Food to choose to keep thrush at bay

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Warm Tenderstem broccoli and tarragon chicken salad

Fish is a good source of essential fatty acids, as well as a good source of animal protein

  • Potatoes and other starchy vegetables have a high starch content and will help digestion.
  • Wholegrain, yeast free bread and other whole grain products will help to keep your gut healthy.
  • Probiotic yoghurts will encourage good bacteria to grow, and so prevent bad bacteria and fungus from growing.
  • Garlic is both anti fungal and anti bacterial, so will help to prevent candida (a fungus) overgrowing.
  • Essential fatty acids which are found in nuts and seeds all have anti fungal properties. In particular sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and almonds are effective and are also a good source of plant protein.
  • Olive oil and linseed oil are also sources of essential fatty acids.
  • Lemons are antibacterial which makes them useful for killing fungus. They also become alkaline when digested so help to control the conditions of the body.
  • Herbs and spices are often good for preventing yeast overgrowth as they come from plants with anti-fungal agents. Cayenne, coriander, cumin, tumeric, and ginger are all known to be useful.
  • Vegetables, especially broccoli, brussel sprouts and cabbage will help to prevent thrush when eaten regularly.
  • Meat, poultry and fish is recommended by some experts for prevention of thrush, but not by others. Judge your own body's reaction - if it's fine for you then there's no reason to stop eating it.



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Where to next?

- Expert help on more women's conditions
- 'How I learned to live with thrush'. Read Helena's story
- More diets to help health conditions

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More information

- Thrush information from the NHS
- Thrush information from

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