Almost every woman knows how to keep their vagina clean – water. Despite what the feminine products out there advertise to you, your vagina does not need to be douched or scrubbed out with a miniature toilet brush. Vaginas are a self-cleaning organ of the body. It secretes its own fluids that keep things clean and healthy down there, which is why you usually only notice something is wrong when the discharge changes or the smells aren’t so fresh or sweet as usual.
The good news is that you don’t have to do very much to change those smells. There is no need, for example, to dive right in with the nearest bar of soap and scrub. In fact, that will likely make things worse as the soap interacts with the fluid and smells worse. No, what you need is to watch what you eat. Sure, if there are any real infections that change the smell of your vagina, then you need to speak to a doctor or pharmacist and pick up some BV gel to clean house. However, in the meantime, these foods can make your vagina smell better, fight infections and give you a little confidence boost when things aren’t as fresh as they could be.
Greek Yoghurt. Your vagina has an acidic pH naturally, but the introduction of Greek yoghurt into your diet can add some healthy bacteria in there. Probiotics are great, adding healthy bacteria that lives happily in your intestines and plays a role in making you feel happier while helping you to manage your weight at the same time. It also works to balance out your pH levels in your vagina, and it can be a regular part of your diet, too!
Cranberries. When you have a urine infection or cystitis caused by too much – ahem – friction, you turn to cranberry juice. It’s widely known that cranberries have the right ingredients that prevent UTIs, and these can provide the right protection against bad bacteria. It’s important to know that you need to watch for no-sugar cranberry juice if you’re going to drink it, or you can choose to eat the cranberries from the punnet directly. Too much sugar can increase your pH levels and make you more susceptible to infections, so slow down on the high-sugar stuff.
Sweet Potatoes. Believe it or not, sweet potatoes are great for the health of your vagina. Loaded with Vitamin A, they work to help the muscles on the inside and ensure stronger, healthier vaginal walls.
Omega-3. No, eating fish won’t always make you smell like fish down there. It does for some, but we’re not talking just fish when we talk about Omega-3s. Were talking supplements and other foods with Omega-3 fatty acids that can keep the blood pumping down there and promote heart health at the same time.
Spinach. The green stuff is rich in magnesium, which is something that increases blood flow to the vagina and decreases the inflammation in the blood vessels.
Vaginas are designed to be healthy, and if you pay attention to your diet, you can ensure yours is!