Go on a sugar detox
The candida yeast thrives off sugar! The more sugar you eat, the better the candida can grow. You will need to cut ALL sugar out of your diet initially to eradicate (get rid of) the candida, by essentially starving it. This includes all refined sugars, grains and fruit to begin with. The more candida overgrowth you have, the longer it will take to eradicate. Try this for a few weeks and then slowly reintroduce fruit and wholegrains and monitor your symptoms. Avoiding refined sugars and grains in the long term is beneficial.
Get familiar with fermented foods
Foods that have been fermented are jam-packed with friendly bugs (probiotics) that your gut needs to stay healthy. The greater number of friendly bugs you have in your gut, the less likely that bad bugs will overgrow. These bugs make up the gut microbiome; the immune system of your gut that wards off pathogenic overgrowth. Strengthening your microbiome is essential for preventing candida from taking over. Kefir, kombucha, natural yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso are great sources of probiotic bacteria.
Boost your immune system
When you’re run down and your immune system is low, you will be more prone to getting thrush. This is because the immune system of your gut is not strong enough to keep candida at bay, and it can take over spreading its roots (tendrils) and wreaking havoc. Vitamin C is vitally important for strengthening your immune system and warding off pathogenic organisms. Berries and citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, but if you are avoiding fruit temporarily, you may prefer a vitamin C powder.
Try a yoghurt douche
Natural, unsweetened yoghurt is a great source of probiotics. Some women find that applying it topically and/or internally during a flare up of thrush can be soothing. The probiotic bacteria could potentially help to restore balance and ward off candida. If trying this method, ensure you choose unsweetened, unflavoured natural yoghurt.