Health & Fitness

Foods that your vagina absolutely hates

And what you can eat to keep it happy.

Just like eating healthy fats can take our hair, skin and nails from drab to fab, the food we consume can also majorly affect the health of our vaginas – in both good and bad ways.

While some foods can aid our lady parts in everything from reducing period pain to fighting infections, so too can it have a detrimental effect; with some foods known to cause yeast infections and a bunch of other nasty shit you don’t want happening down there.

So listen up and take note on all the things you need to be adding to your diet RN in order to keep your downstairs happy ('cos no one likes an angry vagina, amiright?).

THE GOOD

Yogurt:
Yogurt is a probiotic, which means it contains live bacteria cultures. This means it can keep your PH levels in check and reduce the chance of you getting a yeast infection. Other types of food that help with this include sauerkraut, kefir and kimchi.

Concentrated cranberry juice:
Remember when Mum would tell you to scull cranberry juice every time you got a UTI? Turns out she was right on the money – as long as it’s concentrated and not the sugar-laden variety we see in supermarkets.

“There’s a particular ingredient in concentrated cranberry that makes the bladder slipper (and therefore more resistant) to E. coli, the bacteria that’s linked to the most common type of UTI,” OB/GYN Dr. Dweck says. Which means drinking a shitload of the stuff means you’re more likely to flush out the infection.

Water:
We know water is good for all the things, but did you know it actually helps with dryness down there? Dr. Dreck recommends women experiencing dryness drink six to eight glasses of water a day to get things all good down there again.

Ginger tea:
No need for Nurofen, ‘cos apparently, ginger is just as effective as ibuprofen for relieving painful period-related cramps. While this was tested with ginger capsules, adding ginger root to hot water and straining after 15 minutes can also help relieve pain.

Soy:
If you’re a fan of edamame and tofu you’re in luck – Dr. Dweck says that these products contain isoflavones, which mimic the hormone oestrogen. This means it can potentially help with dryness caused by hormonal changes.

THE BAD

Sweets:
While chowing down on some dark choccy on your period isn’t going to cause any harm, having excess sugar is something you want to avoid if you’re prone to yeast infections.

“[People]… should cut back on sweets and fruit, since sugar can promote yeast growth in the vagina,” OB/GYN Leena Nathan explains.

Alcohol:
Let’s be real – we all love our wines as a relaxing end to the day, but like sugar, alcohol can also encourage yeast growth. Dr. Dweck says it can also potentially worsen cramps, so try avoid when you can manage to.