Yeast is a problem for many people, and there is a good chance that many do not even know it! Many doctors even claim that yeast does not cause wide spread health problems, however, there is evidence to the contrary.
In fact, many people that are suffering from a long list of health problems may actually be suffering from an underlying fungal infection. These can be problems ranging from weight gain and low energy to asthma, allergies and recurrent sinus infections, all the way to diabetes and cancer!
Many doctors, scientists, and researchers have published on the yeast connection to diseases, but it is still not well understood or accepted by many physicians.
Eat Your Medicine?
Fortunately for all, there is much you can do simply by changing your eating habits.
(For information on the Kaufmann Anti-fungal Diet, click HERE!)
While diet can go a long way, there are certain foods that are stellar at actually killing yeast!
Coconut oil is known to have a variety of health benefits in the body and as a topical agent, in addition, to be extremely useful in the kitchen. Coconut oil, as it turns out, is excellent for killing yeast.
Many of the fatty acids inherent in coconut, such as caprylic acid, are potent yeast-killing compounds.
In some studies, cinnamon performed better than some prescription medications at killing yeast, and it was effective against strains that were resistant to bacteria. Cinnamon is easy to incorporate into your diet, or it can be used supplementally in oil form. You should likely not use cinnamon topically.
Similar to cinnamon, clove performs remarkably well against potent strains of yeast. Clove contains a powerful compound called eugenol, which is effective against Candida and other yeasts.
This common spice is known to have potent anti-fungal capabilities. Oregano oil is also potently antiviral and antimicrobial, making it an excellent first line of defense against infections, particularly if you would wish to avoid the necessity of an antibiotic.
Rich in sulfur compounds, garlic exhibits powerful anti-fungal effects. Like oregano, garlic has many anti-microbial properties. It is one of the easiest ingredients to regularly and tastefully include into your diet.
(Some recommend garlic as use for a vaginal yeast infection, but this is likely advised against, unless under supervision of your doctor.)
Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, sardines and other fish are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Among their legion of benefits for heart health, skin health, mental function and other benefits, omega 3s exhibit some anti-fungal activity.
Omega 3s are something recommended by naturopaths and physicians, alike; it is just a bonus that they are also anti-fungal!
While plain yogurt does not necessarily kill yeast, the beneficial bacteria within them can assist in fortifying the body’s natural defense mechanisms against yeast in the first place.
Beneficial bacteria line the gut and perform a variety of tasks, including immune function. It is no accident that they prevent yeast from flourishing; on the other hand, it is not surprising that yeast infections can occur following a round of antibiotics, which can damage the cultures of these good bacteria.
This is the primary reason why plain yogurt is recommended on Phase One of the Kaufmann Diet.
Carrots are rich in a number of phytonutrients, including beta-carotene, which is responsible for a carrot’s orange color. Among the other carotenoids and phytonutrients inherent in carrots is the nutrient falcarinol, which is known to kill to yeast.