Loving Your Ladybits. We’re about a month away from Valentine’s Day when romance hopefully is in the air, but who wants to go upstairs and have fun when you have an embarrassing, not to mention painful, problem downstairs… I’m talking about a urinary tract infection (UTI) like cystitis and embarrassing itchy vaginal thrush.
I talk a lot about dysbiotic intestines, where an imbalance in the gut bacteria can cause IBS, but did you know that you can also have a dysbiotic bladder and a dysbiotic vagina, where there is an imbalance in the bacteria in the bladder and the vagina, causing inflammation and pain, not to mention increasing your risk of developing sepsis with a UTI infection.
Older women that suffer with regular UTIs are more at risk of developing sepsis after a UTI. In fact older women are more prone to UTIs due to hormonal changes causing the lining of the bladder and vagina to thin, making them more susceptible to infections. Unless you put back what is missing in your bladder and vagina, you will always periodically suffer with recurring UTIs and thrush, usually caused by antibiotics in the first place. It’s very important to take antibiotics when there is a UTI, especially as the last thing you want is the infection getting into the kidneys. I just wish our Doctors would advise their patients to take a course of Live Bacteria probiotics following a course of antibiotics, to help replenish levels of friendly bacteria killed off by the antibiotic! How on earth is that crucial lactobacillus friendly bacteria that has been decimated by the antibiotic is going to come back, by waving a magic wand. NO! – we need to put that good bacteria back into our bodies in the form of an appropriate probiotic, either fermented foods like kefir and sauerkraut, but in my opinion, it needs to be a multi-species probiotic, with different species of lactobacilli bacteria. It is so short-sighted not to consider re-colonising the gut, urinary system and vagina with probiotics, after antibiotic therapy.
One of my missions, since developing Just For Tummies, is to educate more women about the importance of probiotic therapy, after taking antibiotics. We need this coating of friendly bacteria, to prevent any opportunistic (usually e-coli) bacteria from attaching itself to the bladder wall, and causing a UTI. Probiotic bacteria reduce this risk, by creating a barrier in the bladder, making it more difficult for the e-coli to find attachment points.
I developed my For Women probiotic capsules to help the thousands of women whom I believe are suffering needlessly with one UTI after another. Each capsule contains 3 billion units of friendly bacteria, including lactobacilli reuteri, proven to reduce UTIs and thrush. I’ve put extra Vitamin C into these capsules to support the immune system. Failure to recolonise the urinary system and vagina with friendly bacteria will result in continuous UTIs and thrush.
I’ve teamed my For Women probiotic capsules with a pot of my aged-high-strength Garlic tablets, as garlic has been used for decades as a traditional natural antifungal and antibiotic. I’ve called this product my Women’s Health Duo. It’s a 30-day plan where you take two probiotic capsules daily before breakfast and two garlic tablets daily with meals to help keep UTIs and thrush at bay and your ladybits healthy.
Here’s a few more tips to keep your ladybits healthy:
- Drink a minimum of two litres of water daily
- Wipe from front to back after visiting the loo
- Empty the bladder after sexual intercourse
- Wash ‘down below’ after sexual intercourse
- Follow a low sugar diet (e.coli and candida have been found to love sugar)
- Cut back on or eliminate alcohol and fizzy drinks (both high in sugar)
- Use soaps and shower gels that contain natural ingredients
- Use unbleached toilet paper, natural tampons and sanitary products