Probiotics Make Us Happy & Balance Vagina Floura
Can Probiotics Help With Fertility?
We as Westerners have gotten past the taste of Kombucha (it grows on you, yes?), eat a crap ton of yogurt, and like our wheat sprouted, thank you very much. If it's touted as "live" then we're so there. And the enzymes behind the craze are pretty marvelous- Probiotics - little guys that like cleaning up the mess inside us just as much as we like eating them. A match made in heaven if you ask me.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Probiotics monitor bacterial and pH balance which are important in both your gut and your vagina. So, yes! Probiotics make our list of The Absolute Best Ways to Optimize Your Fertility and have been shown to help with infertility. Good for everything from gut health to mood, due to the fact that there is more serotonin in the gut than the brain. Not a lot of people know this! The modern lady knows this, however: serotonin balance = happy days, and don't we all wish for more of those?
Mo has discovered a few incredible studies that found a probiotic strain, Lactobacillus Crispatus, specific to keeping the vagina biome balanced, particularly helpful in fending off recurrent bacterial vaginosis infections (the imbalance you get when you smell like a Tokyo fish market, particularly after sex when the semen exacerbates the pH imbalance). This probiotic strain, Lactobacillus Crispatus, is primarily available in Europe. Mo looked everywhere to find it, gave up, then Jeiran saved us and found Physioflor. We’ll keep it in stock for our next marathon rounds of TTC sex.
THE NITTY GRITTY
Citations & more info on this particular strain:
Lactobacillus crispatus is a common, rod-shaped species of genus Lactobacillus and is a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) producing beneficial microbiota species located in both the vagina, through vaginal discharge, and the vertebrate gastrointestinal. The strain CTV-05 is used as a probiotic that can be used by premenopausal and postmenopausal women that experience recurrent urinary tract infections. It is being evaluated specifically for the prevention and treatment of bacterial vaginosis, which is characterized by the absence of lactobacillus flora, also known as Lactobacillus acidophilus; which plays a large role in protecting the host from infection.*
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Photo Credit: http://www.lifewithcats.tv/2011/12/27/2-tips-to-have-a-happy-cat/