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Old 12-05-2000, 04:57 PM   #1
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Eating yogurt to help prevent vaginal infections

What kind of yogurt is the best? I heard that women should eat yogurt every day because the bacteria in it helps prevent vaginal infections. I bought some yogurt and on the container it says there is active bacterial culture, "bifidus" (which is a lactic culture). It doesn't say anything about "acidophillus". Is lactic culture another name for lactobacillus? Someone please help me. Thank you.

 
Old 12-06-2000, 02:04 PM   #2
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Re: Eating yogurt to help prevent vaginal infections

I used to get frequent yeast infections, and found out there was this disorder called Candida. It is an overgrowth of yeast (fungus) in the body. Basically the "friendly" bacteria in my body were suffering from things I was doing (ie] taking anti-biotics, birth-control pill, eating habits - excess sugar, breads, yeasts). The acidophillus and bifidus are "friendly" stomach bacteria (or they help to restore them). The best kind of yogurt to take in this case is plain yogurt. It doesn't matter what brand, it just matters that it is not flavored and not sweetened. All the ingredients should say is yogurt and bacteria. If you don't like the flavor of plain yogurt, try squeezing 1/4 to 1/2 a lemon or lime into it, and sweeten it with a Saccharine tablet - crushed (not aspertame, as that is just as bad a sugar - if not worse). Saccharine is a natural substance like sugar, but does not kill "friendly" bacteria or promote yeast growth. Good luck. If you want more information do some research on "Candida". There is some great info out there... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

 
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Old 12-07-2000, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: Eating yogurt to help prevent vaginal infections

plain yogurt should do it (some call it "bio" and stuff).
as for the taste - i eat the yogurt every morning with my cereals. my husband eats it with a little honey.

 
Old 12-07-2000, 12:50 PM   #4
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Re: Eating yogurt to help prevent vaginal infections

You can also buy acidophillus in tablet or powder form. I find the powder helps move things through the colon better than the tablets.

Jester: I've read a couple of things about antibiotics and birth control pills causing yeast problems before. Do you know of any research/sites that have more info on this? Just found out I'm hypoglycemic, so I now avoid sugars and white flour. This has helped clear up some problems, but am still experiencing digestive discomfort. Was wondering if BC pills and various antibiotics I've had to take have caused problems.

 
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Re: Eating yogurt to help prevent vaginal infections

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kdoubleu:
<B>Jester: I've read a couple of things about antibiotics and birth control pills causing yeast problems before. Do you know of any research/sites that have more info on this? Just found out I'm hypoglycemic, so I now avoid sugars and white flour. This has helped clear up some problems, but am still experiencing digestive discomfort. Was wondering if BC pills and various antibiotics I've had to take have caused problems.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hmmm... I would do a search on any search engine with the words Candida, Yeast and/or Candidasis. You will find a lot of sites that are business sites, so I cannot state them here. But you can get a lot of great information from them. I have this great book called "Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook", written by Jeanne Marie Martin and Zoltan Rona M.D. This book is great. It has recipes for good food, without the starches, the sugars that were causing my problems. There is also a lot of information on typical causes, a questionnare to determine if you actually have Candida. How to get it checked out.

Ever since I have read this book I have frowned upon people taking the BC pill, as well as I take anti-biotics only when absolutely necessary. You will find in your research that Candida is more common than recognized. Most people have no idea what is wrong with them, or even that there is something wrong at all. My mother told me about this book, and I read a bit of hers and decided to buy it. The one thing that go me was that it alters your mood. I was a very angry person, and depressed, and at times happy. But the mood swings were odd. I thought it just had to do with psychological things going on. But once I got on this diet I noticed that I was getting more pleasant, with way less mood swings. I really suggest that you read this book and if you can't try looking for info on the internet. Good luck in your travels. Let me know if there is any information you can't find. I can look it up in my book. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/tongue.gif"><p>[This message has been edited by Jester (edited 12-08-2000).]

 
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Re: Eating yogurt to help prevent vaginal infections

I was having chronic yeast infections for about 5 months, off and on. The meds my gyn was prescribing were working to kill the yeast, but all of the medication I was taking was just killing off everything in my uterus...so the yeast kept coming back. It just would not die. My gyn had been recommending taking active culture pills, and eating yogurt. It worked (and still does) like a charm.

The things you want to look for in yogurt are active cultures, the more varieties in one yogurt the better. In pill form, you look for acidophillus, bulgaricus and bifidum (or bifudous) strains. The pills are rather expensive (if you can find one with all three, it's about 35 bucks for a month worth), but they bring your body back into balance really quickly, along with daily servings of yogurt. After that, yogurt alone keeps me balanced.

 
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Re: Eating yogurt to help prevent vaginal infections

If you are getting reoccuring infections try a yeast free diet. This is not a weight loss typ diet but a eating regiem. Don't stay on ot for more than three months at a time though other wise it will have a negative effect rather than positive.

 
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