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gluten free pastaThere are other diet avenues to pursue in addition to gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) that may help alleviate certain health issues. One of those dietary avenues includes yeast-free.

What is Yeast?

When I talk about yeast, I am not talking about the ingredient used to make breads. I am referring to Candida Albicans, a fungal organism which is naturally occurring in your body. If an overgrowth of yeast occurs, health problems may arise.

Health Problems?

Health problems may include:

  • headaches
  • stomach-aches
  • constipation, diarrhea
  • gas pains, bloating
  • fatigue
  • hyperactivity
  • aggression, irritability
  • insomnia, lethargy
  • short attention span
  • confusion
  • depression

How Do I Know if Yeast is a Culprit?

There are tests that you can discuss with your child’s physician to see if yeast is in abundance and if in fact is ravaging your child’s body.  Tests include a urine tartaric acid test, fecal cultures, as well as others.

Potential Results of Eliminating Yeast

Often if yeast is eradicated, the body can improve in the following areas:

  • eye contact
  • sensory regulation
  • concentration
  • word usage
  • sleep patterns
  • imaginative play
  • academic performance
  • appetite

Elimination of yeast can also assist with eczema, rashes and gut problems.

How to Decrease Yeast?

First, discuss the option of medication use and/or change in diet with your child’s physician. People can experience an overgrowth of Candida due to antibiotics or problems that exist in the immune system impaired by stress or illness.

Start by eliminating simple sugars, such as:

  • white sugar
  • brown sugar
  • maple sugar
  • date sugar
  • raw sugar
  • turbinado
  • fruit juice
  • honey
  • molasses
  • maple syrup
  • corn syrup
  • rice syrup

Additionally, many of the foods you are already avoiding if you are gluten or casein free.

Some other foods you may wish to eliminate to prevent an overgrowth of yeast include:

  • mushrooms
  • peanuts
  • vinegar
  • sorghum
  • anything marked YEAST on the ingredient label

Do your research and discuss your concerns with your physician to determine if you need to investigate the possibility of yeast issues.

Resource

“Nutrition: How to Follow a Yeast Free Diet”

Resources for Recipes

  • [easyazon-link asin=”0658002929″ locale=”us”]The Candida Albican Yeast-Free Cookbook : How Good Nutrition Can Help Fight the Epidemic of Yeast-Related Diseases[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”0982620713″ locale=”us”]Celeste’s Best Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Recipes: Over 250 Recipes Free of Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Casein, Soy, Corn, Nuts and Yeast[/easyazon-link]
  • [easyazon-link asin=”1937293343″ locale=”us”]The FREE Cookbook – Yeast-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Secrets to Healthier Living[/easyazon-link]