Updated: Oct 12, 2020
The vagina is an elastic, tubelike, muscular canal, consisting of tissue folds, that extends from the vulva to the cervix. She is a self-cleaning organ with glands that produce fluid (discharge and sebum) which removes dead cells, other harmful materials, and protects her from infections all while maintaining a balanced pH.
Now assuming you’re not experiencing pain, itchiness, swollen-ness, abnormal discharge or lesions, your yoni is perfectly healthy! However, if you are having such symptoms, contact an herbalist, midwife or gynecologist for treatment.
Diet and exercise ensure your vagina remains healthy. Since she has a natural acidic pH level and wonderfully made microbiome, many foods will keep her balanced and happy. Some examples of such foods are as follows:
1. Cranberry Juice (unsweetened as sugar promotes yeast overgrowth): helps maintain pH balance, fights off bacteria and leaves a sweet fragrance eluding from your pores down under.😊
2. Kale/cabbage💚: improves blood circulation, combats vaginal dryness, itching and burning.
3. Lemons 🍋: supports acidic environment, immune system booster, antioxidants protects cells from free-radical damage.
4. Greek Yogurt: packed with live cultures of lactobacilli, which prevents disease causing organisms from attaching to the vagina due to the lactic acid production. other probiotic foods work just as well (miso, kimchi, sauerkraut).
5. Garlic: filled with antimicrobial and antifungal properties. prevents itching, burning, odor, and abnormal discharge. contrary to popular belief garlic does not change the taste of your yoni. 😏
6. Flaxseeds: high in omega-3 and phytoestrogens, this tiny seed increases estrogen levels, prevents vaginal dryness, and treats vaginal itching and burning due to the zinc content. 💦
7. Avocado 🥑: ode to the avocado...increases elasticity of the vaginal walls (muscles and tissue) keeping her naturally lubricated stimulating her health all around!
8. Sweet Potatoes 🍠: good for the entire reproductive system, but for the sake of this post, the beta-carotene converts into vitamin A, producing a strong antioxidant and vaginal wall builder!
These are just a few examples of how diet contributes to optimal vaginal health. Your water intake, proper hygiene (avoiding soaps and douches), and minimizing processed and sugar-rich foods all works together to maintain a healthy vagine!