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Vaginal ecology is extremely dynamic and is affected by numerous host (i.e. you!) factors including age, ethnicity, hormonal changes and life stages, infection and even use of various sanitary items like tampons and moon cups. With this in mind, it is no wonder that imbalances or dysbiosis can occur. Often these imbalances can be modulated with diet, lifestyle and nutraceutical interventions however.
SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is a common underlying cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). SIBO has been shown to be present in up to 78% of IBS cases. Given IBS affects 11% of the worldwide population, this is a truly remarkable number of people. IBS is likely multifactorial but many symptoms can be attributed to a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.
You know we just love our polyphenols. Among other health benefits they act as a fertiliser for our microbes and support immune health. Cacao is one such polyphenol. Pure cacao has very high amounts of flavonoids and its scientific name theobroma cacao literally means “food of the gods”. We certainly think so.
Probiotics are not for every person all the time. Depending on the level of dysbiosis or microbial imbalance someone may have, more gentle support may sometimes be wise. Enter polyphenols. Polyphenols are phytochemicals with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which interact with our microbiome. Think of them like a gut fertiliser.