The Kaufmann Anti-Fungal Diet

The Kaufman Anti-Fungal Diet claims to help you rid your body of fungal parasites that can cause diseases such as chronic sinusitis, liver disease or high cholesterol. Doug Kaufman, an American independent nutritional researcher and author of seven books, including "The Fungus Link: An Introduction to Fungal Disease, Including the Initial Phase Diet," developed the program. Kaufman also hosts "Know the Cause!," a daily, U.S.-based TV show that explores his theories on the root causes of bodily ailments.

Lemons and limes are allowed in phase 1. (Image: Bidstrup/iStock/Getty Images)

Theory

Certain fungi, single-celled organisms that you contract through food and water consumption or contaminated air or soil, can directly cause disease within your body. These fungi can also produce mycotoxins, or toxic by-products that can negatively impact your health and well being. Avoid the effects of harmful fungi in your body by adhering to Kaufman's Anti-Fungal Diet. This diet "starves" the invading fungi, which gradually die off. After the fungi die off, your body begins to heal from the damage the fungi inflicted in your body and you'll experience better health, writes Kaufman on LoveforLife.

Forbidden Foods

Kaufman's Anti-Fungal Diet is comprised of two phases. During phase 1, you eliminate all sugar, artificial sweeteners, grains, breaded meats, coffee and tea from your diet. You also abstain from consuming pistachios, peanuts and peanut-containing products, green olives, salad dressings and yeast-containing products. Avoid potatoes, legumes, yams or butter-substitute products, such as margarine.

Allowed Foods

You can eat eggs, poultry, seafood and meat, yogurt, butter and sour cream. Acceptable phase 1 foods include filtered or bottled water, lemonade sweetened with stevia, a natural, plant-based sweetener, avocados, berries, green apples, limes and lemons. You can also consume flax seed, olive and grape seed oils, raw nuts and seeds and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.

Maintenance Phase

After two weeks, or until you begin to experience decreased symptoms resulting from your particular disease, you continue on the maintenance phase of the diet indefinitely to ensure that you do not re-infect yourself with harmful fungi, according to Kaufman. During this phase, slowly add in brown rice, toasted sourdough bread, buckwheat, quinoa, millet and amaranth grains back into your diet. You can also eat oatmeal.

Considerations

Do not begin the diet without a medical doctor's supervision if you have advanced kidney disease. The diet's high-protein content might worsen your condition, according to Kaufman, who adds that the diet's low-carbohydrate content might be unsuitable for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and people who regularly participate in vigorous exercise.

Warning

Speak with your doctor about the Kaufman Anti-Fungal Diet's restrictions in relation to your individual medical condition before you begin the program. Your doctor might want to see you regularly to ensure that your nutritional needs are being met while you are following the diet.

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