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Benefits of Yeast Free Diet

Updated on July 1, 2012

A yeast free diet helps in inhibiting over growth of yeast in the body that causes infections like thrush and candidiasis. There are over a hundred species of yeast known at present out of which six species are commonly found in the human body in moist areas like the mouth, urinary tract, and digestive system. Micro organisms like good bacteria in our bodies feed on the yeast and keep a check on its growth. However drugs ingested to fight harmful bacteria sometimes throw off the healthy balance between the good bacteria and yeast and cause an overgrowth of yeast. While most forms of yeast infections can be easily spotted and diagnosed there are other cases that go undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time. This is due to the fact that we do not pay much attention to bearable symptoms like constipation, bloating and gas, which leads to further health complications. A number of uncomfortable symptoms of a yeast infection include fatigue, loss of appetite, low levels of energy and headaches. Some other symptoms may also include flatulence, diarrhoea, and rectal or bladder inflammation. An easy way to curb the overgrowth of yeast in the body is to follow a yeast free diet. It is imperative for those suffering from recurrent yeast infections to avoid eating food that promotes yeast growth.

A yeast free diet is a simple diet that helps lower the levels of yeast in the body and curbs yeast infections. Following a yeast free diet is very simple. Stay away from food that contains sugar as it is a good medium for the growth of yeast in the blood and body. Avoid food that mould themselves or contain high levels of yeast like fermented food items, dairy products, and starchy substances that break down to sugars.

Yeast promoting food to be avoided:

Yeast foods:

Vinegar, pickled food items, mayonnaise

Fermented beverages

Beer and wines

Bakery products like bread, rolls, pastries, and cookies

Sugary foods:

Citrus fruits like grapes, prunes, and figs

Processed sugar or items that contain processed sugar

Juices that contain high levels of fructose


Fruit juices and soft drinks

Also avoid mouldy food items like cheese, malt, cured bacon, and limit intake of starchy food items like potatoes and corn.

Cooking for a yeast free diet may be a little difficult in the beginning with the elimination of most food items that are generally stocked up in your house. Do not despair stock up your kitchen with fresh vegetables, meat, poultry and fish. A yeast free diet can also be followed by eating eggs, unprocessed nuts, yoghurt, and whole grains. Substitute your normal cooking oil with unrefined oil. There are a number of yeast free recipes that are easy to make. Try out dishes that use vegetables, meat and fish as main ingredients and with a little ingenuity you will soon be fixing scrumptious yeast free meals for the whole family. A yeast free diet not just helps inhibit the growth of yeast in the body but also has you lose excess weight. Make a conscious effort to stick to a yeast free diet for a minimum of six weeks to three months to reap its benefits. A yeast free diet and a moderate exercise regime will not just make you feel and look healthier but also help you live longer!


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      Yaamini Radhakrishnan 

      5 years ago

      This information is really very helpful. Will keep these things in mind

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      6 years ago

      i like the information provided here. very helpful.



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