Most of us pay special attention to the areas of our body that are on show by keeping them as healthy and clean as possible. We brush, floss and freshen our teeth and mouthes, moisturise our skin and use treatments on our hair. But we must not underestimate the importance of maintaining a healthy vagina. This is also a very vital gateway to our body and as important as the hole in our face for keeping us in tip top condition.
One in every four women will get at least one yeast infection in their lives. Otherwise known as candida this infection plays havoc on the immune system and often leads to more serious illnesses such as Cancer. Also over 50 percent of women will develop painful urinary track infections throughout their lives. With that knowledge prevention becomes crucial.
We have formulated a list of special foods that can hugely improve vaginal and urogenital health from the inside out.
From soy products and foods high in natural probiotics to nuts and even chocolate, this diverse range of foods are all packed with the vital nutrients and vitamins needed to keep the vagina nice and healthy.
Food #1: Natural Yogurt And Probiotics
Foods high in natural probiotics are rich in bacteria cultures that promote vaginal health. Greek yogurt, for example, is known to ward off yeast infections, balance the body’s pH levels, and kill disease and infection-causing organisms. Other fermented foods, like sauerkraut and miso, have the same effect.
Food #2: Avocados
Avocados are rich in potassium and vitamin B6, and help produce a natural lubricant for the vagina, helping prevent it from becoming dry. The healthy fats in avocados also help strengthen the vaginal walls, and are also said to give the libido a boost.
Food #3: Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are packed with powerful nutrients and vitamins, including vitamins A and C, B vitamins, fiber, manganese, potassium, and iron. These spuds help keep the vaginal and uterine walls strong and healthy, provide us with antioxidants, and help our bodies produce energy-boosting hormones.
Food #4: Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and vitamin E, which help maintain regular periods, and fight off vaginal irritation and discomfort. Like avocados, nuts and seeds help lubricate the vagina to prevent dryness, and also relieve menstrual cramps.
Food #5: Garlic
Garlic is one of those superfoods that can ward off all sorts of diseases. It has strong antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, which means it can help prevent itching, vaginal discharge, UTIs, and odour in the vagina. Garlic is known to fight off yeast infections, and to boost the overall immune system.
Food #6: Dark, Leafy Greens
Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards, and Swiss chard are extremely rich in vitamins A and C, and are great for promoting blood circulation and fighting off infections. Greens can help reduce itching and burning sensations in the vagina, and prevent any dryness.
Food #7: Cranberry Juice
By now, we’re all familiar with the fantastic benefits of cranberries. Cranberry juice is great for improving general vaginal health, fighting off UTI-causing bacteria, and balancing the vagina’s pH levels. To really reap its benefits, stay away from the sugary cranberry drinks, and try sipping on the purer, unsweetened, more natural stuff. You can also eat a handful of cranberries every day to take in those healthy acid compounds.
Food #8: Soy Products
Soy products often get a bad rap. There are myths about how eating soy can cause skin conditions and health problems. The truth is, soy is high in phytoestrogens, plant-derived xenoestrogens that help promote vaginal lubrication and prevent menstrual cramps. Soy products like edamame also contain healthy omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins that can help soothe menopausal symptoms.
Food #9: Dark Chocolate
Contrary to what some may believe, chocolate (dark chocolate, in particular), is great for the immune system. Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants, healthy minerals, magnesium, and natural stimulants. It is also believed to be an aphrodisiac, and is rich in phenylalanine, an amino acid that produces dopamine, a “feel-good chemical.”
Food #10: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar comes up again and again as a must have in the household for cleaning and consuming. Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can regulate the presence of candida in the body. It helps encourage the growth of healthy bacteria, which in turn minimizes the overgrowth of candida. The key to effectively using apple cider vinegar to cure yeast problems is to take it every day at a dose of 1-2 tablespoons preferably in hot water as tea.