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What Is the Best Yeast Infection Diet?

Yeast does not thrive on products such as ground turkey and tuna.
Following a special diet can help yeast infection patients avoid antibiotics.
Avoiding fermented products, such as mayonnaise, can help prevent a yeast infection.
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Finding the best yeast infection diet usually involves trial and error since what works for some people may not work for others. While many people experience the occasional yeast infection, some suffer from this condition quite frequently, leading them to seek help for their chronic infections. Patients who dislike being on antibiotics regularly might find that going on a yeast infection diet is the best way to finally get rid of the fungus. One of the most common diets prohibits processed foods that are considered yeast-friendly, and encourages the ingestion of fresh meat and vegetables. Other diets that claim to cure chronic yeast infections prohibit fermented products, as well as any foods with yeast.

A diet full of processed foods is often inviting to yeast, so the best yeast infection diet will usually prohibit such products. In fact, foods that have been dried, smoked, or cured are also to be avoided. This includes hot dogs, cured bacon, beef jerky, lunchmeat, and pastrami, to name some of the most common processed and dried foods. The best yeast infection diet encourages people to eat mostly fresh meat and vegetables. Ground turkey or beef, tuna, chicken, and sardines are all meats that are encouraged on this kind of diet, since yeast does not thrive on these products.

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Anything that is fermented can encourage yeast infections, so avoiding this kind of product is helpful to a successful treatment. Alcohol is one of the most widely-known fermented products, and should be avoided with this diet. What many people do not know is that most common condiments have also been fermented, such as mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, many salad dressings, and mustard. While it is often difficult to stay away from such foods, those starting a yeast infection diet should be aware that once they get their condition under control, they can slowly start adding the prohibited foods back into their diet in moderation.

Of course, products made of bread contain yeast, and preventing an overgrowth of fungus requires shirking such foods. Pretzels, bagels, dinner rolls, and sandwich bread are all off limits on a yeast infection diet. Additionally, many desserts contain yeast, such as cake, cookies, and pastries. In fact, anything with refined or simple sugar in it needs to be avoided, including soda, syrup, chocolate, and many fresh fruits like strawberries, grapes, and oranges. Dried fruit, pistachios, and raisins are all seemingly healthy foods that need to be avoided on this yeast infection diet, as well, since they tend to be yeast-friendly.

Many people find success starting with a diet that encourages the consumption of mostly fresh foods rather than processed products. If this diet works to stop the yeast infections, it may be considered the best yeast infection diet for that patient. Of course, if no difference is noticed, it is recommended that patients gradually begin leaving out fermented foods, which usually just involves avoiding alcohol and condiments. If there is still no change, then prohibiting yeast-filled foods should be the next step. The best yeast infection diet is different for everyone. In the end, it is basically a matter of finding one that finally reduces the occurrence of infections.

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I'm on a yeast infection diet. I just eat veggies, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, beans and plain yogurt. I avoid all processed foods. I already feel much better and my symptoms are disappearing.

literally45
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@candyquilt-- You don't have to avoid all carbohydrates when you have a yeast infection. Of course it's best to stick to vegetables and beans (which also contain carbohydrates), but obviously it's difficult to eat just these foods.

The carbohydrates that are most problematic are carbohydrates that also contain yeast. So any raised bread is going to make a yeast infection worse. If you are going to have bread, buy whole grain flat bread without yeast. You can even make it at home if you're up for the challenge.

Avoid rice and potatoes as yeast generally love these types of carbohydrates as well. Unfortunately, most fresh foods are also problematic, at least in the beginning of the treatment.

candyquilt
Post 1

I had a yeast infection about six months ago. I took antibiotics and it was treated. But now it has returned and I don't want to take antibiotics again.

It's actually my fault because I have not altered my diet at all. I eat a lot of bread and I also enjoy sweets and fruit. I need to remove these from my diet.

I like meat and vegetables, so it shouldn't be too hard to prepare meals with these. But are there any carbohydrates that I can have, that will not encourage the yeast to grow?

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