It’s a proven fact that what you eat has an effect on your physical health, your digestive health, and even your skin and hair health — but what about your vaginal health? It’s true. There is a definite connection between the different kinds of food you put into your body and the health of your most personal and delicate organ.

Many women may overlook the fact that the vagina is just as impacted by outside factors as is hair, skin and nails, physical appearance, and heart health. Just as there are good and bad foods for a particular diet and lifestyle, there are good and bad foods for the vagina.

To keep your lady parts in healthy, happy, and in tip-top shape — i.e. free of pain and/or infections, dryness and other womanly ailments — Dr. Ghea, a female obgyn in Fort Lauderdale, is sharing her best women’s health tips regarding what foods to enjoy and what foods to steer clear from.

Fermented or probiotic-rich foods, such as kimchi, plain yogurt or kefir (make sure to stay away from added sugars), sauerkraut, pickles and miso, play a large role in providing the vagina with healthy bacteria and help to keep away different kinds of infections, most notably yeast. Speaking of yeast infections, sugar feeds yeast in the body, causing it to grow. Things like wine and desserts that contain high amounts of added sugar could be the culprit of frequent yeast infections. If you find yourself experiencing more yeast infections than what seems normal, try some simple swaps. Trade alcoholic drinks for water or tea, and limit the amount of sugary sweets you indulge in throughout the week. Alcohol is also known to increase menstrual cramps, making that time of the month potentially even more uncomfortable than it already is. Ut if you happened to imbibe a bit too much, and need some help alleviating those painful cramps, ginger is going to be your best friend. A study done by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that ginger is just as effective as ibuprofen during that time of the month. Whether you sip on ginger tea, take a ginger capsule, or nosh on ginger chews, this particular spice is the ideal period cramp killer.

Salmon and other fatty fish, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, can help relieve dryness in women who are going through menopause. But if seafood isn’t your thing, fish oil capsules are a good alternative. Healthy fats like avocado, nuts and olive oil, can also help alleviate feelings of dryness that can lead to painful sex. These foods are key components in the body’s ability to make sex hormones. So don’t shy away from dietary fat, so long as it’s good-for-you fat. Your vagina needs it!

Vaginal health is an important part of any woman’s health plan. Dr. Ghea, a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician and top obgyn in Plantation, and she is here to help with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your own health. If you are looking to schedule an appointment with a Plantation obgyn, Dr. Ghea can be found at Westside OB/GYN Group. Call 954-473-2011 to make your appointment today.

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