If there is one thing that I know about vaginas–and, given that I do happen to be a vagina-haver, I pride myself on knowing at least one thing about them–it is that they are extremely petty. Of course, I don’t mean to generalize here (#NotAllVaginas, etc.), but if there is anything that vaginas are very passionate about, it is probably throwing fits–basically, if something’s going on down there that it doesn’t approve of, you will absolutely know, whether it’s communicated through a surprise UTI or random output of stain-leaving discharge.
On one hand, you have to admire this kind of gumption. Your vagina is not about to tolerate any kind of BS! We should all be like our vaginas. On the other, it is objectively annoying to be on the other side of of a fit, no matter how well-deserved it is. The solution? Feed it. Well, feed yourself, I guess, and your vagina will be sated by proxy, since the right foods can preemptively soothe your vagina’s temperamental disposition. (Much like you when you’re feeling petty, I’d hazard to guess.) Check out these foods that you should be eating now for a happy, healthy vagina:
Sweet PotatoesSweet potatoes are an awesome source of Vitamin A, which, in turn, is a great way to keep your vaginal and uterine walls healthy. Vitamin A also helps with the production of certain hormones that your vagina needs to stay on the top of its game. Its A-game, if you will. Which, personally, I do. So, what I'm trying to say here is that you should absolutely eat all the sweet potatoes you can. Image source:iStock
Cranberry JuiceYou've probably heard about drinking cranberry juice to get rid of UTIs, but they're also a great way to flat-out prevent them. This is because cranberry juice has acidic properties that helps break down any "bad" bacteria that your body isn't able to get rid of on its own. Just make sure you go for a low-sugar version, since sugar can irritate your urinary tract. Image source:iStock
YogurtYour vagina needs probiotics to keep its pH balanced and the easiest way to get probiotics, probably, is through yogurt. Look for a kind with live and active cultures (plain is best, since it has the least sugar, though it certainly isn't necessary), which will help maintain the good bacteria down there. Image source:iStock
Cultured FoodsIf dairy isn't your thing, you can also get probiotics through any kind of cultured/fermented food--kimchi, miso, sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir and pickles are all great sources. Image source:iStock
Dark Leafy GreensYou, too, can become one of those people in that simultaneously terrible and awesome "KALE" sweatshirt that Beyonce wore in the "7/11" video--dark leafy greens can purify your blood, which improves circulation, which increases both stimulation and lubrication. Looking for options other than kale? You can try spinach, collard greens, and Swiss chard, too. Image source:iStock
AvocadosIf you weren't on the avocado train already, consider this your official ticket--avocados have healthy fats that are great for your vaginal walls, as well as B6 and potassium that can help increase your libido. Image source:iStock
Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, which can help combat dryness, itchiness, and regulate your hormones and menstrual cycle. You can also get zinc through cashews, pine nuts, pecans, and oysters. Image source:iStock
Dark ChocolateFam, you didn't think I'd let this list be entirely devoid of sweets, did you? I'd never play you all like that! Dark chocolate is a known source of antioxidants which, other than just being great for you in general, is a proven way to improve sexual function. Image source:iStock
Were you surprised by any of these foods? Are you going to start eating them? Let us know in the comments!