If you have ever experienced itching, burning, inflammation, and other discomfort in the vaginal area, you may have had a yeast infection, and you know just how uncomfortable it can get. But if you have never had one, it is just as important to understand how they develop, preventative measures to take, and home remedies to apply if you ever do have one. Although some women may only experience one in their life (or even none), others live with chronic yeast infections. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, these natural at home yeast infection remedies are great tools to be aware of.
What is a Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection happens when there is an imbalance of yeast and it becomes infected. (1) Some symptoms of a yeast infection include yellow discharge, burning, itching, and rashes around and inside the vaginal area. There is no single cause of yeast infections, in fact there are many reasons they can occur. Some are prone to getting a yeast infection if their hygiene is a little off. Others may develop a yeast infection due to a weak immune system, antibiotics, pregnancy, or diabetes.(2) By some estimates 3 out 4 women will get a yeast infection at some point in their lives. If you happen to be experiencing this unpleasantness, let’s take a look at some natural home remedies that can help you.
6 Ways to Manage and Combat Vaginal Yeast Infections
1. Combat Systemic Yeast Overgrowth for Vaginal Health
One common reason for a yeast infection is an imbalance of bacteria levels in the body. Often we will find a systemic yeast overgrowth, meaning it has spread throughout the body. When our bodies begin to produce too much yeast, it can lead to a yeast infection. In order to get to the root of this, it’s important to improve gut health.
2. Eliminate Yeast Feeding Foods for Vaginal Health
There is a direct link between the foods we eat and the yeast in our bodies. The two biggest feeders of the yeast in our bodies are carbohydrates and sugars. These two can increase the yeast and bacteria levels that become too much for the body. This can prompt the digestive system to start fermenting the foods you eat.
3. Feed The Gut Healthy Bacteria for Optimal Vaginal Health
There are a few ways to balance out the bacteria in your gut, ensuring that your microbiome is where it needs to be. Supplements can be an easy way to help you get the nourishment your gut needs. The two most well known are probiotics and prebiotics. A probiotic is a living strain of bacteria that gets added into your digestive system, and a prebiotic acts as the food for the good bacteria to help stimulate the growth of the bacteria. (3) These are both very important for good gut health, which in turn goes a long way toward eliminating yeast infections. One other to be aware of is inulin fiber. This acts similarly to a prebiotic, helping grow good bacteria in your gut.
4. Correct Wiping to Combat Yeast Infection
Although this may seem a little mundane, wiping correctly really matters when it comes to vaginal health and preventing yeast infections. You must always wipe from front to back! This is extremely important to remember and put into practice, if you do not do so already. If you wipe incorrectly you can potentially drag the bacteria that gets released after a bowel movement into your vagina. This bacteria will make its way up the vaginal canal and may cause yeast infection and potentially other infections as well.
5. Do Not Douche To Prevent Yeast Infections
Though at one time douching was thought to be a helpful way to maintain vaginal health, it absolutely is not. If you douche, it’s recommended that you stop immediately. When it comes to the pH level and the bacteria that naturally occur inside the vaginal canal, it must be as stable as possible in order to prevent yeast infections. Mother Nature knows best how to do this, so let her handle it.
6. Wear Cotton Underwear to Prevent Vaginal Infection
It is relatively common to get a yeast infection from moisture in your underwear. The healthiest fabric for you to wear is cotton.(4) This allows for your skin to breathe, and let Mother Nature work her magic. Synthetic material like nylon or spandex tends to cling to the skin and become a perfect breeding ground for a yeast infection.
More Tips to Try at Home For Yeast Infection
- Sitz Bath-add 5-6inches of water in a tub with 1 full cup of Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar-great for reducing inflammation and helping with vaginal discharge. Soak for several minutes.
- Topical Application with Calendula-great for inflammation of external tissue (do not apply inside the vaginal opening).
- Boost Your Immunity- Immunosuppressants make you more likely to develop a yeast infection. Try Cell Forte Compound or Host Defense My Community to help immunity.
- Liver Detox
- Healthy Probiotics/Prebiotics
These at home remedies can be really helpful for women seeking relief from the burning, itching, swelling, and overall discomfort of a yeast infection. If you would like to learn more about health and wellness join my natural health and wellness community and sign up for my free newsletter here.