Yeast Infections - Natural Relief and Cures
When anyone has the misfortune to suffer from yeast infections, natural relief and cures are usually among the first things they will look for.
Those that have suffered from a yeast infection, will know that anyone will do whatever necessary to find relief from the discomfort.
These irritating, painful conditions are mainly caused by the Candida fungus, which although ever present in the vagina, when too much is allowed to form, the yeast infection begins.
Also 'alive' in this region and the digestive tract, are probiotics, especially Lactobacillus, 'friendly bacteria' which suppress the growth of Candida funghi.
With high levels of candida, and low levels of Lactobacillus, yeast infection appears. Therefore one remedy for yeast infection is probiotic supplement. These are available as oral supplements or vaginal suppositories
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Natural Relief and Cures
The other choice of course are natural remedies. The idea here is to look for substances which fight against yeast, and promote the growth of the probiotic.
The imbalance initially can be caused by the taking of broad spectrum antibiotics, certain birth control pills or steroids which can destroy the necessary friendly bacteria.
Also frequent sexual activity (frequent exposure to semen), too tight or infrequently washed jeans can be contributing factors. Women can be most susceptible just before menstruation, and in pregnancy, as well as during chemotherapy, or with diabetes.
In cases of yeast infection, with their maddening, unbearable irritations, maybe rushing into a pharmacy for quick relief medications will be your first thought, where actually home remedies can be more soothing, have no side effects, and very often much longer lasting relief.
Natural yeast infection relief and cures can come from a variety of unexpected sources.
Apple cider vinegar, with the mother, is a great remedy. It can be daubed on the infected area, but may sting, so should be diluted with water. A better application is to add a little to bathwater. A.C.V. can also be drunk, diluted in water, but is not such a quick remedy.
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Further Natural Remedies
Natural yoghurt (unsweetened) or curds are often regarded as the most helpful natural relief, daubed onto the affected area, as well as eaten to introduce healthy bacteria to the system. The quickest way to introduce into the infected parts, whereby quickest form of relief, is to insert a soaked tampon. Soak it for a few seconds to absorb the yoghurt or curds, without allowing the tampon to begin swelling, insert and leave for at least an hour. This you can repeat 2 or 3 times a day, and the healthy bacteria will replace the unhealthy bacteria in the yeast.
Curds, yoghurt and also buttermilk should become part of the daily diet, reducing probability of yeast infections. The yoghurt must be natural, unsweetened, as the sugar will counteract the benefits, because sugar feeds yeast.
Oil of oregano, the one with with high carvacrol content, can be purchased at health shops, and is amazingly potent against yeast.
Garlic is one of the worst enemies of yeast. Add plenty of garlic to your diet. Better still crush a whole clove of garlic, add to drinking water, and swallow quickly. You can also buy garlic capsules, which will introduce the garlic to your system without affecting your breath.
Garlic capsules can also be used as a vaginal suppository, the quickest way to get garlic to the affected area.
As well as being the nemesis of yeast, it is a natural antibiotic.
By far the best advice in these cases is to drink plenty of water. Mother Nature's greatest gift by far, the secret remedy for just about any illnes
Not nearly enough people drink the amount of water that their bodies need. Surely if they did, not so many people would get sick in the first place.
Keeping the body well hydrated is a huge part of keeping the body healthy.
The common recommendation is eight glasses of water a day, or 2 litres. Of course everybody is different according to size and water retention etc, but it's logical the more water that you drink, the more you urinate, whereby flushing out your system, and eliminating any unwanted sugars which feed yeast, as well as any other unwanted 'visitors'.
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The best diet for those suffering from yeast overgrowth, is one high in protein and fibre, with some carbohydrate and a little fresh ripe fruit (nothing sour or hard to digest)
High fibre foods should make up 65% of the diet, as in steamed vegetables; including celery, broccoli, asparagus, radishes, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, parsley, peas, kale, turnips, onions and of course garlic. Occasional tomatoes and aubergine.
The onions and garlic particularly, eaten raw, are antifungal, therefore eat as much as possible. Fresh ginger is also good.
For protein, some high protein foods are; fish, duck, turkey, chicken, (in fact most game and fowl) beef and pork, eggs, nuts; cashew, brazil, almond, pecan, macadamia, hazelnut and seeds.: pine nut, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin,poppy.
The suggested carbohydrates; beans, chick peas, lentils, rice and oats.
Fruits should be ripe and not sour; any kind of berry is good, cherries are great, also papaya, pineapple, mango, peach and pear.
I truly believe that these delicious components of Mother Nature's pharmacy, are by far the best way to go in most illnesses, but most definitely in those where one is feeling particularly fragile, irritated and sore.
The other benefit of natural relief, is that you can use it as often and for as long as you wish.
There is always something at hand to relieve that persistent irritation that is driving you mad!
Unlike pharmaceutical aids, which can only be used 3 or 4 times a day, at times when the doctor dictates, which very rarely coincide with the times when we really, REALLY need relief.
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