Nutrition and Vaginal Health

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There are many ways to keep the vagina healthy; to have sex with protection, to have gynecological check-ups once a year, to exercise regularly, to be treated without losing time in the face of any infection…

Although the first things that come to mind are the information that almost everyone can list, how much do we know that a healthy diet can improve the health of the vagina?
If you want to learn more about the relationship between vaginal health and food, keep reading!

Probiotics, prebiotics, fermented foods… Some drinks and foods contain ingredients that can improve vaginal health and flora.

The vagina uses natural secretions, immune defenses and beneficial bacteria to keep itself healthy. A healthy diet and a balanced diet program can prevent infections and contribute to vaginal health.

The right nutrients balance pH levels.

Vagina; It is a moderately acidic medium with a pH of around 4.5. This acidity helps the growth of healthy bacteria and inhibits the growth of harmful microbes.

Some good bacteria, such as probiotics, can help balance acid levels in the vagina.

Lactobscillus type bacteria from probiotics; It is the predominant type of "good" bacteria found in a healthy vagina. Regulating the microflora in the vagina, improving the acid level of the vagina, stopping harmful microbes from sticking to the vaginal tissues are the biggest pluses.

Probiotic supplements are widely available today. Some nutritionists recommend taking these supplements with fermented beverages and foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, pickles, and kombucha.
Prebiotics; They can help stabilize vaginal pH by promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria populations. Leeks, onions, garlic, asparagus, whole wheat products, oats, soybeans, bananas are rich in probiotics. However, it should not be forgotten that prebiotics can trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Cranberry prevents urinary tract infections.

urinary tract infections; It occurs when bacteria enter parts of the urethra, bladder, or kidneys. It causes symptoms such as burning, pain, foul-smelling or cloudy urine while urinating.
Drinking lots of fluids can help prevent urinary tract infections.

Cranberries are rich in antibacterial compounds that kill bacteria.
Consuming it in juice or tablet form can reduce urinary tract infection rates. Make sure it is sugar free and does not contain preservatives.

Certain foods can reduce fungal infections.

The most common cause of vaginitis or vaginal inflammation is yeast infections. Although there is no scientific evidence that any food can reduce these infections, it may be beneficial to stay away from refined sugar, preservatives, and allergens.
Experts; explores the possible benefits of natural remedies with preventive, antioxidant properties for fungal infection, including tea tree oil, coconut oil, and garlic.

There are also nutrients that increase fertility.

For those trying to get pregnant, sweet potatoes can be quite beneficial. Beta carotene and vitamin A in its content help strengthen and protect the uterine walls.
Sweet potatoes also contribute to the production of sex hormones, and those with PCOS may also prefer it.

Sexual experiences can be intensified with apples.

Studies claim that those who consume 1 apple a day have a better sex life. The phytoestrogen phloridzin found in apples is thought to relieve vaginal dryness and promote arousal and orgasm ability.

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