7 Best Foods for Your Vagina

FOOD  |  October 08, 2016
  • Vitamin E-rich foods
    1 / 7 Vitamin E-rich foods

    The major functions of Vitamin E are protection and maintenance of cell membranes. It not only helps to improve general skin condition, but also helps to prevent vaginal dryness. Instead of supplements, get your dose of vitamin E from foods like whole grains, nuts and seeds, green leafy vegetables and peaches.

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  • Water
    2 / 7 Water

    The body needs to stay well-hydrated to function properly – that includes your intimate zone. Water helps in flushing excess bacteria from your urinary tract and vaginal opening. It also helps as natural lubrication and can result in a milder vaginal scent.

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  • Apple cider vinegar
    3 / 7 Apple cider vinegar

    This natural anti-bacterial agent helps to restore the acidic quality of the vaginal flora and fights off the toxins that cause infection. Try adding two to three cups of apple cider vinegar in your bath water. This will help to balance the vaginal pH level.

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  • Lemon
    4 / 7 Lemon

    Yeast thrives in a more alkaline environment. Lemon, which is rich in vitamin C and highly acidic, helps to balance the vaginal pH level to allow good bacteria to grow.

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  • Yogurt
    5 / 7 Yogurt

    Known to be rich in lactobacillus (probiotics), yogurt can help in maintaining the normal vaginal pH level, and eating lots of plain live yogurt has been found to be effective. Tip: choose low-fat and unflavoured yogurt, especially low sugar versions, to avoid weight gain. Eating too much sugar may also cause a yeast infection, a painful condition that affects three out of four women at some point in their lives. This is because yeast uses sugar for energy. So, curb your sugar cravings to lower your chance of getting this infection. See Team Shape’s favourite store-bought yogurts here.

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  • Cranberry juice
    6 / 7 Cranberry juice

    One in two women will experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) in her life, so chances are you might have heard of this common remedy. A lesser known nugget of info: cranberry juice is also useful in helping to maintain the pH level of the vaginal area, as it contains acid that helps to combat harmful bacteria.

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  • Fruits and vegetables
    7 / 7 Fruits and vegetables

    More reasons to load up on your fruits and veggies. The health benefits of fresh produce include a healthy body and better vaginal health.

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    (Also read: 15 Common Vaginal Problems & What to Do About Them)

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