Mycoses, or fungal diseases, are very common diseases that can affect the human skin, mucous membranes, as well as nails and even internal organs. The occurrence of such ailments depends on various factors and requires a slightly different approach to treatment. Nevertheless, all mycoses have general principles of therapy, in particular, they require the organization of a special diet.
Why do you need a diet for mycoses?
Diet therapy for various fungal diseases is aimed primarily at:
- Elimination of “feeding” of fungi. As you know, fungal microorganisms are able to feed on some of the foods that are present in the daily human diet. Such feeding helps pathogens to maintain their own vital activity, and also stimulates their reproduction.
- Reducing the amount of fat on the menu. An excess of unhealthy fats has an adverse effect on the affected cells and makes it difficult to recover.
- An increase in the volume of vitamin-containing products. Such food supports immunity and helps fight disease, as well as improves the condition of tissues affected by fungi and stimulates their recovery.
- Increase in fluid intake. Such a simple measure helps to remove waste products of fungi from the body, and also helps to cleanse the residues of drugs used to treat mycosis.
It is extremely important to adhere to the principles of dietary nutrition in the first weeks of treatment of the disease. Many doctors believe that adhering to a diet during this period is essential for a successful recovery.
To choose a diet, you need to make an appointment with a doctor
Of course, the basic principles of a diet for various mycoses can be easily found on the Internet yourself. But sometimes standard dietary patterns may not meet all the needs of the patient, for example, because of his particular taste preferences or the presence of certain medical indications.
Nutrition with the development of fungal diseases has certain characteristics:
- Requires the exclusion of foods containing a significant amount of carbohydrates. It is these substances that are the main food for fungi.
- Requires the rejection of products, the preparation of which involved the use of yeast or fermentation.
- Based on the use of freshly prepared food. Insufficiently fresh food can also be a good breeding ground for the activity of pathogenic fungi.
- Requires the elimination of the use of vinegar. Doctors believe that such a product contributes to a more active reproduction of fungi.
- Means the ingestion of a significant amount of fresh food that has not been heat-treated.
In general, the diet for the treatment of fungal diseases requires a switch to lighter food, mostly vegetarian. Sometimes such changes in the usual menu become quite difficult for the patient and cause him a general deterioration in well-being, due to a reduction in carbohydrates in the diet. Possible obsessive hunger, a feeling of bloating and mild irritability. But after the restructuring of the body to a new diet, the state of health is normalized by itself, and the malaise is replaced by lightness and cheerfulness.
Prohibited food for fungal diseases
For the successful treatment of fungal diseases, it is necessary to completely abandon the use of:
- Sugars and sweets such as sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, pastries, and ice cream. It is also important to eliminate the intake of sweeteners.
- Sweet pastries and white bread. Many doctors advise switching to yeast-free bread during treatment .
- Sweet fruits and sugar beets.
- Preserves, honey, jams, condensed milk and all kinds of syrups.
- Vinegar, vinegar sauces and various marinades.
- Canned fruits (they contain a lot of sugar), as well as vegetables (they contain a lot of vinegar).
- All kinds of smoked meats and pickles (in particular, mushrooms, fish, etc.).
- Fresh milk (it is the source of milk sugar) and moldy cheeses.
- All kinds of drinks, the preparation process of which is associated with fermentation.
- Fruit juices (they contain a lot of sugar).
- Alcoholic drinks (especially beer). Alcohol contains a lot of substances that promote the growth of fungi, and in addition, increases the permeability of the intestinal walls and helps suppress the immune system.
- Fatty, fried foods, as well as sausages, canned food and semi-finished products.
- Carbonated drinks.
- Food containing starch.
Most of the listed products are generally unable to benefit the human body. Therefore, rejection of them will contribute not only to recovery from mycosis, but also to overall recovery.
Patients with mycoses of various localization can include in their diet:
- Fermented milk products without additives (flavorings, sweeteners, etc.). Low-fat cottage cheese, natural yoghurts, fermented baked milk, whey and kefir will benefit.
- A significant amount of a wide variety of fresh vegetables.
- Unsweetened fruits.
- Various berries, for example, sea buckthorn, cranberries, raspberries, etc.
- Lean meat and fish.
- Cereals, especially brown and brown rice, as well as buckwheat, corn grits, millet and oatmeal.
- Pasta made from whole grain flour.
- All kinds of greens.
The basis of the diet for mycoses is a correct, healthy and balanced diet. Doctors usually advise eating about 5 times a day, with an interval of 3 hours between meals. It is also important to maintain an adequate drinking regime – drink about 1.5 liters of clean water per day (in the absence of medical contraindications).