The Link Between Bacterial Vaginosis and Diet
Can Bacterial Vaginosis Be Treated Through Diet?
Although BV is extremely distressing and can be difficult to address, for many women, it can be managed and ultimately cured by changes in diet and lifestyle.
The rewards of a nutritious diet in particular are noteable. Not only will a proper diet help with BV, but it will help eliminate other serious health complications such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis as well as a whole host of minor ailments like indigestion, bloating and constipation. Here are just a few of the simple dietary changes that can really help you get control of your bacterial vaginosis:
1. Eliminate Refined Carbohydrates and Sugar - Sugar and other refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and rice and many baked goods) are delicious but are pretty much devoid of any nutritional value and can actually upset your body’s natural balance between s0-called “good” and “bad” bacteria. This imbalance causes problems with your body’s natural pH levels which result in BV infection. Instead of things like white bread and snacks that are high in sugar, try as much as possible to eat whole grain breads, brown rice and fresh fruits and vegetables. If you want to sweeten your food, try a product called Stevia, an all-natural herb which actually helps regulate blood sugar.
2. Drink Plenty of Water - Water is an essential element in every function of a woman’s body. It not only helps transport nutrients to cells but also helps regulate body temperature and aids the body in maintaining a healthy pH balance. As a general rule of thumb, I recommend that women drink at least 1 litre (34 fluid ounces) of water daily for every 50 pounds of body weight.
3. Supplement with Folic Acid – The one vitamin that has been directly linked to Bacterial Vaginosis is folic acid. In fact, a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2002 found that taking as little as 100 mg of Folic Acid a day significantly improved BV in women and also reduced their risk of developing serious complications. Folic acid is a water-soluble form of vitamin B which occurs naturally in many foods and which is reproduced in a synthetic form for vitamin pills. Excellent sources of folic acid include:
- dark green, leafy vegetables
- whole wheat bread
- lightly cooked beans and peas
- nuts and seeds
- citric fruits like oranges and grapefruits
For best results, you should also take folic acid in pill form, starting with 1600 mg per day and reducing to 800 mg per day after the first week.
If you have been suffering from BV for a long time, it may take a little longer for these dietary changes to reach their maximum effect. However, you should notice an improvement in your health in just a few days and, in the long run, you won’t believe what a difference they will make in curing your bacterial vaginosis and making sure that it doesn’t come back.Google+