How to Effectively Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infection
Yeast infections are most commonly caused by the fungus Candida albicans and can occur in several places on the body, such as the mouth, the feet, the skin, genitals and blood.
I have already written about natural treatments to treat candida overgrowth and this time I am going to describe how to use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for yeast infections.
While candida is normally found in small amounts in our body, it can cause an infection when it is out of balance. Our immune system and the beneficial bacteria in our body prevent the yeast from overgrowing. But if those are killed by antibiotics for example, or our immune system is weakened, candida can take control over our body and cause candidiasis.
Common Symptoms of Yeast Infection
- Common symptoms of oral candidiasis (thrush) that include redness or discomfort in the mouth area, white spots inside the mouth and on the tongue, sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
- Genital yeast infections can occur in both men and women. Vaginal yeast infections are very common in women and symptoms include sore, red and itchy vagina including the surrounding area, pain during intercourse and thick white, cottage cheese like discharge.
- Skin yeast infection typically occurs in warm and moist environment and in skin folds. Symptoms include red flat rash which may cause itching or pain.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for Yeast Infection
- ACV contains many nutrients, enzymes and friendly bacteria and helps to inhibit candida growth by helping to re-balance your body pH. While ACV is acidic, once ingested and metabolized it has an alkaline effect on the body.
- ACV helps to increase the good bacteria in the gut and increases the immunity of the body.
- Yeast infections are more common in people with diabetes, as high sugar levels cause better conditions for the yeast to grow. The good news is that you can use ACV to control blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association published a study that documented the way vinegar helped people with diabetes control their glucose and insulin responses.
- ACV is a natural antibiotic and it contains malic acid – a substance known for having anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
The Best Type of ACV for Yeast Infection
Choosing the right type of ACV is very important if you want to get the best results. Real ACV is made by fermenting pressed apple juice until the natural sugar turns into vinegar.
- Always choose organic ACV which is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and unprocessed and not the clear and refined stuff you find in most stores.
- If you really want to use a good quality ACV, it needs to have the “mother” of vinegar, which is the cloudy matter that floats or often sinks to the bottom of the bottle. This substance contains beneficial enzymes, bacteria and trace minerals that make ACV so beneficial for you.
- Don’t forget to shake the bottle each time before using the ACV to distribute the good elements. You can also easily make your own natural ACV – find the recipe here.
How to Use ACV for Yeast Infection
You can use ACV topically or internally to treat and prevent yeast infection:
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of water or herbal tea (don’t add sugar or honey as sugar promotes the growth of candida).
- Take 2 to 3 times per day until symptoms improve.
Regular intake of ACV can reduce your chances of developing yeast infection as the ACV will help to maintain the pH balance of the body.
ACV Bath – If you have a skin yeast infection, you can add a cup or two of ACV to a warm bath and bathe for about 20 minutes. You can add a few drops of tea tree oil diluted in a carrier oil as tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties. After bathing make sure to dry yourself properly as moisture on the skin promotes yeast infection.
ACV compress – Dilute few tablespoons of ACV with an equal amount of water and soak a small piece of cloth or cotton in the solution. Apply the ACV compress to the affected areas for 10-15 minutes. Then wash with water and thoroughly dry the area. Apply regularly until symptoms improve.
For vaginal yeast infection you can soak a tampon with diluted ACV (equal parts of ACV and water) and insert for 30-60 minutes (it can sting a little bit). Then remove the tampon, wash with warm water and wipe the area until it is completely dry. Continue with the soaks until symptoms disappear.
Using ACV is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
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