Yeast infections are very common, and can cause considerable discomfort for anyone suffering from one. Some of the most common yeast infections are oral candidiasis (thrush) and candidal vulvovaginitis (vaginal yeast infection). Although rarer, yeast infections can also affect the male genitals (called penile candidiasis), as well as many other parts of the body.
Yeast infections are caused by an excessive growth of Candida bacteria in the body. This is usually caused by some kind of imbalance in body chemistry, although it can also develop as a result of a compromised or weakened immune system.
Yeast infections can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing, and can impact your daily life in a number of ways. Tackling a yeast infection isn’t always easy, but taking the following steps can help in both reducing the chance of developing a yeast infection and beating a yeast infection that has already developed.
Sweets And Cakes: Yeast grows by feeding on sugar. That means that the more sugar you take into your body the more fuel you are giving to yeast to grow. For this reason foods that are high in sugar like cakes and sweets should be avoided. Cutting out these foods makes it harder for yeast to develop, and helps beat it back once it’s already present.
Alcohol: Because alcohol is actually high in sugar content, it feeds the yeast in your body much like cakes and sweets. Reducing (or preferably eliminating) alcohol from your diet can help tackle the growth of candida in your body.
Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol isn’t usually problematic in terms of developing a yeast infection. If, on the other hand, you already have a yeast infection you would benefit from cutting alcohol from your diet completely. Once the yeast infection has gone, wait for a week or so before returning to your regular alcohol intake.
Simple Carbohydrates: Like cakes, all simple carbohydrates can feed yeast in your body. This includes bread, rice and so on. Reducing the amount of these carbohydrates in your diet will help tackle a yeast infection.
Probiotics: Probiotics are common in health food shops, but any natural and live yoghurt bought from the supermarket can offer similar effects. Probiotics help populate your gut with good bacteria that keep candida at bay.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is thought to help treat yeast infections by balancing the pH of the body, which makes it a more hostile environment for yeast to grow in, as well as promoting the growth of good bacteria that help prevent Candida overgrowth.
Many alternative health practitioners recommend that you use only raw, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar. Taking one or two tablespoons diluted in water twice a day is the standard suggested dose. This should continue until around a week after symptoms disappear.
Rest: A weakened immune system can allow yeast infections to flourish. Getting plenty of rest helps to keep your immune system in good shape, which makes it easier to both prevent yeast infections and tackle them when they’ve already developed.