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What Is an Antifungal Diet?

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An antifungal diet is used to help combat fungal or yeast infections in the body, such as candida, by cutting off the food on which the fungus thrives. Typically, any food that has a high sugar content, including fruits and carbohydrates, should be avoided as well as many processed foods. Foods that contain yeast or mold should also be avoided, as they may have an adverse effect on the diet. Although there is no set amount of time a person should be on the diet, it is recommended to slowly stop eating high sugar foods to avoid strong side effects.

In most cases all foods that are high in sugars, including natural sugars like most fruit, must be avoided. Specific types of sugars that are avoided in an antifungal diet include glucose, lactose, fructose, maltose and mannitol. Products like molasses, honey or any other syrup-based food must also be avoided. Most bread and cereal products or anything high in carbohydrates should also be removed from the diet. It is further recommended to avoid sweet goods, such as cookies, soda and chocolates, as they are usually high in sugar.

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Although many processed foods may not taste sweet, several contain high amounts of added sugars. It is highly recommended to read through the labeling on canned or jarred foods before purchasing. In many cases, there may be food alternatives that are sugar free or significantly lower in sugar. Foods that contain mold or yeast are also prohibited in an antifungal diet, as they may further contribute to the problem. Most cheeses, mushrooms and alcoholic beverages are not recommended.

Most vegetables, meats, beans and nuts are recommended while on an antifungal diet. Products with probiotics, such as many yogurts, are highly recommended as the addition of good bacteria may help kill the overgrown fungus. Some doctors may even recommend trying a diabetic diet plan or finding foods deemed safe for diabetic people since they are usually low in sugars.

As the fungus dies in the body, additional toxins may be released, potentially causing side effects. It is therefore recommended to slowly introduce the antifungal diet over time. This should give the body time to adjust to the changes and better handle the release of toxins released from the dying fungus. For optimal results, adequate sleep and nutrient rich food should help support the immune system and the body’s natural defenses against fungal infections.

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