The human intestines, genital or urinary tract and the mouth are the natural habitats of the Candida yeasts. In a healthy body, these yeasts do not cause any damage. The strong immune system and the beneficial bacteria living in the body prevent the overgrowth of these microorganisms. However, if the immune system of the body becomes weakened or the beneficial bacteria die due to some reason, the Candida yeasts start multiplying uncontrollably.Dangers of Candida infection
Yeast overgrowth causes several types of fungal infections such as skin fungal infection, vaginal yeast infection and oral thrush. Sometimes yeast overgrowth is thought to be responsible for gastrointestinal problems such as stomach pain, heartburn, gas, colitis, constipation and diarrhea. If your immune system is functioning normally, the Candida infection is superficial and can be treated easily. Candida infection can lead to serious health complications only when a person has poor immunity. People suffering from cancer or AIDS can develop serious yeast infection known as systematic candidiasis.
According to the practitioners of alternative medicines, Candida infection could be treated with proper diet plan. The Candida diet has been designed specifically to treat as well as to prevent Candida overgrowth. The first step of the Candida diet is removing the toxins accumulating in your body from Candida overgrowth. The detox diet is followed by a diet plan that cures Candida infection. In the last step of Candida diet plan, you should include probiotic foods in your diet and eliminate foods that encourage Candida growth.
Foods to avoid
People suffering from Candida infection, often experience sugar craving. Excess sugar in the diet could trigger Candida overgrowth in people susceptible to this condition. In the initial stage of the diet, your regular carbohydrate intake should not be more than 60 grams. After the fungal infection is cured, you can gradually increase your carbohydrate intake to the normal level. However, it is advisable to limit sugar and refined carbohydrate even in your long-term diet. A Candida diet is devoid of all forms of sugar, syrups and honey. Foods that contain yeast and fermented foods should be avoided by people with Candida infection.
A Candida diet comprises of low carbohydrate meals. Your meal should contain low fat proteins such as lean meat, fish and eggs, vegetables, fruits and fruit juices, (cranberry juice is extremely beneficial for Candida infection), low gluten grains such as rice and millet and fresh unsweetened yogurt.