I felt I need to elaborate more on my reasoning. My understanding is if you get your gut healthy than whatever is living in the gut then innoculates the vagina.
Exactly. The vaginal flora comes from the skin, which the skin of the perianal area is primarily colonated with fecal bacteria.
However, it is clear to me that I have mycelial (ie hyphal) candida. When left untreated I only ever get very mild vaginal yeast infections week 3 of my cycle which actually itches more just before my period when it naturally dies off. If I use antifungals (even when I don't have a yeast infection) I get severe itching, redness, swelling and cracks in the skin (joy!). Doesn't matter what antifungal it is (natural, medical), it always happens.
It is the acidity produced by the Lactobacillus bacteria that keep the Candida in a yeast form rather than a hyphal (fungal) form. Here are a few more detailed posts I did on the subject:
I guess what it comes down to is, is kefir good enough to eventually bring the candida back from its mycelial state (apparently this is what sf722 does)
Yes, kefir and other cultured foods help to restore the acidity of the tissues where Candida resides keeping the Candida from overgrowing and keeps the Candida in a more benign yeast form instead of the aggressive hyphal (fungal) form.
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