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.

Just in time for 2012, and easy to digest!

In the spirit of going with the flow, and in hopes that somebody, somewhere will take a bowel, I present to you a smooth exit strategy for your food, and a lighter, happier you!  

*The chart below is only a guide, and should be used in conjunction with Dr. Douglas N. Graham’s book  (which I highly recommend) for deeper understanding.  This chart illustrates Dr. Graham’s recommendations  on how to combine foods for optimal athletic performance, digestion, and health.  This chart is also suitable for anyone new to or already embracing a whole food, raw food, vegan, and/or mono-food diet, or anyone simply desiring to live a healthier lifestyle the way in which our bodies were designed.  Please combine the below information with a regular fitness schedule to get the best results, and always consider your individual needs first!  I am not affiliated with Dr. Graham, and I am not advocating a political or partisan relationship to any health guru and/or diet; I simply endorse being healthy!  To learn more, do your research, ask questions, share your understandings, and seek advice from a combination of knowledgable, holistic healthcare practicioners, dieticians, friends, and family who are also taking care of their bodies.   Remember that organic is, well, the most natural way  to live, and local/seasonal foods are a winner!  Any feedback or upgrades are welcome and will be taken into consideration.  Credit  for the information below goes to Dr. Graham; I take credit for the fancy artwork;-)

In Love, Light, and a Prosperous New Year,

A.K.S.

Meal Planning: Vegan Edition

Found this little guide from Evelyn Parham and wanted to share!  Even if you are not vegan, you may find some value in this entry for you or a loved one!  Enjoy!

In Love, Light, and Universal Wellness,

A.K.S. 

Daily Vegan Meal Planning – A Must!

  • Spring Salad with Sprouts

The Problem

A few months ago, I was struggling with eating a balanced vegan diet.  The vegan diet is a good diet if you eat a variety of foods and make sure you eat a balanced diet.

As a result of my not eating a balanced diet and eating enough food, I noticed my hair was thinning and falling out each time I cleansed my hair.  As a trained cosmetologist, I knew something was not right.

You know something is wrong when your spouse tells you that you need to gain weight.  Not only that, I was looking pale and sickly.  One day, after showering I looked in the mirror and I saw it staring back at me.

The Solution

The best thing to do is to learn as much as you can about nutrition as well as invest in some good books and information written by those who trained in the area of nutrition and medical doctors who specialize in helping others eat plant-based diets.

I have learned that you cannot and you must not follow some guru’s recommendations about diet.  Don’t follow what some ordinary Joe Blow recommends, because he/she has had success on a particular diet.  Do your own research, learn as much as you can, and do what works best for you.

Results

A lot has changed for me in the eating department. I no longer look pale and sickly and my hair is not falling out.  My husband has even told me that I look better and that he can see noticeable changes.  I have even picked up a few pounds.  I was not eating a balanced diet which resulted in my being deficient in a few areas.

These days, I make sure I eat a well-balanced diet while also taking a few supplements.  I must say, I feel better and I look better too.

Listen to Your Body

If you eat a vegan diet, you must make sure you get everything you need and that you eat a variety of foods.  If you do not do this, your body will tell on you.

Today you will learn about the types of foods you should eat every day to have a balanced vegan diet.

vegan food pyramid

Vegan Food Guide (Daily Planning for Healthy Eating)

Carbohydrates (Fiber, Vitamins & Minerals)

6-11 Servings of Grains a day (choose mainly whole grains)
1 slice of bread
1 ounce of ready to eat cereal
1/2 cup cooked grains, cereal, or pasta
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 ounce other grain products

Carbohydrates

3 or more Servings of Vegetables a day (eat a wide variety)
1/2 cup vegetables
1 cup salad
3/4 cup vegetable juice

Carbohydrates

2 or more Servings of Fruit (eat a variety and those rich in Vitamin C)
1 medium apple, banana, orange, pear
1/2 cup fruit
3/4 cup fruit juice
1/4 cup dried fruit

Protein

2-3 Servings of Beans and Bean Alternates (beans, tofu, nuts, seeds)
Eat a wide range of these foods
1 cup cooked legumes (beans, lentils, dried peas)
1/2 cup firm tofu and tempeh
1 serving veggie “meats” (1 burger or wiener, 2-3 lunch slices)
3 tablespoons nut or seed butter
2 cups soymilk

*Eating vegetables or fruits high in vitamin C with the bean and bean alternates increase iron absorption.

Calcium

6-8 Servings of Fortified Soymilk and Alternates (calcium sources)
Many of these foods double as servings from the Beans and Bean Alternates group and the Vegetable group.
1/2 cup fortified soymilk
1/4 cup calcium-set tofu
1/2 cup calcium-fortified orange juice
1/4 cup almonds
3 tablespoons almond butter
1 cup cooked, or 2 cups raw, high calcium greens, (kale, collards, Chinese greens, broccoli, okra).
1 cup high-calcium beans (i.e, soy, white, navy, Great Northern, black turtle beans)
1/4 cup dry hijiki seaweed
1 tablespoon black strap molasses
5 figs

Omega Fatty Acids (1-2 servings)

1 teaspoon flax oil
4 teaspoons canola oil
3 tablespoons walnuts

Vitamin B-12

Fortified foods or supplements supplying 2.4 mcg (adults); 2.6-2.8 mcg/day (pregnancyand lactation); 0.9-18 mcg/day (children)

Vitamin D

Sunshine or fortified food or supplements supplying 5 mcg/day vitamin D2 (10 mcg/day 51-70 years; 15 mcg 70+ years).

*If you don’t get enough sunshine, then you should get a vitamin D2 from foods or supplements.

Final Words

Stop wondering if you are eating enough food and getting the nutrients that you need.  Take time to plan your daily meals.  You will be glad you did.

*When in doubt, consult a registered dietician to help you.

Listen to your body!

Information Source: Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

Vegan Pyramid Photo: Shane Becker

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