Monday, June 23, 2014

" Rise ... "

I used to be afraid of giving up
The road was just too tough
Out here on my own
My path was so alone

But now I see clearly
Everything within me
Is reaching up to the sky
I can see the world with open eyes

You can't let it pass you
Just take hold and grasp it
Now's the time to take a chance

And together we'll rise
We'll rise
Together we can do anything

~ McClain Sisters ~ Rise ~ 

There is a great deal of conversation regarding yeast, nutritional yeast that is, in vegan lifestyles.  But not all yeast is good yeast, so it is important to learn about the beneficial bacteria and the affects on our digestion and immune system.

Candida albicans, also known as a pathogenic yeast.  This single cell organism is found growing throughout our bloodstream and organs.  It is a cause for much of the inflammation that disrupts bodily functions.  And like all yeasts, it thrives on sugars that are abundant in the modern western diet.  And while it feasts on these sugars, it also drains your body of essential nutrients.

Different Types of Yeast
  • Bakers Yeast – A live yeast that is typically purchased in packets or in a compressed brick
  • Brewers Yeast – A live yeast used in the brewing of alcoholic beverages like beer (or other malt beverages)
  • Nutritional Yeast – Nutritional yeast is no-longer alive. It has similar nutrients and amino acids but no sugar content. It has a taste similar to cheese which is why vegetarians commonly use nutritional yeast flakes in recipes to make vegan cheeses, on pizza, or sprinkled over pasta or popcorn.
  • Candida Yeast – The bad yeast that thrives in our body.

Most raw vegans use nutritional yeast because it provides a good source of B vitamins.  But what really IS nutritional yeast??  Well, some studies claim that it is a neurotoxin, a GMO product, a disguised MSG, added synthetic vitamins, and flavor enhancers.  As well that it contains Free Glutamate Acid which is the same neurotoxin compound as mono sodium glutamate (MSG).  They disguise the true identity of MSG with fancy names.

As well, in various books there are beliefs that nutritional yeast, bakers yeast and brewers yeast are not well tolerated and can contribute to the over growth of yeast infections and candida in the body.  This can wreck havoc particularly with those living with chronic ill-nesses or dis-eases.

Yet you don’t have to completely cut out yeast as it can be beneficial and does occur naturally as a part of the normal flora in our digestive system.  So keep it in check ... if you are susceptible to yeast, choose gluten-free foods, natural sweeteners and foods that have a much less dramatic impact on your glycemic index / sugar levels.

Always check with your preferred health-care provider 
to assist you in optimum foods for optimum health.

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