Candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast that lives in the digestive tract. This fungus doesn’t cause problems until there’s an overgrowth. For years I struggled with so many symptoms of candida, though I wasn’t aware of what the problem was at the time. I felt tired, irritable, bloated, had digestive problems, headaches; the list was seemingly endless!
After doing a lot of research and finally finding the right doctor, I discovered I had a widespread yeast infection. I went on a candida cleanse diet, coped with the uncomfortable die-off symptoms, and vowed to stay as healthy as possible and do what I could to prevent another overgrowth of candida. These four tips have worked the best for me and I’ve been virtually candida-free for several years now.
1. Avoid Processed Foods
This is easy enough to follow and a wise approach regardless of what health plan you’re following. Start reading the labels and packages of foods you buy and if they contain more than five ingredients, are loaded with starch and sugar, or contain ingredients you can’t pronounce or sound like something made in a laboratory, pass it up. Instead, stick to the freshest foods possible. Shop on the outer perimeters of the store, focusing on lean meats, low-fat dairy, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only will these foods help you feel better in general, but they’re excellent candida cleansing foods .
2. Avoid Birth Control Pills
If you can, rely on condoms for birth control since “the pill” can not only wreak havoc on your hormones but it can also change the pH levels in the vagina, creating an ideal environment for candida to grow out of control. Out of all the women I know, including myself, I haven’t met one yet that didn’t have trouble with yeast infections while taking birth control pills.
3. Avoid Yeasty and Fermented Foods
If you’re trying to prevent yeast overgrowth, it’s wise to avoid fermented products and those containing yeast such as soy sauce, beer, and bread. These always made my candida symptoms worse. Your gut would normally be breaking down the candida albicans but when you eat fermented and yeasty things it has to work at breaking this yeast down, giving candida a chance to overpopulate and spread.
4. Avoid Stress
Out of everything you can do to prevent candida, this has got to be the toughest to follow. If you have a job, a family, are in school, facing any problems, and have too much packed into your day, leading a stress-free life is virtually impossible. An overload of stress can throw off your body’s natural hormone balance and lower your immune system, leaving the door wide open for candida to thrive. No matter how busy you are though, try to find just ten minutes a day to meditate, exercise, listen to soothing music, or anything you enjoy doing that helps reduce stress.
By following these four steps you have a good chance of avoiding another candida overgrowth. It’s worked for me for several years yet whenever I get off this simple protocol I can feel the symptoms of candida creeping up on me.