Yeast infections and fungal infestations are something that a great many people struggle with, and they can be embarrassing and uncomfortable to say the least.
If you are experiencing a yeast infection, it is always a good idea to see your doctor or another qualified medical professional, but it is also possible to improve your situation by making a few clever changes to your diet.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the nutritional changes you can use to fight yeast right now:
Supplement with probiotics
Probiotics are good bacteria which you should have in your body already, however many of us have an improper balance of good and bacteria, which means that the good bacteria cannot effectively fight against yeast infections. Luckily, it is easy to counteract this by consuming more probiotics in the form of supplements or healthy foods such as yoghurt or fermented cabbage if you prefer.
Consume more coconut oil
Whether you have a candida infestation or fungal infection, one of the best foods to add into your diet is coconut oil. Why? Because it contains as much as 50 percent lauric acid which is known to have anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. If your infection is mild, it could take care of it completely, but if you have persistent infection a doctor or maybe a visit to The Foot and Ankle Clinic in the case of fungal nail infection or athlete’s foot may be required. Coconut oil can be eaten straight from the jar or used as a cooking oil, you can even apply it topically if you would prefer to, so there are lots of options for you to explore.
Consume way less sugar
Going sugar-free is perfect for getting rid of persistent yeast infections because sugar is basically the perfect food for yeast and fungus to live on. However, if you can’t stand the thought of never consuming sugar again, drastically lowering the amount you consume can help too. Try switching cakes and pastries for healthy low-sugar fruits like berries, which are not only better for getting rid of yeast, but also lower in calories and filled with lots of healthy vitamins and minerals.
Cook with garlic
Garlic is not only great for adding flavour to your food - it is also a powerful antifungal which various studies have shown can actually prevent yeast from attaching to your mouth’s cell linings, which means it is far less likely to accumulate in your body overall. Obviously, you will need to eat a lot of garlic to kill yeast infections off completely, but just by adding a small amount, you can at the very least, lessen your symptoms and protect against future instances of infection.
Fighting a yeast infection can take time and effort, but changes to your diet will undoubtedly help, and if you stick to the above diet tips long-term, you are far less likely to suffer a recurrence. Of course, if your yeast infection is persistent, then seeing a health professional is a sensible precaution.
Early Years Nutrition Consultant
Food & Health Writer
Presenter on Early Years TV Food