Zap that YEAST!

One of the most common and frustrating things about being a woman: the dreaded yeast infection.  Yeast overgrowth (scientifically known as Candida) can cause an array of physical and emotional issues such as itching, burning, irritability, and feeling completely undesirable.  Not to mention, it is quite disruptive to a healthy sex life.

Usually when yeast strikes, even the most health-conscious women desperately turn to prescription medicines and over-the-counter remedies for relief because it really seems to work.  At least temporarily…

The problem is, these drugs are not getting to the culprit of the issue, and essentially, the yeast infection just strikes back, sometimes worse than before. So what can we do, as women?  Are we doomed to suffer from the big bad yeast forever?  I’m here to tell you, HELL NO!

If you a reading this post it is probably because you are looking for relief.  So I’ll spare you my story and cut right to the chase.  You need to change.  And here’s what:

The products you use.  A wise health practitioner once told me, “Women do not need to use soap to be clean.”  This has stuck with me for a long time, and because I was desperate for a cure for the big bad yeast, I took heed.  Stop listening to the commercials, your uninformed man, and society telling you that you’re not clean unless you smell like roses.  This isn’t true and that “wash” is probably causing more harm than good.  Read the ingredients on the labels of your beauty products.  If you can’t pronounce them and have no idea what they are, they’re most likely no good. Warm water and your fingers or a wash cloth around (not in) the vagina will get you clean.  The Vagina is a self-cleaning organ!  And if you must use soap, opt for something natural (ex. black soap, or the brands Everyone Soap or Shea Moisture are brands I use).

Your diet. White rice, white bread, white vinegar, are all best friends with yeast.  Clean up your diet and incorporate in your daily meal rituals whole, unprocessed foods.  The candies and the cakes also encourage yeast overgrowth, so do yourself a favor and just stick with fresh, organic, non-gmo fruits and veggies.  A cupcake every blue moon is fine, if you must 🙂  DRINK WATER.  Use  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as seasonings.  Couple them with Himalayan pink salt and honestly, there you go.  Opt for garlic, onions, and fresh herbs in your diet.  Probiotics are great additions for digestion and regulate the “good” bacteria.  And the best thing about all of these wholesome foods?  They can even be used as beauty products!

Your environment.  From the relationships we have with others and ourselves, to the air we breathe, you must keep your environment toxin-free.  Emotional and chemical poisons cause so many upsets in our body.  And our body simply responds to them the only way it knows how.  Stress is just as harmful as cigarette smoke. By keeping your space sacred, your relationships healthy, and your air clean, many, many ailments can be prevented and eliminated.

Exercise.  No explanation needed. It will keep your body in working order and even keep you sane.

Now for the remedies.  The following information is what I have found most helpful in reducing symptoms, but keep in mind that the information above are preventions.  Stick to those, and you won’t need these:

1. Inserting one Boric acid powder capsule into your vagina morning and evening for three to seven days for an acute infection, and 14 to 30 days for a chronic infection. I have not seen Boric acid capsules widely available in health stores or pharmacies but women can make their own by buying a bottle of Boric acid powder and gelatin capsules (a capsule-making machine makes the process go faster).

Studies show the effectiveness of Boric acid is very high especially in women with chronic resistant yeast infections — one study with 100 women showed a 98 percent success rate with this condition. If you find that the Boric acid irritates your external genitalia you can protect the tissue with vitamin E oil (preferred).

2. Insert a garlic clove into your vagina in the morning and an acidophilus capsule in the evening for three to seven days.

3. Prepare a retention douche with bentonite clay, Pau D’ Arco tea, yogurt, tea tree oil and goldenseal and douche two times a day for seven to 10 days.

4. Soak a tampon with diluted tea tree oil and keep it in your vagina overnight.

All of these remedies and more information can be found here.  It is a very helpful site and it saves you the internet runaround.  You can also try a bath with ACV.  Because ACV regulates pH, the “bad” bacteria can’t survive.  Soaking in a tub with warm water and ACV is both therapeutic and provides relief.

Other remedies:

Yeast-Gard by Lake Consumer products

Food-grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Cinnamon

Echinacea

Vitamin E capsules (for burning and itching, open capsule and apply to affected area)

Lastly, let it all hang out!  Cotton (or none at all) underwear are you best bet.  Loose, flowing skirts and bottoms are highly recommended.

I understand that I am asking you to make serious lifestyle changes, and for some of you, this will be no easy task.  But what can I guarantee with these changes is that you will do more than just zap that yeast; you will create an entirely new you.  A stronger, wiser, healthier woman indeed!

Love,

A.K.S.

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Homemade Electrolyte Water!

Yesterday, my little angel came down with a bug.  She’s approaching 11 months and to date, had not been sick.  I was very startled when she began what would be an entire day of vomiting.  I called my husband who calmed me, and the pediatrician who gave me more of a fright.  What I realized in that moment was that I was officially a mother, and even more of a revelation, completely equipped and capable of nurturing my daughter.  I needn’t fear anything because I had all the tools I needed: my instinct, the internet, my kitchen, and modern medicine if I ABSOLUTELY needed it!

NoPedialyteWhat I remember most about throwing up when I was a kid, was just how dehydrated you become.  My instinct (and past experience) was telling me that my daughter was losing so many nutrients from her body, and I would need to help her replenish safely and quickly.  I immediately thought, “Pedialyte!”  But cringed at the thought of giving my daughter a drink doused in chemical food coloring and artificial flavoring.  It was in that instance that I remembered that natural mamas  heal naturally!  I ran to the internet to research a homemade version of the stuff, which is essentially electrolyte water. Electrolyte water basically replenishes the body of the nutrients and minerals lost after exercising, vomiting, and in general, dehydration.  So anyone, babies, children, and adults can all benefit from drinking it!

I was so happy with all the information available on Google.  There were several versions of the stuff, and I had exactly what I needed in my kitchen to make it happen.

Here is my Electrolyte Water recipe:

1 quart of water

2 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar (for it’s nutrient content and low glycemic index)

1/2 teaspoon of pink himalayan salt (because it’s totally unrefined)

Some recipes called for baking soda, sea salt, lemon, agave, and even juice.  I chose the combination I did because I felt these ingredients were the most natural and what I had on hand at the time.  You could get extremely creative with your recipe (especially if you are keen on taste or dealing with a picky child) by making an electrolyte juice or even freeze pops!  And, if you’re not allergic to tree nuts (including coconut), then coconut water is also a perfect option!

Needless to say, the electrolyte water I made for my daughter was not the best tasting creation, but she did manage to drink it and it did exactly what it was supposed to!  I would definitely recommend talking to your child’s pediatrician before giving her anything she wouldn’t normally eat/drink, but don’t be afraid to arm yourself with natural alternatives to modern medicine!  Often times, it is totally unnecessary and even harmful to spend the extra bucks on artificial/commercial products when you have all you need right in your own kitchen!

2012 Raw Food World Summit, FREE!

A free 8-day tele-summit featuring over 40 world-class leaders in the raw food and conscious living movement January 23-January 30 2012.  Registration is required before you can take advantage, but it’s absolutely free at http://rawpalooza.com

Once registered, you will have access to the full schedule, access codes, and the opportunity to purchase transcripts if you are unable to listen to any particular segment.  This tele-summit will be available via the web or phone, and the times listed are pacific standard time so you will need to adjust your tune-in time accordingly.  

I’ve personally listened to Raw Vegan Radio with Steve Prussack, and he has some great content for everyone.  Even if you aren’t very familiar with the raw food or vegan lifestyle, you may learn a thing or two!  This is a simple and fun way to learn how to incorporate some healthy practices into your daily regimen!

In Love and Light,

A.K.S.

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