Did you know that what you eat affects your vagina?
When the pH of our vaginas is thrown off, it can lead to infections, bad odor, and more. A balanced vaginal pH should be in the range of 3.8 to 4.5. One way to keep the balance of your vaginal pH within the healthy range is by consuming foods associated with good vagina health, like yogurt, probiotics, and cranberries. A study published in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics gave pregnant women with yeast infections honey and yogurt and found that the mixture had similar effects to anti-fungal medications in treating yeast infections. Cranberries, too, are good for your vagina health, specifically in the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs). A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the consumption of one 240-mL serving of cranberry beverage a day for 24 weeks lowered the risk of UTIs in women with a recent history of developing UTIs. Lastly, consuming probiotics, or live bacteria and yeasts that keep your body healthy, can help keep your vaginal pH levels balanced to prevent infections, according to Healthline. Probiotic-rich foods include yogurt, kefir, and kimchi.
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