WHAT IS A NORMAL FEMININE PH BALANCE?
Intimacy and women’s health is a topic we often talk about as it’s something we feel like we don’t hear about enough.
Many people haven't heard about it but women’s pH balance is at the center of female wellness and if you've been feeling discomforts down there, it might be because your pH levels are off. A healthy vaginal pH balance is around 3.8 and 4.5. You cannot really tell by looking at it but if there is a lack of balance, you can feel it as it might itch or sting a little bit.
If you are prone to yeast infections and UTIs, it’s probably because your pH levels are off and we want to help you balance those levels naturally with the right supplements. The bacteria Lactobacillus, specifically the L. rhamnosus and L. reuteri strains. They produce lactic acid, which is well known for balancing your pH levels. They're found in many probiotics, some of them are made specifically for women and others are probiotics for your general gut health.
Best Probiotics for a Healthy pH Level
Femme UT was developed and made for women who struggle with regular UTIs. Made with multiple strains of Lactobacillus bacteria, they will help balance the pH levels. This prebiotic will nourish your gut bacteria but also contribute to a healthy vagina. Take a serving once a day, and you will definitely feel a difference within a few weeks, especially if you are prone to UTIs!
Symprove is one of the top probiotics in the UK because its formula contains some of the best strains that we all need, including a L. rhamnosus. It’s not going to target your vaginal pH balance directly, but it’s definitely going to help balance your pH levels. If you are new to taking probiotics, Symprove is the best product to go for, within 12 weeks you will feel a big difference in your gut health.
As the name suggests, The Beauty Chef Cleanse is a great if you're in need of a detox. The primary focus of this product is to target the skin by getting rid of toxins that could turn into spots, but it also contains L. acidophilus to help with a full body detox.
What are Probiotics?
Prebiotics and probiotics are good bacteria that help support your gut health. Probiotics are living bacteria that simply help keep your gut health in check. They can be taken after a heavy meal or simply everyday to prevent any bloating.
Prebiotics are best when taken before a meal. They essentially feed the probiotics, to make sure they keep developing and don't die too quickly in your gut. Many people see prebiotics as a fertilizer to probiotics. They can be taken as a supplement or as food (like kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut). One of the most well-known prebiotic is apple cider vinegar, which can really support your gut health when consumed everyday.
Best Practices to Balance your pH Levels
It's not just about what you eat and the supplements you can take to make you pH levels better, but it's also about having a good intimate hygiene.
Your shower gel can have a big impact on your vaginal health as well. Make sure that you’re not using anything that has artificial perfume or high levels of alcohol, as they will have an impact on your pH balance. Either use a specific gel or try and find a shower gel that would work for your intimate areas as well. Shower gels for sensitive skin are usually adapted.
If there's a bit of irritation or stinging on your vulva, you can add a little bit of fermented yoghurt or kefir for a few minutes and that should help balance the pH levels and get rid of the discomforts.
Your Diet impacts your pH levels
It's also about what you eat, you need to eat the right foods that are going to help flush out any toxins. Start by drinking more water, this seems like the solution to everything but being dehydrated really affects your entire body. Also make sure you eat fermented foods as they are also probiotics and will also contribute to feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut.
There's unfortunately nothing you can do about this one but our hormones are sometimes all over the place and that can sometimes impact our pH levels and create some discomforts.