Thrush, also known as Candida, can be uncomfortable, irritating and inconvenient, and it is actually something that can affect most women at some point, so I worked with our Nourished Life Naturopath Mel to put together this guide to soothing Thrush naturally.
If you have ever experienced Thrush 'down there', I am sure you will know how awful and uncomfortable it can be! Thrush is actually a very common complaint among women, with symptoms often affecting your daily life and activities. While it is not known to cause any long-term issues, Thrush should be treated so that you can get back to your everyday routine. As recommended by our Nourished Life Naturopath Mel, natural health supplements designed to target the symptoms of Thrush as well as digestive supplements can help target imbalances causing the problem. For more advice on treating Thrush, please speak to your health care professional or contact our Nourished Life Naturopath, Melanie Ruckley, via email at - .
What is Thrush?
Thrush, also known as Candida or a yeast infection, is caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans Yeast, found naturally in both the gut and the vagina. If this Yeast is thrown off balance by an increase, symptoms of Thrush such as itching, burning, stinging, discharge or redness can develop. This overgrowth can be caused by factors such as oral contraceptive use, diabetes, pregnancy, iron deficiency and other health changes. With so many factors involved, what causes thrush for you may be difficult to identify. Around 75% of women will actually experience thrush during their lifetime, making it a very common issue.1 According to Mel, oral Thrush is also a common issue and can be fed by sugar. However, unlike 'down there', Thrush in the mouth may not always have obvious symptoms.
Natural remedies for Thrush
With so many causes, knowing how to treat Thrush involves a careful regime to reduce the amount of Candida. According to Mel, there are natural products developed for Thrush designed to target the symptoms while digestive support supplements can also be used to restore balance to the Yeast found in the gut. Achieving a good balance of bacteria in both the gut and the vagina can help to treat an existing overgrowth as well as help reduce future flare-ups. Good hygiene and avoiding perfumed soaps and menstrual products can also be important in treating Thrush naturally, and reducing further flare ups.
How to treat Thrush naturally
Herbs of Gold Candida Relief
With South American Pau D'arco Inner Stem Bark, the Herbs of Gold Candida Relief is designed to to help in the maintenance of general well-being. A traditional herbal remedy, Pau D'arco Inner Stem Bark is known for its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, working to treat the symptoms of Candida overgrowth and Thrush. Free from dairy, soy, yeast and other allergens, these Australian made tablets can be taken twice daily with food.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. For use by adults only.
PPC Herbs Canda Plex
If you prefer a liquid supplement, try the PPC Herbs Canda Plex, which contains a herbal blend of Pau D'arco, Echinacea and St Marys Thistle. Traditionally used in South American medicine for its powerful anti-microbial and anti-fungal action, Pau D'Arco assists with yeast and fungal infections, as well as assisting the body's natural ability to resist fungal infection and restore balance. Ideal taken alone or diluted in water or juice, it can also help to relieve digestive troubles such as bloating and gas.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. For use by adults only. Contains homeopathic ingredients without approved therapeutic indications. Not recommended for use by pregnant and lactating women.
Supplements for overall gut health
Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder
Helping work with your digestive system, the Supercharged Food Love Your Gut Powder is made of Diatomaceous Earth, also known as Fossil Shell Flour. The tiny, honeycomb-like particles move through the gut. Take one tablespoon daily, diluted in water, juice, smoothies or yoghurt.
Ethical Nutrients Inner Health On The Go
Formulated to be shelf-stable, without the need for refrigeration, the Ethical Nutrients Inner Health On The Go capsules contain live probiotics to support healthy intestinal microbiological (flora) balance and assist in the maintenance of general health and wellbeing. Take one capsule daily or as directed by your health care professional.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner.
Amazonia Raw Pre-Probiotic
With billions of prebiotic and probiotics in each tub, the Amazonia Raw Pre-Probiotic is a powder supplement which aims to help maintain good digestion and rebalance gut candida flora in a simple daily smoothie. Made with natural wholefoods including Brown Rice, Flaxseed and Quinoa, this certified organic, vegan and gluten free powder can be mixed into almond milk or smoothies, with a light and fresh flavour from Vanilla and Berry.
Natural feminine wash
Juniper Calming Face & Body Wash
Non-allergenic and non-sensitising, the Juniper Calming Face & Body Wash is ideal for all-over body cleansing, and can help to rebalance pH levels which may have been disturbed by the use of perfumed soaps. Calming and hydrating, this gentle, creamy formula can be used as a feminine wash to help with dry, itchy and inflamed skin.
Source: 1 Better Health.