Many people have a yeast overgrowth and may not realize the detrimental effects on their health. Yeast overgrowth is obvious in chronic vaginal yeast infections and episodes of thrush. However, yeast can cause skin irritation, problems with your lower gastrointestinal tract and spawn inflammation. Working on yeast from the inside out can minimize these effects.
Artificial sweeteners are an option to minimize sugar, and it is your personal preference if you want to include them in your diet. Although natural sweeteners, such as agave or honey, can be a better alternative than sugar, they may continue to facilitate the growth of yeast. When you change the amount of sugar you consume in your beverages, you do not need to eliminate sugar suddenly.
Start by replacing one-quarter of the sugar you typically add to beverages with a different natural or artificial sweetener. As you become acclimated to the taste, switch half of your sweetener. The taste of artificial sweeteners can vary drastically and many people have a difficult time using them because of the aftertaste.
Try different artificial sweeteners, until you discover one that works with your tastes. There are different types of premade beverages you may want to consider that have little or no sugar. Sugar-free drink mixes are an option if you become bored with drinking plain water. Ideally, you should incorporate more water into your diet and rely less on other beverages.
Restrict Your Carbohydrates
Starches are a form of sugar that also feeds yeast. Look at obvious sources of carbohydrates in your diet, and determine a way to replace or eliminate most of them. Bread, pasta and rice are loaded with carbohydrates. Start by being meticulous about your serving size for carbs.
Use a measuring cup or food scale to make sure you are only eating one serving of carbs at a meal. Try eliminating some of the carbs from burgers or sandwiches by tossing one part of the bun and eating sandwiches open-faced. Look for types of pasta or rice that may have fewer carbohydrates, such as brown rice or whole-wheat pasta.
Avoid Hidden Yeast Feeders
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, but some of them can fuel the growth of yeast. Eating too much fruit in your diet is a problem, because fruit has many natural sugars. Starchy vegetables, such as corn and peas, are also problematic and seem benign.
When you remove many the major carbohydrates in your diet, you should implement a diet that relies more on vegetable-based carbs. However, you need to determine which vegetables have the least amount of carbs, and only indulge in starchy vegetables sparingly.
Probiotic supplements can help regulate gut bacteria and reduce the amount of yeast in your gut. When the number of healthy bacteria in your gut is low, this can give opportunistic microorganisms, such as yeast, the opportunity to proliferate. You need a balance of healthy bacteria and yeast in your gut to make your digestive tract work effectively.
When you choose a probiotic, only buy the amount you need in a month. You want to make sure there are enough active bacteria to make a difference. Probiotic yogurts are another option to help regulate gut flora. Read the label on the yogurt before purchase, since not all yogurts have live and active cultures.
Candida thrives in an environment with many sugars and carbs. When you are trying to reduce the amount of sugar and carbs in your diet, make sure you understand which foods are likely to contribute to yeast overgrowth to avoid undoing your progress…