“Being a writer means you’ve got to bare your soul…”, I once heard. To write, is to pour emotion, with all it’s brilliant colors and swirls, into black font on white page.
But that’s not what this article is about.
No, what I should have been told is “Being a writer means you’ve got to bare your ho-ha, your lady parts, your va-jay-jay, your….”
This article is for all women, whom I bravely share my girly-bits with to touch on a subject that nearly all women face, but nearly all women avoid. And I’m not talking “avoid” in the polite sense, oh no, I’m mean the “won’t even give me eye contact” kinda avoid.
So if you’re a man, as much as I love you as a reader, you’ll need to slowly back outta the room now… or just stand quietly in the corner like you normally do when she’s at the ob/gyn….because this article, ain’t got no time to be explaining to you the complications of a woman’s body....
Statistically speaking, right now, 30% of women have a bacterial infection like bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection, and about 75% of us have had at least one in recent history. If 75% of any group all had one thing in common, you’d think we’d hear about it more often. But we don’t. Why is that?
Well, from my observations, the va-jay-jay is strictly to be spoken of only when we’re leading up to sex. I mean, what would happen if we openly talked about it like we talk about a sinus infection or a bad migraine? Well, I suppose it wouldn’t be as attractive anymore, and if that’s the case, then what are hoo-ha’s for if not to delight the senses?
The vagina is one of the most remarkable parts of the anatomy. It’s a hell of a lot more than a pleasure zone, and today we will learn about how to help your honey pot stay healthy.
Let’s play a little game shall we? All your answers are private, so answer honestly and see what other women have to say!
So? What did you choose?
So? What did you choose? A? C?
If you guessed B you are correct! Then again, if you chose A you’d be right too, or C.
No matter the choice you made, these are the top 3 responses to BV or a yeast infection.
Keep in mind, I’m not against medicine, I’m against bad patient care and unnecessarily prescribing drugs.
More than likely, you’ll be diagnosed with bacteria, then given an antibacterial and told it will be better soon, and of course to “come back if you need anything else.”
So, on your way home you stop and pick up your prescription at the local drive thru pharmacy. You take your goo or pills as prescribed and in about 7 days, just as your doctor said, you’re better. That's the end of it, right?
The antibiotics your doctor prescribed can cure “symptoms” of BV in about 80% of patients. But 50% of women say symptoms come back 3 to 12 months after treatment.
And yeast infections? They say that only 5-8% of women have them recurrently, but based on my own life experiences, I’d say the number is much higher than that.
Now, in this article we aren’t going to get into great depth on prevention, maintenance and upkeep of the pink fortress, but instead, I’d like to give you a few tips you can implement TODAY to get you feeling more like a pretty princess.
Some Reasons You’d Get Recurrent bacterial/yeast infections that your doctor might not tell you about are (and have nothing to do with wet bikini bottoms):
Auto Immune Diseases
Extreme Sugar Intake
Auto Immune Diseases
If you have an auto immune disease, then by it’s very nature, your entire system is at risk for parasites, bacterial or fungal infections. These can manifest not only in recurrent bacterial/yeast infections but also athletes foot, nail fungus, skin infections, recurrent sinus infections, IBS, Colitis, and more. Bacteria and other pathogens start out in the intestines and colon where over 90% of your immune system lives. The first sign is generally impacted fecal matter along the inside walls of the intestinal lining which then leaks into the bloodstream and later affects the liver, then kidneys, and the bladder last when the body has reached it’s limits on toxicity. Everything works together, or falls together, especially when you have a limited immune system.
Bacteria feeds on sugar, and, as a matter of fact, sugar is bacteria’s main source of food. The more sugar you eat, the more you feed the bacterial cells and diminish you bodies ability to fight back. Excess sugar alters your bodies pH balance and makes it vulnerable to attack. Girls may be made of sugar, and spice and everything nice, but the sugar doesn’t like us and especially not our bajingo!
Antibiotics do serve a purpose in the medical community but because they are so highly overused, they’re now doing the opposite of their intended purpose. Antibiotics kill bacteria. All bacteria. Good bacteria, and bad. Think of it as a nuke for your flower tunnel; sure, all the bad bacteria are gone (pretty much), but so are all the good. You’ve laid waste to your front bottom, and now need to repair the damages before more bacteria arrive and thrive in your va-jay-jay.
But most of us don’t do that do we? We take our prescription, killing every last living thing in our tissue tunnels and then go right back to kitkats and Starbucks.
If you’re having intercourse, or have had intercourse in your lifetime, then you’ll know that it’s a messy process that requires towels and sometimes showers directly after. So there’s a lot going on here that changes a woman’s pH levels.
Any time you have guests over, there’s always a chance of bacteria to be transmitted. If you’ve just treated your infection with a prescription, then you’ve nuked your grounds and will surely flare up again within a week or so.
If you have an auto immune disease then you are more than likely already used to this cycle.
That’s generally followed up with typical advice we all already know. “Just make sure you change out of your workout clothes quickly and try to take showers instead of baths.”
Thanks Dr. Obvious, I’ll make a note of that.
There are several foods you can add into your diet to help prevent breakouts and keep your hoo-ha happy, like pineapple. You can stop using scented laundry soap and fabric softeners for your underwear. You can try the over the counter “probiotics” found right next to the maxi pads and the Monistat. But the very best thing you can do for your lady parts (and all your parts) is to eat a clean diet of fresh organic veggies, fruits, cultured foods, nuts and seeds.
Parasites/Pathogens don’t want to live in a clean environment that’s healthy and thriving with good bacteria. They look for unhealthy terrain to live in. If there’s no unhealthy terrain, there’s no real problems.
But let’s assume you’re doing the best you can and you can’t clear this infection, or you don’t have enough money for another copay and prescription, or, you’re on antibiotics frequently and can’t do anything about it. Then what?
Well, owning my own hooha, I can very happily tell you that I’ve found a product that helps treat and prevent BV and yeast infection flare-ups that actually 100% works AND, best of all- doesn’t hurt you like antibiotics can.
I have researched this product and tested it for over 6 months, while secretly waiting on something horrific to happen and was shocked and pleased beyond measure to find it holds up to it’s promise.
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Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman has been undoubtedly the most difficult book to get through and then recommend to my Members. Lindy West, author, is able to put into words the experiences of womanhood in a wistful and pragmatic way that leaves you laughing, crying, and profoundly touched.
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"Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible--like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you--writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.
From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.
With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps." ( Amazon)
I strongly recommend this book for ALL my female Members as mandatory reading. As of the date of this article, the Kindle price is $9.99, Paperback $11, and Audible $19.95 or 1 credit. It's a must-read!
It's amazing to me how the small, mundane parts of my life meld into the epiphanies that change my life. Everyday for several years, I've rolled out of bed at 6-7am (depending on how much discipline I have on any given day) and wander into the bathroom to shower and get ready for the day. Like most Americans, I turn the news on as my brain wakes up and the water heats up. I flip between MSNBC and Fox, depending on whoever isn't playing commercials.
Over the years I've watched Mika Brzezinski as the cohost of Morning Joe along with the other talking heads that parade on and off of news shows.
In the early years of the show, Mika always seemed impatient or angry, short tempered or like someone put lemons in her coffee.
Then, after a few years, she seemed to mellow out and I took this to mean I'd been watching too much liberal TV. But then it became clear she was just happy, at peace somehow, and I could tell the difference because well, I'm a woman and we know these things. But after the shower is over and my day starts, I never gave it more thought. Just another useless inner conversation at 6:30a.m while naked in my bathroom.
So what does all this have to do with you? With women, money, and knowing what we are worth?
In 2010 Mika Brzezinski released the book "Knowing Your Value" and I heard some talk of it on the morning shows, but let it flow in and out of my brain like I do most news. But then, a few years ago, I stumbled upon this little gem.
It wasn't until months later that I found myself completely dressed in Walmart holding her book and shouting, "This is that book about women!!" My partner just looked at, shrugged and I gleefully wrapped my arms around the book as we strolled the rest of the store.
That night, after the dishes were clean, and the kids in bed, I plopped down and opened the book, aiming to devour it's very pages. As a heavy reader I find that words are the ingredients of compositions writers create, that we can see, smell, and taste. It's art and Mika is certainly an artist. "Knowing Your Value" was a New York Times Bestseller and still is highly rated all over the world. The Atlantic.com says "A rallying cry for women to get the money they deserve."
And it is that, but so much more. Mika writes conversationally, honestly, and raw. You can feel yourself in her shoes, and go on a journey to understand her more deeply.
She tells her own story, which I won't ruin for you here, and then interviews women of all different statuses. In between her findings, she weaves the tapestry of her own life story and you can't help but fall in love with her. Mika is no longer this random talking head, she's your sister, your friend; she's you.
We highly recommend this book for all women, but especially those who are working, or are on a journey to know themselves on a deeper level. This book will help you see yourself more clearly, will give you more confidence and undoubtedly will change the way you feel about yourself.
You can buy "Knowing Your Value" just about anywhere and is usually under $15. It's worth the money, and will leave you feeling more confident, strong and ready to get to work!
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Nourishment from Earth Organic turmeric from the fields of India, wild-caught salmon from the protected waters of Alaska, red marine algae from Iceland’s pristine coastline – we go to the ends of earth to source the very best ingredients for our vitamins and supplements.
Committed to Organic and Non-GMO Ingredients We’re committed to ingredients you can trust – like organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and grains — and we’re committed to avoiding GMOs (genetically modified organisms) whenever possible.
Certified Kosher New Chapter whole-food cultured multivitamins and LifeShield™ mushrooms are certified by Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
Gentle to Take Our whole-food cultured vitamins are gentle enough to take anytime, even on an empty stomach.
Cultured with Whole-Food and Beneficial Probiotics All of our multivitamins are cultured with whole foods and beneficial probiotics. This unique “fermentation” process biotransforms vitamins, minerals and nutrients into probiotic, whole-food cultured nourishment.
100% Wild-Caught Fish Oil Wholemega naturally pure, 100% wild-caught salmon oil is sustainably sourced from pristine Alaskan waters.
Verified MushroomsTo match, verify and guarantee each and every mushroom strain in our LifeShield™ mushroom supplements, we use state-of-the-science technologies, including identification through mushroom DNA testing.
~ taken from NewChapter.com
Now that we have the boring stuff out of the way, let's talk about why you should be taking New Chapter supplements.
New Chapter was founded in 1982 by a couple named Paul and Barbi Schulick. As a child, Paul watched his doctor father make house calls and quickly learned that healthcare, involved care- not just prescriptions. In the early 70's he fell in love with the holistic use of herbs. To this day, Barbi and Paul are actively involved in New Chapter, making it a great company to do business with.
"We founded New Chapter® nearly 30 years ago out of a desire to bring the healing value of nature's botanicals into people's lives. From the beginning we formed a firm commitment to utilizing the whole plant, in its pure, unadulterated form and to make a contribution through every innovation. Nature, in its wholeness, offers a profound opportunity for healing. Our mission then was the same as it is today: To deliver the Wisdom of Nature to all those seeking natural wellness. It is our hope that people will experience a new chapter in health from using our products, and join us in offering gratitude to the healing sustenance of herbs and whole foods."
—Paul and Barbi Schulick
take from NewChapter.com
Every Woman Multi Vitamin
"Whole-food cultured multivitamin with nutrients for immune, stress, and hormone support"
Most vitamins are created synthetically and will not be absorbed properly, or put to proper use when you ingest them. Synthetic supplements have also been known to hurt folks, but Centrum won't tell you that, will they?
DeCava explained it best. "Synthetic Thiamine ('Vitamin B1') “will initially allay fatigue but will eventually cause fatigue by the build-up of pyruvic acid. This leads to the vicious cycle of thinking more and more Thiamine is needed, resulting in more and more fatigue along with other accumulated complaints.”
Kristin Savory explains it best. "Take a carrot for instance. Carrots are loaded with nutrients. Bigwigs like beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), as well as lesser-known players like folicin and mannose. In fact, scientists have isolated about 200 nutrients and phytonutrients in the humble carrot.These 200 nutrients work together in mysterious ways. The little guys help get the big guys and vice versa, There are enzymes, coenzymes, co-vitamins , minerals, and other factors that help the nutrients work together synergistically.
Take a look at the standard multi-vitamin label. We’re content when we see 20 ingredients listed in high percentages. Now think about that carrot again. There’s over 200 known nutrients in that carrot. Foods are complex in their nutrients because nutrients need each other to be properly absorbed and integrated into our bodies.
In our culture, we’re used to the idea that “more is better.” If beta-carotene is good for the eyes, then a whole bunch of beta-carotene must be really good for the eyes.
This type of thinking is not how Mother Nature works when it comes to nutrition. "
-taken from Empowered Sustenance
New Chapter's "Every Woman Muti-Vitamin" is on our Resources List because we believe in the product. We take it ourselves and can attest to it's benefits and what it's done in our lives. No one paid us, no one scratched a back; remember we aren't corporate suit and ties. We are fruit 'n veggie lovin' hippies. We share the resources that work, because we care about your development, we care about your health, and we care about your pocketbook. We also provide very affordable, personalized Supplementation Reviews. If you'd like more guidance on what supplements you should be taking to reach your personal health goals, just give your MyCoach a Shout-out and Linda will answer all your questions!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I buy it?
You can buy New Chapter Every Woman's Multi Vitamin at:
Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, Richards Foodpurium, GNC, and other Natural/Whole Food Stores
You cannot buy them at:
Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Publix, Target, or other conventional stores. Sorry Charlie!
How much does it cost?
A months supply (or close to it) will run you about $30-$40 depending on where you buy them.
It's worth it.
Can I take these instead of juicing?
😂😂😂 No. The answer is "No."
But nice try, worthy attempt. A failed attempt, but hey- you gotta ask right?
I'm already juicing, do I need these?
Unless you are juicing things like organic Chaste Tree Berry or shoving organic Astragalus down the juicer shoot.... the answer is no.
No, you cannot just juice. If you want to win this game and not just play with it- you need to be all in. This is the fight of your life and we aren't going to let you lose it.
I'm already taking a Multi Vitamin, can you tell me if it's okay?
I want to start using supplementation for healing or weight loss, can you help me set that up?
While we are not registered nutritionists, we can offer you guidance and support. Each Member is unique and requires unique care. We can create a Supplementation Review, or we can refer you to a specialist for your case, or, best of all, we can help educate you, so you are the one in control.
Eat2Live2Love's mission is to make you an unstoppable force, not one that is dependent on medication or doctors, or even us. We want to see you rise above and for that reason, we promote self education; because just like your mama told you, "Knowledge is power, nobody can ever take that away from you baby."