9. Bone Broth
The beneficial effects of bone broth on the gut help inhibit yeast infections.
A healthy intestine contains a single compact layer of epithelial cells, a thick lining of mucus and a diverse collection of intestinal microflora. When the integrity of the gut is compromised, microbes leak into your bloodstream, causing inflammation.
Bone broth is rich in glutamine that helps maintain the integrity of your gut (18), (19) and glycine that protects against stomach ulcers (20).
Always buy free-range, grass-fed or organic meat and bones for preparing beef broth.
10. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains a plant chemical named oleuropein, which has powerful antifungal properties. This chemical stimulates your immune system’s own response to a Candida albicans infestation. This chemical is found in both olive oil and olive leaf extract.
A 2016 study published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research found olive oil to be effective against nearly 50 percent of the candida isolates. About 55.5 percent of fluconazole-resistant C. krusei strains were sensitive to olive oil (21).
A 2017 study published in the Journal of the International Ozone Association demonstrated that ozonated olive oil may help control some fluconazole-resistant and dose-dependent sensitive fungal strains (22).
Eat just 1 to 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil per day to lower your risk of yeast infections. You can use it to dress your salads, pasta and also as a cooking medium.
Foods that Should be Avoided or Limited
Sugars: Diets rich is sugars increase the chances of yeast infections, especially in women. This is because yeast is said to grow rapidly in the presence of sugar (23), (24). People with high levels of candida overgrowth have a craving for sugars.
You can reduce the intake of refined sugars by restricting the intake of sweets, pastries, juices with added sugars in your diet. Also, cut out hidden sugars present in your sugary sauces, salad dressings, barbecue sauces, etc.
Alcohol: Alcohol is a fermented product containing yeast, so it produces more when ingested. Alcohol intake kills the friendly bacteria in your body and leads to toxic overload in your liver, thereby allowing yeast to take over. People with high overgrowth of candida can have high levels of alcohol in their blood. Alcohol is also a by-product of yeast and thus further acts as a medium for the yeast to grow in.
Grains: Grains are rich in carbohydrates and break down into sugars. Whole grains are a better nutritive option compared to refined grains.
Whole grain food sources include buckwheat, barley, brown rice, millet, oatmeal, popcorn, whole-wheat bread, pasta, crackers and more. It is good to check the label for whole grains when you buy food from your local supermarket.
Other than the above, avoid foods that contain:
- Toxic metals like mercury (can be present in certain fish).
- Chemicals like aspartame, an artificial sweetener, and MSG (monosodium glutamate). They can kill friendly intestinal flora and trigger the growth of yeast.