Keto Crotch: What Keto Diet Can Do for Women's Vaginal Health – National | EXCLUSIVE OFFER !

Everyone is talking about the keto diet, but no one talks about a very confusing side effect of the meal plan: a terrific vaginal odor.

The low carb and high fat diet places your body in a state of ketosis, in which you burn fat instead of carbs to give you energy.

No research has confirmed the existence of "keto-fork," but according to Calgary dietitian Andrea Hardy, it makes sense that the diet changes the pH of the vagina through the vaginal microbiota.

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"Most of us eat about 30% of our calories for the day as fat," Hardy said. "The keto diet recommends 70 to 80% of our calories in fat. Excessive consumption of saturated fats and fats can change the pH of the vagina. "

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(Excessive fat consumption is associated with an increase in bacterial vaginosis, a condition caused by a change in pH in the vagina.)

In the end, an increase in the pH of the vagina may increase the risk of poor bacterial growth. Bad bacteria can cause yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and, in fact, a bad odor.

The keto diet moves herbal foods with foods high in fat. Herbal foods are high-fiber foods, and "these foods are what nourishes the good bacteria in our gut," Hardy explained.

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For Hardy, a nauseating odor, yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis may indicate that the keto diet is not for your body.

"Some studies suggest that the keto diet is actually harmful to our microbiomes, simply because it reduces the variety (of foods) and types of carbohydrates that are so important to the diet of these good ones. bacteria, "said Mr. Hardy.

That being said, there are ways to promote good gut and vaginal health during the keto diet.

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"Most people I see on a keto diet end up taking a more moderate approach, which means consuming a little more than the recommended 5 to 10% of their calories in carbohydrates," Hardy said.

It may also be helpful to talk to your pharmacist or family doctor about the use of probiotics, which may help reduce your risk of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.

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Hardy does not believe that the keto diet is a sustainable way to lose weight, especially if you experience these additional side effects.

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"Proponents of the keto diet suggest that eating that low carbohydrate puts your body in ketosis, which is helpful for weight loss," said Hardy. But getting into ketosis requires a very restrictive diet that can be difficult to maintain.

In addition, the radical changes that occur in your body during ketosis can have several other negative side effects.

"Ketosis occurs when your body runs out of its main source of fuel: glucose. Our carbohydrate foods are converted to glucose in our body and provide us with energy. When we limit this, our body must find energy from other sources to absorb other nutrients, lipids and proteins and convert them to ketones, which can be used as glucose, "he said. said Mr. Hardy.

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"The reason people lose weight so quickly is that your body stores glucose in the form of glycogen. For each gram of glycogen stored, it stores three grams of water. So, when people go on a keto diet, they deplete their glycogen reserves and very quickly lose a lot of pounds. "

Dehydration, constipation, increased risk of kidney problems and "keto flu" are some of the most common negative side effects.

"When you limit your body to its main source of energy, it stimulates the hormones of hunger while it struggles to get the fuel it needs," Hardy said. "People tend to feel bad, really hungry and tired."

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In the end, Hardy does not recommend the keto diet as a way to lose weight.

"Unless it's therapeutic for a specific medical condition, I would not recommend the keto diet. For the general public looking to manage their weight, I do not think that the keto diet is appropriate and, frankly, in the long term, it is probably harmful for the gut microbiota. Your best choice would be a more moderate and sustainable approach, "she said.

Meghan.Collie@globalnews.ca

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