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Yogurt yeast infection cures are inexpensive, safe, and available to nearly everyone. Yogurt cures will not work with all kinds of yogurt, as a good yogurt treatment requires live bacteria to actually be effective. It is living bacteria that allow for live culture yogurts to fight off yeast infections. Without living bacteria, yogurt is nothing more than an amalgamation of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Yogurt that does not contain live bacteria that can survive the stomach’s acid, such as lactobacillus acidophilus, will not help in fighting a gastrointestinal yeast infection. If the bacteria cannot survive the stomach acid and thrive in the intestines, they cannot progress from the gut to the vagina to fight off vaginal yeast infections.
Sarah Summer, in her publication Natural Cure for Yeast Infection, recommends using things like Lactobacillus acidophilus suppositories in the vagina or putting fresh, plain homemade yogurt in the vagina. By using yogurt or acidophilus suppositories, the good probiotic bacteria can be reintroduced to the vagina and colonize the vagina. Once in the vagina, the bacteria will help reduce the amount of carbohydrates available for yeast to consume, and they will acidify the vagina via the production of lactic acid; keeping the vagina acidic and less conducive to yeast infestation.
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The Bacteria in Yogurt
There are two primary types of bacteria that are used in the United States for the production of yogurt: Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates that Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus be used in yogurt products that are sold in the United States. Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus both produce lactic acid as a byproduct of their metabolic processes. As a result, these bacteria consume the carbohydrates in their environment and produce lactic acid. Lactic acid production can help to stop yeast overgrowth as yeast do not like their environment too acidic. In addition to lowering the pH and making the environment less tolerable to yeast fungus, these bacteria also consume sugars which would normally be the food of yeast. By reducing the amount of food available in their environment they could also help to stop yeast from having a feeding frenzy and rapidly colonizing your body.
Despite the positive roles Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus may be able to play in their environment, consuming yogurt produced with these strains of bacteria may not be able to help you allay a yeast infection at all. The reason these bacteria may not be able to help a yeast infected gastrointestinal tract is due to the fact they may not be able to survive in your intestines. Dead bacteria cannot consume food and produce lactic acid.
In addition to stomach acid, the process of pasteurization may kill off any helpful bacteria in the yogurt. Many commercial yogurts are pasteurized and therefore contain little or no active bacteria rendering these commercial yogurts useless for using as yogurt yeast infection remedies.
Probiotic Yogurt and Yeast Infections
In addition to the two common strains of yogurt bacteria (Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus bulgaricus), some yogurt manufacturers include other strains of bacteria that are probiotic and can survive in the intestines. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one probiotic that has been shown to be effective at controlling yeast infections and can be included in yogurt.
Eileen Hilton and her colleagues at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y, conducted a study using a yogurt yeast infection treatment on women who had a history of developing vaginal yeast infections. The yogurt Hilton used in her study contained live cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus. The study found that when the women who ate the yogurt containing live cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus developed fewer yeast infections while they ate the yogurt.
Side Effects of Yeast Fighting Drugs
Using a natural remedy for yeast infections is one way to avoid the undesirable side effects of conventional drugs used to treat yeast infections. One drug used to combat yeast, Sporanox (also known as itraconazole), can cause congestive heart failure. If you wish to learn more about the conventional drugs used to combat yeast and learn about some of the side effects these drugs can cause, visit this page on this website: conventional yeast infection drugs.
- Crocker, Pat. The Yogurt Bible p.15- yogurt bacteria, p.16 bacteria survival in the intestines
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streptococcus_thermophilus is a LAB, does not survive in stomach acid
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_delbrueckii_subsp._bulgaricus is a LAB too
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactobacillus_acidophilus lives in pH under 5.0
- http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/lactobacillus-acidophilus L. acidophilus comes from diet
- Folk therapy for vaginitis looking good. Science News, 3/7/92, Vol. 141 Issue 10, p158, 1/3p
- Prevention; May90, Vol. 42 Issue 5, p20-23, 1p Lactobacillus acidophilus is not killed by stomach acid
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