Do you struggle with recurring vaginal yeast infections? External tools, like antifungals and suppositories might be useful short-term solutions. However, to prevent recurring infections, you have to get to the root of the problem: estrogen dominance.
High levels of estrogen are associated with incidences of vaginal candidiasis. Research shows estrogen supports and sustains vaginal candidiasis, and reduces the ability of epithelial cells to fight candida. Epithelial cells are found in the gut, vagina, skin, urinary tract, etc.
Estrogen dominance also significantly contributes to PCOS and hypothyroidism, which is why women with either diagnosis might struggle with repetitive yeast infections. Too much estrogen relative to progesterone can occur due to poor liver function, poor gut health, poor thyroid function, too much soy products in the diet, and exposure to xenoestrogens in the environment (shampoos, lotions, soaps, pesticides on food).
Here are some tips to start balancing estrogen out:
- Eat enough protein. The liver is the primary organ that converts estrogen into a form that can be excreted from the body. The liver needs protein to function properly! A minimum of 25% of your daily intake should come from protein.
- Address your constipation. If you are not having at least one bowel movement a day, your body is re-absorbing estrogen that it is trying to get rid of through your gut.
- Get your thyroid checked. If you have PCOS, the likelihood of you having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or hypothyroidism is greater than the average person. Thyroid keeps estrogen in check and making sure your thyroid is functioning properly is an important piece of the puzzle.
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