Yogurt is a popular home remedy for thrush that you may have come across. The question is, does it really work? The answer is yes and no. Yogurt may have some beneficial effects for treating thrush, but generally can’t cure thrush by itself. The reason is that yeast can be quite resilient and persistent – usually yogurt just isn’t a strong enough treatment.
However, at the same time, yogurt certainly can’t hurt and is worth a try as a home remedy. If you want to try using yogurt for thrush, buy the highest quality yogurt you can find, and always use plain, unsweetened yogurt. Much store bought yogurt is loaded with added sweeteners that will simply make the thrush worse. (Always avoid added sweeteners if you suffer from thrush, as yeast love sugar!) Also, try to use organic yogurt if you can.
You can also buy a yogurt maker and try making your own yogurt. You can use a high quality yogurt maker as the starter culture and add a little to organic milk and then just put in the yogurt maker, which only costs about $30. Organic milk is much less expensive than organic yogurt.
If you’re treating a baby with thrush, I would seek out goat’s milk yogurt, which can usually be found in health food stores. Goat’s milk is less allergenic and more easily digested than cow’s milk, making it a better choice for infants and babies with thrush.
From there, just try eating lots of plain, unsweetened yogurt and cut all excess sugars and starches (including artificial sweeteners) out of your diet. It might work or it might not, but it definitely won’t hurt you!
In my personal experience, once a person, whether young or old, develops thrush, it’s usually a sign the yeast is pretty well entrenched and it takes a bit more comprehensive approach to get rid of it permanently. However, the natural approach is far superior to using prescription drugs, which often have harmful side effects and many times don’t even get rid of the yeast!
I just recently read an article in which even medical researchers admitted that anti-fungal drugs are quite toxic and rarely get rid of all the yeast. So the fact that you’re wondering if you can cure thrush with yogurt means you’re looking for a natural remedy and you’re on the right track.