Vegetarian Diet and Recurring Yeast Infection
I have been a vegetarian for about 5 years and I have recurring yeast infection. I have been advised to eat a low carb diet.
I was going through your site and all I can say is wow! I have been a vegetarian for about 5 years now and still have problems with gas. So the beans without gas report was great for me.
I have one problem that has been plaguing me for about 2 years now. It is the problem of recurring yeast infection. Because of this I have been advised to eat a low carb diet. I have tried to do this by eating several servings of beans and fish a day. I added the fish because it was becoming too difficult to eat all that peas and beans everyday.
I eat some eggs, goat milk and cheese to get enough protein as well. For carbs I eat buckwheat, millet and rice but in very small servings.
But I still get the yeast infection every month. What I am really asking for is advice on yeast infection and a vegetarian diet. Thanks! D.C.
Savvy Vegetarian Advice:
Hi D., thanks for writing! Here’s a website with lots of useful info and a yeast cookbook with vegetarian options for $17: Yeast Infection Diet
Apparently, you need more than diet to combat yeast whatever form it takes in your body, as it’s all related to Candida:
- You need probiotics and digestive enzymes (Udo’s Choice, RGarden, etc)
- You need an alkaline diet (with lots of green veggies), and plenty of water (not RO water – it’s acidic).
- Abstaining from sex helps – although that’s not a popular approach!
- And you need to do more to kill the yeast than trying to starve it (and yourself). A product called Candex was recommended to me by a friend who has struggled with Candida.
- Sprouting grains, beans and seeds increases protein, decreases carbs and makes them more alkaline.
- Nuts and seeds I believe are allowed on a candida diet.
- Dairy of any kind is iffy for Candida, from everything I’ve read.
- I’m not convinced that all carbs are bad. Vegetarians need whole grains for good nutrition, and they all have protein – but for Candida sufferers, diabetics, etc, they should be WHOLE GRAINS, not whole grain flour or refined grains or yeasted bread.
All the best, Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian