If you have ever suffered from a yeast infection then you probably already know what a pain they can be to get rid of. The first step to properly preventing and treating yeast infections is to understand just why exactly you get them to begin with. When looking at yeast infections, it is first important to understand how our bodies work. Generally speaking, everyone has natural bacteria living in their bodies. While it may seem strange, the truth of the matter is that there are roughly 100 trillion bacterial microorganisms living in a healthy intestinal tract. These living microorganisms benefit your health as it is their job to fight off bad bacteria that cause illness and infection.
When it comes to treating a yeast infection there is more to it than just taking some prescribed meds and calling it a day. There is much to learn about yeast infections and what causes them and/or what you can do to prevent them in the near future. For instance, did you know that healthy bacteria like Lactobacillus acidophilus can be found in certain foods and supplemental pills and can be used to treat certain illnesses? Health care professionals refer to such foods and supplements that contain the live, active bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus as “probiotics”. These probiotics are abundant in naturally fermented foods such as yogurt, sour cream, tempeh and miso.
So if you’ve ever had a yeast infection in the past and your doctor told you to eat lots of yogurt, now you understand why. Many individuals consume these types of food on a regular basis and as a result benefit from probiotics, which have been shown to effectively prevent and treat other conditions with the digestive system.
Some individuals may find that taking probiotic supplements such as acidophilus pills or capsules may be both helpful and effective in treating and preventing yeast infections. Understanding exactly why these types of supplements work however is crucial to curing your infection once and for all. Yeast infections occur when the bacteria Candida grows in excessive amounts. Under normal conditions, Candida healthily exists in the vagina. However, if the balance of bacteria in the vagina then becomes skewed such as when one becomes ill, stressed, pregnant, or begins taking antibiotics, steroids, birth control or eating too many yeasty foods, Candida then multiplies and causes a yeast infection. In these types of situations, ingestion of Lactoba Acidophilus, either through food or in supplement can be very effective. Most individuals will find the pill version to be easiest to incorporate into their daily routine.
In order to effectively treat a yeast infection it has been recommended by health care professionals that individuals take 1 to 2 acidophilus tablets one to two times daily. Each one of these tablets contains 10 million to 1 billion colony forming units (CFUS) as a vaginal suppository and are quite effective in curing yeast infections. Many have had great success in fighting off infection with these pills. If you have any questions or concerns it is always best to speak with a physician.