The “healthy” vaginal flora contains various species of bacteria, the majority of which being lactobacilli. Their function is to maintain the balance and therefore to fight against possible pathogenic microorganisms.
An imbalance can occur due to antibiotics, uncontrolled diabetes or even during pregnancy. Summer in particular is a season favourable to the alterations of this flora.
Let’s see what is in our daily routine during the summer: in my previous article I told you that holidays at the beach are very important but we must prepare them in order to enjoy them without surprises!
During the summer, the wet swimsuit that you keep on for too long or even wet sports outfit will make bacteria very happy as they just love humid environment
Sitting in the sand: it contains microscopic parasites such as bacteria, funghi, viruses which can be the source of various transmissions: gastro enteritis, mycoses, urinary infections …
What can we do to fight this?
It is recommended not to lie directly on the sand but on a towel, to avoid leaving young children naked on the sand, not to put sand in your mouth and to have thorough personal hygiene as soon as you are back home, to wear cotton underwear, to avoid tight pants… but all this may not be enough.
The good news is that there is another natural and effective solution that can help in your fight against vaginal infections: probiotics
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that will colonize the intestine, restore and improve its proper functioning. Their principal mode of action is simple: they will stick to the intestinal wall and form a protecting barrier against pathogenic bacteria (“bad bacteria”) or other toxic substances. These beneficial bacteria are always stronger in large quantities so that they can more easily fight pathogenic bacteria…
It is obvious that with a weakened immune system the risk is increased of developing repeated vaginal infections. The second important action of the probiotics will be to improve your body functions. This will boost your immune system and your body will be at the top with reduced risks of infections.
Probiotics are useful for restoring a balanced vaginal flora.
To enjoy a great summer “sea, sex and sun”, remember your probiotics 😉
One may ask: what is the future of probiotics, probiotics is an umbrella word and under this umbrella there are many, many preparations.
Of all these preparations, only very few are backed by science and efficacy. So I can talk only about this small part, I cannot talk about the whole. What is the future? The future is supported by the past and the past must be a past of nobility, studies, research, and safety. The person taking this preparation knows that it will be a success both in terms of safety and in terms of possible efficacy. This has been proven by numerous studies in patients with ulcerative colitis, Pouchitis, chemotherapy-induced diarrheoa, general intestinal bowel diseases, hepatitis, hepatic diseases, and hepatic encephalopathy. All these have been tested. The new frontier is the immunosuppressed subjects that are subjects who have reduced defences against microbes.
For a long time, it was thought that if a patient were immunosuppressed, the administration of bacteria, especially at high concentration, would be dangerous. This formulation has proven that it can offer significant benefits to chronic inflammation in subjects with HIV, which is also reflected on the systemic cerebrovascular toxicity. Where are we heading? We are heading in the direction of products that have been studied for a long time and have the potential to be developed in new areas.
This is important but it is also important to characterize the product. I like to make this example: we have twins one goes to school, the other one not, it is obvious that the twin who went to school will have a better future than the one who did not go to school. This is the case with this formulation, it has been studied, we know how it behaves, so we can predict how it will behave.
The other twin, though similar or even genetically equal, has not received the same education and development and hence will behave differently.
What is the message to take home? There are brilliant developments for the future in various fields such as HIV but it is important that everything be done, built with a product that has its own history, studies and scientific evidence.
One of the frequent questions that I am asked is when and how the De Simone formulation was invented.
Well, about 30 years ago, I had the idea of working on a series of products containing lactic acid bacteria, and this is, the current one available is of the many formulas that I have developed. The idea came from the observation that there are many, many bacteria in the intestine and that at the time the available products were unable to provide an adequate amount of beneficial bacteria.
Making 2 calculations it came to my attention that we were under dosed, and therefore I decided to develop a formulation that in a tiny sachet would contain as many bacteria as possible in one gram. The magic number was 450 billion. How many strains? 8 strains, not one more, not one less. Why this number? Because it has to be a team, each strain has its own immunological, biochemical characteristics, and put together they should work in synergy, not as a sum of bacteria.
To be sure that the formulation was effective, it was proven in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. What are inflammatory bowel diseases: they are ulcerative colitis, pouchitis, Crohn’s disease.
What’s interesting is that in these situations you really can see if the product works or not, there are no alternatives, there is no placebo effect. What we can say now after so many years is that this formulation is currently accepted, and accepted by doctors and is present in the guidelines of the American Gastroenterology Association, the British, German and European ones, the formulation is successful because it works, because It is effective and because it improves the quality of life of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases.
30 years ago I started an adventure into the research of bacteria, and at that time, there were very few other people interested in the subject.No one wanted to give the bacteria especially in high concentrations and multi-strain. Today the field has moved on and everybody wants to give healthy bacteria, without really worrying about the production methods or the source.
Right now, we are at a paradox. When I invented this formulation, there was much scepticism about safety and efficacy and many studies have been performed to demonstrate it and it is now approved for use in patients with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and pouchitis, by the guidelines, from the experience of patients, and doctors’ recommendations. This created a movement of which I have in some ways been the pioneer.
After about 20 – 30 years from my perspective, I have to say to be careful because not all products are the same, when using these preparations it is important to check who produces them, how they are made and which controls are in place. The fact that the strains are the same does not mean that the results are the same, there is the know-how, methods, and control systems that are very important. How to protect yourself from all this?
Obviously, keeping full trust in the product that was invented many years ago and that has been studied: always look for the original product, the one for which there are many studies, for which there are many evidences and that in some respects has been imitated but not yet surpassed.
A yoga session often begins with greetings to the sun. These greetings are a series of very complete postures that involve all parts of the body, muscles, joints, glands, organs and nervous system.
Indeed a daily practice of greetings to the sun will help loosen up and tone your body on one hand and relax and free your mind on the other, thanks to the synchronization of your breathing with your body movements.
I invite you to try these greetings with me by following this link and watch the series in detail.