At some point in her life, women are going to run into this problem that they have to deal with, and that is vaginal health. Bacterial infections in the urinary tract can be really uncomfortable and unpleasant, due to the irritation and itching they bring with them, and the causes can be diverse, from poor hygiene to poor diet and low body defenses. However, there are remedies to solve this problem of female intimate health , as well as a diet that consists of foods that contain properties that help keep this area of ​​the body healthy.

What we eat has effects on the pH of our body; some will be very beneficial while others will play against our health, and as expected, the health of the vagina is no exception. Believe it or not, the health of that female intimate part has a lot to do with what you put on your plate.

Foods that improve female intimate health

We share a list of foods that can be of great support for female intimate health:

Homemade or plain yogurt and other probiotic foods

Probiotics are foods that should be included daily if you want to maintain a balanced pH in your intimate area. It takes care of you from yeast infections. They are known to possess “good” or beneficial bacteria, and play a very important role in intestinal health and with that, of the entire body, since health begins in the intestines.

The most effective sources of probiotics, you will find them in foods such as yogurt (natural, unsweetened and homemade is better), kimichi, miso, kefir, among others. Avoid everything that is commercial in these foods, since they contain sugar and / or some other processed ingredients, or low levels of probiotics, that will make them not play an important role in your vaginal health.

Another food / drink that is rich in probiotics is kombucha (fermented drink). However, there are still conflicting opinions on whether this type of probiotic is effective against yeast infections, since the sugar content and type of yeast it contains could be counterproductive, and may perhaps accentuate those that are wanted to combat more.

Cranberry juice for urinary tract health

A juice famous for its benefits for the urinary tract is cranberry juice . Cranberry juice acidifies the urine and balances the pH of the vaginal area. It is composed of acids that are not dissolved as they travel through the digestive system, this makes it capable of fighting bacteria that cause urinary infections.

However, you should take into account that commercially purchased cranberry juices have a lot of sugar content, which is counterproductive when taken. The best thing you can do is drink the juice naturally and / or eat fresh blueberries, mixing it, in this last way, with yogurt or sweetening a little with stevia if it is difficult for you to tolerate its bitter taste.

Garlic for female intimate health

Most of us already know the wonderful properties of garlic, properties in which they stand out as being antimicrobial and antifungal. One of the most recommended ways to use garlic to treat problems in the intimate area of ​​women , is using it as a vaginal suppository, that makes it much more effective by eliminating bacteria and relieving symptoms of burning and itching.

It is strange, but the only thing you have to insert is garlic in the vaginal area and leave it overnight. You can make some designs where you wrap it a little with sterilized gauze, being careful not to wrap it too much, and insert like a tampon, perhaps leaving some thread to help you remove it later. You can do this for three nights in a row.

Allicin is the active ingredient in garlic, and it is responsible for the powerful smell in garlic and its healing effect.

Fresh fruits and vegetables for vaginal health

Eating fruits and vegetables form a balanced diet, and that is a beneficial factor for female intimate health. Some vitamins and certain minerals that make up vegetables and fruits are especially good for this purpose.

For example, vitamin C, which is one of the vitamins that strengthen the immune system. Broccoli, green and red bell peppers, citrus fruits, guava, kiwis, and strawberries are foods rich in vitamin C.

Green leafy vegetables should never be lacking in your daily meals. They are excellent for circulation and consuming them prevents vaginal dryness. Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, cabbage, and all those that contain leafy greens should be your main daily foods. You can eat them in salads, smoothies, soups, stews, and a detail that should not go unnoticed is that raw or steamed it is better to consume them, since their nutrients remain intact.

Avocado is another wonder of nature that stimulates vaginal health and also helps with libido. Avocados contain B6 and potassium and support healthy vaginal walls.

Avocado is a fruit that is also essential for female health by supporting the health of the vaginal walls. It even helps with libido. They contain Potassium, vitamin B6.

Seeds and nuts to maintain intimate health

Seeds such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and sunflower, among others, and the oils derived from them, contain vitamin E, some are rich in zinc, the latter mineral, it is essential to strengthen the menstrual cycle and helps in the battle against itching and dry symptoms, for example.

Another excellent seed for female intimate health is flaxseed , which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids and phytoestrogens, which help regulate estrogen levels, stopping the possibility of vaginal dryness. For that, it is much better that you consume the powdered seed, what is called flaxseed, since in this presentation its nutrients are used more. Flaxseed is a superfood.


Water is an essential element to promote healthy vaginal mucus. If you want to ensure good health in your intimate area, staying hydrated is essential. What is the best way to achieve this? Drinking enough water, and nothing else. Consume at least 6 to 8 glasses of water, approximately 1.5 liters, a day. Staying well hydrated will help your vaginal area be hydrated, and will also ward off bad odors.

Foods to avoid for better vaginal health

To be successful in the goal of maintaining your female intimate health, you must also not only include the right foods for this, but also, you must avoid some others that would now benefit the bad bacteria by making them multiply. Among them are sugar in any presentation, sodas, juices, cupcakes, alcohol, ice cream, sweets and all that fall into this category. Eliminating sources that have yeast, such as beer and bread, is also a good idea.

By stopping consuming it, you would eliminate the bad bacteria because you would be “weakening them by hunger”, since they would not have their source of life.

In general, if you want to enjoy a healthy vagina, you should eat a balanced diet, avoid processed and sugar-rich foods, and eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.

Detoxifying your vagina of bad bacteria that have long been in that area, helps regulate the menstrual cycle, reduces stress, fights infection, hemorrhoids and helps fertility.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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