As Gynecologist Eileen Hilton and her colleagues at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y have shown, using yogurt with live cultures of L. acidophilus is one excellent type of yogurt yeast infection remedy. L. acidophilus can survive the acid secreted by the stomach and can therefore make its way to the intestines and being to colonize your gastrointestinal tract. Making your own yogurt at home with live L. acidophilus is a great way to get your own yogurt to use as a yeast infection remedy.
L. acidophilus has an optimum growing temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need to keep your milk with the live cultures of L. acidophilus at this temperature to ensure their multiplication. You can use this recipe found on this page: homemade acidophilus yogurt recipe.
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The Temperature for Making Yogurt
The temperature for making yogurt must stay within 90 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the live bacteria added to the milk multiply and ferment the carbohydrates in the milk into lactic acid. The lactic acid produced by the bacteria (Streptococcus thermophilus, L. acidophilus, and Lactobacillus bulgaricus) will denature the proteins present in the milk; causing them to swell and combine thereby coagulating the milk.
One easy way to ensure your milk and bacteria mixture stays at this optimum temperature interval is by using an electric yogurt maker. There are many different brands available on the market, each with its own price. If you do not want to spend the money on an electric yogurt maker you can use other methods of sustaining a steady milk temperature.
Slow Cooker. You can try using a slow cooker set to low. If the heat is too high with the cooker covered, uncover the cooker.
Heating pad. You can use a pan with the milk and bacteria in it and place it on top of the heating pad to sustain the milk’s temperature.
Electric blanket. You can put the milk and bacteria into a dish and place a electric blanket around it to heat the dish.
Oven. You can put the milk and bacteria mixture into a baking pan and set your oven to a very low setting. If you do not have a heat setting low enough, you could turn your oven on and off at regular intervals.
Keep Your Yogurt Equipment Clean
Although bacteria growth and reproduction is necessary for the making of yogurt, it would be unfortunate to have harmful bacteria infect the milk and thereby contaminate the yogurt. To avoid unwanted pathogens from invading the milk, make sure you thoroughly clean all the equipment you will be using to make your yogurt. If you do not clean your cooking items, you could accidentally cause illness in someone who eats your yogurt.
You can use boiling water to scald the utensils you use to make your yogurt; thereby sanitizing them. Make sure you do not hurt yourself when working with the boiling water.
Yogurt Yeast Infection Remedies
Once you have made your yogurt you can begin to use it as a yogurt yeast infection remedy. If you have a vaginal yeast infection the best ways to use acidophilus yogurt is to eat it and use it as a vaginal suppository. When eaten, the L. acidophilus in the yogurt will make its way past the stomach and into the intestines. Once the acidophilus colonizes the rectal area it will make its way into the vagina and begin to colonize the vagina. You can help the L. acidophilus reach the vagina by using the yogurt as a vaginal suppository. By inserting the yogurt directly into the vagina, you will help to quickly introduce the bacteria into the vagina where it will begin grow and multiply.
If you intend to insert your homemade yogurt into your vagina, make sure you do not add any sugar or other carbohydrate containing ingredients to your yogurt. The extra carbohydrates will become food for yeast fungus and limit the effectiveness of the yogurt for use as a vaginal suppository. Additionally, the longer you let your yogurt ferment, the more bacteria will live in the yogurt and they will metabolize more carbohydrates; leaving less carbohydrates available for yeast to consume.
Yeast in the Digestive Tract
A study conducted in the 1970’s at Michigan State University examined 98 young women who suffered from recurrent vaginitis. All of the women who were studied were found to have yeast present in their stools. If yeast was not isolated from the stool it was never found in the vagina. As a result of this study, it was shown that yeast must first be eliminated from the gut before recurrent vaginal yeast infections could be stopped. It would therefore be beneficial to introduce the necessary probiotics found in acidophilus yogurt into the intestines. Once in the intestines, L. acidophilus will compete with the yeast for nutrients and will produce lactic acid; thus acidifying their environment and making it less conducive to the growth of yeast.
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- Google Books — Crocker, Pat. The Yogurt Bible. Robert Rose Incorporated, 2010
- Folk therapy for vaginitis looking good. Science News, 3/7/92, Vol. 141 Issue 10, p158, 1/3p
- William G. Crook, The Yeast Connection and the Woman. (p.100 Michigan State University Study)