If you have been dealing with a candida infection, better known as a yeast infection, you are not alone. According to federal health statistics, nearly three-quarters of women and half of all men experience this kind of infection at least once in their lifetime. There are over-the-counter remedies, but if you perform an internet search, you will find many yeast infection home remedies.
You may be wondering how to figure out which ones work and which ones do not? To give you some guidance on personal at-home treatment, we will tell you a few of the simplest, yet effective options available to you. Many scientific health studies suggest that there is, quite likely, a connection between yeast infections and common ailments. Fatigue, aching joints, UTIs (urinary tract infections), jock itch, acne and many other ailments may be relieved by instituting yeast infection home remedies.
The single most important change that can be made is one which proves to be the greatest struggle for many Americans – eliminating sugar from the diet. Most Americans, in every age demographic, consume 50% more sugar per year than do citizens of almost every other developed nation. Is it any wonder then that Americans suffer from the highest incidences of preventable health problems, obesity and early death?
Many studies link excessive sugar consumption with yeast infections. However, it is difficult for many to reduce their sugar intake, not so much because of lack of will power, but due to lack of adequate information. Why? Most people simply do not readily know which foods contain sugars, including high fructose corn syrup. The best advice is to look at the ingredients of every food item you purchase and eliminate those that contain sugar or HFCS.
Another of the best yeast infection home remedies available involves spending two or three days consuming nothing but clear fluids to flush the body of the toxins, excess sugars and to help the body heal the infection. These clear fluids would include broths, bullion, teas and, of course, plain old water. The average adult should consume eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day. You should also eliminate sodas and juices because of their high sugar content.
Lastly, increase your dietary intake of vegetables and supplement it with some acidic fruits. This may seem to have nothing whatsoever to do with yeast infections, but in reality, studies have shown that candida cannot thrive in a vitamin-rich environment, only those which contain sugars. (This is why we say only “acidic fruits” – others are very high in sugars).
To sum up: control your diet, eat the right things, eliminate sugars and take the time to maintain proper levels of gut bacteria by eating yogurt. All of these things go a long way toward preventing the development of a yeast infection. There is a certain level of self-control that you will need to exercise, in order to free yourself naturally from a yeast infection, but ultimately, the effort is worth it.