Recent studies show that approximately 75% of women have has at least one vaginal infection in their lives. This is commonly due to a yeast called candida albicans , vaginal thrush can result in irritating and sometime painful symptoms like itching, burning and discharge in the vaginal area.
It is important to make sure to have a medical checkup done because these symptoms can often mimic those caused by other infections such as bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted infections. However, if you do find out it is a yeast infection, the treatment is usually dealt through the use of antifungal creams and medication.
This can also be dealt with through natural methods as well as there are several good and wholesome foods that can assist you with the issue and in some instances probably prevent further vaginal irritations.
This also includes yoghurt and kefir. Good bacteria can be found in the vagina and intestines and help in the eradication of problematic and harmful bacteria and yeast that would otherwise make their way down through the stomach or up the vagina. Consuming probiotics and natural yoghurt regularly has been reported to help lower the incidence of vaginal yeast infection.
Please note that when looking for supplementary probiotics, you should always opt for those with at least a billion plus and do not add additional binders, fillers or color dye that may upset the stomach.
- Fermented Foods
These include foods such as kimchi, apple cider vinegar and kombucha. These can aid the digestive tract and act similar to a vegetable probiotic by helping to populate good bacteria that can then push out any bad bacteria.
Garlic is one of the most underrated and yet highly useful vegetable. Yes, it might have a bit of a string odor , but it has been proven to be quite useful for those suffering from candida infections. You can try and mix it up in garlic stir fry meals or as an additive to salad dressing, grill it with fresh cloves or you could always try it raw.
Go ahead, be creative.
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