Published: 28th September 2009
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The yeast free diet is gaining popularity as problems of yeast infections, especially in women, are on the rise these days. Yeast infection, scientifically called Candida or Moniliasis, is caused by yeast, a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including inside our bodies. According to rough estimates, 20-50 percent of healthy women carry yeast in more than one areas of their body. Usually, yeast and bacteria are present in our body but our immune system keeps them inactive. However, if you are sick or taking antibiotics, it can multiply and cause an infection. Following an yeast free diet will ensure that these problems do not occur to you.

Some ways a yeast infection manifests itself include -

• Thrush or oropharyngeal candidiasis - the infection generally occurs in the mouth and surrounding organs.

• Intetrigo, a skin irritation caused by moist surfaces in close contact.

• Vaginitis or Candida vulvovaginitis - the symptoms are usually burning and itching, caused by the discharge of an odorless light colored (white or yellow) fluid.

There are various medical treatments for yeast infections like lotions, creams, oral pills, as well as self-care products. However, one of the most preferred ways to fight such infections is start a yeast free diet and remove sugars from your diet. A yeast free diet aims to inhibit the overgrowth of yeasts within the body. Yeast free diets take up to six weeks to show results. However, when followed religiously, these can help tremendously in countering yeast infections and related health concerns.

Foods to be included in the yeast free diet plan are:

• Vegetables like naturally grown organic beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, celery, parsley, peas, spinach, and tomatoes.

• Fish, chicken and eggs

• Fruits like berries, grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple.

• Unprocessed grain and cereals

• Unsweetened and yeast free baked products

• Dried black-eyed, chickpeas, and lentils

• Unsweetened soymilk

• Vegetable and meat broths without sweetener

Foods restricted in a yeast free diet are:

• Processed foods

• Flake cereals and sprouted grain cereals

• Pasta

• Cakes, pastries and processed baked food containing sugar

• Processed legumes

• Tofu

• Nuts and seeds

• Sweetened dairy products

• Dried fruit

• Alcohol

• Condiments

• Sauces and pickles

• Meat products with added antibiotics and hormones

• Smoked meats

• Vegetables like mushrooms and the skins of beetroot, tomato, carrot, potatoes, and cucumber.

In the first few weeks, the lack of food can cause a massive die-out of yeast within the system, further resulting into flu-like fatigue, weakness, and irritability. Nevertheless, the yeast free diet takes effect and enhances the body's energy reserves, thus curing the weakness. Eventually, the body adapts to the diet and grows healthier. To maintain long-term health and prevent recurring yeast problems you should continue to have the yeast free foods.

You do not have to give up the restricted foods at all times, in a yeast free diet. You can also add the restricted foods one at a time in moderate quantities but only after closely monitoring its effects on your body.

A moderate exercise program like a twenty-minute session of walking, swimming or other light exercises, two or three times a week, is enough to make a difference, especially if done outdoors. By implementing yeast free diet and making a conscious effort to rely primarily on basic unprocessed foods the body will be healthier and you can get rid of the undesirable symptoms of yeast.


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