To understand how diet can affect yeast infections or the possibility of their recurrence it is important to understand the basic nature of an infection. A yeast infection results from a imbalance in your body's chemistry. In normal circumstances the yeast that causes the infection, candida albicans, exists in the body along its natural competitor, bacteria. Infections occur when the yeast experiences a population explosion.
This can happen in one of two ways. First, conditions in the body can become more favorable for the yeast. Second, conditions become less favorable for the bacteria. Often these two things occurs at the same time. The result is a yeast infection. The cure is to reverse the trends – create less favorable conditions for the yeast and more favorable conditions for the bacteria.
These conditions can be triggered both internally and externally. For example, tight clothes made from synthetic fibers – external conditions – are known to sometimes trigger yeast infections. Also, a cycle of antibiotics – internal conditions – can reduce the population of bacteria and result in a yeast infection.
It is therefore easy to understand how diet can affect infections. Here are some tips:
– Drink lots of water: The goal is designing a diet to reduce the chances of an infection is to return the body back to a normal, healthy balance. Besides being part of a normal healthy diet, eight glasses of water a day will help to flush your body of whatever it is that's causing the imbalance.
– Eat fresh veggies: There's a lot to benefit a body and return it to its natural balance in fresh, green vegetables. However, try to avoid veggies with a lot of sugar or carbohydrates like corn, potatoes and carrots. That's yeast food and so will encourage more growth and a continuing imbalance in the body.
– Yogurt: It has long been known that yogurt is beneficial to those suffering from a yeast infection. This is because it is made from and often contains healthy doses of bacteria. Once again, the goal is to tip the balance away from the yeast's favor.
– Moderation: Sometimes not feeling well sees like a good excuse to curl up on the coach with a quart of ice-cream but it usually is not beneficial and that's especially so in this case. Most foods will be OK in moderation although an eye should be kept on sweet or sugary foods for reasons discussed above.
Diet is an important part of maintaining a healthy balance in the body. When this balance is disrupted a yeast infection can occur. Watching what you eat and knowing how this will affect that balance can help you cut down on the number of yeast infections and shorten the time it takes to cure them when they do occur.