Yeasts are members of the fungal kingdom and constitute 1% of all described fungal species. So we can call them fungi. The first yeast originated millions of years ago, and till now 1,500 species have been identified. Yeast comes under eukaryotic cells. Usually, Yeasts are single-celled microorganisms. They are evolved from multicellular species that is why some species of yeasts have the capability to develop multicellular characteristics by forming strings of connected budding cells known as pseudohyphae (false hyphae). Hyphae are the main mode of vegetative growth and are collectively called a mycelium. In biology vegetative means reproduction or propagation achieved by asexual means, either naturally or artificially. Most of us know that yeasts are very helpful microorganisms, especially in baking, wine making, and brewing etc. Although they are a friend of humans, they are also showing the symptoms of an enemy and causing a lot of infections in the human beings like yeast infections. There are various methods to control these yeast infections and garlic is one of them. Let us have an overview, firstly of yeast infection and then garlic.
This infection has several names such as vaginal yeast infection, vaginal Candidiasis or Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC).Yeast is a fungus that lives in the vagina in a small number. Whenever there is an increment in this number, a vaginal yeast infection appears. Although yeast infections can bother a lot, they are not usually serious and treatment is simple. A yeast species Candida is mainly responsible for this infection. There are also other species of yeast which are also responsible for this infection but candida is more likely to give this infection. These infections are very common in women. Women are more prone to this infection than men. Women vagina has a balance of yeasts and bacteria. The bacteria known as Lactobacillus maintain this balance by creating an environment that does not encourage yeast overgrowth. Sometimes this balance fluctuates from its normal level as result yeast can grow too much and cause symptoms. If yeast becomes dominant, symptoms of a yeast infection may emerge.
Yeast infection is not a sexually transmitted disease. It spreads when there is a contact between oral and genital parts. Other ways which cause this infection are the use of corticosteroids, use of hormonal contraceptives or contraceptive devices, health problems like diabetes or HIV infection, and being immune compromised. Taking antibiotics also sometimes causes this imbalance. The high estrogen levels caused by pregnancy or hormone therapy can also cause it. Douching or washing can contribute to this yeast infection. Poor diet and lack of sleep may also increase this vaginal infection risk. A woman gets at least four infections in one year. One more thing that is associated with this infection is that this infection is more common in those women who are sexually active.
Yeast infection includes the symptoms which are inflammation, irritation, itching in the vagina, and vaginal discharge etc.
Garlic has a scientific name Allium sativum and it is a species of the onion genus. We are using garlic as a food flavoring and a traditional medicine. Cloves of Garlic are used all over the world and their production is very easy. This production may be sexually or asexually. Mostly it is produced by asexually means. Garlic can kill the yeast that is why garlic is not added to the dough by the person who bakes bread.
How garlic is helpful:
Garlic has the antibacterial and antifungal property. The antifungal property of the garlic fights with the yeast which is also a fungus and inhibit its excessive growth. The antibacterial property of garlic helps to control the activity of Lactobacillus over yeast. In this way, it is helpful in curing yeast infection
How to use:
Those women who are affected by yeast vaginal infection can treat themselves by putting one or two pieces in the vagina. If this infection is severe, they may put less than five pieces of garlic in the vagina. They should try it at bedtime while sleeping. It will work a lot. If they are using garlic which has several cuts, it will work amazingly.
This is all about how garlic is beneficial to avoid the yeast infection. We saw that use of garlic is quite easy. There are also several other ways by which women can easily inhibit the yeast infections and its growth. They should avoid douching, feminine deodorant or deodorant pads or tampons, tight underwear and pantyhose, hot tubs and hot baths. They can wear underwear made from cotton or other natural fibers, wear loose fitting pants or skirts, wash underwear at a high temperature, and promptly change wet clothing, for example, bathing suits. They should eat a healthy, varied diet. These steps will help a lot.