PROBIOTICS: A BURNING QUESTION
Members of our team swear by a daily probiotic for a flat (ish) stomach. Probiotics are brilliant at balancing gut bacteria and keeping the digestive system in top condition. There’s a well-known link between gut health and the immune system, as well as mood; some find that taking probiotics makes them feel cheerier. At the moment, we’ll take any help we can get!
But probiotics may also help with urinary tract infections. It’s not a jolly topic, but most women are familiar with that ominous burning sensation. What you may not know is that these can become more prevalent during menopause because of the drop in oestrogen.
‘Vaginal infections are quite common, especially in postmenopausal women,’ says Gut Microbiologist at OptiBac Probiotics, Dr. Kate Stephens, who recommends two probiotic strains – Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14® for vaginal health.
‘The decline in oestrogen, may, in turn, lower the amount of glycogen present in the vaginal tract. Glycogen is an important food source for good bacteria residing in the vagina,’ she explains. ‘Low levels can reduce the number of good bacteria, meaning harmful microbes can thrive which may cause bacterial vaginosis or urinary tract infections.’
They are certainly worth a go; nobody wants to go to the GP if possible!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject – do you find a daily probiotic helps keep you on the go?
Optibac for Women, contains strains of bacteria known to reach the vaginal area, 30 for £18.99, optibacprobiotics.com
Biokult Pro Cyan, also contains cranberry extract, 45 for £15.71, bio-kult.com
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