If you’ve ever had a yeast infection that keeps coming back, you already know that over-the-counter (OTC) products like Monistat and Vagisil don’t always do the trick.
That’s one reason over half of women experience recurring yeast infections, also called vulvovaginal candidiasis.
The result? Along with pain, discomfort, and frustration, the majority of these women report a moderate or severe impact on their love lives.
While yeast infections are rarely life-threatening, there’s no doubt that they can reduce your quality of life.
Are you ready to learn a new way to eliminate and prevent yeast infections? By learning exactly which foods to avoid on the Candida Diet, you can get rid of Candida for good!
What is the Candida Diet?
The Candida Diet is one of the most important parts of the Candida Cleanse.
There are three main elements to the Candida Cleanse:
- Following a strict elimination diet to reduce inflammation in your body and balance your immune system
- Using Parasite Cleanse products to address parasites that can make you more susceptible to yeast infections
- Taking Candida elimination products to directly attack Candida
While it’s essential to only engage in the Parasite Cleanse and Candida elimination phases under the care of a qualified health care provider, you can try the Candida Diet at home safely.
The principle behind the Candida Diet is that certain “problem” foods can trigger immune responses, change your body’s pH, or raise your blood sugar. As a result, you’re more susceptible to candidiasis when you eat those foods..
As you begin your Candida Diet, keep in mind the following tips to ensure it works optimally:
- Along with avoiding “problem” foods, be sure to eat an anti-inflammatory diet
- Drink nothing but unfluoridated water for the first two weeks (or longer)
- Reduce your stress levels as much as possible
- Get regular exercise, but don’t overdo it
Not everyone has the same trigger foods for Candida colonization. That’s why there are two stages: the strict elimination phase, and the reintroduction and monitoring phase.
During the first two-week-long stage, you avoid all foods from this article. After the initial strict period, you can slowly and cautiously add foods back one at a time and monitor your symptoms.
4 Foods to Avoid on the Candida Diet + Reasons
#1: Processed Foods and Grains
Highly processed foods are terrible for your health, whether or not you’re prone to yeast infections.
But for people with recurring yeast infections, processed foods are even worse.
Generally speaking, processed foods are mass-produced, packaged foods with lots of ingredients. If you can’t make something yourself, or it if has more than a few ingredients, it’s probably processed.
The preservatives, flavor additives, and other chemicals in processed foods contribute to inflammation in your body, making you more susceptible to yeast colonization.
Along with processed foods, you’ll also avoid all grain and cereal products during the Candida Diet. Whether or not they’re refined, grains contain anti-nutrients that block nutrients, damage your gut, and trigger immune responses in your body.
Here are processed foods and grain foods to avoid on the Candida Diet:
- Anything processed
Instead, focus on eating whole foods, healthy fats, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
#2: Sugary Foods
Like processed foods, it’s common knowledge that sugary foods are best avoided.
But in the case of Candida, high blood sugar levels can increase your risk of yeast infection, too.
- Avoid these foods:
- Fruit juices
- All sugars (sugar cane, molasses, maple syrup, honey, and all varieties of corn syrup)
Along with the obvious culprits, sugar can be in places you’d least expect. Make sure to check labels for all types of sugar and avoid those foods.
#3: Inflammatory and Allergenic Foods
Foods that increase inflammatory immune responses in your body lead to a greater risk of yeast infections.
Even if you don’t have a diagnosed food allergy, certain foods can trigger subtle problems that lead to more Candida colonization.
Here’s what to avoid:
- All dairy
As with sugar, dairy and soy are found in many different foods, so take the time to check labels at the grocery store.
And of course, if you have additional food allergies, be certain to avoid those foods, too.
#4: Mold and Fungus Harboring Foods
Foods that harbor mold and fungus can keep your immune system busy and prevent it from eliminating Candida.
Here’s what to steer clear of to help your immune system fight yeast infections:
- Peanut Butter
Also be cautious about any produce or other food that travels long distances or sits in storage. The best option is to buy fresh, local foods and cook them as soon as you can.
#5: Acidic and pH-Imbalancing Foods
Changing the pH of your body and vagina can raise or lower your risk of yeast infections.
Here’s what you need to avoid to maintain a healthy pH during the Candida Diet:
- Soy Sauce
- Pickles (all types)
Most people can add back acidic foods once they complete the elimination phase of the diet, but don’t rush it. Everyone’s body is different, so pay attention to your symptoms during the reintroduction phase.
Along with knowing with foods to avoid on the Candida Diet, you can also lower your risk of recurrent yeast infections by getting enough sleep, minimizing your stress levels, and lowering your blood sugar with an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise.
If you’re interested in a comprehensive Candida Cleanse, Complete Care Health Centers has over 15 years of pioneering experience helping patients get rid of vulvovaginal candidiasis.