The root cause of yeast infection is an overgrowth of the fungus called Candida albicans. It is a type of yeast which is generally found in the rectum, intestinal track, mouth, and skin folds. Usually Candida is naturally present in our body, but its overgrowth leads to Candida Infection.
There are many factors that contribute to Candida overgrowth like antibiotics, birth control pills, toxins etc. But most often an unbalanced diet is the biggest factor. Sugary, inflammatory and processed foods are the major contributor towards the growth of candida. That’s the reason to replace your diet with a healthy and nutrient-dense foods to beat candida.
Here is the list of top 10 foods to avoid for yeast infection, these foods stimulates the growth of Candida albicans in human body:
1. Sugar and Sugar Alternatives
Sugar feed yeast and can leads to yeast overgrowth in your body. Always read the food labels to make sure if it has sugar. All kinds of sugar feed yeast, so avoid them all, even though some sugars are healthier than others.
Food items like chocolate, honey, sweets or Jams should be avoided, which will ultimately starve the Candida in your body.
Drinking alcohol can increase your blood sugar which ultimately boost candida growth. Alcoholic drinks are associated with sugar mixers and they are full of carbohydrates.
Another reason why you should stop having alcohol is they contain yeast. So, it’s obvious that it produces more of it when consumed.
3. Dairy Products
As you now know that sugar consumption can lead to yeast overgrowth. Although milk has various health benefits, it has lactose as well which is a sugar. That’s why you should avoid milk and dairy products to cleanse your system.
Still you can have few dairy products if you want like butter, probiotic yogurt, ghee and kefir.
4. Fruits or Fruit Juices
We all know how healthy fruits and fruit juices are. But if you are suffering from yeast or candida infection, having fruits may not be a good idea. As fruits and high in sugar and can make your yeast infection worse.
Fruits like Water melon, grapefruits and apples are low sugar fruits. Consumptions of these fruits in small portion might not affect your yeast condition. You should see if your symptoms are getting worse, if so, then remove them from your diet.
5. Processed Foods
Foods which you find in a can, box or bottle has been processed. These foods which are packaged contain sugar or some additive which also acts as a sugar in your body. You might very well know by now that sugar stimulates the growth of candida.
You not only need to avoid sugar, you also have to stop eating those quick and easy meals and snacks as well. Some of the processed foods that you need avoiding are:
Canned Foods – Baked beans, most soups, nearly all sauces etc.
Packaged Foods – Chocolates, candies, oven ready meals, most breakfast cereals, ice creams and frozen foods etc.
Bottled Foods – Fruit Juices, soft drinks, nearly all condiments etc.
6. Dry Fruits
Dried fruits have high concentration of fructose (sugar), which worsens your yeast infection. Apart from sugar, dry fruits also contain sulfites which can have a negative effect on your body.
You need to avoid dry fruits like dates, figs, raisins, apricots, prunes etc.
7. Food Intolerance
One of the reasons of yeast infections are food allergies. If you have any kind of food allergy, avoid these foods completely which can cause negative reactions of any kind.
Food allergies can have a wide range of common symptoms like lightheadedness, indigestion, swelling of the face, stomach cramps, breathing difficulty, itching, diarrhea, hives, fainting, metallic taste in the mouth, nausea, or nasal congestion. Having these kind of symptoms within 2 hours eating food shows you may have sensitivity to these foods.
Yeast infection can get worsen if you consume foods that your body is sensitive to.
8. Nuts and Seeds
On a candida diet some nuts needs to be avoided, as they contain high amount of mold. Also these nuts have high levels of carbohydrates, which ultimately enhances yeast infection in your body.
Cashews, pistachios, peanuts, pecans and walnuts needs to be eliminated from your diet.
Apart from apple cider vinegar, all types of vinegar contain yeast. Vinegar drains stomach acid and may cause inflammation. It can worsen you yeast infection symptoms and cause an inflammatory reaction.
On the other hand apple cider vinegar provides an alkaline benefit to the body & fights yeast infection.
10. Processed and Smoked Meats
Processed meats like sausages, hot dogs, ham, smoked fish, pastrami, corned beef are not recommended to eat if you have yeast infection. In simple words, try avoiding foods that don’t resemble the original animal.
Always spend some time researching on where your meat comes from and how it’s made.