People always advise others to “trust your instincts”, but it turns out that the younger generation knows more about how to take care of themselves than their elders.
OnePoll and Culturelle Probiotics surveyed 2,000 women from different generations about their health mindset.
While many women felt knowledgeable about their immune (67%), mental (64%) and physical (64%) health, results differed across generations.
It turns out that millennial women (75%) felt more aware of their immune health than baby boomers (39%).
Sixty percent of women said they “always” or “often” think about their immune health, while millennials are more likely to think about it than baby boomers (67% vs. 39%).
The same goes for vaginal health, as millennials (63%) are more likely to think about it than baby boomers (29%).
Only two in 10 women knew that most of their immune system resides in their gut, while 47% knew that fitness can affect digestive health.
About half of the women correctly noted that genetics (52%), tobacco and alcohol use (51%), and stress (50%) could affect immune health. However, only 40% knew that the profession could also play a role.
“The same factors that can disrupt your gut health — such as stress, your period, diet and sex — can also affect vaginal bacteria and immune health,” said Lisa Oliveira, Senior Brand Manager, Culturelle Probiotics. .
Some women — 35% to be exact — said they relied on women’s health magazines for information, while 39% said they trusted their doctor or gynecologist.
When it comes to knowing what’s good for her body, the average woman says she’s learning how to best support her health — including her immune, digestive and feminine health — at age 31.
The study also found that 38% of women thought the immune system was the same regardless of gender. However, some studies – including from Stanford University School of Medicine – have found this to be incorrect.