Antifungal Foods to Eat

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Antifungal Foods to Eat
Bread is notorious for its high mould content. (mould on petrified wood image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Following an anti-fungal diet can help prevent the growth of fungus and yeast both inside and on the body. Since yeasts and fungus ferment, their presence in the body can cause illness, itching or pain. The most important tip to remember is that yeasts and fungus thrive in a high-sugar environment. If there is no sugar, there can be no continued growth. Cut sugar in all forms out of your diet and eat foods that have anti-fungal properties.

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Black Olives

Black olives contain a whole slew of heart-healthy oils in addition to the anti-fungal antioxidant polyphenols. While adding black olives to an anti-fungal diet can be helpful, be careful to keep proper portion sizes in mind as olives are very high in calories.

Meat

Meat provides a ready-made source of protein and fats. If you eat extra-lean meats, you won't have to worry too much about portion control. Additionally, meats are typically bought fresh and kept in a cold or frozen environment, both of which are inhospitable to fungal and mould growth.

Eggs

Eggs are much like a self-contained ecosystem. Eggs may be consumed in any amount while on an anti-fungal diet. In addition to providing 6 to 8 grams of easily-digested protein, eggs have 26 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Eggs possess nearly the full complement of necessary minerals and vitamins to support life, causing them to serve as nature's "multivitamin."

Green Vegetables

Green veggies such as broccoli and asparagus may be eaten freely. Vegetables that are high in carbohydrates such as carrots, potatoes and corn should be avoided. All carbohydrates are sugars in one form or another. Make sure that vegetables are kept dry and preservative free.

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family. It's extremely high in fibre and is an effective fighter of yeasts and viruses. Another member of the cabbage family, radishes, also possess anti-fungal properties.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has caprylic acid in it. This acid helps to stop fungal and yeast production at its source as it prevents the fungus from metabolising sugar. Substitute coconut oil for olive or vegetable oil while cooking. Keep in mind that coconut oil has nearly 120 calories for every tablespoon consumed.

Quinoa

Quinoa is a "grain* that is actually a vegetable of the spinach and Swiss chard family. However, it can be cooked and eaten as a grain. Substitute quinoa for pasta, oatmeal and bread while following an anti-fungal diet. Because it's actually a high-protein vegetable, it won't feed fungal or yeast infections by turning to sugar as many grains do. Quinoa is also one of the few foods to provide a complete complement of all nine amino acids, making the protein it contains extremely digestible.

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