Thrush can be an annoying problem. However, there are several alternatives you have when it comes to treatment, including dietary changes. While treatment with diet may suffice in mild infection, but in moderate or severe infection you need to combine the dietary modifications with intake of antibiotics and other things that your doctor may recommend.
Broadly speaking, certain foods should be avoided or their intake should be limited so as to curtail the growth of Candida yeast that is responsible for the thrush, and certain foods should be taken liberally as they aid in fighting the Candida infection. However, it is to be noted that it may take weeks before any significant improvement is seen.
Foods to be Avoided or Taken in Limited Quantities
Avoid refined sugar because it aids the growth of Candida. Foods rich in refined sugar are sweets, white and brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, maple sugar, rice syrup and sorghum.
Watch out for words like these on the food labels, which are varieties of sugar: fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose, glucose, glycogen, mannitol, galactose, sorbitol, monosaccharides and polysaccharides.
Foods High in Carbohydrate Content
You need to limit your total daily intake of carbohydrate because it gets converted into sugar after digestion and absorption. Depending on your activity level, health and age you can restrict the intake of carbohydrate to 20-60 grams per day. Once the symptoms come under control, you can gradually increase the intake. Foods under this category would be potatoes, peas, sweet corn, beans and pumpkin.
This is high in sugar content. So, avoid eating junk food as far as possible.
Fruits and Fruit Juices
Fruits and fruit juices are to be avoided because they have natural sugars, which support the proliferation of Candida. Avoid fruits of all kinds, whether they are canned, frozen, fresh or dried.
Candida supposedly impairs the ability of the body to digest properly the fat in the diet. So, restrict your intake of such dairy products as milk, buttermilk, butter, cheese and yogurt.
Alcoholic beverages facilitate the proliferation of Candida by impairing the immune system of the body. So, avoid all types of alcoholic beverages like beer, whiskey, wine, gin, brandy, vodka and rum.
Foods to be Taken
Foods Low in Carbohydrate Content
As noted above under foods to avoid, limiting the carbohydrate content helps indirectly by leading to low levels of sugar in the body. Foods that are low in carbohydrate content are chicken, meat, turkey, fish, non-starchy vegetables, and some nuts.
Vegetables that are high in fiber and low in carbohydrate are good for fighting the infection. They include asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, string beans, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, cucumber, celery, eggplant, spinach, lettuce and tomatoes.
Organic Low-fat Yogurt
This contains probiotic bacteria. Probiotics are good bacteria that help curtail the proliferation of the fungus.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onion are antifungal, so they help curtail the proliferation of this fungal infection. You can increase your intake of garlic and onions by eating them raw, using them in cooking your food or taking them as enteric-coated capsules.
Seeds and Nuts
Seeds and nuts are rich in essential fatty acids, which have antifungal properties. You can try pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds.