The following foods will not only keep your v_gina healthy, it will make it fresh and more active for s_xual play.
1. FOR CRAMPING…
If your period tends to come with a side of abdominal pain, eat more fish. Cramping during that time of the month is caused by the release of inflammatory compounds called prostaglandins, which help your uterus muscles contract and shed tissue.
But the omega-3 fatty acids in fish, like salmon and tuna, boast anti-inflammatory compounds that studies suggest may help ease this discomfort.
2. FOR FEWER YEAST INFECTIONS…
A healthy v_gina is home to plenty of lactobacillus, a type of good bacteria that helps your tissues maintain a healthy pH level, says DeLucia. It’s also home to yeast like candida. Normally, the acidity from the lactobacillus keeps the yeast from growing out of control.
But the good bugs can take a hit from things like antibiotic use, menopause, unmanaged diabetes, or even using birth control or hormonal therapy. And when that happens, you’re at higher risk for developing a yeast infection.
Thankfully, regularly eating probiotic-rich foods like plain yogurt, sauerkraut, or kimchi, tempeh, and miso can make a difference. “Probiotics help maintain the healthy balance of bacteria to promote a good pH to promote the healthy growth of lactobacillus,” DeLucia says.