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After suffering from candida, poor digestion, and fatigue my entire life I was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus when I was a teenager. After following Macrobiotics, Chinese medicine, food combining principles, alkaline practices, and other whole foods plans I was introduced to the Body Ecology diet during a health consultation with Steven Acuff. The Body Ecology book made so much sense to me.
I had been employing many of the principles outlined in the book. But, I had not put them together into a cohesive protocol as outlined in the program. So, I went on the diet for a few months, and I felt incredible. So, I thought I was done and I moved on, and enjoyed several years of good health. However, in May of , I was performing in the Australian production of August: Osage County with Melbourne Theatre Company, a horrible cold and flu swept through the theater and we were all instructed by the theater and the company to take a course of antibiotics. I had not taken antibiotics in many years.
That course of antibiotics coupled with stress resulted in a raging overgrowth of candida, and it took me down. At just the right time, I received a new edition copy of The Body Ecology Diet as a birthday gift from my then sister-in-law who had severe health issues and was following the diet. I revisited The Body Ecology diet, and this time I adhered strictly to it for a year, and reintroduced fruit very slowly as instructed, and the program restored me to optimal health.
Candidiasis an overgrowth of yeast or Candida Related Complex CRC is an immune disorder that is not a disease as such, but rather, a condition of acute internal imbalance, which fosters the development of systemic infections and diseases. The human body contains both friendly and unfriendly bacteria. In a strong healthy body, the beneficial bacteria effectively combat the harmful bacteria to maintain balance. With a compromised immune system, the unfriendly bacteria overpower beneficial bacteria and this imbalance of bacterial beasts releases toxins which invade our tissues, cells, organs, and blood weakening our immune system, and affecting our ability to fight infection.
When a poorly combined, highly acidic, sugary diet is eaten it provides a perfect breeding ground for yeast, fungus, and bad bacteria to multiply. Candidiasis compromises the assimilation and absorption of nutrients which leads to disease. American immunologist, Alan Levin estimates that 1 out of every 3 Americans has a candida overgrowth.
It is impossible to completely eradicate candida. The first step in restoring healthy body ecology is to reverse the overgrowth of candida. The only way to do this is to starve the yeast and bad bacteria, and provide a strong inner ecosystem that makes it impossible for them to thrive and take over. By eating an alkaline, mineral-rich diet that is very low in sugar, and consuming probiotic-rich foods such as coconut kefir, fresh land and sea vegetables, and sauerkraut we provide an environment for life-affirming bacteria to recolonize and rebuild the strength of our inner body ecology.
The friendly bacteria the most common being lactobacillus and bifidus are vital for maintaining healthy digestion and elimination, as well as fighting disease and infection. There are foods that cause our bodies to expand, open up and relax such as: sugar, alcohol, milk, cheese and coffee. There are other foods that cause our bodies to tighten and close such as: salt, meats, nuts, and beans.
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Just like a healthy balance of bacteria is required in the body for optimum health, so too is a balance between contractive closed, tight, soft, dark and expansive released, open, relaxed, active forces. The ideal state is to exist between the two extremes where the body feels calm, centered and strong. The Body Ecology Diet principally utilizes neutral foods such as green vegetables, sea vegetables, and alkaline grain-like seeds such as quinoa and millet, and employs healthy food combining strategies that work with the complementary nature of opposite forces to balance the life force energy or Ki pronounced Chi in the body.
Some expansive foods herbs, spices, kefir, ghee and contractive foods fish, eggs, salt foods are allowed. Fish halibut, salmon, tuna is the recommended animal food in the diet as it is the most balanced contractive animal food. The optimum pH for our bodily fluids is slightly alkaline at 7. This alkaline state provides the perfect conditions for health-promoting bacteria to thrive.
Maintaining this alkaline state is critical for optimal health. Consuming highly acidic foods, overeating, drug abuse, and stress can all contribute to the acidification of the blood which weakens the cells, organs, and vital systems in the body leading to fatigue, disease, and an absence of mental clarity. Furthermore, yeast, fungus, bacteria, viruses and cancer cells proliferate in an acidic environment causing infection and disease.
When a highly acidic diet is consumed, the body must rely on its alkaline mineral reserves known as alkaline buffers in an attempt to balance this acidity. This results in nutrient leaching within the body which contributes to disease.
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By eating an alkaline mineral-rich diet, you are building up your reserve of alkaline buffers to fight infection, as well as starving yeast, bacteria, and parasites. Alkaline foods recommended on The Body Ecology Diet include:. The only fruits that are allowed on stage one of the diet are:.
These are the only fruits that are low enough in sugar that they do not feed yeast. This is my favorite principle in The Body Ecology Diet : Embracing the reality that one diet will not work for every human being on the planet, and that we are all different. The concept of flexibility resonates with me. Acknowledge the impact that seasonal changes, environmental pollutants, emotional realities and aging has on our bodies.
In the cooler months, you may want to eat more cooked, heating and strengthening foods. In the warmer weather, more raw foods would be balancing.
Similarly, if you are feeling tight, eat more expansive strengthening foods. Cleansing and removing toxins is important in order to regenerate and heal. This process is fantastic when you are at the other end of it. But cleansing can be an unpleasant process.
The Body Ecology Diet - Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity
These symptoms look and feel like the symptoms that brought you to T he Body Ecology Diet in the first place! Understand that symptom often get worse before they get better. But, they will. Do not try to mask these cleansing reactions with antibiotics or other medicines. Allow the body to naturally purge these toxins or they will be driven deeper into the tissues and organs and embed themselves causing further problems down the track. Disease occurs when our bodies become overwhelmed with deep-seated toxins and pathogens and are no longer able to cleanse effectively.
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Most people have cleansing reactions for about 3 to 7 days. Persevere with the diet, and your body will reap the rewards. Support the cleansing process by engaging in colon hydrotherapy which helps expel the toxins more quickly. I can personally testify to the health benefits of colon cleansing.
I have been doing it for 20 years. However, this is a personal decision. If you do decide to cleanse your colon, always seek out a qualified colon hydrotherapist. It is also extremely important that you replenish the friendly bacteria in the colon after the cleansing. Your colon hydrotherapist should do this for you before you finish your treatment.
All the other material I have read about dealing with fighting yeast says to avoid anything fermented, so this is a nice switch. The beginning chapter states that one out of three of us are dealing with this yeast overgrowth, aka, candida!! And that it is at the root of many diseases. So it could be YOUR problem too! And here is the solution! I have not followed the diet precisely yet..
Christmas just passed and the sugar was flowing, but I am very hopeful about my results so far, and plan really test it out this new year! Read full review. I bought this book on recommendaton from my holistic doctor. It is well written and easy to follow. The diet itself is very severe in that it requires a lot of discipline to maintain, but I've been applying it in stages.
I can say I feel better but it will take a long time to make such major changes. I would recommend this book. The unique thing about this book that I hadn't read before was the importance of eating fermented foods. Life saver, literally. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: New. This book is chock full of very useful information. I especially like the recipes included. I bought this for more info on ph balancing, and was not disappointed.
Most of this advice is common sense, eat your veggies,etc. Interesting chapter on probiotics. A good read. Skip to main content. The listing you're looking for has ended. Brand New. View original item. Sell one like this. We found something similar. About this product. Make an offer:. Auction: new other. Stock photo. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable.
See details. See all 7 brand new listings. Buy It Now. Add to cart. Tens of thousands of people have already benefited from the Body Ecology way of life- Donna Gates shows you, step-by-step, how to eat your way to better health and well-being. In this book, you will learn how to: use seven basic universal principles as tools to gain mastery over every health challenge you may encounter; focus on your inner ecology to create ideal digestive balance; conquer cravings with strategies for satisfying snacking and for dining away from home; and plan meals with dozens of delectable recipes, an array of menus, and detailed shopping lists.
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Donna Gates has fused ancient wisdom with modern science to develop the most powerful eating program on the planet today. The Body Ecology Diet is a complete system of living that consciously brings the love of eating into your home. It's not about weight loss I recommend it! Crook M.