Diet is an essential aspect in your fight against yeast/fungal or bacterial infections. If you are wondering what foods to eat and ones to avoid for curing infections without antibiotics, read on: we have tons of information for you.
What are the best antibacterial foods that fight infections and what foods should you avoid?
The anti-infection diet is typically a low-sugar diet. Sugar feeds the yeast and bacterial so chances are: your recurrent Urine infections or skin infections may be due to high sugary foods like: white flour and sugar, candy, doughnuts, pastries, cakes, artificial sweeteners, crackers, pretzels, dried canned fruits, sugary drinks, sodas, energy and sports drinks, concentrated fruits juices etc. So you need to eliminate all of these foods to prevent these infections.
Here are some more foods to avoid for preventing infections in the body:
- Yeast– This is found in sprouted breads, corn tortillas and tacos, rice crackers, rye crackers, ready to make foods like pancakes, muffins, breads etc. It encourages the growth of candida cells and yeast infections.
- Vinegar– In order to fight infections in the mouth or skin, you need to avoid most vinegars other than Apple cider vinegar. Avoid condiments containing vinegar such as sauces, ketchups etc.
- Sugary syrups– Maple, corn syrup, date syrup etc. Also avoid foods with fructose, sorbitol, lactose and maltose. These feed the microbes and encourage them to proliferate.
- Sugary fruits– Eliminate canned, frozen and dried fruits as they are high in sugar which feeds the microbes. Also limit intake of bananas, grapes, cantaloupes, melons especially if you want to fight infection after surgery.
- Avoid peanut butter, pistachios and peanuts as they have high mold and stress the system.
- Drinks– Avoid all kinds of alcohol, tea, coffee, energy and sports drinks,
- Cheeses– All moldy cheeses encourage yeast.
Top 10 foods to fight bacterial viral and fungal infections
1. Apple cider vinegar
Our body is meant to operate at a ph between 7 and 14 (which is the alkaline range) that makes it difficult for bacteria, molds, viruses and fungi to thrive in. Apple cider vinegar, especially the organic, raw and unfiltered variety, can help create this alkaline environment needed to fight infections of the skin or mouth. Drink a glass of warm water mixed a couple of tablespoons of raw, organic ACV daily before breakfast. Doing this daily can create an alkaline ph and also provide necessary enzymes that help the immune system fight off the bacteria and yeast.
2. Coconut oil
Coconut oil contains many essential fatty acids and the primary among these is caprylic acid. This acid is anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial and creates holes in the microbe’s walls which weaken them. Take coconut oil daily –you can cook your food in it, or take a few tablespoons as is. Oil pulling is also a great remedy for fighting bacterial toxins to ward of infections.
3. Cruciferous vegetables and alkaline foods
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, arugula, cabbage, radishes, watercress etc contain inflammation fighting isothiocyanates, as well as sulfur and nitrogen. Eat these vegetables daily, either cooked or raw, to thwart microbes. Other alkaline vegetables and fruits are: lemons, limes, berries, almonds, avocados, sweet potatoes, flaxseeds, wild rice, stevia, quinoa, buckwheat etc.
4. Olive oil
Like coconut oil, olive oil is full of antioxidants and polyphenols which strengthen the body against yeast and other microbes. You can use olive oil over your salads, in your baking, frying or sautéing.
5. Spices and herbs
Here are the best spices and herbs that can fight infections and inflammation in the body. Do add them to your antibacterial food lists:
- Cinnamon-Not only is cinnamon anti-inflammatory, it is also anti fungal, antibacterial and antiviral. It breaks down the bacteria’s cell walls and weakens it. This property finds application in treating parasitic infections like lice etc apart from candida, bacterial skin infections, and ulcers in the mouth and so on.
- Ginger– This powerful herb is full of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds such as gingerols which boost the immune function and also provide support to the liver while detoxifying it. That is the reason why regular consumption of ginger root in form of ginger tea can help fight candida, sepsis, sinusitis and other respiratory infections.
- Cloves-The eugenol essential oil content of loves gives it a powerful anti-inflammatory action. Clove oil is also antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal. You can take clove internally; use it as a mouthwash for thrush or dental infections or as a topical application for toenail fungus.
- Garlic– When it comes to foods that fight skin infections or infections in the throat or mouth, garlic tops the list. The allicin compound in garlic is a natural antibiotic. Garlic is also rich in sulfur which fights all kinds of fungal and bacterial infections.
6. Lemon juice
Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights inflammation and infections and also boosts the immune system to ward off major and minor illnesses. Drinking lemon juice mixed with water every day can strengthen your body against a wide range of microbes, bacteria and viruses. It is also anti fungal and antibacterial and can fight yeast infections like Candida as well as sinusitis, colds, coughs etc.
7. Oregano oil
Oregano essential oil as well as the herb Oregano contains compounds like carvacrol and thymol. These are anti-fungal and antibacterial agents which kill the microbial cells and prevent recurrent infections. While oregano oil can be safely taken internally, it is very important to dilute it first. You can mix it with some coconut oil and take it in a capsule. (Oregano capsules are also available in health food stores, but do consult a herbalist prior to using.)
8. Live yogurt culture
Live plain yogurt cultures replenish the good bacterial in the gut. These bacteria push out the bad bacteria and yeast and restore balance to the system. Yogurt from plain cow’s milk is good, but what works better is yogurt made from goat or sheep’s milk as these have fewer antibiotics and chemicals. The good bacteria from probiotics like Kefir and miso can also produce antifungal and antibacterial enzymes which help fight candida, yeast, thrush, and other common infections.
9. Green tea
Many anti-inflammatory diet proponents avoid green tea because it contains caffeine. However, compared to other tea and coffee varieties, green tea has a lot less caffeine content. Also, it has many polyphenols and antioxidants. These compounds make green tea a super food for fighting candida and bacterial infections as they strengthen the body’s immunity.
10. Chlorella and Spirulina
Including Spirulina and Chlorella in your diet can help strengthen your immune system and build your defense system against common microbes and parasites which cause infections. Both algae are known to replenish the good flora in the intestines and have strong antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties.
All these foods for fighting infections are great to include in your diet as they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can strengthen the body and enhance overall health and well being.