Urinary and Vaginal Infections

February 26, 2016

Varying from an irritating minor annoyance to a more serious long-term problem, urinary-tract and vaginal infections are among the most common ailments affecting women.  There is plenty you can do to compliment any treatment prescribed by your doctor, ensure a rapid recovery and prevent a recurrence.

  • See your doctor If you suspect a urinary-tract infection, see your doctor.  Untreated infections can spread further up the urinary tract to the kidneys, leading to a more serious problem.  If an infection is confirmed, you’ll probably be given antibiotics, which usually produce rapid and effective relief.

 

  • Flush out the problem Increasing your fluid intake dilutes urine and helps to flush out bacteria.  Aim to drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day.

 

  • Urinate after sex In women especially, bacteria may enter the urethra during sex.  Passing urine immediately afterwards helps to flush them out.  Some women find that using a diaphragm or spermicidal gel promotes infection.  If so, it may help to change your method of contraception.  Unlubricated condoms or those impregnated with a spermicide can also cause problems – use the lubricated type wi

December 9, 2015

You might be wondering: What on earth is candida?

An imbalance in your gut flora can lead to an overgrowth of a yeast called candida (Candida albicans), a type of fungus that lives naturally within the human body and aids digestion and nutrient absorption.  When your candida levels are out of balance, the organism is kept in check by your good bacteria.  If your microflora is imbalanced, however, candida can becore destructive, breaking down the wall of the intestine and penetrating into the bloodstream, thereby releasing toxic by-products into your body that can cause a raft of debilitating symptoms. If you have an autoimmune problem there’s a good chance you have an imbalance in your gut microflora and an overgrowth of yeast in your body.  

Ten Common Candida Symptoms

  1. Chronic fatigue, lethargy, brain fog
  2. Muscle and joint pain and fibromyalgia
  3. Skin and nail fungal infections, athlete’s foot or toenail fungus
  4. Oral and vaginal thrush, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  5. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and digestive disturbances, such as bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhoea, and new sensitivities to foods eaten regularly
  6. Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma and multiple scleros