I could not talk about yogurt and its probiotic medicinal properties without talking about “her.” You know, the girl downstairs some of you all are ashamed to talk about, or embarrassed to look at (Lol!) Trust me, she is a beautiful part of God’s creation, and I love how the Songs of Solomon in the bible refer to “her” as a garden. So for the sake of remaining tasteful, I will refer to “her” as your “garden.” I am not ashamed of my femininity, love and celebrate my sexuality, and am very candid with my two daughters about all things “garden,” so since this is my blog, I will talk to you as if I were having a conversation with them.
Now the grounds of the “garden” must be maintained, and the ecosystem kept in balance, so cut the grass, trim the bushes, water the flowers…by all means take care of her. She is your best girly friend, and your husband’s favorite “playground,” so be good to her. Neglect her, and she will tell on you! (Lol!) Your feminine health along with your sexual health matters. I don’t know about you, but I plan to keep the “park” open infinitely, so doing a little maintenance everyday is part of the investment. Which brings me to why I love yogurt…
Yogurt with live lactobacillus cultures has the same microflora as your “garden” (vagina for those that caught on late), Lol!. Any time there is an imbalance in the flora (healthy ecosystem, with good and bad germs in proper balance), it will manifest itself in uncomfortable symptoms that we refer to as a yeast or bacterial infection. In essence it really is not an “infection,” because we all have yeast in our bodies (men too), but it is when the overgrowth of these organisms take over (due to stress, illness, antibiotic use, diabetes, high sugar diet, hormonal shifts as we approach perimenopause, or even sex) that the delicate balance is disrupted. Click the link at the end of the blog to read more on this. The easiest and cheapest way I have found to help bring things back in balance is yogurt. Most physicians recommend consuming a cup of yogurt a day for health benefits to the colon, vaginal, and urogenital tract – “A cup a day keeps things going the right way!” I highly recommend organic yogurt, as it is free of antibiotics, hormones, or added preservatives and fillers. Both Stoneyfield and Horizon are great organic brands.
For times when you need a more focused treatment, you can use plain, unsweetened yogurt, and insert it intravaginally in douche form with purified water, or with a tampon dipped in yogurt. And please ladies, no double-dipping! Make sure you either buy a small individual container of yogurt to use for treatment purposes, or scoop you out some in a sterile paper cup to use and throw away afterwards. The yogurt will help to soothe the delicate tissues and restore the normal pH in the vagina, which in turn will ward off infection. Because this is an all natural remedy, you may have to do it consecutively for several days, preferably nightly. I like yogurt because it gets to the root of the problem, naturally colonizing the garden to its normal flora and pH, which is the goal. Aside from what the article shares below on the link, let me share my All-Star team that I swear by. I am blessed to enjoy a healthy garden, and have done so for years, because of these 🙂
1. Femdophilus. I absolutely swear by this product! Look in my fridge, and you will see this on the door, right beside my yogurt. This is a probiotic found in the refrigerated section of your health food store. It was actually created by physicians specifically for urogenital health, with a very high success rate of its effectiveness to boot! I take one or two of these everyday (depending on how much “fun” my husband and I have had in the “garden” that week…you get the picture), and it keeps things running smoothly, with no hiccups. Trust me, if you are a woman you MUST try this. A 30 to 60 count capsule bottle will run you upwards of $20, but the assured benefits are worth their weight in gold. I can honestly say I have not dealt with feminine discomforts for years now, in part I believe due to Femdophilus. You can find it at Earthfare or at any of your well stocked health food stores, but make sure you buy it cold and keep it refrigerated to protect the live cultures in it. I have tried several other feminine probiotics, and in my opinion, this one rules! It is taken orally daily, but some women have used it for localized treatment intravaginally, like the yogurt, with great success.
2. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar. Yes, my beloved vinegar again. Use it as a douche with purified water, in your bath water, or as a natural cleanser – but make sure you dilute it! Your garden is self cleaning, and a healthy garden has a natural, pleasant smell to it, so ladies get off the Summer’s Eve and Massengil – so unnecessary! In fact, their use can be the reason you’re having trouble maintaining the garden (take this from a reformed summer’s eve girl). You will find that once you are eating yogurt, or taking a good probiotic like Femdophilus, you will stay sweet and pleasant 🙂 A mild ph balanced cleanser is all you need, preferably all natural, and vinegar and baking soda are two of nature’s best cleansers and natural deodorizers, so make a well diluted solution by mixing either one in pure water and experiment with how it works for you (although I would not mix both the vinegar and baking soda together- you don’t want a combustion down there).
3. Coconut oil. Yes, organic coconut oil has AMAZING antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties, will destroy Candida (yeast), and is good to have in your garden kit! If you do a vinegar or yogurt douche, you can insert a little coconut oil or rub it on irritated skin and it will soothe and heal any inflammation. You will find that you need a good moisturizer after any treatment, and this does the trick to help lubricate and moisturize the delicate tissues as they heal.
4. Florastor. This is another probiotic that has Saacharomyces boullardi, a probiotic good yeast that colonizes the intestinal tract, protecting the healthy microbes there, enhancing your immune system, and helping to prevent the overgrowth of yeast and other pathogens, which in turn will benefit the urogenital tract as well. very beneficial in helping to prevent recurrent infections. Jarrow Formulas brand brand sells this same type cheaper, which I like even better. You can find this at your local health food store, online at Vitacost, or on Amazon.
These are just a few homeopathic remedies that work, but you can find much more on the internet if you google it, like oil of oregano, boric acid capsules, etc. Ladies become aware of your bodies. You do not have to be a slave to prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs that are taxing to your body. Take special care of your garden. Aside from getting regular GYN checkups, having a healthy sexual lifestyle, and keeping your diet nutritionally pure, you should have no problem keeping things in balance, although a delicate one. And when those moments come when you need to close down the garden to do some maintenance, you will know just where to begin. Enjoy the article below, and see you in the next blog 😉