7 Foods That Will Improve Your Vaginal Health

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Many women often experience some kind of vaginal issue and those who have experienced it know how uncomfortable it is. That is why it is very important to take good care of the vaginal health.Some of the worst conditions which can ruin your day are bacterial and yeast infections, vaginitis, thrush, excessive discharge and vaginal dryness.

Vaginal health is usually affected by several factors such as: unprotected sex, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, psychological issues and hormonal changes. Other factors include use of feminine-hygiene products as well as taking birth control pills which can have side-effects that affect the vaginal health.

The natural pH environment of the vagina is acidic. There are also plenty of healthy bacteria which protect the vagina from infections. Good hygiene is, of course, very important for proper vaginal health, as well as several foods that can balance the pH levels.

  1. Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is rich in live and active cultures which prevent disease-causing organisms to produce lactic acid and cause infections. This type of yogurt also balances pH levels in the body.

You should eat 1-2 cups daily. Other foods that contain probiotics are sauerkraut, kefir, miso and kimchi.

  1. Lemon

Lemons are also excellent for protecting the vaginal health. They are acidic food that helps maintain the pH levels of the vagina. Lemons also contain antioxidants that provide protection from free radicals.

To balance the pH levels in the body drink lemon water once or twice a day. To prepare mixture, take a glass of warm water, add the juice of ½ lemon and some raw honey.

  1. Cranberry juice

Cranberries are also important for balancing the pH levels in the vagina.  The acidic properties of these berries fight bacteria that cause vaginal infections, urinary tract infections and many other problems.

  1. Garlic

Garlic is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It has antifungal and antimicrobial properties which is why it is excellent for getting rid of yeast infections. You can consume garlic raw, cooked or as a supplement.

  1. Drink water

Being hydrated is extremely important for the whole body, including the vagina.

  1. Fresh fruits and vegetables

You can reduce menstrual cramps, improve your skin’s appearance and also experience easier orgasms by eating plant-based foods. It is important to get plenty of vitamin B6 and potassium which can be found in leafy greens.

  1. Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E and natural oils that prevent vaginal dryness. By eating almonds and pumpkin seeds, you can regulate your menstrual cycle as well as get rid of the itching.

Additional tips

  • Drink enough water every day to keep the mucous of the vaginal membranes lubricated and properly functioning
  • Avoid eating processed or foods rich in sugar
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • If you have a yeast infection, avoid foods that contain yeast such as beer and bread
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol – they increase the risk of infection
  • Always wear cotton underwear
  • Perform exercises that target the pelvic floor muscles
  • Avoid douching – this only increases the risk of infections
  • Avoid having unprotected sex
  • Using scented soaps, wipes and other similar products only leads to vaginal dryness.

Resources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24170161