Candida, a yeast-like fungus, lives in every person’s body and normally does not cause any issues. Sometimes it can grow unchecked and excess can build up in areas like the vagina, intestines and mouth. Some health care practitioners believe excess yeast contributes to a wide range of health problems including body odor. This remains a matter of debate in the medical community, but if you believe excess candida might be contributing to body odor, certain dietary changes can reduce yeast growth.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Link Between Yeast and Body Odor
Edward F. Group, chiropractor, herbalist and certified clinical nutritionist, explains that systemic yeast infections cause yeast to convert sugar into alcohols that can contribute to body odor. Additionally, yeast typically overgrows when the intestine does not contain enough of the friendly bacteria that prevent yeast and other substances from growing out of control. According to Group, testing has shown people who suffer from body odor tend to have lower levels of these beneficial bacteria.
Cutting Back on Refined Sugars
Diets for Candida Sufferers
According to chiropractor and integrative medicine specialist Rodger Murphree, candida feeds on sugar 1. He recommends cutting out all forms of added sugars as best you can for three months to eradicate excess intestinal yeast. This means avoiding any processed food that lists sugar as an ingredient 1. He also suggests avoiding milk products, which contain the milk sugar lactose, fruit juice and dried fruit. Yogurt is one exception because it contains the friendly bacteria necessary to combat yeast. Once the three months has passed, you should do your best to limit your intake of sugar.
- According to chiropractor and integrative medicine specialist Rodger Murphree, candida feeds on sugar 1.
- Yogurt is one exception because it contains the friendly bacteria necessary to combat yeast.
Other Carbohydrate Considerations
Cynthia Perkins, a nutritional counselor, also cautions against eating foods high in carbohydrates in large amounts. She recommends eating the grains quinoa, amaranth and kamut. Fruits contain sugar as well in the form of fructose, and Perkins recommends sticking to lower-fruit sugars such as pears and berries of all kinds.
Diet for Oral Thrush
When eating to reduce candida growth, you should focus on lean proteins and low-carbohydrate vegetables 1. Acceptable proteins include meats and fish of all kinds but avoid processed versions like cold cuts 1. Low-carbohydrate vegetables include:
Murphree says you can eat nuts and seeds, but only in small amounts
Probiotic supplements can help replenish your supply of good bacteria 1. Group recommends supplementing with products that contain the strains lactobacillus acidolphilus or bifidobacterium.
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Kelli Cooper has been a writer since 2009, specializing in health and fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University and is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise.