Effective Natural Cures For Yeast Infection
It is estimated that about 75 percent of all adult women have had at least one yeast infection in their lifetime. Although much fewer, some men suffer from male yeast infections too.
Candida albicans, also known as Monilia, represents the most common of the six species of yeast that live (in small amounts) in the human body. This fungus typically makes its home in the mouth, gastro-intestinal, and genital tract, although most people seem to think of them as vaginal yeast infections or as thrush (in the mouth).
In most people, it is simply a harmless parasite, feeding off the sugar in the circulatory system. As long as its growth is being kept in check by the many beneficial bacteria, which also colonize the body it is harmless and does not cause any trouble. Some professionals think that as long as it is under control, it may even have some benefits.
Problems begin when the balance between yeast and beneficial bacteria is out of balance. Then, the normally small colonies of Candida yeast can grow out of control, causing several varieties of yeast infections with more or less unpleasant effects.
Such an imbalance can occur, when the immune system is weak or when the body goes though hormonal changes that may result from normal cyclical adjustments in the female body or that are induced by stress. Although certain conditions (including pregnancy, diabetes mellitus, use of broad-spectrum antibiotics or corticosteroid medications) increase the risk for genital candidacies, most of those cases are related to dietary habits.
Since this fungus feeds on sugars, and as it grows, it asks for more of it. So, if you are craving starchy and sweet foods, make sure you are getting enough nutrients that will keep this fungus from growing out of proportion.
A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Some women also have a thick, clumpy, white discharge that has no odor and looks a little like cottage cheese.
These symptoms are more likely to occur during the week before your menstrual period.
Many women seriously struggle to get through them. Although there is an abundance of medical yeast infection treatments, all of them have something in common: they are ineffective. Sure, they may ease the symptoms but they do not fix the cause. So, it is generally just a matter of time before the Candida flairs up again.
Effective natural yeast infection remedies should include the following nutritional supplements, which should be taken in small amounts (1 pill of each) per day) to keep the bacterial flora in check and doubled or tripled for 1-2 weeks while treating an active yeast infection.
Powerful probiotic supplements, like Vita Dophilus, to improve the intestinal flora.
Potent allium supplements that have high amounts of allicin from garlic to kill the excess Candida fungus.
I recommend Allium Complex, which contains the power of 12 cloves of garlic among chives, leeks and onion concentrates. Because the garlic is encapsulated, it only releases its power in the intestinal tract, where it is needed, so you won’t smell offensively or get your stomach upset.
The antifungal and antimicrobial properties of garlic and onions will help keep Candida at bay, thus prevent from future occurrences. Yeast and garlic simply cannot co-exist, so regular garlic and onion intake from your diet will also help control Candida.
Garlic as well as onions is furthermore rich in Vitamin C and other phyto-chemicals that help improve immune system function, assist in improving circulatory health, thus may prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Garlic - Allium supplements are the easiest and most effective way to take garlic regularly, even for those who cannot tolerate eating garlic or who simply do not want to put off with the smell and lingering taste every day.
Calli Tea (1-2 bags as strong as you can take it - 1-3 quarts per bag) and NuPlus (1-3 bags per day) for gentle but effective cleansing of the eliminating organs of Candida yeast and other undesirable wastes.
While treating an infection, eat a diet that is rich in non-starchy vegetables that are low in sugar. Avoid sugars. Sweeten your foods and drinks with Stevia. Keep your bread, potato and fruit intake low. Drink a lot of water and tea.
Successful treatment of Candida may be noted by a few days of heightened Candida symptoms and rarely, in serious cases flu-like symptoms for a day or two. This reaction is caused when excessive amounts of yeast are dying off in the body. It should however disappear quickly.
Whether you suffer from Candida symptoms or not, I highly recommend, using the mentioned products regularly on a maintenance level. Not only will you keep yeast overgrowth problem at bay but also benefit from improved immunity and circulatory health. Since excess yeast growth inhibits proper absorption of nutrients through the intestinal walls, (and you do usually not get symptoms until it is out of whack) you may otherwise open the door for many diseases.
Other problems (like bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis) can cause vaginal symptoms that may seem like a yeast infection.
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