Avoiding Yeast Infections
- Posted on Feb 1, 2019
How Do I Know if it is a Yeast Infection?
Yeast infections are usually caused by Candida yeast. It likes to live in moist, warm, dark areas – this includes skin folds, your mouth (AKA Thrush) and your “private parts.” Babies, men and women can get yeast infections, but women are more prone to them. Mouth yeast (thrush) look like white patches inside your mouth or as red cracks in the corners of your mouth. They can be painful. Skin yeast looks like a deep red rash that has a very defined edge. It can itch and burn. So how do you prevent or treat yeast infections?
Avoid a Yeast Infection in Three Steps
- Limit your sugar intake: Yeast loves sugar. A diet high in sugar not only feeds yeast, it can also depress your immune system, making you more prone to infections. Watch out for hidden sugars! A Dutch Bros. 16 oz. Latte has 20 grams (5 teaspoons) of sugar. A Starbucks 16 oz. Vanilla Latte has 35 grams (9 teaspoons) of sugar.
- Avoid Antibiotics: Antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria in the GI tract. Yeasts can then set up camp in areas where there are few good bacteria left. Antibiotics are appropriate for serious bacterial infections, but they do nothing for common colds. Only take them if you absolutely have to. If you are on an antibiotic, be sure to replenish your GI tract with a probiotic supplement.
- Take Digestive Enzymes: Stomach acids, pancreas-secreted digestive enzymes and bile from the liver and gall bladder inhibit yeast growth. Take a digestive enzyme supplement containing proteases at lunch and dinner to help keep yeast growth in check.
Treat a Yeast Infection in Three Steps
- Take Probiotics: As stated before, yeast like to set up camp in areas where there are few good bacteria. There are many strains of probiotics – choose a supplement that is specifically designed to treat yeast or for vaginal health. Take the probiotic as directed in the package to help crowd out the yeast.
- Eat a Diet Rich in Whole Veggies, Whole Grains and Fiber: Whole veggies and grains contain a lot of fiber. Fiber helps rebalance the good bacteria in the gut and helps “sweep away” unwanted bacteria, pathogens and yeast. These foods are also lower in sugar which will help starve the yeast.
- Take a Dietary Supplement: Dietary supplements containing Garlic, Enteric Coated Caprylic Acid and Berberine are natural anti-yeast. Take them for at least one week after your symptoms subside to help ensure that almost all of the yeast has been eradicated.
Yeast infections are annoying, but can be reduced by prevention and quick treatment.
As always, if I can help in any way, feel free to call Joy of Health at 503-554-5865 to schedule an appointment.