Nutritionhelp Statistics - and Female Health

Last week I commented on the Nutritionhelp statistics that senior Director, Robin White has been collating, and reported in particular on the role of nutrition with PMS. Today I want to follow that up by considering vaginal health, something very much influenced by gut ecology.

The specific type of fungus most commonly responsible for vaginitis is Candida albicans. This yeast would normally be found in small amounts in the gut, on skin and in areas of moisture, such as the mouth and vagina, and it is estimated that between 20% to 50% of healthy women normally carry yeast in the vaginal area. If this yeast is encouraged, through diet or life-style factors, an increase may lead to very unpleasant symptoms. Vaginitis, the inflammation of the vagina, is very common and is reported by as many as 75% of women at some point in their lives. It is important to check with a doctor as to whether symptoms are caused by a bacterial infection, but if it is fungal in origin it is beneficial to support health with a yeast and sugar-free programme to promote balanced gut ecology.


Why do so many women suffer with yeast-related problems? R. Golan writes in Optimal Wellness that the menstrual cycle may encourage yeast activity:

”About 10 -14 days before a menstrual period, progesterone levels rise until the monthly flow starts, at which point progesterone levels drop abruptly. This hormone stimulates Candida, and whatever symptoms it produces are much aggravated during this high progesterone premenstrual time. This monthly mechanism stimulates yeast, so menstruating women are more susceptible to this condition than men. Additionally, other hormonal factors may play a part.

“The stimulation of synthetic hormones in oral contraceptives, predominantly the progesterone fraction, can contribute to more disruption of the body’s ecologic balance than a woman’s natural premenstrual progesterone surge. If used for more than 2 years, oral contraceptives may contribute to yeast-related symptoms.

“Pregnancy presents two extremely favourable conditions for Candida yeast to grow and proliferate, namely, continuous high levels of progesterone and higher than normal blood sugar levels. If a woman has not already developed a yeast over-growth from her Candida promoting diet and medications, the pregnancies will almost certainly tip the balance in favour of yeast.”

Some women may find almost immediate relief from vaginal discomfort once they commence their Nutritionhelp dietary and supplement recommendations. For others it may take a longer time, working to support a correct balance of microbes in the gut initially, and then seeing benefit for other areas of yeast influence, such as the vagina. Supporting the immune system and ensuring adequate nutrients are included in the diet are also important factors in dealing with vaginitis.

So what are the Nutritionhelp statistics for working with female health?

For vaginal soreness 86% of clients saw some improvement, with 36% seeing considerable improvement

For Vaginal itching or discharge, 91% of clients saw some improvement, with 34% seeing considerable improvement.

For heavy periods 82% of clients saw some improvement, with 55% seeing considerable improvement.

For period pain 67% clients saw some improvement, with 30% seeing considerable improvement.

For information on how these figures were recorded, refer back to last weeks blog Nutritionhelp Statistics – and PMS.

In assessing the figures above remember that the results monitored clients over just two reviews. Therefore, some of these clients were still concentrating on addressing yeast within the gut, and they may not have moved on to a supplement to deal more specifically with yeast in other areas of the body. Progress may sometimes be slow, but for many of our female clients who have been plagued with vaginal irritation for years, any progress is helpful.

 

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