I’m so excited and honored to partner with MegaFood® to discuss women’s health along with a few tips you can do to maintain urinary tract health* and keep your downstairs area feeling clean & pristine!
I was introduced to MegaFood fairly recently, but once I started looking into their company, I realized how profoundly our missioned aligned. Megafood supports regenerative agriculture and they are dedicated and committed to getting glyphosate (Round-up) removed from our food systems. They partner with like-minded farmers who are committed to organic and regenerative agriculture to bring us the most high-quality supplements derived with real food. In fact, they are the first supplement company to have their entire brand certified Glyphosate Residue Free! They are also a certified B Corporation and therefore, have the highest standards of social and environmental performance, product and supply chain transparency, and legal accountability. Honestly, I couldn’t be more obsessed with the mission behind this company.
But I digress. MegaFood Women's Health Shelf-Stable Probiotic has become one of my most favorite (and crucial) bathroom hygiene essentials! I, like most women, am determined to support a healthy urinary tract.* Right next to my hair salt spray (for beach like waves) and homemade salve (the ultimate moisturizer), this probiotic keeps me feeling fierce & motivated to take on the world.
But before we get to the recipes for the salt spray and salve, here are my tips for supporting urinary tract health! These are tips that I’ve found personally helpful and also derived from my clinical experience working in women’s health at Nourishing Minds Nutrition.
Tips to Support a Healthy Urinary Tract:
Tend to your vaginal microbiome by taking a quality women’s health probiotic. A good women’s health probiotic will have strains indigenous to the vagina - such as lactobacillus gasseri and lactobacillus crispatus. These lactic acid producing bacteria acidify the environment to make a natural barrier to pathogens! The vagina is actually very acidic - maintaining a ph between 3.5 & 4.5.
We often hear “microbiome” in reference to the gut microbiome. But the truth is, there are numerous microbiomes throughout the body- the vagina being just one of them. This microbiome is made up of lactic acid producing bacteria (lactobacillus) and organisms we call strict anaerobes. The balance between anaerobes and lactobacillus microbes is very important. I recommend MegaFood Women's Health Shelf-Stable Probiotic for a healthy urinary tract and the added bonus of supporting gut health.* It contains 50 Billion CFU of live bacteria to promote good gut health.* Did I mention it’s shelf-stable? That means you can toss these in your purse or gym bag and you’re good to go!
2. Tend to your gut health! Gut health, vaginal & urethra health all go hand in hand. Without getting too technical (just get to the point, Meg!), the gut microbiome is in a sense, the “command center” for all other mucosal tissues. This means that if there is a compromised ecology in the gut, this will translate into the other microbes- such as the urinary tract & vagina. Of course, a good probiotic and/or fermented foods is imperative to gut health. Another practical way of improving your gut health is diversifying your diet! Most people in our modern culture only eat around 15 foods. Their ancestors would have consumed between 600 and 800 varieties throughout the year! Have fun and play with different fruits, veggies, herbs, spices etc!
3. Don’t Douche! Your vaginal microbiome is everything! And douching disrupts that. Lactobacillus bacteria are very fragile, and they don’t cling on to cells easily. This means that when you douche, you are disrupting that protective ecosystem. Don’t do it!
4. Add cranberry to your diet. Cranberries are age-old wisdom for helping ladies maintain a healthy urinary tract. Fortunately, the MegaFood Women's Health* Shelf-Stable Probiotic already has cranberry in it with a mighty dose of CRAN d’OrTM.*
5. Don’t hold your pee & pee after sex. Simple, but important.
6. Change clothes after the gym. If you workout, don’t sit in your sweaty clothes all day if you can help it! Switch out of those leggings and let your body breathe.
You can take every precaution in your lifestyle choices, but if you are not addressing your gut health (which then translates to your vaginal and urethral health) you will miss the most crucial part of building an optimal foundation to good health.*
Alas, my recipes for the salve & sea salt spray:
Sea Salt Spray- to spritz on your hair in the morning for a beachy waves!
1/2 cup warm h2O
1 tbsp salt
1/4 tsp of your home condition
2 drops essential oil of choice (I use eucalyptus currently)
Simply combine all ingredients into a small spray bottle. Shake until the salt dissolves. Will last 3-4 months or longer.
Rose Petal Infused Salve
~ 3/4 cup dried roses
~ 1 cup sweet almond oil
1 ounce beeswax
2 clean, empty 16 oz mason jars
Part 1: Infuse your oil
Fill one of the mason jars about 3/4th way with dried rose petals. Don’t worry about being exact! This ain’t candy making people!
Fill the jar with sweet almond oil- ensuring the petals are covered completely by at least 1 inch.
Cap the jar and shake well! Shake the herbs at least once a day. After 2-4 weeks, strain through a mesh strainer. Whala- you have your infused oil! This infused oil is lovely for healing ointment on scars, eczema & psoriasis, wrinkles, sun damage, and just general maintenance on dry areas. I even use it around my eyes before I go to sleep.
Part 2: Make the salve!
Prepare your double boiler with simmering water. (You can make a make shift one at home if you don’t have one! That’s what I do.)
Pour 7 oz strained & infused rose petal oil into the double boiler. Add 1 ounce beeswax and stir until the beeswax has completely dissolved.
Carefully pour hot salve into clean jar and cool completely before use.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.