This One Food Could Be Why You're Always Sick

The Short of It:

  • Research shows Candida overgrowth lowers immunity, leading to chronic inflammation and ailments including yeast infections, headaches, and joint pain
  • 50% of women will experience Candida at least once, thanks to antibiotics, hormone imbalances, genetics, and even stress
  • According to nutritionists, binging on sugars and refined carbs boost yeast growth, while anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, garlic, and coconut oil lead to weight loss, increased energy, and mental clarity 

The Long of It:

The phrase “You are what you eat” has always held an irksome, holier-than-thou vibe to me. I tend to subscribe to an “eat what you want, stop when you’re full, move around sometimes” mentality; there are no dietary sins that can’t be forgiven with a few glasses of water and an intermediate yoga class. It should come as no surprise, then, that it took a years-long roller coaster of BV, yeast infections, and UTIs to get me to even consider switching up my diet. I recently found myself on a reproductive health merry-go-round—I would treat a seemingly minor yeast infection, only to have my medication cause a flare-up of BV, and when I remedied the BV, those antibiotics decimated my flora to make way for another yeast infection. At the fifth gynecologist visit in eight weeks, my doctor put down her prescription pad and gave it to me straight: My whole body was out of whack, she said, and the only way to fix it was to radically shift how I ate. The number one ingredient causing my never-ending reproductive woes? Yeast.

The Problem With Yeast

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