Both of these are valuable tools on the Kaufmann Diet.
The Kaufmann Diet has two primary goals. The first goal is to starve any sort of pathogenic fungal infection that may have taken root in your body. Fungi and yeasts are parasites of man and, as such, can cause a wide variety of health problems. Some of these can remain undiagnosed and virtually undetected, all the while causing a miserable array of symptoms.
The second goal of the Kaufmann Diet is to mitigate the risk of exposure to fungal poisons, also known as mycotoxins. These poisons contaminate parts of our food supply, according to research, and have serious health implications for humans. Particularly, foods like grains, corn, sugar, peanuts and soy are at risk for mycotoxin contamination.
Often, when people address underlying fungal issues by implementing the Kaufmann Anti-fungal Program (even when they do not suspect fungi to be the root of their problem, necessarily), symptoms clear up, dieters lose weight and report feeling better than have in years. Diet alone is often enough to make a dramatic improvement, but there are some other tools in our tool chest that can be beneficial for eliminating yeast and fungi and mitigating the risks posed by their poisons.
The first is anti-fungal supplementation. A wide variety of these supplements exist; some of the more popular antifungals include oregano oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, caprylic acid, garlic, ginger, olive leaf extract, and grapefruit seed extract. These supplements are known for possessing compounds that work to kill fungi and yeasts––not dissimilar to the way antibiotics kill bacteria. These can be a very useful tool for eliminating yeasts from the body, especially in conjunction with an anti-fungal diet that simultaneously starves these parasitic organisms.
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Another important tool that is often overlooked are anti-mycotic supplements. These are tools that work to inhibit mycotoxins and work to eliminate them from our bodies. These include supplements like psyllium hulls, activated charcoal, folic acid, and chlorophyll. These types of supplements are powerful detoxification tools that can assist in eliminating fungal poisons from your body. These supplements bind to mycotoxins and help to “sweep” them out of the body.
Antimycotics are different from antifungals in that they do not necessarily kill yeast or fungi, but their role is no less important. These two supplements together, combined with the Kaufmann Diet, constitute a unilateral defense against pathogenic yeast, fungi, and their poisons.
It is a good idea to rotate anti-fungal supplements. Things like psyllium and chlorophyll, however, are good supplements to use regularly to protect against any unwanted toxins that sneak into your diet. While these are certainly beneficial during the beginning of the diet, a good anti-fungal and anti-mycotic regimen remain a good maintenance protocol even as you progress to The Kaufmann 2 Diet.