Yeast infections are very common. So common, in fact, that 75 percent of women will have one at some point in their life. Most vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, an organism that feeds on sugar and yeast, and unbalanced pH levels. If you’re prone to yeast infections, or UTIs, you’re not alone and can do a number of things to avoid them.
I’ll keep this short and sweet. Follow these five recommendations and you’ll be much less likely to ever worry about vaginal health, again.
Take a high potency vaginal probiotic. If you’re like me, you like chocolate and sweets sometimes. Well ladies, we can’t eat sugar without taking a probiotic because sugar feeds yeast. So, if you don’t take a probiotic to help battle the yeast—the yeast will get out of control. I am absolutely not a pill or supplement person, but I always take a probiotic; it is a necessity. A quality vaginal probiotic, one with acidophilis (and, no, yogurt is not enough) maintains a healthy bacterial balance in your yoni and urinary tract.
Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Vaginal Care 50 Billion is my favorite. If I go more than five days without it, my body tells me to bring it back. Note: These particular probiotics do require refrigeration. When I go on vacation, I have a shelf stable probiotic with me at all times and Health Force Friendly Force is a good one. Healthy Force is primarily for gut health, but it’s good to change things up sometimes. However, any quality, high-potency, shelf stable acidophilis will do on the road.
No more polyester pants. I don’t care how great they may make you look, your yoni needs to breath. Wear only natural, breathable under garments and pants. When you can, go commando. Yep, I did just say that.
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Nourish your body. Eat living fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of pure water. Avoid processed foods and sugary beverages.
Avoid things that may disrupt your body’s natural pH balance. Do not douche, use scented tampons or yeast infection bombs, and stay away from unnecessary antibiotics. These things are sure-fire ways to change the healthy balance of organisms in your vagina.
Since summer is a prime season for developing yeast infections, a super-simple way to keep irritation at bay is to change into dry clothing as soon as possible after you sweat or go swimming. Easy-peasy loves!
Shar Veda, Southern Oregon’s Premier Alternative Therapist, offers deep healing through loving touch and compassionate counsel. She is an Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor & Health Educator, yoga therapist and herbalist. Shar has been blessed to study with leading teachers in Ayurveda, Yoga, and herbalism for 20 years. However, it was her adopted grandma, Doe (English-American and Blackfoot Native), who instilled within her profound appreciation for the supreme power of loving touch, healing arts, and world family. Visit her website for a video, full bio, and photos or find her on Facebook and Instagram!