If you’re female – and I imagine you would be if you’re reading this article – chances are you have experienced a vaginal infection at some point in your life. If you haven’t yet, there’s statistically a 75% chance that you will in the future.
Sounds grim, right?
Not if you know how to treat and prevent them!
The vaginal ecosystem is complex and sensitive. Without proper care and maintenance, it is common for women to experience vaginal infections. These infections, including yeast and perpetual bacterial vaginosis (BV), can be even more prevalent during childbearing years, leading to discomfort, irritation, and even confusion. Although, often in cases of BV, symptoms can be so minor that you might not even realize you have infection.
Women who suffer from vaginal infections are often prescribed antibiotics, which sadly cause more harm than good. This is due to the fact that imbalances in the vagina are almost always caused by a lack of available “good” bacteria, which antibiotics kill off right along with the “bad” bacteria, thus increasing the chances for recurring infections.
Thankfully, this does not have to be the case for you. During and after my first pregnancy, I struggled for years with BV and yeast infections, but today I'm clean and clear and excited to share that there's hope for you too. In fact, you can begin taking measures right away to ensure fast and long-lasting vaginal wellness the natural way!
Here are three simple – but highly effective – steps to achieving ultimate vaginal health…
1. Kill the bad.
The vagina naturally has a large population of bacteria. The problem is, many times the bad outnumbers the good and, when the bad wins, infection brews! Itchiness, foul odor, and grey/white discharge are clear signs that your vagina needs help fighting of the “bad guys” so to speak.
The easiest way to get rid of bad bacteria in the vagina is through remedies that act as natural antibacterial agents. Our tea tree essential oil suppositories are designed to accomplish just this, utilizing clinically proven, therapeutic tea tree essential oil and organic coconut oil. They're fast-acting and oh-so-soothing, and you can even try a sample to test it out for yourself!
You can also help to rid your entire body of harmful bacteria by taking oregano oil supplements (nature’s powerful antibiotics) and by drinking 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with the mother to 1 cup of water daily. Add a little raw honey for taste and added antibacterial benefits, and you’re well on your way to killing the harmful bacteria in your body and effectively boosting your immune system!
Now, while the goal is to kill the "bad bacteria," we can’t just stop there if we want to keep infections away for good. For ultimate vaginal wellness, you'll also want to increase the number of “good guys” for preventative measures and to help create a better vaginal ecosystem.
2. Replenish the good.
Of course, the next and very vital step is to help build up and promote continual flourishing of good bacteria. How can we do this? Through heaven-sent probiotics!
Probiotics can help supplement the right combination of bacterial strains to help build up beneficial bacteria and encourage it to flourish and dominate.
The word “probiotic” actually means “for life.” It is indeed for life because it promotes a healthy environment in which healthy flora is boosted and the body’s natural functions are encouraged.
Essentially, probiotics target the gut first. The gut is the “second brain” of our body, holding the key to overall health by having the ability to store or flush out toxins. Probiotics are also crucial for excellent digestion of food and absorption of nutrients, and as a result, they aid in the elimination of toxins.
The benefits of probiotics permeate throughout the body, contributing to overall well-being, vaginal health being just one amazing advantage.
Needless to say, go get yourself a good, life-giving probiotic supplement and/or try to add more probiotic and prebiotic foods to your diet!
3. Feed the good and not the bad.
So now we’ve gone over killing the bad and promoting the good, but what next? We need to keep up this positive balance so that we don’t succumb to infections or discomfort again anytime soon. We must learn to feed the good!
Let’s start with the kinds of foods that feed the harmful bacteria…
Most of us know that eating sugar and carbs can have a serious impact on insulin resistance, causing diabetes and obesity, but even more so, sugar has a huge impact on bacteria in your system! Yes, ma’am, that bread and pasta is actually nourishing the bad or pathogenic bacteria yeast and fungi in your body. Bad bacteria feeds on sugar. No, thank you!
We should be consuming a lot of fresh veggies, lean/high protein meats, fermented foods, nuts… Oh, and lots of berries which are filled with antioxidants! Yum.
Along with all this, we need to be sure to exercise our bodies throughout the week and down the water. At the end of the day, taking care of your body and aiming for overall health, will be the key to achieving vaginal health.
Well, there you have it. Three simple steps to vaginal wellness. It’s important to note that every woman’s body needs each of these things in order to function at an optimal level. It doesn’t have to be hard. It just has to be a conscious effort and, pretty soon, you will have these healthy habits down and you’ll be seeing huge improvements in your vaginal ecosystem, helping you feel confident, comfortable, and clean and stay that way!