Apart from bestowing you with pleasure, the vagina does many more things. It is a self-sufficient body part that even takes care of cleaning on its own. However, for it to function at its best, there’s something you need to give it back. A healthy diet that supports its functions adequately is what I mean by “there’s something you need to give it back.” Here’s a list of foods that are good for your vaginal health. And, let me tell you, this is not just a list that focusses on foods that increase your libido. Although the sexual drive is a major component of vaginal health, it is not it.Read more to know how to maintain your vaginal pH and keep it free from yeast and bacterial infections.

1. Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent source of helpful bacteria and hence an effective probiotic that maintains the balance between the population of good and bad bacteria in the gut. One of the most common probiotics is Lactobacillus which is found abundantly in yogurt. If you are vulnerable to vaginal infections, consuming yogurt keeps your vagina (the gut, in general) free from bacterial and yeast infections. This is because the good bacteria helps in maintaining a healthy vaginal pH. You can include Greek yogurt apart from the regular one. Greek yogurt not only is a probiotic but also contains almost twice the amount of protein than the regular one.

2. Garlic

Garlic has terrific antimicrobial properties. It is the compound allicin which is present in freshly crushed garlic that is primarily responsible for the antimicrobial properties. If you are suffering from repeated vaginal infections, you can insert raw or cooked garlic into the vagina in the night to get rid of the infection. When used as a suppository, garlic’s antibacterial and antimycotic properties act locally and eradicate the infection giving you quick relief. Also, garlic’s ability to increase blood circulation can significantly improve your sexual health.

3. Papaya

 Menstrual cramps are one of the major issues we women deal with on a monthly basis. One of the best foods to relieve you of this discomfort and pain is papaya. This fruit is rich in Vitamin A and C both of which help in strengthening the wall of the uterus. Iron and Calcium are also present in this fruit in considerably high doses which aid in maintaining vaginal wellbeing. Additionally, the contractions of the muscle fibers of the uterine wall that cause menstrual cramps are also reduced. Keep in mind that unripe papaya is most useful when it comes to easing menstrual cramps and abdominal pain.

4. Spinach

A cup of cooked spinach contains 39% Magnesium. This not only means that spinach is a rich source of magnesium, but it also means that eating spinach can do a whole lot of good to your vaginal health. Magnesium decreases inflammation and promotes blood circulation. This ensures ample supply of blood to the extremities and keeps the vagina healthy. Also, increased supply of blood to the vagina is what arouses you. And, again, that’s one way to ensure your vagina is in good health – regular intercourse. Apart from Magnesium, spinach is just loaded with flavonoids, carotenoids, and omega-3 fatty acids all of which help in reducing inflammation.
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