Feeling itchy "down there"? The dreaded yeast infection

After the sum­mer fruits, wine and mar­tinis on patios, and lovely desserts at friend’s houses for din­ner, I see quite a few yeast infec­tions mid-sum­mer going into the fall. All ladies being treated for this con­di­tion: you are not alone! Many of you are suf­fer­ing. Hallowe’en and the crazy amounts of sug­ar and chocol­ate will not obvi­ously help this issue either. What can be done?Sugar from Our Lovely words

(My apo­lo­gies to my gen­tle­men read­ers, how­ever this top­ic does need to be dis­cussed. If you are not too opposed, per­haps you can retain what you learn for the ladies in your life!)

The dreaded yeast infec­tion, or com­monly known as can­dida can be found in small amounts in our vagin­al flora. When our gastrointest­in­al flora become imbal­anced (less of our own good bac­teria) it leaves room for things to col­on­ize in the vagin­al canal. Common symp­toms include red, irrit­ated vagin­al walls and labia. Emotional state: irrit­ated and frus­trated!

A few things to start off with when get­ting rid of this pesky organ­ism:

  1. Cut out the sug­ar. Yeast organ­isms flour­ish in the pres­ence of sug­ar in any form. The less you eat, the more they die. This includes nat­ur­al fruit and wine, as well as fruit juices, pop, and any candy.
  2. Fermented foods, not the good ones like miso or natto, but mush­rooms, vin­eg­ar, cheeses can really help yeast to get a hold and stay for awhile.
  3. Consider an oral pro­bi­ot­ic with a wide vari­ety of strains (so not just acido­philus). Why? There are bil­lions of microor­gan­isms in our gastrointest­in­al tract and our vagin­al canal needs a milieu, not a one-strain show. *Note: Substituting yogurt with nat­ur­al bac­teria is not quite enough in a raging infec­tion. Additionally, many yogurts have added sug­ars, hence com­pound­ing the prob­lem*
  4. A vagin­al sup­pos­it­ory of good bac­teria can be very help­ful and sooth­ing to bal­ance flora while you are work­ing on redu­cing the trig­ger foods!
  5. Immune sys­tem sta­bil­iz­a­tion. If you are con­tinu­ing to get them, why does this con­tin­ue to recur?

A lovely herb­al­ist now med­ic­al doc­tor Aviva Romm I had the pleas­ure of see­ing this past May at a lec­ture in Toronto. She has some per­spect­ives on con­sid­er­ing altern­at­ives when yeast likes to cling on. A great read!

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