Hi members! The Love Club was created with all of you in mind - a safe place for women to come together and discuss what's really important: your health, wellness, body, and minds! The conversations we have are empowering women in our lives and let's be honest.. it's straight up COOL to be able to talk about our bodies, health, and science with each other!
So why not get points for making this community the absolute BEST community it can be?!
HOW IT WORKS
1️⃣Create an account to join The Love Club
2️⃣Earn points for engaging and being active on TLC!
3️⃣Redeem for your Love Wellness products!
💰️100 points = $5 off
💰️200 points = $10 off
💰️500 points = $25 off
🤑OMG That's a FREE bottle of your FAV product!
HOW TO EARN POINTS
💗300 points for signing up for TLC
💗150 points for participating in polls
💗100 points for participating in challenges
💗10 points for starting your own discussion
💗10 points for commenting back to other ladies and their discussions (share your personal stories and advice!)
💗10 points for commenting back on ANY discussion! That's right..share with our Medical Advisors and contributors, geek out with us on Exciting Science, learn some new facts at Did You Know, see what's cookin' in the Kitchen. Stay up to date on all recent discussions here!
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Stay tuned for SO MUCH MORE exciting updates we have in store for you and TLC! 😘
The fine print!
*Members will receive points for their first comment on any discussion (if you leave more than 1 comment on a discussion, you will not be rewarded for those but we encourage you to still share the LOVE!)
**Members will receive points for only 1 new discussion started per day (if you start more than 1 discussion in a day, you will only receive points for your first) but don't let this stop you!! We love to see our community engaging with each other!
***Members will receive points from the week by EOD every Friday. If points were not added to your account, they will be included in the following week's round up.
What causes yeast infections?
Each organ system in the body that is exposed to the outside world (i.e. skin, mouth, gut, vagina) has a colony of organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi) ideally co-existing harmoniously. This family of organisms is called the “flora.” When the flora becomes imbalanced for any reason, an infection can likely follow. One of the most commonly seen vaginal tract infections is our “friend,” the yeast infection. Yeast infections are medically termed vulvovaginal candidiasis because the culprit is a yeast (a type of fungus) named Candida. Candida normally lives peacefully inside the body, in the vagina, and on the skin in low amounts without causing any issues. Certain factors, however, can cause the fungus to multiply, at which point many people become symptomatic and experience infections.
Do I have a yeast infection?
Signs of a vaginal yeast infection include itching, burning, soreness, and discomfort. The vulva (external visible part of the female genitals) will usually appear red, swollen, irritated, and tender to touch. Other symptoms can be pain during sex and burning during urination. These signs and symptoms are most often experienced along with a change in vaginal discharge that appears white and thick, like cottage cheese. One thing that is NOT characteristic of a yeast infection is a change in discharge odor. Change in odor is often a sign of a different type of infection. Overall, it is usually easy to diagnose yourself with the occasional yeast infection based on your symptoms.
So, how do I PREVENT yeast infections?
Keep the perineum clean
Perineum is the medical term for the area between the vagina and anus. Because Candida is often found living in the gastrointestinal tract, it only has a short distance to travel from the anus to reach the vagina. If you’re not careful to keep the area clean when wiping, wearing thongs, and after exercising, then it’s easy for Candida to migrate across this area and cause a yeast infection. Keep the area clean with gentle, pH balanced wipes to prevent extra yeast from ever reaching the vagina.
Avoid harsh soaps
While it’s beneficial to keep everything clean, using harsh soaps will do more harm than good. Remember, the vagina itself is a beautifully designed, self-cleansing system that doesn’t need help from soap. In clinics, we often have patients who feel they need to clean extra because of their normal discharge. This leads to vigorous cleaning with harsh soaps. This disrupts the pH balance, kills good vaginal bacteria, and leads to overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast. This leads to yeast infections which then leads to more cleaning and turns into a painful and vicious cycle. To prevent this, use a gentle, unscented, pH balancing cleanser ONLY on the vulva (external genitals) and never inside the vagina.
Supplement with probiotics
Probiotics are living organisms, sometimes called “good bacteria” that have been encapsulated and can be used as supplements to provide health benefits. In short, probiotics can increase the number of good bacteria in your body, so they can fight off yeast and other harmful pathogens. This has extra importance during and after any course of antibiotics because probiotics assist in rebuilding the good bacteria. Additionally, there are numerous other benefits to probiotics including a healthier digestive tract and increased immunity to infections.
Be careful choosing lubricants
Harsh lubricants that are scented and have unknown ingredients can lead to an imbalance in vaginal pH. Choose an FDA approved lubricant that is water-based, scent free, and gentle enough for the vaginal area. It is important that your lubricant is pH balanced to match the vaginal environment and free of harsh chemicals, so you don’t increase your risk of yeast infections.
Go commando at nighttime
One of the simplest ways to prevent yeast infections is to sleep without underwear. Tight underwear made of synthetic material creates a moist environment which is perfect for bacteria and yeast to grow and multiply. Choose a loose cotton underwear or go commando at nighttime, so your vagina has a chance to breath and regulate bacteria.
Try to decrease stress levels
Increased levels of stress for prolonged periods of time can increase cortisol levels in your blood. If maintained for too long, this can weaken your immune system which puts you at risk for yeast infections and other types of illnesses. Aiming to maintain a balanced lifestyle with exercise, nutrition, and possibly mood supplements can assist in lowering stress levels. This in turn can help your body fight away yeast infections.
Maintain blood-sugar balance
Candida is a yeast and yeast feed off sugar. This is one reason that many people with uncontrolled diabetes have recurrent yeast infections. So, keeping a low-sugar diet can play a beneficial roll in decreasing the number of yeast infections you experience.
The spookiest time of year has arrived! Let the horror movie marathons and pumpkin carving festivities begin, because Halloween is just around the corner.
Whether you’re a Hocus Pocus fan or more of a Saw III fan, we all have metaphorical monsters under the bed that keep us up at night.
For some of you reading this article, you might say your monsters under the bed are more tangible fears, like a fear of spiders or a fear of elevators. For others, you might say your biggest fear goes a little deeper, like the fear of being alone, fear of failure, or fear of disappointment. Regardless of what you’re afraid of, we all experience fear, it's innate in our DNA.
Fear helps us respond quickly to avoid danger - however, sometimes we experience fear even when there is no actual threat of danger or harm. For example, you might experience the exact same heart-pounding, stomach churning feeling of fear when you’re about to give a presentation at work that you might experience when the car in front of you slams on their breaks unexpectedly.
While it’s natural to avoid things that make us scared or uncomfortable, when that fear isn’t based on any real facts or evidence of danger or harm, avoidance reinforces the message that we should be afraid and often leads to even more fear. Sometimes when we’re afraid, the biggest monster we have to face is the monster of self-sabotage. Self-sabotage is a form of avoidance. We self-sabotage when we’re afraid to fail and we self-sabotage to avoid feelings of disappointment or shame.
If you feel like a hamster stuck on a wheel, then you might be engaging in self-sabotage or unhelpful avoidance behaviors. Fear and avoidance can keep you stuck and ultimately prevent you from taking the necessary steps needed to grow and make progress. It’s important to remember that feelings of discomfort can be a positive experience and often go hand in hand with change. After all, we’re creatures of habit and we crave comfort and predictability for a sense of safety in a world that can sometimes feel like a real life Halloween horror film.
If you want to break free from the cycle of self-sabotage, you have to break-up with the idea of living a life of perfection and always being in control. Recognize that reward, growth, and personal development involve risk. Growth rarely exists without discomfort because you are doing something new and different where the outcome is often unknown. Typically, the anticipation of a feared consequence (e.g. failing a test, messing up a presentation, saying the “wrong” thing, etc.) is often worse than the experience itself.
In order to face your fears, you have to push yourself into the zone of discomfort and do it over and over again so that you increase your tolerance for the feeling of discomfort and learn that you are capable and can handle the resulting outcome.
It’s also important to remember that we’re all afraid of something. There is seldom reward without risk. When you’re afraid of the unknown, remind yourself that you are capable and imagine yourself effectively managing your worst case scenario if it happens. You might find in the end that the scary, menacing creature under your bed is nothing more than a few dust bunnies.
So this Halloween, when there’s something strange in the neighborhood, be your own self-sabotage ghost buster!
https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au – The Vicious Cycle of Anxiety Worksheet
Today's the day! Sparkle Fiber is HERE! ✨
What is it? An amazing supplement that combines ingredients like organic broccoli, collards, flax seeds with digestive enzymes to create a unique fiber supplement that optimizes health.
Why did we make it? Because fiber is about SO MUCH MORE than you know, and that this crucial nutrient needed a makeover to get the word out on all the great things that happen when you get enough fiber in your diet.
What are the benefits? The first one, and the biggie, is that fiber helps support your immune system by feeding your gut microbes. Yes - recent studies show that your gut bacteria eat fiber, and that when your gut is happy your immune system is strengthened. Good gut health = good overall health.
Some of the other notable benefits that you should know about: fiber reduces bloating, helps with weight management because you feel full for longer, it improves energy, and it gives you great hair, skin, and nails. Fiber acts like a broom sweeping through the digestive system, removing toxins along with it.
So why did I decide to bring Sparkle Fiber to life? ✨Because it's changed my life. ✨I became interested in fiber more seriously about 2 years ago when I was looking to clean up my diet in an effort to feel better system-wide. When I first looked into it, I didn't realize there were so many benefits from getting more fiber in my diet, but once I started to incorporate it I was blown away by how light and energized I felt constantly. My high fiber diet was my new best friend.
Then towards the end of 2018 I started to suspect gluten was potentially problematic for me after getting some genetic testing results back. I experimented with an elimination diet and discovered that gluten did cause me some issues, but that would force me to cut some of my best fiber sources from my diet (whole grain bread, fiber cereals, etc). It was at this point then I started looking for alternatives and didn't like what I found at the drugstore.
Stirring flavored powder into water and forcing it down was not particularly pleasant. I couldn't find an alternative that had a great ingredient profile, with cool additions like digestive enzymes available at a reasonable price.
So, we did what we do best at Love Wellness - make something new! And today, Sparkle Fiber is born!
Get some of these convenient capsules into your life (and body) right now.
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From fear to shame, to surprise, to love, our feelings are REAL!
Check out this Body Atlas, produced from research conducted by Finnish scientists which shows a heat map of where in our bodies we can expect different emotions the most.
Top 3 Benefits of Sparkle Fiber:
1️⃣Feeling full and satisfied at meal time!
2️⃣ Digestive enzyme blend = nutrients are more easily broken down and utilized by the body
3️⃣Staying regular. A bowel movement a day keeps the dietitian away!
What a day of 30g fiber looks like:
🥣A.M. 3/4 cup cooked steel cut oats + 1/2 TBSP Chia seeds + 1/4 cup blueberries + 1 scoop collagen peptides + sprinkle of cinnamon (11g)
🍎Snack : 1 medium apple dipped in + 1 TBSP almond butter (6g)
🍗Lunch: Grilled chicken over 2 cups spinach salad + 1 TBSP pine nuts + 1/2 cup chopped veggies of your choice + drizzle with oil and vinegar (6g)
🥦Dinner: Lean protein + 1/2 cup cooked broccoli + 1/2 cup cooked brown rice +One (3 capsule) serving of Sparkle Fiber (7g)