Candida is one type of the many yeast species that naturally live in the human body. The most common type of yeast fungi in the human body and on our skin is the Candida Albicans. It often grows out of control, causing the unpleasant yeast infection disease – Candidiasis.
Let’s make it clear at the beginning: bacteria and fungi live with us!
There are plenty of microorganisms in the human body that we need for our normal functioning. For example, without the beneficial bacteria of the intestinal flora, we would not have healthy digestion. Also, a bacteria (Lactobacillus) maintains a healthy acidic vaginal pH in women. And although many people may not have known this way, candida fungus is present in the vagina flora. Usually, we do not even notice that.
When does Candida overgrowth cause problems?
The natural biological balance of the gut flora can be overwhelmed: for example, taking hormone-containing medicines, perhaps an antibiotic cure, possibly certain diseases (e.g., diabetes), compromised immune system, etc. If the internal order breaks down, Candida can be overgrown, and onsets the candidiasis.
Candida overgrowth can cause diseases in the vagina, urinary tract, intestines, joints, mouth (thrush), sinus, on the skin, nail, and systemic candida infection may be responsible for the CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) as well.
Systemic candida infection symptoms may include abdominal pain, diarrhea, memory loss, fatigue, joint pain, headaches, nasal congestion, thrush in the mouth, throat, and on the skin, painful urination, etc.
The yeast infection of the vagina is commonly called vaginal candidiasis or vaginitis. Its characteristic symptoms are unpleasant discharge accompanied by pruritus, burning sensation, and pain. It is advisable to visit a gynecologist who will require the necessary therapy, which is primarily a local treatment with clotrimazole or fenticonazole by using suppositories, vaginal tablets, ointments to suppress the growth of fungi.
What is Candida Diet?
Diet is not only for those who want to lose weight. You may need a diet because of other health reasons. You may require dietary restrictions — for example, in the case of Candida overgrowth. First of all, please, be aware that that diet is not a substitute for treating candidiasis. However, it can effectively supplement it to help it heal faster.
Dietary restraint is primarily aimed to cut sugar out of the diet. Candida flourish on sugar, i.e., it reproduces faster when the blood glucose level is higher. Besides, to restrict direct sugar intake, you should also take the fast-absorbing carbohydrates out from the diet as these can also increase your blood glucose!
Foods to Avoid During Candidiasis:
- soft drinks
- bread and dough made with white flour
- fruits with high sugar content: grapes, bananas, sweet pears, etc.
Lifestyle change decreases the chance of candidiasis
If you overeat carbohydrates, you are taking oral contraception or overstressed, increasing the risk of infection. Specialists warn that in addition to proper nutrition, you can reduce the occurrence of candidiasis if doing exercise, stress management, avoiding excessively tight clothing, and drying your towels thoroughly. Give attention to the cleanness of your body and your sportswear after a workout because sweating is beneficial to fungi growth. Some people swear by a strict diet, but in the long run, a balanced lifestyle is the best solution.