When most of us think about yeast, we think about the process of creating bread or maybe even beer. The fact the matter is, yeast is present in the world around us and it is also present in our body at all times. It is thought that, in a healthy individual, about 50% of the time they are carrying some yeast spores with them. For the most part, the yeast is kept in check by healthy bacteria that exist in the body. Whenever the body gets out of balance, however, the yeast becomes an unfriendly invader and it grows to the point where infection occurs.
One of the main problems with people having yeast infections is the fact that they try to cure them with a pharmaceutical cream. At one time, you needed a prescription in order to use these creams but now, they are available over the counter at the local drugstore. These pharmaceutical cures do not cure you at all, they simply reduce the amount of yeast that is in your body to acceptable levels. What they leave behind, however, is a stronger strain of yeast spores that eventually grow into another infection which is more difficult to remove.
If you have a problem with recurring yeast infections because of this scenario, you should try using a natural food in order to cure the problem. Believe it or not, yogurt is able to cure the problem and it is not always necessary for you to eat it in order for you to receive the benefits. As a matter of fact, it is better for you to apply the yogurt directly to the area which contains a yeast infection if it is currently active.
Make sure that you are using an all-natural yogurt, not one that is full of preservatives and sugar. If possible, grow your own cultures as this will provide you with the most benefit. In the case of the vaginal yeast infection, you can spread a little bit of the yogurt on the area but it may also be beneficial if you dip a tampon directly into the yogurt and insert it for about 20 minutes. Be careful not to leave the yogurt on for too long or it may actually become an irritant. This will provide you with almost immediate relief and will bring your body back into a balance where it can naturally fight the yeast that has invaded it.