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Weight Gain, Hormones, Antibiotics: The Fungus Link

Weight Gain, Hormones, Antibiotics: The Fungus Link
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Important Information For Those Trying To Lose Weight

We have all heard the same weight loss advice for years; much of it conflicting. Eat fewer carbs! Eat less fat! Eat more fat! Count your calories! Only eat one meal a day! Eat 6 meals a day!

Ultimately, confusion abounds when it comes to weight loss. Sure many strategies are known to work, but for all of the advice, diet fads and hype, many people still struggle to lose weight. And yet, with all the noise surrounding weight loss, there is an important aspect that remains largely unexplored by most dieters and health professionals.

The Fungus Link To Weight Loss

Have you ever thought about how farmers fatten cattle? Cattle are fed a steady (and unnatural) diet of grains and corn. They are also routinely given antibiotics and estrogen-like hormones. These are known to promote weight and fat gain.

But, how does this relate to you and your weight loss challenges?

Do you too eat lots of grains and corn? Have you too been on multiple rounds of antibiotics? Are you unknowingly exposing yourself to hormones via your diet, or perhaps poisons that mimic hormones that are also inherent in your diet?

For years, people have been cutting carbs like grains and corn with the purpose of losing weight with some success. However, the reason why this works might be somewhat obscured. Simple carbohydrates like those found in grain and sugar would hypothetically feed a pathogenic yeast or fungal infection in the gut. But how would one get a fungal infection in the gut?

The Fungus link to weight loss



If you’ve ever been on antibiotics, you likely have damaged the internal flora consisting of beneficial bacteria in the gut. These colonies of microbes perform a number of vital functions for health, but among their roles is that they keep the numbers of pathogenic fungi and yeasts in the gut in check. If those colonies get damaged however, yeasts can flourish.

Yeast and fungi in the gut can lead to a number of health problems. One aspect of fungi however is that they can produce powerful mycotoxins that can affect hormones. Some, like zearalenone, are powerful hormone disruptors. This is known to lead to weight gain. Interestingly, a product called Ralgro (zeranol) is synthesized from zearalenone and given to cattle for the purpose of promoting growth, or fattening the cattle! If you eat conventionally raised meat, odds are that you are exposing yourself to this estrogen-mimicker. Furthermore, if you are eating grains, sugar, corn, soy and peanuts, you are likely exposing yourself to other mycotoxins––even zearalenone––that could be influencing your hormones and promoting your own body to put on weight.

Tips for Weight Loss

The Kaufmann Diet is a sensible place to start when it comes to weight loss. The Kaufmann Diet eliminates many of the foods that would feed an internal fungal infection and that are potentially contaminated with mycotoxins.

Start the Kaufmann Diet. 

The Kaufmann Diet eliminates many of the foods that might be contaminated with mycotoxins that can disrupt your hormones. It also eliminates foods that would feed a pathogenic fungal infection in the gut. Incidentally, the Kaufmann Diet looks like many of the other “low carb” diets that have worked so well for weight loss. Could it be that those diets worked because they helped starve yeasts?

Supplement smartly. 

There are no shortage of weight loss supplements. Skip the fat burners. Supplement with powerful anti-fungals, such as oregano oil, apple cider vinegar, caprylic acid or D-Limonene, and add in probiotics to your regimen. Probiotics will help restore the balance of power in the gut and assist in preventing parasitic yeasts from flourishing.

Go organic.

Ideally, any meat or dairy you consume on the diet should come from organic sources not given hormones or antibiotics. It is best to consume grass fed beef/bison/lamb, omega 3 chicken and omega 3 pork products when they are available, since these products are fed a natural diet that will be much less likely to contaminate the meat with mycotoxins. (The fat profile will be much more in favor of omega 3 fats as opposed to inflammatory omega 6 fats in these products as well.) Organic will suffice when these are not available, however.

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