Numerous yeasts live in our intestines, especially Candida. As long as the intestinal flora is in natural balance, this is also unproblematic. However, if the mushrooms grow excessively, it can make you sick. Here you will find out everything you need to know about a candida infection and what diet you can use to protect yourself.
The most common intestinal fungus that lives in us is Candida albicans. If this yeast proliferates excessively, however, it can have unpleasant health consequences. If you want to protect yourself sustainably, you should therefore pay attention to your diet. If a Candida infection does occur, a special diet promises relief.
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The Candida Diet
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How can I get infected with Candida?
Infection from malnutrition
Our intestines are home to a variety of (yeast) fungi and bacteria that work together in a complex network of relationships. They have a decisive influence on our health and well-being. If our intestinal flora is out of balance, nutritional errors are mostly to blame. Above all, those who overdo it with the consumption of sugar and wheat flour products run the risk of contracting mycosis, i.e. a yeast infection. If there is also a weakened immune system, it can get really uncomfortable.
Even healthy people carry yeasts of the genus Candida and thus cause a Candida infection on the skin. If these spread, those affected should consult a dermatologist to clarify possible underlying diseases through which the most common pathogen, Candida albicans, spreads so widely.
Possible causes: wounds and moisture
Certain changes and conditions in the skin and mucous membranes can promote the proliferation of yeasts. This includes, for example, chronic wounds. This allows the pathogen to enter the body more easily. Always moist skin areas are a preferred gateway for yeasts. These include, for example, armpits or skin folds that are affected by increased perspiration – especially when the moisture cannot evaporate sufficiently. In both cases the natural barrier function of the skin is disturbed. It also affects people whose skin is frequently exposed to moisture due to external conditions, such as cleaning staff or babies who wear diapers, where Candida pathogens find good growth conditions.
Candida infection due to immune disease
It is even easier for the yeast to spread when the immune system is weakened. The causes for this often lie in an underlying disease. For example, Candida infections are relatively common in cancer patients after chemotherapy or in AIDS patients. Metabolic diseases such as diabetes mellitus can also be the cause of excessive yeast infestation. In addition, certain drugs such as antibiotics and other risk factors can also be considered as triggers. Badly fitting dentures or a dry mouth can irritate the mucous membranes. Smoking or being overweight can also promote Candida infections.
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The main food of yeast are carbohydrates, for example from sugar or white flour. The mushrooms metabolize this into carbon dioxide and fusel alcohol. The alcohols in particular can cause extremely unpleasant symptoms. The symptoms range from flatulence and intestinal cramps to pain in the limbs, exhaustion and depression.
Another problem is that a Candida infection is often diagnosed late due to its diverse symptoms. However, if there is a suspicion, a stool examination can provide clarity.
Candida symptoms on the skin
When yeast spreads excessively on the surface of the skin due to a weakened immune system or other cause, the first of the symptoms is reddened skin. In addition, the skin is often swollen and begins to flake. There is a red border on the edge of these areas and in some cases pustules may form. In addition, there are other unpleasant symptoms, which range from itching to burning to pain. The latter mainly occurs when those affected exert pressure on the affected areas, for example by scratching.
Candida infection of the mucous membranes
In both men and women, the external genital organs can be affected by candida infection. The symptoms are basically similar to those already mentioned. The glans of men and the outer labia of women are inflamed, reddened and swollen. Symptoms such as burning and itching are felt to be even more unpleasant in these parts of the body. If the vagina is affected, a whitish coating can also form here. A crumbly white discharge can also occur. In men, itchy pustules can form on the glans penis and foreskin. The lining of the mouth reacts in a very similar way to a candida infection. In addition, there are symptoms such as slight bleeding when the wound covering is removed with the tongue, and swallowing disorders.
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How Do I Treat Candida Infection?
Treat localized candida infection
If the skin surface is affected by the fungal disease, topical application of ointments and creams containing antifungal agents is the most effective therapy. Nystatin, miconazole or fluconazole, for example, can be used as active ingredients. It is important that the candida infection is treated regularly and for the period recommended by the doctor. This minimizes the risk of relapse. There are also specific varnishes for nails, and if the vagina is infected, the Candida infection can be treated with vaginal suppositories. For therapy of the mucous membranes in the mouth, however, lozenges or mouthwashes are recommended.
Therapy of systemic candidiasis
Internal applications in the form of tablets or infusions are particularly in demand when the candida infection has already spread in the body. If the yeasts attack internal organs, there is a danger to life. In this case, external therapy is no longer possible, as the active ingredients cannot reach the entire tissue. The antifungal drugs enter the body directly through the bloodstream to treat the candida infection.
The Candida Diet
The Candida diet aims to deprive the fungus of its nutritional basis. The most important thing is to largely avoid sugar and white flour products. Sweets, cakes, biscuits and sugar, but also honey and fruit, as well as dried fruits, juices and lemonades should be removed from the menu. Alcohol and yeast products are also taboo, as is any form of mold, for example in the form of mold cheese.
The list of taboos seems relatively long, but what is still allowed is varied and delicious, namely meat, vegetables, rice, millet, mushrooms, soy and dairy products, eggs, nuts, oils, salads, herbs and much more. So you don’t have to do without culinary delights even with the candida diet.
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Healing and prevention
Nevertheless, it is recommended to follow the diet under medical supervision, especially if there are problems with the intestinal flora. The key is to be very consistent in the first week. Another stool analysis will determine whether the diet has worked. This is usually followed by three more diet weeks, in which, depending on the case, you may have a little fruit again. Then the intestinal flora should be in balance again – uAnd stay that way if you continue to pay attention to a balanced diet. That means: Sugar and white flour from now on only in moderation.