There is interesting information out there about yeast infections.. much of it is not very reliable & most diet changes can help prevent yeast infections.
Yeasts are everywhere. They live in soil. They reside on the skins of fruit & berries. Yeast live in the body, some yeasts are good and others are not.
The yeast most often responsible for infections in the body is Candida albicans (aka Candida). Although Candida is a normal resident of the body,it is considered an "opportunistic pathogen" meaning it is only harmful if it is allowed to grow out of control.
The most common cause of yeast infections?
Antibiotic use. Antibiotics kill good bacteria (which protect the body from yeast overgrowth) as well as bad bacteria. Other conditions that may promote the abnormal growth of yeast in the body include pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, diabetes & HIV infections.
Yeasts in food, however, are an entirely different species from the pathogen Candida albicans. Nutritional yeasts are "friendly fungi" much like mushrooms & other "organisms" we add to food for one reason or other. Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) is a common yeast that has been used to make bread for thousands of years.
Other strains of Saccharomyces are used to ferment grape juice into wine. Kombucha is a fermented sweetened tea made with a nutritional yeast. Some yeasts are even used to turn corn into ethanol fuel.
There is alot of diet advice on how to prevent yeast infections found on the internet, such as eliminating everything but garlic, spices, herbs & vegetables.
Here are some reliable remedies:
• Increase your intake of Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophiius). These good bacteria in the gut keep Candida yeast cells from growing out of control. Look at food labels to find foods such as milk, kefir, or yogurt that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus as an ingredient.
• Keep up your defenses. Protein-containing foods strengthen our immune system so it can thwart the growth of wayward yeast cells. Include at least one of these at each meal: fish, poultry, meat, eggs, low fat cheese, yogurt, milk, beans, nut or nut butters.
• Make half your plate vegetables. Cooked or raw, these foods feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut that keep the bad Candida boys under control.
• Add some raw garlic to your diet. Garlic has proved antifungal & anti-bacterial properties. Chop it finely and add it to salad dressings & other fresh foods.
• Consider taking a probiotic supplement that contains Lactobacillus - the good guys shown to control the growth of Candida. One trustworthy brand is Culturelle which, contains Lactobacillus GG.
• Cut extra sugar from your diet. Eat whole fruit and avoid excessive amounts of juice and other sugared beverages. Ideas for breakfast? Try eating plain or low-sugar yogurt made th Lactobacillus live active" cultures.
• Bottom line:
1. Avoid the overuse of antibiotics.
2. Load your gut with good bacteria in the form of active live Lactobacillus-containing foods.
3. Eat some protein at each meal.
4. Load up with vegetables.
5. If you haven't already, let your doctor know about your symptoms so he can prescribe necessary medical therapy.
6 November 2012