Nov 29 2015

Women’s Health – Part 3

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Women’s Health – Part 3
Additional health issues in need of women’s attention.

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed a feast of healthful and yummy foods with your family and friends!

This week, we will wrap up our series on women’s health, covering four health issues which affect women uniquely or are unique to women. Though volumes could be written on each of these topics, we are touching on them here and the role probiotics plays in addressing each.

Diabetes

Some women can practice poor eating and lifestyle habits and live to 100. But that is not the case for most, and those with high sugar diets and little exercise will most certainly suffer the consequences, and one of those comes in the form of Type 2 diabetes. Highly avoidable in many cases by losing weight and exercising, this is a disease we all want to avoid if at all possible. The good news is by starting on healthier habits and losing weight, women and men can dramatically reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes. Avoiding antibiotics and supplementing with probiotics is key as a disrupted microbiome has been linked to type 2 diabetes There is research suggesting that the disruption in the gut microbiota, as a result of repeated antibiotic use, may lead to insulin sensitivity, and affect glucose tolerance. (See blog dated October 11, 2015.)1*

Cancer

There is evidence that some probiotics may have anti-tumor, anti-cancer effects by helping us metabolize specific food components (like antioxidants and flavonoids) into useable forms. Additionally avoiding sugar and keeping your pH in balance is key as disease loves sugar and an acidic environment.(1,2)*

“…Beneficial bacteria reinforce the mucosal barrier of the intestines, which is associated with the gut-associated lymph tissue (GALT), helping to prevent pathogens, toxins and allergens from entering the rest of the body. In this way, their presence “teaches” the immune system which allergens and toxins are tolerable and which need to be disposed of…”2*

Additionally, staying within your proper weight range is important. “For women, being obese raises the risk for many types of cancer, including post menopausal breast cancer, and endometrial cancer, according to Carolyn Lammersfeld, vice president of integrative medicine for Cancer Treatment Centers of America”.1*

“Fat tissue may result in higher levels of hormones like estrogen and insulin, which may promote development of these cancers, reports Lammersfeld.” Addtitionally, “obesity may also contribute to poor outcomes during cancer treatment, including increasing risk of a cancer recurrence.”1*

Menopause

While menopause is not a disease, it certainly is unique to women and can cause a great deal of discomfort depending on the severity of symptoms. Some women breeze though this stage of life, while others battle symptoms for years. There are various ways to manage the symptoms, depending on the severity. Taking probiotics can help with menopausal symptoms as “…beneficial flora metabolize and recycle hormones, including estrogen, thyroid hormones, and phytoestrogens from food sources, which can help offset symptoms of menopause, PMS and perimenopause. In this way, they help maintain proper hormonal balance, and may protect bone and breast health as well…” (1,2*)

Yeast infections

Many women experience chronic vaginal yeast infections. These are a sign of an overgrowth of a certain kind of yeast organism called candida albicans. Candidiasis, or yeast overgrowth, is an example of what happens when there is an imbalance of microbiota in the body environment. “…Like weeds in the garden, once the balance has been shifted toward the negative, it can take a lot of work to regain a desirable floral balance. Without proper and consistent attention, weeds will grow back and run riot, as in cases of chronic vaginitis or systemic yeast overgrowth…”2*

Many conventional doctors accept and will treat vaginitis, but there is resistance in Western medicine as it relates to the concept of systemic yeast. “…the causes and effects of bacterial and yeast overgrowth, and thus the treatment protocol, are similar. The basic idea is this: weed out the bad guys through deprivation and antimicrobials, then repopulate with beneficial species…”2*

“…Conventional medicine excels at the first part. There are scores of prescription antifungals and antibiotics that will knock out the invasive species. But not much is done about the second — and most important — phase, repopulation with good bacteria…”2*

For candida overgrowth and chronic yeast infections, repopulating the gut with Body Biotics Bio- Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia is key. Avoiding sugar and foods that turn to sugar, (candida’s food source) is also essential. It is not a quick fix and you must keep this protocol for at least 6-8 months to see results. As the yeast die off, you may feel the effects of die-off, but the good news is you know it is working. 2*

I hope this series has brought to light the importance of the various conditions affecting women’s health and the management thereof in order for women to enjoy long and healthy lives with the best quality of life. Everything starts with the gut. Keep it healthy, along with exercise and proper nutrition, and so many of your health issues can be avoided, minimized or managed.

Healthiest wishes,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

 

 

Resources:

  1. Southwest magazine, October 2015
  2. https://www.womentowomen.com/digestive-health/probiotics-for-life/
  3. https://www.womentowomen.com/insulin-resistance/risk-factors-for-diabetes-2/

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