Our Vaginas stay healthy and happy due to many factors which center around healthy diets. We are learning more and more about our diet and how it affects our vaginal health as well as our overall health. We all know diet affects heart health and the risk of diabetes. Can it really influence the health of the vagina? Yes!…women’s health experts agree.
Lactobacilli, these are the police of the vagina. In the vagina there are good bacteria and bad bacteria as well as yeast. Lactobacilli keep law and order and the vaginal organism under control.
When the Lactobacilli are removed there is no law and order, which causes problems. When we eat too much sugar, consume process foods, over indulge in alcohol, acidic foods, alkaline foods or take antibiotics the lactobacilli are damaged or killed. Disorder occurs and the bad bacteria and yeast take over the vagina and we get soreness, irritation or infections.
Hormones are very important for vaginal health, especially Estrogen. Soy is a great source of Estrogen but only plays a small roll in vaginal health. More important are the foods we should avoid that contain hormones that damage vaginal health. Xenoestrogens are harmful estrogens, which imitate hormones, found in many of our foods. These are not only detrimental to vaginal health, but may be linked to breast cancer. They are often found in meats and in the pesticides used to spray our fruits and vegetables.
A new area that is directly linked to vaginal health and diet is a problem called “Leaky Gut Syndrome”. Certain foods cause inflammation in the intestines; each person has their own foods they are sensitive to. When someone eats a food they are sensitive to an inflammatory reaction occurs in the intestines and the gut leaks toxins from the foods into the blood stream. Those toxins can cause problems in the vagina as well as other areas of the body. Dr. Webb feels this could be one reason he is seeing an increase number of women coming in with vaginal health issues, abnormal PAP smears and HPV Infections.
Exercise is very important for women’s health and, yes, vaginal health, true it is not a food but when we exercise we tend to lose weight and this empowers vaginal health. In addition exercise, especially core exercises increase blood flow to the vagina this brings more oxygen and nutrients to the tissue in the vagina, resulting in healthier tissues, increased lubrication and sensation. Now that is a happy vagina!