads eg. potatoes, greens, rice, beans
• (include as many different ingredients as possible)
• Meat, fish, chicken (roasted / grilled / steamed)
• Lentils, pulses, legumes-soups, bakes, etc
• All vegetables-steamed and to include pumpkin, squash, butternut
• potato-baked, boiled or chips
• brown rice
• salads/stir fries/soups-chicken & veggie
• soup may be frozen & reheated
• yeast free bread/rye vita/rice cakes
• Avocado / tomato / cottage cheese / tuna / cold
• chicken
Maintenance Program
After the initial four weeks detox, you can slowly re-introduce foods from the ”Foods to avoid list”, but, please remember to use them in moderation. The foods to continue avoiding, or using with caution are: sugars, white flour, fruit juices, dried fruits, prepared breakfast flakes including muesli, alcohol, vinegar and foods containing yeast.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Best Herbs for Pain Relief

More Pain-relieving Herbs

To complete your anti-pain arsenal, consider these herbs:

• Arnica (Arnica spp.), available in creams and tablets,relieves osteoarthritic pain in the knee and pain following carpal-tunnel release surgery. It contains helenin, an analgesic, as well as anti-inflammatory chemicals. Apply cream twice daily; use tablets according to package directions.

• Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic boswellic acids that can soothe pain from sports injuries and also can help osteoarthritic knee pain. Take 150- to 400-mg capsules or tablets (standardized to contain 30 percent to 65 percent boswellic acids) three times daily for two to three months.

• Clove oil (Syzygium aromaticum) is a popular home remedy for a toothache. Apply a drop or two of this excellent anti-inflammatory directly to your aching tooth or tooth cavity.

• Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seeds are stocked with 16 analgesic and 27 antispasmodic chemicals. It makes a pleasant licorice-flavored tea and is especially good for menstrual cramps. But avoid the herb while pregnant or nursing because of its estrogenic effects.

• Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a remedy many people swear by for headaches, including migraines. Feverfew can reduce both the frequency and severity of headaches when taken regularly. It is available in 60-mg capsules of fresh, powdered leaf (1 to 6 capsules daily), or 25-mg capsules of freeze-dried leaf (2 capsules daily). You can also make tea—steep 2 to 8 fresh leaves in boiling water, but do not boil them, since boiling breaks down the active parthenolides.

• Gingerroot (Zingiber officinale) has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate digestive cramps and mild pain from fibromyalgia. You can take 1 to 4 grams powdered ginger daily, divided into two to four doses. Or make tea from 1 teaspoon chopped fresh root simmered in a cup of water for about 10 minutes.

• Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is great for stiff muscles—it has nine muscle-relaxing compounds, more than just about any other plant.

• Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is recommended by the German Commission E for sore throat. Not surprising, considering its nine anesthetic, 10 analgesic and 20 anti-inflammatory compounds. To make tea, simmer about 2 teaspoons of dried root in a cup of water for 15 minutes; strain. Do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, kidney disease or glaucoma.

• Oregano (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris) are herbs you should be sprinkling liberally onto your food, as they are replete with analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory compounds. (Oregano alone has 32 anti-inflammatories!) Mix and match these garden herbs into a pain-relieving tea: Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of dried herbs, steep 5 to 10 minutes and strain.