The adage, ‘you are what you eat,’ is so true when it comes to maintaining vagina health.
Many women who have issues with their vagina may be surprised that beyond taking medications, what they eat also affects how their vagina functions.
So, what type of foods will make your vagina happy and healthy? These ones…
Apple: A recent study in the Archives of Gynaecology and Obstetrics notes that apple consumption makes for better sexual quality of life in young women. This include sexual satisfaction, ability to orgasm, and ability to get aroused. A plant-based estrogen known as phloridzin that is found in apples is responsible.
Yogurt: A study assures that yogurt, because it contains extra load of calcium, is very good in treating mild-to-moderate premenstrual syndrome. Again, the probiotics in yogurt enables women to balance the healthy vaginal microflora, thereby helping to prevent infections such as Urinary Tract Infections, Bacterial vaginosis (which causes vaginal discharge, often with a noticeable smell) and yeast infections.
Green tea: A research published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology notes that the polyphenolic catechins found in green tea may kill the E. coli bacteria that cause UTIs, while its caffeine content may help ease symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Whole grains, legumes, vegetables: Simply put, these are foods such as rice, corn, wheat, barley, oats, millet; beans, peanuts, peas, and assorted vegetables. They all are rich in fibre. When you have enough fibre in your meal, good bacteria will thrive in your bowel. And since bacteria migrate from the colon to the vagina, only the good ones will find their way to your vagina.
Oily fish: This contains vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. They are not only important for general health, they are also good for sexual arousal, because they promote better blood flow to the vagina.
Water: Water hydrates, and therefore helps keep the vaginal area moist and lubricated. This enables you to enjoy sex better.
Fruits: A scientific study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine notes that fruits don’t just deliver dietary fibre, they also prevent uterine fibroids — noncancerous masses that can cause pelvic pain and irregular bleeding.