Diet Adjustments that Improve Vaginal Health
Your diet impacts every aspect of your body. And, yes, that includes your vagina as well. Making healthier choices can boost your sexual health, reproductive health and even help women navigate menopause with less severe symptoms.
A healthy vagina has naturally healthy acidic pH levels. A vagina that’s in good health has a host of healthy bacteria known as probiotics. These good bacteria ward off infections and keep your reproductive system working smoothly.
Today, we’ll take a look at several simple dietary adjustments you can make to maintain optimal vaginal and sexual health.
Alleviate Painful Cramps
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help ease your period pain. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce period symptoms such as cramps. Some omega-3 rich foods to add to your diet include:
If you’re craving something on the sweet side, try fresh fruit like strawberries or raspberries.
If you’re experiencing cramps related to your period, you may want to avoid these foods; fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine, and salt.
Ward Off Yeast Infections
Probiotic-rich foods have been shown to promote a good pH balance within the vagina. The good bacteria Lactobacillus improves overall vaginal health and can help prevent yeast infections.
The best probiotic-rich foods to try for the prevention of yeast infections are:
- Greek yogurt
While you’ve probably heard about the benefits of cranberry juice in the treatment of yeast infections, it’s also packed with unhealthy amounts of sugar.
Put an End to UTIs
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can cause annoyingly frequent bathroom breaks and a painful burning sensation. About half the women in the US have (or will have) a UTI at some point in their life.
Keeping your body hydrated by drinking lots of water is a great way to flush bad bacteria from your kidneys, bladder, and uterus. Another great way to keep UTIs at bay is to consume plenty of antimicrobial-rich foods such as green tea and ginger.
Avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes, oranges, limes, and lemons.
Counteract Menopause Symptoms
There are even foods that can help you navigate menopause with less severe symptoms. Vaginal dryness, for example, is caused by reduced estrogen levels. Phytoestrogens (a natural plant-based estrogen replacement) can help reduce irritating vaginal dryness.
Some good phytoestrogen-rich foods include soy products such as:
These soy-based products are also hydrophilic, or natural lubricants, that attract moisture to your tissue.
Healthy foods equal a happy, healthy vagina. But keep in mind, the foods you eat only affect your body for 2-3 days after consuming them. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet for optimal sexual and vaginal health.
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