The vaginal microbiota and pH has a lot to do with improving your vaginal ecosystem. This system is dominated by D-lactate-producing lactobacilli species. An unhealthy pH, that is one that has a pH >4.5, is a clear indication of a problematic ecosystem (in pre-menopausal women).
This is associated with poorer fertility and birth outcomes, an increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases, recurrent urinary tract infections, as well as increased HPV infection rates.
You can check the colour of your vaginal discharge to see what this suggests in terms of your health
Symptoms of vaginal dysbiosis:
- Grey, white or green vaginal discharge
Peculiar consistency of vaginal fluid
Unpleasant vaginal odour
Vaginal itching and/or burning
Burning during urination
Frequent urinary tract infections
So what can you do:
- Improve your diet to good whole foods
- Increase fermented foods such as apple cider vinegar with mother, fermented veg, sauerkraut, kefir, kvass etc
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid harsh soaps and douching
- Change tampons regularly
- Avoid feminine hygiene products
Treatments (supervision required):
- Boric Acid -insert vaginally
- Probiotics – Lactobacillus acidophilus LA5 strain, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GR1 & 66, Lactobacillius fermentum RC, Lactobacillus acidophilus NAS
- Green tea
- Pomegranate husk
- Vitamin C
- Olive oil
- Rosemary essential oil
ND, BNat (Hons), PhD, FNHAA, MASN, FACN
Chief Research Officer
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What to Put on Your Plate?
The healthy balanced meal formula designed for menopausal & perimenopausal women