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Before we begin, let’s get a better understanding of the meaning behind “pH balance”. Remember in science class as a teenager testing the pH balance of different liquids such as water or vinegar with a pH strip to see the different levels of acidity? (If you don’t remember, not to worry!) Basically, pH balance refers to the level of acids and bases present. Now, let’s get personal! When your vagina’s pH is in balance your body can fight off bacterial and infections, however, when it is not then bad bacteria can build up and cause odor, irritation, and potentially infections.
When pH is measured it has a scale from 0 to 14. Anything less than 7 is considered acidic, while anything indicating higher then 7 is considered alkaline. Vaginal pH levels typically range between 3.5 and 4.5. You want to avoid high vaginal pH levels that can create the perfect environment for unhealthy bacteria to form. This can lead to odor, painful sex, discomfort or infections. Not to mention higher risks for STIs, infertility, pre-term births, pelvic inflammatory disease and post-hysterectomy infection- no thanks!
So why is this important? Vaginal care can easily go unnoticed, but it is important to clean and use safe pH balancing products to ensure your vaginal health is in check! You may experience symptoms such as burning, itching, redness or various forms of irritation “down under”, this is a sign that your body is letting you know your pH may be off-balance.
Don’t vagina’s clean themselves? Yes, as magical as it sounds, your vagina is self-cleaning and can usually maintain its pH balance without additional help. However, circumstances can change and disrupt that perfect pH balance level.
Most common disruptors include:
Menstruation- Menstrual blood holds a pH of about 7.4 and can easily fluctuate when using products such as tampons and pads, increasing the risk for bacterial growth.
Medications- Unnatural substances such as prescription medications and antibiotics can upset the balance of good bacteria in your body.
Hormones- Anything that contributes to the fluctuation of hormones, such as oral or internal contraceptives, hormonal replacement therapy, and pregnancy can often cause a high pH that potentially leads to vaginal infections.
Wet or Damp Clothing- Bacteria and yeast flourish in warm and wet environments such as sweaty workout clothes and wet swimsuits.
Now that we know more about pH and its disruptors, let’s review the many ways you can help maintain that pH balance!
Before we get started, if you are experiencing any irritation, discomfort, or infections do consult your physician.
Healthy Diet- You are what you eat, right? Try avoiding processed foods, refined sugars and simple carbs. It is best to consume whole, fresh foods and natural antifungal foods such as yogurt and garlic (they help fight off bad bacteria).
Practice Safe Sex- Semen has a pH of about 7.1 to 8, it is best to use barrier protection such as condoms during sex to reduce risks.
Safe Feminine Care Products- We know it’s important to keep your vagina and its surroundings clean, however, it can be sensitive! Regular body washes or soaps can disrupt the pH balance or even cause dryness or irritation. We recommend using safe feminine care products that are made without harsh chemicals, such as our Pre + Probiotic Feminine Wash. Our gentle Foaming Feminine Wash is packed with pre + probiotics as well as lactic acid to maintain the perfect pH level of your delicate area and to combat odor before it starts.
February 26, 2020
The 411 on Prebiotics & why you NEED it in your deodorant!
Before you ask yourself, “Why would I need prebiotics in my deodorant?” let us explain! Prebiotics are nutrients that promote growth of good bacteria you house in your body. These nutrients “feed” the good bacteria in order to fight off the bad bacteria, which causes body odor. When there aren’t enough good bacteria in the body the bad bacteria can increase and take over.
What’s the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics?
Both prebiotics and probiotics work to promote a healthier microbiome for areas such as the gut, mouth and skin. Prebiotics are nutrients that promote the growth of the good bacteria you already have in your body while Probiotics are bacteria that benefits the body to maintain a healthy balance.
Switching to a deodorant that has prebiotics can help with bacteria, odor and infections. It is important to use deodorants that are natural and clean, which means free of toxins and harmful chemicals. Think of prebiotics as a natural way to reduce odor, compared to leading brands with synthetics and “bad for you” ingredients.
Honestly pHresh’s magnesium enriched, prebiotic formula not only offers odor protection, but provides essential minerals and confidence!
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, give our Pre + Probiotic Deodorants a try! Our pre + probiotic formula works in harmony with your natural ﬂora to keep the pH levels of your skin balanced and in check.
Just like our entire natural deodorant collection, these all-natural deodorant sprays are vegan, baking soda free, cruelty-free, aluminum-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and proudly made in the USA.
February 26, 2020
healthy bacteria. Often talked about in a nutritional setting, probiotics promote a healthy
digestive tract and immune system (great for gut health!).
The claim to fame is how probiotics balance the body’s microscopic helpers, reduce body odor,
encourage cell renewal and improves your immune system.
What are the benefits of probiotic deodorant?
Think of probiotic deodorant as Kombucha for your underarms. As we know, sweat is naturally
odorless, it’s the bacteria living on your skin that contributes to stinky pits. By introducing good
bacteria (hello probiotics!) your skins microbiome strengthens and the good bacteria takes over,
For every “good” and healthy deodorant there are several “bad” ones on the market to stay away
from. Thankfully, we are seeing a trend in cleaner and safer products but harmful deodorants are
still easily accessible and are in every major retail store.
Watch out for these ingredients when purchasing deodorant-
Aluminum, used in deodorants to keep your pores from releasing perspiration. Without releasing
perspiration, it will begin to accumulate overtime and may lead to Alzheimer’s disease and
Baking Soda, used in deodorants to absorb sweat and reduce odor can ultimately cause a rash.
This is due to the alkaline pH level reacting to the acid (sweat and sebum production) from your
Fragrance (also listed as Parfum), the ingredient listing with dirty secrets! This means, any
chemical that contributes to the products smell doesn’t have to actually be listed on the
label since it’s under the “fragrance” or “parfum” umbrella. Stay away from fragranced
products, as consumers we don’t actually know what’s in these formulas.
Propylene Glycol, which was actually first developed as an anti-freeze, now used in deodorants
to increase absorption. Studies have shown skin irritations and allergic reactions. This chemical
can be harmful at as small a percentage as 2%, yet deodorants and antiperspirants generally have
doses of propylene glycol as high as 50%.
Parabens, used as a preservative in a large variety of beauty and food products. Parabens disrupt
hormone function by mimicking estrogen and when the body produces too much estrogen it can
trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumors (potentially causing breast cancer
and reproductive issues).
Triclosan, is a chemical commonly found in soaps, hand sanitizers and deodorant. This
antifungal and antibacterial chemical effects thyroid hormone function and can increase allergy
Overwhelmed? Don’t be!
Our pre/probiotic formula works in harmony with your natural ﬂora to keep the pH levels of your
skin balanced and in check. Derived from the yakon root, our probiotic spray deodorant
encourages the growth of healthy bacteria while eliminating the unwanted odor-causing bacteria.
Our smart deodorant sprays on clear and can be used on any exterior part of the body to oﬀer
full, all-natural deodorant coverage.
Quick Tip- We’ve got a multitasker on our hands! These sprays are also great for yoga mats,
shoes, and more! So, stop the stink before it gets to you!
Just like our entire natural deodorant collection, these all-natural deodorant sprays are vegan,
baking soda free, cruelty-free, aluminum-free, paraben-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and proudly
made in the USA. We promise that each deodorant spray is free of harsh chemicals, artificial
colors, and synthetic fragrances. So, go ahead and sweat in confidence! Healthy looks good on you:)
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