Are you struggling with reoccurrent yeast infections and outbreaks? Are you ready to finally receive the relief that you need, naturally? If yes, you've come to the right place.
In this article I'll uncover what yeast infection is and explore a holistic way to tackle your yeast infections. The key to eliminating your outbreak is understanding.
What is a yeast infection?
A vaginal yeast infection, also know as candida overgrowth, is a very common condition that occurs among women. Yeast infections happen when healthy yeast that normally lives in your vagina and gut grows out of control, leading to overgrowth and a change in flora and pH. This reaction is what causes the intense itching, swelling, vaginal odor, discharge and irritation.
It’s important to note that a healthy vagina does contain yeast cells. But the problem arises when the balance of yeast alters in a way that create imbalance.
Normally, your vagina maintains a pH range that prevents the growth of yeast, but when something comes along and disrupts the pH of your vagina it leaves you susceptible to a yeast infection. Keep reading to find out what those disruptors are.
Why am I having yeast infections?
There are many reasons you may experience chronic yeast infections. A few to list are hormonal imbalances, elevated blood sugar, gut dysbiosis, regular use of antibiotics, hormone replacement therapy, tampons, unhealthy sex partners, sugar, and environmental stressors.
However, if you keep treating your symptoms (odor, discharge, irritation, itching and swelling) without tackling the root cause, you are only providing a temporary band-aid that's not effective long term. The symptomatic outbreaks will return.
Most importantly, when treating your yeast infection you should attack it from the inside. It's important to attack the underlying issues and not just your symptoms, which is only a response to what's actually happening.
Here are 7 comprehensive steps to treating your yeast infection naturally!
1. Support your body's detox process.
Women who have vaginal yeast infections are led to believe (from tv commercials and their healthcare providers) that the problem is only in the vaginal birth canal. Although your yeast infection may present itself here, the truth is that these are mere "symptoms" of an infection that is actually in your bloodstream.
Yes, the yeast circulates and lives in your blood. So the real solution here is to rid your body of the yeast by cleansing your blood. Enhanced liver function is imperative at this time. Detoxing your body to help cleanse, replenish, reset and renew your system is always the first step.
2. Starve the yeast.
You do this through diet. Sugar feeds fungal and bacterial activity. Reducing your sugar intake, cutting out soda, breads and processed foods, and adding more natural plant fiber like veggies and fruit to your diet helps tremendously. Fruit is limited to low-glycemic choices. No milk, which has the sugar lactose that tends to promote yeast overgrowth. No yeast-containing foods such as alcohol and peanuts are recommended. Remove food that you're sensitive to as well to cut down inflammation and gut issues.
3. Heal your gut.
Our bodies contain close to one hundred trillion bacteria and microbes – which reside mainly in our gut and make up what is known as the human microbiome. Most of these bacteria are ‘commensal’ meaning they are good for us and co-exist in harmony with our bodies, supporting our digestion, our metabolism and our immune system and protecting us from infections and pathogens (harmful invasive bacteria).
Any change to the normal balance of microbiota in your gut due to medication, excessive alcohol consumption, environmnetal chemical and toxins, high level of stress, sugar, refined carbs and processed foods, will leave you susceptible to a yeast infection.
4. Eliminate stress.
Stress weakens your body's ability to fight off the infection and causes more outbreaks. Low immune system makes it almost impossible to get rid of a yeast infection. Reduce environmental stressors like toxic skin, beauty and household cleaning products. Practice mindfulness and adopt more zen activities. Try to take it easy.
5. Use organic feminine products.
Organic feminine care products are ideal for our lady area. This helps to minimize exposure to chemicals like parebens that don't align with your body, and that contribute to more vaginal irritation and imbalance. These chemical also contribute to hormonal imbalances.
Adopting the practice of steaming to help nourish and cleanse down low from chemicals in your tampons or pads proves to be beneficial. Steaming helps treat infection directly in your vaginal canal, and supports your womb's cleansing and detoxing process.
6. Choose a healthy sex partner.
This goes without saying, choosing a healthy sex partner supports your health! Make sure your sex partner practices good hygiene and make healthy lifestyle choices. Get tested routinely if you or your partner have multiple sex partners.
Semen can shift the pH of the vagina. If you already have other factors that put you at risk for yeast overgrowth then the lubes you use and the introduction of semen could alter your pH and make the odds of developing a yeast infection higher.
Herbs are great at helping to naturally relieve infections. Azadirachta indica is a powerful anti-viral and anti-fungal. This herb has been used successfully for years to treat yeast and overgrowth and is known to be more effective than over-the-counter vaginal creams. Our herbal Yeast & BV Tincture contains Azadirachta indica, along with other helpful herbs that help combat infection for natural relief.
Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs like Monistat and Fluconazole are endocrine disruptors (chemical that leads to hormone imbalance) and contain parabens. Headaches, gastrointestinal issues, dizziness, rashes and in some cases, liver toxicity are possible side effects of these medication.
The popular boric acid suppositories are also endocrine disruptors and should be approached with caution.
Follow these 7 steps and you're sure to see a change in your yeast outbreaks! Also check out YEAST & BV HEALTH KIT - it's a complete 3-in-1 herbal therapy system that includes our Detox Cleanse, Yeast & BV Extract and Gut Health Capsules.