View Full Version : Yeast infections after being raw?
02-13-2006, 10:03 AM
The only time I ever have yeast infections is when I am pregnant.
Now, after 5 months of being raw I am struggling with my second one again. I have been eating more nuts than normal for me. Once again I realized that I cannot eat them. I feel horrible after I eat them whether they are soaked or not. I have horrible GI problems after eating them.
I have been eating more fruits and just started doing Green Smoothies. Could this have anything to do with the yeast infections?
02-13-2006, 11:59 AM
I've been reading a lot about Candida. I learned that I have an overgrowth. I have never experienced an external yeast infection but my body is ravenous for sugar in all forms.
One other thing that I've learned about the body fairly recently is that, when you are cleansing internally, you often manifest externally. I use hives as an example. Disclaimer: I'm not a doc but I live with a walking science experiment... ;) My DH has allergies. Like, to cats, and the connected asthma. If, for example, he picks up a kitty and kisses it, inhaling dander, he might have an asthma attack (much less frequent these days thank god!) or he may break out into hives. He doesn't break out into hives where he touched kitty though. Because the allergen is IN his body, not outside. His body expels it through the methods it knows how; through the skin.
In your case, I would speculate that you are feeding the yeast (possibly candida?) with sweet fruits. Could this be the case? But besides this, it could just be your body expelling excess yeast. We all react differently and many people detox dramatically. Could this be your body's way of getting rid of it? Or telling you to lay off on the sweeter fruits?
There are so many here who have much more experience with healing the body than I. I hope they all give you some good direction!
02-13-2006, 12:19 PM
when you are cleansing internally, you often manifest externally.
I only get these infections when I am detoxing, so yes, I would say that's true.
At least in my case, I don't think it has anything to do with my fruit intake.
02-13-2006, 01:35 PM
My personal experience:
After doing mostly raw for 1 year, I went on a 21 day juice fast (fruit and veggies) and towards the end of the 21 days, candida flared up --- I had never experienced it up to this time. I ask why and the only logical reason I can come up with is detox! I started doing lots of Acdiphilus and 100% raw. I improved.
I also craved sweets and if sad sweets were in the house, I could not keep my hands out of them!
As of several weeks ago, all symptoms calmed down, and I considered myself "healed". Well, then guess who was tempted and succombed to sad sweets again. Now guess who is fighting a small case of candida again. Also guess who has started the Acdiphilus again.
Will I ever learn??? Good question. It seems to me that the cleaner I get my insides, the quicker it is to complain about garbage I put in it.
I went to a naturalpathic doc and was given all kind of goodies to take, acidophilus being one of them. But you know after talking to a lady at the health food store who also has experinced yeast infections, I took her recommendations and I think I had better results. They are DDS-PLUS (Acidophilus / Bifidus with FOS) (in the refrigerator section) taken with Caprinol. I didn't even finish the bottles before feeling healed.
I'm also trying to get in more fermented foods, especially Rejuvac -- not my favorite, but knowing it is so good for me, I incorporate it in my smoothies.
Hope you find your answer!
02-13-2006, 01:44 PM
In addition to what has already been said by others in this thread, you mentioned having only gotten yeast infections when you were pregnant...during those times, if you EVER used medications, etc. (suppositories, creams, or pills you too orally) then more than likely, you are retracing. Anytime we suppress our symptoms with medications and/or suppliments, we can expect that it will come back upon us until we allow the body to cleanse/rid of it properly.
During this time that your body is releasing, I would advise to cut down on the nut intake, especially if it's a nut/sweet fruit type of item. Not saying you have to remain on a low-to-no-nut/fat routine, but just until your body clears this up.
I went through this too in the beginning stages but haven't had the problem in quite a while now (and I eat a LOT of fruit and nuts!) but in the past I, like you, would get them when pregnant and other times as well and it was always "treated" with Monistat or something similar.
02-13-2006, 04:53 PM
I definitely had serious systemic candida when I was raw once for 6 weeks-was so weak I could barely get up the stairs. I realized after going off all raw that I had been eating WAY too many nuts and sweet fruits, esp. mixed together. I learned a big lesson with that. Now I make those kinds of things a rare dessert, rather than everyday thing.
02-13-2006, 05:19 PM
I have a lifetime history with vaginal yeast infections and am allergic to latex which can also start a flare up. I have found great results being raw - I eat lots of greens, fruit in my smoothies and nuts moderatly.
In my case I only seem flare up when I go off plan now and then and eat a small bit of SAD. I am not an MD but this is what seems to happens. In addition to the feeding the yeast the SAD food gets stuck in my system and causes a back up, just holding all foods inside to rot. This causes very putrid gas that also helps in promoting the yeast. As soon as the SAd clears out I am fine.
Reguardless if I am suffering i take a glass of water each night with flax meal & probiotic powder and this keeps my insides very happy! :o
02-13-2006, 06:27 PM
just chiming in to say : Ditto.
Hadn't had yeast infection in years then after juicing (mostly fruit) got one again. I started adding more greens back and it cleared up on it's own.
Acidophilus/Bifidus has worked wonders too.
Hang in there...it's sooo miserable, I know, but you will figure it out. Meanwhile, there are some good homeopathic products out there for yeast infections.
In addition to the 'fat-vs-candida' issue (widely quoted by Dr Doug Graham, amongst others), you might care to consider blending your nuts into a paste so that they are less likely to irritate, or become lodged in, your stomach/intestine walls. A typical seed example of this would be tahini, of course.
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