• What To Do When You Have a Problem “Down There”

    Okay, TMI time: I have had a yeast infection before.

    But is it really TMI?

    Haven’t most women experienced the discomfort once in their lives?

    I have one friend who insists she has never had anything “weird” happen down there —God Bless Her—but if you’re in the same category I’m in (UTIs, BV, and other mysterious ailments), you’re probably frustrated by the endless cycle of anti-biotic and antifungal treatments prescribed by your doctor.

    In fact, I often find that these “cures” exacerbate my problems. Why did I buy that damn Monistat in the first place? While marked “safe for women,” they’re filled with chemicals like propelyne glycol (a culprit on the Dirty Dozen list). Makes you wonder who gave these products the green light, doesn’t it? Bottom line: there’s a lot to be desired when it comes to feminine wellness.

    I’ve suffered long enough.

    A doctor once told me I “just have bad plumbing” and I should “learn to deal with the hand I’m dealt.”

    I’m sorry, but it’s 2016 and women’s health, including my own, cannot and should not be so cut and dry.

    Inspired by my personal frustrations with what’s readily available, not to mention the it-is-what-it-is attitude amongst some old-school medical practitioners, I’ve created Love Wellness, a new line of natural, doctor-recommended products that target common issues most women face down there.

    The collection includes products that work on their own and together to relieve treatment-resistant, tricky infections. They also help to maintain health from the inside out. Best if all, women can finally clean their bodies safely with pH balanced wipes and cleansers.

    The Killer (boric acid suppositories) and Good Girl Probiotics

    The Killer (boric acid suppositories) and Good Girl Probiotics

    Developed based on the recommendations of medical specialists and nutritionists that have helped me conquer my “bad plumbing” over the years, Love Wellness features a line of solutions that are natural. Our Killer, for example, features boric acid, a mineral found in seawater that is used to treat yeast infections when go-to traditional methods fail. Our favorite OB/GYN, Dr. Lindsay Appel, notes that

    “Boric acid suppositories are an excellent alternative for women who have failed traditional treatment methods for bacterial and yeast infection or suffer from recurrent infection.  One of the difficulties I have had in prescribing boric acid is that it often needs to be either purchased at a compounding pharmacy or made into a capsule by the patient herself which can be burdensome, especially because many women would like to be discreet when performing vaginal hygiene.”

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    Besides compounding boric acid, we’ve also formulated doctor-recommended probiotics made with the same bacteria that naturally occur in the vagina to help maintain good gut health.

    Fun fact: did you know that the gut is the home of the our immune system and has a huge influence on what’s happening in the vagina?

    That said, if the bacteria is compromised, whether in the gut or the vagina, you can expect things to be thrown off.

    Do It All Wipes and pH Balancing Cleanser

    Do It All Wipes and pH Balancing Cleanser

    Our pH balanced products, on the other hand, are great ways to help maintain cleanliness. Made with soothing coconut oil, our Do It All Wipes  are perfect for cleansing on the go and our all-natural pH Balancing Cleanser is great for both quick and long showers.

    Before you go wild on me here, note that WE KNOW the vagina is self-cleaning.

    Internally it takes care of itself. Nothing in our line aims to change that. The cleansing products we’ve created are for external use only. They take care of the skin and surrounding area a woman may wish to wash.

    So, Lo, how safe is it to use externally?

    According to Dr. Appel,

    “When used externally, it is safe to use pH balanced cleansers and wipes.  When used internally, these cleansers can actually change the pH and decrease the ‘good’ natural bacteria in the vagina and increase infection risk.  Basically, when used internally, these products don’t allow the vagina to be self-cleaning.”

    In short, it’s okay to use a little more than warm water externally when the product is natural and pH-balanced.

    Perfect Condition Vitamin, Good Girl Probiotics, and Blue Tea

    Perfect Condition Vitamin, Good Girl Probiotics, and Blue Tea

    All in all, my overall goal with Love Wellness is to provide women with natural alternatives to cure what ails them.  There’s a movement among women, especially in online communities (one that I hope jumps beyond the internet), to turn to natural products and ingredients to help maintain longterm health and treat chronic infections.  We’re taking that mindset to the masses with our collection and we believe that what we’re offering provides a 360 approach to do so.

    We’ve already received countless notes from new customers who are having great results.  One of my favorites is below, from Sarah W, a Clinical Psychologist:

    “I just wanted to take a moment to express how incredible your products have been for me. I’m 31 and have been prone to chronic infections for the greater part of my adult life. I’m very sensitive to most medications, and I’ve often felt like my doctors have been quick to prescribe strong steroid medications that only exacerbate the issues I’ve had. I purchased your boric acid, probiotics, cleansing wipes, and vitamins, and in less than a week my body is feeling better than it has in years. I’m a psychologist and appreciate the importance of a holistic approach to health, and wanted to sincerely thank you for creating a really incredible line of products for women like me. I wish you the best of luck with your business and will encourage all of my friends to try your products!”

    Sarah, we’re so excited to have you on board and we appreciate your support in spreading our message of good, natural health for all women!

    If you want to give Love Wellness a try, use my favorite coupon code, LADYLOVIN for 15% off your purchase!  Thanks for tuning in.

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  • Gut Feelings

    You Are What You Eat

    A Guide To Digestive Health

    Let’s face it, digestion isn’t a fun thing to talk about. But, we can’t talk about wellness without talking about the importance of digestion. So, let’s just get down to the nitty-gritty, shall we?

    Your digestive system, commonly referred to as your gut, is made up of nine unique parts—each of which play a crucial role in maintaining your overall health. Individually and collectively, they reap the nutrients from the food you eat. We’ll get into what I call “gut-healthy” foods in a bit, but I want to begin my pointing out the important link between your mental health and your digestive system.

    Is “Gut Stress” a Thing?

    We’re all stressed out about something. Whether it a final exam, relationship, or pimple, stress is both an unfortunate and inevitable part of life. Believe it or not, emotional stress can often lead to digestive stress. Yes, your feelings can affect your gut. Last week, we talked about how essential oils can help keep your mental wellness in check before your anxiety wrecks your insides. This week we’re going to talk about what happens when that anxiety can’t be prevented.

    To put things into perspective, your gut is responsible for 95% of your body’s serotonin production. Serotonin, for those who don’t know, is the chemical responsible for your mood, memory, and sleep. Basically, if your digestive system isn’t functioning at optimal levels, your body won’t produce enough serotonin needed for you to be the awesome and happy person you’re meant to be.

    What REALLY Happens to Your Intestines

    Stress causes the walls of our intestines to become inflamed. Because our intestines are responsible for the majority of our water and nutrient absorption, we definitely need them to function properly.

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    The inflammation of our intestinal walls compromises the villi—a.k.a. the teeny tiny protrusions on the walls of our intestines that start the nutrient transportation process. At the same time, inflammation also clogs the lymph drainage system. What happens when the lymph (fluid that travels within and around our body collecting waste) drainage system doesn’t work properly? Well, everyone’s worst nightmare of course! Skin irritations and breakouts. Fun.

    Unfortunately, chronic stress also affects our output of digestive enzymes which are responsible for breaking down food in the small intestine and pancreas for proper nutrient absorption. The older we get, the fewer digestive enzymes we produce—a perk right next to hot flashes and grey hair.

    What Happens Inside Your Liver

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    When our gut isn’t doing its job, our liver overcompensates by performing waste-removing duties that aren’t being met by the rest of our digestive system. As a result, it doesn’t cleanse our blood like it normally would or should. Dull, lack-luster, eczema, and breakout-prone skin are telltale signs your liver is in overdrive.

    Why All Of This Matters

    Digestion is important not just for your waistline, but also for your beauty! In the up-coming weeks, we’re going to be talking a lot about health and eating your way to beautiful skin. Sure, products help, but real beauty always starts on the inside.

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    Hope is not lost. There are tasty and gut-healthy foods that can be introduced to your diet immediately.

    Fermented Foods

    By definition, fermented food is food that has already begun to break down or exposed to natural yeast and bacteria. While this may sound unappetizing, fermented food has trillions, yes, trillions of healthy bacteria that help fight infection and inflammation. Miso, Kimchi, Kefir, Kombucha, and Tempeh are common examples of fermented food. Kefir is a thinner, tangier yogurt that contains beneficial yeast and probiotics that are oh-so-important for your gut health. I, for example, recently started substituting almond milk with kefir for my smoothies. Kefir is 99% lactose-free! It’s also a great source of protein—9 grams per cup!

    Herbs & Spices

    You don’t need to look far. Take a peek into your pantry! Ginger is an easy root to introduce to your diet because it not only keeps your digestive system chugging along but it also reduces nausea and inflammation. Lo’s recipe for Ginger Tea From Scratch would be a great place to start. Otherwise, fennel, licorice, turmeric, dandelion, and peppermint will also have your gut saying thank you.

    Probiotics

    Probiotic supplements are designed to make it to your intestines before releasing the beneficial bacteria that keeps your gut healthy. There are different strains of probiotic bacteria available, the industry hasn’t proven which is best. Experts recommend looking for Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. 

    Raw Fruits & Veggies

    Our mothers didn’t make us eat our veggies for nothing! Raw fruits and vegetables contain enzymes that encourage our body to break down and take in nutrients. It’s best to eat fruits and vegetables raw because the enzymes are destroyed when you cook them.

    Other Tips & Tricks

    Get ready, this is probably the only time you’ll hear someone comparing exercise to eating. Just like the way you warm-up your body when you work out, you have to warm-up your digestion system before you eat. Drink a glass of water 15 minutes before your meal to hydrate your digestive tract. This helps the intestinal villi (the protrusions on the intestinal walls we talked about before) perform their best.

    This next tip is especially tricky for me, who, mind you, can finish a meal in six minutes flat. Since the digestion process begins in your mouth, experts recommend recommend chewing your food, even if it’s a green juice or a smoothie, 20-30 times before swallowing. By doing so, you’re releasing special enzymes that help spark the start of the digestive process.

    Congratulations

    We talked about your gut like adults!

    Now, that wasn’t too bad, was it?

     

     

     

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