A Natural Approach To Health
Living With a Yeast Infection
I had a question the other day about a yeast infection.
Yeast is a fungus normally living in your vagina in small numbers.
A vaginal yeast infection means too many yeast cells are growing in your vagina.
These infections are very common.
Symptoms include vaginal irritation, intense itchiness and vaginal discharge.
A yeast infection isn’t considered a sexually transmitted infection, although the fungus causing it can be spread through oral-genital contact.
Although they can be bothersome, vaginal yeast infections aren’t usually serious, and treatment is simple.
To deal with a yeast infection it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Aloe vera is helpful for infections and is known for its healing effects. Aloe vera gel can be applied topically to relieve itching. It can also be taken internally or used in a douche.
*Barberry has remarkable infection-fighting properties.
*Cinnamon and dandelion inhibit the growth of Candida albicans. They can be used as a douche or taken internally. (Don’t use cinnamon in large quantities if pregnant.)
*Pau d’arco contains natural antibiotic agents and has a healing effect. It can be taken in capsule form, made into a tea, or used as a douche.
*Tea tree oil is good for vaginitis. Topical tea tree oil cream is effective against fungal infection. Tea tree oil suppositories have been used successfully for vaginal yeast infections.
*Eat plain yogurt that contains live yogurt cultures, or apply plain yogurt directly to the vagina. This can help fight infection and soothe inflammation. Also consume brown rice, millet, and acidophilus.
*Consume fiber daily. Oat bran is a good source.
*Eat a diet that is fruit-free, sugar-free, and yeast-free.
*Avoid aged cheeses, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented foods, all grains containing gluten (wheat,oats, rye, and barley), ham, honey, nut butters, pickles, raw mushrooms, soy sauce, sprouts, sugar in any form, vinegar, and all yeast products.
*Also eliminate citrus and acidic fruits (grapefruits, lemons, limes, oranges, pineapple, and tomatoes) from your diet until the inflammation subsides.
*Keep clean and dry. Wear cotton underwear, which absorbs moisture and allows air to circulate. Avoid tight clothing and synthetic fabrics. Change into dry clothing as soon as possible after swimming. Don’t spend prolonged periods of time in a wet bathing suit.
*To relieve itching, open a vitamin E capsule and apply the oil to the inflamed area.
*Add 3 cups of pure apple cider vinegar to bathwater. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes, allowing the water to flow into the vagina.
*Don’t use corticosteroids or oral contraceptives until your condition improves. Oral contraceptives can upset the balance of microorganisms in your body.
*Avoid taking iron supplements until the inflammation subsides. Infectious bacteria require iron for growth.
*Have a chiropractic assessment.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Increase garlic consumption because it’s antifungal.
*Research natural feminine products.
*Use only natural, non-toxic personal care products.
*Use lots of Optiflora during and after use of antibiotics to replenish “good” bacteria wiped out by the antibiotic.
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