We all eat all sorts of things for different reasons - protein when we need energy, good fats for healthy hair, skin and nails and whole grains to to fill you up and keep your system running smooth.
BUT what should you eat to keep ya vagina healthy? (It's the question you didn't realise you had but now you're curious, right?)
Believe it or not, certain foods really can help keep your lady bits happy and healthy by easing cramps, fighting infections, and alleviating dryness. On the other hand, too much of some foods are nooooot ideal.
Yogurt’s nutritional power goes beyond its high levels of calcium and protein. It’s a probiotic, meaning it contains live bacteria cultures. And some varities have a bacteria that can help keep the pH of the vagina in the acidic range which drives down the risk of yeast and other types of infections.
Concentrated cranberry juice
You've heard about drinking cranberry juice to ease a urinary tract infection. But a sip may be less effective than most think. It's often loaded with sugar. Instead, drink concentrated cranberry juice if you’re prone to UTIs.
Staying well-hydrated helps boost energy and circulation, and it has positive benefits for your lady bits as well. If you're experiencing dryness, drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that ginger was just as effective as ibuprofen for relieving painful period-related cramps. Though the study was focussed on ginger capsules.
In general, excess sugar is not vagina-friendly. “People prone to yeast infections should cut back on sweets and fruit, since sugar can promote yeast growth in the vagina,” explains Leena Nathan, MD, ob-gyn at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Vaginal secretions contain sugar, says Dr. Nathan, and yeast tends to thrive in sweet, moist environments.
Like sugar, alcohol can encourage yeast to grow in the vagina, says Dr. Dweck, and it may also worsen menstrual cramps.