Vaginal Microbiome, Youthful Genitals & Reproductive Essence | Angela Heap #058

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What constitutes a healthy vagina?

How much pubic hair? How much lubrication? What pH level? What bathing methods? - what are the ideal parameters for a healthy vagina for healthy hormonal, reproductive and general health, and how do you look after it?

How can men care for the seat of creative intelligence? The Vagina

You have probably heard about the gut microbiome, maybe even the skin and oral microbiome, but what about the vaginal microbiome?

Join Ayurvedic practitioner Dylan Smith, who is incredibly passionate about gynaecology and the female urino-genitary system, and Fertility Nutritionist Angela Heap, who is is establishing a very popular fertility clinic and following, in this juicy episode so you can increase your awareness of what a healthy vagina is, and how to look after it.

About Our Guest: Angela Heap

Angela is a Nutritionist with 12 years experience in fertility and pregnancy.
She runs a successful London based clinic and works internationally with clients.
Angela lectures on Fertility and Pregnancy for the British College of Nutritional Health, The British Association and The College of Naturopathic Medicine where she studied in 2005 and now trains Nutritional Therapists on how to use functional tests.

Angela also collaborates regularly with a UK Based genetic testing company LifecodeGX to present on female health and genes incorporating Dutch testing.

Angela Heap

Angela recently took part and lectured to peers in the Fertilty Masterclass which represented an in depth look into fertility for practitioners. She also represents labs in the UK on interviews on fertility.

In 2018 she presented on clinical fertility as part of one of the biggest international conference sponsored by UK labs Regenerus on Fertility and Pregnancy with prominent International Gynaecologists, Paediatricians, Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors in their field in ‘ The Gestational Journey’ in London. In 2019 she presented on Male Fertility at the International Congress of Nutritionist in Croatia. Angela is a speaker at the UK Fertility Show in the UK, and regularly collaborates with Urologists and Gynaecologists in the UK. Her area of special interest is multiple miscarriages,  IVF, Genetics, PCOS and Thyroid health. She has been interviewed for podcasts and has taken part in many fertility summits over the years.  She also writes for magazines on Fertility and pregnancy.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Angela’s morning routine (Dinacharya)

Angela’s story

How she developed a passion for the study of the reproductive system

Infertility and having a hard time getting pregnant

Hormonal, and IUD contraceptive methods disrupting the energy and natural essence of the female body (shakti).

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and it’s relationship with the daily intake of contraceptive pills

The effects of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) on energy levels of the female body.

  • Pushed to produce 12 months of eggs in a short period of time (14 days).
  • The liver is under so much stress to be able to produce the amount of follicles with the stimulatory drugs.

Menstrual cycles

Dietary recommendations to propeciate menstrual bleeding.

Energy levels fluctuating during the menstrual cycle.

Vaginal Microbiome

Conditioning the possibility of having a successful pregnancy.

pH levels determining which bacteria can thrive in the vagina (ideally has to be between 4.2 - 4.5)

  • The absence of oestrogen causes pH to go higher.

The lactobacillus crispatus bacteria working as an indicator of microbiome health in the vagina.

The presence of certain specific bacteria leading to early miscarriages:

  • Ureaplasma
  • Streptococcus

Bacterial Vaginosis: a precursor to candida or thrush; its causes and how to prevent. 

Vaginal swabbing: availability and the dangers of over-scanning and over-testing in general.

Lubrication of the reproductive tissues (Shukra)

Smell and fluid (discharge) of the vagina.

Proper genital hygiene

  • Market-sold vaginal douches - not recommended.

Pubic Hair

It functions as a sweat absorbent and a smell and pheromone carrier. 

Conscious conception

Optimizing overall health and fertility 

Thinking of reproduction as a pious thing, Yagya. This way:

  • Every cell in the body is involved in the process. 
  • The rest of the body gets distributed and engineered into that seed. 

Aligning the child's conception with astrology.

Contraception methods

Phexxi Gel to alter pH in the vagina.

Male-centered contraconception.

Fertility tracking: Daysy, Cervical Fluid and Temperature.

Ayurvedic wisdom to increase vaginal health

Yoni Pichu: administering Yoni Ghee in the vagina to improve overall health or Phalla Ghee specifically to increase fertility. 

Dhumapana (fumigation therapy) after shower to be kept clean

Resources

Angela’s current website HERE

Angela’s ebook “Boost our Fertility - The Natural Solution” for free HERE

If you want to get in touch with Angela do it via her Instagram: @fertilitynutritionist 

Women's health section of the Vital Veda shop HERE

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The Lowdown On GHEE

What Is Ghee

Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking.

Ghee is clarified or purified butter.

Butter is boiled in a specific way & the lactose components & milk solids are separated and strained to produce this concentrated golden substance, ghee. Hence, mostly no-one is allergic to ghee. It’s a totally new product after the cooking process.

This is why "lactose intolerant" individuals can consume ghee with ease.

Today’s western health scene is becoming aware and finally recognising the benefits of this “superfood,” that has been used in India for centuries.

Let me explain the many benefits of using ghee in your everyday cooking...

The History of Ghee

For centuries it has been used as a cooking fat and a food ingredient, but true Ayurvedic tradition uses it in various medicinal preparations. It is still today used in ritual as an esteemed offering.

The Rk Veda (a 3,500+ year-old ancient Sanskrit scripture) says:

This is the secret name of ghee:
“Tongue of the gods”

“Navel of immortality.”
"Streams of ghee caress the burning wood."
"Agni, the fire, loves them and is satisfied."

This indicates that ghee is superb at nourishing the metabolic fires (agni), promotes longevity and is a powerful medium to carry prayer, mantra and intention to feed the Gods (the higher aspects of ourselves) through feeding the fire.

Science Comparing Cooking Oils

If you have a small fire with embers burning and you pour some extra-virgin organic olive oil on that fire - the fire will go out.
If you pour some ghee on the fire - the fire will roar!

Same is with your digestive fire!
Ghee stimulates digestion, enzymes and helps breakdown food. (Food will not give any nourishment until it is broken down).

Most Compatible Fat for The Human Body

Ghee is so critical for the health of the gut and immunity that the colon literally makes its own ghee (butyric acid).

Research has attested to the fact that the beneficial microbes in the gut actually make their own butyric acid, the active ingredient in butter – and even more concentrated in ghee!

Butryic acid is where the world "butter" came from.

Detoxifying

This high-quality fat is known to pull toxins out of the tissues, while simultaneously driving nutrients deep into the cells.
Many people know of the new health-craze-ritual “oil pulling,” where you swish oil in the mouth to pull out toxins, strengthen teeth and gums and many more benefits.
Ghee is doing this action of “Pulling toxins out”of your gut!

The ghee has a lipophilic effect on other fatty acids and fatty toxins (meaning these toxic fats are attracted to other fats like ghee), acting like a chelating agent to pull stored fat soluble toxins out of the body and back into the intestines to be eliminated by the body.

Fat Metabolism

Depending on what your body needs, you can put on or loose weight when you incorporate ghee into your diet.

Ghee Enhances Your Metabolism - It enkindles your digestive fire to help you to process the food you eat into a thin nutrient fluid (rasa) which nourishes tissues, rather than turning into thick toxic fluid that deposits into the fat tissue (and other tissues).

Note if you are underweight, ghee will help you put on weight since it assists in tissue nourishment.

Ghee enhances muscle growth (mamsa dhatu vardhaka), which contributes to weight loss, lowers triglycerides and lowers insulin resistance, thus prevents diabetes.

Ghee improves ratio of lean mass to body fat. It decreases fat deposition, especially in the abdomen.

Ghee Balances Cholesterol & Heart Health

Ghee prevents heart disease and cholesterol issues by making the arteries more flexible and lubricated.

Unlike other oils that may easily oxidise, become rancid or create trans fatty acids that clog arteries and cause havoc on the liver. Ghee is one of the best sources of CLA (Conjugated linoleic acid), which prevents inflammation in artery walls and hardening of the arteries (plaque formation).

+ there are loads more benefits of this high source of CLA. There is SO much more to this Ojas increasing, intelligence boosting and sacred sattvic lubricating fat.

Helps Prevent Cancer

Ghee is the highest natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) (3.7%): the only acid that is anti-cancer, (no other fat oil has linoleic acid apart from safflower oil which has 2.5%).

Counters Body Dryness

Constipation, stiff bones/joints, osteoporosis, dry skin, etc.

Ghee lubricates the organs and the hardened connective tissues, also making the body more flexible.

More Medicinal Qualities

  • Ghee Nourishes Ojas (our immune system and the final end product of digestion) as well as Prana (our life force) and all of our tissues as it is warmly welcomed to penetrate and do its job in the body.
  • Ghee increases intelligence, refines the intellect and improves memory. "Ghritena Vardhate Buddhi."
  • Ghee increases the strength, luster and beauty of the body, slows the ageing process and improves our longevity.
  • Fantastic lip balm for dry and cracked lips.
  • Ghee has the perfect ratio of omega-3:omega-9 fatty acids.
  • Ghee has Vitamins A, D, E and K.
  • Ghee is a very, very stable oil with a smoke point of 252 degrees celcius, making it the safest oil and fat to cook with. (Use as a replacement for cooking oil and butter).

Vital Vedas Ghee

Eating ghee doesn’t only taste amazing, it makes happy beneficial bacteria in your precious gut – the site of digestion and nutrient assimilation, the production of many mood-regulating neurotransmitters and the maintenance of strong immunity.

According to Ayurveda, digestion is everything, so feed your digestive tract the food of the gods – beautiful, luminescent, glorious, golden ghee.

Vital Veda's Glorious Homemade Ghee

Obviously, obtaining and using quality ghee is key. I make ghee at specific times of the day, at auspicious times of the year and with the moon to align with the energetic fields and to increase consciousness flow (Soma) to emotionally charge and support the beneficial microbiology in this golden oil.

Love, Vitality and Nourishment from the Holy Cow!

Dylan Smith
a.k.a. "Gheeru"

Do you use ghee? What about make your own? Comment below.