In the same way fermented pickles kimchi and sauerkraut foster the growth of good bacteria like lactobacillus by maintaining an acidic environment so does the human vagina. The normal pH of one’s vagina is that of tomato juice. Once it starts creeping up to that of coffee through an overgrowth of bad bacteria can take hold and cause bacterial vaginosis which affects an astounding 29 percent of American women.
That’s nearly one in three women in the United States that makes it the most frequent cause of vaginal complaints among younger women affecting tens of millions. It’s commonly diagnosed with the so called whiff test where the doctor takes a whiff of the vaginal discharge sniffing for the characteristic fishy odor. Traditional risk factors for bacterial vaginosis include douching which has been associated with a wide range of problems so with no germaine demonstrable benefits and considerable evidence of harm women, should be encouraged to not douche.
Medical professionals need to clearly explain that the vagina is naturally self-cleaning. Recently poor nutrition has been added to the list of risk factors you appear more likely to get bacterial vaginosis if you have lower levels circulating in your blood stream of phytonutrients like vitamin c and beta-carotene indicating a lower intake of fruits and vegetables in recent years though the field of nutrition is shifted towards examining overall dietary scores as opposed to single nutrients because it’s become recognized that nutrients are not consumed in isolation that individuals consuming one health providing nutrient also tend to consume many others and that the specific source of nutrients may be of importance what a concept so nutrient rich food indexes have been devised to enable folks to get the most nutrients out of their calories and the more nutrient rich ones diet the lower one’s apparent risk for bacterial vaginosis why though well it’s thought that high fat intake particularly saturated fat which comes mostly from like dairy donuts chicken in this country may increase vaginal pH thereby increasing the risk of bacterial vaginosis so now that we know the next steps ahead includes sharing these findings with gynecologists obstetricians general practitioners as well as increasing the awareness of the general community to the importance of optimal nutrition to prevent infections of the genital tract reduce associated disease and maintain reproductive health.