The Allergic Connection

You may wonder why I mention mold. If you have allergies, be aware that yeast and mold are co-reactors-meaning that if you react to one you react to the other. Therefore, if you have a yeast problem, you should do your best to avoid not only yeast and mold in food but also places that harbor environmental mold. This includes office buildings with "sick building syndrome," your damp basement and bathrooms with poor ventilation.

If you are subject to hayfever or other seasonal allergies, such as those stemming from ragweed or pollen, your system is already stressed, making you more vulnerable to an even greater yeast sensitivity. One way to reduce mold exposure is (at certain times of year when mold counts are high) to cut out the yeast and mold in your diet. This may decrease the degree of symptoms you experience.

It is important to remember that yeast overgrowth stresses the immune system, undermining your total health. When it comes to weight loss, a yeast overgrowth, in combination with mold sensitivity, may lead to a suppressed metabolism. This may deplete your body of the energy it takes to burn fat. Of course, there may well be other causes that we haven't yet identified. I think that the complete explanation of what Candida overgrowth does to the human body is still well in the future. (For a few common annoyances, see "Did You Know These Conditions Are Yeast Related?" on page 337.) But I do know from my medical practice that this is a problem that can cripple weight loss efforts.

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