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September 9, 2010, last updated April 4, 2013

By Katrina Devine, Contributing Columnist




Itching, burning, discharge, embarrassing smell? You could
be suffering from a yeast infection. According to the National
Institutes of Health, 75% of all women will experience a yeast
infection in their lifetimes. Many of those women have one or
more in their lifetimes. The genital tract of women naturally
contain over 50 species of organisms, according to a 2010
report led by Dr. Gregory Reid of the University of Western
Ontario in Canada.  These organisms and external products
such as spermaticides are responsible for over 300 million
cases of genital infection worldwide each year.


What is a Yeast Infection?


Yeast infections are also known as Candidiasis (Candida is the
scientific name for yeast) and Moniliasis. Yeast naturally exists
in the body and normally your immune system keeps it in
check. But sometimes it gets out of control.


The US National Library of Medicine describes the various
manifestations of yeast infections. Thrush is a yeast infection
in your mouth that causes white patches. Esophagitis is a
yeast infection that has spread to your esophagus, making it
difficult to swallow. Vaginal yeast infection and skin yeast
infections are the other most common types of yeast
infection. Yeast infections also can occur in the bloodstream
and can be life threatening.


What do you do if you have a yeast infection? Here are 10
natural remedies to help:


























1.
Garlic Can Reduce Yeast Infections.  A study conducted by
Kuwait University, in 1990, found that allium sativum (garlic)
can inhibit the growth of yeast infections. The researchers
found that a mouth wash containing garlic resulted in a
reduction of the yeast cells in the mouth after just 15
minutes. The researchers also treated other areas of the body
with water including garlic and found that this also resulted in
an improvement of symptoms.


2.
Live Natural Yogurt Prevents Yeast Infections: A study
conducted by the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New
Hyde Park, New York, in 1992, found that yogurt containing
Lactobacillus acidophilus can help prevent and treat recurring
yeast infections. The researcher studied 33 patients for 6
months. The researchers found that patients who ate  8
ounces of yogurt had  50% fewer reoccurring yeast
infections.


3.
Reduce Sugar to Fight Yeast Infection: Can too much
sugar in your diet cause yeast infections?

Sugar and yeast are good friends. To cut down on yeast
infection, you should cut down on your sugar intake,
according to a study conducted in 1972, led by J. Oriel,
published in the British Medical Journal. The more sugar in
your urine, the more "food" that the yeast has to feed on. So,
while sugar itself does not cause yeast infections, sugar
provides the food that yeast needs to thrive and grow. If you
cut back on sugar, you kill the yeast by starving it.


4.
Tea Tree Oil Can Treat Yeast Infections: A study conducted
by the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of
Washington, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, in 2003,
found that tea tree oil can help fight yeast infections.
Conventional use of tea tree oil is to dilute it and place it
directly on the skin. Some diluted tea tree oil can be placed on
a tampon before use. However, if you are going to use tea
tree oil you need to be extremely careful as it can cause
inflammation in many people.


5.
Apple-cider Vinegar Fights Yeast Infections.  Apple-cider
vinegar is a natural anti-fungal. The National Institutes of
Health recommend using the vinegar as douche to cleanse the
vagina if you are suffering from a vaginal yeast infection. You
can also drink the vinegar to treat thrush.

6.
Drink Water to Prevent Yeast Infections. The National
Women’s Health Information Center recommends drinking
water to flush out your system. Your body needs to be
hydrated to stay healthy. You should drink 8 pints (4liters) of
water per day.


7.
Probiotics. A study conducted by the Department of
Medical Microbiology, University of Wisconsin Medical School,
Madison, in 1997, found that probiotics can treat reoccurring
yeast infections. The researchers used mice to find out
possible benefits for humans. The mice that consumed the
probiotic B. animals had fewer symptoms of the yeast
infections.

The 2010 study from University of Western Ontario led by
DR. Gregory Reid which we mentioned above, found that a
strain of probiotics called lactobacillus" helps to restore a
healthy genital environment.

As the study noted "Two strains, Lactobacillus GG (ATCC
53103) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 appear to be
effective at colonizing and protecting the intestine (80–86)
and urogenital tract (87–91), respectively, against microbial
infection. "

Foods such as enriched yogurt and unpasteurrized
sauerkraut, brined olives and salted gherkins and tend to
contain large amounts of lactobaccilus, according to a 2001
study from the University of Lund in Sweden led by Dr. Goran
Molin.



8.
Avoid Foods with Yeast. A study conducted by the Section
of Odontology, Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland, in
1990, points to eating or drinking products containing yeast
can contribute to frequent infections. The yeast also feeds
existing infections. Foods to avoid include beer and bread.


9.
Cranberry Juice Can Cure Yeast Infections. A study
conducted by the Departments of Dermatology and
Bacteriology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston,
Massachusetts, in 1968 found that cranberry juice can help
treat yeast infections. The researchers found that cranberry
was an anti-fungal agent. Therefore, drinking cranberry juice
several times a day can help cure your yeast infection.


10.
Wear Cotton Underwear. According to the US National
Library of Medicine, wearing
tight underwear is one of the
leading causes of vaginal yeast infections. Other types of
material other than cotton create hot and moist environment
and that is what causes the yeast infection. Wearing tight
pants can also contribute to a yeast infection developing. Let
yourself breathe.


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