Yeast or Candida infections are quite common among women. Reports indicate that 75% of women are likely to get yeast infections at some point in their lives. Yeast infections are very uncomfortable and can at times be hard to get rid of permanently due to recurrence.
Certain other habits could lead to a yeast infection. They include wearing tight, non-breathable clothing and underwear, douching and using scented products in your vaginal area.
If you think you might have a yeast infection, schedule a visit to your gynaecologist. Using a disposable speculum with light helps to properly examine the vagina to give conclusive diagnosis and treatment.
There are some reasons you might have a yeast infection. The main culprit behind this infection, however, is sugar. Here is why sugar is bad for you if you have been found to have a yeast infection.
Sugar and yeast infection
Yeast feeds on sugar. Foods that contain sugar include alcohol, corn, bread, mushrooms, sweet fruits, peanuts among others. These encourage the growth of Candida with an overgrowth leading to infection.
Candida albicans is a naturally existing fungus in the vaginal area. This fungus exists in many women without causing any problems. It is crucial in helping to keep the vagina in a balanced and healthy state.
You know you have a yeast infection if you exhibit the following symptoms:
- Persistent itchy sensation
- Whitish-grey and often smelly, thick discharge that looks like sour milk
- Burning and irritation
- Pain while urinating and during sex
Change your diet
If yeast infections are a persistent occurrence for you, then changing your diet is advisable. Eat foods that have little to no sugar. This limits the amount of sugar available for yeast to feed on hence no overgrowth and ultimately, no infection.
Such a diet requires the elimination of sugary drinks, and other starch-filled produce in exchange for vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and legumes.