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Yeast free diets are designed to reduce the overabundance of Candida in the body and get rid of a yeast infection. There is growing evidence that Candida yeast is a major contributor to a range of chronic diseases including gut bloating, fatigue, insomnia, migraines, ‘brain fog’, depression, joint pain, male yeast infection, thrush in men, vaginal thrush and oral thrush. Candidiasis has also been linked by health professionals to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, arthritis, leaky gut syndrome, chronic fatigue and ADD.
The Candida yeast is present in all of us, in particular in the mouth, throat, intestine and genital areas. It is normally harmless with negative symptoms only occurring if the yeast multiples out of control. It is normally held in check by our natural body chemistry and the balance of healthy microorganisms, particularly bacteria, in our gastro intestinal tract, but will grow opportunistically into an outbreak if conditions allow.
It is not always possible to identify an individual causal agent that alters the natural balance in our body resulting in a Candida overgrowth. But risk factors include prolonged use of antibiotics, lowered immune system, unhealthy diet, hormonal changes (e.g due to pregnancy, the birth control pill or menopause in women) and diabetes. Candida overgrowth can result in lowered blood sugar levels, leading to sugar cravings and overeating. See more on yeast infection causes.
Sufferers with localized, topical yeast infections normally begin treating the condition by applying an antifungal cream. While these are often effective at ridding the current infection, they do little to change the conditions within your body that prohibit the infection from recurring. With this approach people who are susceptible to repeated infections may only experience temporary relief.
Addressing the root cause of Candida with a yeast free diet plan
In order to address the root cause of Candidiasis, a yeast free diet plan is recommended. Also known as a “candida diet“, “anti candida diet”, “yeast infection diet” or an “anti fungal diet”, this requires the elimination of all types of sugar and processed carbohydrate from the diet. The better programs also encourage steps to restore the natural balance of flora in the gut that can help to keep Candida outbreaks under control. They also focus on foods and yeast free recipes you can eat as part of the diet plan instead of only on foods you should avoid.
A list of anti Candida diet foods
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Allowed yeast free diet foods include the following:
- All kinds of vegetables, including potatoes in moderation
- Fish and seafood
- Cheese (but avoid blue, fermented and moldy cheeses)
- Oats and oatmeal
- Natural yogurt
- Any kind of non-wheat four. Good substitutes are rice flour and corn flower
- Rice pasta
- Raw garlic (has known antifungal properties)
- Dietary fiber (changes how foods and chemicals are absorbed in the gut)
It’s a good idea to supplement the diet with the following natural antifungal agents as part of an overall candida cleanse:
- Probiotics, such as Lactobacillus (a lactic acid Bacteria or LAB) and Bifidobacteria (the main group of bacteria that make up the intestinal flora). More on best probiotics.
- Grape seed extract.
- Tea tree oil, long known to have antiseptic, antibacterial; and antifungal qualities. See tea tree oil for nail fungus, for example.
- Undecylenic acid, a fatty acid derived from castor oil with antimicrobial qualities.
- Green tea diet for a wide range of health giving properties.
- Products such as Yeastrol can help to ease the symptoms of yeast infection in both men and women.
Focusing on what you can eat is often easier than focusing on what is restricted. Mix and match from the list above and you’ll be able to whip up some tasty yeast free diet recipes.
For completeness we’ll finish with a list of foods that are best avoided when on a yeast free diet.
- Eliminate refined sugar from the diet as this encourages the growth of yeast. This includes both brown and white sugars, honey, lactose, dextrose, fructose and so on.
- Beer and wine should be avoided as fermented yeast is used in their production. The alcohol they contain also provides sugar.
- Breads, bagels and pastries made with yeast should be cut out of your diet. Marimite and Bovril should also be avoided.
- Try to stay away from any mold or fungus containing foods such as mushrooms, brie and other fermented cheeses.
- Refined grains and white flour products are best avoided as they quickly convert into sugars during digestion.
- Cut down on fermented products such as vinegar, pickles, soy sauce and pickles.
The good news is that after following the diet for four to eight weeks (depending on the severity of your yeast infection), and once you are free of symptoms you can start to re-introduce sugars and other restricted foods back into the diet. If you find that you are lacking in motivation, remind yourself that many of the changes involved are similar to those recommended in healthy diets. I lost quite a bit of weight on the yeast diet and, in time as my blood sugar level stabilized, my cravings for unhealthy sugary foods diminished, making the whole process much easier.