Nutrition and Healing

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You can kick that Candida to the curb… with this

If you’ve been reading my eTips for a while now, you already know about the billions of bacteria in your gut, mouth, and other tissues.

And right alongside them, you’ll also find… yeast.

That’s right — that same organisms that make bread rise and turn grapes into wine can be found in your body, too.

Most times, they’ll cause you no harm. You may not even know they’re there.

But if things get out of whack — as they might when you take antibiotics — certain strains of yeast can take over and wreak havoc, leaving you with toilet troubles, or WORSE.

And these little suckers are notoriously tough to get rid of — because yeast can form something called “biofilms,” where the cells cluster so close together that they act as a shield to resist conventional antifungal therapies.

But according to a new study, you can beat your yeast… with a mushroom.

Now, before you whip up a batch of cream of mushroom soup, I’m not talking about just any ol’ mushroom — but, more specifically, the reishi mushroom.

It’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for hundreds of years to help patients boost their immune systems and fight off infection… and it has even been used in modern medicine to fight prostate cancer.

In the study out of India, researchers analyzed the components of the reishi mushroom and drew out its extracts, which they applied to two different types of yeast cells.

Candida albicans and Candida glabrata commonly live in your gut… and if their populations become too abundant… they can make you sick.

But believe it or not, the reishi extracts busted through their biofilms and were able to kill the yeast cells!

The study also found that reishi mushrooms contain a high level of ascorbic acid (a.k.a. vitamin C). And given that ascorbic acid is known to inhibit the growth of yeast, that could be part of reishi’s power against the fungus.

So, if you’re suffering with chronic diarrhea brought on by antibiotics… or vaginal yeast infections… or thrush of any kind, try adding this medicinal mushroom to your routine.

You can add fresh reishi to soups and stews if you can find it at a local Asian market, but some folks don’t like the bitter taste.

Instead, you can brew dried reishi into a healing tea… or take it as a supplement.

At the same time, all the mushrooms in the world won’t help you if you’re still feeding the yeast in your body.

Yeast thrive on sugar — so, cutting carbs, sugars (including fruits), and alcoholic beverages will help starve them.

The Paleo (a.k.a. “caveman”) diet, which practically eliminates all sugars, is a natural anti-fungal eating plan.

Other natural yeast-killers include fresh garlic, oil of oregano, and grapefruit seed extract.

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