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Eating Foods to Treat a Yeast Infection

author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
Eating Foods to Treat a Yeast Infection
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Vaginal yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of harmful bacteria known as candidas. This bacteria thrives in dark moist environments and causes irritation of the affected skin along with itching and burning. Home treatment can be very helpful in the early stages of a yeast infection. There are foods that can help cure yeast infections within a few days to a few weeks. This is an ideal alternative to over-the-counter and prescription creams and pills.

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Step 1

Introduce garlic into your diet. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and inhibits bacterial growth in the intestinal tract and vagina. Along with inhibiting bacterial growth, the antibiotic properties fight and destroy bad bacteria such as candida, while leaving intact the good bacteria necessary for healthy system functions.

Step 2

Consume one serving of yogurt daily. Yogurt contains good bacteria needed for vaginal health and these bacteria will fight off candida bacteria, helping rid you of your yeast infection within days.

Step 3

Eat foods rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C inhibits growth of candidas and kills off existent bacteria in the vagina and intestines by providing an acidic environment. Acidity counteracts the alkaline environment required for candida bacterial survival. Drinking cranberry and orange juices will also provide enough vitamin C to help.

Step 4

Avoid foods that contain high amounts of sugars and fermented foods. These foods include bread, caffeine, chocolate, and vinegars. These foods increase the amount of candidas bacteria in the intestines, causing irritation and infection in the vaginal canal and outer vagina.

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