By Ebun Bello
Did you know your vagina has a built-in self-cleaning system?
However, a woman’s pH level and vaginal discharge can be thrown off balance due to normal activities like menstruation, sex, and/or hormonal changes.
These disruptions can easily be fixed by consuming natural foods and drinks that will provide the vagina with the proper balance of acid that is necessary to kill off any infectious bacteria.
A balanced, nutritious diet and drinking plenty of fluids are key to vaginal and reproductive healths.
These 9 natural foods are top on our list.
By now, you should know that cranberry is great for improving your vaginal health. It helps balance the vagina’s pH level and its acidic property helps fight bacteria that cause UTIs, vaginal infections, and other problems.
To reap the benefits, drink a glass of unsweetened, organic cranberry juice daily. Those who like the tart flavor can even eat a handful of cranberries daily. You can opt to take cranberry tablets but consult your doctor first.
Avocados are ample in healthy fats, vitamin B-6, and potassium — all of which have positive effects on your libido. This libido-boosting fruit can strengthen vaginal walls, enhance lubrication and estrogen levels, and may even increase IVF success due to its unsaturated fats.
3. Greek Yogurt
Eating Greek yogurt daily is great for maintaining vaginal health. It contains live and active cultures (Lactobacillus bacteria) that prevent disease-causing organisms from attaching to the vagina and produce chemicals like lactic acid that inactivate or kill other infection-causing organisms. It also helps maintain healthy pH levels in the body.
The probiotics in yogurt bolster your healthy vaginal microflora, thereby helping prevent infections like UTIs, bacterial vaginosis, and yeast infections—plus the extra dose of calcium in yogurt may help improve PMS symptoms.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away… and keeps things more interesting in bed apparently! One phytoestrogen phloridzin found in apples is thought to promote better sexual function, arousal, lubrication, and ability to orgasm.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Not only are sweet potatoes a delicious alternative to traditional potatoes, but they are also incredibly #effective in maintaining good vaginal health.
They are filled to the brim with Vitamin A, and this is a vitamin that contributes to making our uterine walls super strong, as well as encouraging the production of hormones that help us stay energized.
Research shows that garlic is great for down there as it contains antimicrobial and antifungal properties that help prevent vaginal problems, such as itching, burning, odor, vaginal discharge, and even UTIs.
It also boosts the immune system, so that your body is ready to fight off any infection.
Eat 2 to 3 raw garlic cloves on a daily basis. You can also add garlic or its paste to your dishes and salads. If you prefer to take garlic capsules, consult your doctor first.
Love it or hate it, but broccoli is what you need to reinstall your vaginal health. That’s because it is loaded with flavonoids which are the antioxidants that are required by your body in good amounts. According to research published in the International Journal of Cancer 2017, there might be chances that you can avoid ovarian cancer by a great margin if you include broccoli in your diet. Well, that’s a good enough reason to eat a big bowl of broccoli every day.
Lemons also support vaginal health as their acidic nature helps maintain the vagina’s healthy pH level. Antioxidants in it also help protect the cells from free-radical damage.
In addition, it works as an immune booster to help your body prevent and fight any kind of infection.
Drink lemon water once or twice daily to help restore the pH balance in your body. To make lemon water, mix the juice of ½ lemon to a glass of warm water and add a little raw honey for taste.
Omega-3 found in fish is something your vagina needs to stay healthy. Eating fish or omega-3 rich food also helps in preventing endometriosis. This is stated by none other than the Oxford journal, Human Reproduction.
Ebun Bello is a Content Writer by Day and Fashion Enthusiast every other time. She’s passionate about Digital Media, Women’s Fashion and Everything In Between!