Monday Roundup: poultry probs, keto crotch & food-borne UTIs

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Uqora's Monday Roundup - 8/19/19

Why did the chicken cross the road? To give you a UTI!

Didn’t think UTIs could start on your plate? Well, we’ve got some bad news for your belly. The term FUTI — or foodborne urinary tract infection — is gaining attention thanks to mounting evidence that E. coli-contaminated food could be causing widespread UTIs around the world, according to New Food Economy. Unlike other strains of E. coli that cause gastrointestinal problems, uropathogenic E. coli — the kind that cause UTIs — aren’t monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So, the problem has flown under the radar for decades.

That’s right — this is nothing new. The hypothesis was first posed back in the 1970s, and it gained traction in 2001 when researchers found the same strain of multidrug-resistant E. coli bacteria in the urine samples of college students at three different U.S. universities. How’d the bacteria travel so far? According to the researchers, contaminated food products were likely to blame. What’s more, animals are often given the same antibiotics used to treat UTIs. That means the meat and poultry we eat could be the source of our UTIs and the reason we’re developing a resistance to the drugs we need to treat them.

“UTI is a gateway disease, meaning it can often lead to more advanced forms of life-threatening drug-resistant infections. That’s why monitoring the spread of drug-resistant UTIs is so important.” - New Food Economy

Mind your crotches, keto friends.

The fat-cutting, mind-enhancing fad may come with some more unpleasant side effects. While “keto breath” is well documented, women on the keto diet are now reporting an unpleasant vaginal odor too, according to mindbodygreen. What’s the link? The high-fat, low-carb diet can throw off vaginal pH, which leads to a whole array of issues down under.

Keto dieters traditionally go hard on meat, poultry, dairy, and caffeine, which are all highly acidic. And high acidity in your diet can alter the pH of your vagina, making it more alkaline — and more susceptible to infections like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and (you guessed it) urinary tract infections.

So what’s a keto-er to do? Dr. Anna Cabeca recommends counterbalancing acidity by adding more alkaline and probiotic-rich foods to your diet. This can help rebalance vaginal pH and add good bugs to the mix to keep the bad guys in check. Taking a vaginal probiotic daily can also give your body the added boost it needs to fend off vaginal infections.

"... because the gut microbiome may function as a sort of "reservoir" for vaginal microorganisms, it's thought that keeping the gut healthy and balanced will help keep your vagina healthy and balanced, too..." - Dr. Anna Cabeca

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