Tortillas as Part of the Candida Diet
As a method of eliminating the excess fungal growth in the body, there are special diets available that seek to do three things:
1. Remove the types of foods that will encourage the growth of the Candida
2. Consume food that will help get the body back in balance (pH levels, hormone levels, etc)
3. Reintroduce good bacteria to the system that can help eliminate the excess growth and prevent it from growing again.
The foods that are often taken out from the diet are those with high sugar or carbohydrate content, like grains and fruits.
Tortillas are Mexican breads that are unleavened and flat, wonderful and very easy to fit into any meal, but these are commonly made of ground maize or corn flour, that is one of the best foods to get carbohydrates from. Wheat flour can also be added into tortillas, and again these are good sources for carbohydrates. Since carbohydrates turn into sugar almost instantly, and sugar will feed the fungi growing in the body, tortillas will not be included in a Candida Diet.
Another thing that makes tortillas unacceptable in the Candida Diet is the fact that it can contain gluten from the wheat flour. There are people who can be allergic to gluten, and the substance can damage the lining of their intestines, that can promote the growth of Candida. Corn or maize does not have gluten, but it does have something called mycotoxin that can aggravate symptoms of Candidiasis. However, in small amounts, corn can be allowed into a Candida Diet.
There are no absolute rules on this matter, however, because different people respond differently to the diet. If in doubt, try a few tortillas now and then to see if there are any adverse effects.
The Candida Diet Tortilla
Not all tortillas are made of corn or wheat flour, like those made from sprouted grains. These types of tortillas have no yeast, gluten, nor carbohydrates, and are therefore safe for people trying to get rid of a few extra fungi in their systems.
Previously people on diet proposed that tortilla can be included in anyone’s diet plan because it is rich with carbohydrates and it can provide the proper amount of carbohydrates while eliminating eating in bulk. However, when Candida diet became popular because of the ever increasing concern about Candida infections, tortilla was not included in this highly proclaimed diet. The main reason for this as some nutritionists say is that corn tortilla is rich with gluten. Gluten is a form of protein that some people believe can damage the lining of the intestines and cause the food to decay that can lead to mal-absorption of nutrients. When food nutrients are not properly absorbed into the bloodstream the acid in out intestines becomes higher and the population of Candida that lives in our intestines can grow at faster rate. Scientists also say that the cell walls of the Candida albicans that are in the intestines also contain the same protein sequences just like the gluten we can find on tortillas. In this manner, when we are prone to yeast infections and we eat tortillas we would be feeding the opportunistic Candida and make them overgrow and overpopulate.
However, some people argue that the preparation for tortilla so that it can be included in the Candida diet depends on its mixture with other food recipes. Accordingly, if it is mixed up with corn flour, flax seeds, salt, oat flour and butter and other garnishes, then gluten cannot be harmful to the digestive tract. They also added that if taken along with pro-biotics then the chance of having intestinal candidiasis is nil. Corn is another issue when it comes to the Candida diet. But for the meantime there are no proofs that corn can enhance the overgrowth of the Candida in our intestines so some people still consider it as part of the Candida diet.
People who follow holistic therapy will tell you that to have an effective prevention and treatment against Candidiasis is to have a good diet. You also have to change your bad lifestyle and provide yourself supplements while having an emotional support from your loved ones. Exercise can also make a person stronger against the problem of yeast infections. Candida diet is now the most prescribed diet to combat against recurring yeast infections. If no treatment, cure and remedies can provide you adequate relief from vaginal yeast infections and thrush, you could also try this diet.