Oral Thrush is an infection of the skin tissue lining the mouth with a yeast organism known as Candida.  Candida is normally considered to be a harmless parasite that exists within the human body along with other similar microorganisms. Together, these make-up what is known as the body’s ‘beneficial flora’. However, illness, medications and lifestyle factors can contribute to an imbalance in the body’s flora, which allows a previously harmless organism to multiply and change and cause complaints such as Oral Thrush.

Certain people are at greater risk of developing Oral Thrush such as those with a dry mouth, dentures, poor immunity, those who take medication, those who smoke and infants.

Dietary measures to help minimise the likelihood of Oral Thrush include;

  • Eat probiotic yoghurt regularly and take acidophilus capsules after a course of antibiotics to help re-establish a healthy balance of bacteria in the body.
  • Sugar provides the right environment for Candida to thrive. If you have Oral Thrush, it’s advisable to avoid sugary foods including honey, soft drinks, lollies, chocolates, sweet desserts, cakes and biscuits.
  • The diet should be high in high-fibre foods such as wholegrain cereals, fruits and vegetables.
  • Garlic is a natural antibiotic and can be included in the diet every day. It’s important for dentures to be cleaned and fitted properly to reduce the risk of Oral Thrush.

Renee Leonard-Stainton, Naturopath


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