More and more people are talking about gut bacteria and their significant impact on our overall physical and mental health. Call us biased, but we’re more concerned with the vaginal microbiome. The human vagina is inhabited by over 50 species, and just like the stomach and digestive tracts, it relies on a stable balance of good and bad bacteria.
An imbalance of the vaginal microbiota can lead to not-so-pleasant results, like bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
To treat or prevent a bacterial imbalance, consider increasing your probiotic intake. Regular consumption of healthy microorganisms (like L. acidophilus, B. longum, B. bifidum) are proven to help restore normal flora, treat bacterial infections and regrow good bacteria after antibiotic treatment with no adverse outcomes.
To incorporate more probiotics into your diet, try out these simple (and delicious) recipes:
Chop ripe peaches and spring onions. Throw into a jar. Spice with Korean chili flakes. Add probiotic vinegar to start the fermentation (ideally from your own homemade fruit vinegar or organic apple cider vinegar from the store). Finish with a pinch of salt and a spoonful of sugar. Close tightly. Let ferment for a few days at room temperature. When the lid eventually curves up, release the pressure and try your kimchi. Once it’s sour, it’s ready to enjoy and move to the fridge. (Recipe courtesy of Poshlust Berlin.)
This one’s easy. Just mix plain yogurt, oats, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and raspberries in a jar. Stick in the fridge. Sleep, wake up and voila - it’s ready.
Chop cabbage. Massage cabbage with salt in a large bowl. Squeeze and knead for about 5-10 minutes to collect juice in your bowl. Once cabbage is completely wilted, add caraway seeds. Pack tight into a jar. Eliminate air bubbles and pound down until cabbage is submerged in liquid. Cover loosely and let ferment for 1-6 months.
Learn more. Order a uBiome kit and explore your microbiome.