Following a diet is an important element of treating a fungal infection.
Actually, there is no one universal diet for people with fungal infection. Antifungal diet, as any other dietary measures, should be individually chosen for the need of a given person. Patients usually have one of two attitudes regarding diet in a fungal infection: they either consider it a superfluous element of treatment, or they follow an overly strict regimen (“starving their body”, which brings about an opposite result: weakening or loss of immune function), which they find on the Internet.
Well-chosen diet should provide our body with all the nutrients necessary for its function, while at the same time allow to save the energy used to digest them.
Using a correct, slightly more rigorous, menu in the initial phase of treatment, and implementing rules for correct nutrition later on, will allow us to restore correct immune function and help in the fight against the fungal infection.
Similar to other diets, we should also be consistent, because that is the only way to effectively eliminate fungal infection.
Antifungal diet is based on long-term changes in nutrition habits and is not the same all the time – it is a stage diet. After a period of strong dietary restrictions, there is a period of returning to certain (but not all!) products, which were earlier eliminated, yet with moderation. We should keep in mind that candida spores can exist in the bloodstream for 2-3 years, and in favorable conditions they can even cause a relapse. This is why the aim of the treatment is to strengthen the immune system, so that candida cannot grow again.
Possibilities for treatment are enormous. Unlike plants, fungi do not synthesize organic matter from light, carbon dioxide, and water. They use particular nutrients. Candida need carbohydrates in order to live. One might think, then, that excluding carbohydrates from the diet would allow us to eliminate them. However, this attitude is incorrect. We must remember that carbohydrates are necessary in our diet.
Luckily, we are not completely helpless in fighting a fungal infection. We can “outsmart” it: yeast prefer simple sugars, since they lack the enzymes to digest complex ones. Therefore, consumed food should contain the least amount of simple sugars, because then we cut off sustenance for the disease-causing yeast.
As mentioned above, antifungal diet should be based on limiting, as far as possible, consumption of simple sugars (monosaccharides). However, the same should apply to disaccharides. That is why we should eliminate glucose, fructose, and refined sugar (sucrose: a disaccharide composed of glucose and fructose). This results in a need to eliminate sweets: candy, cakes, cookies, chocolate, instant cocoa, sweetened juices, and sodas. Let us keep in mind, that the more of these products we consume, the higher amount of sugar enters the body, making it into a favorable environment for the growth of yeast fungi.
Initially it definitely will not be easy to give up sweets, but after a while we get used to new tastes, and the lack of sweetness will no longer be a nuisance.
While changing our food habits, we should be careful not to consume an excessive amount of fats instead of sugar. Simple sugars should initially be replaced with complex carbohydrates, fiber, and protein, not fats.
Let us also mention, that foods aimed at diabetic people are not a reasonable alternative, because synthetic sweeteners may also be used by fungi as nutrition.
We should pay special attention to what we drink. Many people do not realize a large amount of sugar in Coca-Cola or sodas. The best solution would be to drink two liters of high-quality water during the day, since it will aid in detoxification.
It is very important that our foods be high quality, and, of course, fresh. We should abstain from fast foods, as well as ready or semi-ready meals.
Another important part of our plan should be to increase the amount of fiber in our diet. The best sources are all kinds of vegetables, salads, and full-grain products. Plant fiber has the ability to mechanically remove fungi colonies from the small intestine, and, at the same time, they help to prevent constipation.
If the yeast fungi infection is associated with gluten intolerance, it should be removed from the diet. In some people, Gluten causes fermentation in the intestines, bloating, and allergies. Gluten can be found mostly in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. When the tolerance of gluten is normal, it is still suggested to reduce consumption of white flour, so e.g. to instead eat brown or full-grain bread.
It is very important to remember to avoid foods which give us digestion problems or allergies.
According to the modern state of medical and dietary knowledge, antifungal diet corresponds to the optimal model of nutrition. It is important to note here that the reduction of monosaccharides in our diet not only helps to stop fungal growth, it also aids in preventing many dietary-related diseases, including diabetes, obesity, hypercholesterolemia, cardiovascular diseases, raised amount of lipids in the blood, or tooth decay. These diseases are partially or intermediately caused by consuming excess amounts of simple sugars.
At the same time, we should be aware that the treatment should not rely on diet alone, because it cannot fight back the fungal infection. If a proper cleansing treatment is not implemented, we can withhold nutrients from the yeast fungi, which can backfire in them moving from the colon surface to its deeper layers in search for food. The damage they may cause there is far worse. Therefore we must keep in mind that an antifungal treatment should be comprised of two parts, and combine administering medicines with proper dietary measures!
It is also worth mentioning, that a long-term fungal infection may lead to various food allergies, so tests for food intolerances should also be conducted.