Yeast is always present in the body. However, its overgrowth can be triggered by certain foods. Therefore, it is important to watch your diet.
Yeast overgrowth of Candida is a common condition. This happens when the fungus that lives in your digestive tract, colonizes your gut, overpowering the good bacteria. Hence, it is important to maintain strong immunity through exercise and a healthy diet. You can avoid certain foods in your regular diet. Eliminating foods that feed yeast should be avoided as these weaken your immunity system, reduce your body’s ability to fight off infection and your digestive system.
Foods to avoid
Sugar and sweeteners
- This affects your entire body due to its inflammatory effect on the body and that causes chronic illness. Sweeteners like agave and maple syrup are high in natural sugars. Agave are highly processed that contains more fructose than high fructose corn syrup.
- Be careful with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame as it can cause inflammation and weaken your immune system. Always read the ingredients in processed foods and make sure it doesn’t contain added sugars. Instead, try plant-based sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit.
Alcohol or sugary drinks
- Drinking wine may be healthy but can lead to a drop in your blood sugar. These drinks are often associated with high sugar mixers and foods. An individual with diabetes should be careful with alcohol due to the way it reduces blood sugars quickly. The decrease in blood sugar might sound like a good thing but this drop will lead to hunger cravings and that will make us choose junks.
- Similarly, sugary drinks can be bad as they are high in fructose that can contribute to insulin resistance, liver diseases, and diabetes. Avoid drinks in cans or energy drinks because they are generally high in sugar and contain unhealthy artificial sweeteners.
Gluten and Grains
Glutens have high inflammatory properties. The gliadins in gluten interact with cells located in the intestinal lining, causing them to release a compound called zonulin. This compound interacts with other cells in the intestinal lining, causing a junction between those cells to widen. The symptoms of gluten grain can be bloating, indigestion, cramping, fatigue, and weakening of intestinal walls. Consider eating small amounts of non-glutinous pseudo-grains like millet and buckwheat instead.
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Most dairy products like milk and cheese contain lots of natural sugars (e.g lactose) making it difficult to digest. The lactose or casein found in these products is the main culprit. Instead, you can have cheese made from goat’s or sheep’s milk that is more suitable. Also, raw dairy products have a lower level of lactose as they contain the enzyme lactase that helps us to digest lactose. Avoid high sugar content like yoghurts, ice cream, and chocolate milk as they can spike your blood sugar. Ghee and butter are some forms of the diary that can be consumed but in small amounts. You can have kefir or probiotic yoghurt that has tremendous health benefits due to the probiotic bacteria that they contain.
Vegetables like acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash contain carbohydrates but once they are broken down into the sugars, they feed the yeast. Instead eat plenty of leafy greens, and other tasty veggies like Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus.
Refined and processed vegetable oils
The processed and refined vegetable oils are bad for your health due to high inflammation like omega-6 fatty acids. Olive oil contains less omega-6s and more anti-inflammatory omega-3s which should be considered. You can also go for coconut oil which can protect you from type 2 diabetes.
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