"get off sugars and fermented foods," says Elson Haas, M.D., director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, and author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition. "These foods cause an overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract, which manifest into yeast infection." He recommends eliminating all refined sugars, breads and other baked, alcohol, caffeine and vinegar.
Also, according to Dr. Haas, scientific research shows that some women find relief by eating yogurt containing acidophilus, which are friendly bacteria. "Adding yogurt to your diet helps when the yogurt contains acidophilus, which reduces yeast infections," adds Dr. Haas. He recommends one to two cups of acidophilus-containing yogurt every day for these or four days.
Women may be able to speed the healing of yeast infections and to prevent recurrence with daily doses of cranberry or blackberry juice ,according to Elaine Gillaspie, N.D., a naturopathic physician in Portland, Oregon.
If you can't find fresh or frozen berries. "be sure to use unsweetened cranberry concentrate, not bottled cranberry juice, since most brands are loaded with sugar or corn syrup, which encourage the buildup of yeast," she cautions.
And because even fresh berry juice are rich in natural fruit sugars, she suggests diluting four ounces of juice with an equal amount of water to get an eight-ounce serving. She also recommends juicing a clove of fresh garlic and adding it to your vegetable juices.
"Nothing prevents yeast overgrowth as well as garlic does," says Dr. Gillaspie.
Vitamin and Mineral Therapy:
Take more vitamin C, says Elson Haas, M.D., director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, and author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition. "Yeast grows better in an alkaline environment, and vitamin C is acidic, so it helps reduce the yeast." He recommends taking between 500 and 2000 milligrams daily in supplement form.
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