Warm Weather Yeast Infections – How To Prevent Them
Yeast infections are a common problem for many women, with the majority of women having experienced at least one in their lives.
Yeast overgrowth can occur on various parts of the body, but it’s common for it to occur in the vagina. Symptoms of this type of infection are uncomfortable; they include:
- Itching and irritation of the area
- Swelling, redness, and pain
- Abnormal white discharge
For many women who have suffered from yeast infections before, the signs are obvious and an unwelcome annoyance. It’s important to check with your doctor to confirm that it is in fact a yeast infection, and not another potential problem, especially if you’ve never had a confirmed yeast infection before – some sexually transmitted infections can present with similar symptoms.
While yeast infections can happen any time, often women are more likely to experience them in the summer. The combination of increased heat, moisture/dampness, and irritation that may come with days at the beach or exercising outside are enough to allow naturally occurring yeast to flourish in unhealthy amounts – resulting in an infection.
In addition to the summer weather providing an ideal environment for yeast to grow, summer can also come with an increase in sweet treats. We often find ourselves indulging in things like ice cream, sweetened iced teas, blended coffees, and cocktails or beer more regularly in the summer. The sugar in these treats is the food that yeast thrives off of. A regular supply of sugar allows yeast to take over and throw off the healthy balance of yeast and bacteria in the body.
So what can you do to prevent a warm weather yeast infection? Below are some tips that you can use to keep your vagina healthy and happy this summer:
- Maintain a healthy immune system by fueling your body with good food. Especially, take advantage of local leafy greens and fresh produce and eat good quality protein like fish and eggs.
- Increase good bacteria in the body – eat a variety of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and kefir. Probiotic supplements are also helpful, especially if you have used antibiotics in the past. This will help keep your yeast and bacteria balance in check.
- Opt for fresh summer foods that are lower in sugar than ice cream and other sugary treats – bring fresh, local strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries to summer outings. They are delicious and in season at this time of year. Their lower sugar content is beneficial for yeast balance and their high vitamin C content supports the immune system!
- Avoid tight clothing and wear cotton underwear to allow for airflow. Allowing that area to breath and stay relatively dry is important for yeast infection prevention!
- Always change out of a wet bathing suit. Sitting in a damp bathing suit is a major culprit for increased summer yeast infections. Yeast thrives in this kind of warm damp environment. Bring a towel and a change of clothes to the beach and dry off soon after you get out of the water.
The best prevention for yeast infections is a healthy immune system – and that means making sure you take care of your body every single day. Implement the tips above as well as ensuring good quality sleep and stress management and you’ll be able to stay comfortable all summer long!
By: Ali MacBoudreau
Ali is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant. Her mission is to help you discover just how vibrant and amazing you can feel, by giving you the tools you need to make lasting changes. (Hint, it involves delicious food!) To learn more about Ali and holistic nutrition please visit her website https://www.holisticali.com/about