Yeast Infection Diet:

Basics of a Candida Yeast Diet

yeast infetion dietIf you have yeast overgrowth, a yeast infection diet can make a big difference. We have the basics of a diet for yeast infection for you. What to eat and what not to eat. What to give up and what not to give up.

I'm not going to say that a candida yeast diet is going to be easy.

It's not. At least not for me. Some of my favorite food items are on the list that we should avoid. Figures.

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Of course, candidiasis (aka yeast infection) is no fun. And especially if you suffer from recurring yeast infections, giving up some food for a while is probably well worth the sacrifice to get rid of your infection.

Basically a diet for yeast infection eliminates what the yeast feeds on. You are trying to starve and kill the yeast. Since yeast thrive on sugar, many items containing sugar are avoided in this diet. Which means probably quite a few food items you are used to eating.

Once your yeast infection is gone for good, you may try to reintroduce some of the foods that you eliminated and see how your body reacts. Of course, you may feel so good, you won't want to!

So let's start with the hard part. What should you avoid in a yeast overgrowth diet?

Yeast Infection Diet: Foods to Avoid

  • Sugar - You knew this was coming. You should eliminate all white sugar. Some other common names for sugar include fructose, glucose, and sucrose among others. You'll have to get used to reading labels.

You should also avoid artificial sweeteners such as Sweet N Low and Splenda. Stevia is generally considered an excellent substitute for sugar.

  • Dairy Products - Regular pasteurized milk and cheese are to be avoided. You can try goat and sheep milk products. Butter, yogurt and cream cheese are OK. Eggs are also allowed though egg substitutes should be avoided.
  • White Flour
  • White Rice - Brown rice is OK.
  • Grains - This includes wheat, pasta, rice, barley and oats.
  • Yeasts - Included in this category is alcohol(!), bread, mushrooms, crackers, pastries, etc.
  • Vinegar - This is all types except for Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar. Included in this are products such as salad dressings, ketchup, soy sauce, pickles, olives, etc.
  • Hydrogenated/Partially hydrogenated Oils - Extra virgin olive oil is OK.
    Peanuts and Peanut Products

Yeast Infection Diet: Foods to Eat

  • Fruits - Although you should limit your consumption of sweet fruits (such as bananas and oranges).
  • Vegetables - Try to cook as little as possible.
  • Meat - Note: Some advocate the elimination of all red meat for a yeast infection diet. If you do eat red meat, go for the organic variety and try to limit it.
  • Non-Gluten Grains - Buckwheat, millet, quinoa, brown rice, etc.
  • Seafood
  • Raw Nuts
  • Water - Try and drink at least 2 liters per day.
  • Herbs

So these are the basics of a diet to try and reduce yeast overrun.

As you can see, there are quite a few things you should avoid or try and limit in your yeast infection diet. However, there are also lots of good things you can still eat.

Give it a try for a few weeks and see how you feel. I have read reports of many people who make some of the changes, if not all, and feel fantastic. It is also not uncommon to lose weight on a candida yeast diet. And for many of us, that is not a bad thing!

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