Yeast infections are very common but knowing that doesn’t help when you’re embarrassed and uncomfortable does it? Millions of women – and men – suffer from yeast infections repeatedly and while it’s easy enough to treat the symptoms, if your infection keeps recurring, you need to address the cause.
We all have certain amounts of yeast naturally present in our bodies but problems start when those levels become so overwhelming that our own immune systems can’t prevent infection occurring. In fact, repeated yeast infections can weaken the immune system, making us more susceptible to all kinds of illnesses. This in turn can lead to a resistance to antibiotics, hormonal dysfunction and more frequently occurring infections.
Unfortunately, many of us have subjected our bodies to an influx of chemicals in a bid to rid ourselves of a yeast infection. Over-the-counter remedies – as well as prescription medications – often contain a number of potentially toxic and harmful chemicals that only treat the symptoms rather than curing the source of the problem. Repeated use of these drugs may also reduce the effectiveness of them long-term so we’re left with recurring infections and increasingly limited sources of relief.
So what are the underlying causes of yeast infections? The answer is simple; they are caused by the increasingly toxic environment to which we are subjected as well as the unhealthy lifestyles we lead which leave us susceptible to infection. A yeast infection may manifest itself as any or all of the following symptoms:
- A poor memory and difficulty concentrating
- Food allergies
- Depression and other emotional/psychological issues
- Joint pain and the onset of arthritis
- Lesions or painful eruptions on the skin
- Impotence and sexual dysfunction
- Troublesome vaginal discharge and soreness/itching
- Indigestion, constipation or diarrhea
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath) and fatigue
- Hypoglycemia (blood sugar level imbalance)
These are just a few of the more common symptoms of yeast infection; there are in reality hundreds of symptoms.
Likewise, there are hundreds of remedies but the fact is they only treat the symptoms – and many don’t even do that – so the original cause of the infection is still there, lying dormant and just waiting for the right conditions to become active again. What’s more, as most pharmaceutical manufacturers use harsh chemicals in their products, long-term exposure to them may cause other health problems.
So what about ‘natural’ remedies? These tend to fall into two categories; those that work but aren’t commonly known about and those that don’t work and are unscrupulously sold to people who are desperate for a treatment. For those who can find that most elusive of substances – a natural cure rather than a temporary relief of symptoms – their yeast infections are gone forever.