Yeast infections can be so annoying, and sometimes prescriptions like Diflucan are worth looking into. But there are multiple things you can try first to get rid of your yeast infection naturally. Here are the best natural remedies for yeast infections!
Yeast infections sometimes signal a systemic yeast issue. Milk kefir is great at fighting yeast infections (source) and can help to get rid of them and keep them away when consumed regularly.
Milk kefir has the amazing ability to change our gut microbiota and the benefits are witnessed all over our bodies.
It is best to consume milk kefir regularly, but for a yeast infection you can also apply externally to your lady bits. It will help you to clear up the infection quickly!
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Garlic is my go-to for all things requiring an anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast support.
Garlic has shown yeast-fighting abilities in multiple lab studies. While more research needs to be done for specific ailments, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence showing its efficacy against yeast.
For vaginal yeast infections, inserting a clove of garlic in your vagina can be super helpful. Some like to use a needle to sew a piece of string in for easy removal, but it is not really necessary. It should work its way out in several hours (make sure you wear underwear, haha!
Garlic can burn your sensitive private area, so I’d recommend not puncturing the clove of garlic at all.
Taking garlic internally can also be very helpful. For therapeutic purposes, it’s best to use fresh, raw garlic. I love to use my garlic press and add to soups (once cooled enough to eat) and salads.
There are many probiotic supplements on the market, but some work better than others. My family has tried many probiotics, and this brand is the one we’ve found to give the best results. It is free of allergens so works for most people, including children. My own son has taken this probiotic (the adult version). The capsules are easy to open if you have trouble taking pills and the powder is tasteless.
It is not very well known, but it works wonders for a myriad of issues that you might be dealing with if you have a yeast infection. It’s a probiotic that you will see fast results with!
Saccharomyces boulardii is probably the best supplement out there to fight yeast. It is even recommended by the creator of the GAPS Diet who generally frowns upon supplements.
Saccharomyces boulardii is itself a yeast, but it doesn’t play nice with Candida. It is credited with an uncanny ability to restore balance to the digestive system.
One thing to note is that you should not take this supplement long-term. In doing so, this strain of yeast itself can become opportunistic and crowd out other beneficial microorganisms. Use for the recommended period of time (generally around 2 weeks) and then discontinue use.
There are several brands of Sacchromyces boulardii available on the market today. I recommend this brand because it is free of most additives, temperature stable, and comes from a reputable company!
Candidase is an enzyme supplement with several essential oils that help to destroy candida. The enzymes literally eat it up, breaking down the cell walls and rendering it useless.
It works well but is very strong, so those with a sensitive system may want to stick with the other methods on this list.
Foods To Avoid With Yeast Infection
Yeast infections thrive when you consume certain foods. These are the foods to avoid with a yeast infection if you want it to clear up quickly. Avoiding these foods is beneficial regardless of the treatment method you choose. Avoiding or reducing these foods can also help you to avoid a recurring yeast infection.
- Sugar and sugar replacements such as honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.
- Processed foods
- Grains/Bread (especially if it’s not sourdough)
- Milk (but fermented dairy is beneficial and highly recommended)
- Fruits with lots of sugar such as bananas, mangoes, pineapples (it’s best to stick to fresh berries)
- Nuts and seeds that have not been soaked/fermented (they carry a higher likelihood of having undetectable mold)
- Winter squashes/pumpkin
These foods all have the potential to exacerbate yeast issues, which is why I wouldn’t recommend consuming them while actively fighting a yeast infection. Stick to foods that are low in sugar and high in probiotic content.
Great foods to consume while fighting a vaginal yeast infection include: lean meats and fish, eggs, a wide variety of vegetables, fermented vegetables of all types, fermented dairy such as yogurt, home fermented cream, milk kefir), soups and stews. Following a Whole30, Paleo, GAPS or SCD diets would help you greatly.