You must have heard of the amazing, almost magical benefits of good food to your health. Food can be a remedy for illnesses, especially those caused by nutrient deficiencies. But what can food do for illnesses caused by other factors like sexual contact? Can nutrition help make it better?
Sexually transmitted infections are infections that are passed on from one person to another through sexual contact. STIs should be detected as early as possible and treated appropriately. The only way to detect an STI, especially one with no symptoms is by getting tested regularly.
Living healthy and maintaining a good diet can generally help fight infections. Most STDs are a result of bacterial and viral infections and some foods can help boost your immune system and aid your chances of recovery.
Some of these foods that can have anti-bacterial and antiviral properties and may be useful in fighting infections include:
Garlic is a natural antibiotic with strong antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It boosts the immune system and helps it defend the body against infections.
Ginger contains a compound called gingerol that can reduce your risk of getting an infection. Ginger can also help discourage the growth of harmful bacteria in your body. These properties may help your chances against STDs, especially the ones caused by bacteria. STDs caused by bacteria include gonorrhoea, syphilis and chlamydia.
Apart from its sweet taste, the medicinal properties of honey are a part of what makes it so popular. For centuries, people have used honey as a remedy for infections. It is a powerful antibacterial, and it even creates a protective barrier against infection because of its high viscosity.
Coconut oil wears many hats. It is great for hair, skin, teeth and even aids metabolism. It is quite popular. Its antibacterial properties can also help fight infections by inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Lauric acid, the fatty acid in coconut oil can also help fight yeast infections.
Vegetables like cabbage, lettuce and spinach contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This is why they are popular choices for combating diseases. They improve the body’s immune system and help defend against infections.
STDs need proper medical attention so bear in mind that snacking on immune-boosting foods is not necessarily going to cure an STD completely. You still need to go to the doctor and get treated. As part of living healthy, you also need to go for routine checks. Sexual health should not be taken lightly. Untreated STDs can lead to organ damage, paralysis, infertility and in some cases, blindness.
See a doctor on Doctall for medical advice if you are experiencing itching, pain, unusual discharge or general discomfort in your private area. If you are worried you may have been exposed to an STD, you should also speak to a doctor as soon as possible.