While your vagina is good at protecting and cleansing itself, there are a few things that you can do to help keep it healthy. Besides maintaining good hygiene, practicing safe sex, and regularly getting checked by your gynecologist, eating a balanced diet can also contribute to good vaginal health.
Here are a few foods you should munch on if you want to promote good health below the belt.
Cranberries are known for being powerful infection fighters because they’re packed with antioxidants and acidic compounds. In fact, studies show that cranberries are beneficial in preventing and relieving urinary tract infections (UTI). Munching on fresh cranberries or drinking 100 percent cranberry juice (not the sweetened kind) will make you enjoy these benefits!
The beta carotene and vitamin A in sweet potatoes keep the vaginal and uterine walls healthy, and are shown to be beneficial in fertility, reproduction, and even fetal development.
Another sweet benefit of these potatoes is that they’re packed with nutrients that encourage the production of sex hormones, which is why they’re often recommneded for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Probiotics in fermented foods such as kimchi and yogurt are good for your gut and vagina’s pH level. These foods can boost the good bacteria in your body to fight off infections such as yeast infection. Other excellent sources of probiotics are pickles, miso, and kombucha tea.
An apple a day keeps things interesting in bed! 😉 Phloridzin, a phytoestrogen in apples, is said to boost sexual function, lubrication, arousal, and ability to orgasm. In fact, one study suggested that women who ate an apple once day have more satisfying sex lives!
Avocados are packed with healthy fats, vitamin B-6, and potassium — which are beneficial for your libido! This fruit can encourage lubrication and estrogen levels, strengthen vaginal walls, and may even increase the chances of a successful IVF!
The phytoestrogens — compounds that mimic estrogen — in soy are beneficial for vaginal health, especially for postmenopausal women and women with decreased estrogen levels. Soy can help relieve vaginal dryness and promote skin and blood vessel health. Better munch on minimally-processed soy products such as tofu, tempeh, and miso to enjoy these benefits!
Leafy greens are naturally blood-purifying and beneficial for blood circulation, which can help increase stimulation and prevent vaginal dryness. The vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium are also excellent for muscle health, including the vaginal muscles.
Of course, completely relying on a healthy, balanced diet is not enough to keep your vagina happy and healthy. Your lifestyle habits also greatly influence your vaginal health.
Here are other tips that may also help keep good vaginal health
- Regularly washing your genitals with warm water
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Engaging in regular physical activity
- Staying hydrated every day
- Reducing stress
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes for too long and too often
What you eat and your lifestyle have a significant impact on your vaginal health. Sticking to a healthy, nutrient-rich diet not only benefits your vagina, but also your entire body.