Super Foods for Reducing and Curing Thrush (Yeast Infections) in Women
Vaginal thrush is one of the most common medical conditions affecting women. The cause of the problem is a fungus (or type of yeast) called Candida albicans, also known as candida or vulvovaginal candidiasis. There are a number of ways by which you can cure thrush – medicines, creams and pessaries are some of the most effective and popular ways of treating the infection. However, there are other more natural ways as well, including diet, alternative and herbal therapies.
The foods that help with thrush or candida
The following is a list of 10 foods that can help you reduce the effects of candida and potentially – a re occurrence of the yeast:
Organic Coconut Oil
Organic pure coconut oil (i.e. it does not contain any other ingredients) is a highly potent antifungal agent and is one of the most effective ways of curing candida. Its lauric acid and caryllic acid content help in reducing the size of candida growth and also stops the spread while strengthening your immune system. Coconut oil is also one of the most easily available oils out there and also happens to be relatively inexpensive. Taking 2-3 tablespoonfuls everyday will ensure that your candida infection will go down quickly.
Garlic can be a very potent and useful agent in fighting candida infection. Its antifungal properties enable it to reduce the infection while also preserving and raising the good bacteria in your digestive system. Its stimulation of the liver and the colon create a very powerful detoxifying effect on the body.
Eating garlic is generally good for over all health as it has been found to have anti-cancer properties and reduces harmful cholesterol.
Onions are a very potent means of getting anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic agents in to your system. They also help in the removal of excess water in the body (i.e. water retention) which is a problem that is faced by many Candida sufferers.
The dense amount of nutrients in seaweed are very helpful in treating Candida. Its high iodine content helps in balancing the thyroid gland and in reducing the occurrence of hypothyroidism. Seaweed has been found to also remove toxic pollutants and heavy metals from your body.
Rutabaga is another highly potent anti-fungal agent which appears similar to sweet potatoes and yams.
The detoxifying effect that Ginger has on the body is very useful in fighting Candida. It flushes out the impurities from the liver while also stimulating the immune system. It helps in digestion and also reduces the buildup of gas in the intestines. It is a great super food with which to treat Candida is helps reduce the inflammation in the intestinal tract brought on by the infection.
Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Oleuropein found in olive oil is very strong anti-fungal agent which also assists the immune system in the fight against Candida. It also reduces the sugar level in the body and this helps helps starve the yeast of its main food source – i.e. sugar.
Lemon and Lime Juice
Lemon and lime juice raise the peristaltic action of your colon which in turn improve the digestive system. You can use as ingredients in salad dressings, roasts, salads or simply squeeze half a lemon or life into your glass of water.
The rich Omega-3 fatty acid content of pumpkin seeds is the source of its anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic attributes. These substances also help in dealing with depression and other problems that arise with Candida such as inflammation, joint pain and skin conditions. Most people don’t get an adequate amount of Omega-3 oils in their diet, which is required to maintain optimal thyroid health. Studies have shown that lower thyroid functioning levels may be a result low omega-3 fatty acid intake. Add these delicious seeds into you diet by sprinkling them on your cereal and yogurts and dding a few tablespoons into smoothies and salads.
Cayenne pepper is good for the digestive system and also helps the immune system fight infections. It also reduces the constipation that one may experience due to the presence of yeast in the intestinal tract, and increases metabolism and circulation which help in reducing the fatigue commonly experienced by Candida sufferers.
Other life style factors which may help prevent a yeast infection from developing or spreading
Women who develop the infection should seek treatment as soon as possible in order to prevent the yeast spreading.
Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are broken down in to sugar or glucose by the body. A high sugar diet – which not only includes junk foods such as sodas, donuts, candy bars, ice cream and chocolate, but also white and whole grain carbohydrates such as pizzas, bagels, whole grain muffins / cupcakes – can also add an excess of sugar into the body.
By drastically reducing these foods or eliminating them from your diet all together, you could help prevent an infection from developing or allow the body to deal with the infection more effectively.
Eat high quality nutritious foods
Add more fresh vegetables and fruit in to your diet in order to increase the nutrients going into your body. Ideally these would be organic produce, but if you don’t have access to organic foods or find they are beyond your budget, use a natural vegetable and fruit wash to remove the pesticide residue. By providing your body with more nutrients, you are helping to boost your immune function to fight disease, but the other benefits include more energy, younger looking skin, better heart health, better brain function – and so much more!
Get some rest
Your body goes into over drive in order to deal with an infection and will of course require more energy. Try to get more rest and relaxation so that you allow your immune system to do its job as effectively as possible.