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It’s not easy, but it is fun, and we love the work we do. Still, we can’t talk about beauty all the time. The only thing we like to talk about more than beauty is eating, and the only thing we like to talk about more than eating is sex. Well, whoopee! This week we found a way to talk about both…

…in an article about foods for vaginal health.

If you’re interested in red-hot orgasms and fewer trips to your gynaecologist, there are some specific foods you need to add to your diet. Grab a glass of cranberry juice, put your feet up, and let’s get to work.

Better yet, grab a cup of green tea. Cranberry juice is a great way to fight urinary tract infections, but it’s loaded with sugar. Green tea has catechins that pass through the urinary tract. This decreases bacteria and that, in turn, decreases the risk of a UTI.

Now, back to sex…

Sex, Apples, & Your Vagina

Knowledge isn’t the only thing to be found in Eve’s apple. Apples contain a compound called phlorizin. This crafty compound mimics the effect of oestradiol, a female sex hormone. When oestradiol levels are low, a woman’s libido may drop as well. She may also experience vaginal dryness. Apples work to replace what’s missing naturally.

In addition to getting you in the mood hormonally, apples make it easier to climax physically. Thanks for this passion helper go to polyphenols, phyto-chemicals in apples that boost blood flow to the vagina.

Fish Tale: Don’t Let Cramps Cramp Your Style

Not every woman suffers from cramps during her menstrual period. For those who do, however, the abdominal pain ranges from modest to debilitating. Cramps are caused when your body releases prostaglandins. When you’re not pregnant, these inflammatory compounds cause the uterus to contract and shed tissue.

Your solution: fish. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as tuna and salmon have a sterling reputation as a tip-top source of anti-inflammatory compounds. Reduce the inflammation and you reduce the discomfort. It’s as easy as that.

Find Vaginal Health at the Intersection of Yogurt and Kimchi

What do mild, simple yogurt and sharp, complex kimchi have in common? They are both rich in probiotics. Probiotics balance the body’s bacteria, allowing “good” bacteria to thrive and keeping “bad” bacteria at bay. The more you eat of the good stuff, the better your chances are of avoiding a yeast infection.

Other probiotic-rich foods include:

  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Kombucha
  • Natto
  • Raw cheese
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Salted gherkin pickles
  • Brine-cured olives
  • Tempeh
  • Miso

Your vagina is home to lactobacillus, a type of good bacteria that moderates vaginal pH levels. However, things like menopause, birth control, hormone therapy and even the use of antibiotics can throw things out of whack and put you at a higher risk for a yeast infection.

Oestrogen Out? Soy In

One of the most unpleasant side effects of reduced oestrogen levels is vaginal dryness. This may occur naturally due to:

  • Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Menopause
  • Allergies
  • Medications

What you need is something that will attract water to your tissues. You need isoflavones, oestrogen-mimicking plant compounds. You can find them in:

  • Tempeh
  • Tofu

Your Vagina Has a Drinking Problem

If they could, the lips of your vagina would wrap themselves around a bottle of water and drink up! Just like your mouth, your vagina has a mucus-y surface, and it needs to be hydrated. Upping your water consumption has another benefit. Strong-smelling foods can leave you with a more pungent-smelling vagina than you might desire. Water helps to dilute the food during digestion and, by extension, dilute the smell as well.

More Vagina-Friendly Foods You’ll Love

We could go on and on about vaginal health, but all this talk of food has given Team Costhetics a big appetite. If you’re hungry for a healthy vagina, consider feasting on any of the above foods and/or:

  • Edamame – unprocessed edamame is a super food. It offers you omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, minerals, and phytoestrogens that help lubricate your vagina.
  • Garlic – despite its own smelly nature, garlic has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that protect against vaginal odour, itching, burning, and discharge.
  • Flaxseeds – the zinc in flaxseeds prevents vaginal itching, burning, and dryness.
  • Kale – like all low-oxalate green veg, kale is a rich source of vitamins A and C. It boosts immunity, fights infection, and improves circulation.
  • Lemons – protect the vagina from free radical damage and boosts the immune system.
  • Sweet potatoes – brimming with Vitamin A, which encourages hormone production.

Vaginas rule!

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