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Yeast infections are becoming surprisingly common. In fact, "candida albicans" is becoming quite the buzzword. Your doctor will almost certainly prescribe medication, but you can help yourself a lot through your diet.

All yeasts thrive on sugar, warmth and moisture. You can see it when you prepare yeast for baking bread. You add yeast to some warm sugar water and you can almost watch that yeast grow before your very eyes.

In your body, yeast has enough warmth and moisture. When the natural balances in your body are upset by any mechanism whatsoever, all the yeast needs is enough sugar to grow and grow and keep growing.

Now, you don't just find sugar in cakes, candies and sodas, although those are the first things you'll want to cut out. Even unsweetened starches like potatoes, pasta, and breads eventually turn into a kind of sugar your body can use for energy. Some, like puffed rice and rice cakes, corn, millet, wheat - in fact most grains - convert into sugar very quickly. You'll want to avoid most grain-based foods for that reason. Barley is your one exception: it turns to sugar very slowly.

Then there are foods that are generally considered healthy, that are also high in sugar. Fruit. Honey. Milk. Muesli. Starchy vegetables like potato, carrots and parsnips.

Other foods to avoid are those containing yeast as well as foods that are relatives of the yeast family. You already have enough causing havoc in your body, why add more? The obvious avoid is mushrooms. Less obvious are foods like bread, most cheeses and alcohol, which are all made with yeast. Peanuts and melons are associated with yeast, so avoid those too.

Let's do a checklist. No grains, cheese, alcohol, mushrooms, peanuts, melons, fruit, milk, starchy vegetables, breakfast cereals, rice cakes ... what's left?

Well, maybe it's time to start enjoying more chicken, fish and even red meat. Maybe an egg or two a week.

Most vegetables that can be eaten raw are fine, whether raw or cooked. These include cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, collard greens, leeks, onions, zucchini, cucumber, beans and peas.

Dried beans, peas and lentils, while quite starchy, are high in fiber. They will help remove dead yeast cells from your intestinal tract so they aren't re-absorbed by your body. Eat these in moderation. If you buy ready-cooked canned versions, read the labels carefully to make sure they contain no added sugar.

Garlic is a good, natural anti-fungal, so if you're a garlic lover, you can indulge as much as you want. Also look for plain yogurt made with live cultures, as those help keep yeast in check as well.

Your typical meal will therefore be grilled fish or chicken, with a large vegetable salad and possible a garlic yogurt dressing. I think that sounds great! You'll probably eat better than you do normally, and lose a little weight into the bargain.

Most importantly though, you'll be feeding your body and not the yeast, which will help you recover all that much sooner.