Maintaining a healthy vagina is extremely important because any vaginal problem can be both uncomfortable and painful. In addition, even minor annoyances can leave permanent consequences for women, such as infertility or even malignant diseases.
Normally, it is a disturbed vaginal microflora that accounts for the appearance of various infections and diseases. In fact, the vaginal microflora is sterile at birth, but as the child grows, it becomes populated with various bacteria, including staphylococcus, streptococcus, E. coli and lactobacilli. All these tiny microbes living in a slightly acidic environment in symbiosis with each other. However, the immune system plays a crucial role in maintaining these microbes under control. As soon as the immune system weakens a woman, her vagina becomes a favorable environment for the proliferation of “bad” or pathogenic bacteria and fungi such as Candida.
There are numerous factors that contribute to weakened immunity including antibiotics, pregnancy, unprotected sex, menstruation, menopause, shampoos laden with harsh chemicals for intimate hygiene, and stress.
Furthermore, lactobacilli are the “good” bacteria that keep their healthy vaginal microflora and prevent the proliferation of unhealthy microorganisms. A vaginal microflora misbalanced will result in vaginal discharge, itching and irritation and unpleasant smell.
In the first signs of this, you should visit their gynecologists immediately to determine the just causes of infection.
The next thing to do is make the necessary changes in your diet, especially, increase the intake of fermented dairy products, probiotics and prebiotics. But do you know the difference between probiotics and prebiotics? Unlike probiotics, prebiotics are not living organisms, but digestible nutrients such as inulin, cellulose, oligofructose, and fructooligosaccharides, prebiotics and probiotics is fed. Prebiotics are actually added to fermented milk products to improve the survival of probiotics. Such food is also suitable for diabetics because they have a zero glycemic index, which does not stimulate insulin secretion. They also contribute to improving the intestinal microflora and vaginal and lower bad cholesterol.
Probiotics, however, are actually organizations that have positive effects on health when ingested living. It is probiotic yogurts containing high concentrations of probiotic bacteria, especially bifidobacteria, acidophilus bacteria LGG bacteria. These products also contain other important nutrients such as B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin K, calcium, enzymes and proteins.
Therefore, for optimum vaginal health, adhere to one based on fermented products diet including acidophilus, yogurt and kefir, then whole grains, fresh vegetables and, of course, fish.