What is a yeast infection?
A yeast infection is an overgrowth of Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a necessary fungus that plays an important role in your body: it breaks down sugar and alcohol. When you don’t have enough “good” bacteria in your gut to balance out the fungus, Candida albicans can take over. Or, if you consume too much sugar and alcohol in your diet, Candida albicans can take over that way, too.
NOTE: A yeast infection is NOT just a woman’s problem. Men can get yeast infections, too, as they also have Candida albicans in their body to break down sugar and alcohol. Also, there are MANY symptoms for Candida albicans overgrowth – not just vaginal discharge and itching.
Can I get rid of yeast infections just by diet?
Maybe… but probably not.
To be more clear… there are many things you should consider doing (not just eating) to get rid of yeast infections. And there are many treatments you could use for dealing with a yeast infection when you have it. Further, the effectiveness of these diet, lifestyle changes, and treatments are dependent upon the severity of your Candida albicans overgrowth and any other medications or medical procedures by which you may be influenced. This may be why so many people have found problems with the so-called “The Candida Diet”.
However, I do believe the fundamental treatment for any ailment starts with your diet. BUT - it does not necessarily end with your diet. For that reason – for the first stepping stone – I’d like to simply go over the Best Foods for Getting Rid of Yeast Infections.
What’s the easiest method for choosing good Candida-fighting (or prevention) foods?
Since Candida feeds on sugar and alcohol… the easiest method for choosing good Candida-fighting foods…. is to stop ingesting sugar and alcohol!! Just kinda makes sense, right?
With that in mind, here’s a list of my DOs and DON’Ts for getting rid of Candida albicans overgrowth (aka. yeast infections!).
Vegetables – As many and as raw as possible. Veggies are lower in sugar than most anything else out there.
Brown rice – It’s a good filler that is easier for your body to break down than white rice and other wheat products.
Fermented foods – I don’t mean fermented fruit mixed with yeast (alcohol). I mean fermented food that contains live bacteria cultures. This means they should be raw and not processed. Fermented foods in this manner helps to restore beneficial gut flora. This includes: sauerkraut, kimchi, (raw) apple cider vinegar.
Rejuvelac – This is a fermented drink made from sprouted whole grains. It is an excellent way to reestablish healthy gut flora. Here’s how to make it.
Sugar – This includes honey, maple syrup, agave… anything sweet.
Alcohol – Pretty much another form of sugar.
Dairy - Candida also feeds on lactose.
Meat – It’s too hard for your body to digest while it’s trying to get back in balance again.
Yogurt – Unless you make your own raw yogurt, there is really no yogurt on the market that naturally contains the good bacteria you’re looking for.
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