Nearly everyone has the yeast, Candida Albicans, living in some part of their body.
This usually causes no problems at all, your body’s immune system and plenty of beneficial bacteria keep the yeast population at a low level, and it does not do any harm.
The problem occurs when a disruption of the natural defenses allows the yeast to proliferate and begins to take over.
When it occurs in the vagina, vaginitis results, causing itching and discharge, the intestines can suffer from Leaky Gut Syndrome, and the mouth from thrush.
Although antibiotics and steroids can contribute to a yeast infection, dietary choices can also increase the chance of developing one. Yeast loves to eat sugars. You should be aware that there is not a food that causes yeast to be present in your body,
it is just there naturally, but there are foods that will help yeast to overgrow if the conditions are right. A course of antibiotics can destroy the beneficial bacteria that are keeping the yeast controlled, and steroids like cortisone will suppress your immune system. Once the controls on the yeast are removed the trouble begins.
While there is considerable debate as to whether diet alone can cure a yeast infection, there is evidence that following certain dietary guidelines can help to prevent a Candida problem. One of the most important things to avoid to help starve the yeast is alcohol. Alcohol involves the fermentation of sugars, and yeast just loves it.
Naturally, the foods everyone loves, such as cakes, pastries, candy, and fruit juices must be avoided. Most grains will produce carbohydrates, which are simply another form of sugar. Cured meats such as bacon and smoked fish should also be avoided.
Mushrooms and cheese are also on the forbidden list. Any foods that have vinegar in them, such as salad dressings, mayonnaise, or pickles should not be eaten, either.
The diet that should be followed to help prevent a Candida overgrow does included fresh vegetables and fresh meat at every meal. Some grains such as rice, oats, and barley can be eaten, as can beans, but all these must be in limited amounts.
Nuts and seeds that have not undergone processing are fine, except for peanuts. Oils such as safflower, olive, or sesame can be used with lemon juice to make salad dressing.
As can be seen, this is a very restrictive diet, and may not be appropriate for people who have certain medical conditions. It also may be one that will be difficult to follow, but if you do have a persistent yeast infection, following this kind of diet can help to get it under control.
This diet is also useful in preventing a Candida infection from starting to begin with.