Vaginal Candidiasis (Thrush) is one of the most common ailments that women will experience. Although men can get thrush too, it is typically women who develop this infection and it can be passed to male sexual partners, and back again.
Candida albicans, a type of yeast fungus, is the usual suspect when it is comes to this infection. Candida can over-grow in certain environments and a few factors can lead to this; wearing tight clothing, non-cotton underwear, hormone changes (such as pregnancy or ovulation), stress, blood sugar dysregulation, historic use of antibiotics, and spermicides and lubricants which disrupt the vaginal microbiome. One factor which deserves a lot of attention with this is gut health. Probably the most leading factor for women to develop thrush is dysbiosis in their digestive microbiome. An example of this is women commonly experience thrush after a course of antibiotics, as they diminish not only the bad bacteria we have, but the good ones too. The vaginal microbiome needs to be balanced with commensal bacteria much in the way that our gut microbiome needs to be.
Many women will only experience thrush a few times in their life. For others it can be a reccurring issue, leading to over-use of anti-fungal creams which can lead to resistant strains, making it a difficult condition to treat.
Nutritionally, there are a few steps we would need to take.
Firstly, balancing blood sugar levels is very important as changes in blood sugar levels can cause candida albicans to grow and they feed off of sugar, so you would want to keep your sugar intake to a minimum. To balance blood sugar levels, make sure to pair good sources of protein and healthy fats to carbohydrates.
Saccharomyces Boulardii is a yeast probiotic which has shown strong results in combating vaginal thrush.
Viridian High Strength Synbiotic is packed with 20 billion colony forming bacteria which will help to populate your gut with beneficial bugs to improve your immune system and fight off candida.
Antifungal herbs: Caprylic acid, oregano oil and garlic all have anti-fungal properties and can be supplemented to benefit an anti-candida protocol.
Our Nutritional Team provide one-to-one consultations to address underlying causes of Thrush. Nutritional Therapy at Therapy Organics.
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Please note that the information contained within this website does not and should not replace medical advice, and is not intended to treat or diagnose. We always recommend you consult with your doctor. Our Nutritional Therapy team is highly trained and we offer one to one Nutritional Therapy Consultations, which are designed to be complementary to any medical treatment from a functional medicine approach, as well as offering a preventative & optimal health focus.