Many people think yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, occur only in women, and although vaginal yeast infections are common, men can also develop candidiasis, especially if they’re uncircumcised. A man with yeast typically shows no symptoms, but each time his partner is treated and gets rid of her infection, he infects her again. Yeast infections are easily treated, but if you’re a woman troubled by recurrent yeast infections, your partner should get checked, too.
Candida albicans is the most common culprit and can live in the lining of the mouth, in the vagina, and on other moist areas of the body. However, when yeast overgrows, it will cause problems.
If you have symptoms, you will probably turn to one of the over-the-counter medications such as Mycostatin or Monistat, but there are other ways to prevent an overgrowth of yeast from taking hold in your body.
Yeast thrives on sugar, so if you have chronic yeast infections, you may find that cutting down on sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol helps. If you have diabetes, it’s especially important to control your blood sugar.
Here is one of the simplest ways to combat a yeast infection:
Add 3 cups of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar to bathwater and soak in the tub for 20 minutes, allowing the vinegar water to reach infected areas. This will destroy yeast and restore normal acidity to tissues.
If you’re plagued with recurring yeast infections, try this Candida-killing soup:
- 4 cups water
- 2 red onions, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon each sage, thyme and ground cloves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Bring water, garlic and onions to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Season sparingly with herbs, cloves, salt, and pepper.
- Remove soup from heat and add vinegar.
- Stir and top with a dollop of plain organic yogurt.
This recipe makes 4 servings, so if you’re only planning to have one serving and store the rest, don’t add the vinegar and yogurt until you’re ready to eat your serving. Reheat to warm, then add vinegar and top with yogurt.
Taking apple cider vinegar (diluted in water if necessary) every day will keep the natural bacterial environment in your body in balance, making it harder for the yeast fungus to thrive.
To increase apple cider vinegar’s yeast-fighting power, add Echinacea. Echinacia purpurea works by stimulating the white blood cells in your body to attack yeast organisms in a process called phagocytosis. It works better than over-the-counter anti-fungal preparations, according to a German study in which women using over-the-counter products showed a 60 percent recurrence of yeast overgrowth, and women using Echinacea only experienced a 10 percent recurrence.
Please Note: If you have asthma or are allergic to plants from the daisy family (ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies), you may have an allergic reaction to Echinacea. Also, do not take Echinacea without consulting your doctor if you suffer from AIDS, TB, leukemia, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or any other autoimmune disorder.