- What is probiotic and what are its benefits?
- What are the different types of probiotic foods?
- What Are the Benefits to Probiotic Vaginal Health?
- Keep your vaginal flora under control
What is probiotic and what are its benefits?
The word “probiotic” itself was born from the union of two Latin words pro and biota, which together mean “for life”; This is an appropriate definition, considering that your body contains a huge amount of microorganisms. This number is thought to be ten times more than your body’s number of cells.
Most of us are aware of the benefits of probiotics in the gut, but now we know that some oral probiotic strains can survive in the gastrointestinal tract and exit the rectum into the vagina.
What are the different types of probiotic foods?
If you’re looking for probiotic foods or foods that help produce beneficial bacteria, you won’t have to look far. Here are some of the best probiotic foods;
- Yogurt: Most yogurts you buy at the supermarket contain probiotics. Read the label and if you see that yogurt contains live cultures, then it means it contains probiotics.
- Sauerkraut and other fermented foods. Fermented foods are high in organic acid that supports the growth of good bacteria.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Pickled hardened olives
- Sourdough bread
- Cottage cheese
What Are the Benefits to Probiotic Vaginal Health?
If you’re wondering how vaginal probiotics can contribute to a healthy vaginal balance; There is a delicate balance between hormones, bacteria and acidity levels within the vaginal ecosystem. Vaginal infections can occur when Lactobacilli, the predominant bacteria in the vagina, is acquired by other bacteria or fungal microorganisms.
Lactobacilli is typically the most common bacteria in the vagina. They produce lactic acid, which prevents the growth of other harmful bacteria. Common predisposing factors that can alter the vaginal flora include:
- Some drugs
- Increased hormone levels
- Weak immune system
- New sexual partners
The healthy vaginal flora dominated by Lactobacilli acts as the first line of defense to prevent infectious agents from causing damage. Probiotics, particularly Lactobacilli in the vagina, are believed to work in the following ways:
- Production of lactic acid that keeps the vaginal environment acidic. The acid environment makes it difficult for ‘bad’ insects to grow.
- Hydrogen peroxide production by Lactobacilli creates a harsh environment for a bad microorganism and reduces the possibility of its development.
- Lactobacilli may prevent other organisms from adhering and adhering to the vaginal wall. It can also compete and replace other microorganisms already attached to the vaginal wall.
- Probiotics are also thought to stimulate the immune system and activate cells to kill bad microorganisms.
Keep your vaginal flora under control
Here are some ways to prevent vaginal infection and promote healthy vaginal flora:
- Choose underwear made of natural fibers that can breathe. This helps prevent the fungus from growing.
- Avoid perfumed products such as feminine deodorant sprays, soap, and toilet paper as they can alter the flora in the vagina.
- When going to the toilet, wipe from front to back as this may help prevent micro-organisms from spreading from the anus.