Yeast Infections are extremely common infections caused by fungi that normally live in the vagina. The problem arises when there are too many yeast cells in the vagina, causing itching, burning, and discharge. Candida albicans, a type of yeast, is usually the culprit. Candida albicans normally lives in the body, but there are many things that cause an imbalance in your body and allow for the yeast to take over. Medications, especially antibiotics, birth control pills, stress, and a diet high in sugar consumption definitely creates an environment that harbors yeast allows for yeast cells to multiply. The good news is that yeast infections usually aren’t serious and treatment is readily available.
Still, a surplus of Candida albicans can cause a host of symptoms and issues in addition to yeast infections, including indigestion, fatigue, weight gain, and oral thrush. Other bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, known as “good bacteria,” help regulate the Candida albicans. So, how do you get the good bacteria to out number the bad stuff? Luckily, there’s a lot that you can do.
As always, diet plays a big role in your overall health, bacteria balance included. Firstly, to prevent an overload of Candida albicans, avoid foods high in processed carbohydrates and refined sugars. Pastries, fast food, and sodas are definite foods to avoid in your diet. Secondly, you need to up your intake of the good bacteria, like Lactobacillus acidophilus. This will help to prevent and treat Candida overgrowth.
Foods rich in Lactobacillus acidophilus include fermented soy products, like kimchi and miso, yogurt and other dairy products. There are also a growing number of capsules and supplements with potent Lactobacillus acidophilus and other probiotics.
If you are suffering from a bacterial infection or think you may have a yeast overgrowth, pick up some probiotics, up your Lactobacillus acidophilus, and speak to a medical professional today.