There are some words like “moist” that just shouldn’t be thrown around lightly and describing Thrush is just as sticky.
Thrush is an infection caused by candida fungus or better known as yeast - basically a yeast infection in your mouth. It’s common mostly in infants and toddlers, older adults, and those who are struggling with a weak immune system.
How Do You Know If You Have Thrush?
The symptoms of Thrush include a white rash that looks a little like cottage cheese inside your mouth either on your tongue or on the insides of your cheeks. Thrush is very painful and you may have difficulty swallowing. In some cases, you can get a fever if it spreads to your esophagus.
Who Gets Thrush?
Everyone has a little candida (fungus) in their mouth, it is normal, everyday bacteria. However, in some cases, it can get out of control especially when we take antibiotics which can throw off the balance. Other factors like stress, uncontrolled diabetes, HIV infection, cancer, dry mouth, and changes in your hormones can also lead to Thrush.
How Can Cayenne Help?
Doctors prescribe antifungal medication that you can take for a period of up to 14 days to kill and balance out the good bacteria. In addition, cayenne pepper is also a good way to promote a healthy, yeast-free mouth. Cayenne encourages your mouth to produce more saliva which helps to keep not only your mouth clean but also your esophagus. Cayenne can help kill off the bad bacteria that is just chilling inside your mouth.
Make this tea your new morning ritual for a healthy mouth:
Cayenne and Lemons both promote saliva production in your mouth which acts as a natural cleanser to keep the bad bacteria at bay. This tea also acts as a detox for your liver and kidneys.
- 1 cup of warm or hot water
- raw honey (1 teaspoon)
- cayenne pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- ginger (optional)