If you’re into health and wellness, you’ll know that you are what you eat, and your yoni is no exception to this rule. The food we put in our bodies affects every aspect of our health, and while a good diet can’t outright treat a health issue the way the right medicine can, it can still get you started on feeling and living better.
We put together a guide on what to eat for a healthy and happy yoni - while this is not meant to be an exhaustive list of foods, and you don’t absolutely have to eat all of them at once, introducing a couple of these vagina-friendly ingredients to your diet (if you haven’t already) can help round out your feminine health.
What to Eat
Good Ol’ Plain Yoghurt’s Full of Probiotics
Whether you like regular yoghurt or Greek yoghurt, this tasty dairy product contains plenty of probiotics, also known as good bacteria that live mostly in your stomach. Your vagina also has a small ecosystem of friendly microfauna that helps to maintain its pH balance, and having a little yoghurt on a regular basis feeds these healthy microbes with live and active cultures.
Flavoured yoghurt can help you get started with your daily dose of probiotics, but sugar actually feeds bad bacteria - to get the full benefits of yoghurt, try having it plain and adding fruit or a natural sweetener like honey. If you aren’t a fan of yoghurt, try other fermented foods like kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir, and miso.
Cranberries (The Fruit, Not the Band)
Cranberries contain a special ingredient called a-type proanthocyanidins that help keep bad bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, preventing urinary tract infections and keeping your yoni healthy. The acidic nature of cranberries also helps with balancing your vaginal pH levels.
You can get yourself some cranberry goodness by taking a cranberry supplement or by drinking cranberry juice, but the best way to make the most of this superfood is by eating the fruit itself. If you prefer drinking cranberry juice, go for a glass of unsweetened, organic cranberry juice once a day. The tartness might take some getting used to, but the benefits are well worth it.
Sweet Potatoes for Reproductive Health
The uterine wall and the vaginal canal both consist of mostly muscle - sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene and vitamin A, which are great for protecting and strengthening this specific type of tissue. The nutrients present in sweet potatoes are also good for promoting fertility and fetal development in those who are trying to get pregnant.
That’s not all: vitamin A is known to encourage the production of key hormones that help regulate energy and sexual function. Consuming sweet potatoes regularly is often recommended for people who suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as the starches, vitamins, and minerals in this root vegetable help with a variety of symptoms, including insulin resistance and hormone imbalance.
Essential Fatty Acids
We’ve heard plenty about how essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 can help with overall health, but they can also give your yoni a boost by reducing inflammation during your time of the month, improving vaginal dryness, and promoting heart health and blood flow. You can get your regular dose of essential fatty acids by eating more eggs, nuts, and fatty fish such as tuna or salmon.
These foods also contain vitamin D, which boosts the vagina’s immune system, and vitamin E, which helps you develop strong muscle tissue in your vaginal and uterine walls. If you’re not a fan of eating these foods, consider a fish oil supplement or a multivitamin that helps you hit your essential fatty acid goals.
An Apple a Day for Better Sex
Apples don’t just keep the doctor away, they also make for a better time in bed. These common fruits contain a compound called phlorizin, which is similar to the female sex hormone estradiol. They also contain polyphenols, which help with blood circulation - vaginas swell with blood when aroused, so these nifty little compounds make it easier to get wet and orgasm.
Water for Staying Hydrated
Okay, so water technically isn’t a food, but it’s definitely something you can consume to boost your feminine health. Your vaginal walls are made of muscle, but a big part of the canal is covered in a mucous surface, much like your mouth. If you’re dehydrated, your mucous membranes dry up - this doesn’t bode well for your vagina, as vaginal dryness makes intercourse difficult and uncomfortable, and dehydration leads to a higher risk of urinary tract infections.
Staying hydrated also helps with boosting energy, circulation, and immunity - if you’re looking for an excuse to skip the soda, this is it. Too much sugar can disrupt the bacterial balance in your gut and your vagina. Instead of drinking sugary drinks, try going for unsweetened flavoured drinks, or make some at home by infusing water with fruit.
What Not to Eat
So we’ve covered what you should eat for yoni health, but there are also a couple of common food culprits you should only enjoy in moderation if you have down there in mind.
All kinds of sugar, especially candy. Excess sugar intake can change the pH of your vagina and increase the sugar content of your vaginal secretions, feeding yeast and other microorganisms that thrive best when it’s sweet and moist. Try swapping refined sugars for natural alternatives such as honey, agave nectar, or stevia extracts, and have a piece of fruit instead when you’re hankering for some sugary candy. Your yoni will thank you.
While sugar and alcohol both feed pH balance disrupting bacteria in your vaginal canal, alcohol also makes menstrual cramps worse. Studies have shown a link between alcohol intake in women and increased breast cancer risk, where regular consumption of alcohol leads to a nearly 50% higher chance of developing breast cancer. That’s not to say you should abstain entirely, just keep it in mind and indulge in moderation.
And that’s all we got for the best and worst foods for a healthy, happy vagina. Summed up, incorporating more whole foods in your diet will help with feminine health - bonus if these foods are full of essential vitamins and minerals. These foods don’t just promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your yoni, they also help you with libido and sexual function, boosting your mood and bringing you closer to your partner.
Did you know about the benefits of these vagina-friendly foods? If you tried any of them, reach out and let us know your experience with them. We’d love to hear from you.