It’s not something you rock up to a lunch with your girlfriends and front up about when asked how you’re going “Pretty uncomfortable actually. I’ve got an itchy vagina, a weird discharge and an overgrowth of fungus happening ‘down there’. But anyway, what should we order to eat?” It’s fair to say that it’s an embarrassing subject but the reality is, if you’re female, you’re likely to have suffered an overgrowth of candidiasis at some stage in your life. And so probably too have our friends, Mums, sisters…

Candida albicans is a fungus that’s always present in the genital and intestinal tracts. However, if the environment is right for it to grow in disproportionate quantities to other beneficial bacteria, it can cause an infection called candidiasis (commonly referred to as thrush). So what causes it and what natural practices can we  use to prevent this condition?

Possible causes include; Altered bowel flora, impaired immunity, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, a diet high in sugars, low immunity, stress, sexual intercourse (it can be transmitted by partners).

Dietary modifications for prevention and treatment include; Eat unsweetened acidophilus yoghurt, loads of garlic and vegetables. Limit fruit to one piece per day. Avoid aged cheeses, alcohol, baked goods, yeast, chocolate, dried fruits, fermented foods, mushrooms, sugar and honey.

Supplements that can help; Horopito is beneficial herb as found in Kolorex Advanced Candida Care. Horopito actively promotes the maintenance of normal intestinal candida levels. Taking probiotics in conjunction with this product enhances treatment outcomes.

Topical treatments that can help; Kolorex Intimate Care Cream offers natural Candida support using Horopito. Also, avoid wearing underwear made from synthetic materials and dyes and opt for natural, white cotton instead.

When you realize how common vaginal thrush actually is, you should realize it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Rest assured that there are effective natural remedies on hand to help get ‘down there’ back into balance!

Renee Leonard-Stainton, Naturopath

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