Vaginal Yeast Infections - What are the Causes?

Vaginal yeast infections are hard to predict because they're caused by a myriad of different things. They can make you irritable, depressed, and drive you crazy! (Yes, I’ve had them...)

The good news is that they don’t last forever! The bad news is that they can make you crabby as all get out when you have one!



Yeast infections affect about 75 percent of women in their lifetime. Almost half of all women have had two or more yeast infections at some time. They are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus called Candida or Monilia. Yeast normally lives in the vagina in small amounts, but when there is a pH imbalance in the uterine walls, yeast grows rapidly and causes an eruption.

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The Causes of Vaginal Yeast Infections



Many people believe that a yeast infection is caused by an infection in the body. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is that infection and bacteria have nothing to do with causing it. It results primarily from an imbalance in the body’s pH. Maybe they should be called a yeast pH imbalance instead!

Your body always prefers being alkaline! However, most foods consumed in the Standard American Diet are highly acidic. Over time, the acidity builds up and you end up with a yeast infection. In this way, a yeast infection is your body’s way of telling you to back off the acid food and drink and make me more alkaline!

It may be comforting to know that vaginal yeast infections are very common. Usually, a woman can tell if a yeast infection is coming on. Its that icky, itchy feeling you get internally that makes you aware of the onset. Therefore, the most common symptom you may recognize is extreme itchiness in and around the vagina. Other symptoms include:

  • Bloating

  • Irritability

  • Burning, redness, and swelling of the vagina and the area around it.

  • Small rash-like red bumps surrounding the vulva.

  • Pain when urinating.

  • Pain or discomfort during sex.

  • A thick, white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese but does not have a bad smell.

    You may only have a few of these symptoms and they may be very mild to extremely severe.

    Many things can change the acidity of the vagina and boost your chances of a vaginal yeast infection. Some of the causes of yeast infections are:

  • stress

  • lack of sleep

  • sickness

  • poor diet

  • high intake of sugary foods or drinks

  • excessive alcohol or tobacco

  • wearing tight clothes

  • wet clothes worn over a long period of time

  • bad toilet habits (wiping back to front)

  • pregnancy

  • periods

  • birth control pills

  • antibiotics

  • steroids

  • HIV

  • poorly controlled diabetes

    Yeast infections however, are most often caused by an overabundance of the consumption of acid forming products.

    If you eat a lot of pre-packaqed foods, your body will rebel against you. Use these pages to help you find out if you're eating the wrong stuff:

    The pH of Foods You Consume and Its Importance

    Acid and Alkaline Forming Foods and Your Health

    The Acid Alkaline Food Chart

    In the short term, there are a few remedies that can help. Find them on the next page!



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    Yeast Infection Remedies - For Women Only!

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    Boosting Immunity – Healthy Foods that Keep You Well

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    Non GMO Foods Versus GMO Foods – Facts, Pros and Cons

    How to Decrease Inflammation to Improve Your Health

    The Benefits of Phytonutrients for Health and Aging

    Eating a Balanced Diet Decreases Weight and Increases Energy



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