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Getting Red Yeast Rice Out of Your System

by
author image Rick Suttle
Rick Suttle has been writing professionally since 2009, covering health and business for various online and print publications. He has worked in corporate marketing research and as a copywriter. Suttle holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Miami University and a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University. He is author of the novels "Hell Year" and "Suicide Peak."
Getting Red Yeast Rice Out of Your System
Red yeast rice paste on food. Photo Credit Kai_Wong/iStock/Getty Images

Red rice yeast is a supplement that is believed to help lower cholesterol and improve circulation. It is created by fermenting a rice called Monascus purpureus over red rice, according to the University of Maryland. Red yeast rice contains monacolin and other compounds that may rival some other of the cholesterol-lowering prescriptions on the market called statins. The problem is that red yeast rice is not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration, and people occasionally have adverse symptoms to it. There are several ways you can rid your body of red yeast rice.

Stop Eating It

Red yeast rice may cause certain adverse symptoms, including headaches, flatulence, bloating, dizziness, heartburn and muscle aches and weakness, according to the University of Maryland. These symptoms are similar to the ones experienced by people with yeast or candida infestations. Therefore, one of the first steps to getting yeast rice out of your system is to stop consuming it. It may take a few days to digest and rid your body of this substance. Drink plenty of fluids to help expedite the process. Exercise may also help promote the elimination of red yeast rice, as it induces sweating, which rids the body of toxins.

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Foods to Eat

You can eat certain foods to help eliminate red yeast rice, similar to the recommendations for ridding the body of yeast or candida overgrowth. Start by eating plenty of fibrous foods, including cereals, grains and raw vegetables. Fiber aids with the digestion and waste elimination process in the body. Eat grains such as brown rice, amaranth, millet and couscous, as these grains are usually safe for people on yeast-free diets. High protein foods such as beef, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs and unprocessed nuts are also generally free of any yeast-producing properties, as are Lima and kidney beans.

Foods to Avoid

Stay away from processed foods, especially those containing sugar, yeast, white flour and cheese. It is believed that these foods can further spur the production of candida or yeast overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract, according to the Mayo Clinic. Therefore, any symptoms you have from red yeast rice may also be complicated by consuming these foods. Try substituting products you like such as milk, pasta and breads with rice, almond or other gluten-free products. Most grocery stores have health food sections containing these items. You do not have to avoid these foods indefinitely, just until your symptoms subside.

Considerations

There are certain foods and elimination processes that may help eliminate red yeast rice from your digestive system. Eat plenty of yogurt because it contains probiotics. The healthy bacteria in probiotics help replenish those lost to yeast overgrowth. Probiotics may also help eliminate residual yeast in your system, according to the Mayo Clinic. Feed the probiotics in your system by eating bananas, onions, garlic and artichokes. This enhances their proliferation within your body. You may also consider doing a colon cleanse through a licensed colon hydrotherapist in your area. During a colon cleanse, purified water is pumped through your large intestines to eliminate yeast, waste and other toxins. The procedure usually lasts about 45 minutes.

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