Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections

Recurrent yeast infections are a big problem for many women. The conventional methods for treating yeast infections are often very superficial and do not cure the underlying problems. There are often dietary concerns and hygienic reasons why most women have recurrent yeast infections. The good news is that it is easy to treat naturally once one understands why it happens in the first place.

So what causes yeast infections? As a naturopathic doctor, I am often asked by my patients what causes yeast infections? The truth is, there are a number of dietary and hygienic causes for chronic yeast infections. The following are the most common culprits.

1. Diet- Too many sugars and fermented foods. Sugar feeds yeast or candida and causes it to multiply. If you are addicted to carbohydrates and sugars, like so many women are with chronic yeast infection, you need to cut out the sweets and fermented foods like alcohol and vinegar for a period of time, until the candida clears up. I usually find that when I treat patients with chronic candida, there is not usually a need for a difficulty candida diet that restricts all carbs including fruits. Given the right supplements, like VitaTree high powered Probiotics, this is often strong enough to starve off the candida organisms, with minor changes to the diet and a strict candida diet is not necessary.

2. Anti-biotics- Women and children who take anti-biotics frequently, (more than once every 5 years), are setting themselves up for chronic yeast problems and yeast infections in women. The reason for this is that anti-biotics wipe out all the good probiotics, or good bacteria in the digestive tract and bloodstream. This becomes a perfect breeding ground then for the candida albicans to flourish. Conventional anti-biotics should only be taken in desperate measures. There are a number of natural anti-biotics that work quite well at killing most organisms, like oregano oil, tea tree oil, berberis etc. that do not have the typical antibiotic side effects.

3. Hygiene- tight fitting clothes and underwear can create a breeding ground for yeast and candida albicans. It’s best to wear cotton underwear that are washed in very hot water and placed in the dryer to kill the yeast and to prevent re-infection. Thong underwear are not recommended. Some doctors recommend ironing your underwear to kill any remaining live yeast to prevent recurring yeast infections. I always recommend also avoiding wearing underwear to bed, as this area should be able to breathe at night while you sleep.

All in all, it is quite simple to treat and prevent reoccuring yeast infections naturally with these tips. Be sure to always supplement with a high potency, human microflora probiotic like VitaTree Probiotics. Another often overlooked link to chronic yeast infections is heavy metal toxicity. You can read more about this in my book The Healthy Millionaire. To quench heavy metals and detoxify them from the body safely and efficiently, see VitaDetox from VitaTree Nutritionals at www.vitatree.com.

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