6 Ways to Prevent Yeast Infection

Avoid Sugar

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  • Sugar is the main fuel for yeast, and excessive amounts of it can lead to yeast overgrowth
  • You should also minimize your intake of foods that promote additional growth of yeast such as alcohol, vinegar and bread

Certain circumstances can cause yeast infection to develop, such as the clothes you wear or antibiotic use. Below are six healthy practices you can adopt to protect yourself from yeast infection and improve your health in general.

Start an Anti-Yeast Diet

The first thing you should do is avoid (or reduce, at the very least) consumption of high-sugar foods. Sugar is the main fuel for yeast, and excessive amounts of it can lead to yeast overgrowth.

The next step is to consume foods such as grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chickens, and organic seeds, nuts and vegetables. They contain healthy fats that will serve as your new energy source in place of sugar, with an added bonus of various nutrients essential for optimal health.

If you're already diagnosed with a yeast infection, you may feel worse for the first couple of weeks on this new diet. This just means the yeast is slowly dying and its toxic byproducts are entering your system. Just continue on your new diet until you slowly eliminate the byproducts, and you'll gradually feel better.

You should also minimize your intake of foods that promote additional growth of yeast, such as:

Alcohol

Vinegar

Bread

Carrots, potatoes and beets

Fruits high in sugar

Peanuts and corn

Mushrooms

Aged cheeses

Load Up on Good Bacteria

Since probiotics prevent Candida from overgrowing, it's a wise decision to eat fermented foods, such as natto and sauerkraut, to boost your probiotic levels.

Yogurt is also a great source of probiotics and can even be eaten as a snack. When purchasing yogurt, make sure it is organic and comes from a trusted brand. Commercially processed yogurt simply cannot hold a candle to real, organic yogurt made from grass-fed whole milk.

Medications Are a Double-Edged Sword

Antibiotics and medications that lower your immune system such as corticosteroids can help treat symptoms of debilitating diseases. However, the downside is that they also increase your risk of getting yeast infection because they dramatically reduce your good bacteria.

If you're using antibiotics or corticosteroids to treat a serious illness, try to avoid long-term use. Boosting your health by eating organic and fermented foods may help counteract the effects of long-term use of antibiotics as well.

Take Control of Your Psychological Well-Being

Practicing the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can help you fight the temptation to eat sugary foods. Not only will EFT help remove food cravings, but it will also remove negative emotions and implement positive goals in your life.

Wear Proper Clothing and Practice Proper Hygiene

Athletic fabrics such as nylon and other synthetic materials typically hold moisture close to your skin, setting up the perfect environment for Candida to grow unchecked. Changing into new clothes immediately after a workout will help avoid this from happening.

Similar to athletic clothing, refrain from wearing tight-fitting casual clothing because it can cause heat and moisture to accumulate in your genitalia. Cotton and silk are preferable fabrics because they absorb moisture and keep you dry.1

Another important habit you should practice is drying yourself thoroughly after taking a bath, especially your genital area. Leftover moisture can become a breeding ground for Candida once you put on clothes.

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+ Sources and References
  • 1 Everyday Health, "Yeast Infections: Diet and Prevention" September 9, 2014
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