If you are currently suffering from a yeast infection or have suffered from one before, seeking treatment for a yeast infection is important and if you did, your doctor may have prescribed topical creams or ointments or oral medications to cure a vaginal infection. Unfortunately these prescriptions even when they work may still cause side effects such as leading to another vaginal infection such as bacterial vaginosis or blue waffles.
The vagina is a very delicate area and adding various antibiotics may solve the immediate problem but also lead to another issue or even a recurrence of a yeast infection in the future.
This is what makes being able to cure a yeast infection naturally so attractive to many women because the natural remedies do not cost as much as prescriptions and there are no side effects. The good thing is that being able to cure a yeast infection naturally can be done with ingredients commonly found in your kitchen or home.
The first step to fight yeast infections is of course to prevent them. The simplest ways to prevent yeast infections is through proper hygiene, adopting a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, etc. Read more here on preventative steps to take.
Antibiotic use should be kept to a minimum if used at all because antibiotics can kill the “good” bacteria commonly found in the vaginal area or other moist and warm areas that prevent the overgrowth of candida albicans which is the common culprit when yeast infections develop. In addition, if you use antibiotics too much, your body can get used to them causing them to become ineffective in being able to cure a yeast infection.
Other medications that may disrupt a balanced vaginal area leading to vaginal infections include birth control medications, steroids and immuno-suppressants.
How to Cure A Yeast Infection Naturally
Following a diet that fights yeast overgrowth is one of the first steps to prevent the development of yeast infections as well as to cure a yeast infection naturally. If you suffer from frequent yeast infections, ensure that your diet avoids the following;
a. Yeast is in love with sugar whether derived from sugars, high carb foods or fruits (especially in the early weeks of an infection). If you want to see how fast candida can grow, add sugar to the mix. To prevent the symptoms of a yeast infection, eliminate sugar from your diet. This is good not just for yeast infections but for your overall health and to prevent premature aging. Sugar is just BAD.
b. Since this is a yeast infection, foods with high yeast and mold content are a no-no. Avoid foods such as dried fruit, peanuts, melons, cheeses, etc.
c. Dairy and other foods with high lactose content should be avoided.
A diet to prevent or cure a yeast infection should include;
a. H2O otherwise known as water
b. Herbal teas
d. Various sources of protein such as small quantities of meat. Fish, poultry and legumes are excellent sources of protein. Soy products are known to have side effects so you may want to avoid them or only consume them in limited quantities.
e. Whole grains such as millet, brown rice, etc are great for the diet.
f. Probiotics which represent “good” or friendly bacteria necessary for the body and to keep it healthy. Probiotics include Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidum bacterium which are found in natural yogurt and help to keep yeast growth in check. You can also add probiotic supplements if you are not a fan of yogurt.
g. While fruits can contain sugars which need to be avoided consider if possible and in small amounts cherries, apples, blueberries, other berries, and pears which contain many antioxidants which are beneficial.
In order to cure a yeast infection naturally, it is important to read food labels for harmful ingredients as well as to check for hidden sugars in products such as corn syrup, etc.
Sticking to a proper diet will not only prevent yeast infections but also reduce the symptoms of a yeast infection and help boost your immune system which will help to curb the overgrowth of candida albicans by introducing “good” bacteria which help control the growth of yeast.
Home Remedies To Cure A Yeast Infection
You can cure a yeast infection through the use of yogurt or tea tree oil (diluted with a carrier oil that is also antifungal like coconut oil, grapeseed oil, etc). Apply the yogurt or oil with a tampon twice a day until symptoms of a yeast infection disappear.
With yogurt, it is important to use only plain or Greek yogurt with live cultures. Bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidum bacterium found in this type of yogurt helps in counterbalancing the overgrowth of yeast whenever a disruption in the balance of microorganisms in the body occurs.
Eating licorice root helps those suffering from endocrine yeast infection by stimulating their hormones without causing any side effects. This root also can counteract the estrogen loss suffered by women with vaginal yeast infections by releasing estrogen-like friendly steroids. It also helps with PMS water retention.
A colon cleanse is also another way to cure a yeast infection naturally. Colon cleansing will allow you to eliminate various toxins including those created by Candida Albicans and help create more “good” bacteria. There are various recipes for a colon cleanse that you can make that may include, lemon, cayenne pepper, garlic, apple cider vinegar or apple cider, garlic extract, or garlic, and so forth. To find out about the ever popular Master cleanse, click here.
These are only a few ways to cure a yeast infection naturally and be rid of the various symptoms of a yeast infection. The good thing is that home remedies do not cause any side effects and are relatively inexpensive while being effective for many women especially those with persistent yeast infections or those whose bodies have become immune to antibiotics.