After a man or woman has developed a so-called “yeast infection” the yeast is no longer a simple fungal organism but has mutated into an invasive form, able to infect any damaged tissues and cells in the body. Many people seem to think a yeast infection is common to only women, but a yeast infection in men is also just as common.
The perennial question is – how to cure a yeast infection? Is it possible to use home remedies for yeast infection treatment? Let’s find out….
The most common culprit for a yeast infection is Candida albicans; although other yeast species including other species of Candida may be present. C. albicans is a part of every person’s natural skin flora, regularly passed from person to person with normal human contact.
Generally speaking, this yeast rarely becomes a serious infection (here, infection means a population bloom, a massively overgrown yeast flora which is out of balance – in particular by destroying the good probiotic bacteria which live in the body). Several key factors seem to be the cause of yeast infections: they mostly create an environment for Candida to thrive in.
Among these are a high sugar or carbohydrate diet, prolonged use of antibiotics, anti-fungals or corticosteroids, toxicity, and lack of oxygen on a cellular level. When trying to overcome any fungal condition, whether by means of a home remedy or not, especially one which we regularly come into contact with the organism such as Candida, it is important to understand both how and why infection develops and how the organism normally lives inside the body.
The initial symptoms of a yeast infection include dry, irritated skin, dandruff, cracked lips, dry mouth, and a possible white coating on the tongue called thrush. A vaginal or penile infection will be marked by discharge and irritation or itching. Candida albicans specifically binds itself to mucosal membranes and moist areas such as around the lips, nose, eyes, ears, inside of the mouth, and the genitals. Yeasts like Candida feed off simple sugars, including glucose from carbohydrates, fructose from fruit, sucrose from sugar, and galactose, a form of sugar derived from lactose.
Causes Of Yeast Infection
If someone already has a poor diet and then becomes burdened with more toxic elements, such as those found in certain medications such as antibiotics and corticosteroids, or environmentally derived poisons, they may develop the “fungal infection” or “yeast infection”. This is because of the body’s inability to combat the toxins, or because of a diminished immune system, which allows the organism to mutate and grow uncontrollably.
Candida albicans can multiply rapidly secretes many toxic compounds – many of which, such as acetaldehyde, are alcohol based. Many a Candida sufferer deals with feelings of lethargy, weakness, confusion, and a “foggy-head” due to these poisons.
Home Remedies For Candida albicans
While you may never be free of Candida due to its universal presence, you can maintain a bodily environment in which it does not overgrow. This is of course the most effective “cure” for yeast infection. The first steps that should be taken are dietary in nature. Many Candida patients suffer from slow digestion and improper assimilation of nutrients.
Eating a low carbohydrate diet has been shown to help; a low sugar diet is necessary for Candida control; among other things, this involves limiting fruits and even high sugar vegetables such as sweet potato or carrots until the body’s biochemical balance is restored. You should also eliminate dairy products because although Candida does not feed on lactose, it breaks it down into another sugar called galactose.
There are many food products which may be responsible for contributing to the growth of yeast infections, such as hard aged cheeses. Another good remedy is to increase your intake of healthy saturated fats, such as those found in coconut oil – also a great substitute for dry skin when used topically. Likewise, the best possible treatment for thrush is the simplest – unsweetened chocolate from any grocery store.
Other Things You Can Use As A Yeast Infection Home Remedy
Of course, diet alone won’t help you overcome a full blown yeast infection. The yeast organism itself, as stated earlier, has now become an invasive fungal organism through a process called polymorphism, or the mutation of one organism into another. This is a well documented phenomenon in the microbial world, and one which can be replicated.
The organism is a product of its environment, and if the environment goes back to its original homeostasis or natural functioning, then so will all potentially virulent organisms. Among the best treatment options for slowing down the growth of Candida and converting the organism back to its simple, innocuous yeast form is an unsaturated fatty-acid derived from castor beans called Undeclyenic Acid.
You may find it in over the counter products sold for the treatment of fungus on the feet – athlete’s foot. As a long-term Candida solution this is recommended as a home remedy – try it along with the other suggestions outlined in this article. All in all, focus on eating a balanced diet which gives you all the vitamins and minerals you need.
Use pink Himalayan salt full of minerals for health and digestion, ensure you take vitamin C (around 500mg a day) for cellular health, and eat a proper ratio of healthy saturated fats to less protein to even lower amounts of carbohydrates. Though simple, these home remedies can be powerful ways to defeat Candida