Today’s guest post is a little bit higher on the ‘ewww’ factor and also a little more medically inclined than my typical posts, so let me know in the comments below if you learned something and if you like or don’t like this type of post.
Candida albicans is most commonly known as a yeast infection, or thrush. A yeast infection occurs when the Candida albicans fungus grows outside of the normal range from what our bodies naturally have. This is caused by an imbalance in the bacteria levels in the body and this imbalance can be caused by a number of things.
A yeast infection can develop in a variety of places throughout our body including the skin, mouth, and intestines. Having a yeast infection does not mean that you need to run to your doctor and purchase expensive medications when there are numerous things that you can do on your own to treat your Candida albicans growth while also preventing the infection from coming back.
A yeast infection is often caused by a weakened immune system which could stem from an illness or underlying disease. This should be ruled out first of all to ensure that there is not some other underlying cause of the yeast infection that needs stronger treatment or medication.
A yeast infection can sometimes occur due to a bad diet. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, sugars, and acids can create a breeding ground for the yeast to grow anywhere in or on our body. You should ensure that you are eating a good balanced diet that is filled with lots of vegetables, minerals, probiotics, grains, and healthy proteins. Always look for grain products that have “yeast free” on the label. Be sure to stay away from foods such as mushrooms, peanuts, and melons, as these foods can be a trigger for yeast growth. You can also add supplements to your daily intake such as a probiotic supplement, garlic, or oregano oil supplement. All of these things will work to fight off the growth of any yeast in your body. Add a ½ cup of plain unsweetened yogurt with live acidophilus cultures into your daily diet as well; yogurt contains ingredients that work to promote the growth of good bacteria in the body instead of the bad.
Oral thrush is when a yeast infection occurs on the mucous membrane inside of the mouth. The white patches that occur from a yeast infection can become very painful and can even bleed. Luckily, there are some things you can do to fight the yeast growth and get rid of the problem fast.
- Practicing good oral hygiene is a great start to battle an oral yeast infection. Brush your teeth and rinse with mouth wash at least two times a day. If you wear dentures, take them out while you sleep for at least 6 hours and clean them properly. Dirty dentures can become a breeding ground for bad bacteria only enabling a yeast infection to grow in the mouth.
- Drink an acidic liquid, such as orange juice, as this helps re-balance the good bacteria that is in your mouth stopping the yeast from growing.
- Make a mouth wash using Apple Cider Vinegar! Mix 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar with ½ cup warm water. Rinse your mouth with this home made mouth wash four times a day. The apple cider vinegar is great for battling all types of yeast infections.
- Tea Tree Oil mouthwash. Mix 1 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil with a ½ cup of water, and rinse four times per day. The Tea Tree oil works wonders when battling fungal growth, but full strength it can be extremely strong so always make sure to mix it with water to dilute the strength.
Only mild cases of oral thrush should be treated with natural remedies like these; more severe cases should be seen be a physician in case a strong medication is needed.
A vaginal yeast infection is the most common type of a yeast infection. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to both treat and prevent a vaginal yeast infection from occurring. If you already have a yeast infection, treat it with some of these home made remedies:
- Take an apple cider vinegar sitz bath. Since raw apple cider vinegar is so good at fighting off fungus, you can add a few drops to your bath water and then sit in the bath for approximately 20 minutes. If you don’t want to take a sitz bath, you can wash the area using a solution of warm water and a few drops of the vinegar.
- Garlic clove as a suppository. Yes, you read that right. Take a fresh clove of garlic wrap in clean gauze and insert into the vagina.
- Yogurt! Since yogurt works so well at promoting good bacteria, you can apply yogurt topically to the affected area. You can also dip a tampon in yogurt and then insert into the vagina for a few hours.
- Don’t douche! You may read about natural douches to use to treat a yeast infection, but the truth is that a douche can push the bad bacteria further up into the body instead of cleaning it out and in the end can end up being more harmful. Stay away from any kind of douche whether you have a yeast infection or not.
To prevent a vaginal yeast infection from occurring be sure to stay away from tight fitting clothing such as tight jeans, anything nylon, or any tight fitting underwear. Don’t use any scented items including tampons, soap, or sprays. Always be sure to keep the area clean and dry as moisture is what yeast thrives on the best.
A yeast infection, no matter how irritating it may be, is really not the end of the world. As you can see, there are a number of things you can try to both treat and prevent it from developing. Something as simple as taking an antibiotic can cause a yeast infection, but you can do many things to battle the fungal growth. You can pick and choose which treatments or preventative measures you would like to try and if they don’t work, try something different. Our bodies are all different and will respond to things differently. Just remember to see your physician if the infection becomes severe or re-occurs frequently.