Did you know about 75% women will have a yeast infection at some point in their lives? Probably not the best news you’ve heard all day, but here are a few things to consider:
Most vaginal yeast infections are caused by a microscopic yeast organism called Candida albicans. Though naturally present in a healthy vagina, Candida albicans can cause problems when things like stress, diet, illness or hormonal changes upset the healthy bacterial balance in your vagina and allow the opportunistic yeast to grow out of control. When that happens, it can cause all kinds of uncomfortable symptoms.
Because Candida albicans thrives on sugary, processed foods, supporting a healthy yeast balance begins with following a healthy, low-sugar diet. Increasing your fiber intake through foods and natural fiber supplements is also recommended, as fiber helps to nourish the friendly bacteria in the vagina (called probiotics) that work to crowd out harmful yeast organisms.* Finally, taking a women’s daily probiotic supplement with plenty of Lactobacillus strains can help maintain a balanced internal environment, since Lactobacilli are the most prevalent good bacteria in a healthy vagina and urinary tract.*