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Saturday, September 17th, 2011
Treat Thrush, Candida And Yeast Infections – The Anti-Candida Diet
In the gut, mouth and genitals of a healthy body, there are a large number of single cell microbes called Candida. These organisms occur naturally and are kept under control by a combination of the body’s normal immune system and the good bacteria which are also present.
However, in certain conditions, Candida can run riot, taking on a ‘root’-like structure which damages the mucous membranes of the gut and leeches into the bloodstream, causing systemic as well as localised yeast infections.
One of the major factors responsible for this problem is the food consumed and, to treat Candida in a holistic way, this is the first area that needs to be addressed. Adhering to a diet which embraces foods that discourage the growth Of Candida can deter yeast infections and improve your general health.
Top of the list is to refrain from eating refined sugar and carbohydrates. Refined sugar encompasses all simple carbohydrates such as honey and molasses. Refined carbohydrates are white flour, white rice and any type of cereals. Eating these substances will cause Candida overgrowth because they feed the organisms.
To prevent Candida overgrowth, use Stevia, Xylitol or Agave Nectar instead of sugar and replace refined carbohydrates with whole grain non-gluten products (such as brown rice, buck wheat bread).
Other foods which can encourage the growth of Candida are those which contain yeast or mould. This means that mushrooms, white vinegar, dried
fruits, canned vegetables and some condiments should not be eaten. Likewise beer and alcohol. However, apple cider vinegar is recommended in the fight against Candida.
Antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria in your body and weaken your immune system so, not only should they be avoided, but so should anything in the food chain that might also have consumed them. Eating organic is encouraged because the prime culprits are meat and dairy products.
Dairy products, and cow’s milk products in particular, should also be avoided
because they can lead to allergic reactions, create excessive mucus and take
longer to digest. Some of the main yeast infection factors can include allergies
and digestive problems.
Maintaining the right acid:alkaline (PH) balance is crucial in Preventing Candida overgrowth. The PH in your blood is measured on a scale from zero to 14, where zero is the most acid and 14 the most alkaline and the optimum level for body function is 7.35-7.45. Too much acidity provides an environment which allows the Candida to flourish so a diet where the focus is on alkaline-forming foods is favoured. These foods contain calcium, caesium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, almonds, green juices and most fresh vegetables. Most meats, fish, dairy and grain products encourage acid to form and so their consumption should be moderated.
Eating garlic every day, along with foods that are rich in betacarotene (a natural substance that’s converted into vitamin A in the body), has also been shown to be beneficial in the fight against yeast infections.
About the Author
Keira Benson is passionate about helping men and women to cure their Candida Symptoms. For help and advice, go to:
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