As we are preparing to go through “the change,” we are already thinking about what is (or isn’t) going on “down under” more than usual. We are definitely thinking about it when we are wanting to “use it” so we don’t “lose it.” Let’s face it, we are just getting a little older… we are NOT dead!
I never thought the phrase “you are what you eat” would ever apply to my nether regions. I mean… yeah, sure, like I said… we are thinking about it… a lot. But who is actually thinking about their vagina when making dinner reservations or a grocery list? I see no hands raised around here. But guess what… your diet is actually connected to your health and your happiness below the belt.
Those of us in steady relationships or on the dating scene know that when the vagina is healthy and happy, evvvvvvveryone’s happy! Regardless of your relationship status, these selections for your sustenance will work for sex, satisfaction, and at the very least, symptom relief. So let’s feed what makes us fabulously feminine, shall we?
Let’s start with overall vaginal health…
Water Water Everywhere!
You should be drinking a good amount of water daily anyway, but in case you don’t, you should start. The Institute of Medicine recommends that women should drink at least 72 ounces (approximately 9 cups) of water per day. When your body is properly hydrated, evvvvvvverything is properly hydrated… get what I’m saying? Drink up, sisters!
Keeping Your pH in Balance
As if we have enough to worry about concerning our lady parts, we don’t need to add urinary tract or yeast infections to the mix! Keeping your vaginal pH properly balanced is key. Fresh cranberries or unsweetened cranberry juice and yogurt keep your pH in check by fighting off infections with immune-system-boosting antioxidants and probiotics.
Now, let’s get happy…
Guac is Extra… And Worth It!
Avocados with their healthy fats, vitamin B6, and potassium promotes natural lubrication AND increases sex drive! Go ahead and spring for the extra side of guacamole at dinner or try the avocado toast at brunch. Guac might be extra, but it’s definitely worth it.
Yams for Between the Gams
We know vaginal atrophy is real so keeping our sugar walls strong is essential. The high concentration of vitamin A and beta-carotene in sweet potatoes help strengthen vaginal muscle tissue.
A is for Apple… and Orgasm
Yes, you read that correctly! Apples have an ample amount of a phytoestrogen (plant estrogen) called phloridzin. Phloridzin amps up natural lubrication, aids in overall sexual function and increases your chances of achieving a nice (and hopefully big) “O.”
Soy for the Slide
Just like apples, soy has phytoestrogens as well and work to keep the “natural juices” flowing.
In the End, There’s Omega
As in Omega 3s. Foods rich in these fatty acids (such as salmon, flax seed, eggs, and walnuts) aid in overall circulation. But more importantly, they get the blood flowing to “all the right places” and get your sex drive in the right gear.
Is there anything we should avoid?
Let Your Personality Be Hot ‘n Spicy, Not Your Dinner
While we love the flavor and might want a little bit of kick or heat to our meals, “spicy” foods can... well… mess up the “flow” of things. Spicy dishes can dehydrate you and unfortunately, increase vaginal dryness. Save the sriracha for your occasional “me time” fancy feasts. They can be a bit counterproductive for date night.
In general, as we age, we should really try to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Keep sugars and processed foods to a minimum, get regular exercise and don’t over do it at happy hour with the cocktails. Definitely don’t deprive yourself, of course. Again… we are just getting a little older, we are NOT dead! Everything in moderation, right? Right!
What’s great about the foods mentioned is that not only will they keep your hoo-hah happy and healthy, your entire body will benefit from their nutritional value. Many of what’s listed above will help keep menopausal weight gain down as well as relieve other nagging symptoms.
So… who’s ready for some salmon tacos with extra guac and apple pie for dessert?
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