There are a number of simple and easy to follow ways to preventing vaginal Candida yeast infection. Simple, straight to the point prevention tips as well as solutions to cure yeast infections can help make your life a lot easier and a lot more comfortable.
Here are seven things to avoid to prevent yeast infections in women.
1. Avoid Moist Environments
Yeast infection results from the increase growth of the fungi Candida. The fungus is present in most of us, so there’s no actual way of preventing contact with the Candida bacteria. However, what you can avoid is having contact with a moist environment.
Fungus grows well in a warm, most environment, and Candida is not an exception.
Among the things to avoid, in order to prevent the full development of a yeast infection includes wet clothing…. especially bating suits. This might seem obvious, since we just mentioned that fungus likes growing in a warm and wet environment, but it needs to be mentioned.
2. Avoid Tight Clothes
Tight fitting pants, most especially jeans, are a definite no-no. You should avoid leotards and spandex, as well. Tight contact of these types of clothing on your skin prevents the body area from breathing, making for prime yeast infections conditions.
3. Avoid Nylon
Nylon material in your underwear is also a good thing to avoid. Cotton would be a better choice, as it is clean, and it is a fabric that allows breathing space. Likewise, avoid pantyhose. If you really want to wear pantyhose, then, at least be sure to wear cotton underwear underneath.
4. Avoid Scented Vaginal Products
If you’re accustomed to using deodorant napkins, perfumed tampons, or other feminine hygiene products that have been colored or perfumed, start avoiding them right away. Stick with the all natural stuff. It’s better for you and the environment.
5. Avoid Antibiotics
In order to prevent yeast infection, it is best to avoid taking antibiotic medications, since this will upset the balance of microorganism in your body favoring the growth of the Candida fungus. Unless deemed absolutely necessary by your doctor, stay away from antibiotic pills for a while.
6. Avoid Douches
Douching can destroy the harmful bacteria of a yeast infection, but it also destroys HELPFUL bacteria that keep yeast under control.
Did you know that douching also washes away the natural protective lining of the vagina, leaving you more susceptible to yeast and other vaginal infections.
Not to mention that douche products can, also, introduce substances that may cause allergic reactions and alter the pH balance (acidity) of the your vagina.
7. Avoid Carbs and Sugar
Foods high in carbohydrates and sugar are a source of food for the yeast. So unless you want to keep feeding your yeast something that will help it grow, then you better stick with fresh foods like vegetables and fruits and healthy proteins.
Also, it has been recommended to eat fresh fruits and vegetables separately from cooked food. When you combine cooked and fresh, the food will tend to ferment in your stomach. The fermented food will harbor the growth of more bacteria along with the fungus that you already have.
Diabetics need to be especially aware of how sugar and fermentation affects the growth of yeast in their bodies.
Monitoring and keeping the appropriate amounts of your sugar levels is a good way to keep you healthy, as well as keep the fungus at bay.
These are but a few tips to prevent yeast infection. If you know of more things to do to avoid a yeast infection, please leave them in a comment below to help others with this, all-to-common, women’s problem.