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  • One of the most effective methods in helping treat as well as prevent yeast infection is eating probiotic-rich foods
  • If you're currently treating a yeast infection, it's better to avoid yeasty foods to limit the fungi in your system such as bread, aged cheeses, and high-sugar fruits
 

Try These Probiotic-Rich Foods to Help Prevent Yeast Infection

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What you eat plays an important role in the growth of yeast in your body. Since it's established that sugar is the main fuel for yeast, your first step to lowering your risk for yeast infection is reducing your sugar intake.

Cutting back on sugar is not only helpful in curbing yeast infection, but in improving your health in general as well. Sugar can increase your risk of health problems, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Foods Effective Against Yeast Infection

One of the most effective methods in helping treat as well as prevent yeast infection is eating probiotic-rich foods. By increasing your probiotic count, you're building up your defense against fungi. The following list has a couple of fermented foods, as well as non-fermented foods, that are effective against yeast infection.

Natto

Natto is a popular Japanese dish composed of fermented soybeans often eaten with cooked rice.1 The smell and taste may not appeal to Western preferences, but you may like it. Apart from being a good source of probiotics, natto is also known for its vitamin K2 content, which may help with inflammation, as well as moving calcium to the proper areas of your body, namely your bones and teeth.

Yogurt

Yogurt is widely known for its good bacteria that can help fight fungi,2 but it contains nutrients such as protein, calcium, B vitamins and conjugated linoleic acid that can help fight cancer as well. When purchasing yogurt, make sure that it is made from 100 percent, organic grass-fed milk.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that may help fight off fungi in your gut. It also has a reputation for having various health benefits, most notably maintaining good cholesterol levels and weight management. Replace your usual cooking oil with coconut oil to start reaping the benefits right away.

Garlic

This popular cooking ingredient contains allicin, a compound that can help fight off Candida inside your stomach. You can even rub garlic directly to your rashes to help with symptom relief.3 Other benefits include reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer protection and protection against colds and flu. It's best eaten raw so you can maximize the benefits.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Ironically, this fungus has great antifungal properties thanks to a protein called lentinan. The same protein may also help with fighting tumor growth, according to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.4 Shiitake mushrooms also have B vitamins that help provide energy and antioxidant protection.

Apple Cider Vinegar5

Apple cider vinegar has long been touted for its strong antifungal properties. To take advantage of its benefits, take it orally to help flush out the yeast in your gut. Simply mix 1 tablespoon with warm water and drink it before your meals. For best results, purchase raw, organic apple cider vinegar.

Avoid These Foods to Prevent Further Growth of Yeast in Your System

If you're currently treating a yeast infection, it's better to avoid yeasty foods to limit the fungi in your system. These are examples of yeasty foods you should avoid:

Alcohol

Bread

Carrots, potatoes and beets (they are high in sugar)

High-sugar fruits

Peanuts and corn (they contain mold)

Mushrooms (they are fungi)

Aged cheeses

However, don't get the impression that all yeast is bad. Nooch, or nutritional yeast, is a good source of B vitamins, phosphorus and chromium. It has a cheese-like flavor, making it a great substitute for recipes that require cheese.

According to yeast expert Dr. Seymour Pomper, Sachharomyces cerevisiae, the species of yeast that comprises nooch, is effective in treating against E.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus and candida albicans. With these benefits, incorporating nutritional yeast into your diet will serve you well in the long run against infection.6

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