Within the vagina lies a colony of microbial species there to protect the health of the vaginal tract from non-sexually transmitted diseases such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), urinary tract infections (UTIs) and vaginal candidas (Thrush). These commonly non-sexually transmitted infections, although embarrassing, can affect up to one billion women worldwide. Recurring outbreaks is likely to a disruption to the tract, causing symptoms of unsightly and off-smelling discharge, burning on urinary, acute labial itch, burning and inflammation. Studies have also shown links between the drop of oestrogen one week before menstruation and symptoms of vaginal cadidas, such as itch, inflammation and unpleasant discharge.
Sometimes, despite all we do to keep good hygiene practices, a bout of thrush will still invade. And while maintaining good hygiene is important, keeping a diet enriched with foods containing probiotics is vital for a happy urogential tract.
Probiotics are friendly micro-organisms living in our gastrointestinal tract, and in charge of fighting off digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and yeast infections. A diet lacking in the harmonious balance of both good and bad organisms can send our bodies completely out of whack, leading to symptoms like mood changes, bloating, skin changes, constipation and diarrhoea. Not the mention the recurrence of non-sexually transmitted diseases. Antibiotics, birth control and spermicide are also known to wreck havoc on our gastrointestinal tract.
Probiotic enriched foods are unsurprisingly less appetising and a little trickier to find when you’re starting out. (Also, be prepared to break the bank at the check-out!) Foods such as natural yoghurt, spirulina, chorella, sauerkraut, miso soup, kimchi and tempeh will leave your insides singing and your outside glowing! Powdered spirulina and chorella can be found at most health food stores and make a great addition to a green smoothie. Oats and berries topped will a dollop of Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of honey is yummy probiotic breakfast option, complete with a boost of vitamins and antioxidants. If green smoothies just aren’t your thing, and dairy doesn’t quite sit right, probiotics can also be supplemented in a liquid, powder and tablet form.