You have probably heard the saying, “Food is medicine.” This is particularly true when it comes to preventing and treating yeast infections because yeast is a living organism that can only thrive if you feed it the foods that it loves such as –

  • Aged cheeses such as smoky Gouda, old cheddar, Oka
  • Alcohol of all kinds
  • Chocolate – even the dark chocolate that is usually good for you
  • Dried fruits including raisins, dried apricots, acai berries etc.
  • Gluten-rich foods such as store-bought muffins and pasta
  • Foods with nitrates such as packaged meats, hot dogs and ham
  • Honey
  • Ice cream
  • Nut butters including peanut butter, cashew butter and almond butter
  • Pickles
  • Raw mushrooms
  • Soy sauce
  • Sprouts
  • Sugar in anything!
  • Yeast including healthy yeast products like milk brewer’s yeast.

The above is a list of foods that are known to make yeast infections worse if you have one. If you are being overcome by an acute attack of yeast or have as severe condition like thrush or bacterial vaginosis then you should also avoid fruits such as –

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruits
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Pineapple
  • Tomatoes

You will be able to add this foods back slowly into your diet after the inflammation caused by your yeast infection has lessened and you are no longer suffering severe symptoms

Avoiding the foods on this list might seem very difficult because candida manages to burrow into the intestinal wall and spread, like a wild fungus throughout the entire body. You may find yourself craving, yeast, flour, sugar and pasta simply because the candida yeast you are hosting in your body needs to be fed.

Candida is actually the main cause of many carbohydrate food cravings and the weight gain that can result from it. Candida yeast can also cause bloating, gas depression, a rounded belly, fatigue and brain fog. However, this is not the worst thing that candida does to your body. It also creates an environment in which other organism can live. These parasitic organisms act like leeches in the intestines, consuming nutrients meant for you and causing you hunger and uncontrollable cravings.

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One way to fight back is with food. Thinking of it as medicine, keep it mind that food is most effective if eaten raw. It is also a good idea to consume vegetable and produce that is a bit riper as they contain the most candida-fighting enzymes. Herbs that can help fight candida include echinacea, golden seal, tea tree oil, barberry, chamomile, cinnamon, dandelion, fennel, marshmallow and peppermint.

It also helps to drink as much water as you can possibly tolerate in a day, far beyond the recommended ten eight ounce glasses of water a day. Make sure that the water you are drinking is purified or distilled water or you will just be “watering” the garden of yeast thriving inside you with more toxins.

Here at the Pinewood Natural Health Center we understanding how overwhelming and tiring a chronic yeast problem can be. We are experts in helping our clients fight the tyranny of candida yeast that has taken over the body. We can, using our special programmes of detoxification and recovery help you easily conquer this problem and they other health issues, such as bad breath and obesity that often go with it.

For more information or to book a consultation about our restorative diet and weight loss programs visit the Pinewood Natural Health Centre website that has a list of full services and products at or call our Toronto Office at (416)-656- 8100. We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.

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