An imbalanced diet can lead to all sorts of health problems, and can make you more vulnerable to conditions like yeast infections.
Yeast lives naturally in our bodies, and helps to break down and eliminate glucose. However diets that are high in refined sugars and carbohydrates can provide an excessive amount of glucose in the body, which can encourage yeast to grow out of control. Also foods that have high yeast content can have a similar effect so it is important to limit the following foods as part of a natural, balanced diet:
* Sweets, cakes and chocolates
* White bread
* Fizzy soft drinks
* Hydrogenated oils and animal fats
* Canned or bottled fruit juices
* Malted products
The 'good' bacteria in your body that helps to control and prevent yeast infections feed mainly on sugars derived from fruits and vegetables, so you can boost your body's defenses by making sure you eat at least 5 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day. This will also help to boost your whole immune system and protect against a whole range of different infections.
You can also help replenish the body's supplies of 'good' bacteria by taking live culture supplements, or by eating live culture yogurt. You should look out for the culture 'lactobacillus acidophilus', and stay away from any flavored yogurts as these can contain high levels of added sugar.
Iron deficiencies have also been linked to yeast infections, so it is important to incorporate iron rich foods in your diet such as dark green vegetables, red meat, seeds and nuts.
A number of vitamin and mineral supplements have been known to help prevent yeast infections. Garlic and zinc tablets boost the immune system and help protect against all sorts of illnesses, and herbs that support and soothe the digestive system such as gentian can improve resistance against yeast infections. When you are choosing supplements you must look for the sugar and yeast free varieties, and it is also a good idea to stay away from artificially colored remedies as these can cause allergic reactions. If you are taking other medications, it is important to consult your doctor before taking any herbal or vitamin supplements as these can sometimes interact with other drugs.
Controlling blood sugar levels can also help control yeast growth, so make sure you are eating small regular meals throughout the day, and always have a good breakfast in the morning. Low fat meals with a good balance of complex carbohydrates can also help regulate blood sugar.
Some people are allergic to fungus and should stay away from foods that contain yeast, mushrooms and molds. A wide variety of foods and drinks contain the yeast 'saccharomyces', more commonly known as Brewers Yeast. Some seeds and nuts such as peanuts and pistachios naturally contain different types of molds, so these will need to be avoided also.
It can be difficult making changes to your diet, but by eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep and exercise you can help prevent a wide range of unnecessary illnesses including yeast infections.