A right diet can keep your vagina healthy by staving off infections, easing discomfort and spicing things up between the sheets. Wondering what you should be eating? Learn it from Bangalore-based nutritionist Dr Pallavi Bhagia.
To beat vaginal dryness: One of the results of reduced estrogen due to menopause, breastfeeding or childbirth is vaginal dryness. Eat more minimally processed soy foods, tofu and organic edamame. They contain compounds called isoflavins which mimic the estrogen and keep your tissues well-lubricated and elastic.
For stronger orgasms: A study published in the journal Achieves of Gynaecology and Obstetrics suggests that women who snack on one apple a day had higher levels of sexual function than those who did not eat apples. Apples contain polyphenols that boost the vaginal tissue and make it easier to reach climax.
To prevent yeast infections: Eating probiotic-rich foods like yoghurt and sauerkraut and miso can help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your vagina. This, in turn, promotes a proper pH in the vagina which in turn helps in the healthy growth of lactobacillus.
To fight urinary tract infections: The catechins in green tea offer potent antibacterial that helps fight UTI. Catechins pass through the urinary tract, decrease the bacteria and thus reduce the chances of an infection. So make sure that you drink at least two to three cups of green tea in a day.
To avoid period cramps: Eat more fish if your period comes with cramping in your abdomen and your pelvis area. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish boast anti-inflammatory compounds helps ease discomfort caused by the inflammatory compounds called prostaglandins.