Yeast infection can be an extremely embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. A yeast infection must be treated, not only because it is uncomfortable, but because if it is allowed to develop, it can then contaminate the blood with poisonous chemicals.
In this article you will find some at-home remedies that treat not only the effects of a yeast infection, but the cause as well.
Garlic is good for so many things, so even if you don’t cook with it often, it is worth keeping in your kitchen. Studies have shown that garlic kills bacteria, which makes it a great option for yeast infection sufferers. Try to incorporate garlic into your diet as often as possible. Garlic is also available in capsule form and can be taken as a supplement.
2. Salt Baths
Only use all natural sea salt or Himalayan pink rock salt for this treatment. Prepare a nice warm bath and add a handful of salt; soak for 15-20 minutes. Be sure to dry the affected area completely after bathing and before dressing. Salt is known to be a good cleanser and deodorizer.
3. Probiotics and Yogurt
You’ve heard everyone talk about the benefits of yogurt with its probiotics, and it turns out that probiotics are good for fighting yeast infections as well. Because a yeast infection means you have “bad” bacteria in your body, you need to counteract this with the “good” bacteria found in probiotics. This is an easy remedy to incorporate, as you can simply pop a probiotic supplement once a day (if you suffer from yeast infections regularly, this would be a good thing to incorporate into your daily routine).
Or, you can enjoy at least two servings of a yogurt such as Yogourmet which is full of probiotics, and incorporate wheatgrass or barley grass, as they both encourage probiotic growth. If you opt for the yogurt option, make sure to choose one that does actually have probiotics and does not have added sugar (yeast feeds off sugar!).
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great yeast and fungus killer, and it’s a safe bet that you already have some in your kitchen. While it may not be the best-tasting remedy, it is effective. Just mix ½ a teaspoon into a glass of water and drink this twice a day on an empty stomach.
Take this remedy for no longer than two weeks. Allow your body to rest for two to three weeks, then take the remedy again for another two weeks. Continue this pattern for three months. You can also add a bit of baking soda to your salt bath.
5. Soursop (graviola)
While it may not be something you already have in your kitchen, you can easily find it in your local health food store in tea bags or capsule form (if not grown wild where you live). Soursop is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent and cancer preventative. Most importantly for the yeast infection, it is effective in fighting bacterial and fungal infections in the body. Soursop also increases alertness and has a positive effect on the mood, so it is a good item to add to your pantry.
Foods to Avoid
In order to help eliminate the yeast infection as soon as possible, there are some foods that should be avoided. Try to avoid all foods that contain yeast (i.e. beer and bread) and sugary foods (again, yeast loves sugar).