Vaginal health isn’t something we think about until it goes wrong. A funny odour, an itch or dryness.
All of a sudden you find yourself in desperate need of TLC for your vagina.
A better solution would be to do the right things, most of the time, so your vagina health stays happy all the time.
How is your Vaginal Health?
Do you get regularly get yeast infections or suffer from a dry vagina?
Does your vagina produce unpleasant odours?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then you need read on. And if you only do one thing to keep you vag happy, cut back on the sugar. It is definitely the number one enemy when it comes to yeast infections.
Just a note – obviously if your dryness is age related, as in it’s not enough we get wrinkles on our face, but we also loose a lot of natural lubrication down there. So grab a good lube like Yes and enjoy your menstruating free months!
How can you restore the health of your vagina with food?
Well, you are what you eat and this is especially true of your vagina. If your diet is mostly highly processed carb based foods like bread, pasta, ready meals, packet chips, biscuits and/or high in sugar then you are probably on the train to yeast and urinary tract infections.
Foods to eat more of to restore vaginal health
- Drink plenty of water
- Green tea to help your kidney flush out toxins
- Natural greek yoghurt full of live cultures (no added sugar, fruit or anything other than cultures)
- Cranberries or cranberry juice (not with added sugar)
- Seeds & nuts – specifically Linseeds (I like to call them lady seeds because of the health benefits to women of all ages) and almonds
- Green leafy vegetables
- Healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and coconut oil
- Oily fish high in omega-3 like wild salmon, mackerel or sardines
Foods to avoid while you restore vaginal balance
- Coffee (let’s just ignore that ok?)
- White carbs – white bread, white pasta, white rice
- Sugary foods – biscuits, sweets, ice cream, fizzy drinks, check your ingredients
- Processed foods
How can you restore your vaginal health with external factors?
Go natural. In as many places as possible.
Sleep au nautral (nude), wash your clothes and bedding in a natural washing liquid, wear 100% cotton or bamboo underpants, use natural soaps, shampoos and conditioners in the shower, choose organic food and products where you can afford it, cut your use of plastics (for everything!), use a lubricant made of natural ingredients, don’t use toxic sex toys, use organic cotton tampons or a menstrual cup (best option).
If you are using vaginal wipes, performing vaginal douching, using a special “feminine wash” just stop it now! They are not helping. The reason you think you might need them can probably be fixed with your diet above and going natural.
Every day your body is overloaded with external toxins that interrupt your balance. Getting rid of as many toxins as you can will let your body do its own thing as it does best.
Endocrine disruptors, which are present in food, water and plastics, are responsible for increasing infertility. By going as natural as you can, you can eliminate some, improving not only you vaginal health, but your entire body health.
Tell me more about natural lubricant. What’s wrong with the one I bought in the supermarket?
Without naming names, most of the big name, commercial lubricants sold in chemists or supermarkets are crap. We don’t know how they are still there when the internet is littered with women saying they experience burning, pain, itching or thrush after using them.
You want to stay away from anything containing parabens, fragrance, glycerine, chlorhexidine gluconate, cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane and cyclotetrasiloxane, petroleum, Nonoxynol-9 and propylene glycol.
To keep your vagina balance you want a low pH level of around 3.8-4.5. This is the same pH level as your vagina. Another important aspect to look at is the osmolality.
Osmolality the term given to how much moisture is drawn out of your tissues and cells. You can see from this table that a lot of commercial brands have a very high osmolality. The World Health Organisation recommends an osmolality of less than 1200 mOsm/kg.
Exposure to high osmolality will dry out your vagina, leading to irritation and weakening your natural barrier that protects from vaginal infection.
So there you have it. All the reasons your vaginal balance might be off and how you can fix it.
Oh and don’t forget to clean your sex toys!