Candidiasis is the most common type of yeast infection. A yeast infection is caused due to overgrowth of yeast fungus, mostly candida albicans, in the vagina. Yeast flourishes in a warm and damp environment. Yeast infection can cause discomfort, itching, irritability and certain complications in pregnancy.
A yeast infection can be a result of poor diet, imbalance in good bacteria present in the vagina and intestines and unhygienic conditions. Use of antibiotics is not preferred during pregnancy to treat yeast candidiasis.
Antibiotics target good bacteria present in the system that keep candida cells under control. It results in growth of infection after a point. A candida diet is recommended since it helps keep the foods which trigger yeast infections out of the system.
A good diet strengthens the immune system and fights against the yeast bacteria by cutting off the supply of food, especially sugar which the bacteria thrive on.
Candida diet must-dos
It is important that you detoxify your body in order to cleanse it and free it from any form of bacteria inside. Drink plenty of water and low-sugar fluids. Exercise helps release toxins and increases immunity.
Eat vegetables, protein-rich food like eggs and meats and cut down on excess carbohydrates. Green tea is very helpful in detoxifying the body. High sugar and excess carbohydrates in your diet help yeast flourish.
A good way of reducing the yeast population in your body is by using anti-microbial herbs and phytochemicals. One should use these for 15 days, taking another 5 days off. The cycle should be repeated until the body is free from the infection. The 5-day gap in between makes it difficult for the bacteria to multiply.
Use of probiotics is highly recommended. Yogurt is a good source of probiotic bacteria. A probiotic bacterium produces bacteriocins which operates as a natural antibiotic and kills harmful microorganisms.
Foods to avoid
What we eat directly affects our system in good or bad ways. It is important to keep a check on our diet in order to fight disease and stay healthy. In order to control candidiasis, it is important to cut down on sugar. Alcohol, cheese, honey, chocolates, dried fruits, peanuts, wheat, oats and vinegar are among the food items one must avoid to fight yeast infection.