When it comes to cultivating a happy, healthy vagina, it is an inside job. What you put in your tummy affects your overall health and wellness, and that includes your private parts. Nourish your body with nutrient-rich foods, and we promise your vagina will thank you — potentially with mind-blowing orgasms. Now that we have your attention, read on for the ultimate vaginal-health-boosting diet tips.
In praise of prebiotics and probiotics
Healthy gut, healthy vagina. To maintain normal pH levels and fight infections, your body, that includes your vagina, needs healthy bacteria. The best way to achieve this and also ward off conditions like vaginitis and vaginal discomfort during sex is to eat a combination of probiotic and prebiotic foods, according to Dr. Brian A. Levine. Add to cart: Prebiotic — bananas, barley, cocoa, and oats. Probiotic — Greek yogurt, kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kombucha. Keep in mind that pungent-smelling prebiotic foods — like onions, garlic, asparagus, and leeks — can affect how your vagina smells, so you may want to weigh that fact against their excellent health benefits. Just saying...
The sweet taste
Keep your vagina sweet by eating lots of sweet potatoes, which are not only delicious but are also proven effective in helping maintain good vaginal health, thanks to their potent Vitamin A properties. According to the experts, Vitamin A helps strengthen uterine walls and promotes good production of the hormones that keep our energy levels up. Sweet potato pie, anyone?
It’s good to be green
When mom told you to eat your veggies, she was onto something, though we doubt she had any idea about the benefits kale, broccoli, and avocado have when it comes to vaginal health. Kale is rich in vitamins A and C, which improve blood circulation, boost immunity, and combat vaginal dryness, itching, and burning. The healthy fats, vitamins B6, and potassium in avocados keep vagina walls healthy and lubricated (seriously important). As for broccoli, studies have shown its rich flavonoid kaempferol properties can significantly reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
Keep your vagina hydrated
Here’s another reason to keep up those eight glasses of water a day: staying hydrated can help prevent odors down there. "The vagina is just like the inside of the mouth," says Dr. Levine. That said, if you’re thirsty, chances are your vagina is also in dire need of a drink. Take hydration levels to a new level by also enjoying plenty of water-rich foods like watermelon, celery, lettuce, strawberries, oranges, and peaches. Which, now that we mention it, sounds like the perfect smoothie.
Give your vagina a drink…
In addition to H2O, nurture your vagina with acidic juices. Start the day by mixing a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon and raw honey for taste. The acidity in the lemon maintains your vagina’s healthy pH level, while its antioxidant properties boost immunity and protect your cells against free-radical damage. And do believe the vagina hype about cranberry juice — cranberry is also renowned for its acidity, which promotes healthy bacteria and fights off the harmful bacteria that causes UTIs and vaginal infections. We’ll drink to that.
All hail the trail mix. Almonds and pumpkin seeds are brimming with zinc, which acts to help regulate your menstrual cycle and prevent dryness, itching, and burning. Ditto with flax seeds, which can be sprinkled on your cereal, salad, or blended into a health-boosting green smoothie. A rich source of phytoestrogens and omega-3 fatty acids, flax seeds increase estrogen levels and combat many vagina issues, including menopausal symptoms. Hot flushes be gone.
And finally, the O glow
We all want a happy, healthy, sweet-smelling vagina, but we also wouldn’t say no to mind-blowing orgasms, thank you very much. When it comes to natural aphrodisiacs, the bad news is that oysters are kind of passé. The goods news is that many of the foods mentioned above make the sexual cut. So go wild with strawberries, avocados, almonds, dark leafy greens, and oranges: all are shown to help strengthen your climax. But also add to cart pronto: figs, eggs and, ahem, fatty fish.
Let the toe-curling begin…