Normally, Candida or yeast is always present in the human body but its overgrowth can cause infections; it can be quite troublesome. Certain foods can increase the growth of yeast and that is why it becomes more important for you to know about these to be able to watch your intake/consumption. Listed below is a list of food and beverages that you should avoid to prevent an overgrowth of yeast in the body.Yeast containing foods such as breads, pizza, cakes, pretzels, muffins and rolls are made of dough that is essentially a breeding ground for yeast. Other fermented foods such as salad dressings and pickles also contain yeast and hence, are best avoided.
Alcoholic beverages such as vodka and beer contain yeast and so their consumption should be limited.
Sugar acts as food for yeast and can lead to an overgrowth of the existing yeast in your body. Ice-creams, candies and other sugary savouries can be quite detrimental in the long run. Soft drinks are also high in sugar content.
Fruits, such as watermelon and honeydew and certain vegetables, such as squash, potatoes and beets also have high yeast content.
Artificial sweeteners, maple syrup or honey should also be avoided because of the high sugar content in them.
Avoid cheese. If you have a history of being lactose intolerant, milk products will decrease your capacity to fight excess yeast.
Processed foods such as chips and frozen foods such as sausages etc. can have hidden sugars that can cause an increase in yeast levels.
Starchy food, such as potato and corn are high in sugar and cause yeast excess in the body.
Candida thrives on moulds which are found in moist and damp areas. Mould contamination is commonly found in beef and dairy products. Grains kept in silos for a long time may also suffer from mold and be prone to yeast overgrowth. Foods that increase yeast in body are also the ones with natural mold content, such as mushrooms, blue cheeses and dried meats.
It is sensible to watch your diet if you suspect a yeast infection. Foods that increase yeast in body are best avoided to control the yeast level in the body. In case of severe infections, it is advisable to consult a doctor for treatment and dietary advice.
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