Yeast infections in women are characterized by vaginal itching and burning, especially during intercourse or while urinating. A thick white discharge often accompanies a yeast infection. While this infection can be contracted by oral-genital contact, it is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection. According to Elson Haas in his book, ''Staying Healthy With Nutrition,'' recurring yeast infections are more likely an external symptom of a deeper problem within the body, called candidiasis.
Avoid foods that feed yeast growth in the body. Since recurring yeast infections are a sign of yeast overgrowth in the body, avoiding foods that promote yeast growth is helpful in avoiding future yeast infections. Yeasts thrive on simple sugars found primarily in refined-flour foods like bread, sugary foods like soda and candy and alcohol.
Reduce yeast growth and diminish the existing amount of yeast in the body. Natural remedies that reduce yeast in the body include garlic and garlic extract, oregano oil and caprylic acid. Garlic can be taken as a supplement, Haas suggests taking two capsules several times a day to reduce yeast in the body.
Increase presence of healthy bacteria in the body, which can then naturally control yeast growth. Restoring colon health and ecology to normal can be achieved by eating probiotic foods or taking a probiotic supplement. Probiotic supplements are normally taken in a dose of about 5 billion living cultures daily. Kefir is a fermented dairy food that can be used as a supplement. One tablespoon per day contains the 5 billion cultures needed. Alternatively, a probiotic supplement can be found at a natural foods store and taken daily if kefir is not tolerated well or is undesired due to taste or personal preference.
- Do not attempt to self-diagnose or self-treat yeast syndrome or candidiasis.
- If yeast syndrome or candidiasis is suspected, consult a physician or nutritionist.
- ''Staying Healthy With Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine''; Elson M. Haas, MD; 2006
- ''Nutritional Symptomatology''; Danielle Perrault, RHN; 2009
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