Oral thrush is type of yeast infection in the mouth caused by overgrowth of a fungus called Candida Albicans. Though oral thrush by itself is not life threatening, it can cause great discomfort and pain to the person suffering from it. Oral thrush can be cured naturally with home based remedies (read my other articles on oral thrush remedies). By making a few changes to your daily habits, the infection can be cured faster and more effectively. Here are a few tips on what to avoid if you are suffering from oral thrush:
1. Cut down sugar intake
Yeasts feed on sugar. Excessive intake of sugar will cause a faster spread of yeast infection in the mouth.
2. Avoid fermented food
Food fermented with yeast like bread, beer and wine should be avoided as they promote further growth of yeasts in the mouth.
3. No junk food
Junk food contains a high level of undesirable additives like monosodium glutamate, sugar and preservatives that are harmful to the body. Eating junk food jeopardize the body’s immune system as all the essential nutrients required by the body are compromised. It is best to consume wholesome and nutritious food like fresh vegetables, fruits and natural unsweetened yoghurt. Garlic is also one of the recommended oral thrush remedies as it contains antibacterial properties that help slow yeasts from growing.
4. Stop smoking
Cigarettes contain nitrogen dioxide that drastically depletes the amount of vitamin C in the body. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps build up the body’s immune system. Stop smoking if you are suffering from thrush. Also, build up your immune system by taking good vitamin C supplements and vitamin C rich food like orange, yellow-fleshed kiwi, lemon and etc.
5. Avoid stress
Stress weakens the body’s immune system. A weak immune system is the primary trigger that causes the occurrence of yeast infection in the first place. If you are depressed or unhappy, seek comfort from family and friends. Organize outdoor activities. Remember, there is nothing that can’t be solved if you are willing to go out and share what’s on your mind. Meditate. Meditation helps calm and relax the mind. Remember to maintain a positive state of mind at all times.
I trust that you have benefited from the suggestions listed in this article. Remember that the tips given in this article should be complemented with proper oral thrush remedies as a complete treatment. Stick to these habits until the oral thrush recovers or for 30 days for best results and to prevent thrush from recurring.