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.

Recurring Yeast Infection

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.

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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

This site has lots of info about alternative home remedies for yeast infections. And so does this site

Apparently, you need more than diet to combat yeast whatever form it takes in your body, as it’s all related to Candida:

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  • 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.

Vegetarian Protein:

  1. Sprouting grains, beans and seeds increases protein, decreases carbs and makes them more alkaline.
  2. Nuts and seeds I believe are allowed on a candida diet.
  3. Dairy of any kind is iffy for Candida, from everything I’ve read.
  4. 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

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