Last week we addressed the source of those incessant sugar cravings; this week we help you stop them dead in their tracks! By following three simple steps, you should be well on your way to decreasing those cravings and improving both the health of your gastrointestinal tract and the functionality of your immune system.
Here are the keys:
1. Introduce the right strains of beneficial bacteria.
Removing all sweets from the diet might be too much to handle. After a lifetime of eating sweets, we can be emotionally and biochemically addicted to sugary foods. The trick is to attack the yeast imbalance first.
Good bacteria compete with Candida for space in the intestinal tract. The probiotic Saccharomyces boulardii has been found to reduce levels of Candida. Cultured vegetables such as kimchi and sauerkraut contain such beneficial bacteria.
2. Find other ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Donna Gates at Body Ecology recommends the use of Liquid Stevia Concentrate, a sweetener made from the Stevia leaf. Stevia is naturally 300 times sweeter than sugar—without all the noxious side effects. While your sugar cravings will drop as you incorporate more fermented foods into your diet, you can use Stevia when you’d like to taste something sweet.
3. Focus on healing the gut.
Gates recommends removing foods such as wheat gluten and milk casein from the diet, as they may irritate the lining of the gut. You may also want to introduce glutamine, an essential amino acid which supports the regeneration and repair of intestinal cells. Glutamine comes in powder form and can be picked up at any health food store.
To find out more about your body’s ecology and Candida, check out www.bodyecology.com. This site has helped me diagnose and refer out my clients to naturopaths for functional lab tests where they can address the imbalance in their system and achieve optimal health.
Check out the Factor sugar manifesto here.