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Yeast Infection Diet

Probiotic-Rich Food

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

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 helpful not only 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 nonfermented foods, that are effective against yeast infection.

Natto: This is a popular Japanese dish composed of fermented soybeans often eaten with cooked rice.1 The smell and taste may not appeal to typical Western preferences, but the benefits are undeniable.

Apart from being a good source of probiotics, natto is also known for its vitamin K2 content,2 which may help with inflammation, as well as moving calcium to the proper areas of your body, namely your bones and teeth.

Yogurt: Widely known for its good bacteria that can help fight fungi,3 yogurt also contains nutrients such as protein, calcium, B vitamins and conjugated linoleic acid that can help boost your health.

When purchasing yogurt, make sure that it is made from 100 percent, organic grass fed milk, and that it does not have added sugars.

Coconut oil: This oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that may help fight fungi in your gut.4,5 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 Candida. In one study, a combination of fluconazole and allicin proved to be a beneficial combo against yeast.6

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.7

Shiitake mushrooms also have B vitamins that help provide energy and antioxidant protection.

Apple cider vinegar: One study notes that apple cider vinegar can be an effective controller for Candida fungi.8

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:9

Products fermented with yeast, such as beer and other alcoholic drinks

Foods made with flour and other grains

Foods rich in sugars, such as fruits and other sweetened goods

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 Seymour Pomper, Ph.D., 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.10


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