Having vaginal candidiasis can be frustrating so I know you’re ready to kick it out anytime you encounter it. Before you get worried, note that it is natural to have some yeast cells (candida cells) in your vagina. It’s only when these yeast cells grow too much above the normal limit that you begin to have an issue. Sometimes, candidiasis continues to the extent that, no matter what you do it keeps coming back frequently. That is when you begin to hate your own vagina. If you get vaginal candidiasis frequently you may assume it cannot be cured. Vaginal candidiasis can be effectively treated with medications and prevented when you practise good hygiene and eat the appropriate anti-candida foods. If you want to prevent candidiasis, minimize the following foods.
Candida albicans (the organism that causes candidiasis) loves sugar and feed on them. Even though the sugars in fruits are natural sugars it’s intake should be reduced. Moreover, fruit juice from these should also be reduced. Fruit juice won’t immediately affect your blood sugar, but in the long-term they likely will. It’s important to reduce the intake of dried fruits and avoid them during treatment of candidiasis. Drying of fruits basically increases their sweetness. Both fruit juices and dried fruits are good examples of how a relatively low sugar fruit can be processed into something that has a much greater impact on your blood sugar. Some examples of high sugar fruits are pineapple, pawpaw, mango, water melon, grapes, dates, raisins. You can fall on fruits with low sugar such as lemons, limes, avocados and berries.
Some dairy foods contain high level of natural sugars which are suitable for candida to overgrow and multiply rapidly. Their consumption should be reduced. Females who experience candidiasis frequently should avoid them. Example of diary product to reduce or avoid are milk and aged cheese that container sweetener or sugar. You can go in for eggs, plain unsweetened yogurt, fresh goat/cow milk, soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, rice milk, oat milk, cashew milk
Grains containing gluten are not good when you want to treat/prevent candida. It is important to eat grains that do not contain gluten during candida treatment. One problem faced in the fight against candida currently is the increase number of new grain varieties. They are different from what our forefathers ate. Our current grains though have increased yields but contain high amount of gluten than was present before. Reduce the intake or take a break from gluten containing foods. If you want to eat grains, consider eating grain without gluten. The examples of foods containing high gluten levels are; All refined grains, bread, sweetened baked foods. Go for Millet, oat, wheat, corn.
Flesh & Fish
Some types of meat are perfectly acceptable on a candida diet, for example chicken, lean beef, lamb and turkey. Red meats are still generally acceptable but in smaller amounts. Try to buy local, organic, and hormone-free if you can. You can also get plenty of protein from eggs and fish. Fish are a good source of protein to include in your candida diet. However, there are some meats and fishes that you should definitely avoid. Example are pork, processed meats like lunch meat and sausage. Reduce the intake of shellfish, swordfish, tuna.
Nuts & seeds
Most nuts are accepted in diet during candida treatment. Nuts provide great amount of protein. This why nuts are very important for vegetarians. Candida sufferers tend to suffer more when certain nuts are eaten so you might want to think about excluding these from your diet until you have recovered from your Candida overgrowth. A typical nut to avoid is peanut (groundnut). Cashew nut, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds etc can be eaten without any problem.
Fats and oils
Refined and processed vegetable oils are generally bad news for your health, and you should avoid them while on the anti-Candida diet. There are plenty of excellent oils to choose from, without resorting to these over-processed vegetable derivatives. Check the table above and select from the included the best that are available to you.
Be vigilant in buying these excellent oils as there are some fake products out there.
Most healthy sweeteners contain high amount of natural sugars and these will be great source of food for candida to overgrow and a cause problem. Artificial sweeteners are no exception. Make sure to go in for healthy sweeteners that won’t raise your blood sugar or cause long-term health problems. Try plant-based sweeteners. Make your choice from the table in case you want to add a sweetener to your diet.
Condiments with Added Sugars
Many condiments and salad dressings contain large amounts of hidden sugars, which can exacerbate your candida overgrowth. Products like salad dressings might be marketed as a healthy choice, when in reality they are the exact opposite. For an alternative salad dressing, try homemade dressings with combinations of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. If you need to add flavour to your food, try to do it by adding herbs, spices, and healthy oils instead. Avoid or reduce the intake of barbecue sauce, ketchup and mayonnaise.
Alcoholic or Sugary Drinks
Drinking large amounts of alcohol can lead to a temporary drop in your blood sugar, something that many people don’t realize. On the other hand, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol tends to increase your blood sugar. Additionally, alcoholic drinks are often associated with high sugar mixers and foods. For similar reasons, sugary drinks are generally a bad idea on the Candida diet. Many of the drinks that you find in cans or cartons at your local supermarket are even worse. Energy drinks tend to be particularly loaded with added sugars and stimulants, so they should be eliminated from your diet too.
Many females have followed this eating plan to protect themselves from candidiasis. It is important to be discipline and follow it religiously.
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The article was written by Godfrey Yeboah Amoah and published at vagicarekonsult.com. Translation and voice note were done by Mrs. Nancy Boateng