Taste the Rainbow!
Adding fruits and greens to your diet has loads of great health benefits, including doing some fantastic things for your vagina. Nutrient-rich kale, beets, and yams, which are also a natural source of estrogen, can help regulate your reproductive hormones and are especially beneficial to women nearing or experiencing menopause.
Enzyme packed fruits like pineapple, grapefruit, and papaya help to rid your body of toxins and harmful bacterias. Because they help keep vaginal flora in check, eating a large amount of these types of fruits can aid in warding off bacterial and fungal infections such as yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. An added bonus? Studies have shown that eating pineapples has a “sweetening” effect on the way you smell and taste down there as well!
Know that old saying, “if you don’t use it, you lose it”? Well, just like doing crosswords to keep your noggin’ sharp, there are a number of ways exercise can help keep your lady business in tip top shape. Kegels, an isometric flexing exercise, strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, leading to heightened sexual responsiveness and preventing bladder incontinence. To increase the difficulty of your Kegel exercises, try using small, weighted “ben-wa” balls, like Luna Beads, which add resistance to your “workout”.
(Think of it like adding a medicine ball to an abdominal crunch.)
Kegels aren’t the only exercises that help your hoo-ha, either. Squats, adductor/abductor presses, and hip opening yoga poses can all strengthen your core and pelvic muscles too!
Toss the Toiletries!
At almost every drugstore there is a special aisle dedicated to Aunt Flo and her friends. Pay attention to packaging next time you’re filling your medicine cabinet. Steer clear of tampons/pads, washes, and lotions that contain perfumes. Artificial fragrances can be extremely irritating and can lead to minor rashes and infections. NEVER use douches and, if you must moisturize, try an unscented, PH-balanced moisturiser that is made for delicate skin or virgin coconut oil, which is naturally anti-viral and anti-fungal.
Get Some Air!
Everyone needs room to breathe sometimes, and the same rings true for your vagina. Tight fabrics such as Lycra and Spandex can trap sweat and bacteria, which can lead to bad odors, irritation, and thrush. Sleeping in the buff, or in loose fitting sleepwear, and swapping synthetic materials for more breathable cotton is one way to prevent this. Sexy silk kimono, anyone?