There is a great deal of talk nowadays about yeast free diets. A yeast free diet, also commonly called the Candida diet or anti-Candida diet is a diet that many people follow with the hope of alleviating or eliminating a variety of acute and/or chronic unexplained health problems.
Yeast free diets are the cornerstone of treatment for a medical condition known as candidiasis, an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a type of yeast, in the intestinal system. Candida albicans is typically a healthy inhabitant of the microflora of the intestinal system and works in conjunction with “friendly” bacteria to keep us healthy. However, more often than not many aspects of our modern lifestyle disrupt this delicate balance. The main culprits seem to be overuse of antibiotics, use of oral contraceptives and diets high in processed/sugary foods. When we use antibiotics they not only eliminate the harmful bacteria making us sick but they also kill the “friendly” bacteria that help to keep Candida albicans at useful numbers. This is typically how the yeast begins to overgrow. Using oral contraceptives alters hormone levels and this fluctuation causes many women to struggle with chronic yeast infections, which is a common symptom of candidiasis. This may be a reason why women seem to struggle with this medical condition much more frequently than men. Diets high in processed/sugar foods almost seem to add insult to injury as many people burden their bodies with food that has no nutritional value and feeds the Candida causing it to continue to over grow.
This is why the goal of the Candida diet is to eat foods that promote health and do not feed the Candida. When you first look at the list of prohibited Candida feeding foods that you must eliminate from your diet it easy to be overwhelmed but rest assured there are many food that you can still enjoy. You can enjoy the following foods on a yeast free diet. Some you must enjoy in limited quantities but many you can eat freely.
Meat is generally allowed on a yeast free diet as long as it is unprocessed and has no additives that may feed the yeast. Lean cuts of meat, fish and poultry are your best choices. Meat provides the body with a good source of protein and contains no carbohydrates which feed Candida.
Legumes are another great source of protein and many other essential nutrients. There are such a variety of legumes to choose from that experimenting with different types will keep your yeast free dishes exciting. Legumes are high in carbohydrates so eating limited quantities with meats and low carbohydrate vegetable will be the key to keeping yeast overgrowth under control.
Vegetables are a great choice for any diet but should be an integral part of a yeast free diet. Choose low carbohydrate varieties and eat them raw when possible to get the highest amounts of nutrients.
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