Yeast Infection

What is a Yeast Infection?
There are many microorganisms that live in the intestinal tract, including the Candida yeast organism. The presence of this organism is normal, but when the intestinal tract becomes unbalanced this yeast can flourish to the point of growing in other parts of the body. A vaginal yeast infection is when this overgrowth invades the vaginal tract, a humid and warm part of the body that is particularly hospitable to this form of life. This imbalance of the intestinal tract may be caused by the use of antibiotics and immune-suppressant drugs, birth control pills, imbalanced hormones, poor diet, alcohol, or stress. A woman suffering from a vaginal yeast infection may experience a creamy, curd-like discharge, vaginal itching and burning, painful urination, and pain during intercourse. Three out of every four women suffer from a vaginal yeast infection at least one time in their life.

How can I treat a Yeast Infection?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers yeast overgrowth to be the result of accumulated heat and toxins and a weakened spleen/stomach network and immune function. Treatment focuses on removing foods from the diet that contain yeast and building a healthy immune system. This can happen with a diet low in carbohydrates and featuring foods such as spinach, mustard greens, beet and carrot tops, cabbages, citrus fruits, fish, nuts, barley, mung beans, shitake mushrooms, and oils from walnuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, olives, and virgin coconuts. Other remedies include steaming and eating two artichokes daily for one week and drinking tea made from fresh dandelion. It is also recommended to practice qi gong for cleansing the body of toxins.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for a Yeast Infection?
The most important thing to avoid in preventing and treating yeast infections is carbohydrates, and one should avoid all breads, cheeses and other dairy products, cold and raw foods, vinegar and all pickled foods, sugar, pastries, sweets, alcohol, douches, vaginal deodorants, and broad spectrum antibiotics. Fruits contain sugar that fuels yeast growth, and should mostly be avoided as well.

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