9 Foods That Make Your Vagina Happy

July 7, 2016

You probably have a list of concerns running through your head any time you think about food. Even when making simple choices like what to have for dinner or deciding whether to snack, chances are you’re intentionally choosing foods that, for example, will give you shiny hair and smooth skin.

But how often do you factor in your vaginal health?

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Just like the rest of our body, our vaginas require certain nutrients to stay healthy, but you may not know where to begin when it comes to vaginal health. Never fear; we’ve got a list of nine vagina-friendly foods that will keep you healthy and happy!

1. Yogurt

Most yogurts contain probiotics — live bacteria and yeasts that are not only great at aiding digestion, but they’re also great at maintaining the slightly acidic pH levels that keep your vagina healthy. Probiotics can also be found in other fermented foods such as pickles, kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, and kefir.

2. Cranberry Juice

Most people have heard that cranberry juice is the go-to for relief from urinary tract infections. However, studies show that the (often sugary) juices you find in the grocery aisle don’t have large enough concentrates of proanthocyanidins (the active ingredient that can prevent bacteria from binding to the walls of your bladder) to be effective. Instead, pick up cranberry capsules in your local pharmacy, which can help prevent UTIs.

3. Garlic 

Garlic’s antimicrobial properties make it a powerful natural antibiotic. And according to Midwifery Today, it is also thought that eating it raw can help relieve yeast infections.

4. Sweet Potatoes

These spud alternatives help us produce the hormones we need to stay healthy and full of energy. Their high vitamin A content also helps maintain the health of our vaginal and uterine walls.

5. Water

While water may not technically be a food, staying hydrated helps our bodies in a multitude of ways — including increasing the vagina’s ability to lubricate. For women going through menopause, increasing water intake is critical, as vaginal tissues will produce less lubricant with lowered estrogen levels. Proper lubrication is vital for comfort, health, and, of course, sex.

6. Chili Peppers

Speaking of sexual health, hot chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical that stimulates nerves and improves circulation, both of which are important components of arousal. Try adding some spice to your favorite recipes to stay healthy.

7. Almonds and Pumpkin Seeds

Both types of seeds are a great source of zinc, which helps regulate hormones and normalize your menstrual cycle. Zinc can also strengthen your immune system and improve your mood!

8. Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

These are a must for any list of healthy foods. A diet rich in vitamins and minerals helps your body stay healthy inside and out. For example, vitamin C increases your stamina, and vitamin E (found in nuts, seeds, and avocados) helps keep your skin fresh and fights vaginal dryness. The healthier your body is, the healthier your vagina will be.

9. Dark Chocolate

Science is finally confirming what women have known for years: Chocolate is great. High-flavonoid dark chocolate aids your vaginal health in a variety of ways. Its high magnesium content soothes nerves and helps with muscle contraction. It also produces dopamine (the chemical that makes you feel good), and its methylxanthine content boosts libido. So go ahead and eat your daily square of dark chocolate.

Prioritizing your vaginal health is part of prioritizing a healthier you — inside and out — and it doesn’t have to be complicated. Do yourself a favor as we wrap up Health Week and incorporate some of these healthy foods into your favorite weekend snacks. Your whole body will thank you!