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Posted: November 5, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Health and Fitness: Don't let yeast and bacteria spoil your workout

By Gregor Reid, Ph. D., Chair in Human Microbiology and Probiotics, Lawson Health Research Institute and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

Clothing for exercise, running, jogging, cycling and wet bathing suits can provide a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria and cause potential odor, itch, and infection.

Sports enthusiasts should know about RepHresh Pro-B -- a probiotic feminine supplement in capsule form that women can take once a day - like a vitamin--to balance yeast and bacteria and maintain feminine health. Yeast and bacteria are naturally present in the vaginal environment, but it is important that they stay in balance. Up until now, adding good bacteria, or pro-biotics, back into the body has been a great solution for digestive problems. NOW researchers have identified 2 probiotic strains, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GR-1 and the Lactobacillus Reuteri RC-14, clinically shown to balance yeast and bacteria to maintain feminine health. We call it "confidence in a capsule" and Pro-B has just successfully completed the FDA New Dietary Ingredient process.

The specific strains (rhamnosus GR-1(TM) and reuteri RC-14(TM)) are important, because other strains of Lactobacillus do not have the same science behind them. These strains were specifically chosen because they were found in healthy women, and they showed many properties that could help women with yeast and bacteria. Their benefits have now been documented in multiple clinical and laboratory studies over the last 27 years. So it is wonderful that these strains are now finally available for the millions of women in the United States who deal with feminine health issues each year.

Probiotics ("for life") represent the application of beneficial bacteria into the body. The number of probiotics for digestive health and immunity support has boomed in the last few years. Science is only beginning to understand the complex relationship our bodies have with beneficial bacteria. Doctors have long known that lactobacillus, beneficial bacteria, is important to women's health. That is what has sparked the mythology surrounding yogurt and vaginal health. But, before now, probiotic strains for vaginal health were not available.

In fact, an American College of Gynecology Practice Bulletin, states that studies "with lactobacillus supplements have used non-vaginal strains of lactobacillus and have failed to show a clear benefit. But that is old news now that RepHresh Pro-B is available. RepHresh Pro-B finally makes clinically studied strains of urogenital lactobacillus available to women.

Vaginal probiotics empower women with a means to support their overall feminine wellness by providing a natural way to balance yeast and bacteria.

Just 1 capsule of RepHresh Pro-B per day helps maintain vaginal flora in a normal, healthy range. Pro-B can also be used in conjunction RepHresh Vaginal Gel, clinically shown to maintain healthy vaginal pH and eliminate odor for up to three full days.

RepHresh Pro-B and RepHresh Vaginal Gel are available in the feminine care aisle of most drug and discount stores. For more information, visit or call (877) 507.6516.

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