Monday, March 11, 2013

Nine Foods That Make Your Yeast Infection Worse

If you have every made a loaf or bread or seen one made by someone else, you know that yeast transforms quickly under ideal living conditions.

Yeast feeds on the gluten in the flour causing the bread to expand.  The air pockets are the byproduct: carbon dioxide. 

Sugar is also a tasty treat for yeast, giving it the energy it needs to reproduce at a rapid rate.

Temperature is also a key player in yeast production, with a range between 90 degrees and 100 degrees serving as the perfect environment for yeast to grow.

Usually healthy bacteria in the body provide a balance to keep yeast at bay.  However, with hormonal or immune system fluctuations, or the introduction of foreign yeast into the body, this pesky fungus has the chance to take over.

Your body is like a kitchen, and if you have the right ingredients, yeast will expand at a rapid rate!

To keep yeast at bay in your body, avoid foods that are gluten or sugar rich including:

1.) Canned foods are often sneaky: starches are added to thicken the sauce and sugars to improve the flavor.
2.) Salad dressings tend to have a disappointing amount of starch or sugar as well.  High fructose corn syrup is a common ingredient in mainstream salad dressing.  Instead, look for dressings that are all-natural and additive-free.

3.) As we've seen, white bread is a source of both sugar and gluten-rich flour.  Steer clear for a few weeks.
4.) A vast majority of pastas also have a great deal of gluten, as they are made with wheat flour and eggs.
5.) Desserts need to be avoided, we know high sugar content should be moderated at all times.  Take sugar completely out of the diet during a yeast infection.

6.) Alcoholic beverages may seem like they would "kill off" yeast in the body, but when the body metabolizes them, it gives a temporary increase in blood sugar levels.  This, in turn, gives yeast a chance to feed on the sugar.
7.) Cereal is another grain that frequently contains gluten.  High-fructose corn syrup is a common additive to cereal, giving yeast a chance to grow and thrive.
8.) Crackers typically have wheat flour packed with gluten as a key ingredient that assists the growth of yeast.
9.) Sweetened yogurt has sugar added to it that feeds the yeast.  The bacteria in yogurt is great for you, but the sugar should be avoided.

Avoiding these foods will improve your health greatly, and assist your body in restoring the balance it needs to keep yeast infections at bay.

See you next time, where we will look at how to approach a prolonged yeast infection.