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Heart Risk From Extra Pounds Can Be Lower Through Unsaturated Fat Intake

Not all the time you can stop weight gain even though you have no plans to put on extra pounds. Yet one study offers a limelight on how your diet affects your heart even though your weight has ballooned up.

I read this study from Reuter about a study by the Unit for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism at Uppsala Science Park in Sweden. According to the researchers, you have less chances of developing heart problems if all those extra calories come from unsaturated fats.

Obviously, when your weight increases, your heart risk increases too. But unsaturated fat rich diet can neutralize the risk of heart diseases.

If you gain 3 pounds, the markers of heart disease risk factors such as insulin resistance and under performance vascular function increase. This weight gain on a short term is not going to ruin your health but if your weight continues to rise, the danger becomes real.

During the study, even though the participants had put on extra pounds and ate more calories, their cholesterol levels reduced as the result of unsaturated fats.

The 7-week study involved two groups of young, lean, healthy volunteers. They maintained the same diet and fitness routines. But they were given additional calories. They were fed with muffins which were made using polyunsaturated and saturated fats. Each group took different muffins.

Once the study ended, the researchers measured their weight, cholesterol levels, insulin resistance, and blood pressure levels.

  1. All subjects gained weight. An average of 3.5 pounds for each person.
  2. Blood pressure levels in both groups showed insignificant changes.
  3. Both groups had increased insulin resistance.
  4. Cholesterol levels improved in unsaturated fat group. But group with saturated fats, their cholesterol levels went up.

Your body reacts differently to saturated and unsaturated fats. For example, any excess fat will be stored in the belly and the liver. However, the fat will be less likely to be stored if you eat plenty of unsaturated fats even your calorie intake is high. Another example is that saturated fats signal the liver to absorb cholesterol from the blood.

You may not have to count calories anymore if you can improve your diet by increasing unsaturated fats. Rather of consuming dairy products or fatty meats which are rich with saturated fats, choose nuts and vegetable oils such as sunflower oil, rapeseed oil and canola oil that are great sources of polyunsaturated fats.

Natural Antibiotics Discovered

For thousands of years, the application of raw honey on wounds have been practiced. Fresh honey is plentiful in third world countries. Nevertheless, this source is depleting in advanced countries. I think you should know by now that if you are from advanced nations, your body have already developed antibiotic resistance.

The key to healing actually found in the antimicrobial properties of the raw honey. Researchers from Sweden’s Lund University attributes a diverse production of antimicrobial compounds in raw honey to a distinct band of 13 lactic acid bacteria. They wondered  how it would fare on infections such as ancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?  The laboratory results was quite favorable.

So far the tests has been confined to the lab, only horses has been the exception. The horse owners tried different ways to get the wounds to heal, however it was the use of lactic acid bacteria that got the job done. It is very likely that the recovery was due to the wide variety of active substances.

When it comes to antibiotics, you are talking about one compound that is active; therefore the range of bacteria that it fights off is limited.  The 13 lactic acid bacteria has advantage over antibiotics as it can treat a larger range of bacteria. Just look at how it has protected the bees and their honey against dangerous microorganisms all these years.

Don’t expect similar results if you use honey from the stores. What you need is living lactic acid bacteria and that is what is missing in store bought honey.

Yeast Infection Treatment For Women: Your Options

Up to 75 percent of women get a vaginal thrush or candidiasis once during their lives. About half of them have recurring yeast infections. Once you have it, you tend to get it again. That is why there is a great demand for an effective yeast infection treatment for women.

Compared to men, women are more prone to get yeast infections. It causes irritation on the vagina and vulva.

Why Do Women Have Yeast Infections

Candida is a naturally occurring microorganism that lives in the vaginal area. Usually Candida albicans exists in small numbers. Lactobacillus bacteria make sure that their numbers do not increase. But when there is a decrease in the number of good bacteria, the balance in the vagina is thrown off. This will encourage the Candida to thrive, leading to an infection. Intense itching, burning, inflammation, and white thick discharge are some of the symptoms.

The first step for an effective yeast infection treatment is to recognize the symptoms. However, most doctors do not like the idea of self-treatment. The  symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth are also found in sexually transmitted infections and bacterial vaginosis, which should be treated differently.

Today, you can easily find yeast infection over the counter treatments at your local drugstore. However, based on the stats, about two thirds of who used them have treated the wrong infection.

If you diagnose vaginal infections wrongly and use antifungal creams, the Candida in your vagina can become more resistant to antifungal drugs. When you actually have one, the treatment may not be effective as it should.

It is better for you to get a proper diagnosis from your doctor especially it is your first time of having a vaginal infection. When you know for sure that you have a Candidiasis, you can’t go wrong with the treatment.

Yeast Infection Treatment For Women: Over The Counter And Prescription

Medications for treating fungal infections come in one, three and seven-day course. You can get them either by prescription or over the counter. If your condition is severe, you need a longer course of treatment.

If you have determined that you have a yeast infection and you are not expecting, you can treat yourself with over the counter medicines at the comfort of your home.

For mild or moderate vaginal thrush,

  • You can apply anti-fungal cream like Monistat and Lotrimin or insert a tablet or suppository into your vagina before bedtime. The treatment should be continued for up to three days.
  • You take oral pills such as Diflucan if you are not pregnant. Usually you don’t need more than one dose.

For severe vaginal yeast infections or recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC),

  • Prolong the administration of anti-fungal cream, tablet, or suppository up to fourteen days.
  • Increase your doses of Diflucan to three.

Since you have persistent yeast infections, you should follow a suppressive therapy after you have healed. You will continue taking 150mg of Diflucan or use a suppository that contains 500 mg of clotrimazole once a week for six weeks.

Natural Treatments For Women With Yeast Infections

Instead of using medications to clear the Candida infection, you prefer natural remedies. Though they are not proven medically, but many women swear that they work.

Some of the common natural remedies that you can try are

  • suppositories with boric acid or garlic
  • insertion of yogurt into vagina
  • herbal douches

What Foods Can Help Getting Rid Of Yeast Infections

Candida loves certain foods such as sugar and carbohydrates. They provide fuel for the fungus to grow.

So if your current diet involves high consumption of sugar and carbohydrates, your risk of having bouts of yeast overgrowth is high. Therefore, you should eliminate them from your diet. That include any foods with mold and yeast.

Most processed foods use high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) instead of sugar Avoid processed foods too.

If you want to improve your vaginal flora, then taking probiotic rich foods, supplements or cultured and fermented foods is an effective way to boost the number of friendly bacteria. This way, the Candida growth is kept in check.

Yeast Infection Treatments For Pregnant Women

Pregnant women are more likely to have vaginal thrush than most women especially when they enter into the second trimester.

It is a bit tricky to treat yeast infections during pregnancy. You can’t simply go to a drugstore and get anti-fungal medicines. You should see your doctor first. Diflucan is not recommended because it may cause complications during your pregnancy.

Vaginal creams and suppositories are the only two remedies that you can safely use. The course of treatment usually last seven days, and you should not miss any treatment. Complete the whole treatment so that the symptoms can be cleared.

Creams and suppositories with clotrimazole work better for most Candidiasis than those with nystatin. If either of them is not working, inform your doctor so another medication can be prescribed to you.

Final Advice

If you want the female yeast infection treatment to work, here are some suggestions.

  • Don’t used expired medications as they have lost their therapeutic effectiveness.
  • Even when the symptoms are gone, don’t stop the treatment especially if the course runs in days. Just complete the treatment as instructed. Otherwise, your vaginal thrush will return to haunt you.
  • If you are having a period, use the medications. This should reduce the risk of getting another flare up.
  • Avoid sex until you are healed. It can be painful to have an intercourse while dealing with thrush. Sometimes, too much rubbing will make the infection worse and render the treatment ineffective.

Be Careful With Natural Yeast Infection Treatments

Candida live naturally in your body in small numbers. However, you can end up with annoying symptoms such as intense itch, swelling and burning sensation when the yeasts multiply.

Friendly bacteria like Lactobacillus bacteria maintain the acidic level in your vagina and prevent candida albicans growth from going out of hand. But the vaginal flora is delicate. Any changes in the ecosystem that reduce the number of good bacteria will cause an imbalance, promoting Candida proliferation.

Usually, the use of antibiotics, stress, increased levels of estrogen due to pregnancy or birth control pills, and medical conditions like uncontrollable diabetes can disrupt the flora balance.

Obviously, treating the actual cause should be the most effective way to get rid of yeast infections. So you should get plenty of Lactobacillus bacteria, practice relaxation techniques, stop using antibiotics and contraceptive pills, and avoid sugar and carbohydrate completely. You don’t have to rely on pharmaceutical medicines.

You may even want to try other natural yeast infection treatments that you have read on the Internet. They seem to restore the balance. Yet none of them have been studied extensively to prove that they work. In fact, some may even aggravate the symptoms.

We will look at some popular natural remedies and learn what are the issues with them. With this information, you can decide which one you should use.

Garlic

Garlic is loaded with anti viral and antibacterial agents. It improves your immune system to fight yeast infections.

Issues

Garlic is strong enough to burn or irritate the wall of your vagina.

Yogurt

Most women insert yogurt into the vagina for the relief of Candida infection symptoms.

Issues

The vaginal insertion of yogurt may cause difficulty in treating Candidiasis in the future. Most yogurts contain bio-engineered bacteria, which can develop treatment-resistant Candida. Furthermore, most yogurts is filled with sugar, which fuels the yeast to thrive.

Boric Acid

One of the most popular home remedies for yeast infections is a vaginal suppository that contains boric acid.

Issues

You can end up with chronic boric acid poisoning if you use boric acid for yeast infection treatment regularly. It is common to feel burning while the suppository sits in your vagina. However, if the burning does not stop, you have to stop using boric acid. Otherwise, it can damage your vagina.

Vinegar

Most women use vinegar to clean their vagina naturally. Some use it as a douche to cure vaginal thrush.

Issues

If you are not careful with vinegar, it can cause injury on the vaginal surfaces.

Why Yeast Infection Home Treatment Works Better Than Drugs

Do vaginal itching, pain during urination or white cottage like discharge bother you a lot? These annoying symptoms could be caused by vaginal yeast infections. If you don’t want to rely on pharmaceutical drugs to address the Candida infection, home treatments are available.

Why Use Yeast Infection Home Treatments?

There are reasons why you should choose non-conventional remedies over standard medications. You don’t have to rely on pharmaceutical drugs unless it is necessary.

1. Self-treating yourself at home is easier and more cost effective than the over the counter or prescribed medicines. Home remedies are likely to be milder and safer than drugs.

2. You can end up in a vicious cycle of relying on over the counter medications because they don’t treat the root cause of Candida infection. Almost certainly, you will deal with another bout in a near future. This can be frustrating. If you have experienced disappointing results with mainstream medicine, it is about time to look at holistic methods.

3. You may react adversely to the ingredients found in conventional medicines for Candidiasis. Over the counter remedies for Candida infections like vaginal creams usually contain mineral oil. It is a cheap material which acts as a lubricant. The problems with mineral oil is that it clogs your pores and make your cells less effective to flush out toxins.

Another common ingredient found in over the counter yeast infection treatments like suppositories is propylene glycol. Many personal care products use this ingredient. Moreover, solvents for paints, plastics and laundry detergents and antifreeze and de-icing solutions for boats, cars, and aircraft contain propylene glycol.

Propylene glycol can trigger an allergic response upon contact. It irritates the mucous membranes, which can leave you with scaling, burning, hives, contact dermatitis, and itchiness.

The other danger is that it can increase the penetration of other chemicals into your skin. There is a risk of some of these chemicals entering your bloodstream.

One study reveals that propylene glycol may change your DNA. Furthermore, the Japanese researchers have found that it is toxic and it can damage cell DNA.

It is entirely up to you what you put into your body. It is a fact that many women experience serious reaction to the additives, fragrances, and chemicals used in nearly all over the counter products for yeast infections. Some women stop using standard medications after they realized that their chronic Candidiasis is caused by the chemicals found in pharmaceutical products.

If you take a close look at the health warnings on the packaging of the medications, you would give a second thought about using conventional treatments. And it makes sense to try natural remedies first.

4. Any remedies that use herbs are effective. If you use them properly, they can be a good option to treat vaginal thrush. At the same time, you can avoid the side effects that are so prevalent with doctor-recommended therapies.

The mainstream medical treatment does not support the use of natural remedies. If you read any article on holistic approach, many times you will see something like “lack of scientific studies or medical evidence”, showing lack of confidence in natural treatments.

Ironically, you can find many degree programs in naturopathy offered by a number of higher learning institutes. So what does this tell you? Natural healing is not something new. It has been practiced for ages. The knowledge of using natural remedies is no longer in the dark. That is why universities are making it available as one of their educational programs.

Unlike antibiotics which can cause drug resistance, bacteria do not develop resistance to herbal medicine. As a matter of fact, there is nothing mentioned in the history that botanical extracts for medicinal purposes can develop super bugs. With this in mind, the abuse of antifungal drugs can develop bacteria with increased tolerance towards medications.

Based on these reasons alone, you should agree with me that the best treatment for Candida infection is home remedies.

When You Should Not Use Home Treatments For Yeast Infections

There are times when you should avoid home remedies.

  1. If you are pregnant, you should see your doctor first and get your vaginal symptoms examined. You may have bacterial vaginosis or other sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, or chlamydia. They may cause complications during your pregnancy,
  2. If you experience vaginal discomforts for the first time, it may not be caused by Candida overgrowth. Getting a proper diagnosis can clear your doubts about what you have down there. Remember other vaginitis such as bacterial vaginosis or sexually transmitted diseases share similar symptoms.
  3. If your yeast infection is recurring, then you should not self-treat. You need a thorough examination to understand why you keep having flare ups.

Are Yeast Infection Home Remedies Effective?

Let’s look at some common treatments that women use at home to treat their vaginal thrush.

Yogurt

The live culture in organic plain yogurt is an effective home remedy for a yeast infection. It works by increasing the acidic balance, making the environment less favorable for the yeast to flourish. It also increases the number of good bacteria to keep Candida under control.

Yogurt actually treats the infection besides providing the relief from intense itchiness and irritation in the vaginal area and mouth.

Candida lives in the mucous membranes in the body like your mouth and vagina. Though the site is different, but the mucous membranes on both locations are the same in terms of cellular and embryonic level. Moreover, the yeasts on both sites are no different at all.

How effective is yogurt? Unfortunately, I can’t find any medical studies on this subject. I don’t think any pharmaceutical companies would want to spend their resources to perform a study to evaluate the effectiveness of yogurt in yeast infection treatment.

So, what is available now is anecdotal evidences. This means you need to rely on other people’s experiences to gauge if yogurt works or not.

It is not a surprise to find many women who raves about the goodness of yogurt in forums. Simply because they find yogurt to be working and they want to share that experience with others who are struggling with Candida infections.

Vaginal Herbal Rinse

Some of you may confuse vaginal herbal bath with douching. They are not the same.

Your vagina can clean itself so you don’t need douching. In fact, you should never douche.

Many douching products that claim to keep your vagina fresh with sweet scent are often loaded with chemicals and fragrances. These chemicals can upset the pH balance in your vagina, which can aggravate the yeast infection.

However, it is a natural option to use a sterile prepared plant tincture for vaginal wash. It is safe to use as it is free from chemicals, fragrances and microorganisms. So, it does not cause any allergic reactions.

Herbal rinse is an effective option to treat vaginal thrush topically and minimize the inflammation of mucous membranes in the body.

Takeaway

Though many home remedies can treat vaginal thrush successfully, make sure that you actually have a yeast infection. By now, you should be more informed about the danger of chemicals found in pharmaceutical items. I hope natural remedies would be your first choice of yeast infection treatment.

You will accept any relief when you have a yeast infection. The best way to determine if home treatments will work for you is to try them first. Personal experience is your evidence. I can’t guarantee any one of them will work for you. Neither can the over the counter or the prescription.

The most important is that you try it first. If it does not work, then try another one. What you really want is to evaluate the options. When you have access to more options, you can make better decision on one that is right for you based on your preference.