If you are thinking about preventing any infections, you are ahead of most people. It means being responsible and proactive. When you choose to learn how to prevent yeast infections you are making an important decision many don’t make.
Curiously enough when I researched yeast infections and looked through Linda Allen’s Yeast Infections No More I decided that I wanted to follow her recommendations and guidelines. Even if I don’t have a yeast infection.
Why? Because Linda’s information shows me how I can stay healthy or get healthier—that’s huge; I’m on board. Yes, to take steps that will maintain health is a broad recommendation for anyone looking for answers on how to prevent yeast infections.
Have you heard of Health Education 101?
One of the observations I’ve made about our educational system is that many important aspects about life such as health, happiness, good relationships, emotional intelligence are absent.
And usually most Americans seek very specific information about health ONLY when something’s wrong with them or with someone they care about.
Often when sick or our body is misbehaving we focus on information to remedy that issue. In this context, it’s about how to prevent yeast infections. In others, it might be how to lose weight, how to treat cancer, how to have more energy. But rarely is it to acquire information on how to acquire or maintain health.
You can keep up this pattern of your health education, on as-needed basis, or you can take this opportunity to learn how to acquire full health for yourself and others.
More to the point, the best answer on how to prevent yeast infections is to maintain your full health because yeast infections mean that certain imbalances exist. In short, your body, not just a part, isn’t healthy.
What Yeast infections tell you about your health
While I dislike any kind of symptom that tells me that something’s wrong in my body I realize that symptoms are a warning. Regardless of the symptoms, however, they are all warnings. Something’s wrong.
Being healthy means staying well without
- high blood pressure
- diabetes or pre-diabetes
- extra weight
- aches and pains
- fatigue or low energy
- catching colds
- medicines to deal with some nagging symptoms
In short, all systems of the body are functioning optimally including the immune system, the digestive system, female and male reproductive systems, respiratory, cardiovascular, etc.
Do you know that as with all infections, gut health is a key to preventing yeast infections?
When you learn that 80% of your immune system is in your gut or intestines, the digestive system becomes a key to health. And not only in terms of the intestines but also the start–what you put in your mouth, your food choices.
The amount of friendly bacteria in your gut is affected by antibiotics, preservatives, additives, pesticides, herbicides, external pollution as in the air as well as internal “pollution” such as the food we eat.
So how do we maintain gut health? Probiotics are recommended in order to maintain or resupply the live bacteria that should be in your intestines.
Probiotics focuses on re-supplying the gut with the live cultures it needs. Without the right balance of these cultures, our health is undermined.
What food choices help to prevent infections?
A look at an anti candida diet readily illustrates that most of Americans’ food choices are not health-promoting. For example, the sugars in the form of high fructose syrup in all processed foods including pastries, snacks and sodas are threats to our insulin system as well as intestinal health.
White flour and rice, pastas all turn to sugar which does similar damage.
Do you know how your food is grown or produced?
In my part of the world in Northern California many people around me make choices for organic, locally grown and humanely raised meats and vegetables whenever they can. (Yes, Whole Foods does great business here.)
Although studies may have shown that the nutrient value of organic fruits and vegetables may be similar, what is different is what else is consumed along with the food we eat.
- Pesticide residues are found on many of the commercial produce.
- If hogs, cattle, chickens are not humanely raised, they probably have antibiotics in them to ward of diseases in their unhealthy environments.
- Helpful guides provide helpful recommendations: to avoid the worst of pesticide residues look at the Dirty Dozen; for better seafood choices, there is a sustainable seafood guide
Fresh produce start losing vitality, nutrients the longer the time between harvesting and eating is. That’s one reason for choosing locally grown produce: such produce don’t have so much distance to travel to the grocery store or farmer’s market.
Varieties grown commercially are hybridized for attractiveness, long shelf life and ease of travel rather than for nutrients and taste.
Soil samples from our agricultural fields as early as 1950s showed our soil depleted of many important nutrients. A study published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compared 43 different vegetables and fruits from 1950 and 1999. Agricultural practices that focus on size, resistance to pests, rate of growth are the causes for the declines in the nutrients in seen our produce.
Fruits and vegetables extract the minerals, protein, vitamins from the soil so that without growing practices such as organic growers use, mineral depletion is passed on to us.
Digestive enzymes were commonly found on fruits and vegetables before pesticides were used. Thus, by consuming commercial produce we lack these enzymes for digestion as well.
Supplementation is probably necessary for good health
Besides supplementation of the right amount of vitamins and minerals from good sources, we also need to supplement with the best omega 3s we can find. Why?
Corn as feed to livestock affect how much Omega 3s and 6s we get.
Most of America’s animal protein come from hogs, chickens, cattle that are fed corn. Grain-based diets consumed by animals translate into too much omega 6s entering our body unless we are careful about our choices.
There is a particular ratio of the omega fats (one to one) for good health. With our current diet, omega 6s are overwhelming omega 3s. Therefore, if we are not supplementing with good omega 3s, we have another imbalance in our bodies.
These good fatty acids are necessary for so many functions in our body such as
- Cellular processes,
- Circulatory, blood,
- Muscles and tendons,
- Endocrine system,
- In short, all processes in our body
So, what information do we need on how to prevent yeast infection?
As you see by what is involved in preventing yeast infections or candida or just being healthy, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the many change you might have to make.
Experts who cover yeast infection treatment from a comprehensive and holistic approach can be very helpful in terms of actual treatment as well as prevention.
Linda Allen’s book is recommended because it provides well-researched, tested guides to help prevention and treatment of yeast infections.