An overgrowth of yeast may cause fatigue, digestive distress, recurring vaginal yeast infections, sinus infections, mood swings and stalled weight loss. Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast that exists in everyone, but an overgrowth can wreak havoc on your system. This yeast thrives if your immune system is compromised by stress, illness, a poor diet or antibiotics. To keep candida at bay, pay attention to the foods you eat on a daily basis. Including certain foods daily may help keep yeast under control and your immune system healthy. Choose a variety of foods from each category to keep your diet from becoming boring.
What Not to Eat
What you eat can create an environment that promotes yeast overgrowth. Foods prone to mold that can be harmless when consumed by most people can also prompt yeast overgrowth. These include mushrooms, cheese, peanuts and cashews. Avoid acidic and caffeinated foods -- think black coffee and tea. Fermented condiments, particularly vinegar, pickles, miso and alcohol are also off-limits if you have a candida overgrowth. Simple sugars, from white bread and pretzels to cakes and soda, also encourage yeast to grow. In addition, processed meats, dairy and most fruits contain sugars -- even natural ones such as lactose and fructose -- that feed yeast.
Green Vegetables and Limited Fruits
Skip starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn, but eat include plenty of green options. Leafy greens -- including spinach and kale -- lettuce, cucumber, celery, broccoli and asparagus contain fiber to scrub your system and have minimal sugars to feed yeast. Certain fruits, such as avocados, berries and olives, contain minimal fructose to promote yeast growth. Olives and avocados provide essential fatty acids, while moderate servings of berries can satisfy a sweet tooth. Season salads and avocado with lemon juice, which has little fructose to foster yeast growth.
Meat, Fish and Limited Dairy
A high-protein diet with limited carbohydrates starves a yeast overgrowth. Eat plain chicken breast, turkey, pork, grass-fed beef or wild fish daily. Avoid sauces or marinades, which often contain sugar-containing ingredients. Some plain dairy products, including kefir and butter, that don't include added sugar are other good daily foods to promote healthy digestion and good bacteria that fight yeast overgrowth.
Cold-Pressed Oils, Nuts and Seeds
Cold-pressed oils go through minimal refinement and offer tremendously beneficial fatty acids to support brain and immune system health. Examples include virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, sesame oil, pumpkin seed oil and flaxseed oil. Raw nuts, including almonds and walnuts, as well as raw pumpkin, sunflower and hemp seeds, offer additional protein, calories and quality fats to support health.
Tea and Lemon Water
Herbal, not caffeinated, teas provide drinks with flavor that include powerful ingredients to support digestive health. Ginger, peppermint and chamomile are examples of the type of tea you should drink daily to help with bloat and deter yeast, or fungal, growth. Lemon water slows digestion so your food gets to fully release its nutrients before being processed. It also contains ample vitamin C to boost your immune system.