- Women's Health
Yeast Infection - Natural Remedies
Natural remedies are definitely the best way to go, particularly in cases of irritation, where one needs to treat gently.
Vaginal yeast infections are usually caused by the Candida albicans fungus, which is always in the vagina, in small amounts.
Yeast infection mostly occurs with pregnancy, diabetes, and post-menopause, also during use of antibiotics, steroids, and oral contraceptives. Postmenopausal infection is due to the thinning of the vaginal walls, caused by low oestrogen levels.
Yeast infections not only affect the vagina. They can develop in the lower abdomen, beneath folds of skin, under the breasts, under nail beds, and around dentures. These infections can occur at any time of life, but more commonly, as one gets older. Most common amongst women, can also occur in men
Water is Better Than Anything
Some of the most helpful natural remedies for yeast infections include:
Warm water with a little garlic, and some cider vinegar, can be daubed on the infected area, to ease irritation.
Yoghurt is one of the best and easiest natural remedies. PLAIN AND UNSWEETENED of course! (Yeast feeds on sugar) Dab it on to the affected area, or better still, soak a tampon in yoghurt and insert in the infected region, leaving for an hour or so, so that the healthy bacteria will replace the unhealthy. Repeat this 2-3 times a day.
Buttermilk. You can buy prepared buttermilk, or make it yourself by boiling milk and adding butter. Drink 2 glasses a day, to ease symptoms. Two glasses drunk daily, in fact, will help prevent yeast infection occurring. Curds and yoghurt will have a similar effect in prevention.
Grapefruit seed extract and olive leaf extract, in a glass of water is a helpful tonic.
Garlic. An excellent remedy, providing instant relief. A garlic clove can be inserted into the vagina, but may be found to be too strong, and irritating. Natural garlic tabs from a health food store, can be inserted without problems. These can also be swallowed. Another effective way is to take a garlic clove pressed, in a glass of water. Drink it as quickly as possible, but you may still find lingering smells on the breath. Crushed and added to mayonnaise, can be added to sandwiches or salads, on baked potatoes or meats. Of course, yeast infections are best treated with only liquids, and food avoided where possible. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, and as antibiotics can cause yeast infection, there's a double plus!
Apple cider vinegar, will sting if applied directly and undiluted, but can be added to bathwater. 1 cup in a tub will soothe, relax, and provide temporary relief.
Apple cider vinegar is better drunk in water.
Water, water, and more water! Better than anything else for cleaning out the system. If everyone drank the recommended amount of water everyday, they wouldn't get sick as often as they do. The more water you drink, causing more frequent urination, the more you flush out unwanted sugar, which yeast feeds on. Clean pure water being best, or at least boiled water, any water is more helpful than anything else to our bodies.
Oil of oregano. The oil itself, or capsules, should be taken daily. Oil of oregano fights yeast very strongly, but make sure it has a high content of carvacrol.
Yeast Infections can also lead to cystitis, and other infections,equally painful and uncomfortable.
To help prevent vaginal yeast infection, try to avoid: feminine deodorants, underwear made from unnatural fibres (cotton being best) Douching, tight trousers or anything tight around the crotch, nylon tights, or sitting in a wet bathing suit once out of the water (warmth and wetness together, promote yeast growth).
Avoid also any foods which may feed the yeast, as in sugar, yeast itself, or their products. Stay away from refined foods too, as in white flour.
Thrush is a particularly annoying type of yeast infection, again caused by a buildup of Candida, and can affect both men and women. Of course can also be passed from one to the other.
Worse than these yeast infections, is chronic candidiasis. Caused by immense overproduction of Candida, it carries several physical and mental symptoms.
Chronic candidiasis can cause fatigue, skin infections, stomach pain, and even cognitive problems. In this disease, the Candida morphs, into a fungal state, spreading and very dangerous. Candidate in fungal form produces rhizoids. These are barbed, and can cut into membrane and tissue, thus causing pain as well as other harmful symptoms. Left untreated, it can develop into a condition called leaky gut syndrome, in the intestines. Leaky gut syndrome allows toxins passage from the digestive tract straight into the bloodstream.
Candida in it's fungal form will fight very hard to survive against any treatment, thus at the outset of treatment, the patient will often feel worse before starting to feel better.
You should see a doctor at least in the beginning, to find what type of infection, and to what degree, you are suffering.
Later, you can choose between pharmaceutical treatments, and the natural remedies.
What to avoid eating with these infections, is mainly sugar.
Sugar feeds yeast, so should be avoided in any form, including fructose, sugar found in fruit. Avoid fresh and dried fruit, also alcohol, which produces sugar in the body.
It is frequently stressed, that the best way to fight a yeast infection, is to avoid food completely where possible, and stick to liquids. Multivitamins can be taken as a substitute when not eating correctly.
Of course one shouldn't fast for too long at a time, so when you do need to eat, follow the guidelines.
DO NOT use sugar substitutes, chemical sweeteners will not help you at all. You can buy natural sweeteners which come from plants. Try vegetable glycerin, it comes from the coconut palm, or other plants, and is sweeter even than honey. You can buy it in liquid form at health stores. It also has a natural raising agent, so is excellent in cake making.
Processed foods contain a lot of sugar and other sweeteners. Pasta should be avoided, as it is based in white flour, as are noodles, semolina etc.
Any baked goods; bread, pastries etc should also be avoided, as they contain not only white flour, but sugar too.
Other foods to avoid:
beans, sweetened peas, tofu and textured vegetable protein, seeds and nuts, dairy products, sweetened or fruit yoghurts, fresh or especially dried fruits.
Avoid also alcohol, coffee (including decaffeinated) fruit juices, soft drinks (including the diet kind) processed iced tea,
regular black tea, fruit teas.
No ketchup, or tomato sauce,dried garlic or onion,pickles, products made from sugar or vinegar.
Vegetables to eat:
Broccoli, Brussels, Cabbage, Green beans, Celery, Cauliflower, Kale, Cucumber(peeled), Spinach, Rocket, Tomatoes, Asparagus.
Vegetables to avoid: Beetroot, tinned tomatoes, Mushrooms, Cucumber skin, Potato skin.
When taken care of, yeast infections are relatively simple to clear, and usually fairly short-lived, provided they are treated promptly. Vaginal yeast infections, however, are prone to recurrence.
Cystitis-ease cystitis pain naturally
Yeast infections are common, so too are UTIs (urinary tract infections) particularly cystitis. These can also be very uncomfortable and painful, and are very common in women nowadays.
You can also ease cystitis pain naturally, always seek nature's way, mother nature knows best!