While recovering from a Candida or other “yeast” or fungal infection in addition to any antifungal agents changing your diet can also be helpful. Natural agents such as Berberine, Carprylic Acid, Goldenseal, Oregano Tanalbit; Undecylenic Acid and Uva Ursi have been reported to have some anti-yeast activity. For severe or resistant yeast, fungal and Candida infections prescriptive agents such as Fluconazole (Diflucan), Itraconazole (Sporanox), Ketoconazole (Nizoral) and Nystatin have been used in treatment protocols.
No matter if you are using a natural agent or a prescription drug to treat your Candida, yeast or fungal infection it is also a good idea to have a yeast free diet or eating plan too. It is wise to substitute for the yeasts to which you react while you are resetting your internal immune responses. If you react to any of the following, substitute as below:
- Baker’s yeast, used as a leavening agent in all “risen” baked goods and many crackers
- Brewer’s yeast, also known as a nutritional yeast, is use din all alcohol and vinegar production (except for Brach’s organically prepared apple cider vinegar as noted below) and some nutritional supplements. Avoid all sources of brewer’s yeast during your period of substitution.
- While following your program you will need to shift your attention to unprocessed foods. Those of you sensitive to the fungus (yeast) Candida albicans are often sensitive to a range of fungi, and you will do best to avoid yeast exposure as much as possible since candida yeast commonly contaminates commercial yeast sources.
Alternatives to Baker’s Yeast
- Baking soda and baking powder, preferably aluminum free, can be used to replace yeast as a leavening agent.
- Some cooks recommend buffered vitamin C in recipes as a substitute for baker’s yeast.
Alternatives to Brewer’s Yeast
- In this case, it is important to avoid alcoholic beverages and vinegars. The one vinegar that is available that does not contain exposure to brewer’s yeast is Brach’s organic apple cider vinegar. This vinegar is made in a natural fermentation process that does not involve brewer’s yeast. High quality, hypoallergenic vitamins and minerals containing no yeast, corn, soy, dairy, or gluten must be selected when choosing superior supplements.
Other Suggested Substitutes
- Yeast free crackers (check the label to be sure).
- Salad dressings with oil and lemon are a good substitute.
- Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is yeast free, non-brewed vinegar.
- Herbs and spices can replace yeast as a flavoring agent.
Other Things to Avoid
- While you are treating a yeast or Candida infection it is best to avoid sugars as much as possible. Try to avoid foods high in table sugar (sucrose) and avoid foods high in fruit sugars (fructose).
- Instead of high sugar foods select those with as low of a gylcemic index as practical.
- Remember, yeast or Candida needs sugar to grow. The less foods that are high in sugar that are in your gut, then the quicker or more complete your yeast infection may resolve.
Getting rid of a chronic or difficult yeast infection can be quite a challenge. This brief article is not meant to describe all of the facets of treating Candida, yeast or fungal infections. Working closely with a doctor who is familiar with treating this type of condition is your best bet of resolving the problem.