Candida under normal circumstances is not harmful to the body but it becomes a nuisance when it grows out of proportion due to a weak immune system. Therefore, one way of keeping it in check is by boosting your immune system through your diet.
In case you’re wondering what to eat, here are 10 foods to help you keep yeast infection in check.
Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and the combination of lauric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil kills off harmful candida through ingestion and topical application. So apart from eating it, you can also apply it to the affected area if you’re already battling with it.
Many are those who actually think yoghurt is “ice-cream” that contains sugar so eating it will rather give candida, far from it. Yoghurt is actually cultured dairy and it’s a probiotic food so eating it rather fights candida. Even applying it on the area if you’re already affected can quickly kill or reduce the infection. By this we are referring to pure yogurt.
Garlic contains a large number of sulphur-containing compounds that have extremely potent, broad-spectrum antifungal properties. Raw garlic benefits the fight against candida specifically. You can also insert garlic into your vagina overnight if you already have the infection.
If you have sweet tooth, we will advise you eat more fruits whenever you’re tempted to eat anything sweet. Most of the sugars in fruits are healthy. What causes candida to grow is the processed sugar which can be found in almost a lot of foods on the shelf in supermarkets. Therefore, eat lots of fruits if you want to prevent candida.
Ginger and many other natural spices are good for you because they are known to completely inhibit the growth of candida so let it always be a part of your dish.
The acid and enzymes in apple cider vinegar helps to kill and get rid of excess yeast in the body.
When you have candida, don’t be deceived into not eating your favourite banku, tuo zaafi, akple etc. because they are good for you. Most fermented foods are probiotic and help fight candida.
The chlorophyll in plants are candida’s number one enemy and so eating more green vegetables help put them in check and so eat more of your kontonmire stews, ayooyo soup, okro stew etc.
If you want to prevent candida, it will be better to avoid imported eggs and stick to organic eggs, the ones mainly referred to as, “efie nkosua”. Most imported eggs can’t be trusted to be organic, be careful.
If you really want to control candida, it will be better to reduce your intake of imported chicken and eat more of the chicken reared here in the country or the ones you have at home. They are more organic than imported chicken which are sometimes laced with chemicals to prevent them from rotting when being shipped.