Modern Living Triggers Yeast Infections In Many Different Ways
Candida is the scientific name for single cell microbes found in the most areas of the body: the intestines, the genitals, the mouth etc.
These microbes are kept in-check by beneficial bacteria and a healthy immune system. But a combination of certain conditions can wreck this healthy balance.
Candida can grow out of control and take on a root-like structure… damaging the mucous membranes of the gut. Invading the bloodstream… and causing yeast infection.
Common Triggers For A Yeast Infection
Overuse of antibiotics
Antibiotics are one of the leading causes of yeast infection.
Antibiotics are taken to kill unwanted bacteria in the body… but it also kills off the good bacteria (the microbiome) thereby leading to bacteria imbalance… which upsets the vaginal ecosystem.
Most chemicals upset the bacterial balance in the vagina which triggers yeast overgrowth. Chemicals like inks, dyes, perfumes and even soaps which may not only encourage yeast infection but also damage the mucus membranes.
Several of the condoms in the market today contain nonoxynol-9 in the lubricant. This is a spermicidal chemical which is added to the lubricant. However, many studies have shown that nonoxynol-9 can often lead kill off beneficial bacteria needed to maintain a healthy vagina.
Eating high-sugar foods will encourage a yeast overgrowth. Candida, the fungus that causes yeast infection, loves to feed on sugar.
Natural Remedies For Yeast Infection
Pau d’arco is a herb that comes from the native Bignoniaceae tree commonly found in South America. This herb helps to regulate the overgrowth of yeast in the body.
If you can get this herb in liquid form, you can take it as a tincture either orally or applied topically.
The typical dosage is a quarter teaspoon per day. But if you are applying this externally, then dosage can be increased.
Calendula is a plant classified in the daisy family. It came from the Macaronesia East, through the Mediterranean to Iran… and today has become one of the most praised herbs with various medical benefits.
You may have heard about calendula in facial products; it is used as herbal remedies to heal wounds and soothe skin. But it is also a great home remedy for yeast infection when taken internally as a tincture.
This is specially one of the best treatments for new moms who develop yeast infection in their breast while breast feeding.
Borax acid is a substance that has mild antiseptic and antifungal properties.
If borax 6x is used at the first sign of symptoms, it can be really effective at controlling yeast overgrowth.
Doctors recommend the use of borax 6x for infections that failed to respond to other medications and for reoccurring infections.
Warning: don’t use this treatment if there are open wounds in the vagina or if you are pregnant.
Palmarosa oil an essential oil with incredible health benefits.
It is produced from the same tropical grass family as lemongrass and contains excellent skin care properties.
It contains geraniol, citronellal, citral, farnesol, limonene, dipentene, and geranyl acetate. It can be used in a mixture with a commercial yeast infection cream.
Ideally, 4 drops of palmarosa oil would be enough to enhance the efficacy of the cream.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, anti-yeast, and antifungal oil.
It helps to soothe fungal infections with typical symptoms of yeast infection.
To achieve the best result with this oil, it is best applied twice a day, in the morning and bedtime.
Apple Cider vinegar (ACV) bath
Apple cider vinegar bath is a popular natural cure for yeast infection.
ACV is a form of vinegar made from apples and it comes with a whole lot of health benefits, from skin-care benefits to body pH regulation.
To take an apple cider vinegar bath, prepare lukewarm water and add 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Make sure that the ACV you use contains a probiotic called ‘the mother’.
Soak yourself in the bath for about 20 minutes. This will help provide some immediate relief from the symptoms of yeast infection while controlling yeast overgrowth.
You may also want to take apple cider vinegar douche about 2 to 3 times a week; however, the dosage should depend on the seriousness of your symptoms.
Eat Plain (unsweetened) Yogurt
Before you think of yogurt, it is important to remember that yeast feeds on sugar… so any yogurt with added sugar is not a good idea when you have yeast infection.
This is why you need to double check and make sure you are using a plain or preferably organic yogurt for this.
Yogurt contains probiotic properties and thus helps to boost the healthy bacteria in the vagina while killing yeast.
For immediate relief from severe symptoms apply yogurt topically inside and around the vagina. during the day.
A Healthy Microbiome
The microbiome is a cluster of good bacteria found in the gut that helps maintain a long list of body functions…
From keeping you slim to strengthening your immune system… the microbiome also prevents yeast infections.
Probiotics are the same kind of good bacteria that keeps the microbiome healthy.
The two most researched strains of probiotics that promote optimum vaginal health are: Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bacillus Coagulans (found in PreMaxPro)
Modern day living kills off our good bacteria (microbiome)… and the space left behind in your gut gets filled with bad bacteria and fungus…
An overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus wrecks havoc on your health, waistline… and promotes yeast infections.
Unfortunately, taking a probiotic on its own will not reverse the damage… first, you need to remove the colonies of bad bacteria and fungus before you can ‘replant’ good bacteria… Check out this informative page explaining why regular probiotics don’t really work.
Banish Candida Forever While Losing Weight & Feeling Great
Over the last 15 years, mountains of evidence reveal that the microbiome is responsible for helping maintain a long list of body functions such as:
- Strengthens and supports the immune system
- Keeps you slim by regulating your metabolism
- Creates and regulates hormones for mental clarity, feelings of happiness, and weight control
- Produces essential vitamins not found in the diet
- Promotes and retains youthful looking skin
- Produces enzymes for digestion to give us long-lasting energy
- Maintains a healthy inflammatory response so you feel great all the time
- Maintains healthy vaginal pH balance (no more yeast infections)
Despite being a cluster of good bacteria… medical experts regard the microbiome as an essential body organ… for without it, the body would struggle to operate properly.
Up until the last 10 – 15 years, this body organ has been largely misunderstood… and much like the appendix, it was considered ‘useless’…
But as modern lifestyles slowly kill our microbiome off… a cascade of modern illnesses that were once considered rare, plague our medical system.