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Food to avoid to keep thrush at bay

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One natural remedy for thrush is to add vinegar or bicarbonate of soda to a bath to alter the acidity of the vagina

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If you can keep your digestive system healthy and make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs, you'll be well on the way to preventing thrush. Cutting out the following foods will help to keep your body healthy.
  • Sugar 'feeds' the yeast, helping it to grow.
  • Refined carbohydrates such as white pasta, white flour and white rice, will upset your blood sugar levels and lead to sugar cravings.
  • Yeast often causes an allergic reaction to yeast overgrowth, showing symptoms such as bloating and wind. It's a good idea to cut out yeast altogether for a few weeks, and then slowly bring it back in to test your reaction. Yeast is found in bread, pizza bases, marmite and so on.
  • Junk food is often high in sugar.
  • Fruit, although usually good for you, should be limited when trying to prevent thrush. Experts disagree widely on how much fruit you should eat. Limit yourself to two pieces a day to start with and see how your body reacts when you eat more. If you're cutting down on fruit make sure you eat lots of vegetables to keep getting all the nutrients you need.
  • Alcohol, particularly white wine and beer, is often high in yeast and sugar, both of which increase the likelihood of thrush.
  • Caffeine and nicotine both have poor effects on the body. Cigarettes reduce the amount of oxygen in the body, and caffeine gives short boosts of energy, when what the body needs is sustainable energy. These factors then have a knock on effect on the digestive system, meaning it doesn't function to the maximum.

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