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No girl likes getting a yeast infection. They’re incredibly uncomfortable and can be such a pain to get rid of. Yeast infections typically happen because your vaginal pH is out of sorts. But what does that even mean? pH measures how basic or acidic something is. Your vagina is actually a complex ecosystem full of good bacteria and has an acidic pH. This helps prevent infections from occurring like bacterial vaginosis and the dreaded yeast infections. The good news is there are a lot of things you can do to help keep your vaginal pH balanced and in turn prevent infections from even happening.
If you’re someone that regularly suffers from yeast infections or you just want to be proactive in preventing them this is the supplement for you. This vitamin is chock full of turmeric, coconut oil, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, boron and folic acid to help combat candida at a cellular level and maintain a healthy pH. These ingredients are also great at combating inflammation so they’re beneficial for your entire body. Just pop one with food daily and say bye-bye to yeast infections for good.
Douching and using any kind of harsh soap down there can not only cause irritation but it can also wash out good bacteria that is essential for optimal vaginal health. Many antibacterial soaps have a higher pH (meaning they’re more basic) which in turn can alter your own body’s pH. To leave you feeling clean and your pH untouched check out the pH balancing cleanser.
Take a probiotic
Probiotics aren’t only great for your gut health but your vaginal health too. Probiotics can help maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria throughout your entire body. Good bacteria is necessary for your vaginal pH to stay acidic and help fight off infections.
Avoid fragranced feminine products
Fragrance and your vagina do not mix! Avoid any scented tampons, pads etc and do not use any scented soaps or wipes. Your lady bits shouldn’t smell like your favorite perfume.
Reduce sugar intake
Candida aka yeast actually loves sugar and thrives off it so decreasing your consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates (think white breads and pasta) can help starve them off.
Change your tampon regularly
Leaving tampons in for too long can alter your vaginal pH because blood is slightly more basic. (Not to mention it’s always a good idea to change your tampon regularly to avoid toxic shock syndrome as well)!