Caused by the fungus candida, yeast infections occur from an overgrowth of this microorganism, which is naturally present in the vagina. If the vagina’s natural balance of yeast and bacteria is disrupted, like by antibiotics, the yeast can multiply and cause changes in the vagina like vaginal burning and itching, white, clumpy discharge often described as cottage cheese in appearance and redness—all of which are symptoms of a yeast infection.
Although yeast infections are very common among women, they can be difficult to accurately self-diagnose. Research has shown that only 35% of women with a history of yeast infection were able to correctly diagnose a yeast infection from their symptoms alone.
This is not a hidden fact that fungi and yeast like microbes feed on sugar. And that’s why whenever you read about remedies for yeast infection, you find a caution against having sugary foods. Coconut oil has a natural sweet flavor and when you have it internally, it works as a sugar substitute. When there is no actual sugar, yeast would naturally starve to death. Also when you have coconut oil, it lessens your sugar cravings by boosting your energy. This minimizes your need to have sweets and carbs and you take a step forward towards killing off the yeast present in your system.
Garlic, one of the superfoods of our times, can also come to your rescue when it comes to killing the yeasts causing infection. How does garlic help in yeast infection? Well, there are two components of garlic that give it anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties- Allicin and Ajoene. A whole clove of garlic, however, do not contain allicin. Allicin is created only when one of the other components of garlic, alliin, gets combined with the enzyme alliinase, also present in garlic. And how does this happen? Simply by crushing the garlic clove.
Many natural health practitioners recommend grapefruit seed extract to cure yeast infection including that in vagina. It has natural antibiotic and antifungal properties that kills the growing yeast along with a wide variety of other pathogens. However, it has to be accompanied with a cleansing diet – a diet which is low in sugar, starches, fermented foods, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and high in fiber, low starch vegetables, proteins, complex carbohydrates and fruits.
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