Vaginal health is something many women struggle with at some point in their lives. Yeast and bacterial infections, urinary tract infections and different irritations can be unpleasant, painful and uncomfortable. About 75% of women get at least one yeast infection during their lifetime, and if you ever suffered one, you know that it is a real nuisance and can disturb quite a few areas of your life.Foods and drinks have a different effect on the body’s pH; some promote your health and vigor, while others work against it. Not surprisingly, what we eat also has an effect on the vagina and vaginal health. Often, the key to improving you intimate well-being lies in what you put on your plate.
Here is a list of some common foods that will help you strengthen and preserve your vaginal health:
Natural yoghurt and other probiotics
Eating probiotics plays an important role in maintaining the vaginal pH at its slightly acidic level, and warding off yeast infections.
Probiotics, also referred to as the ‘good’ or ‘beneficial’ bacteria, keep your gut healthy, thus supporting the well-being of the whole body and balancing the body’s pH. There are also 9 other reasons to take probiotics.
The best sources include fermented foods like natural yoghurt (Greek yoghurt), miso, kimchi, sauerkrauts and kefir (you can also use kefir to cleanse your colon). When buying your yoghurt, make sure to go for the one that contains live and active cultures and avoid sugary and flavored yoghurts that will do little for your vaginal health.
The jury is still out on the benefits of drinking kombucha (a beverage made by fermenting tea) if suffering from a yeast infection. While some hail this drink for its probiotic effects, others advise not to consume it while fighting a yeast-overgrowth due to the sugar and yeast it contains (these two are food for organisms – such as a candida – that cause yeast infections).