Yeast Infection Diet

In this article, we’ll be exploring various yeast infection diets that you can use to either treat or prevent YI. A yeast infection, or candidiasis is a condition brought about by the proliferation of yeast cells on any warm, moist surface of the human body. This condition mainly affects women. Though not a scientifically proven fact, many people believe that one’s diet is a contributing factor in the development of yeast infections in the body.

The proponents of this theory have thus come up with a natural way of using a food regimen to eliminate yeast infections, instead of bombarding oneself with medication, and possibly suffer side effects as well as recurring infections. A number of medical practitioners have supported the yeast infection diet after observing its merits/results.

What exactly is a yeast infection diet?

The yeast infection diet or Candida diet is a regimen that outlines the necessary foods necessary to combat yeast infections. Briefly, this diet system is meant to deny the yeast cells of the food nutrients that they thrive in and hence starving them to death. Also this diet plan helps to eliminate yeast infections by introducing probiotics in the body, which contain the essential bacteria that help to reduce the numbers of yeast cells in the body

Before we delve into these foods that make up the yeast infection diet, however, it is important to look at the ‘danger’ foods that may promote yeast infections.

‘Danger’ foods that could lead to yeast infections

a. Sugar-containing foods
Yeasts thrive and multiply in sugar containing solutions and hence foods containing ordinary sugar should be done away with: Such foods include, but are not limited to: sweets, juices, cereals, pasta, baked goods and breads, sweetened legumes, sugar containing beverages, high sugar fruits and legumes etc

Patients who have poorly controlled diabetes are very susceptible to yeast infections when they consume sugary foods because their body fluids like urine and sweat may contain sugar in which the yeasts thrive.

b. Dairy products
Dairy products like milk, cheese, butter, ghee etc should be avoided. This is because lactose, which is present in milk, can be converted into another sugar substitute which yeast cells may thrive in.

c. Yeast containing foods
Products obtained through fermentation should be avoided because they contain the yeast cells. Some of these include beer, cheese, fermented porridge etc.

Acceptable Foods in the Yeast Infection Diet

a. Instead of consuming ordinary sugar or unhealthy artificial sweeteners, the diet recommends effective sugar substitutes which include:

• Stevia which is a natural plant based sugar substitute.
• Vegetable glycerin, which can be extracted from many plants like coconut palm
• Xylitol is an even better alternative because it is a proven anti fungal chemical and it is stable under high temperatures. However, it may lead to production of loose stool

b. The diet should also include about 65% high fibre foods such as steamed vegetables, which include:
• Broccoli
• Celery
• Radishes
• Onions
• Cabbage and kales
• Garlic and turnips

c. 20% High protein foods should be included for instance:
• Chicken
• Duck
• Fish
• Eggs
• Nuts and seeds

d. 10% of the diet should comprise complex carbohydrates like
• Rice
• Beans
• Oats
• Corn

e. 5% of the diet should include fresh fruits that are not very sugary like:
• Berries, of all kind
• Papaya
• Grapes
• Pineapple

There are certain foods that contain probiotics which combat yeast infections directly and are therefore recommended to be consumed along with the yeast infection diet:

• Unsweetened yogurt. This contains the bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus which helps to control the population of the yeast

Additionally, there are those foods that have anti fungal properties and hence counteract the growth of yeast. They should therefore also be supplemented into one’s diet. For example:

• Garlic and ginger
• Coconut and brazil nut
• Aduki bean, broad bean and Pinto bean
• Papaya, avocado, grapefruit, carrot and pumpkin
• Curly kale and spinach
• Psyllium seed, among others.

Advantages of the yeast infection diet

1. It is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to control yeast infections
2. It saves one from use of antibiotics which could have undesirable side effects
3. It enhances weight loss while maintaining generally good health

Disadvantages of the diet

1. Is a very strict regimen, takes a long time and requires a lot of commitment
2. It is not as nutritious as the regular diet

Side Effects

1. Flu like symptoms may be experienced during the first few days of commencing the diet. This is as a result of the yeasts dying and therefore emitting some toxins

DISCLAIMER:
This diet regime places a lot of emphasis on proteins and hence a person suffering from a kidney condition, whose kidneys cannot handle such a protein load, should consult with a physician before starting the diet program.

Similarly, a pregnant or lactating woman would not be advised to go into this diet because of the lack of simple sugars which are necessary for the growth of the developing baby or child.

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