If you’ve ever had a yeast infection, you already know that it’s just about the least glamorous thing about being a woman. Yeast infections can be a mild inconvenience or a very painful disruption in your life. Thankfully, there are over-the-counter antifungal creams that can be used to treat yeast infections, but even with those; you have to deal with the pain and itching for a few days. The best way to kick yeast infections to the curb is to prevent them naturally.
Symptoms of Yeast Infections
Most yeast infections are caused by a type of yeast called Candida Albicans. When Candida Albicans builds up in your vagina and there’s not enough Lactobacillus acidophilus (good bacteria) present to fight it off, yeast grows in your vagina and causes painful symptoms.
Some of the most common symptoms of a yeast infection include:
• Soreness of the vagina
• Burning when you urinate
• Thick, white discharge (similar to cottage cheese)
How to Avoid Yeast Infections
While there is no way to completely eliminate the chance of yeast infections from your life, there are some simple actions you can take to make them less likely to develop.
Wear the Right Clothes
Dancers are particularly prone to yeast infections because they frequently wear leotards. Tight clothing, especially tight underwear that gets warm and sweaty throughout the day, is a breeding ground for yeast. To avoid yeast infections, wear loose, clean, dry clothing, especially when it comes to underwear.
Our bodies are naturally inhabited by living microorganisms, also known as good bacteria. These good bacteria fight against the bad bacteria that cause infections and diseases. Our mouths, digestive tracts, and vaginas are especially desirable locations for these microorganisms. If you are prone to yeast infections, you can improve your body’s natural friendly bacteria defenses by taking a supplement of Ther-Biotic Women’s Formula by Vitagenis.
Cut Back on Sugar
Simply eating a sugary meal won’t bring on a yeast infection, but eating a lot of sugar over a long period of time can create an internal environment that invites yeast infections. To prevent yeast infections, cut back on sugar. Try swapping out sugar for cinnamon or nutmeg in your coffee in the morning. You can also contact Lisanne Wellness Center directly to offer some sugar craving recommendations.
Avoid Chemical Products
Excessive chemicals in your body can trigger a hormone imbalance, which can lead to a yeast infection. Do your best to avoid it. It’s especially important to avoid chemicals in tampons and pads, but they should also be avoided in shampoo, cosmetics, hairsprays, deodorants, etc. Whenever possible, select natural, chemical-free products.
Choose Immune-Boosting Foods
When your immune system is in top shape, it’s better prepared to ward off infections of all kinds, including yeast infections. In order to boost your immune system, load up on immune-boosting foods. Foods that are rich in vitamin C are a great start, su
ch as citrus fruits and red peppers. Other immune-boosting foods are yogurt, broccoli, almonds, spinach, and garlic.
Supplements like VitagenisYeast X support healthy microbial balance, provide nutrients, and support gut health. Yeast X is formulated to support the body’s immune system as well.
A note about pregnancy: yeast infections are especially common during pregnancy. If you get a yeast infection while pregnant, do not use an over-the-counter yeast infection medication, and like with anything always speak to your doctor before taking anything. There is no guaranteed way to prevent yeast infections; about 70% of women will get a yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. But if you take the precautions suggested on this list and work hard to create an environment in your body that doesn’t wave a welcome sign for yeast infections, you can eliminate the biggest perpetrators of these nasty infections.
For more information about how to treat or prevent yeast infections, or to learn more about creating a balanced ecosystem within your body through the use of probiotics, contact Lisanne Wellness Center today.