It is important for women to know what constitutes a healthy vagina,which normally depends on the woman's age, among other factors.The vagina generally has an acidic potential for hydrogen(pH),a rich quantity of helpful bacteria which help in fighting off infections.A healthy pH both helps beneficial bacteria to thrive and prevents overgrowth of yeast and pathogenic bacteria.When healthy,your vagina will also secrete small amounts of discharge.

We give you a few superfoods that your vagina needs you to eat to support its health.

Apples

An apple a day will indeed keep the doctor and more so your gynae away.Women who take an apple a day have recorded better sexual health as evidenced in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics.Apples contain phytoestrogen phloridzin and antioxidants which help in stimulating your vaginal blood flow.In addition,they promote better sexual function,lubrication and your ability to orgasm.

Sweet potatoes

Normally,sweet foods do not pass for a nutrition test.However, sweet potatoes are an exception.Doctors recommend eating sweet potatoes and other foods that are rich in Vitamin A,because they are good for increasing muscle strength and integrity.As such,they strengthen muscle tissues for strong,healthy vaginal walls.

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Avocado

The nutritional benefits of avocados extend to your vagina.Its healthy fats support healthy vaginal walls and keep your flower naturally lubricated.This helps in preventing vaginal dryness as well as itching and burning.All this is made possible due to its rich source in vitamin B6 and potassium content.

Spinach

This green,leafy vegetable can work wonders when it comes to your vagina's health.Spinach is a rich source of magnesium,which helps to reduce inflammation in blood vessels.This,in turn,increases the flow of blood in your body,including your vagina.Increase in blood flow in your nether region is not only healthy,but also good for arousal,making sex more pleasurable.

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Garlic

Unless it is completely your thing,we are not asking you to take them raw.Simply adding garlic to your recipes has a lot of benefits to Miss V.Known for its antibiotic qualities,it can fight off yeast infections in your vagina.The trick here is to catch the infection early.

Water

We all know we should drink at least eight glasses of water daily.Well,there is more incentives as to why you should stick to the plan.Water is beneficial to your vaginal health.Vaginas have a self-cleaning health system and having enough water to help flush out the waste is crucial for maintaining a healthy vaginal environment.This helps fight off infections.

Your vagina is indeed a complex ecosystem and most would think that staying top of their vaginal health is a difficult task; it is not.As long as you keep in mind a few rules and practise healthy diet for the health of your vagina,you are good to go.

(Full article on the October 2020 issue of Parents. Digital copy available.)

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