Ladies, and the few gentlemen that are here to read this article, the time to squirm at the V-word has passed, don’t you think 😄?
We all know that good food, especially foods that are rich in essential nutrients, is beneficial to our health. But that is not all, the bit below the belt also needs our attention even though the vagina is good at protecting and cleaning itself. We understand that proper hygiene and regular visits to the gynecologist is beneficial to vaginal health.
One thing we may not realize is that what you put in your body reflects in your health. Food is required by every part of the body and the vagina is no exception to it, which is why following a balanced diet, especially a protein-rich diet, is important for vaginal health. There are protein-rich foods that keep the vagina healthy and in top shape, some of which are listed below:
Soybeans, apart from being a high-quality protein food, contain phytoestrogens (a compound that imitates estrogen). The presence of this compound in soybeans helps with vaginal dryness, especially for women with reduced estrogen levels due to medications or menopause. Incorporating soy foods such as soy milk, tofu and edamame into our diet help promote vaginal health.
#2 Greek yoghurt
Another protein-rich food that promotes vaginal health is Greek yoghurt. Normally, the vagina contains a large number of helpful bacteria which prevents harmful bacteria from entering the body. The presence of active cultures (bacteria such as Lactobacillus) in Greek yoghurt helps the work of the good bacteria in the vagina in preventing yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. So, next time you go shopping, make sure to add Greek yoghurt in your cart.
This fish is not only rich in protein but also Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids. Vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids help keep the vagina healthy, improve vaginal dryness and promote better blood circulation. In addition, the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and tuna boast anti-inflammatory compounds that has been suggested to help ease the discomfort of menstrual cramps.
Eggs are a superfood containing protein and all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs. The yolk of an egg has vitamin D, which helps prevent vaginal infections. Including this nutritious and tasty food in your diet is sure to make your vagina healthy.
Yes, we know water is not a food but it plays an important role in promoting vaginal health. Drinking water helps removes toxins, lubricate and dilute strong or unusual odours in our lady parts. If you tend to drink less water, then it is time to remedy that. Get yourself a water bottle, set reminders and drink up! It won’t do to have a thirsty vagina.
There are other nutritious foods and fruits that promote vaginal health. Leafy vegetables such as – Efo Tete (African spinach), bitter leaves, water leaves, eggplant leaves and ugu (pumpkin leaves). Fruits such as apple, avocado, oranges and lemon also keep our lady bit below in excellent order. Also note that sugar makes the vagina sad 😔. It can damage or kill the important vaginal bacteria and leave you prone to yeast infections, irritation and soreness (three unpleasant things ladies really don’t want to have).
What we put into our body matters. Eat right!
Eneh Veronica Ejembi is a digital content professional and public relations executive.